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Three hundred years from now, humanity is claiming worlds far from Earth. Despite nearly destroying itself in the Twilight War, despite all the wars since, humanity has held on and kept its dream alive. 2300AD is the story of that dream, as humanity reaches for the stars.

This is a richly-developed hard science fiction universe, with ships spinning against the night as they are propelled by the stutterwarp drive, a true violation of physics as we know now it. Airships, helicopters and hovercraft are common sights on worlds of the frontier, while spaceplanes and rockets carry explorers and traders to orbit, and from there starships take them across the gulf of space to the colonies.

Campaigns in 2300AD range from interstellar exploration and war on the far frontier, building new colonies on hostile worlds, discovering and understanding alien species, and engaging in espionage and crime in the gritty mega-cities of the Core worlds.


The 2300AD box set contains:

Book 1 Characters & Equipment: Everything you need to create explorers, company agents, military personnel, merchants and other inhabitants of 2300AD. This book also contains a comprehensive equipment guide, personal augmentations, and a selection of robots and drones commonly used in space and on colony worlds.

Book 2 The Worlds of 2300AD: An exploration of the universe of 2300AD, from the Core worlds to the furthest colonies. You will learn about the aliens and animals that inhabit them, how humanity has adapted to living on their surfaces, and the most hostile of environmental threats to be found beyond the Earth.

Book 3 Vehicles & Spacecraft: A full guide to operating and fighting in spacecraft and vehicles, from humble dirt bikes to powerful spacegoing frigates. There is also a glimpse at the alien spacecraft that have been encountered thus far by humanity.

Starchart of Known Space: A massive poster map depicting every star system known to humanity and the routes starships take to each.

Requires the Traveller Core Rulebook

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Andrew M January 22, 2022 4:27 pm UTC
So you buy the license, "update" Traveller 2300 so it no longer works as a standalone game, and charge $50 for a PDF. What a crock.
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Logan H January 08, 2022 12:58 am UTC
For this same price, you can still get a decent condition box set for 1e or 2e 2300AD from the old school.
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Hendrik N December 20, 2021 11:39 am UTC
While overall presentation and layout are markedly improved compared to the previous edition, the game's organization, sadly, is still lacking, especially when it comes to character creation.

To create a 2300AD charachter:

- you need three different books/pdfs (Traveller core, 2300AD Characters & Equipment, 2300 AD Worlds),
- while necessary information in those books is found in different chapters (e. g. in general character creation, specific careers, DNAM chapter, core worlds appendix).
- Information is presented in different ways (body of text, flowcharts, tables), not always using the best form (e. g., there are modifiers hidden in the body of text; I think those belong in tables or at least bullet points for easy reference).
- Information in different places/forms of presentation is sometimes contradictory (e. g. the survival modifier in the character generetion example) or missing in obvious places.

All of this makes creating a character a real...See more
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Rory H January 09, 2022 10:50 am UTC
I agree with much of this actually, and while I DO enjoy Traveller character generation, what I think might be useful is a ‘cheat sheet’ summary of character generation with tabulated information about planets and necessary DNAMs and the like. If it is a box set, then additional resources such as these would be useful. I’d also like some pre-gens, blank character sheets, ship sheets and this sort of thing added if possible.
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Larry L December 14, 2021 11:49 pm UTC
Since POD appears to be off the table, why can't we print these books using Lulu?
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Matthew S December 15, 2021 9:39 am UTC
We have never found full colour books do well with that kind of printing (as yet, with current technologies). However, a printed edition is on its way and will be available early next year.

Hope that helps!
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Rafael L March 16, 2022 8:11 pm UTC
Why do you think you can't? I certainly would if I had bought the thing (price being the only impeditive), as I do with all PDFs I like.
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Thomas B November 28, 2021 5:09 am UTC
First, thank you for updating this product to the latest iteration of the core rules.

Second, thank you for having Colin on this project. He and I were talking back when he was trying to get something done (2320 AD with QLI and Hunter Gordon) and he got shafted and so did his artists. I don't know all the details, but he was stung on this operation and any money he made on that was all pushed to the artists so they got something for their work. Colin is a hard working guy and does good work. And having him be a Canuck makes me happy too.

I've been collecting since '2300 AD' came out in the box with the star-map with bogus inclusions for IP reasons. It felt like the Napoleonic / Colonial period in space which was a great change of pace to what else was out there.

