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I'm gonna be running Traveler in a few days. Is there any advice, stories or anything of the like that /tg/ could share with me? This is my first time running it so anything you can offer would be appreciated.
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Is that picture of what I think it is?
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>>20038350
Do you think it's the same thing I do?
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>>20038350
Transparent. Orange. Chainsaw.
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>>20038354
Probably, few other things includes bright orange chainsaws.
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>>20038321
I've been present at a gamestore where they have been playing Traveler for quite some time. Things I've picked up on so far:
The DM always has bigger ships than yours. You are a cargo ship, dummies, stop thinking you can into combat.
The party will get arrested if they ever touch planet, no exceptions.
Always make sure you have enough fuel to make at least 5 more jumps than you planned on.

I don't know if Traveler is normally run so space-heavy or if people normally pick a planet and (generally) stay there.
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>>20038350
>>20038354
>>20038357
Transparent Orange Chainsaw mind.
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>>20038354
>>20038350
It is what you think it is.
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>>20038321
I would love to run a game that had the players be miners and go around being those guys, the rock raiders, and the aquanauts.
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>>20038321
>that picture

HOLYSHIT!
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>>20038400
Blacktron as the BBEGs?
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>>20038404
>>20038350
>>20038354

I posted a picture more interesting than my subject didn't I?
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And to think just last weekend he was voted off the /tg/ soccer team.
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>>20038400
While slightly less related, a Bionicle campaign (Mata Nui only) could also be pretty bitchin. Have a bunch of druidic warforged running around a tropical island.
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>>20038416
just a little bit
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TRANSPARENT

ORANGE

CHAINSAW
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>>20038416

Classic blunder. Better luck next time.
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This seems like just the thing for me and my friends. What version of this game should I look at?

I'll probably be GMing.
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>>20038449
Oh hell yes. But they're more like Warforged mixed with Elementals or something
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>>20038522
That's what I'd like to know, but I posted Orange Transparent Chainsaw, so we'll hafta wait for another thread unfortunately.
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>>20038522
Mongoose
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>>20038533
Warforged elementals trying to save cities of miniature warforged from frightening biomechanical monstrosities constructed and/or corrupted by a mechanolich? Hell yeah, motherfucker.
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My main advice to new players is this is not DnD, if you get into a fight and you are not prepared, then enjoy being killed fast, or being crippled for the rest of your life, bullet wounds hurt.

Don't fight fair if you don't have to, ambush, or make sure you are fighting people several TL's lower than you are. And if none of those options exist get behind cover fast.
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Grab "Stars Without Number." Its a d20 Traveller clone but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that its free (I think so) and what you want to look at is its worldgen.

Steal the Tags from its worldgen. Instant flavor for any world you roll up.
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>>20038610
Doesn't the core book have a huge table for flavor already? Though that might be the Campaign Guide splat book, I could be mixing them up.
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But what system/fluff would we use for scifi arctic explorers who use transparent orange chainsaws?
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>>20038646
Well in all honesty Traveller could do this just fine.
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>>20038623
Mongoose corebook has the "Cultural Quirks" table which isn't bad. More inspiration's always nice though.

OP, what books are you using? If you have the career books you might want to not use those for chargen, just the extra gear/any rules you like. Keep things simple.
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>>20038321
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>>20038682
I'm using Mongoose. I'm having a little trouble with this character creation. It's cool as hell, but a lot is going into it.
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>>20038820
> I'm having a little trouble with this character creation.
What kind of trouble?

