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Traveller Core Rulebook Update 2022

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Traveller is a science fiction roleplaying game of bold explorers and brave adventurers. The Traveller Core Rulebook Update 2022 contains everything you need to create one of these adventures and begin exploring the galaxy.

Spaceports, ancient civilisations, air/rafts, cold steel blades, laser carbines, far distant worlds, and exotic alien beasts – this is the futuristic universe of Traveller, the original and classic science fiction roleplaying game.

Come visit the far future.

The Traveller Core Rulebook Update 2022 has been fully revised for this edition and contains many tweaks and rules updates, as well as a brand new, highest quality interior format with lashings of top tier art to immerse you in the far future.

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Dillard R October 09, 2023 1:28 am UTC
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What is a Combat Implant? And where do I find them? And if you tell me they are Cybernetic Augments I am going to be disappointed. The 75kcr per implant won't pay for most of the augments.
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Hector Z September 10, 2023 2:03 am UTC
I got a question, on the page it says it's a watermarked PDF. I'm wondering, what are those watermarks like? Will it be annoying when reading the PDF?
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Michael C October 29, 2023 11:01 am UTC
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Right at the bottom of each page, between the page number & the bottom of the page is the watermark. It reads " (Order # )" - It's discrete & you barely notice tbh. The background colour of the footer is light grey so that makes it even less obtrusive.
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July 14, 2023 8:46 pm UTC
Noticed the last updated date is June 27, 2023 - anyone know what has changed please?
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Samuel K July 28, 2023 10:59 pm UTC
https://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/threads/core-rulebook-update-2022-has-been-updated.124020/
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August 29, 2023 8:42 pm UTC
Thank you & sorry for the delayed reply...
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Paul B May 07, 2023 9:08 am UTC
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Disappointing to say the least that no discount is offered for those who purchased the first core book. In addition, the bookmarks problem is still not fixed. That is to say, the pdf is locked from adding your own bookmarks which is a major inconvenience. I don't see the purpose, personally. Surely you can still restrict extracting pages but allow owners of the pdf to add their own bookmarks. As it is, you need to navigate to the actual physical contents page (p2), and then do a "Go to page __" to get to the desired section, adding 1 to the number, as the pagination is out.
On top of that, Mongoose seem content to not answer any user questions on this page, which is borderline rude.
A real shame, as the system is pretty cool. However, contrast that with a lesser-known sci-fi system like Esper Genesis, easily Traveller's equal, but with excellent customer support on Drivethrurpg, a comprehensive free version of the core rules and non-locked pdfs!!!
Come on Mongoose, up your game. In...See more
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Rory H May 07, 2023 10:15 am UTC
Just send an email to: sales@mongoosepublishing.com
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Paul B May 08, 2023 9:36 pm UTC
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OK, I have to say, I take back all I said. Thanks Rory, I did email them and they asked for proof of purchase of the old core, after which they sent me the new one!
Chuffed to say the least. Huzzah for Mongoose :) Happy customer here.
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Michael C October 29, 2023 11:14 am UTC
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Glad you got upgraded. Have to say the bookmark issue is still a royal pain though not a problem unique to Mongoose (Hi Traveller 5).

