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[Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:46 pm
by BPIJonathan
Anyone familiar with the TTA?

BPI now holds the official license to do the RPG, and just seeing what kind of discussion we can get about it on here. :-)

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:11 pm
by night_druid
Are those the large picture books detailing a war between Alpha & Proxima Centauri during the 21st century? Those were some awesome pictures; last I looked, the books went for insanely high prices (like, couple of hundred). I remember reading 'em back in jr. high.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:43 pm
by night_druid
So what can you tell us about the upcoming RPG? When will it take place? The Centauri/Proxima War (limited to basically two solar systems)? Or the era that followed, when humanity explored a bit further, finding all sorts of alien wrecks? Do we finally get to see what the alien races look like?

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:11 pm
by Gawain_VIII
I'm familiar with Traveller. I used to own the little black books (from Steve Jackson Games, IIRC) and I've browsed through Traveller 2000, but I've never had enough people interested to play it. I don't know about TTA, though. Could you give us a rundown? --Roger

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:19 pm
by night_druid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terran_Trade_Authority

Basically, it was a series of four books (I've read two or three...its been damned near 20 years :( ) that took a LOT of the beautiful sci-fi ship artwork and linked them together with a common history. The story begins in the mid-21st century; a means of FTL travel is discovered, and humans travel to the alpha-centauri system. There, they discover two races: those that live on a planet that orbits alpha centauri, who are relatively peaceful, and those that live on a planet that orbits proxima, who are war-like. Both races are somewhat close to Earth in technology. The proxima attack the alpha-centauri, starting a world-war like war that lasted about a decade (IIRC). Eventually they're defeated, but not before they got FTL travel and attacked the solar system, getting as far as Mars before being beaten back. The last two books detailed a vague time period following the war, as humans spread out and discovered a bunch of new alien races & lost ships. I recall one ship being huge (several miles) but was thought to be just one part of a much bigger ship (sorta like a bolt!), and I think there was an angel-like race that lived on a gas giant, but they were evil incarnate.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:07 am
by BPIJonathan
night_druid wrote:So what can you tell us about the upcoming RPG? When will it take place? The Centauri/Proxima War (limited to basically two solar systems)? Or the era that followed, when humanity explored a bit further, finding all sorts of alien wrecks? Do we finally get to see what the alien races look like?
The RPG is being written by myself, Jeff Lilly and Stewart Cowley. I am not sure what exactly we are going to cover yet, as we are still trying to decide how much material is being placed into the book.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:20 pm
by Big Mac
BPIJonathan wrote:
night_druid wrote:So what can you tell us about the upcoming RPG? When will it take place? The Centauri/Proxima War (limited to basically two solar systems)? Or the era that followed, when humanity explored a bit further, finding all sorts of alien wrecks? Do we finally get to see what the alien races look like?
The RPG is being written by myself, Jeff Lilly and Stewart Cowley. I am not sure what exactly we are going to cover yet, as we are still trying to decide how much material is being placed into the book.
Is this RPG intended to "pick up the torch" from The Terran Trade Authority Roleplaying Game published in 2006?

I noticed that Stewart Cowley and Jeff Lilly were both involved in that, so I'd guess that they have a good understanding of how the universe should work.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:22 am
by BPIJonathan
Big Mac wrote:Is this RPG intended to "pick up the torch" from The Terran Trade Authority Roleplaying Game published in 2006?
Its designed as a replacement of that game, yes. Stewart is no longer giving his support for that game. The system belongs to Morrigan Press so I am redesigning the RPG based around the Mongoose Traveller RPG.

Thanks.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:20 am
by BlackBat242
BTB, there are questions being asked (nice ones) about the MGT version of TTA here:
http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discus ... hp?t=17442.

I have posted a link to here on that site, but the link might get moderated out, since the owner of CotI seems to think any mention of the existence of other discussion boards constitutes an "attempt to entice members to leave CotI"... which is against the rules. :roll:

Oh, well... I've tried to link up fans & developer, anyway.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:45 pm
by BPIJonathan
BlackBat242 wrote:BTB, there are questions being asked (nice ones) about the MGT version of TTA here:
http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discus ... hp?t=17442.

I have posted a link to here on that site, but the link might get moderated out, since the owner of CotI seems to think any mention of the existence of other discussion boards constitutes an "attempt to entice members to leave CotI"... which is against the rules. :roll:

Oh, well... I've tried to link up fans & developer, anyway.
Seems that they allowed your post to remain. Thanks for sending me that way, I posted (now my post count is 1 over there LOL).

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:40 pm
by Dread Delgath
Welcome to the Piazza Jonathan! (Bobjester here from various other forums & Yahooligan groups...)

I won't pretend that I know a lot about Traveller after MegaTraveller in the 80's, so this Terran Trade Authority has me baffled. Is this Traveller (i.e. LBB, Mega Traveller, GURPS Traveller, Mongoose, T4, T5, TNE), or the Twilight 2000, Traveller 2300, 2300AD, 2320AD line of products or something I've never heard of before?

