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MJD October 2nd, 2001 08:10 PM

The TNE Sourcebook will be a systemless mileu book published by Quiklink Interactive.

Best guess on timing would be late 2002.

T. Foster October 2nd, 2001 09:26 PM

Is this instead of or in addition to the previously-rumored series of novels? Or do you not know yet?

Ron October 3rd, 2001 12:36 AM

Good news, MJD! Congratulations for having your project accepted.

By systemless you mean that it will be like Milieu 0, where no stats were provided to the NPCs? I known that this is not very important, but I would like to have them anyway.

Considering a previous post of yors, would be now a good time to tell us your ideas regarding this project?

[This message has been edited by Ron (edited 02 October 2001).]

MJD October 3rd, 2001 05:33 AM

The novels are close to either happening, or not happening at all. Publishing is like that. As to the concepts for this book... take a look at

MJD October 3rd, 2001 05:46 AM

Systemless: As far as possible we will not be publishing stats, simply becuase we'd have to do about 6 sets for each personality, ship etc.

Less stats means more room for content, and we'll need plenty of that.

Ron October 3rd, 2001 09:25 AM

Nice setup Martin,

I am concerned with the so called "sufficient interest" needed. Your previous post clearly stated that Quicklink Interactive would publish the book. If this is not a closed deal, can you tell us what is the kind of public manifestation of interest the publishers are expecting to go forward with the book? I don't like the idea of playing in the past of Traveller's fictional timeline, your book looks like a solution to my needs.

I look forward to see your and Marc's vision of the The New Era. I hope we are going to see it, at least a little bit, in your site soon.

Gallowglass October 3rd, 2001 09:42 AM

First, COOL! Well done MJD. To repeat a question I asked elsewhere: Are we talking here about a sweeping broad brush look at known space, or a more detailed focus on the Regency and / or RC areas? I suppose what I'm asking is where the emphasis will fall between purely narrated history and regional gazeteer type information. As ever, I worry about making a supplement genuinely helpful to gamers, rather than just doodling in fine detail in the background that whilst fascinating, doesn't help the beleaguered Ref actually run a game...

Still, there are some pretty cool things you can look at which should work well for many campaigns. Given your (probably on balance very shrewd) decision to go systemless in the sourcebook itself have you given any thought to developing stats etc as Web-enhancements? Just a thought

MJD October 3rd, 2001 10:23 AM

The book will detail the events of 1130-1248 as backstory, somewhat broad-brushedly (? is that a word?). It will detail the 4th Imperium and its borders as a full adventure setting, and have a campaign area in some detail. I'm not telling where that is just yet.

Stats on the web? Hmm. I'm happy for someone to do it, but time rather precludes that being me.

MJD October 3rd, 2001 10:27 AM

Popular support and such....

well, basically the project will get scotched if one of certain things happen:

1. An outpouring of apathy and disinterest
2. A mass "butitsnotDave'sanswerssoitsnotrealTNE!" response
3. Everyone starts mudslinging because THIS TNE doesn't fit their vision of what should have been done etc.
The deal is more or less done. What can kill the project is Trav-fan divisiveness or a lack of interest.

MJD October 3rd, 2001 10:29 AM

Clarification: this book will explain what has happened in and to the Regency/RC regions, but that will not be the main focus of the setting.

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