If you're intent on locking bookmarking for owners, at least have the common decency to bookmark the pdf adequately before you lock it - There is a bookmark for page 8 (the beginning of character creation) - the next bookmark is page 58 (Skills) - this makes rolling up characters far more difficult than it should be. You should bookmark all of the professions as well as all of the key tables in that area alone. Better still, allow owners to bookmark their purchase...
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chris D February 04, 2024 3:38 am UTC
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I"m sure with a little bit of work that they could update the bookmarks...
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Christian B April 21, 2023 7:25 am UTC
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Hi,
are Charakter Sheets for printing included in this edition?
are Ship Sheets for printing included in this edition?
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Rory H April 21, 2023 9:46 am UTC
They are downloadable for free on the website: https://www.mongoosepublishing.com/pages/downloads-htm
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William L February 08, 2023 8:15 pm UTC
$30 over @ Mongoose site gets the hardcopy and PDF for same price ...
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Robert K February 15, 2023 10:59 pm UTC
@ Mongoose site the hardcopy w/PDF is $59.99, the $30 is PDF only
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William L February 16, 2023 12:23 pm UTC
Thanks for clarifying.
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Paul B December 13, 2022 4:05 am UTC
I come from classic LBBs, having not enough time to devote to MT and TNE and then losing track of later versions. I’ve seen mention of T4 and MgT 1, 2, and 2/2022 and I appreciate that this is a mongoose thread and all those comparisons with earlier versions are valid topics. Other “competitors” have been mentioned but I never see comparisons with T5. Is there a reason for that? How far apart are these on the Traveller family tree? Are they competitors, or compatible?
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Rory H December 13, 2022 5:45 am UTC
Mongoose Traveller 1st edition was designed directly from Classic Traveller rules (ignoring other editions) and Mongoose 2nd edition was an evolution from that. It is still compatible, or at least recognizable to the original rules and is still a 2D6 roll high system. It has more narration and options during character generation, and a more consistently adjudicated set of skills. Basically, it is an updated, more illustrated and modernized version of the classic game.

T5 was an expansion of Marc Miller’s T4 development which uses a roll under system, with dice pools based on difficulty levels. It also tends to include more tabular based generation systems for equipment (and everything else!). Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition tends to use catalogues more. It is a more complex system, and one for the purists. You could possibly make use of some of the maker tables, and some other included concepts (like genetics), but they are not fully compatible, no.
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Thomas B January 31, 2023 10:09 am UTC
Most of the people I've talked to that own T5 and most reviewers kind of see it as a massive toolbox more than a coherent, easy to apprehend game. The lack of most examples of what the various makers produce (vehicles, ships, armour, weapons, systems, etc) tends to mean you haven't got much actual play-ready if you buy T5 until you have done a lot of work yourself.
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Eric B October 31, 2022 10:31 pm UTC
Has the ERATTA been applied to this PDF edition?
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Rory H November 02, 2022 9:48 am UTC
It depends on which errata you are referring to, I guess? Mongoose do update their files with this sort of thing - the last update listed in the product information as March 29, 2022.
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September 20, 2022 4:02 am UTC
I'm hoping for some insight. I'm looking to mix up my D&D gaming group with some sci-fi adventure. After much research, I've settled on Traveller; and I clearly want the latest edition, so the 2022 rulebook is the place to start. But considering it's longevity and many renditions over the years, there is a confusing array of products...it seems too many. It seems that the Central Supply Catalogue and the Field Catalogue should be one product...the same with the Vehicle book and the High Guard book.

Regardless, it seems that aside from the Core rules, I should also purchase the Companion as, correct me if I'm wrong, this is essentially the DMG of Traveller. Is that correct?

Is 2300AD just a campaign setting? What other books are must-haves?
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Rory H September 20, 2022 5:48 am UTC
The only book you *need* is the core rules, and these are enough for years of play because of the various generation tables provided which allows you to randomly design sectors, planets and encounters. The 2022 Updated core rules also includes basic ship and vehicle design along with an abbreviated equipment catalogue. It is complete, in and of itself.

The next 'core rule books’ are the Central Supply Catalogue (general equipment), High Guard (for spacecraft) and Vehicles (for non-spacecraft) which all expand on those various areas with more options and examples. The Traveller Companion also includes more rules options, like a variety of character generation alternatives, for example. It is more topically eclectic than the DMG, to be sure, but does include some useful ideas. If you like PC Robots, then there is another new rulebook for that. These are all the ‘core rules’ expansions that exist. The rest is setting stuff.

