Friday, May 30, 2008

SF Gaming: Blue Planet and Traveller

Blue Planet Lives

RedBrick Limited, the company behind the revitalization of both the Fading Suns and Earthdawn game lines, has recently announced that they've acquired the rights to develop a third long-languishing game line: Blue Planet!

Blue Planet, an incredibly detailed and well-researched Hard SF game set on the world of Poseidon, was nominated for Origin's 1997 Award for Best Role-Playing Game of the Year.

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Traveller - A New Edition

Mongoose Publishing is slated to release the newest incarnation of Traveller this month! Based on the Classic Traveller game system, but streamlined and updated, this new edition is apparently being position as a ruleset that "will provide everything you need to explore the universes of science fiction settings." They go on to list future settings that will be defined using this ruleset: "Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Starship Troopers and many more."

Mongoose Publishing handles many game lines - Runequest, Babylon 5, Elric of Melnibone, Hawkmoon, Paranoia, Conan, Lone Wolf - so it's assumed that they're quite serious about their goals.

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Traveller - Out of the Long Night

Of course, the announcements of Mongoose Publishing took the Companies of ComStar Games and Avenger Enterprises by surprise last year - because they were busy churning out a bunch of new Traveller material under license as well! Their material - dealing with The New Era - focuses on the Traveller universe struggling to recover from the disintegration of the Imperium. It disregards the GURPS Traveller alternative timeline (which itself disregarded the events of Dulinor).

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  1. From what I can glean the new Traveller rulebook is very core Classic Traveller done very well. What is interesting is how the line will develop. It looks like the new Mercenary book will be far broader and expansive than the original CT version. But, this is still a 1950s-70s SF game, it isn't going to do any new SF well.

  2. Hi Tzunder!

    I haven't picked up the book (and probably won't until after expenditures for a little bundle of joy stabilizes), but I am very intrigued.

    My first complete RPG experience was with the original Traveller, so nostalgia plays a big part. Beyond that though, I'm curious to see how it will impact the SciFi gaming world.

  3. nice art work dude especially Sandata....

    can you make Sandata's kali stick transform into a whip stick? hehe, just a stupid idea of mine though but your work is very heroic.

    keep it up and hope to see more of it.


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