The news came out today that Traveller 5th ("preliminary") Edition will finally be shipping. I was not among those who pre-ordered, but I'm a card-carrying Traveller Grognard, Junior Grade, and have been following the production cycle of this product with certain interest.
The thing is, now that its here, I don't know how high this is going to be on my list. I've really been enjoying going back as of late and rereading all my Classic Traveller books. There's so much out there I still want to get to and so much I want to find that is rare and tough to come by (legally).
In my eyes, Mongoose Traveller has been a success (and pleasant surprise), at least with the main book. Here we have a product that borrows heavily (and properly) from its legacy, and the result is a cleaned-up RPG with strong links to the past. I have that, I have Traveller 20, and I have a slowly growing patchwork Classic and MegaTraveller collection. In many ways, its more than I need. Yes, I'm a collector when it comes to Traveller--but right now, I have enough work to do with prior editions of the game. And the few houserules I employ in tandem with the basic CT ruleset work pretty well.
In the end, I'm almost certain somewhere along the way I'll end up with a copy of T5. But I don't feel a rush. Much like the Imperium itself, Traveller is so vast that there's plenty to do wherever you may find yourself. And waiting until it isn't "preliminary" any more might turn out to be a good move.
If nothing else, there is one important effect T5's release has had: all FFE CD-ROMs are currently 50% off in celebration of the release.
Is there anyone out there who did preorder Traveller 5th Edition, or plans on picking it up as soon as possible? Any of you out there waiting, or simply not interested? Got another edition of Trav that's doing it for you? Share your thoughts!