Close
Close
Advanced Search

Behind the Claw
Full‑size Preview
https://watermark.drivethrurpg.com/pdf_previews/296789-sample.pdf

Behind the Claw

ADD TO WISHLIST >
Watermarked PDF
$35.99 
$59.99

Behind the Claw presents two complete sectors of Imperial space; Deneb and the Spinward Marches. Deneb is bordered by the Vargr Extents and the Great Rift, and has traditionally seen fierce rivalry between its powerful dukes. A long history of compromises and temporary deals has created a fragmented political situation ripe for exploitation by those with the wit and the will… and there is always the threat of corsairs from over the border.

The Spinward Marches is a border region, caught between the Aslan Hierate and Zhodani Consulate, with the tumultuous politics of Deneb at its back. It is the gateway to the Imperial frontiers and the crossroads of internal and external politics. Adventure opportunities abound between the frontier worlds of the Marches and the trade hubs of Deneb. Far from the Imperial Core, fortune awaits the bold and disaster lurks for the unwary Traveller.

Includes a huge double-sided poster map of both the Spinward Marches and Deneb sectors.

 
 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (0)
Discussions (7)
Customer avatar
December 08, 2019 3:11 pm UTC
Does anyone know if this is a new writing or simply a rejiggering of the GURPS supplement of the same name? I would hate to spend the money only to find that it was essentially the same book. Thanks.
Customer avatar
Rory H December 09, 2019 12:05 am UTC
PURCHASER
Most of these titles are at least inspired by the older editions supplements, and the topics covered are the same. While I can't give you a section-by-section report, I don't think it would be completely word for word the same as the listed credits are different. This version is written by Martin J. Dougherty, who did work in some GURPS: Traveller titles, including co-authoring this title (now he is sole author), while the layout and design of the book is completely original.
Customer avatar
Benjamin S December 09, 2019 10:25 am UTC
If I remember correctly GURPS Behind the Claw details the history from 1105 to 1120 and has lot about this. The book from Mongoose (I bought it directly from Mongosse, that's why I don't show up as Purchaser here) is focused on 1105 and doesn't have so much detailed history. Rules - including starships, gear for dolphins etc. - are for Mongoose New Traveller, of course. The maps seem newly made to me, they are very clear and good to read, I like them a lot and I can't wait for my pre-ordered hardcover especially because of those maps. Also GURPS Behind the Claw was Spinward Marches only, while half of this book details Spinward Marches and the other half details the Deneb Sector. The description of the Marches is focused on presenting the different Sub-Sectors. Only a few worlds in those get detailed descriptions, but those tend to be more comprehensive than in GURPS, where you get more descriptions, but less detailed.
In my opinion the books complement each other and if you are playing in the Mongoose Timeline...See more
Customer avatar
December 16, 2019 10:28 pm UTC
Thank you.
Customer avatar
Benjamin S December 07, 2019 10:14 pm UTC
I wish instead of general information on the Imperium this book would contain more information on nobles, mega corporations, organized crime, trade etc. in the Spinward Marches. On some parts it stays superficial.
Customer avatar
Eric M December 07, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
PURCHASER
For the price it seems fine. The book has several playable minor races, creatures, starships and also some new equipment. I feel like the book could have defined more worlds than it did but that seems to be the historical pattern with these sort of books.
Customer avatar
Eric M December 07, 2019 9:37 pm UTC
PURCHASER
The table of contents could use a pass through, the whole Deneb section is currently setup as a subsidiary of the Spinward Marches.
Customer avatar
Benjamin S December 09, 2019 10:27 am UTC
It would be nice if the table of contents would at least list the Sub-Sectors, too.
Customer avatar
steve F December 06, 2019 2:42 am UTC
35.00 for a PDF is a bit steep, let alone at its original price for 59.99
Customer avatar
Rory H December 06, 2019 1:45 pm UTC
PURCHASER
There is a load of content in this book. It's worth it. It's a central release for this game's core setting.
Customer avatar
Nathaniel B December 07, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
That's why I pre-ordered the physical book from Mongoose. I only have PDFs when they are included in a physical purchase. I will NOT pay for digital.
Customer avatar
Rory H December 11, 2019 8:22 am UTC
PURCHASER
If you pre-ordered the book, you should get the PDF for free. That's how I got mine. Just contact Matt Sprange by email at the Mongoose site, and he'll sort you out.
Customer avatar
Wayne P December 26, 2019 4:25 pm UTC
If they are sticking enough content into less than 300 pages to be worth $35, than I guess I had better also buy a microscope to read it. Seriously, the price is at lease double what it should be.
Customer avatar
David J January 01, 2020 7:57 pm UTC
Truth.
Customer avatar
Rory H January 08, 2020 8:52 am UTC
PURCHASER
It’s not word count that costs money, it’s layout.
Customer avatar
David J December 06, 2019 12:11 am UTC
$36 for less than 300 pages?

Stars Without Number Revised is more pages for almost half the price.
Customer avatar
Rory H December 06, 2019 1:42 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Which means nothing if you don't want to play Stars Without Number.
Customer avatar
Matthew S December 06, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Depends on how you look at it. For example, two of those pages are the huge sector maps - those take a _lot_ of time, and a lot of work...
Customer avatar
David J December 12, 2019 5:46 am UTC
I referenced SWN solely because it's a sci fi setting with a high page count.

But you knew that and decided to snark anyway.
Customer avatar
Rory H January 08, 2020 8:52 am UTC
PURCHASER
Point still stands.
Customer avatar
Christopher J December 05, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Definitely gonna get this when i see in my game shop. Price is worth it for the production values Mongoose imbues in their products, and the author, who can do wrong IMHO.
Customer avatar
Xavier B December 05, 2019 10:33 pm UTC
True for the writing, as for the art....
Customer avatar
Rory H December 07, 2019 4:59 am UTC
PURCHASER
Taste in art is subjective, but it certainly true that Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition has raised standards in presentation, including full colour books, maps and 3D deck plans (as per public demand). This book is no exception.
Browse Categories
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!
 Recent History













Product Information
Silver seller
Author(s)
Rule System(s)
Pages
289
Publisher Stock #
MGP40025
File Size:
83.17 MB
Format
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Information
Watermarked PDF
Watermarked PDF

These PDF files are digitally watermarked to signify that you are the owner. A small message is added to the bottom of each page of the PDF containing your name and the order number of your purchase.

Warning: If any files bearing your information are found being distributed illegally, then your account will be suspended and legal action may be taken against you.

Here is a sample of a page from a watermarked title:

File Last Updated:
January 16, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on December 05, 2019.