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Traveller5 is the ultimate edition of the Traveller science-fiction role-playing game: rules and concepts you never thought possible.

If you are new to this Project, keep reading from here; if you are already a Backer, scroll down to NEWS.

Marc Miller's Far Future Enterprises is raising funds for the legendary Fifth Edition of Traveller on Kickstarter! Traveller was born July 22, 1977 as a now-iconic Little Black Box with three Little Black Books. No one knew it was coming when the first copies showed up at the Origins Game Convention in Staten Island. In fact, D&D was itself just getting off the ground; there were no [significant] science-fiction role-playing games to speak of. And Traveller (it’s now called Classic Traveller to distinguish it from the various editions that followed) had its own quirks: for example, your character could die during character generation, for example.

The Original Little Black Books
The Original Little Black Books

This is Traveller’s 35th year, and Marc has worked for several years on what he calls the Ultimate Edition: Traveller5. It includes so many things that players have asked for, or that have been imperfectly handled previously. In fact, Marc recently said there are now systems and chapters that he didn’t know how to design way back then. But he does now, and they are included. T5 has technology beyond TL 15, clones, robots, computers, artificial intelligence, QREBS (!), alien senses, Flux. It has a whole series of easy-to-use Makers: GunMaker, VehicleMaker, ArmorMaker, RobotMaker, SophontMaker, ThingMaker. It includes mapping of star systems and worlds; there's ever the MOARN caveat: Map Only As Really Necessary, or referees would spend all their time just making maps of worlds and systems. There's a rationalized section on Psionics, and more, much more.

The New Big Black Book
The New Big Black Book

We have a series of Rewards at support levels that fully engage players and characters in the system: nobility and land grants; characters or personal ships in examples in the text, even illustrations. And for almost everyone, there is the Wall of Heroes. 

This Project is a labor of love, and we invite you to be part of it. Help us make this next edition of Traveller the best it can be. You are reading this now; share it with your friends… those guys you played Traveller with once upon a time. Let them know so they can reserve a copy too. Spread the word!

Thank you. It means a lot to me to be able to do this, and with your help, I can.

- Marc Miller

NEWS

Changes to the Rewards:

Pledge $10 (or more). The Number of Wallpapers in Swag Bronze has increased to FOUR. There’s the iconic Scout in Water, and we have added Scout in Wilds, Scout in Space, and my personal favorite (it’s on my iPhone): the Solomani Fleet Courier.

Pledge $25 (or more). Did we tell you that we'll have a video (Swag Silver) of your name being carved on the Alabaster Cliffs?

Pledge $50 (or more). We have changed (increased) the number of Traveller Dice in Swag Gold from two Black to one each of Red, Black, and White. Remember that this Swag is included in every Pledge at this level or higher.

Pledge $51 (or more). At this level, you will receive the Traveller5 CDROM. The CDROM includes an electronic version of the Imperial Scout and the Free Trader Beowulf. Accompanying the CDROM is a credit-card-size membership card in the Travellers' Aid Society with a special supporting rule, your personal or character name, and the UWP for a world of the Imperium. We also include an Imperial Cr25 coin.

Pledge $100 (or more). At this level you receive the Traveller5 Hardcover Rules Book. Every Book includes the CDROM, and also includes: A printed deck plan (23 x 35 inch) of an Imperial Scout/ Courier. A printed deck plan (also 23 x 25 inch) of the Free Trader Beowulf. A set of 12 color ship images by Traveller artist Jesse Degraff. Printed (one color-black) end leaves (those are the inside front and back covers) for the book: useful charts and tables. Finally, this book includes two Imperial Cr25 coins (one for the book and one because the CDROM is also included at this level).

The Player's Book

By popular demand, we have committed to producing the Traveller5 Player's Book: a handy digest-size rules reference tailored for use by Players but without the (primarily) Referee’s rules. We expect to produce a printed version in Spring 2013, but every Backer who orders a Book will receive a link to an Ebook version when it is complete.

