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Riches and Danger in the Bowman Belt
Author J. Andrew Keith
Publisher Game Designers Workshop
Version Classic Traveller
Edition 2nd
Format Game (Box Set)
Language English
Pages 24
Year Published 1984
Canonical Yes
Available from DriveThru RPG
Also See Mongoose Traveller: Beltstrike
Product #253

Beltstrike is a Game Designers Workshop adventure source book designed for Classic Traveller.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

There are fortunes to be made prospecting the asteroids. You've heard the rumors: hundred-ton chunks of platinum, uranium ore so pure it melts your cargo hold, derelict ships filled with forgotten Darrian technology. They're all free for the taking. All you need is a ship, a sharp eye on the sensors, and luck.

Sure, it's dangerous. Zero gravity and hard vacuum won't forgive your mistakes, and rescue is millions of kilometers away. Sure, you know that other belters have searched all their lives and never made that big strike.

But you know it's there. You can feel it. Maybe it's the next rock.

The Bowman system is one of the most extensive asteroid belts in the Spinward Marches, 360 million kilometers from rim to rim, its planetoids ranging from sandgrains to the 1200-kilometer bulk of Larson's Rock. Composition shades from the nickel-iron alloy on the inner edge to carbonaceous chondrites on the cold rim. Population: a few thousand belters makinga precarious living on the fringes of civilization.

When a game takes in the entire universe it's easy to forget how large and complex even a single system can be. Beltstrike is a demonstration of how much scope for adventure a single asteroid belt, described in detail, can provide. Beltstrike includes detailed information on the Bowman Belt and system, and extensive rules for prospecting and mining the asteroids. It also contains adventures for players to undertake, but these by no means exhaust the possibilities of the background.

This module contains:

  • Map of Koenig's Rock
  • Twelve Character Cards
  • Bowman System Reference Book (12 pages)
  • Belter's Handbook (12 pages)
  • Referee Scenario Sheets (4 x 3 pages)

Table of Contents[edit]

Belter's Handbook[edit]

Section Page/s
Introduction 2
Belter Characters 2
Mining the Asteroids 2
Zero Gravity 6
Low Gravity 7
Ships 8
Equipment 8
Tables 10

Bowman System Reference Book[edit]

Section Page/s
Introduction 2
The Bowman System 3
The Belt and Its Environs 4
Koenig's Rock 5
System History 7
Library Data 9
Bowman System maps and tables 11

Scenario Sheets[edit]

  1. Lodes of Adventure
  2. On the Rock
  3. Claimjumpers
  4. Archeology

Library Data Entries (Public)[edit]

  1. Bowman class Mining Platform
  2. Far Trader
  3. Free Trader
  4. Laboratory Ship
  5. LSP
  6. Mining Platform
  7. Pirate
  8. Scout/Courier
  9. Seeker
  10. Shuttle
  11. Subsidized Liner
  12. Subsidized Merchant
  13. Type NS class Mining Platform

Library Data Entries (Automated)[edit]

Library data entries

Meta-history & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Beltstrike is an early Classic Traveller boxed game.

  • It is possible to forget that any star system can easily provide the setting for more than one adventure. No world is just an ice-world, or a swamp-world, or a rain-world. This boxed set shows that, even in as apparently simple a location as an asteroid belt, the possibilities for adventure are wide ranging.

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Credits (Primary Sources)
Credit Authors & Contributors
Design J. Andrew Keith
Development John Harshman
Box Illustration David Deitrick