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Old January 9th, 2020, 09:51 PM
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Back to thinking on some magic rules for the sector. Looking at my older D&D stuff, along with Spell Law and Middle Earth Roleplaying. I may have to have two systems, one for the NPCs encountered on various planets where they already know magic works, and then one for players who discover that their character can do magic. Still working on that, with Andre Norton's books as one of my guides. I keep thinking that you have two kinds of magic, one being more of an orderly school approach like Spell Law and MERP, and then the "Wild Talent" kind, which is closer to most of D&D and also the Harold Shea stories. If you have not read Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea stories, you should do so. It is all Alternative Universe stuff, and very well done. One of Shea's problems is spells being unexpectedly stronger than though, and those nasty unanticipated side effects.
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So is your Traveller setting, in some areas, a "Lasers & Sorcery" style of setting, where magic is eerie and dangerous ala Conan the Barbarian?
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So is your Traveller setting, in some areas, a "Lasers & Sorcery" style of setting, where magic is eerie and dangerous ala Conan the Barbarian?
I am not sure that I follow you. If you mean the Conan the Barbarian movies, I have not seen them. I have read all of the Conan stories by Howard, and have them all, but when you get right down to it, there is not that much sorcery in them. There is a lot of use of powders from various forms of the lotus, some necromancy and calling of various supernatural creatures and demons, but not really that much magic in the line of D&D. If you mean the Conan the Barbarian game, I do not have it.

As for lasers, I am not that much a fan of personal energy weapons, so the personal weaponry is going to be similar to H. Beam Piper's books. Ship lasers for anti-missile defense, yes, however, I have questions as to the effectiveness of lasers in space combat. I am not sure how much of that I will add in, verses simply recommending that if the players want space combat, just get the regular rule set. I am looking more at what happens when the players are dirt-side.

As for magic being dangerous and eerie, on the planets where it works, it might be that for the players, unless they have some background in D&D. Otherwise, if might not be that unusual. I keep thinking of the implications of a world where magic works, and it differs a bit from D&D and Middle Earth Roleplaying. Some forms will be common, and some will not be. Things like "Continual Light Lanterns" with blackout shields are going to be around, the main thing will be how much they cost. Healing is going to be around, but I am playing with that as well. Basically, it is a case of creating some of my own fantasy rules, drawing on a wide range of sources, that work with the Cepheus Engine, or not, as the case my be.
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I have pretty much put this on the far back burner.
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Off of back burner. Spending some time in Shipshewana always seems to kick my creative side into overdrive. I need to do some more work on Vinland, and for El Paso, I have been working on trading planets within the vicinity, and what might be going there for a Free Trader to carry.

I might have to change some of the population values in the sector as well, now that it has simmered a bit. Also, try to consolidate all of my various posts covering planets into one coherent place and make sure that they are all consistent.
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Now, I am working on the trade possibilities of El Paso to various nearby planets, roughly within a 6 parsec radius, two Jump-3 or 3 to 6 weeks in hyperspace, along with more extended write-ups on the Sword sub-sector, and Vinland. Would there be interest in my posting them somewhere? I probably would add an alternate trade goods table along with the stowage factors for some items where I have them, and how I determine what goods would be available and what trade goods might be wanted on the various planets.
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