Our Final Stretch Goal- $250,000

When we reach $250,000, we will be able to add a Knighthood every Book. There are 9074 worlds in the Imperium and each Knighthood will be randomly associated with a world. Since a Baron or a Marquis or a Count should also be a Knight, the Knighthood will also be added to the Noble editions.

OPTIONS

We have some nice items that some of you (but not all of you) want. We call them Options. You edit your Pledge to cover them, and we include them in your shipment.

In most cases, the options you select will fit into the Priority Mail Medium Carton we plan to use, so there is no additional shipping charge. If we need to, we will bump you up to the Priority Mail Large Carton (at no extra cost); we apply this to Canada and International as well. If the options you select mean we have to add a second carton, you will need to increase your Pledge by the International Shipping Charge (again), but that is going to be a huge order.

If you have a small package (basically it doesn’t have a book) then there is no additional shipping charge. If you Pledged at the $1 level (or any of the levels that don’t ship ordinarily anything), the same applies; we’ll cover shipping. If the shipment is International, you will need to increase your Pledge by $7 (we’ll cover the rest).

The Options we have available are:

Second Book. We can include a Second Book.The Second Book includes all the Swag of a $100 Pledge Book: the CDROM, the Cr25 coins, the three Traveller Dice, and the Scout and Beowulf Deck Plans.  If we meet the Knighthood Stretch Goal, it will include a Knighthood. Add $75. For example, your current Pledge is the Imperial Space Noble edition; you can add a Second Book for $75. You can add a Third Book for $75 also.

Double Order. We can include TWO of everything (assuming it isn’t a Limited Availability item). We double everything that you have selected as a reward. Add 75% of the base pledge amount. For example, TWO Imperial Space Noble Editions: The first is a Pledge of $150; the second adds $112.5. You can add any of the (non-limited) Editions below your current Pledge level.

Jump Drive Instead of CDROM. We substitute it for the CDROM. Add $10. Caution: do not use this Jump Drive within 100 diameters of a gravity source.

Second CDROM. Add $35. We include it with your shipment.

Classic Traveller Black T Shirt. Carefully crafted by an expert T-Shirt maker. Silk Screened on Black. You will need to tell us a size. Add $22.

NEW Traveller UPP Black T Shirt. Carefully crafted by an expert T-Shirt maker. Silk Screened on Black. You will need to tell us a size. Add $22.

4518th Lift Infantry Red T-Shirt. Based on a limited edition of 5 that was produced in 1981 (that one was a golden yellow; this one will be red). Add $22.

Traveller Dice. The new Traveller dice set. Includes 10 Black, 1 Red, and 1 White (twelve dice total). You also still get the three dice Swag you are already eligible for. Add $15.

Bulk Dice. "IF" you order the Dice Option, you can add additional dice at $1 each. Specify color (red, black, white, and [if we reach the stretch goal, yellow]).

Additional Cr25 Coins. Add them as options. $1 each. 

FAQ

  • Yes. We can include a Second Book. If we meet the Knighthood Stretch Goal, it will include a Knighthood. Add $75. For example, your current Pledge is the Imperial Space Noble edition; you can add a second book for $75. Note that to select the Second Book Option, you must already be getting a First Book.

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  • The support of the T5 CDROM people is part of what has brought us to this point. We hope that each of you will participate in the T5 Kickstarter Project, but whether or not you do, each of you will receive the Final T5 on CDROM. Plus some yet-to-be-finalized Swag. Thanks to all of you.

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  • Some Kickstarter Projects have different Pledge Levels for various outside-the-USA destinations. We have carefully researched shipping, both domestic and foreign, and come up with the following plan. All pledges at $100 or more are budgeted for about $15 for shipping, including double boxing to avoid damage, and with room for you to add various options (as available at the end of the Project). For Canada, we ask that you increase your Pledge by $25 and we'll ship your package Priority Mail International. For the rest of Terra, we ask that you increase your pledge by $40 and we'll ship Priority Mail International.

