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A fanzine supporting the Traveller role-playing game. #ZineQuest
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This is a true FanZine, with most of the material produced by Fans who are participating in the Traveller5 initiative. It's about discussion, example, and bold ideas rather than finished product. So, these issues are "non-canon", although content *could* be re-used in later publications. 

Each issue is at least 16 printed half-pages (5.5 x 8.5) in a saddle-stitched booklet format. I'll mail the issues out in flat envelopes.


Ian Stead's Art 

Yes! And the better the Kickstarter response, the more I can leverage the experienced and capable Ian Stead for beautifully themed artwork.


Robert Pearce's Art

Robert Pearce, of Starship Geomorph Deckplans fame, has agreed to do character artwork. Again, the better the KickStarter goes, the more I can ask from him.


Delivery

Distribution is four issues, with the first delivered this summer.  My intention is to deliver each issue quarterly thereafter, but I'm new to this, so it may be intermittent, and it may take 18 months before I deliver the last issue.  In addition to delivery, I will make available a PDF of each issue, following the same general schedule.

Shipping is extra.  For example, typical shipping to the U.S. is about $1.30 per issue, and international is about $3.25 per issue.  The low-cost PDF-only option gets you the PDFs and forego shipping, to cut costs. 


Is it Compatible with Version __ of Traveller? 

While the Fifth Edition is directly supported, these resources typically work with any version of Traveller, or science fiction role-playing games in general. 


Who Am I?  

My name is Robert Eaglestone.  I've loved the Traveller role-playing game for decades, and have had the privilege of working with Marc Miller and others on Traveller.  I'm raising funds for a fanzine supporting Traveller -- people, starships, worlds, animals, and more -- with the fantastic artwork of Ian Stead and the moral support of Marc Miller.

For years I've been accumulating ideas about the game.  So along comes KickStarter's 'Zine Quest -- the perfect opportunity to do homage to Traveller, old-school fashion.

Risks and challenges

Naturally, if the admittedly modest target is not met, there won't be a fanzine...
And, theoretically, there could be distribution issues if many people back this project, but a printing company will print the physical product so I'm not that worried. Frankly I think that would be a great problem to have!

I've never done a KickStarter before, and this one involves mailing out the finished product. So my biggest concern is delay of delivery. It also requires some logistics -- tracking who ordered what, and getting out appropriate surveys and whatnot. This will be a learning experience. Thank you for understanding!

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    Version Lite (PDF Only)

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    Version Standard

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    Version Name

    As Version Standard above, and I'll use your name in an article in one of the issues. Maybe I'll use your name for a Vilani correspondent, or a Navy Officer, or a high passenger, or I'll name a world after you.

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    Version Bestiary

    As Version Standard, but I'll also design a beast for you, using Traveller5 BeastMaker, and according to your guidelines, that I'll use in a "Bestiary" article.

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    Version Robot

    As Version Standard, but I'll also design a robot for you, using Traveller5's robot design rules, and according to your guidelines, that I'll use in a Ship's Locker or similar equipment-related article.

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    Version Contact!

    As Version Standard, and I'll also design a sophont species for you, using Traveller5 with your input, that I'll use in a "Contact!" article.

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    Version Locker

    As Version Standard, and I'll also design a weapon, suit of armor, or piece of equipment, using Traveller5, and according to your guidelines, that I'll use in a "Ship's Locker" or "Auction Block" or "Lost and Found" article.

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    Version Starship

    As Version Standard, but I will do a foot-noted treatment of an existing Ian Stead starship. A fleet Admiral will be given your surname, and the ship class will be named for that Admiral.

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