Little Black Book

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Little black books (LBB) refer to the original printings of GDW's Classic Traveller books, including the core books, adventures, and supplements.


US Format Versus UK Format: When Traveller first became available in the United Kingdom, some of the books were printed under license by Games Workshop (the same company that now produces the Warhammer 40,000 range).

  • The UK prints were slightly wider and shorter than the US printings, being based on the international A5 page format.
  • The US printings were (are) based on the half Quarto paper size, hence the differences in height (from top to bottom) and width (left to right) of these books.

LBB Cover Rendering Machine[edit]

The design of these covers can be reproduced using the LBB Cover Rendering machine.


Redundancy of the UK Format: Not all Traveller books were available in the UK printing format.

  • Initially, Books 1, 2 and 3 were only available in the UK print format.
  • Some of the first Supplements and Adventures were also made available in the UK print format.
  • With the rise in popularity of Traveller in the UK and the publication by GDW of more Supplements and Adventures, more US format books were imported into the UK.
  • Eventually the UK print format was dropped. The reason(s) for Games Workshop ceasing printing LBBs under its license with GDW in the UK is not known.


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