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Aliens of Charted Space Volume 1 details four spacefaring cultures, three of them alien and one curiously familiar. These are the Zhodani, humans transplanted from Earth to develop in far-off Zhdant. Their well-ordered society is very different to the squabbling mini-states of the Vargr despite sharing a common Terran ancestry. The Aslan and the K’Kree, meanwhile, are polar opposites; proud warriors and militant herd-creatures.

This book contains rules for creating Travellers from each of these alien races, High Guard additions and new ships, and Central Supply Catalogue entries for their new equipment.


The Aslan

The Aslan Hierate lies to spinward of the Imperium and Solomani Confederation, with a long history of warfare and border tensions. The interplay between its many warrior clans can seem incomprehensible to outsiders, but there are strict rules of courtesy and deference governing every interaction. Learn how the Hierate functions and why its young landless warriors are a threat to all nearby civilisations.


The K’Kree

The Two Thousand Worlds of the K’Kree are almost entirely forbidden to meat-eating outsiders. On these worlds, the K’Kree have exterminated or domesticated all species of carnivore and have explicitly stated they intend to do the same to all meat-eating-races in Charted Space. This book shows the role of family and clan in K’Kree affairs, and why the K’Kree are the single greatest threat to Charted Space.


The Vargr

Descended from Terran wolves uplifted by the Ancients, the Vargr are widely known for their obsession with personal charisma and their preference for raiding rather than building. Vargr states tend to be short-lived, built around a cult of personality rather than a nation. This book reveals how a raider or pirate band operates, and how successful leaders transition from pirates to statesmen.


The Zhodani

Transplanted long ago by the Ancients, the Zhodani developed a society based on the ability to wield psionic powers. Considered by many to be a thought-police state, the Zhodani Consulate is stable, apparently benevolent, and its people are happy. Aliens of Charted Space Volume 1 reveals the secrets kept by the Tavrchedl’, or ‘Guardians of our Morality’, and the Zhodani Core Expeditions.

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Jeffrey C April 03, 2021 6:09 am UTC
I noticed while looking through the pdf that it only had character sheets for Aslan and
K'kree. Also when using the pdf I clicked on the drop down menu of the Contents but it didn't have the K'kree listed. I had to click on the last chapter for the Aslan to get to them.
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Edward L March 11, 2021 3:22 pm UTC
Great stuff, but I did notice the "Prole" career events table on page 272 is a copy paste of the "Agent" career events table earlier in the Zhodani Careers section (Which in itself is from the Core rules), is this intentional (because these events do not make sense for a Prole) or is there going to be an update/errata to this brought out?
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Tal O November 16, 2020 3:07 pm UTC
$60 base price...
I'm not sure who out there is buying a PDF of a non-core sourcebook at the price of a full AAA game on Steam.

I bought the core book and the companion because I was really interested and wanted to get into Traveller, but the PDFs' pricing is seriously wacky in comparison with other RPGs.
Considering this is probably mostly cribbed from previous editions all the way back to the 70s, it's really making me not want to get into.

I took a peak in the sample above and the first thing that caught my eye was the bit about "Aslan Mathematics". That made me blink real hard and go "......What."
Yeah, listen, if the entire book is basically just obscure factoids like those - things that I don't see ever featuring in an actual session - then I'm gonna double pass.

Even at a half-price discount, I can just get a an entire full game on Steam for an even lower price.
$35-$60 for a collection of probably-won't-be-seen-at-the-table...See more
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Mark H November 16, 2020 3:19 pm UTC
Couldn't agree more
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Rory H November 17, 2020 4:30 am UTC
I don’t know who is buying it as a lone PDF either, but it has gone Silver already, so somebody is. Speaking as somebody who got the free PDF with the hardcopy presale, I can say I really like it.

All these complaints are pretty redundant - at the end of the day, the number of sales that Mongoose makes on their own product is their own business. They set the price; customers decide if they want to buy or not. It’s not as if RPGs have a massive profit margin - with the license fees, writing and art all giving overheads. It may be that Mongoose considers their main market to be physical book sales, with PDFs just a small sideline. Who knows? But I don’t get why people think that complaining here will change their pricing policy. Nor is it particularly edifying for anybody else.
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Adam A December 07, 2020 6:11 pm UTC
I never buy hardcopy, a good tablet and PDFs are far more useful to me.
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Robert R June 13, 2021 8:43 pm UTC
I agree more :)
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Christopher J November 09, 2020 5:32 pm UTC
There should be a template for how often people complain about Mongoose's PDF pricing. Maybe just don't buy it if you don't like the price. Or get the hard copy for a few dollars more.
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Mark H November 09, 2020 5:38 pm UTC
That was very enlightening.
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Robert S November 06, 2020 9:20 pm UTC
305 pages

The price is standard for Mongoose PDFs.
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Rory H November 07, 2020 8:34 pm UTC
And you get the PDF thrown in for free if you buy the hardcopy from their website of course. That’s what I did.
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Robert R June 13, 2021 8:47 pm UTC
As long as we keep buying PDFs at the current prices, there is no need for Mongoose (or any vendor) to lower a price. Want a price to go down on ANY of the digital offerings; don't buy. The price will go down of it will flop.
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John L November 06, 2020 8:17 pm UTC
No. Not at this price.
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Benjamin L November 06, 2020 5:13 pm UTC
I really wish Mongoose’s previews included the table of contents. That would give a prospective buyer a much better look at what they’re getting than a random clump of pages.
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November 08, 2020 9:42 pm UTC
The previewed Aslan material is a verbatim copy of the material in book 2 of Pirates of Drinax. (Which means that you already have a quarter of this book if you have PoD.) Extrapolate from that for the other 3 races to work out what you're getting.
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Geoff M November 30, 2020 10:09 am UTC
Ben, I agree with you m8, having a TOC would give purchasers a far better idea on what's in the book.

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Mark H November 06, 2020 11:41 am UTC
Somehow I think this item is longer than the 3 pages listed!
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Warren N November 06, 2020 12:19 pm UTC
Especially considering that the preview is 13 pages long. Could be that New Math though.
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Steve N November 06, 2020 3:44 pm UTC
Sure glad it's on sale, then!
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Steven P November 06, 2020 5:28 pm UTC
I'd really like to buy this, but I think $35.99 for a PDF is too high a price point. It creates the appearance they are overpricing at $59.99 (which is $10 more than a D&D5E hardback copy of the player's handbook), and then "discounting" down to their normal asking price of $35.99, which IMHO, is still too high.
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Mark H November 06, 2020 5:30 pm UTC
I can't say I like Mongoose's pricing; they always seem overpriced for most things at the best of times
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Harun M March 24, 2021 11:16 am UTC
To put this into perspective, in 1985 the Traveller Alien modules retailed for $6 in the US or £7.95 in the UK. For that you got 40 pages of a single alien race. In today's money, I gather that would be around $15 or £24. That's $60 or £96 for four races. The actual retail price for hard copy is $60 or £45 from Mongoose. So, good value in UK, and fair in the US (helps that Mongoose is British, I suppose).
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