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77topaz November 3rd, 2018 05:04 PM

Where would you like to see new setting/sector material?
 
As I mentioned in my sector poll, I've been thinking of writing some setting material for Imperial sectors, inspired by Signal-GK's Encyclopaedia Dagudashaag. Since detailing all the worlds in a sector is a rather laborious process, I may start out focusing on a smaller area first, such as a quadrant or a subsector. But anyway, the sector poll allowed me to see which sectors were underdeveloped (at the time of writing, there are eight sectors which haven't received any votes yet, despite 21 people having voted already) and could use some ED-like material (though, Dagudashaag also hasn't received any votes yet...).

I looked at the less-popular sectors' data on TravellerMap, and narrowed it to a few sectors that I could think of some world or world group/adventure ideas for - those you see in the poll above. So, I decided to ask, which of these sectors would others be most interested in or like to see first? You can select multiple options, and I'm open to other suggestions, though I'd like to keep to the sectors of the T5SS for this, so the data I'm using doesn't suddenly get overwritten.

Some other projects I may work on in the near future including revising some of the older sector data on Explorer Base to T5 data format/standards, and there are still plenty of sectors on the edge of Charted Space (as well as in the Orion OB1 Association) where I could create new sector data...

timerover51 November 3rd, 2018 05:16 PM

I am working on my sector now, as far away from the Imperium and OTU as possible.

coliver988 November 3rd, 2018 06:55 PM

I have not voted - still thinking about it. When I played way back, we played mostly in the Spinward Marches (I bought the deluxe set and may as well use those beautiful maps). Of course this was well before a lot of the internet, so we did play pretty loosely with just the stats to guide us.

Two games ago was in the Trojan Reach (no printed maps but now we have TravellerMap! Print on demand). Last game (and hopefully the next) is home-brewed, although I am sticking my little quadrant somewhere rimward along the Claw as I got those Mongoose maps from the Great Rift KS (I am apparently a sucker for maps...and deckplans...and dice...*sigh*, sucker for gaming in general).

What I meant to get to is that the sectors you've selected are well established sectors in terms of being part of the Imperium. While there are certainly a lot of potential gaming there, I prefer a more free-wheeling borderland feel of things. Strange new worlds and all that. Not that there can't be political intrigue, open warfare or even pirates :CoW: but it seems less likely to be what I consider Traveller adventures. My ideas of Traveller were shaped by the pre-Imperium Traveller mostly, so I will admit to a certain bias here.

77topaz November 3rd, 2018 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by coliver988 (Post 595072)
What I meant to get to is that the sectors you've selected are well established sectors in terms of being part of the Imperium. While there are certainly a lot of potential gaming there, I prefer a more free-wheeling borderland feel of things. Strange new worlds and all that. Not that there can't be political intrigue, open warfare or even pirates :CoW: but it seems less likely to be what I consider Traveller adventures. My ideas of Traveller were shaped by the pre-Imperium Traveller mostly, so I will admit to a certain bias here.

I understand what you're saying, but it's just that many of the Imperium's frontier sectors (Spinward Marches, Reaver's Deep, Domain of Gateway) have already been covered extensively by publications, while a lot of the interior has little or no publications or adventures. And the interior does contain several pockets of diversity and unique cultures, such as the Lancian Cultural Region in and around Gushemege.

But I've also created data for frontier sectors beyond the Imperium such as Amderstun and Grikr!ng, and I've also written about them (e.g. my Polities of Amderstun Sector article). I plan to revise/update the Amderstun data sometime in the next few months, and after I've done that I may write some more extensive/detailed setting material for that sector, if people would find that more interesting/useful than these Imperial sectors?

timerover51 November 3rd, 2018 11:39 PM

Based on what you are saying, I am going to have to move my sector a couple of sectors further to the Rimward to avoid you taking over the space.

77topaz November 4th, 2018 12:02 AM

If you want to create a sector entirely divorced from the OTU (a "Faraway" sector in TravellerMap nomenclature), then it's probably a good idea to place it some distance away from Charted Space proper per advice from TravellerMap's creator Joshua Bell (inexorabletash). But "some distance" doesn't have to be that large - half a dozen sectors, maybe? If you ever want to submit your sector to TravellerMap, you should probably consult him about it.

You may also want to keep in mind the locations of Alagoric's Empty Stars region and my Orion OB1 Association region, both of which can be seen on TravellerMap.

timerover51 November 4th, 2018 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by 77topaz (Post 595083)
If you want to create a sector entirely divorced from the OTU (a "Faraway" sector in TravellerMap nomenclature), then it's probably a good idea to place it some distance away from Charted Space proper per advice from TravellerMap's creator Joshua Bell (inexorabletash). But "some distance" doesn't have to be that large - half a dozen sectors, maybe? If you ever want to submit your sector to TravellerMap, you should probably consult him about it.

You may also want to keep in mind the locations of Alagoric's Empty Stars region and my Orion OB1 Association region, both of which can be seen on TravellerMap.

It might be simplest to ignore the Traveller Map entirely, and simply publish the sector as one for the Cepheus Engine. I will have to add about 3 extra sub-sectors to give the Space Vikings something to raid and pillage, maybe more than that, given the use of Piper's hyperdrive as well as the Jump Drive.

Gray Lensman November 5th, 2018 11:47 AM

Voted for Other. I would like to see some of the Sectors where there are a lot of polities with out TOO much influence by the big powers such as Reaver's Deep or the Beyond. I prefer areas like that always.

Enoki November 5th, 2018 01:15 PM

Other, definitely.

My personal preference would be for more on the "Mixed" and "Scattered" client states between the Imperium and the K'Kree and Hivers, both of which are extant, very alien, species rather than what you might call "Star Trek" ones (aka has funny bumps on forehead and nose) that act and look more or less human.

77topaz November 5th, 2018 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Gray Lensman (Post 595157)
Voted for Other. I would like to see some of the Sectors where there are a lot of polities with out TOO much influence by the big powers such as Reaver's Deep or the Beyond. I prefer areas like that always.

The current version of The Beyond already has a publication about it from Paranoia Press.

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Originally Posted by Enoki (Post 595160)
Other, definitely.

My personal preference would be for more on the "Mixed" and "Scattered" client states between the Imperium and the K'Kree and Hivers, both of which are extant, very alien, species rather than what you might call "Star Trek" ones (aka has funny bumps on forehead and nose) that act and look more or less human.

The thing is, most of those sectors already have published material for them as well - for one thing, the entire Domain of Gateway (Ley, Gateway, Glimmerdrift Reaches, Crucis Margin) was covered by Gateway to Destiny (and Paranoia Press before them), and the Hinterworlds Sector was written up in Challenge Magazine.


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