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Run away, join the circus, and tour the Imperium!  A new Campaign Source for Traveller5, with lots less clowning than you'd expect!
Run away, join the circus, and tour the Imperium! A new Campaign Source for Traveller5, with lots less clowning than you'd expect!
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By Gregory P. Lee

“It was either run away to the circus or the Imperial Navy. Sometimes I think I should have run toward the circus. Better hours, better food, and less being shot at.”

-Adm. Aramais P. Lee, circa 1089, Retirement Address.

Cirque is a complete campaign resource for Traveller5, approved by Marc W. Miller and timed to come out after delivery of T5 to the masses.  New referees and experienced referees alike will adventure in twenty systems from Rhylanor to Regina.  The "Entertainer" profession is highlighted, but there's plenty of room for characters from the more traditional professions.

Cirque in Orbit
Cirque in Orbit

The Fifth Frontier War has ravaged system after system. The Zhodani have once again been pushed out of Imperial space, but at great cost. The Sword Worlds, Zhodani allies-of-convenience, have once again been taught to respect the borders.  Vargr militancy has once again reduced to mere piracy. 

Nonetheless, civilians and  veterans alike have been scarred.  The Third Imperium, and particularly the Spinward Marches, must search for a new normal.  What heals war-weary worlds and veterans after devastating battles? Who can ease civilian memories of orbital bombardment and teleporting commandos? How does Lt. Commander Andii Houke create a new life after losing both legs in the battle for Rhylanor? 

Can a one-ring circus fill the bill?

With help and connections, Andii refurbishes a salvaged battle tender and its auxiliary riders. Houke obtains corporate and other backers, signs a multitude of entertainers from different traditions, and prepares a route from Rhylanor to Regina. The re-christened -Cirque- will bring live entertainment to twenty different worlds, and finally to Duke Norris' court, in celebration of life, peace, and an end to strife.  Cirque des Sirkas Foundation, LIC, will raise funds and the mood of the Marches.

That's the plan, anyway. There's an old Solomani saying about draining swamps and alligators...

Every planet has its own dangers, its own politics, its own troubles.  No matter how hard they try to put on a circus Andii, her crew, and all of the performers will get dragged into trouble, from liberating their bigamous Comic Juggler to fighting Zhodani sleeper cells.  And those are the easy days.

It's simple: put on the next show.  Put it on -- even if you get mixed up in a revolution.  Even if the Amusement Station has sprung a massive leak.  Even if the local primary is threatening a massive flare, and you're surrounded by hardened convicts.  Even if your distinguished Thespian is nuts, your stage manager is a weird stalker, your animal training act sings Vilani opera, your ship's lawyer's an Aslan with very sharp dewclaws, and you keep noticing Zhodani in every audience.

Even if, yes EVEN if that old blowhard Aramais P. Lee is raising hell among the Sword Worlders.  Because, of course, the show must go on.

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Risks and challenges

The main obstacle is time to write and edit, along with some research to keep consistent with over thirty (30) years of ""Official Traveller Universe." However, the outline is in place, and the writing is moving along.

The team is assembled, the licensing with Far Future Enterprises in place, and more than half of the writing done. The primary deck plans are almost done. Printing will depend on the number of orders for the paper version; an electronic edition can be distributed fairly easily.

Oh. Rolling extra T5 characters. Yeah, that's an issue. But it will get done. If you want to help with THAT, e-mail me. I can make a deal with you...

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    Grounds Pass (Basic Backer). You'll get wallpaper for your computer with art from Cirque. {You came to the parade, and now you're trying to get a peek under the tent. You're interested in seeing the clowns, the pretty girls, the Vargr Ringmaster, the tumbling Aslan, and the death-defying acts.} And, if you want to participate more, stick around. Offer to clean up after the animals, and maybe I can let you through to see the show.

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    Roustabout. You'll receive the 160-Page Basic PDF version of Cirque.

    {You get all of the basics to start your tour of the Spinward Marches and bring joy back to war-weary worlds -- when you're not running into trouble. Yes, you'll run into trouble. Here's you broom and your shovel, go clean up after those kian over there. Hell no, it's not glamorous work -- but you've already got the sawdust in your blood, and your eye on that attractive acrobat over there. Best of all, you're getting off Rhylanor and you'll be on Regina by Holiday.}

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    Performer. You get the 160-page Print Edition of Cirque and the Color PDF.

    {You're part of the act itself, a performer signed to appear with Cirque duh Sirkas. Maybe you're a juggler, an acrobat, an aerialist, an equestrian, a musician, or "just" a clown, but you get your time in the center ring -- when you're not dodging Zhodani spies and worse. You travel the Spinward Marches in style -- you have a curtained bunk in the old Marine barracks on Big Top Two!}

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    Headliner. You get the Print edition and the extended Color PDF. The Extended Color PDF is longer than the print edition, and contains larger versions of the deckplans and maps, full T5 character-generation history for all NPCs and other additional information. This lets your players (or you as referee) "adopt" a character with a better understanding of the character's history, background, and motivations. If you want your T5 experience to be more than a "hack, slash, and shoot" session, this lets you do that -- and to begin right away with fully developed characters. {You're not just any old juggler. You don't merely train small animals to amuse the crowds. You're a major draw, someone whose fame has spread far enough to draw an audience into a cramped, converted ortillery bay. Watch out for that Vargr Corsair, though.}

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    Ringmaster. You also get everything above, plus original deck plans and maps in the ProFantasy Campaign Cartographer Cosmographer format. These include the ability to zoom down to detailed levels, zoom back for less detailed levels. You can display them for your players using the free downloadable viewing program, or (if you own it) ProFantasy's CC3 with Cosmographer. Expand your gaming experience, and remember -- these game assets will assist you in running at least 20 sessions in an EPIC T5 campaign. {You call the shots. You get each act in, and make sure it all goes smoothly. You also get the headaches -- the contortionist's stomach is tied in knots, the Zhodani Mind Reading Act might really be a Zho, and the Barbarian Knife Thrower's costume won't close tightly enough to satisfy the local chapter of the Sons and Vargrs for Morality. But the real problem: the Big Draw has been arrested, and you need to plan his jailbreak.}

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    Whole Tour Backer. You get all of the above. You'll also be named and thanked in all editions, and get a chance to name one of Cirque's miniphants or kians (these Tour Backers will be drawn after the close of funding). You also get an invitation from Sharurshid's Aramais P. Lee to the Gala Opening Show on the Main Concourse of Rhylanor's Old Station. {You'll rub shoulders with other VIPs, including Leonard Stephanos Kirgashii, Duke of Rhylanor, Captain Andii Houke, Dame Jenakki Darrgensdatter of Sharurshid, cast members of Cirque duh Sirkas, and members of the new Zhodani Trade Mission to the Rhylanor Subsector. Rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of the Rhylanor Subsector and the Spinward Marches.}

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