- Almost all crew are considered Spacers, part of a minority of the inhabitants of Charted Space who experience the dangers of space firsthand.
- Many are considered to possess the fabled Traveller Gene, a mark of guts and respect.
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Interstellar and intra-systemic vessels require crew for operations. Adventure Class Ships often have to double up crew members in key roles, while Battle Class Ships can frequently specialize crew members in ever more specialized roles. And some ships even maintain back-up crews as a Frozen Watch or two.
- A selection of crew cards of sophonts in port looking to join a ship.
Selected Crew Positions Common to Smaller Vessels
These are the most common roles for ACS vessels:
- Astrogator / Navigator
- Corsair / Pirate
- Doctor / Medic
- Gunner / Weapon Operator
- Merchant Prince / Trader / Smuggler
Selected Crew Positions Common to Larger Vessels
These are the most common roles for BCS vessels, in addition to or replacing the above:
- Away Crew
- Boarding Party
- Cargo Master
- Command Specialist
- Communications Specialist
- Computer Specialist
- Corsair / Pirate
- Drive Specialist
- Engineering Specialist
- Hull Specialist
- Jump Drive Specialist
- Power Plant Specialist
- Security Specialist
- Sensor Operator
- Service Crew
- Zero-G Specialist
Technology and culture are two of the biggest factors in determining crew sizes. Greater technology yields better capabilities for automation and artificial intelligence, which can greatly reduce crew size, and it is projected that such factors could one day eliminate crews altogether. Culture is another huge factor: Hivers are just fine with a maximal use of automation and artificial intelligence with claustrophillic crew accommodations while the K'kree are the opposite... they much prefer agoraphillic crew spaces and a maximal employment of live-bodied sophonts over machinery, computers, and automation.
Ship Crews of the Future
It is projected that by the TL:19-27 technological period, advanced minds with fully expressionistic artificial intelligence will be the norm and only a minimal crew will be required for ship operations. TL-15 technology is not yet up to these aspirations.
Vessels & Automation
Some races (sophont species) use more automation than others. Good automation can reduce the number of crew required on a ship. Other races prefer the relative reliability of warm-bodied crew-sophonts.
Vessels & Artificial Intelligence
As of the TL:13-15 technological epoch, a ship's computer with advanced artificial intelligence cannot entirely operate a ship. Crew are still required. Advanced AI Ship's Computers have been experimented with throughout Charted Space, and no silver bullet has yet been found.
Luxury vs. Efficiency
Different races (sophont species) have different preferences for creature comforts or different tolerances for spartan living or operating conditions. Many races have distinct, identifiable preferences for which is more important: Ship Operational Efficiency or Personal Crew-sophont Comfort.
Major Race Crewing Preferences
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