Survival Margin

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Survival Margin
TNE Survival Margin.jpg
Gateway to the New Era
Publisher Game Designers Workshop
Version Traveller The New Era
Author Dave Nilsen
Format Book (Paperback)
Canonical 1
Edition 1st
Year Published 1993
Pages 104
Available from RPGNow
Table of Contents
Root of the New Era 3
Traveller news Service 1116-1130 6
When empires fall part 1 67
When empires fall part 2 72
Ililek Kuligaan 82
Extent of the Virus 84
Star Viking timeline 86
Campaigning in the New Era 89
Traveller The New Era character conversion 95
Library Data 102

History is full of stories of societies that, just as they seem to be at their heights of power, fall to the depths that their citizens could not have imagined. Some of these falls merely passed the reins of powers from the falling empire to a neighboring rising empire, while others brought the downfall of the known world. This fall is one of the latter.

The Third Imperium fell in a frenzy of self-destruction unmatched in history. As many as 10 trillion deaths resulted from the Imperial Civil War and the artificially intelligent virus.

History is also clear that creative forces are ultimately more powerful than destructive forces. Inside every intelligent there is a force which will never be bowed. While it may be temporarily defeated, it will never surrender.

No matter the catastrophe, no matter how long it takes, it is a force that will always find a survival margin.

The Imperium is dead, long live the New Era.

Survival Margin contains:

  • Selected Traveller News Service articles recording the long slide into chaos, from the 1116 assassination of Strephon to the 1130 release of the final weapon. Annotated with the private, personal observations of Emperor Strephon, Archduke Dulinor, and Archduke Norris.
  • History of the virus - the artificially intelligent computer life form that changed the face of the Imperium.
  • Overview of the emergence of the mysterious Star Vikings.
  • Procedures for updating Traveller and MegaTraveller player characters into the Traveller: The New Era system.


Compilaton, Redaction and New Material
Dave Nilsen
Complied Material
Marc Miller, Timothy B. Brown, Gary L. Thomas, Chuck Gannon, Steve Maggi, and Dave Nilsen
Art Direction
Steve Bryant
Cover Illustration
Ray Van Tilburg
Interior Illustrations
Rick Harris and Mike Vilardi

Table of Contents[edit]

Roots of the New Era 3
A Note on Sources 5
Traveller News Service, 1116-1130 6
When Empires Fall, Part 1 67
When Empires Fall, Part 2 72
Ililek Kuligaan 82
The Extent of the Virus 84
Star Viking Timeline 86
Campaigning in the New Era 89
Traveller: The New Era Character Conversion 95
Library Data 102