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Welcome to the new Traveller Wiki[edit]

Welcome to the new Traveller wiki. If you see any strange errors or unusual messages please let me know. Thank you for your previous contributions. Tjoneslo (talk) 07:05, 21 March 2013 (EDT)

Alien Races 5?[edit]

In your edits to Minor Race, you reference a book: Alien Races 5. Is this GURPS Traveller: Humaniti, or is there another Alien Races book I'm not aware of. Tjoneslo 19:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it's _Humaniti_. I'll change the references.

BTW, I want to put the taxonomic terms in italics, but I don't know how to do that. Can anyone tell me? Short of browsing through the articles until I find one with something in italics (which is how I found out how to put things in boldface), I can't find any page that provides that sort of information.

Use two 's for example. See also Help Introduction on the wika page. It contains a quick guide to formatting and editing. Use 4 ~ to sign your posts. Tjoneslo 14:20, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Article Naming style for People names[edit]

Can you tell me why name articles are (or should be) titled "Last name, First name" rather than "First name Last name"? For example, Dulinor Astrin Ilethian vs. Ilethian, Dulinor Astrin. I used the former because it followed the Wikipedia naming style. Tjoneslo 03:57, 1 May 2007 (UTC)


I was unaware that this was the Wikipedia naming style, and I wonder why it is. The advantage of indexing people by family name seems obvious to me: It groups people of the same family together. Though to be perfectly honest, I guess I'm more affected by the fact that this is the way we tend to do it in our society. At least Danish phone books and similar listings all list people by familiy name, personal name. Are American and British phone books organized the other way round? Rancke 14:07, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

First Name Last Name was used with the first entries as they were Nobles, who tend to be known by their first name, e.g. Prince Charles, Queen Margrethe, etc. So people would look for Strephon not under the A's ... Dcorrin 16:52, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Absolutely. Royalty is a special case. I don't think that Queen Margrethe has a last name in the technical sense (just a House). (Unlike the Imperial emperors who do have family names BTW.) Nobility is a complicated case. Some nobles are known by their first names and their titles, some are known by their title alone. Very few are known by their last name. But for indexing purposes I still think that grouping family members together is the way to go. Rancke 16:59, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Regardless of the article name, one can still index the article by last name. Look at the people category Category:People and you see Strephon is located under the A's Dcorrin 17:52, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes, and if you look at the same category, you'll note that we contributors appear to find it pretty confusing. Strephon is under A, even though, as you pointed out above, people would look for him under S. Princess Ciencia Iphegenia is under C, not A. Gege Anderson is under A but so is Andrew Harbin and Ashak Moroyanga. Bennett Lai da Santos is under B, etc., etc. It's pretty mixed up at the moment. Rancke 18:06, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

I've been thinking it over, and I do have something more than my personal prejudice to lean on. [Family Name, Personal Name) is the indexing format of the Third Imperium. Look at the library data in Leviathan: "Ashley, Sir Gildemar Tomas", "Beauregard, Captain Argon Kevin", "Da Santos, Bennet Lai". Look at the index in Nobles: "Aledon, Duke Norris Aella", "Alkhalikoi, Duke Dresden Paulo", "Alkhalikoi, Emperor Strephon Aella", "Alkhalikoi, Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia Guuibataashullibaa" (Quite a mouthful, that ;-). Look at the biography of Alkhalikoi, Arbellatra Khatami on p. 88 of Nobles. Oops, forgot to sign. Rancke 08:16, 2 May 2007 (UTC)


We've all had time to think it over, and it seems to me that we have four options. I'll list them in descendant order of desirability (for me, anyway ;-), and I suggest we vote on it.

1) We do it my way (Family name, personal name), which I think is the most correct format, but which I admit requires more work. The emperors are treated as a special case (Personal name only).
2) We do it the other way (Personal name Family name), which is less correct (though not something to obsess about) but easier. The emperors are treated as a special case (Personal name only).
3) We each keep doing it whatever way we like.
4) We stop entering new People (Which is what I've done pending a resolution).

I'd prefer #1, but I have no trouble living with #2, and I'd much rather #2 than no resolution.

My vote is for #1.

- Rancke 13:49, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

I vote for #5. Which is #1 and #2, basically the articles are stored as Family, Personal, but we put in redirect pages for the personal name and/or personal, Family where applicable (e.g. emperors, Dulinor, Maragret, etc) Dcorrin 14:32, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

Just to be complete: The Wikipedia naming conventions for people and Wikipedia naming conventions for titles both have some ideas.

My real point about bring this up was to be consistent. You entered two names in a different style than the other 75 in the Category: People.

True. I did plan to do more, but a few at a time. I'm not really the "buckle down and get the job done in one long slog" type. Rancke 12:21, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

If we decide to change the naming style, someone need to go through and fix all the other ones.

I'll do it. Half of them need to have their entry letter fixed anyway. But not all 75 in one long slog. Rancke 12:21, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

In any case, I vote for #2. Tjoneslo 02:03, 7 May 2007 (UTC)


And I'm switching to #5. (Actually I thought the redirecting when appropriate went without saying no matter what we decided, but never mind). Rancke 12:21, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Family name articles[edit]

This is a suggestion for further research. There is a Genealogy Wiki on wikia which may have some neat ideas for borrowing for creating family trees of the important famlies in our wiki. Tjoneslo 17:10, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Fourth Frontier War and Sword Worlds[edit]

Supplement 11 has the following text regarding the Fourth Frontier War:

"...The Imperium lost another world (Varval), and was forced to accept joint tenancy of Esalin with the Zhodani, but it regained two worlds lost to the Sword Worlds a century before."

Do you know specifically which two Sword World worlds the Imperium recovered in the aftermath of the Fourth Fontier War? Tjoneslo 03:02, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Margesi (Isenfang) Margesi (Spinward Marches 1020) and Saurus (Spinward Marches 1320)

[*]. [Spinward Marches Campaign, p. 15] Rancke 12:38, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

[*] Hm. For some reason I can neither recall nor understand, I failed to include a mention of Saurus in Sword Worlds. Probably I simply forgot (As I did with Arden). I really should come up with a paragraph for each and submit them as errata. [HRM]

upload file[edit]

Use the Special:Upload page. There should be a link on the menu bar to the right (or left depending upon your skin). Tjoneslo 15:21, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Syntax for meta-links[edit]

I've fixed the Metadata template to take a single parameters, the page name to create the link to. This defaults to the "page name/meta". Tjoneslo 14:41, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

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Tjoneslo (talk) 13:15, December 3, 2012 (UTC)

Imperial Currency[edit]

On the subject of Imperial credits, I believe the part tying the Cr1 to the cost of interstellar transport per gram (or cc) has been derived from the Cr1000 per ton cargo carrying fee (per Jump-1) which is canon and published throughout CT and MT, at least.

I have read that exact passage published somewhere in dead tree format (either GDW or GURPS) so I'm pretty confident it is canon, but whose canon I cannot recall offhand.  Will have to do some more checking.

The Imperial Subsidiary Fleet would be the -ahem- subsidized merchants and subsidized liners, no?  There are quite a number of those craft plying the starlanes of the Imperium.

Arthur hault-Denger (talk) 21:19, December 5, 2012 (UTC) Arthur hault-Denger


Reply in Talk:Imperial Currency. Rancke (talk) 06:07, December 6, 2012 (UTC)

Article Formats[edit]

Hi Rancke, good to see you here. Please PM me at CotI. I'd be happy to discuss whatever you'd like there. Thomas made me aware of a number of personal practices here that I was unaware of. Thanks! Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 21:28, 26 April 2015 (EDT)