The Field Catalogue is a sourcebook designed for Mercenaries...See more
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September 20, 2022 11:53 am UTC
Thank you so much, Rory. You've gone above and beyond, good sir. I'll start out with the core book and probably the Pirates setting book; that sounds very interesting. I'll see if there's enough meat there to satisfy what I feel I should know. If I find a lack of variety, then I'll branch out to High Guard and the Supply Catalogue, then continue from there.

Thanks again, you've been most helpful.
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Darren K September 09, 2022 9:24 pm UTC
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Could we get one more page added to the preview for those interested in how character creation works in order to help with the decision process on buying??
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Thomas B August 20, 2022 8:49 am UTC
I was a completeist from 1977 to the end of TNE. I really disliked T4. I've enjoyed Mongoose 1e, but haven't looked much at 2e/update stuff.

In the Mongoose version of the game, at what point did they do the most complete re-envisioning of the characters' roles in space encounters/combat? I hear they've finally focused on the players and tried to give everyone a role (versus prior versions where the RPG on the ground was player centric, but in space, it was almost a space combat wargame and the only people that mattered were your gunner and your pilot sometimes). If there's one fairly complete treatment of a player-centric space combat system that tries to engage all the player characters, where does it live?

Mongoose 1e?
Mongoose 2e?
Mongoose 2022 update?

and if it is the update, does that mean I need anyother book to go along with it as the update might not be full rules?

Thanks - I know I want (have wanted since day 1 in Traveller) a player-centric...See more
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Rory H September 17, 2022 6:12 pm UTC
The 2022 update is the latest version of the Mongoose Traveller 2e rules. It is a complete game, with a few adjustments mainly in layout and presentation. You do not need to buy another book to play it.

The 2e altered some of the rules so that combat is more seamless between space combat and ground combat. These rules are unaltered in the update.
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Phil W July 15, 2022 10:19 pm UTC
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Why is this PDF locked from adding bookmarks? The existing bookmarking is inadequate and I prefer to add my own so that I can quickly locate sections that are important to me.
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Paul B May 07, 2023 8:59 am UTC
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+1 to this. Ridiculous that it is locked when you have purchased the pdf. Buuut... I doubt Mongoose will respond. I don't see a response to a single question / comment on this page.
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Yann E June 21, 2022 9:27 am UTC
I heard there was not starship rules in the previous edition, has that changed in that one ?

Can I play Star Trek with it ?
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Rory H June 21, 2022 9:59 am UTC
Yes. It was a criticism in the previous version that basic starship creation rules were not included - and collated into the High Guard supplement.

This Updated version, however, has got basic starship creation rules and also an Index.

Yes, you can play Star Trek with it. There is mooted to be a Traveller: Prime Directive book at some point. However, my understanding is that creator has health and family health problems, which may be significant in slowing down any release. There is also a Element Cruiser boxset and the Deepnight Revelation Campaign which have characters playing commanding officers on giant starships. This is very Star Trek like, albeit in the Traveller Charted Space setting.

The default Traveller game is usually smaller, more independent crew of trading or scout crafts. However, the game has a lot of scope and flexibility for all sorts of campaigns.

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Yann E June 21, 2022 12:39 pm UTC
Thank you for your answers.

In fact in 6 to 12 months I may launch my season 2 Star Trek Adventures campaign and I know 1-2 players are not too fond of the 2d20 System, I'm looking for a replacement.
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Lee W June 24, 2022 4:59 pm UTC
Thanks for this question and Rory's response. I've been wanting to use Traveller to run a merchant campaign within the Star Trek universe (specifically the FASA Star Trek universe's Triangle area). FASA actually created their own "Trader Captains and Merchant Princes" stuff for folks to have a Traveller-esque experience within the Star Trek universe, but I fill this version would work best.