EDIT: I just checked out the Wiki entry, and I see what it is now! Neither! :mrgreen:
I've never heard of these books before, although it seems very reminiscent of Mechanismo, written by Harry Harrison... :geek:

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:35 am
by Big Mac
BPIJonathan wrote:
Big Mac wrote:Is this RPG intended to "pick up the torch" from The Terran Trade Authority Roleplaying Game published in 2006?
Its designed as a replacement of that game, yes. Stewart is no longer giving his support for that game. The system belongs to Morrigan Press so I am redesigning the RPG based around the Mongoose Traveller RPG.
That is a good call. Standardaisation is going to help everyone to fit Terrant Trade Authority in with the rest of the universe.

I hope that a lot of fans of Traveller also use the Traveller Developers Pack to make their own standardised content. (The download link is in the Free Downloads section of Mongoose Publishing's main Traveller page.) The Traveller Developers Pack is sort of like a SRD for Traveller. I love shared systems (like WotC's original D&D-compatible SRD) because they cut down the time a gaming group needs to spend learning rules and help GMs to mix and match game material from different sources.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:41 am
by BPIJonathan
I think its good too. I like the idea of being able to add aliens from one source to another (creatures, races, etc.). I am doing a couple of race/alien books for Traveller as well, so people can just drop them into any universe they choose.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:25 am
by Big Mac
BPIJonathan wrote:I think its good too. I like the idea of being able to add aliens from one source to another (creatures, races, etc.).
A couple of the people in my RPG club (the Virutal Eclipse club) are really into Traveller. If our universe (the Virtual Eclipse universe) was being actively used for tabletop games, I might be tempted to use that developers pack myself, so that I could import material from Mongoose, yourself and any other publishers (or fans) who got onboard. (We had a test game with d20 Future rules, but that system didn't feel too right.)

Anyhoo, I look forward to seeing more information about your forthcoming material. Will there be some sort of preview download on your website at some point?
BPIJonathan wrote:I am doing a couple of race/alien books for Traveller as well, so people can just drop them into any universe they choose.
Don't forget to add your information to the Current Publishers section of the Traveller RPG: Community Portal when you have a Traveller page set up on your website. Traveller fans are going to want to see the link on their wiki.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:38 am
by BPIJonathan
Big Mac wrote:Will there be some sort of preview download on your website at some point?
Being that everyone on the staff has many hats, we are trying to get this all done as quickly as possible. So yes, at some point there will be information on the website.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:36 am
by Big Mac
BPIJonathan wrote:
Big Mac wrote:Will there be some sort of preview download on your website at some point?
Being that everyone on the staff has many hats, we are trying to get this all done as quickly as possible. So yes, at some point there will be information on the website.
Great! I'll look forward to seeing that. I realise that these things take time, and I know from elsewhere on The Piazza that your company is also working on other product lines. Please give us the heads-up when you have some news on this. :D

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:13 pm
by Omega Op
So when will this RPG come out?

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:24 pm
by BPIJonathan
Omega Op wrote:So when will this RPG come out?
Ideally we have it planned for this summer.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:00 pm
by Big Mac
BTW: Is there likely to be any sort of preview for this?

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:45 pm
by BPIJonathan
Big Mac wrote:BTW: Is there likely to be any sort of preview for this?
Anything is possible. Right now we are working on putting the book together, everything will come. :D

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:48 pm
by writermonk
I've got all the TTA stuff that Morrigan Press put out, which was a really good compilation and overview of the setting. Wonderful stuff, close to hard sci-fi, but still graspable by a layman.

I know there was a lot of hullaballo over the way Morrigan handled TTA and the writers/artists working on it. Hopefully, you guys will get something high quality out.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:50 pm
by BPIJonathan
I promise we are trying

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:21 pm
by writermonk
BPIJonathan wrote:I promise we are trying
I know there was a TTA Yahoo!Groups list, but I think it's fairly well dead these days. Too, there were a great bunch of guys doing computer modelling/design for the ships.

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:34 am
by Big Mac
@Jonathan: Just in case you haven't been following our new Talislanta forum, writermonk is actually Douglass Bramlett, one of the Tal authors, and the guy who has been rescuing abandoned Tal manuscripts (where the publisher didn't pay the author) and getting them onto Talislanta.com as part of the Lost Books project.

@writermonk: You seemed to know a lot about TTA, when you mentioned it in the Tal forum. Do you have an idea if there is any unpublished stuff floating around in limbo (like that stuff you are currently rescuing for Talislanta)?

BTW: If you do find that TTA Yahoo group, would you please post it into the [Traveller] Other Traveller Websites (& Free Downloads) and I'll update the first post. (I must get around to making a thread like that for Talislanta. :oops: )

Re: [Traveller] Terran Trade Authority

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:05 am
by BPIJonathan
We have the exclusive rights to the rpg, so if they are found have them contact me directly. I hope to have the game ready for playtest come the end of the year.