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Other examples from history that are usable for our purposes include-


* Explorer, many a noble type went off to be first somewhere to make their fame or at least historical footnote eternal,



* Colonist, I would say the colonists of Jamestown largely approached their preparation and first months as the dilettantes they were before imminent starvation and a now famous mercenary captain disabused them of the utility of their Social Standing,



* Relic Hunter, doesn't have to be Lora Croft or Indiana Jones as archetypes, plenty of rich amateur archaeologists that dug up Egypt for instance. An interstellar frontier can certainly be fertile ground for servicing the "antiquities market" or perhaps in the case of our dilettante, fighting same when the government is uninterested or otherwise occupied,


* Weird Theory, rich people sometimes get a wild hair for some idea of arranging society, science, humans, history etc. or what constitutes valuable art/culture. They are obsessed with proving their conventionally debunked concepts/tastes, and have the funding to independently pursue it. Such a person sometimes forwards an entirely different functional science/invention/creation, ala the TV show Connections. The dilettante in your group could inadvertently drive all sorts of advances, shrug at the astounded teammates, and comment that yes yes yes the invention of Hop drive is useful but what really counts is proving Bacon assassinated Shakespeare.



Finally, don't neglect a big opportunity with Dilettantes- the archrival or enemy. An opponent that is well-funded, can connect with whatever local authority to cause trouble, and above all are NOT busy being powerful people/scientific explorers/mercantile empire building/criminal masterminding have all the time in the world to make your players their hobby or obsession.
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Other examples from history that are usable for our purposes include-
* Explorer, many a noble type went off to be first somewhere to make their fame or at least historical footnote eternal,
* Colonist, I would say the colonists of Jamestown largely approached their preparation and first months as the dilettantes they were before imminent starvation and a now famous mercenary captain disabused them of the utility of their Social Standing,
* Relic Hunter, doesn't have to be Lora Croft or Indiana Jones as archetypes, plenty of rich amateur archaeologists that dug up Egypt for instance. An interstellar frontier can certainly be fertile ground for servicing the "antiquities market" or perhaps in the case of our dilettante, fighting same when the government is uninterested or otherwise occupied.
Great ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

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One other thought- Mcr25 may be a lot of money to the average Traveller, but it can be burnt up in the blink of an eye. A single ship combat, a merc ticket, saving lives or ruining them, a data heist or stock run and it's all gone.


And the trust fund noble shouldn't be the only one with MCr in their credchip at one point or another.



Live large, try large, lose large and die trying- everyone should have a big score in their past or their future.
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One other thought- Mcr25 may be a lot of money to the average Traveller, but it can be burnt up in the blink of an eye. A single ship combat, a merc ticket, saving lives or ruining them, a data heist or stock run and it's all gone.


And the trust fund noble shouldn't be the only one with MCr in their credchip at one point or another.



Live large, try large, lose large and die trying- everyone should have a big score in their past or their future.
Interesting point - about half her money is "safe" with a "predictable but "safe return," but half could be subject to the vagaries of the markets and to other life events (one such is that her cousin, the baronet and former navy captain, during his naval service was a member of the shipboard poker game and has gambler 1 - old habits could be hard to break, and a gentleman always pays his gambling debts, if not his tailor)>
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Interesting point - about half her money is "safe" with a "predictable but "safe return," but half could be subject to the vagaries of the markets and to other life events (one such is that her cousin, the baronet and former navy captain, during his naval service was a member of the shipboard poker game and has gambler 1 - old habits could be hard to break, and a gentleman always pays his gambling debts, if not his tailor)>

And of course if one fails to pay one's debt, one isn't a gentleman is he?


SOC -# appropriate to the level of default, every time debt is not settled in a timely manner.
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And of course if one fails to pay one's debt, one isn't a gentleman is he?


SOC -# appropriate to the level of default, every time debt is not settled in a timely manner.
Well, in the Regency period there were quite a few "gentlemen" who were deeply in arrears on payment of their tailoring and victualing bills - putting off the "tradesmen" until one's "ship comes in" (often quite literally in the 18th and early 19th centuries) is a theme in much literature of the period. But a man who didn't pay a gambling debt was universally deemed a "cad."
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