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Gruffty July 4th, 2007 11:50 AM

The only Hiver here?....
Here's what I used today's allocation of thinking power on:

By profession, I am a mental health nurse, working on a secure/locked ward with very, very mentally poorly people who pose a risk to themselves and others (hence the need for a degree of physical security). In my line of work, I often come across/nurse patients who are extremely manipulative, weird, bizarre, odd, strange and downright plain *wibble* in their actions and speech.

This, in turn, has orientated me towards the Hivers as my favourite OTU race, because:

a) They're weird looking;
b) They manipulate people/cultures etc;
c) They do strange things for no readily apparent reason;
d) They have a unique, socially and psychologically different approach/mindset to the way the OTU works (or should work, in their opinion).

Thus, as a result of my work, I feel best able to portray the Hivers here (and in other places) and I am happy (if a Hiver can be happy! ;)) that I do so as effectively and authentically as I can.


Do any other CotI members relate so closely to their chosen/favourite OTU race by virtue of your employment or, for that matter, any other aspects of your lives? If so, how? Why? If not, why not?

</End of allocated thinking power for today.>

Spinward Scout July 4th, 2007 12:09 PM

That was one of the reasons I picked Scout. Selling things doesn't interest me so I wasn't going to be a Merchant. And killing in large numbers only interested me in D&D, so Merc was out. I like to do research and I like to go camping and hiking (although I don't much anymore). I like the new and the amazing.

Jeff M. Hopper July 4th, 2007 02:10 PM

I work as a Security Guard for a resort hotel. As tame a post as that seems, I have seen more gut-wrenching incidents here than anywhere else I've worked. So far I've responded to drunks, thefts, drug overdoses, fights, domestic abuse, vandalism, drug peddling, beatings, and rapes. Security, like a lot of emergency services work, is reactive - by the time you get to the scene, the bad stuff has already happened or is in progress. You don't often get the chance to prevent an incident before it occurs.

For me, the race or even the prior career of the character is not as important as the adventures that they go on. I remember after one particular brutal domestic abuse call in which an infant and a mother had been severely beaten by the father, I reflected that if this were happening in a game then my character would have had a chance to prevent this ugliness from ever occurring. So that's what I look for, the chance for my character in Traveller to be able to really make a difference in the world around them.

All in all, it looks like useful escapism from normal working life is what I seek out when I get into my recreational life.

aramis July 4th, 2007 02:17 PM

I tend to "associate" with Aslan...

I'm into stories, love to duel, feel honor is important, feel that gender roles are not a bad thing, and money flows through my hands like water.

I think land is my near-ultimate measure of succeess after good stories.

Jame July 4th, 2007 05:00 PM

I seem to be working in the mysterious "other" career from CT, although I may well have made the muster roll to transfer to the Merchants since I now have a job at a FLGS.

(Though I do have a sneaking suspicion that I received a -1 SOC so far...)

The Hinterworlds Rambler July 4th, 2007 06:37 PM

I play a Hiver on one of the COTI play by posts "M. Benjamin of Zeldar" I also ran the same character as "M. Franklin of Zeldar" in the now defunct "Dawn of the New Era" TNE play by post.

At this very moment in one of my PBEMs, my Solomani group is being confronted by a hiver named M. Curtiss.
In the past year-year and a half, another group confronted M. Custer (who's obsession was Violence) and M. Rommel (an Outlaw who was obsessed with Ancient Nazism). In this particular game, I have to remember as a Referee that these Hivers are exceptional cases. Individuals that operate on the "frontier" of the Federation. Hiver weirdoes, basically. There is also a Droyne player in this game.

I work as a draftsman. I'm not sure what bearing that has on my enjoyment of Hiver Characters, but I always have ever since JTAS 13 came out. At one point in the mid 80s, I played in an all-Hiver "Nest Ship" Campaign, and I've been hooked ever since.

I'm not sure if its my early "Spock" experiences of the old Star Trek, but I've always been drawn to alien characters. Also, Vegans are a good PC race, and if I join another game soon, I'm going to pitch a Githkaskio character with some kind of support setup, maybe a mobile fishbowl.

I also play Dr. Gwerf in the TML game "Pulp Hunters", who is a Vargr Scientist and a real weirdo. He's a xenobiologist/Life support specialist/Computer Specialist who is also a vegetarian. Vargr are a lot of fun to play because they are so close to humans in a many ways.

Aslan make for badass characters with a lot of depth. I like Hivers because you get a good mix of advantageous things (like 360 degree IR vision, or three seperate areas of focus that you can take seperate action with) and relatively few drawbacks (the aversion to violence can be troublesome)

I think a heavy military action all K'Kree game would rule.

Gruffty July 5th, 2007 08:04 AM


Originally Posted by Spinward Scout (Post 228093)
That was one of the reasons I picked Scout. Selling things doesn't interest me so I wasn't going to be a Merchant. And killing in large numbers only interested me in D&D, so Merc was out. I like to do research and I like to go camping and hiking (although I don't much anymore). I like the new and the amazing.

Oddly enough, for my human characters (in the past) I have mainly played Scouts for the exploration aspects of the game.

Andrew Boulton July 5th, 2007 10:24 AM

Most of my characters tend to be a lot like me - human(!), smart, tech-literate, trustworthy, with a sense of humour. Often Navy, sometimes Scouts.

Border Reiver July 5th, 2007 01:22 PM


Large and Bulky.

Soft spoken and gentle.

Slow to anger but stay away when it happens.


I guess I should start playing Virushi. :D

Icosahedron July 5th, 2007 02:24 PM

I've been in Traveller since The Beginning, I reside in a Traveller Universe separate from the main one, and I enjoy manipulating the original rules of the universe to create an alternative reality of my own choosing- does that make me an Ancient?

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