    For shipment to LEO (via Virgin Galactic) please add $200,000 (excess will be refunded).

    Upon discovery of Jump Drive, no additional charge to points Coreward.

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  • We had plans for the PDF /CDROM version as a Stretch Goal; we wanted to reach base funding first. However, there were enough people disappointed not to see it that we've added it now. Look at Pledge Level $51.

    This CDROM is included with any Pledge which includes a Book.

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  • There is no direct way to specify the options you want until we survey at the end of the Project. You should edit your Pledge to include the price of what you want as Options. When the Project ends, we'll specifically ask you what Options you want.

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  • We have an option for the Traveller Dice Set. Add $15 to your Pledge and we'll include it. If you are already at a level which includes Swag Gold, you will receive the Dice Option plus the Swag Dice.

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    You show your support for this project, and it makes you eligible to order some of the Swag listed below (perhaps all you really want is one of the Options: the Traveller Dice set). You can always increase your pledge later.

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    You show your support for this project, and at the same time feel constrained by lack of resources, either because you are unemployed or under employed, or otherwise challenged. You believe in the statement: “Games get me through times of no money better than money gets me through times of no games.” You go on record supporting this Traveller5 Kickstarter project, for which we thank you. We’ll work something out. Your pledge of exactly $2 identifies you as in this category.

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    Your support helps to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You receive a link to download the iconic Jesse Degraff Floating Scout Screen Saver (We call this Swag Bronze).

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    Your support is recognized with your name on the Galaxiad Wall Of Heroes. Your name is laser-carved on the alabaster cliffs overlooking the Sea of Mists on Ecalpemos (Pliabriebl 0411) after the crucial Battle of Shadows against the Black Fleets. Once the cliffs have been carved, you'll get a link. We call this Swag Silver; you will also get Swag Bronze.

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    Your support contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive Two Black Traveller Dice (we call this Swag Gold) as well as Swag Silver and Bronze. We can ship (just this) in a Padded Envelope (and we will ship it anywhere).

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    Your support contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. We'll call this Swag Gold-198. It includes the Traveller5 CDROM, plus Swags Gold, Silver and Bronze. We can ship (just this) in a Padded Envelope (and we will ship it anywhere). Indeed, everyone getting Swag Gold gets this; it just won't let us enter it on the previous level. You do have to pay the extra dollar. If you pledged previously, you'll need to revise your pledge.

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    Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    Imperial Space Noble Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. This book includes a Credit-Card-size Land Grant and Patent of Nobility for a world within Imperial Space. Each is unique, embossed with the sector, world name, UWP, and Noble Rank on the strikingly beautiful black and red card. Randomly awarded as Baron, Marquis, Viscount, or Count. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    This pledge level is specifically for your FLSG. Five copies of the Traveller5 Core Rules Hardback, accompanied by a certificate of Nobility appointing the bearer a Knight of the Imperium. Retail $75 each. Distribution channels will not have this add-on. Five Traveller Dice sets. Retail $15 each. A Barony for the Store Owner: including the personal card-size certificate, and an 8-1/2 x 11 suitable-for-framing Certificate proclaiming the Owner a Baron of the Imperium. $450 retail value. Shipped to a store in the USA. To ensure this goes to a true FLGS, you must be a member of the CFFRM Crowd Funding Friendly Retailer Mailing List (email info at dlair.net). If you are not a member, you should join.

