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MT MegaTraveller (DGP) Adventure: Manhunt

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Manhunt is an adventure module for MegaTraveller which takes your players on a quest for the legendary Victory Belt, an asteroid belt consisting entirely of the rare and expensive element onnesium-118. Only the basic three-volume MegaTraveller rules set is required to play Manhunt, and the referee should familiarize herself with both those rules and this module before play begins. Other MegaTraveller supplements and sourcebooks are available that will, though not essential, provide a wealth of further background information. Particularly useful is the Rebellion Sourcebook from GDW. Both of these provide the rich detail that made Traveller famous.

Manhunt was projected for publication in 1990, but its publisher DGP closed their doors before Manhunt saw print. Now, the original manuscript, recovered from a 3.5 inch floppy, has been rehabilitated and polished for publication.

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Contents

  3  Cometfall

  5 Trin's Veil Subsector

10 Cometfall S1: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

15 Cometfall S2: On the Comet

27 Cometfall S3: Fight or Flight

35 From Trin to Fharnas

37 The Fharnas File

39 Kasear Subsector

47 Sophont: The Kur'Apaa

49 Fharnas S1: How Much Further?

59 Fharnas S2: At the Archive

65 Fharnas S2: Information Retrieval

68 IISS Personnel File

69 From Fharnas to Antares

71 Appendix A: Player Characters

72 Appendix B: The Type J Seeker

77 Appendix C: Character Conversions

80 Appendix D: Wonderful Things

 

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Michael W June 21, 2022 2:51 pm UTC
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Another big thank you, i now have the pod on its way to me :)
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Marcus S May 06, 2022 2:16 pm UTC
It looks like this adventure is part of a trilogy and, as I understand it, the other two parts were never written.
Does the adventure have a satisfactory conclusion or are there lots of loose ends that were going to be tied off in the later installments?
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Nick G May 11, 2022 1:59 pm UTC
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The book contains two scenarios (Cometfall and the Fharnas File) that are part of the larger trilogy (and my intention for the other two books is that they should contain two scenarios each). There are some loose ends at the end of Vol.1 - that's inherent in the structure - but they could be integrated into a larger campaign such that you could fit other things between the two scenarios, and between the Fharnas File and the next book (the book contains some capsule scenarios to that end).
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Roger M May 02, 2022 7:56 pm UTC
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As of 2-5-2022 the Contents given on this webpage is not same as book - Appendix C is actually 'Traveller Conversions' and not Character Conversions and has Mongoose 2 and Traveller 5 stats for ships, vehicles and robots but not for the characters.
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Brian M May 01, 2022 11:56 pm UTC
Does this convert easily to Mongoose Traveller 2E? I'm not at all savvy with the version compatibility. But this sounds great!
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Nick G May 02, 2022 6:19 am UTC
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Appendix C contains conversions of all of the ships, vehicles and robots in the book.

The MegaTraveller task system is roughly compatible with that in Mongoose 2e; shouldn’t present a problem for most referees.

I didn’t convert the characters - conversion is mainly a question of picking an appropriate alternative skill in the cases where MgT2e differs from MT.
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Roger M May 02, 2022 7:42 pm UTC
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Very compatible - the starships included have Mongoose 2 conversions in an appendix and character generation is so similar that there are just a handful of skills that might need to be renamed and you can do that on the fly.

One issue is that it is set in 1119 in Megatraveller's Rebellion Era when the Third Imperium has collapsed into civil war - but the civil war itself is not a major theme in this scenario so you can easily change the date to pre-Rebellion.
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Nick G May 03, 2022 8:37 am UTC
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"the civil war itself is not a major theme in this scenario so you can easily change the date to pre-Rebellion"

There are two aspects which I think might need a little accommodation.

The first is the relationship between the IISS Lapsan-Fharnas base and the undersea archive; the former is now controlled by Makhidkarun (because Fharnas is now within the Ziru Sirkaa), while the crew of the latter consider themselves to still be taking orders from Reference. It's not a huge issue, but it affects the likely resolution of The Fharnas File.

The second are some of the interstitial adventures, particularly Devil Ship and The Dog House; these rely on the Vargr incursions into Corridor post-1117.
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Tommy P May 01, 2022 6:18 pm UTC
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By Yaskoydray's invisible beard! I never would have believed this would ever see the light of day, having been 30+ years in the limbo. Thank you a million times! (Does that make it a mega-thank you, then? Ouch!)
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Nick G May 01, 2022 8:17 pm UTC
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Now imagine what it was like to find out eighteen months ago that the manuscript for Manhunt still existed, and not being able to tell people about it while I was working on it!
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Trent S May 01, 2022 2:37 am UTC
I remember picking up a flyer advertising this module at the DGP booth at GenCon 1990 and was very disappointed that it was never released, so it’s very cool to see it finally come out all these decades later. Would be even cooler with a print option so I could put it on the shelf alongside my other DGP books. [Edit: and now I see that a print version is being released - sweet!]
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Michael W May 01, 2022 12:35 am UTC
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First off a big thank you.
Next - any chance of a print on demand version?
And finally - why has this never been mentioned on CotI?
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Nick G May 01, 2022 2:36 am UTC
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Yes, POD should be available at the end of May; we wanted to make sure that the PDF was available for 1st May.

And speaking of May Day, Marc should be making an announcement on CotI later today…
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Karl R May 02, 2022 2:16 am UTC
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That's great! Hopefully support will help inspire the authors to work up those outlines. Is the announcement going to be recast anywhere?
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Karl R May 03, 2022 3:20 pm UTC
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Where or what was that announcement?
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Mikael H May 31, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
Can’t say I can find anything looking like an announcement over at COTI … I guess it is more of the emty promises and kicking the dead horse as usual from that quarter.
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Nick G May 31, 2022 8:28 pm UTC
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I received the proofs from Marc yesterday morning and sent back the necessary corrections two hours later. I’m in the UK, so it took a few days for the proofs to reach me after Marc received them from DTRPG. Have a little patience!
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Doug N June 03, 2022 7:16 pm UTC
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Tough crowd! Not that I'm checking for the POD version every day! I can wait. I've waited this long haven't I?

Oh yeah.... fantastic job on ressurrecting this!
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Adrian B April 30, 2022 9:05 pm UTC
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Priceless - thanks for making it available, at long last!
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Karl R April 29, 2022 2:38 pm UTC
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Any more DGP titles getting resurrected?
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Chris M April 29, 2022 9:04 pm UTC
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I hope so, I missed many of these back in the day and would love to get digital copies to shore up my collection.
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Nick G April 30, 2022 4:13 pm UTC
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This book is very much a one-off. DGP cancelled it (and the rest of the Onnesium Quest) in 1991, and the copyright on the Manhunt manuscript reverted to the author (Phil Athans). When DGP's assets and IP were sold to the current rights holder in 1995, Manhunt wasn't part of the deal - this is why we've been able to publish it.

Unfortunately, DGP's books remain in a state of limbo because the current rights holder doesn't seem to be interested in republishing them. I think that we're unlikely to see them resurrected (but obviously, never say never).

Regarding the other two books in the Onnesium Quest trilogy (Antares Down and Beyond the Seventh Moon), there are a few scattered notes, but no manuscripts; they need to be written from scratch.
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Karl R April 30, 2022 6:31 pm UTC
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That's unfortunate, but great to see this product!
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Christopher P May 12, 2022 6:05 am UTC
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So I have to ask -- is the plan to finish the rest of the Onnesium Quest? Is Philip Athans planning on writing the rest?
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