Trillion Credit Squadron

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Trillion Credit Squadron
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Classic Traveller Adventure 5
Publisher Game Designers Workshop
Version Classic Traveller
Author John HarshmanMarc Miller
Format Digest
Canonical 1
Edition 1st
Year Published 1981
Pages 48
Available from RPGNow
Product No. 319

Build giant starship fleets and fight monumental naval battles with Trillion Credit Squadrons. This adventure contains complete instructions for the creation of naval forces within restricted budgets, with situations for several players or just one.

  • Contents include Billion Credit Squadron, Trillion Credit Squadron, Tournament rules, and special campaign rules and maps.
  • Use of this adventure requires Traveller Book 5, High Guard.
  • As a potential location for the adventure, the book introduces the Islands Clusters Campaign, set in sparse sectors within an arm of the Great Rift, and provides history of the colonisation and development of these sub sectors.

Meta-history & Background[edit]

Trillion Credit Squadron was used as a test case for artificial intelligence researcher Douglas Lenat's machine learning system Eurisko. Lenat programmed the TCS tournament rules into Eurisko, and the system designed a fleet of large, stationary, defenseless, and heavily armed ships. This fleet then won the 1981 TCS national championship tournament at the Origins '81 convention. GDW changed the rules for the following tournament, but Eurisko adapted to the changes and its fleet won the championship again. GDW threatened to cancel the tournament if a Eurisko-designed fleet entered again, and Lenat declined to do so, accepting the title "Grand Admiral" as consolation.[1] Lenat's 1981 fleet design (including 75 Eurisko class ships) was printed in JTAS issue #10.

Credits[edit]

Design
John Harshman and Marc Miller
Useful Suggestions
John Astell, Frank Chadwick, and Stefan Jones
Graphics
Chris Purcell

Table of Contents[edit]

Introduction 5
Designing a Squadron 8
Rules and Rulings 12
Squadron Concepts 17
Paperwork 18
Billion Credit Squadron 28
Trillion Credit Squadron 29
Tournament Trillion Credit Squadron 30
Campaign Rules 31
The Islands Clusters Campaign 40
New Islands Subsector 46
Old Islands Subsector 47
  1. http://aliciapatterson.org/stories/eurisko-computer-mind-its-own