Volentine Gambit

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The Volentine Gambit
Starcrystal 1
Publisher Cargonaut Press
Version Classic Traveller
Author Jim Long
Format Software (for Apple II)
Canonical No
Edition 1st
Year Published 19xx

THE VOLENTINE GAMBIT is an Apple computer text adventure written for TRAVELLER in the mid-1980's. Recently released for free distribution by Marc Miller, the original documentation booklet is reproduced and is featured above. In addition to the booklet, the game itself is shipped on a DOS disk in a format that allows it to be played on your PC with the use of an Apple emulator.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The planet is Mertactor / District 268 of the Spinward Marches, located at the fringe of the Imperium. The assignment is simple and profitable - recover a flashy artifact recently taken from a representative of DerBonne Merchants, L.I.C., and return it to Baron Edkos Volentine, a corporate director. You've got two days before your passage home, the Far Trader Arax House, is loaded with cargo and ready to leave. There's not really enough time, but it couldn't hurt to look around - the Mertactor outback is supposed to be fairly scenic, and you might get lucky. Baron Volentine could be a useful man to make happy.

"Gambit" is a term from chess, an ancient Solomani pastime, describing the early sacrifice of a pawn in exchange for a long term positional advantage. Baron Edkos Volentine had many pawns on Mertactor to choose from, but guess who got the job?

Meta-history & Background[edit]

Marc Miller (FarFuture@aol.com) has graciously agreed to release Starcrystal, Episode I as freeware.

Starcrystal, Episode I was originally written for TRAVELLER - a science fiction role-playing game that was first published in 1977. Over twenty years later TRAVELLER is alive and well, and is currently entering its fifth edition. Look for it at a hobby or comic shop near you.

Download location[edit]

  1. EXTERNAL LINK: Freelance Traveller

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Written by Jim Long.
Program and System Design: Terry Gray and Jeff Billings.
Continuity and Physical Systems: Ken Maniscalco.
Copyright 1985 by Ba'Rac Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Many thanks to Charles Turley for his assistance in the conversion and release of these games as freeware.

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