Friday, April 09, 2010
Traveller is the first RPG that I played that was not Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It's a great old school sci-fi RPG and as good as the new Mongoose Publishing hardcover edition is (and it is EXCELLENT) it doesn't stray from the original design over much. That being said, original Traveller is available for those who might be curious about this classic science fiction RPG. And it's available for FREE!
The edition being offered is "Starter Traveller" it contains the same books that I started with (although the edition I first bought was called "Deluxe Traveller" ... the books are the same) and although it is called a "Starter" edition, make no mistake, it is a complete and fully developed game.
I can't recommend this download strongly enough. It's a classic game and it's appeal in this era of "old school renaissance" should be unequaled. One word of warning... when I clicked on the "Get it Free" button, I got the first book, but not the rest (there are 3 books in all.) If this happens to you, just click on "My Account" and go to your order history. A download link for all three books will be there. (Did I mention, It's FREE!)
The books are broken into three fairly small (and therefore very "printable") volumes. Book 1 is the primary rules text. This information is supported by Book 2, the charts and tables book. During a casual read through of the rules, navigating the 2 books may prove to be a hassle, but as a Referee who used these very books for years at the tabletop, the division of this material in this fashion is brilliant. In actual play, almost everything you need is in the Charts and Tables Book and separating it from the body of descriptive text means that reference during play is lightning fast and easy.
The third book is an Adventures Book that contains two adventures for players to get started playing Traveller right away.
If you are at all interested in (one of?) the first, and arguably the best science fiction RPG ever published, don't miss your opportunity to download Traveller for free.