|Publisher||Game Designers Workshop|
|Also See||Lost Rules of Traveller|
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- It is a rules book, source book, and includes several adventures.
- It's a compilation and update of previous rules dates and materials.
Box contains 2 booklets, two-sided map, two dice.
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Library Data Entries (Public)
Meta-history & Background (Dossier)
The Classic Traveller core rules actually exist in three different rulesets. Logic would suggest using the most recent released edition; but in this case, there are rules elements of interest to the collector which would not be included.
The original 1977 release of Traveller contained three books – Characters and Combat, Starships, and Worlds and Adventures. This set of rules contains everything needed to play Traveller. However, in 1981, GDW took advantage of a need to reprint the core rules to also address and clean up the rules. This "second edition" actually adds quite a bit to the rules, but there are also some items dropped from the rules. This second edition also incorporated errata printed in Book 4 – Mercenary for the original 1977 edition.
This cleaned up "second edition" would be used for producing The Traveller Book in 1982, along with some additional material, including a special introduction for new players, two adventures, and additional details on what was becoming the Official Traveller Universe (OTU). Some additional rules did slip into The Traveller Book that appear nowhere else.
Finally, in 1983, GDW released Starter Traveller, intended at giving a younger audience a streamlined and simpler set of Traveller rules. This release dropped some of the more complicated rules, but added a different starship combat system (using range bands, much like the personal combat system, as opposed to vector movement) which many consider a great improvement on the original. Except where noted, Starter Traveller uses the 1981 edition rules.
Finally, other minor Classic Traveller rules appeared in other releases (notably Mayday, Snapshot, and the Alien Modules) which some referees and players of the Classic Traveller rules will find useful without adopting the game models in those products. This document presents a collection of rules elements for purchasers of FFE's The Classic Books 0 - 8 to give them access to these lost rules not available in the Classic Reprints collection. 
Credits (Primary Sources)
|Credit||Authors & Contributors|
|Development Contribution||Paul R. Banner|
|Development Contribution||Frank Chadwick|
|Development Contribution||Loren K. Wiseman|
|Box Cover Artist||David R. Deitrick|
|Box Design||Chris Purcell|
|Art Director||Paul R. Banner|
|Interior Artist||Donna Barr|
|Interior Artist||Liz Danforth|
|Interior Artist||David Deitrick|
|Interior Artist||William H. Keith, Jr.|
|Interior Artist||Bob Liebman|
|Interior Artist||John M. Morrison|
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