What is Traveller?/FAQ

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Traveller is a roleplaying game (RPG).

  • It started its life as the shared science fiction universe of several college students in Illinois who later decided to publish a RPG.
  • It grew into so much more: RPG books, board games, novels, computer games, a universal sci-fi gaming system, world-building tools, etc.
  • In the end of ends, it's just a great, damn story!

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The FAQ is very limited and has restricted itself to basic inquiries.

  • However, if you still have an unanswered inquiry, please post in the Discussion section of this page.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)[edit]

Traveller FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Question Response
What is Traveller? Traveller is a science fiction roleplaying game, set in the forty-seventh century, the far future. In the time between the present day and the setting of the game; the human race expanded to the stars, ruled an empire taken in battle and collapsed back to the barbarism of the period known as the ‘Long Night’.
  • The best known edition of the game is set as one of the small pocket empires that weathered the Long Night starts to expand and reestablish an empire, the Third Imperium, culminating in the nominative present of the game set in early 1116.
  • There are several versions of the game with different settings and publishers.
Which version of Traveller should I start with and why? This is an entirely subjective question. Nearly every version of the game is available either from FFE in compilation form or from an active license holder such as Mongoose.
  • Some of the OOP versions of the game are not available due to complications, but those are few.
  • It might be easiest to start with versions of the game currently in print.
  • However, since Traveller is largely a story-based game, books from any edition may be mixed and matched with any other edition. In fact, many fans really enjoy mixing materials from many different versions.
Where can I purchase Traveller products? It is recommend to purchase Traveller products from:
  1. A licensed publisher of Traveller products
  2. Through a brick and mortar gaming store
  3. Or directly from Far Future Enterprises (FFE) here: FFE-Website
How does the game work? With multiple version of the game, there are many different game mechanics, but all of them adhere to general RPG provisions meaning:
  1. Pencil, pen, or other writing implement
  2. Paper
  3. Dice
  4. Friends
  5. Imagination
  6. Fun
What makes Traveller a great science fiction name? So many things!
  • Please see the article on Theme or read through this wiki!
Who were the founders of Traveller? Marc Miller is the best known of the founders although there were a number of other gentlemen who were part of the initial founders. Some of the other much loved and fondly remembered early founders and contributors include:
Is Traveller hard or soft science fiction? Neither and both!
  • Please see the article on Theme or read through this wiki!
Who currently owns Traveller? Traveller is owned by FFE and all active license holders with the exception of past license holders who have not sold rights to FFE.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

With decades of history, dozens upon dozens of authors, and many editions, Traveller has quite a colorful history: It probably mirrors the history of the Emperors of the Third Imperium more than any of us would like to admit.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.