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Old May 15th, 2001, 03:34 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by T. Foster:

We must try to prevent this, and the best way to do so is to make sure that T^5, when and if it's ever released, is the best possible SFRPG -- not just an alternative to T^20 for the old-timers and grognards who aren't already too attached to their CT/MT/TNE/T4/GT, but something clearly and demonstrably superior to everything that's come before it, Traveller and non-Traveller alike. Some half-assed 'T4.1' dragging out hoary old blocks of text from 'The Traveller Book' won't cut it, and if that's the best we can come up with it's probably not worth the effort of even trying - let the kids have T^20 and all the old-timers can keep on using their homebrew systems-of-choice, content that 'Traveller' in some form or another still exists at all.

But we're capable of more than that; there's still potential out there for Traveller to rise up and become a genuine alternative to the D&D/d20 juggernaut just as it was in the 1980s, to take advantage of the resurgence of interest in SF gaming and 'the Traveller feel' that T^20 will hopefully spark and show these new players that there is another way; that there really can be something better than D&D/d20 out there. But the opportunity is fleeting -- we've got make a resolution right now to do T^5 and do it right, or else give up, declare d20 "good enough," and go home to our LBBs and GURPS books.[/B]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your post sounds like a clarion call to arms, and I must say that I am at least partly inspired.

Well, what about the rest of the gaming industry? Are the people at Steve Jackson Games, Far Future Enterprises, whatever is left of FASA, and others willing to do battle? Are we ready to face the WOC/TSR Dreadnaught? That is the real question. The fact is that non-level role playing has a place. There are those of us who do not want to have our character defined by a classes abilities and what level we are. We want characters defined by their experiences, and history. After all there is a difference between a Special Forces Intelligence Specialist and a Special Forces Weapons Specialist. A difference between a SEAL and a Green Beret, etc. To an eighteen year old fresh into the latest D&D game they may all be fighters or rangers, but we know better.

I must confess that I don't know much about the D20 license system (I just bought D&D third edition yesterday), but I don't know if it is possible to generate a sniper without going to say 10th level (Seven or Eight Terms in T^20 generation?). I doubt that it takes 28 years to develop a good military sniper.

What is distressing to me is that while Hunter has replied to prove me wrong about what seemed to be the impending demise of GURPS Traveller, nobody among the designers for Traveller has replied to state that T5 is still a live concern.