I'd suggest the first session be chargen and getting set up, maybe some intro gaming. I think you're supposed to do that anyways, what with the Connections rule.
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>>20038879
Isn't that true for basically every game? Aside from things that are supposed to be one-shots.
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>>20038879
That's my understanding. The book reads like it expects the players to build characters together.
Now, I've never played Traveller (I want to, it looks fun), but I've done some character generation for shits and giggles and it's taken something like an hour and a half each time. Mind, it would probably be faster with pencil, paper, and actual dice versus doing everything on my computer, but still...
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>>20038879
>>20038879
We're playing over the net, as best as we can manage. Over skype is the best option we have so far. I've been told there are better ways, but I'm not aware of them.
And I'm slowly figuring it out. Just so many tables.
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Amazing picture OP
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>>20038959

It's definetly a system where you have to put in a bit of reading to figure out how to make characters. It's barely kept together, the chargen process, but it's much more fun when you have the party making characters at the same time, so you can get those bonus skill rolls.
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bump
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>>20038959
You could try that google multiple video chat thing.
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>>20039885
>It's definetly a system where you have to put in a bit of reading to figure out how to make characters.

I found that it *really* helps if you read through the example presented at the end of the section.
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>>20040806
Some of my players are a bit shy. They role play much better if no one watches them haha
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>>20038430
Technically transferred to /toy/.
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>>20040894
>Technically transferred to /toy/.
What a bunch of cunts, he's one of our star players!
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It is now time to talk about a campaign where players are a combined arms force of:
Ice Planet miners
Aquanauts
Rock Raiders

Against the Blacktron.

WHAT SYSTEM DO WE USE /tg/?
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>>20040940
Are those worker guys wearing sleeveless tuxedos?
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>>20040940
B-but what about Electron and Space Police?
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>>20040954
Sorry about that, I mean Mtron and Space Police, also do Blacktron include the future generation?
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>>20040954
FUCK IT EVERYONE IS INVITED

WE CAN INVITE THE AQUA SHARKS TO PISS OFF THE AQUANAUTS TOO!
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>>20040990
AWSHIT, SILVER CRYSTAL MASTER RACE
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>>20040980
Mtron and the Futuron can be allied with Blacktron to make the Tronnian Alliance as the BBEG faction.

Futuron can be timetravellers.
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WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS
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This whole thread.
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>>20040940
brikwars.
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this is a good thread.
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Jesus christ, I never knew there was so much fuckwin art for ORANGE TRANSPARENT CHAINSAW. Now I feel bad he's not on the /tg/ cup team.
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>>20041369
He isn't?
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>>20041390
He was in the winter cup, got shafted in the summer cup.
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welp. because of this thread i just purchased a Lego Ice Tunneler off of ebay.

Do you see what your careless actions have wrought OP?!
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>>20041411
You're very welcome.
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>>20041405
Nah he was in the Summer Cup too, but he was voted off and is now on /toy/ I believe.

People have been trying to vote him off ever since he was put on the team. Too bad this thread didn't exist back then.
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>>20041411
I was just browsing ebay for that fuckhuge rock raiders thing
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>>20040990
>>20041115
Aw shit, I remember having these fuckers.

I feel the nostalgia overtaking me.
It is a good pain.
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>>20041411
>implying we didn't just enrich your miserably mediocre life with childhood nostalgia,
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>>20040990
Fuck yeah Aquasharks.
Used to love this smug motherfucker right here.
Look at that fucking sexy hair.
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This thread has been archived for posterity's sake. You'll find it at suptg.

Now dumping pictures of various lego sets mentioned in this thread to keep it alive.

> Begin

Kerrik, pylon orange visor raised, looked down on the world below. He was standing on the observation deck of the Halcyon, a megaton heavyweight Cubecracker-class resource haulship.

Its immense, boxy design loomed in low orbit over the twirling ball of frost, snow, and freezing wind, casting a rectangular shadow on N.C.N 909, colloquially known to the Chillnauts as Crispquill. It, like many other worlds, held treasures constantly sought for by the human race. The Earth was abandoned, and the galaxy beyond Sol was a much less hospitable place than originally thought.

It turns out that the green, blue, and brown marbles of life that the homeworld had been was actually a rare oasis of accidental life. In the three hundred years since the evacuation, only seven other worlds forgiving enough to allow relatively unassisted human life to live on had been found.

Anywhere else wasn't so accommodating.

