|Publisher||Game Designers Workshop|
The MegaTraveller Referee's Manual is a basic reference for the referee that expands on the topic of tasks, and deals in depth with vehicle design and combat (including both surface vehicles and starships), worlds, and commerce.
The thousand-year empire has fallen in an instant. An assassin has cut down the emperor and his heirs in one bold stroke and thrown the largest, most stable interstellar empire in history into chaos. There are many candidates for the empty throne, and without agreement on their qualifications, the worlds of the Imperium are divided in their allegiances. By a curious twist of fate, the assassin himself controls three rebellious sectors. The emperor's nephew, considered by many to be a murderer himself, has assumed the throne over the objections of the Imperial Assembly. Other pretenders have stepped forward. Star fleets battle throughout the disputed territories. Sectors are stripped of their fleets to fight in the rebellion, and imperial territory is invaded by alien forces sensing weakness and plunder. Sector after sector secedes from the Imperium to manage its own defense. Sector after sector falls to external forces.
And on this stage of rebellion and interstellar chaos, Traveller sets an ongoing drama of role-playing adventure .... Players travel from star system to star system, taking sides in the rebellion, fighting for their cause while fighting to stay alive. The dangers of the interstellar environment combine with the dangers of a shattered Imperium to challenge players and referees, and provide never-ending excitement in the far future.
The Referee's Manual: This book is intended as a rules reference for the Traveller referee. It includes coverage of vehicle and starship design, starship combat, world and star system generation and description, animal encounters, trade and commerce, detailed task resolution, and administration of adventures..
Meta-history & Background
Also one of the components of the Megatraveller [Box Set] (1987).
- Marc W Miller
- Additional Design
- Frank Chadwick, Joe D. Fugate Sr., Gary L. Thomas
- Joe D Fugate Sr., Gary L. Thomas
- Loren Wiseman, J. Andrew Keith, John Harshman, Timothy B. Brown
- Art Director
- Barbie Pratt
- Sr. Graphic Designer
- Lauretta Oblinger
- Graphic Designer
- Dana Reischauer
- Cover Painting
- David Deitrick
- Interior Illustrations
- Tom Peters, Liz Danforth, Steve Crompton, Rob Caswell, Richard Hentz, Bryan Gibson
- Michelle Sturgeon
Table of Contents
Domains of the Imperium Inside Front Cover Factions of the Rebellion 4 Introduction 5 Resolving Tasks 11 Referee’s Guide to Tasks 12 Generating Star Systems and Worlds. 16 Universal World Profiles. 22 Basic Mainworld Generation. 24 Extended System Generation 26 Animals 30 Producing Animal Encounter Tables 34 Encounters. 37 Encounter Charts. 40 Interpersonal Tasks 44 Trade and Commerce 46 Trade and Commerce Charts 50 Blank Subsector Map Grid. 55 Craft Design 56 Basic Hull Design. 62 Overall Craft Design 62 Power Supply 64 Locomotion 65 Communicators 67 Sensors and Electronics 68 Weapons 71 Screens 80 Bridge 81 Accommodations 82 Fuel 83 Design Evaluation 84 Starship Combat 90 Starship Combat Charts 97 Cultural Regions of the Imperium 102 Demolition Tables 103 The First Imperium 104 The Rule of Man Inside Back Cover