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Welcome to High Guard.

This book is a major expansion to the Traveller roleplaying game, enabling you to design, build and fly spacecraft of all types found throughout the galaxy. You will find rules to modify existing ships, design high performance space superiority flyers, and construct the largest capital ships to travel the space lanes.

High Guard also presents new approaches to handle spacecraft operations, from engaging in vicious boarding actions to spacecraft security, from employing a range of warheads in missiles to accessing technologies seen in science fiction settings beyond the Third Imperium. Your warp drives await.

With more options and more powerful weapons, High Guard returns to space combat and provides a rules framework to use in epic space battles, from spiralling dogfights involving just a handful of lightweight fighters to the clash of heavily armed battleships across a front stretching through an entire star system.

 
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Damien L August 04, 2017 10:22 am UTC
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Love the character generation in Traveller so decided to 1. get everything and 2. bought physical book from direct Mongoose. I then read in a forum that I could request a pdf copy (no charge) direct from Matthew Sprange and a few hours later I get an email with the links to download from RPGNow. Yes the pdf's are probably expensive but the service is second to none. Now I just need to return the favour and get this game to the table.
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Andrew L April 30, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
this is mongoose all over, look what they did to Runequest! this edition was unnessesary and is a cash-in. I got the PDF of the main book and see little to no real differance but lots of clored pages and clip art around the same game, Adventures are pretty much usable with the prior editions with a little tweek considering Classic Traveller IS Still available on Drive thruRpg go for that or Mongoose Traveller 1st ed, I have payed Traveller in all its editions over 35 years since Classic and Snapshot and Classic is by far the best :)

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Brian J February 23, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
So, my question is... If you own the 1st edition, what exactly has changed in the second edition?
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Jamie H February 05, 2017 7:39 am UTC
Most of the comments below were from last summer. Does anybody know when this High Guard PDF was last updated to address all the issues below and on the High Guard thread on the Mongoose forums? High Guard has now been out for more than 6 months. Have all the issues been fixed?
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Krishna L December 08, 2016 11:06 pm UTC
Any chance of POD before Xmas?
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Jason T October 01, 2016 11:53 pm UTC
When is the hardcover coming out?
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Bruce M October 02, 2016 12:59 am UTC
You can already get the hardcover on their website for about $40. Which makes the PDF purchase at $30 seem outrageous The website is http://www.mongoosepublishing.com.
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Jason T October 02, 2016 2:33 am UTC
Thanks, but it looks like it's on preorder only, so it must not actually be out yet.
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Rory H October 03, 2016 12:43 pm UTC
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Hardcover comes out in November.
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John L September 10, 2016 4:39 pm UTC
$30? Is Mongoose trying to sabotage the line?
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Scott N September 04, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
I can get the hardback for $34 why pay for a crap test PDF?
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Bruce M September 04, 2016 6:58 pm UTC
I'd wait to get the hardback as there is still errata in the PDF so you know the hardcopy is still screwed up.
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Rory H September 05, 2016 8:14 am UTC
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Because it isn't a crap test PDF. It's an awesome supplement, and I cannot wait for the final hardback.
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Rachael S September 01, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
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Price gouging prompts black marketing and piracy. At least my marketing class textbook says so.
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Trenton A September 11, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
The textbook that probably costs $200 used too
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John Z August 27, 2016 3:15 am UTC
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Is chapter six missing or were they miss numbered? Space Stations is labeled as Five and The Ship's Computer is labeled as Seven.
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Bruce M August 21, 2016 2:15 pm UTC
$30 for a PDF that seems to be filled with errata. First, I don't know of any PDF that is actually worth that much as that price range is usually reserved for print books. Second, with it being filled with errata it should be much much cheaper.
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Rory H August 22, 2016 4:24 am UTC
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The errata isn't deliberate or indeed deliberating to the overall text of the game. Mongoose have simply got a thread running listing errata, with an intent to continually update before the initial print run.
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Rory H August 22, 2016 5:43 am UTC
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Ahem - 'debilitating' that should be.
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Bruce M August 23, 2016 1:13 am UTC
$30 for a PDF is a very high if you ask me. There are loads of high quality products on this site that do not sell their PDFs for that much, not even the core rulebook PDFs are that much and this is not even a core book.

But $30 for a PDF that still has errors? That is ridiculous.
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Rory H August 23, 2016 3:31 am UTC
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To be sure, I got my PDF for free as I pre-ordered the hardcopy. In terms of what you are prepared to pay, that is really a matter for you. You vote with your pocket, but Mongoose aren't obliged to set a lower price - and they have hit Silver already, so somebody is paying that amount. The corrections will all be updated in time with no extra cost (as Mongoose always does).

