Journal of the Travellers Aid Society

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Journal of the Travellers Aid Society was a role-playing game magazine devoted to Traveller, commonly abbreviated JTAS.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Articles in the magazine were grouped in various categories, some of which only started in later issues:

  • From the Management: Editorial, sometimes including comments, ideas, and short news items;
  • Cover Article: The headline article for the issue;
  • Amber Zone: Ready-to-play scenarios, complete with patrons, rumors and nasty surprises;
  • Contact!: Intelligent beings of the Universe.
  • Modules: Official additions to the Traveller rules;
  • Ship's Locker: Expansions to the equipment lists in the basic game;
  • Bestiary: Expansions to the original Animal Encounters in the basic game;
  • Variant: A modification to an existing game;
  • Ref's Notes: Discussions on some aspect of Traveller from the referee's viewpoint;
  • Review: An in-depth look at items of interest to SF gamers;
  • New Products Seen: Short reviews of new releases;
  • Q&A: Answering questions on all facets of Traveller.

Table of Contents[edit]

Issue Listing:

JTAS (Issues 1-24)
Best of Series
Challenge (Issues 25-33)
JTAS (Issues 25-26)

Meta-history & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The first issue was published by Game Designers' Workshop in 1979 and the last of the first run was #24 in 1985. It was superseded by the magazine Challenge, which took up its numbering scheme and ran from issue 25 onwards with a broader role-playing game focus. All 24 issues in the first run, and the first nine issues of Challenge magazine were collected into three publications by Far Future Enterprises in 2002-3:

The Journal was resurrected for two additional issues in 1996 under Imperium Games, where the numbering was taken from where it was left off (JTAS #25 and #26).

Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society was resurrected as an e-zine edited by Loren Wiseman under Steve Jackson Games and GURPS Traveller. It is currently out-of-print, but is pending “re-print” by Far Future Enterprises in 2018. See JTAS SJG.

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Editor
Loren Wiseman
Writers
A vast number of authors

JTAS / Challenge Issues[edit]

This is an overview of the JTAS / Challenge Magazine (periodical) run:

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CT / JTAS / GDW Periodicals: (1979 to 1985)

Issue 1 - Issue 2 - Issue 3 - Issue 4 - Best 1 to 4 - Issue 5 - Issue 6 - Issue 7 - Issue 8 - Best 5 to 8 - Issue 9 - Issue 10 - Issue 11 - Issue 12 - Best 9 to 12 - JTAS 1-12 - Issue 13 - Issue 14 - Issue 15 - Issue 16 - Best 13 to 16 - Issue 17 - Issue 18 - Issue 19 - Issue 20 - Issue 21 - Issue 22 - Issue 23 - Issue 24 - JTAS 13-24
MT / Challenge / GDW Periodicals (1986 to 1988):
Issue 25 - Issue 26 - Issue 27 - Issue 28 - Issue 29 - Issue 30 - Issue 31 - Issue 32 - Issue 33 - JTAS 25-33
MT / Expanded Challenge / GDW Periodicals (1988 to 1993):
Issue 34 - Issue 35 - Issue 36 - Issue 37 - Issue 38 - Issue 39 - Issue 40 - Issue 41 - Issue 42 - Issue 43 - Issue 44 - Issue 45 - Issue 46 - Issue 47 - Issue 48 - Issue 49 - Issue 50 - Issue 51 - Issue 52 - Issue 53 - Issue 54 - Issue 55 - Issue 56 - Issue 57 - Issue 58 - Issue 59 - Issue 60 - Issue 61 - Issue 62 - Issue 63 - Issue 64 - Issue 65 - Issue 66 - Issue 67 - Issue 68 - Issue 69 - Issue 70
TNE / Expanded Challenge / GDW Periodicals (1993 to 1995):
Issue 71 - Issue 72 - Issue 73 - Issue 74 - Issue 75 - Issue 76 - Issue 77 - Challenge 25-77
T4 / JTAS / Imperium Games Periodicals (1996 to 1997):
Issue 25 / 78 - Issue 26 / 79
Trav / JTAS-Challenge / FFE Compilations (2002 to 2017):
JTAS 1-12 - JTAS 13-24 - JTAS 25-33 - Challenge 25-77


References & Contributions (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.