Mankind found it easier to live on floating, airless rocks. Homes were made on asteroid belts and dead moons, but some nomadic groups chanced existence on something a little more daring. Kerrik was part of the Chillnauts, one of the few groups which still lived back in Sol. They made their home on both the light and dark side of Pluto.

Crispquill wasn't all that different from the little dog planet. Except it was the size of Neptune.

Chillnauts specialized in making their living off ice harvesting; not just frozen water but dry ice as well, and everything found within it.

But Crispquill wasn't all ice.

Kerrik got clapped on the shoulder by a hand that looked like it was from an exosuit. It wasn't.
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GUYS

GUYS

WHERE ARE THE INSECTOIDS?
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>>20041577
proceed
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So there's a storyline there, right? A continuity.

First there were the 1978 grey/blue guys. Low tech, no factions/adversaries yet. The pioneers, the explorers. Scouted out Lego space for the rest of them. Most likely belonging to some international space agency.

Fast forward a few decades. Colonies were founded, and trade begins. Space promises untold wealth, and lures all kinds of people out into the dark. Futuron settles first, opens up the frontier.

Then Blacktron appears, first in their early, yellow-black form, starts preying on the settlers. Space Police is founded to deal with them.

Fast forward again. Corps have evolved further, specialized. M-Tron and Ice Planet guys are hauling in the big bucks, while Aquanauts exploit the riches of the seas back home. Blacktron has stayed on top and is still organized and high tech, still battling for dominance of the frontier with Space Police.

And so on. Unitron deal heavy blows to Blacktron, Spyrius are robot as fuck, the grey-blue classic guys have evolved into the all white trekkish Exploriens, who are still out there at the farthest fringes of explored space.

Then, and only then, do they find the first hints of intelligent alien life.

Enter the UFOs, Insectoids and what have you. Possibly another fast forward somewhere in between.

There are powerful stories in there. Stories told in plastic bricks and minifigs and That Damn Piece It Was Right There Just Now.
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>>20041577
"Quit daydreamin' kid. It's time to grind some ice down and bite the rock."

Dorrigan. A Rock Raider.

"Sorry. Is the Defender ready yet?"

Dorrigan turned like a mountain on a tectonic plate, making his way to the hanger. His backpack was fat with all kinds of geological equipment, but most prominent was the personal rock borer, currently in standby mode, locked into the side of the pack by way of servo assisted arm.

"Yeah. Lamina is just busy figurin' out some rigging needed to secure that toy of hers. Come on. We drop in ten."

Crispquill had a core made of equal parts solid iron and granite. Scans indicated certain areas were hollow, suggesting a grotto system.

The Chillnauts reached out to the Rock Raiders for help. They obliged, on the condition that they be allowed to chart and lay claim to any useful metals found in the core during the operation. It was a fair exchange, on the condition that the ice cold surface remain the Chillnaut's claim.

They walked down the cyan coloured halls of the Halcyon, making their way towards one of its many hangars. They knew they were near theirs when they heard the sounds of an engineer cursing in the slithering language of the Aquans and the gurgling retort of something that should have never been brought for a space jaunt.
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>>20041590
Aww shit, son!
I used to have that set!
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>>20041811
Me too! Green Guy was fucking boss nigga.
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>>20041846
Would you, /tg/?
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>>20041780
The stories I came up with were constrained by what I had. I only had one original Blacktron, who was a bad-ass mercenary. He never lifted his visor. Nobody was really sure if he was even human. I also had one classic space blue guy*, who was a remnant of a once mighty empire, still wearing the chest piece of his old space suit, even if he had scrounge up a different set of leggings and a new helmet. I had fuck tons of M-Trons and Blacktron IIs*,who were rivals, competing for the best resources. Blacktron IIs weren't "bad guys" just guys. M-Trons started shit just as much as Blacktrons did.
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>>20041918
>implying anybody on /tg/ wouldn't
C'mon man.
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>>20041918
>insect
>robot
Who wouldn't? That's like asking /tg/ if they want to fuck a cyborg thri-kreen.
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>>20041809
The three story tall hangar, two hundred meters in length and filled with a fleet of well polished silver and blue coloured vehicles all neatly arranged in many, many rows, uncountable. One might almost say this was enough to invade the world with, but these were not warmachines. They were just tools for the Chillnaut trade.

