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An original game book for the Traveller roleplaying game - deck plans, game stats, adventure hooks, stunning 3D illustrations!

"Approved for use with Traveller5!"   --Marc Miller

the Fat Cat Far Trader: 200% Successful™

===  Extra Swag :: a survival guide  ===

If you're new, please scroll past this section to find the original Project Intro.

When do I pledge for Extras? 
Now!  Go for it!
You don't have to change your Reward selection. When the Kickstarter closes, we will send you a survey, where you can specify which Extras you want.

How will the Extras be shipped? 
With your regular Rewards. 
Among other things, this means Extras must all ship to the same address. This will help save on shipping as well (see Update #11).

*** Extra Swag for All Backers ***
 Extra Cutaway Poster. Pledge: +$10 / each 
 Extra 1" Deckplans.  
Pledge: +$35 / set
...see $100+ Extras below.
 
Extra 15mm Deckplans.  Pledge: +$15 / set
...see $100+ Extras below.

*** Extra Swag for $12+ Backers ***  
 Extra Books.
 Pledge: +$10 / each
 Extra Owner's Manual. Pledge: +$5 / each

*** Extra Swag for $49+ Backers ***
 
Extra "Options" Insert.  Pledge: +$1 / each

*** Extra Swag for $100+ Backers ***
 
Extra 1" Deckplans. Pledge: +$20 / set
 Extra 15mm Deckplans. Pledge: +$8 / set
...if you want only one or the other, choose it for your $100 Reward.
...if you want both, choose the 1" plans for your Reward, and add $8 for the 15mm plans.

Project Introduction

Hi!

I'm Adrian, and I'd like to introduce you to the "Fat Cat" Far Trader game book:  a starship supplement for the Traveller role-playing game.

Help us get this awesome book into YOUR hands!

hey!  this is what we want ...⤴

A year ago, I'd never heard of Traveller.  (It's a pen-and-paper RPG, the kind you spend hours playing in someone's basement with your friends, your imagination, and lots of Dr.Pepper.  The original game designer, Marc Miller, said, "I want to do D&D in space."  Over thirty years later, and it's still going strong!)  

David Blalock, owner/operator of D.B. Game Design, was looking for an illustrator for his next Traveller supplement, and I took the job.  Fairly quickly, I went from working on the 2D deckplans and the 3D CGI model to taking on the print layout for the entire book.  So far, I've been doing this all for free in what could (laughingly) be called my "spare time," but I have to admit that I've enjoyed it.

hahahahaha "spare time" ...⤴

The Traveller universe, I've discovered, is very cosmopolitan - adventures take place in locales ranging from the ("official") Third Imperium to some backwater star system your best friend just made up.  The Fat Cat belongs in the "Versis Principalities," a little corner of the universe that D.B. Game Design has big plans for.  The ship is a "far trader," a common, utilitarian (yet sleek) vessel that is suited to any number of roles - merchant, courier, chartered transport, private cruiser, and (of course) smuggler.

As work progressed, interest grew.  We got great feedback from players as they watched the design mature.  When we saw the first CGI renders of the "tpt-133 logistics transport" sailing through the void, it was apparent that the book's chosen format -PDF- would not do the vessel justice.  That's where Kickstarter comes in.

srsly...⤴  how could you not want to hold that book in your hands?

Our goal is a First Edition of one thousand copies.  They'll be sold online, plus we've already found a few independent booksellers that would be happy to have a few copies on their shelves.  (And if you just happen to be a bookseller, who would like to carry this booklet, please, drop us a line!)  

As I'm sure you realize, publishing is expensive.  Our book is going to be a softcover with about 30-40 pages, and will contain gameplay stats, detailed deckplans, a sample ship and crew, and background information and adventure hooks.  Your backing will pay for printing costs, ISBN numbers, promotional materials (including our website), and other production costs.  The print edition will also include character illustrations missing from the PDF version of the book.

Thanks very much for reading, and I hope you're interested enough to back us - even if it's only one dollar, we still have a reward for you.  If we don't meet our goal, we don't get anything: so, we really appreciate every bit of your support!  Of course, send us a message if you have any questions!

-Adrian

Hello,

I'm Dave; I'm the Owner of D.B. Game Design. I've been playing Traveller for years. I love the rules system and the setting. The one thing I didn't like was the low level of detail and style that most of the published ships had. To me they always seemed so basic, and uninspired.

