You idiots have awakened and pissed off the sleeping giant!
This is Free Trader Beowulf calling
anyone...Mayday, Mayday...we are under attack...main drive is gone...turret number one
not responding...Mayday...losing cabin pressure
fast...calling anyone...please help...This is Free Trader Beowulf...Mayday...
Hang in there Beowulf...Help is on the way!
"Why did we run? It was bigger than us, nastier, has acid for blood, and is amazingly tough to kill. Why did we run? We decided to save it for those poor bloody fools the Scout Service trains...my job is to find 'em, the xenologists' job is to make friends with 'em."
1st voice:"Did you hear about Ol' Steaderkyn?"
2nd voice:"No, what about her?"
1st voice: "Out exploring some sub-terrestrial mudball way out in the Marches, near Zhodie space..."
2nd voice: "Yeah? So what happened?"
1st voice: "Huh?"
2nd voice: "What happened to Steaderkyn, you damned drunk?!"
1st voice: "Oh yeah! Steaderkyn's off 'plorin' some f***ing mudball way out in the Marches, flying along this virgin continent in her air-raft, when she gets swallowed by some big unrecorded pseudo-avian thingy!"
2nd voice: "Wow!"
1st voice: "Her estate was fined almost a thousand credits for poisoning an indegenous life form"
2nd voice: "Poor thingy..."
3rd voice: "Sh*t! she owed me CR200!"
Unidentified scouts overheard at the Glide Path Bar, Grille, & Credit Union, Little Vegas spinworld, D'Ganzio trailing trojan, Lanth
I've played Traveller in several incarnations (CT, MT, GURPS), for quite a while now. I enjoy the star system and planetary development aspects, as I've been a fan of "hard" SF since I was a wee bairn. Loved the realism of Poul Anderson's worlds, Larry Niven's vast scope, and now Iain Banks' even vaster scope. I got turned onto Traveller not long after it was 1st published, and had a boxed copy for a long time. I think it finally was lost somewhere between home and University...really quite a shame. Around the same time, I read the Mote In God's Eye, and the article in Galaxy magazine, The Making of The Mote In God's Eye. I was hooked.
I wandered into the Compleat Strategist last week & bought the GURPS Traveller book, and the book First In, the scout service book, as well as the design & construction of worlds. Cool beans, thought I, and started reading through them. Within a day I was plotting the next Traveller campaign...
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