Under the celestial white ceiling lights, these vehicles almost glimmered like sapphire chrome. Their arrow shape suggested fighters, but they were really just surface surveyor craft. It was possible to pilot them manually, but that was hardly necessary. Their auto piloting systems were reliable enough.

Like pebbles to a large stone, however, the surveyor craft gave wide berth to Kerrik's Defender; one of several dozen, all being sent down five minutes from now to designated landing zones. The LZ's were selected because they were near thinly skinned ice lakes. Only three kilometers of ice. Breaching it would be easy.

The Defender was a modular craft; the two cockpits could detatch and be utilized as surface speeders, the midsection could then operate as an independent launching platform for whatever was loaded into it - in this case, a reusable plasma bore system - and the rear section acted as a small hangar or cargo bay for tools and equipment.

The two men climbed into the portable hangar, finding themselves looking at the snub nosed, torpedo shaped chassis of a vehicle that was at odds with the others in the Halcyon. Instead of the blue and white of Chillnaut technology, its hull was marked by black and yellow, though the azure canopies normally associated with this type of engineering was replaced by the bright orange glass, distinctive normally only on Chillnaut vehicles. The vehicle was twenty meters long, just large enough for a crew of three. Chrome coloured mining equipment clustered its bow and belly like fish trailing its entrails.
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>>20042020
This is fantastic.
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They stepped through the access hatch and clambered through the claustrophobic confines of the submarine to its engine room. Someone was bent over its electric engine.

"Lamina! How's the Tadpole?" Dorrigan teased.

A bronze haired woman wearing a white and blue form fitting diving suit, though without flippers, looked up from the messy engine she in the process of molesting. The bullseyed submarine patch on her left shoulder marked her as an Aquanaut.

"It's called the Screaming Halibut. And she's doing fine, despite the mess you see. She'll be good to deploy when Kerrik does his thing."

"Did you have any problems?" Kerrik asked.

"Initially. Just a brief compatibility problem between your thermal shielding system and the Halibut's computer systems. We ... well, this is space age stuff. I had to build a whole new computer system and kitbash in some control hardware from Stone Hound tech and yours just to get everything to work together.

The two men exchanged a look with one another.

Without even looking at them, she dove back into the engine, "Don't be stupid. I triple checked and ran a few tests. It all works."

"And the hull?" Dorrigan this time.

"I know all about hull stress and pressure distribution. She'll hold all the way down."

There was a nod of approval from the Chillnaut, "Good. I'll be in the cockpit." He left the Halibut, preparing his ship for lift off.


"Anything I kin help out with?"
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After Earth became uninhabitable life grew dull. When you're working to survive you don't have much time to relax.

Eventually, as further mechanization was implemented and more colonies founded the human began to find a new commodity: Free Time. And as long as there are opportunities to exploit, there will be men to exploit them.

A challenge was issued across the Galaxy. An anonymous Champion claimed that he was unbeatable and that no wheeled craft could best him on the holographic track. No one knows how he got the money to build his holodome or personal space-station track, nor how anyone could afford the colossal sum any winner is promised.

All we do know, is that all races are televised 24/7 PPV at a measly rate of 4-Bricks per minuted.
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Hey guys what's going on in this thread
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>>20042348
"Yeah. The mining equipment that you asked me to install. One of the reasons I was having compatibility issues... It's missing a few automation systems. Things the computer was expecting to be there were not."

"I like to work with my hands and eyes, missy. Fuck the computer."

"And if you get knocked out?"

"By what?"

"We get jumbled around, you get thrown against a bulkhead. Concussion, worse, skull fracture. We can't complete our mission. That."

"You expecting to be jumbled by a planet with no life on it?"

"Try a current shift pushing us into an underwater mountain. No CONFIRMED life on it. The frostmen just did a surface scan. You have yet to see the ocean underneath."

