Lost Rules of Traveller

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Lost Rules of Traveller
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Special Supplement 4 Lost Rules of Traveller
Author Don McKinney
Publisher Far Future Enterprises
Version Classic Traveller
Edition 1st
Format Book (PDF)
Language English
Pages 26
Year Published 2010
Canonical Yes
Available from Yes
Lost Rules of Traveller
Table of Contents

The Lost Rules of Traveller is an FFE-produced rules document, discussing the differences between early Classic Traveller books between 1977 and 1983 CE.

  • It is a background book discussing the development of the game.
  • It covers and reviews the differences between a number of early Classic Traveller rulesets.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Classic Traveller core rules actually exist in three different rulesets. Logic would suggest using the most recent released edition; but in this case, there are rules elements of interest to the collector which would not be included.

The original 1977 release of Traveller contained three books – Characters and Combat, Starships, and Worlds and Adventures. This set of rules contains everything needed to play Traveller. However, in 1981, GDW took advantage of a need to reprint the core rules to also address and clean up the rules. This "second edition" actually adds quite a bit to the rules, but there are also some items dropped from the rules. This second edition also incorporated errata printed in Book 4Mercenary for the original 1977 edition.

This cleaned up "second edition" would be used for producing The Traveller Book in 1982, along with some additional material, including a special introduction for new players, two adventures, and additional details on what was becoming the Official Traveller Universe (OTU). Some additional rules did slip into The Traveller Book that appear nowhere else.

Finally, in 1983, GDW released Starter Traveller, intended at giving a younger audience a streamlined and simpler set of Traveller rules. This release dropped some of the more complicated rules, but added a different starship combat system (using range bands, much like the personal combat system, as opposed to vector movement) which many consider a great improvement on the original. Except where noted, Starter Traveller uses the 1981 edition rules.

Finally, other minor Classic Traveller rules appeared in other releases (notably Mayday, Snapshot, and the Alien Modules) which some referees and players of the Classic Traveller rules will find useful without adopting the game models in those products. This document presents a collection of rules elements for purchasers of FFE's The Classic Books 0 - 8 to give them access to these lost rules not available in the Classic Reprints collection. [1]

Table of Contents[edit]

Special Supplement 4:
Lost Rules of Traveller
Section Page/s
Cover Page 1
Overview 2
Characters & Skills 3
Personal Combat 4 to 6
Combat Equipment 6 to 10
Travelling 10 to 13
Starship design 14 to 18
Starship Movement 18 to 19
Starship Combat 19 to 20
Computers & Programming 20 to 22
Worlds 22 to 23
Animals 24 to 26
Credits 26

Library Data Entries (Public)[edit]

  1. Animal (Creature)
  2. Combat Equipment
  3. Computer
  4. Programming
  5. Starship Combat
  6. Starship Design
  7. Travelling
  8. Worlds

Library Data Entries (Automated)[edit]

Library data entries

Meta-history & Background (Dossier)[edit]

This special supplement was designed and edited by Don McKinney. Special contributions by Daniel Burns and Mike Wightman; suggestions and corrections by the members of the Citizens of the Imperium board. [2]

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Credits (Primary Sources)
Credit Authors & Contributors
Author Don McKinney
Special contributions Daniel Burns & Mike Wightman
Suggestions & corrections Members of the Citizens of the Imperium board.

External Link/s[edit]




  2. EXTERNAL LINK: Tales to Astound Books 1-3 Review

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References & Contributions (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.