I don't really get the criticism, tbh. The content itself is terrific!
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seph D August 23, 2016 10:35 am UTC
When you really like the system and want it very much, YOU WILL PAY even if it costs 30$ or even more. However that doesn't mean that this enormous price is justified. Playing on people's love of Traveller and setting a price high as hell (when even works that took much more effort like Exalted 3rd Ed which was balanced and written for almost 5 years cost less) is just a**hole way to do it. Especially with those "its cost is 50$ but just for you it's price if 30$" that they place on every product.
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Rory H August 24, 2016 3:47 am UTC
Well, clearly YOU DIDN"T PAY for it (while others did), so your criticism is somewhat flawed. Mongoose are a business, who need to make profit. If they don't get their own overhead covered - and lets be clear the step up in graphical presentation for them would not come without a cost - they they'll not be able to keep making them. If you don't want to pay the price of admission, then that is up to you.
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seph D August 24, 2016 7:31 am UTC
Yup I didn't, yet. For now I do not have the money to spend on this, even if I want it very-very much. In business you look on the market. And on the market it's one of the highest prices. Look at prices of their competitors (e.g. Stars Without Number) and you'll see. I'm not saying they should make the book 5$ or something. But this price is just inadequate, and works only because Traveller is a setting + system that people know and like already for years and years. If it was something new, I doubt it would rise even to copper best seller.
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Rory H August 24, 2016 10:24 am UTC
Well, personally I'm into Traveller not just because of the brand, but because it is the most fun sci-fi game out there. I love the systems and the style - and this book is no exception. I've no doubt that Mongoose will be reading your comments and taking notes, but if their product is still selling and they are making their own accounts meet their ends, then this is the bottom line.
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Graham S August 28, 2016 10:34 am UTC
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I agree Bruce M, it really isn't worth the money *to me* either. Mongoose can, of course, charge what they feel like, and some people may want to splash the cash. I have no doubt that I will get the Print & PDF at some point as a much better deal. In the meantime the pricing of the core PDFs has completely put me off exploring the 2nd Edition of Traveller. Perhaps it is an emotional reaction to the price point, which is rare for me. There is a glut of other great SF games out there and coming, including Coriolis, Impulse Drive and Infinity and I will explore them instead. Bah, humph and grumble.
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Bruce M August 28, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Traveller is a great game. I only played the original back in the 80's. I have been looking to run a Traveller game for my group but not at this price point for a PDF. I am not even going to pay $30 for their core book in PDF. But that is just me. I think that much or close to that much is to expensive for a PDF of any size. I do have most of the original set of books and may actually use those to run a game. But like you said there are loads of other Sci Fi RPG's out there (a friend was recently running a Savage Worlds Sci Fi) that can be just as fun. Just to note I picked up 3 different Sci Fi RPG books at Gencon, The Mutant Chronicles, Psionics, and Kromore. Kromore is not just Sci Fi though and the game spans a 10,000 year plus history so you can play anything from fantasy to sci fi.
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Scott N September 04, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
If you don't get it then you're an idiot, it's not that hard to figure out.
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Rory H September 05, 2016 8:12 am UTC
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Actually, I did get it and for all the gnashing of teeth (and now, even personal attacks) the truth is that people wouldn't be complaining if they didn't desperately want the product. I've got it and it rocks! :)
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Studio C August 19, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
If you do buy this product, make sure you read the errata thread on the Mongoose Publishing forum for fixes. As of typing this it has 135 entries and is growing. Link below.

http://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=119415


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Rory H August 21, 2016 6:36 am UTC
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If this was a criticism of the physical copy I could concur with your points. However, the fact that Mongoose regularly updates it's PDFs based on feedback is something I'd actually see as a feature of the purchase, not something to disparage.

And, for me, this is an exciting release for the game - it really pushes the button in terms of accessible rules and presentation. Hopefully it can do for Spaceship design what Traveller already does for character generation - a really fun-to-use system.
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Studio C August 21, 2016 4:35 pm UTC
The playtest for High Guard started in October of last year. Now in ten months time this errata could not be fixed prior to release? I'll save my money, thanks.
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Rory H August 22, 2016 4:15 am UTC
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Your entitled to make your own purchase choices, but I think your criticisms aren't universally accepted or fair. I'm happy for a pdf to continue to incorporate errata into regular updates.
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Studio C August 18, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
I would not purchase what is essentially a beta test document that is being promoted as a complete work. This thing is a mess.
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Gideon K August 18, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
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The Belt Mining chapter has some strange mechanics and tables in it that don't seem to have all their explanations present. Does "R" on the resource presence table indicate "Radioactives?" This isn't noted anywhere. Otherwise, a good addition.
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Megan R August 18, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
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Further to my review yesterday, the missing chapter 8 has now appeared - magnificient!!!
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seph D August 19, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
What the missing chapter about? 'Cos I basically think to buy the expencive as hell book only after I read your review.
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Kalu E August 17, 2016 6:45 am UTC
Will there be a print on Demand version coming soon?
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Matthew S August 18, 2016 12:02 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Working on it!
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