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Traveller: Explorer's Edition

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Traveller is the science fiction roleplaying game of the far future. The Traveller Explorers’ Edition is an introduction to the game for newcomers that provides all of the tools you need to create adventures or even an entire campaign. Create bold scouts and intrepid scientists who travel into the unknown aboard their trusty Type-S Scout/Courier, a rugged exploration ship perfect for the job.

Dock your ship at advanced starports, visit strange worlds, encounter alien beings and animals, and take on the challenges that the galaxy sets before you.

The Explorer’s Edition provides all core game rules for Traveller, plus a universe creation system that allows referees to create new star systems on the fly for their players to visit and explore…

The universe awaits. Welcome to Traveller!

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Dani J April 19, 2022 7:23 pm UTC
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I can guarantee you. This is one of the very best books Mongoose pushed out for Traveller. This is a must buy
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Darren K May 31, 2022 12:09 am UTC
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agreed
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John N July 28, 2022 3:56 am UTC
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Absolutely. For the price and the amount of information contained, it's a must have. Affordable enough so that every player at the table can have a copy.
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Daniel D April 12, 2022 10:01 pm UTC
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Just to you know, book have 72 pages. Very good quality.
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Shawn R December 17, 2021 6:26 am UTC
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Chemistry on page 22 isn't bolded.
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Shawn R December 17, 2021 10:33 pm UTC
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On Page 26, under weapons, short range is not bolded
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Nicholas B December 17, 2021 5:28 am UTC
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Okay for those wondering this is "Traveller, the scientist and scout edition," a concise set of the core Traveller rules, with a focus exclusively on these two careers. It includes details on a scout ship as well, and enough equipment to satisfy a campaign centered around scientists and scouts exploring. It has the world generation rules, and pretty much everything you need to run campaigns indefinitely, as long as you are ready to focus on an exploration style campaign. This book for veterans would be useful to hand to players who want an easier bar of entry to learning the rules (Traveller is a very easy game to learn and play, but it doesn't have that impression to new players initially). For those who just want the full enchilada, I strongly suggest the Traveller Core Rules 2022 Update which is a fantastic revision of the current MGT era edition of Traveller, and has All The Stuff. But if you want to test the waters on Traveller, or if you want to run a Jack McDevitt-styled Priscilla Hutchins Academy...See more
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Michael B March 01, 2022 2:01 am UTC
So is this an updated version of the LBB edition? I have those in pdf, and want to play that system style.
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Nicholas B March 01, 2022 9:08 pm UTC
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This is based on the current Mongoose 2nd edition version of the rules. If you want the real LBB experience it is still in print on dtrpg under Game Designer Workshop's storefront in a couple POD editions. That said, if you want updated rules that still support that experience either MGT 2nd edition Core Rulebook 2022 edition will work nicely, or take a look at Samardan Publishing and Stellagama for what they have done with Cepheus Engine, an OGL edition of Traveller which has versions that try to replicate the very specific feel and design limits of the original Classic Traveller (and other experiments).
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John J March 16, 2022 1:10 am UTC
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Agreed. The original LBB were broken as heck. Completely missing vehicle rules, chargen was spotty, no unified task mechanic (which could be a feature), and far often too 1970s sci-fi in tone. However, where LBB shined was not forcing the bloody Third Imperium setting. Bleh. Played it all through the 80s and 90s, boring. I want a sci-fi toolkit, and that said this little explorers edition might be the thing. Get the great components of a clean system found in Mongoose Traveller 2E but strip out all the unneeded backstory and setting. Frankly, I think this *might* be a test balloon by Mongoose to see if they can compete with Cepheus Engine for a more generic ruleset, which I would welcome. CE is fine, but it is rough in design, layout, and execution (being based on MonTrav 1E).

Seriously Mongoose - how about diverging and taking this wonderful Traveller engine in new directions. I would love to see a "spadex and blaster" 1980s Traveller like Star Frontiers. Or perhaps a "rebels vs. empire"...See more
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Darren K December 15, 2021 2:20 am UTC
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Would it be possible to add shield rules (forcefield) in starship section?
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Paul H December 21, 2021 4:10 pm UTC
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Traveller does not traditionally have "shield" rules, unless you count Black Globe Generators, which are not really relevant to this type of campaingn except possibly as a plot device.
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Christopher G January 03, 2022 4:32 am UTC
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High Guard has alternative rules for shields.
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John J March 16, 2022 1:15 am UTC
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Yeah, but once again totally mated to the Third Imperium conceit of tech progress. I would frankly just decide whatever TL you want for shields. I add in personal shields like the ones used in Star Frontiers/Space Master/GURPS. It seems the Mongoose authors are willing to stretch the tech and premises somewhat, but they are concerned with the rabid Traveller gronards losing their minds if change happens too fast. I dared to mention a Star Frontiers conversion to MongTrav2E and was shuit down so hard it was silly. Like I had committed sacrilege. Heck, I well recall the s-storm that happened with MegaTraveller and the Virus (which I though was kinda cool).
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Lee W June 16, 2022 7:51 pm UTC
See, applying the rules to my own idea of sci-fi is really the only reason I'm interested in Traveller. Honestly, the background stuff (Imperium) gets in my way. I'm like you and would love to see (or do myself) a Star Frontiers "conversion", but I really want to run a merchant campaign in the FASA Star Trek universe. FASA had its own "Trader Captains and Merchant Princes" material, but I think Traveller's focus on trade and small ships would be perfect.
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Paul B December 12, 2021 5:52 pm UTC
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Handy compressed reference and system teaching tool
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William I December 10, 2021 4:43 pm UTC
Any chance for a hard-copy version? Would be a nice gift.
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Rory H December 10, 2021 6:14 pm UTC
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There is a pre-order for the hardcopy on Mongoose’s site. Link: https://www.mongoosepublishing.com/traveller-explorer-s-edition.html?fbclid=IwAR20V_ZCfCWN0Xdsu6rWARV2n-lMJsHd-2M19iIzIOJ-37bxkXpIClcxHeE
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William I December 12, 2021 7:20 pm UTC
Cool - grabbed it.
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christopher M December 10, 2021 2:02 pm UTC
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I agree, though honestly at a dollar, I can’t pass this up!
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Mark H December 10, 2021 11:55 am UTC
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An index in the preview would've been nice.
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Michael F December 10, 2021 2:06 pm UTC
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Agreed. So, this is essentially a "Quickstart" set of rules? Does it include the solar system creation system NOT included in the Starter Set?
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Matthew S December 10, 2021 2:22 pm UTC
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Let me see what I can do...
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Matthew S December 10, 2021 2:23 pm UTC
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Okay, had a twiddle - give it a few minutes and a refresh for Drivethru's servers to get into gear and then you should be good to go!
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Mark H December 10, 2021 2:32 pm UTC
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That's good, thanks
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Jason C December 10, 2021 10:07 pm UTC
It does include system creation. I don't have access to the Starter Set so I don't know about what was missing from that.
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Rory H December 11, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
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World and Universe Creation rules were included in the Starter set, as they are in the Explorer’s Edition.
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James J January 02, 2022 11:59 pm UTC
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Great Customer Service. Thanks, Matt. Still running games here in Thailand. This is perfect as a gateway for new players.
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