Several years back, I bought a ship's write up from a licensed 3rd party publisher of Classic Traveller material. The artwork they showed on the site was pretty good - certainly wasn't your typical Traveller design (it included more than three geometric shapes) - so I had some expectation that this 3rd party product was a bit "above the curve."

So, I took out my credit card, punched in the numbers, and bought the booklet. I then waited 20 minutes for it to download (I was still on dial up), unziped it right away, and had a look. I almost punched my monitor off my desk. 

I literally could have done a better job of writing, editing, and illustrating a ship in less time than it took me earn the money I spent, and the time I spent downloading. I honestly felt mugged. I told everyone I gamed with how irked I was, and how I felt swindled. Then it popped into my head. If I can do a better job, why the heck don't I?

Three ships later, here we are.  This is the first ship I've published that I actually felt was worthy of "dead tree"  publication. Adrian has truly done an amazing job. I want this ship to be a success so that I can keep working with this amazing artist, and keep publishing more products with him.

- Dave

Extra Swag :: a survival guide

When do I pledge for Extras?
Now!  Go for it!
You don't have to change your Reward selection. When the Kickstarter closes, we will send you a survey, where you can specify which Extras you want.

How will the Extras be shipped?
With your regular Rewards.
Among other things, this means Extras must all ship to the same address. This will help save on shipping as well (see Update #11).

*** Extra Swag for All Backers ***
 Extra Cutaway Poster. Pledge: +$10 / each
 Extra 1" Deckplans.  Pledge: +$35 / set
...see $100+ Extras below.
 
Extra 15mm Deckplans.  Pledge: +$15 / set
...see $100+ Extras below.

*** Extra Swag for $12+ Backers ***

Extra Books. Pledge: +$10 / each
 Extra Owner's Manual. Pledge: +$5 / each

*** Extra Swag for $49+ Backers ***
 
Extra "Options" Insert.  Pledge: +$1 / each

*** Extra Swag for $100+ Backers ***
 
Extra 1" Deckplans. Pledge: +$20 / set
 Extra 15mm Deckplans. Pledge: +$8 / set
...if you want only one or the other, choose it for your $100 Reward.
...if you want both, choose the 1" plans for your Reward, and add $8 for the 15mm plans.

FAQ

  • "Digital" delivery means that we will either email your Rewards to you, or send you a download link and passcode.

    Our physical rewards (e.g., the BOOK!) will be shipped First Class via the US Postal Service. We've budgeted to cover the cost of domestic shipping, and we'll put the same amount towards international shipments. You will be responsible for any extra cost (including customs, etc.). We will contact backers individually regarding this.

    If you wish to make other arrangements for your rewards (e.g., faster shipping, or sending your deckplans in a tube rather than folded up, or even using another carrier), please let us know when we send the survey after the project closes.

    ***There is now a post discussing shipping options in the Updates section.***

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  • The _Fat Cat Far Trader_ will be an 8-1/2" x 11" paperback, perfect bound (i.e., bound like a book, not stapled), about 35-40 pages, with full color illustrations throughout. Tons of info and artwork on every page. Shiny cover. Here's an outline of what you'll find inside:

    Introduction :: A few pages describing the setting of the "Versis Principalities," and the general layout and specs of the Fat Cat.

    Deck Plans :: Three main sheets show every last detail of the ship's layout: the lower (crew) deck, the upper (passenger) deck, and a section (side) view. Each sheet has two or three pages of detailed information following it. Numbered callouts help locate each feature. Dave is happy, because the plans are to scale, and everything matches the stated tonnage and game specs.

    Gameplay Stats :: Complete reference tables for the Fat Cat and its air/raft.

    Ship & Crew :: A sample description and backstory for the Fat Cat "Fool's Gold," her pilot, and crew.

    Adventure Hooks :: Three original scenarios, with Ref's notes, to get your gaming started!

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  • The Far Cat is dual spec’d for Mongoose Traveller (under their open game license) and for Traveller5 (under a License from FFE). The two systems are similar but distinct, and we’re proud to be producing the first licensed ship for T5.

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  • One inch squares.

    Actually, several people have asked about 15mm squares as well, so I'll give our $100+ Backers the choice. There will be a question about this in our closing survey.

    *Update* - I mistakenly described the 15mm plans as "half inch" in the Extra Swag guide - I'm sorry for the confusion this caused! I had intended only 1" and 15mm scale plans.

    Thanks for your understanding, -Adrian

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