"I don't need computer assistance."

"Not calling your skills into question. Look, just get the system as a backup. Alright? There's an automated backup for all three of us that way in case any one of us gets knocked out."

The Rock Raider chewed on something for a moment. He looked like he was going to spit but then thought better of it. The woman was holding a pneumatic hammer.

"Awright. But I ain't running it when I'm doing my thing. I'm better than a machine."

She waved him off as she quickly fastened several couplings together.

Kerrik spoke through the communication system of his Defender, hooked into the Halibut's own.

"Klaxons are going off. The hangar doors are opening. I just got word from Command. They're wishing us all good luck. Kerrik out."
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>>20042381
Of course, some of these new colonies regressed in technology, only to be rediscovered years later and welcomed into the intergalactic community, pasttimes and all.
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>>20042408
The pregnant Halcyon gave birth to fifty six new stars that day. As the fleet of Defenders split themselves across the planet, equidistant from one another and spread out to hit all their targets simultaneously, their hull bottoms hit Crispquill's atmosphere with a whipcrack of energy.

As each broke through the planet's veil and descended through its thin skies at speeds many times that of sound, the heat wreathing their hulls blinded them to a brief event that simultaneously occurred on the surface.

A series of neon yellow dishes, each a small compound glittering topaz eye in an immense shining array framed by an armoured ichor coloured chassis mounted on a dozen dozen wheeled suspension system aimed themselves at the heavens. They stabbed at the skies with an interrogative radar burst, tracking the falling stars and their birthing satellite. Course projections were plotted, analyzed, predicted, then stored.

The machine two rows of dishes suddenly spread apart, and folded themselves back into the chassis, like a beetle collapsing its wings, then tucking them under its carapace. Plating slid carefully over the delicate sensor systems. A new dish, one more spiny and made of high reaching spires, rose up from the wheeled colossus, linking up with a satellite that orbited freely above.

To all but the most scrupulous of sensor sweeps, this satellite remained unobservable to many conventional and advanced sensor systems. As far as the Halcyon was concerned, it simply did not exist.

This satellite received a tight-wave neutrino burst from the heavy ground beetle below, then relayed the information and the message to an object as large as the Halcyon that drifted quietly in the dark spaces beyond Crispquill's gravity well, and beyond the haulship's sensor systems.
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I love everything about this thread.

On the subject of Traveller, there's a cool series of "101 Xs" sourcebooks. 101 Cargos, 101 Governments, 101 Corporations, etc... /rs/ has downloads.
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>>20042607
The information contained the landing sites of the little stars that fell onto Crispquill.

The message was as follows:

XANTHRON REPORTING. 57 OBJECTS SIMULTANEOUSLY DESCENDED ON N.C.N 909 TIMESTAMP: 88:38:33:29.

It was met by a response:

ENGAGE DARKWATCH PROTOCOLS. SUPPORT IS UNDERWAY. BLACKTRON OUT.

A titan woke. Its hull a long, flat affair, with both of its wide faces symmetrically dotted with fins and long glowing antennae, tipped with tiny bulbs, like a mechanical anglerfish of ancient Earth. Its hull was as obsidian as the void in which it swam, dotted on the bow and its mid-section by four bulbous observation windows. Its bow split lke a set of lips, revealing teeth of neon green glass and clusters of an uncountable number of sensor systems.

And yet for all this, it remained invisible.

The monster began moving toward Crispquill as its belly buzzed with the hundreds of angry voices of preparing fighters.

The Blacktron were coming.
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>>20042791
I am now tired and must sleep.

Goodnight /tg/. I hope you enjoyed my work.
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>>20042791
You are good and you should feel good.
You better write more eventually.
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My second and only actually played Traveler character was a Freddie Mercury-clone Entertainer.
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When you take Legoverse hardware out of a lego canon, how would it look like? Would physics cause it to collapse, or would it take a visual transformation and work accordingly...
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>>20043024
OP's fantastic pic is probably how it would be.
It would take some work, but you could make everything look like it's actually useful, and not a toy.


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