Traveller Ethos

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The Traveller Ethos is the idea that almost anything goes.

  • When trying to understand a Traveller idea or concept, MWM will invariably pick the least rulebound, least restraining option available, under most conditions. The Emperor will not be fenced in unless absolutely forced to do so.
  • Some things may only be found as Niikiik Luur at the Galidumlar Dadaga.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Traveller is a generic, universal RPG system. It can be used to simulate almost anything.

  • 1. It's loose and free because too much codification leads to simulationist gatekeeping.
  • 2. Traveller has a near fanatically nonconformist set of very passionate and all-too-often cranky grognard fans.

At the same time, it is:

  • 3. Traveller is a specific setting, the OTU, with a very generalized yet firm set of canon, with definite boundaries and conventions including specific game mechanics and formulas for determining specific game results.
  • 4. It's ok to try and make sense of the generalities of the OTU. Just be aware that some other fans will almost invariably and very passionately disagree with you.

But that setting is swiss cheese, it has more holes than cheese:

  • 5. Ask a question and in most cases, there is no definitive answer, not even a subjective one. And it's near impossible to find an answer because there are nearly 40 years and 2,000 publications to consult, more than any fan can reasonably research with only a dozen or so books to reference. Thus, the setting is constantly being re-invented and reinterpreted.
  • 6. A large part of the fun is in actually in playing the game and searching out the mysteries and inconsistencies!

Wiki Mission Statement[edit]

The Traveller setting is swiss cheese, it has more holes than cheese.

However, part of the mission of the Traveller RPG Wiki is to explore and fill in as many of the holes in the swiss cheese as possible, trying to navigate the impossible line in-between under-definition and over-definition, acknowledging that:

  1. The level of detail or lack of detail in any specific interpretation of the OTU, in an ATU or IMTU, is entirely subjective and highly open to interpretation. A fan can choose at anytime what to use in his or her own games. It's simply impossible to please all of the people even some of the time. And yet part of the mission of the wiki is to please as many fans as possible.
  2. Another part of the mission is to build out the AAB Library Data articles here at the wiki and aggregate over 40 years and nearly 2,000 publications worth of materials with the highest level of quality possible meeting the goals of Classic Traveller to make the Galactic Encyclopedia also known as the Imperial Encyclopediopolis possible.

Wiki Copyright Policy Goals[edit]

The goal of the Traveller RPG Wiki is to never outright or wholesale copy from any published Traveller materials, but to use illustrative and clever images and quotes from published Traveller canon to build a system reference here at the wiki as well as a setting reference for the Official Traveller Universe. So, go out and buy the original publications from Far Future Enterprises or an officially licensed Traveller publisher.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

As of 2019 CE, Traveller has over forty years of publications including nearly 2,000 published products with more coming out every year. Keeping track of what is and isn't "official" or canon just about amounts to a fool's errand. Fans have literally been arguing over these matters for DECADES. Groups like HIWG and the TML made a fine art of discussing and arguing over Traveller. In as much as a central source for canon designation exists, the Traveller RPG Wiki serves that function. The bottom line is that Traveller is a very big universe and Charted Space has almost unimaginably large bounds. There is room for almost anything within the OTU.

Don McKinney, who served as the central lynch pin of the Traveller community for many years volunteering countless hours, wrote it most aptly as thus:

"So, the moral is, don't throw rocks at other Traveller settings. We're all in the same tent, even if we imagine we're not."

Scope of Canon by Publisher[edit]

This is a rough graphical overview of Traveller canon in chart form:

                      LITERARY TRAVELLER CANON
| Scopes    |<---- Scope of Classic Traveller ---->|<----  Later Trav  ---->| 
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| Canon     |         Primary Canon                |       Not Primary      |
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| Timeline  |         -5 bya to 1115 TI            |       1116 to 1902+ TI |
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| 2010's CE |         Traveller 5 (T5)             |       Galaxiad         |  
| 2010's CE |         New Traveller (MGT-2)        |                        |       
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| 2010's CE |         Mongoose Traveller (MGT-2)   |           |     |      |         
| 2000's CE |         Mongoose Traveller (MGT-1)   |   GURPS   | TNE | 1248 |         
|           |                                      |           |     |      |
---------------------------------------------------|           |  T  |  S   |
| 2000's CE |         Traveller D20 (T20)          |           |  N  |  E   |         
---------------------------------------------------|           |  E  |  C   |          
|           |                                                  |     |  O   |        
| 2000's CE | GURPS: Traveller / Lorenverse / Imperium Eternal | TNE |  N   |
| 1990's CE |        (GT)                                      |     |  D   |
|           |---------------------------------------           |     |  A   |
| 1990's CE |   Marc Miller's Traveller (T4)       |           | TNE |  R   |
|           |---------------------------------------           |     |  Y   |
| 1990's CE |   Clay Bush Writing Corpus / HIWG    |           | TNE | HIWG |
---------------------------------------------------|           |------------|
| 1990's CE |               |                 |    |           |            |
| 1980's CE |   Classic     |  MegaTraveller  |    |   GURPS   |  C     GO  |
| 1970's CE |   Traveller   |      (MT)       |    |           |  T     JG  |
|           |   (CT)        -------------------    |           |        PP  | 
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That final, open-ended column to the far right, labelled "Later Trav," represents secondary sources, including 1248, HIWG, Paranoia Press, Group One, Judges Guild, et al. Things from which good ideas can come.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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