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    Spinward Marches Noble Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book Spinward Marches Edition. This book includes a Credit-Card-size Land Grant and Patent of Nobility for a world in Imperial Space in the Spinward Marches. Each is unique, embossed with the sector, world name, UWP, and Noble Rank on the strikingly beautiful black and red card. Randomly Awarded Baronet, Baron, Marquis, Viscount, or Count from the Spinward Marches. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    Imperial Space Duke Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. This book includes a Credit-Card-size Land Grant and Patent of Nobility for a world within Imperial Space. Each is unique, embossed with the sector, world name, UWP, and Noble Rank on the strikingly beautiful black and red card. Randomly awarded as Duke. Packaged in a handsome Slipcase. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    Spinward Marches Duke Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Spinward Marches” Edition. This book includes a Credit-Card-size Land Grant and Patent of Nobility for a world within Imperial Space. Each is unique, embossed with the sector, world name, UWP, and Noble Rank on the strikingly beautiful black and red card. Randomly awarded as Duke. Packaged in a handsome Slipcase. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    Personalized Imperial Space Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters will be non-humans. You will also receive an Imperial Space edition book and a Count. Packaged in a handsome Slipcase. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    Personalized Spinward Marches Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Spinward Marches” Edition. We'' use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters will be non-humans. You will also receive a Spinward Marches edition book and a Count. Packaged in a handsome Slipcase. Plus Swag Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We ship this in a well-packed Priority Mail Medium Box to a US address. There is room to add an option or two as well. If you are in Canada, you will need to increase your pledge by $25; if you are elsewhere in the world, you will need to increase your pledge by $40.

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    The SEH [ Starburst With Extreme Heroism ] Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and a Duke. But there's more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive his copies of the First Edition Little Black Box set of Classic Traveller (probably not first printing, but still First Edition). We ship this in a well-packed Medium Box to a US address, or indeed, anywhere in the world at no extra cost.

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    (by popular demand). The SEH [ Starburst With Extreme Heroism ] with Diamonds Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and a Duke. But there's more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive his copies of the First Edition Little Black Box set of Classic Traveller (probably not first printing, but still First Edition). We ship this in a well-packed Medium Box to a US address, or indeed, anywhere in the world at no extra cost. (Otherwise no different from the SEH edition).

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    (by popular demand). The SEH [ Starburst With Extreme Heroism ] with FireStones Edition. Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and a Duke. But there's more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive his copies of the First Edition Little Black Box set of Classic Traveller (probably not first printing, but still First Edition). We ship this in a well-packed Medium Box to a US address, or indeed, anywhere in the world at no extra cost. (Otherwise no different from the SEH edition).

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    The Duke of Vland (limited to 1). Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and a Duke of Vland. We also include the 9-CDROM set of the Traveller canon (CT, JT, Ap-1, Ap-2, MT, TNE-1, TNE-2, T4, (and of course) T5). But there's more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive Bill Keith’s 40 x 20 inch painting of three adventurers on an alien world. Image available at www.traveller5.net/images.html.

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    The Duke of Terra (limited to 1). Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and a Duke of Terra. We also include the 9-CDROM set of the Traveller canon (CT, JT, Ap-1, Ap-2, MT, TNE-1, TNE-2, T4, [and of course] T5). But there’s more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive Bill Keith’s 40 x 20 inch painting originally produced as the cover for an Aliens Book in Classic Traveller: including Aslan, Vargr, Zhodani, Vegan, K’kree, and Hiver. Image available at www.traveller5.net/images.html.

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    The Grand Admiral Archduke of Antares (limited to 1). Your support actively contributes to our efforts to make Traveller5 the best edition ever. You will receive the Hardcover 600-page Traveller5 Core Rule Book “Imperial Space” Edition. We'll use your [ character / ship ] name in a rules example in the text of the Traveller5 Core Hardcover book, and we create an Illustration for inclusion in the upcoming EPIC Galaxiad adventure. Subject to naming review, and perhaps some negotiation for canonicity and atmosphere. Several of these characters non-human and ship designs will be non- human. You also get the Imperial Space Edition and Archduke of Antares. We also include the 9-CDROM set of the Traveller canon (CT, JT, Ap-1, Ap-2, MT, TNE-1, TNE-2, T4, (and of course) T5). But there’s more! Marc Miller has retrieved from his personal archive the original 18 x 24 inch cover painting for the Azhanti High Lightning. Image available at www.traveller5.net/images.html.

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