Saturday, October 24, 2009

Finding The Third Imperium

Jeff Rients yesterday addressed a pretty good question: which version of Traveller should one get if interested in the Official Traveller Universe (but lacking any experience with it)?

His answer's a pretty good one: the Classic Traveller CD-ROM not only is a steal for $35, but should set you up nicely with a look at how the Third Imperium was originally described and handled. I think looking at the manner in which it was presented in these items is interesting as well, and gives you an idea of the galactic sandbox we were given. Making your own sectors is just too much fun to ignore, in any case.

I also have a copy of the Traveller Book, which is a wonderful compiled hardback introduction for Classic Traveller. If you can find a hard copy at Noble Knight Games or in the back shelves of your local gaming store, you'll want to go for it.

For those folks that have to have a hard copy, I would pick up the Books 0-8 and Supplements 1-13 collections. If you're happy with this Third Imperium bonanza but want an updated, more polished set of the rules, Mongoose's Traveller: Pocket Edition is the right size and prize, and can usually be found on the cheap.

EDIT: I see Rob Conley has also weighed in with his recommendations. Good stuff!

7 comments:

A Paladin In Citadel said...

My advice might be to purchase books 0-8, but avoid the OTU, that is, to avoid anything that references the "Third Imperium".

I loved the Third Imperium. But I wish there were some other Traveller published universes that could be used.

I would have loved to play Traveller in the Niven universe.

Zachary The First said...

ell, the original question was for an intro to the 3I. I personally love creating my own setting with Traveller, which I think originally was very much the idea.

Mongoose has the Hammer's Slammers setting now. Might be interesting.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I loved Hammer's Slammers. That was a great book (at least the first one ... did the follow up with sequels?)

clash bowley said...

Well, one could always use the StarCluster setting for traveller...

-clash

clash bowley said...

Ah, ah say! that's a joke, son! :D

-clash

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Picked up the Mongoose Traveller 'little book.

Looks interesting. It'll be hard to adjust to all those extra careers though, I liked the original 5.

Zachary The First said...

Well, I can understand that. If you weren't using the additional careers from the supplements, it is a little jump. But it's close enough to CT that I'm pleased with it.

@clash: Hey, I consider your setting material awesome. I'm actually working on a new galactic sandbox, and the 3I and SC2 are being used for inspiration in equal amounts. We need the Clash Imperium. :)