GURPS Traveller First In: Exploration and Conflict Among the Stars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556343681
  • Publisher: Jackson, Steve Games, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Gurps Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
About the Author 4
About the Line Editor 4
Traveller News Service 4
About GURPS 4
1. The Scout Service 5
Structure 5
Inspirational Reading 5
Administration Office 6
Peer Review 6
Operations Office 7
Technical Services Office 8
After-Action Report 8
Detached Duty Office 9
Scout's Lament 9
Exploration Office 10
Imperial Grand Survey 10
Detached Duty 10
The Promise 11
Communications Office 12
Xboat Duty 12
History 13
Before the Long Night 13
The Sylean Federation 13
Emergence 13
Foundation of the Imperium 14
The IISS at War 14
Acceptance Speech 15
A Field Scout Speaks 15
Maturity of the Imperium 16
Scout Service Emblems 16
Scouts Outside the Imperium 17
The Present Day 18
2. Characters 19
Character Templates 19
Base Crewman 19
Courier 19
Deep-Cover Observer 20
Exploration Scout 20
Intelligence Officer 21
Personnel Officer 22
S-3 Operative 22
Security Officer 23
Survey Scout 23
Xboat Pilot 24
Advantages 24
Disadvantages 25
Skills 26
Rank and Pay Grades 26
Equipment 27
Weapons 27
Personal Equipment 27
3. Vehicles 29
Robots 29
Biosurvey Rover (TL12) 29
Geosurvey Rover (TL12) 30
Pelagic Rover (TL12) 30
Stealth Surveillance Drone (TL12) 31
Vehicles 32
Scout Expedition Dress (TL12) 32
Long-Range Probe (TL12) 33
Mobile Exploration Base (TL12) 33
Pelagic Survey Vessel (TL12) 34
Starships 35
New Modules 35
100-ton Express Boat (TL12) 36
400-ton Donosev-Class Survey Scout 36
400-ton Khadumir-Class Fast Courier 36
IISS 100-ton Express Boat Deck Plan 37
Donosev-class Scout Survey Ship Deck Plan 38
400-ton Khadumir-Class Fast Courier Deck Plan 40
1000-ton Purcell-Class Express Boat Tender 41
3000-ton Pytheas-Class Exploratory Cruiser 41
1000-ton Lirshala-Class Xboat Tender Deck Plan 42
4. Stars 44
Mapping the Galaxy 44
Resources 44
Generating Stars 45
Step 1 Number of Stars 45
The Galaxy 45
Step 2 Primary Star Type 46
Three-Dimensional Mapping 47
Step 3 Companion Star Types 48
Step 4 Companion Star Orbits 48
Galactic Clusters 48
Stellar Remnants 49
Step 5 Stellar Characteristics 50
Flare Stars 52
Generating Planetary Systems 53
Step 6 Locate Orbital Zones 53
Detailed Star Generation 53
Step 7 Place Planetary Orbits 55
Using Real Stars 55
Step 8 Fill Planetary Orbits 56
Rhylanor (I) 56
Step 9 Planet Size 57
"Hot Jupiters" 57
Space Junk 58
Step 10 Place Moons 59
Wayward Planets 59
Planetoid Belts 60
Rhylanor (II) 61
5. Worlds 62
Physical Details 62
Step 11 Dynamic Parameters 62
Tide-Locked Worlds 62
Rhylanor (III) 63
Detailed World Typing 65
Local Color 66
Step 12 World Type 67
Terraforming 67
Local Biochemistry 68
Atmospheric Pollutants 69
Step 13 Atmosphere Pressure 70
Step 14 Hydrographics 71
Step 15 Native Ecosphere 71
Step 16 Atmosphere Composition 72
Weather 72
Gaming Weather 73
Step 17 Overall Climate 74
Rhylanor (IV) 75
Step 18 Resource Value 76
World Mapping 76
Climate Details 76
Landforms 77
Climate Zones 78
Mapping Tide-Locked Worlds 78
Animal Encounters 79
Encounter Tables 79
Food Strategies 79
Survival Strategies 81
Social Strategies 81
Domestic Animals 82
Body Plan 83
Woods Devils 83
Animal Size 84
Evaluation 84
Natural Defenses 85
Landing 86
Finishing Details 88
Search 88
Completing the Design 89
Report 89
6. Cultures 91
World Data 91
Step 19 Population 91
Expansion From a Center 91
Step 20 Starport Facilities 92
Mainworlds 92
Step 21 Political Type 93
Bases 93
Step 22 Control Rating 94
Step 23 Base Tech Level 94
Determining a UWP 94
Step 24 Unity of Government 96
Resources 96
Population Centers 97
Rhylanor (V) 97
Social Parameters 98
Local Customs 98
Pluralism 99
Contact 99
Toleration 100
Solidarity 100
Tractability 101
Aggression 101
Pragmatism 102
Innovation 102
Providence 102
Kinship 102
Gender Roles 103
Political Institutions 104
Division of Power 104
Rhylanor (VI) 104
Generating Institutions 105
Imperial Nobility 106
Rhylanor (VII) 107
Technological Profile 108
Interest Groups 108
Physical Technologies 110
Legal Structure 110
Progress 112
Biological Technologies 115
Economic Customs 115
World History 117
Hygienic Customs 117
Recreational Customs 118
Metaphysical Concerns 119
7. Survey and Exploration 120
Survey Operations 120
System Detection 120
What's the Difference? 120
System Mapping 121
The Gory Details 121
Planetary Survey 122
Exploration Operations 124
Is Anyone Home? 125
Contact Procedures 126
Precontact Assessment 126
The Fermi Paradox 127
Covert Contact 128
When Things Go Wrong 128
Overt Contact 129
Interdiction 129
IISS Deployment 130
Liaison Activities 131
Contact with Aliens 132
Xmail 132
Trading Stations 133
8. Adventures 134
The Scout Campaign 134
Scouts at Other Times 134
Adventure Outlines 136
Kwai Ching 136
Diplomatic Pouch 137
The Kwai Ching Technocracy 138
Hard Extraction 139
Adventure Seeds 139
Algine 141
Algine: World History 142
Index 143
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