Digest Group Publications
Description / Specifications
Digest Group Publications is known for having published some of the most innovative, creative, and best-loved Traveller materials.
Meta-history and background
In the early nineties an unexpected family health crisis created a financial burden that forced Joe Fugate to close DGP's operations. Subsequently he sold the name, product line, creative rights, and remaining stock to Roger Sanger, who has not kept the publications in print. As such many of the DGP creations have been dropped from the property's continuing canonical lore.
DGP publications are still not available as of 2017 CE.
Through its operational span, DGP's staff included:
- Rob Caswell,
- Joe D. Fugate Sr.,
- Patty Fugate,
- James Holden,
- Nancy Parker,
- Robert Parker,
- Gary L. Thomas, and...
- Deb Zeigler.
History & Background / Dossier
Between 1984 and 1993, DGP published:
- Twenty-one issues of the Travellers' Digest,
- Ten sourcebooks, and...
- Four issues of the MegaTraveller Journal.
- For a complete list, see the DGP bibliography.
|Digest Group Publications|
|Traveller - 101 Robots - Grand Census - Grand Survey|
MegaTraveller - 101 Vehicles - Solomani & Aslan - Vilani & Vargr - Starship Operator's Manual - The Early Adventures - The Flaming Eye - World Builder's Handbook
Each issue followed a regular cast of four characters as they toured much of the game's Third Imperium, allowing them to explore areas of the game's established background which were only previously little more than interesting sounding map locations. The quality of the work and fidelity to established Traveller universe details made the publication popular with dedicated Traveller fans.
DGP soon expanded their product line to include Traveller gaming supplements which included "Grand Survey", "The Starship Operator's Manual", a detailed expansion of the supplement on the game's Major Races, and many others.
As the planned Traveller's Digest grand tour story arc came to an end, DGP decided to focus the publication to shine a light on how the Rebellion effected a single area of the Shattered Imperium, in detail. The Domain of Deneb was chosen as the focus target.
Joe and Gary were contracted by GDW to work on the official Traveller rules modifications introduced with the release of MegaTraveller. Additionally the launch of the "Rebellion Era" was coordinated to be launched through joint promotions and revelations in the DPG and GDW product lines.
Around this time DGP decided it needed to branch out with its own original product line and development started on "A.I.", a game set in post-industrial future where nanotechnology had reshaped the planet and its ecological mechanics.
The game never got as far as production release.