I just don't want to convert too much and I truly wish there was a "rules digest" version that nixed the Imperium setting stuff (no offense to the legions of fans of the backstory; as someone not familiar with it, it just gets in the way of learning the game...).
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Yann E June 25, 2022 9:14 am UTC
Second question, how crunchy is the game ? I'm more on the light crunch RPG these days (I'm 50 now, the age probably ^^)
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Rory H June 26, 2022 5:15 am UTC
Light crunch. The basic system is Skill (1-4) + Stat bonus (-3 to +3) + 2D6 vs a standard target number of 8. It is generally simpler than D&D. Certain subsystems, like spacecraft design, are more involved but still very straightforward. Not to be confused with other editions of the game that can be a lot more complicated - this one is easy-peasy.
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Yann E June 27, 2022 11:28 am UTC
Thank you for your answer. Maybe I will buy it for my season 2 Star Trek Campaign then.
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Albert B September 09, 2022 10:12 pm UTC
Hello Rory,
The Traveller Prime Directive (TPD) core rulebook is still in development. The Prime Directive campaign setting is the RPG side of the Star Fleet Universe, from Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. (ADB, Inc.). This universe started some 40-plus years ago with the original Star Fleet Battles (SFB) and expanded over the years through The editions of SFB, it’s various modules, Federation & Empire, it’s various modules, 54 issues of Captain’s Log, and the existing versions of Prime Directive developed for several RPG systems.

But while the SFU is based on most elements in ST:TOS and animated series (under full license from paramount), it diverges from there. It isn’t the Star Trek setting you might know from other RPG publishers nor anything Paramount produced outside of TOS/Animated material. the TPD core rulebook will have SFU versions of the 12 core MGT careers, two additional careers, plus five SFU/Federation specific careers. It will contain fully playable info on several dozen...See more
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Rory H September 10, 2022 8:17 am UTC
Thanks for that! Great news and information.
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Thomas B January 31, 2023 10:22 am UTC
I did my time in the ADB mines. I still remember the battle royale that took 3 hours to complete one single 32 impulse turn... and we had to use multiple sets of counters given the vast number of fighters and drones that were out there...

Still a great one one-on-one cruiser battle game, but man does the rules presentation changed for the better (in the larger community.... I haven't played SFB since 2000 likely). Those old 1.3.7.4.1 organization and the walls of text with little imagery is hard to go back to.

Glad you're making something more fun for ST :)
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KEVIN K June 16, 2022 10:49 pm UTC
How different is this from the previous version (which I bought a few months before this and paid to have it printed ARGH!)???
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Rory H June 17, 2022 7:49 pm UTC
Rules are basically the same and fully compatible. Changes in layout, art, and some editing choices. Nothing to lose sleep over.
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KEVIN K June 17, 2022 10:42 pm UTC
ok cool, thanks
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Jamal W May 29, 2022 6:34 pm UTC
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Is the Iron Man character creation option/sidebar in this version? No biggie if it isn't. It's just nice to be able to give my player's something of that classic feel. Thanks :)
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Rory H May 30, 2022 9:16 am UTC
Iron Man character creation rules are found in the Traveller Companion along with other alternative character generation methods and options. Not that Iron Man rules are complicated - if you roll a Mishap you die. That’s it!
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Thomas B January 31, 2023 10:23 am UTC
... and go get the T-shirt that says 'I died in character creation!'.
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Rick B March 29, 2022 7:03 pm UTC
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Does anybody know what each of the PDFs in today's update actually are? We have "Traveller_2022_Core_Rulebook_(eBook)_compressed" that is slightly smaller than "Traveller_2022_Core_Rulebook_(eBook)", plus the significantly smaller "Update_2022_Core_Rulebook". Is the Update the only thing that has the latest updates? Does anyone know why it is smaller than the _compressed version? If Update is the current, fixed version, why are the others included in the current download?
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Robert L March 13, 2023 11:55 pm UTC
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I'd also love an answer to these questions.

I'm baffled by the fact that people who make a Sci-Fi game, in 2023, can't figure out version numbers.
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