I've run Kafer vs. Human wargames at several conventions (GZG 25mm Kra-vak look a lot like Kafers and some of their 25mm resin vehicles - now maybe owned by someone else - were obviously homages - the German tank...See more
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Dani J November 25, 2021 4:06 pm UTC
I haven't bought it yet but for the presentation and illustration of the game... I think it is a fair price. I'd say they could tone it down a little bit and set optimal price point, but in the end they should do whatever they want to do. Still way better than dnd 5e pricings.
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Scott N November 08, 2021 9:40 pm UTC
WOW this is not worth 3 books in a box with a star chart, I was on the Mongoose sight, they're charging $99.99 for pre-orders for this game holy-cow!
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Timothy S October 27, 2021 12:58 am UTC
Which edition is this? Is this a reboot, or another whole cloth version? If I already have earlier editions, will this add any content worth the price? Didn't Mongoose already put out 2300 Revised? How is this different? Thanks!
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Matthew S October 27, 2021 8:18 am UTC
New cloth - this set brings 2300AD up to the latest edition of Traveller, both in terms of rules and presentation.
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Timothy S December 09, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
Thanks, Matthew! When you say the latest edition, do you mean Mongoose 2E? I know that's kinda a dumb question because I don't know if there is any other version of Traveller that is current, but asking just in case.
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Matthew S December 10, 2021 9:31 am UTC
It is indeed 2E!
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Evan M October 18, 2021 3:54 am UTC
Companies can charge whatever they want for their products, but consumers can choose to buy or not buy at that price. Mongoose will get people who are huge fans, or don't care about price, buying their product. I will not be one of those purchasers. As others have stated this is a steep price to pay for just a PDF. I wish them well and hope they have success but (seriously guys) this is going to turn off many like myself.
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Jeff K October 08, 2021 12:26 am UTC
For this price I would expect a hardcover book, not a PDF.
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John L October 02, 2021 1:01 pm UTC
$50 for a pdf? That is an insulting price. Mongoose price gouging in action. No sale here.
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Rory H September 20, 2021 7:24 pm UTC
As has happened on Mongoose’s site, the files have been updated, notably with an appendix that includes information on Core Worlds’ characters.
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William M September 20, 2021 1:46 am UTC
I normally would grab up a 2300AD product as I'm a long-time fan of the setting; but 50$ is significantly overpriced for the PDF and I will not be buying this line.
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Dillard R September 19, 2021 8:26 pm UTC
This is a general comment to Mongoose Publishing. Your prices are ridiculous, period. These are Pdfs for crying out loud. I love the games you have gotten the licenses for. I love Traveller. I love 2300AD. I would never pay they amount of money you are charging for these products. I have gotten the originals on ebay for less money. For those of you that haven't noticed. You need the Traveller core rule book! So to use this product you really need to spend 80 USD. (Or 60 USD for the bundle).
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Keith M September 19, 2021 3:51 pm UTC
$50 for a pdf is ridiculous, more so for a rehashed game!

The world has gone mad with it's pricing of things, digital items no less!

Especially since there is already so much available and honestly, what is truly wrong with older versions that makes new versions so much better that the assumption is they are worth this price???

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Christopher C September 02, 2021 10:38 pm UTC
As someone who has books from the first 3 to current, both systems, when will the HC come out, & will there be a bundle?
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Matthew S September 03, 2021 8:44 am UTC
The box set is likely to appear around December/January-ish. Not sure what you mean by a bundle?
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Christopher C September 04, 2021 3:09 pm UTC
A hardcover & PDF bundle. Holiday time works for me.
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Matthew S September 04, 2021 3:48 pm UTC
Sorry, I understand - if you purchase the box set from out web site, you will get the PDF for free. That applies to all of our books!
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Christopher C September 06, 2021 2:18 pm UTC
Cool, last part of this questioning, I hope, are those 3 separate books, or are they all in the core book? You didn't include the ToC in the Full-Size Preview so I can't tell. If they are 3 separate books, (Aerospace Engineer's Handbook), I'll order ASAP. If not, it doesn't make sense to pay this price ($49.99) for the HC & the PDF. I also like the star chart you are including. The maps in the Great Rift are really nice, but they don't justify the high cost.
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Matthew S September 06, 2021 2:25 pm UTC
You can find the contents for the three books in the box set here:

As well as other preview pages.
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Christopher C September 06, 2021 2:57 pm UTC
Based on the Toc you have there (page count), the 3 books are included in this PDF but will be separate SB books on release. Is that correct?
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Matthew S September 06, 2021 2:59 pm UTC
All contained in one box set, along with a poster-size star chart.
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Christopher C September 06, 2021 3:49 pm UTC
Hmmm, so nothing like the link below? I appreciate all the time you have spent clarifying my questions. However, paying full price for the PDF & the 3 Books, just to get a nice box & a map feels steep. $69.99, you would have a sale, perhaps even at $79.99. If it came with the Aerospace book, even if shipping later, you would have a sale at the $99.99 price. Instead, I'll wait for a sale here and elsewhere. I understand Printing costs have gone up, but the price to make a PDF & the profit off the sales hasn't changed much other than any increase in salaries to employees. When you amortize that, it is negligible.

I've got 74 Travller related products in print. I'm counting the Drinax boxed set, the Great Rift, Original T1 boxed, T5, & others as 1. Many are from other publishers, sure, & IDK the number I have in PDF. I just wanted to give the picture that I've loved & have continued to collect Traveller since my 1st set in 1979. I want this, I want the boxed set, I just...See more
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Rory H September 07, 2021 2:29 am UTC
Not sure what the links are about, and I’ll leave the question of costs up to Matthew if he is still answering.

Just pointing out that there are some developments coming soon for this set - adding core world characters, and editing and file adjustments - which is appreciated if it happens. I don’t have a massive issue with paying for it as it is, or if it gets discounted at some later date.

Also, that one review cited here so far is a 5 star review, not 1 star (and it wasn’t me - I bought mine at the Mongoose site).
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