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...being in the main a blog for Traveller, particularly for campaigns and ideas that are (or were) not set in the Third Imperium. When Traveller first came out, all we had were three little black books and our own creativity - this blog is an attempt to rediscover that sense of wonder.
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  #5 New March 1st, 2008 02:33 PM
So a month or two back, I asked if there had ever been any Cardboard Heroes done of Traveller starships. There are the Cardboard Heroes in the various deckplans available from SJGames, but those are of player character sorts and the like.

Everyone said, "what are you talking about??"

The one suggestion that I got that made sense was the pointer given to me by Loren Wiseman, who said I might make do with the Interstellar Wars counter set - they looked kinda like Traveller ships. But I knew I had see something closer to actual Traveller free traders and the like.

Trusting that I had not been dimension-hopping, I proceeded to look around by Traveller collection, and found one possible source of my imaginings. There, along with an order I had gotten from Marc Miller, was a full-page "Traders' Guild Guide To Starships" - with overhead views of various typical Traveller ships.

But for what I wanted, it was too big. The full page layout was great, but it wasn't actually a set of Cardboard Heroes. I fell back, and considered my options. I could:

- Use the Interstellar Wars counters. Nice, but not close enough.
- Do something with the "Guide to Starships" - hmm. Maybe.
- Fall back and punt. ("Never give up! Never surrender!")

When I thought about it, I realized I could simply get color copies of the "Guide to Starships" and have them reduced in size. All of that copied onto light cardstock, and I would have my Cardboard Hero Starships. So that's what I did. I got several copies, so I would have multiple fighters, cruisers, free traders, etc.

I now have a set of carefully cut-out ship counters, usable in Traveller ship combat. I figure I will have the chance to revisit Book Two ship combat, and see how it goes.

(Or, who knows? I might have to break out Alien Space and see how that still works!)
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#5 March 2nd, 2008 12:35 PM
far-trader Says:
Actually the ones from the Guide to Starships look much the same don't they? I've been hunting high and low for my own MWM freebie card of them to follow your lead but no luck yet. It's here somewhere I'm sure though
#4 March 2nd, 2008 11:01 AM
vraymond Says:
Nice pic! I must admit, I had to have seen these before, though they do not look that familiar. Even so, now that I have my Guide to Starships handmade counters, I'm less inclined to open that Brilliant Lances box. (It may be the case that I have another copy stashed away that is already open, though, so we'll see.)
#3 March 2nd, 2008 12:20 AM
far-trader Says:
If you're still wondering if you should open your mint BL box I found a sample pic that may help you decide one way or another.
#2 March 1st, 2008 03:56 PM
vraymond Says:
Oddly enough, no. That may have been another source of inspiration, though the copy of Brilliant Lances I have currently is still in its shrink-wrap, and I've been reluctant to open it. I might do that, and see what I've got. Thanks for the tip!
#1 March 1st, 2008 03:24 PM
far-trader Says:
Did anyone mention the counter set that came with Brilliant Lances for TNE? It had the 400ton Patrol Cruiser and other PC type ships. Looked very sharp as I recall them. Finding them might be tough though.

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