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Old March 2nd, 2020, 12:23 AM
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Default Anyone ever given the "Diplomat" career field the High Guard/Mercenary treatment?

Hi,

I prefer using the CT/MT advanced Char. Gen. with my players to generate characters.
Today, I spoke with one of those who is considering joining my campaign and is interested in being a "People Person" type character.

The "first swing" is always GDW Book 7 Merchant Prince.
You get space skills, you get some combat skills and you get interpersonal communications skills.

But, if she doesn't want that, the next swing would be "Diplomat"
I'm checking my book collection and neither Mongoose not GDW/DGP did an expansion on the career field.

So, has anyone else done this in their own Traveller Universe?

Thanks!
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Old March 2nd, 2020, 10:59 AM
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Mongoose wise the Functionary and Pillar of the Community careers from Cosmopolite and Aristocrat from Dilettante are closest I guess. (All of Dilettante’s careers are ‘people person’ but not necessarily diplomats). Dunno how easy they are to CTify
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I did a couple upgrades from Supplement 4, but I don't recall Diplo being one of them.

The closest in print might be Scout Bureaucracy, which is the expanded Bureaucrat in disguise.

Sailor and Flyer were expanded in Judges Guild's magazine, if you are looking for others.
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I was mostly thinking of using SORAG as a basis...
It starts with clerks who then have to not only gain rank and skills, but also gain clearance...
....Just like in an actual diplomatic department.

The issue I have there is what kind of assignments to give?
I can see low end things like "Staffer", as in 'You are the extra hands, spare guides, gofers and runners for state events while manning the communications boards and such for a day to day job.

Then, the obvious, "Handling diplomatic hot spots" and such...

But I need more to fill out the chart that would normally be something like this:
....Note: the letter after the assignment is the required clearance..if you don't have that..
.......You're stuck with "Clerical"
SORAG.................Me
Administration : Diplomat ...........Department
1 Spec Op Trng/D : Foreign Service Training
2 Recruiting/A : ???
3 Speclst Schl/B : ???
4 Infiltration/C : ?Some sort of info gathering?
5 Clerical/A : Staffer
6 Clerical/A : Staffer
7 Clerical/A : Staffer
8 Surveillance/B : ???
9 Surveillance/B : ???
10 Surveillance/B : ???
11 Cryptography/B : Linguistics
12 Cross-Trng/A : Cross-Trng/A
13 Medical Div/C : Special

Special:
1 Language School
2 Intelligence School (Right out of GDW High Guard)
3 Technical School (Like Specialist School from GDW High Guard)
4 Guardian School (Like Commando School from GDW Mercenary only altered to escape or rescue)
5 ....Yep....I need an idea to insert here
6 Executive Asst (Like "Naval Attache/Aide" in GDW High Guard)


And that is only one branch, like with SORAG...
SORAG: Diplomatic Corps
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Research Intelligence
Administration Diplomat
Scientific Support (for lack of a better idea)
Operations Services (for lack of a better idea)
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I thought I had collected an expansion on the Diplomat, but looking through my materials all that I can find in the "people person" field are:

The Stellar Diocese: the clergy in the Traveller universe
by Michael Brown; Dragon Magazine #101 September 1985 (Book 1 style career)

Journalist Character Generation
by Gary L. Thomas; The Traveller's Digest No1 Vol2 1985 (Book 1 style career)
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You could use MgT-era gens for people careers, or get Diverse Roles from Independence Games.
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You could use MgT-era gens for people careers, or get Diverse Roles from Independence Games.
Thank you, but that's not what I'm looking for.
If you check, SORAG has four divisions and the "Administration" division looks like this:
Administration
1 Spec Op Trng/D
2 Recruiting/A
3 Speclst Schl/B
4 Infiltration/C
5 Clerical/A
6 Clerical/A
7 Clerical/A
8 Surveillance/B
9 Surveillance/B
10 Surveillance/B
11 Cryptography/B
12 Cross-Trng/A
13 Medical Div/C

I want to populate a "Diplomat" division but need help populating the chart I want:
1 Foreign Service Training/D
2 ???
3 ???
4 ? Some sort of info gathering ?
5 Staffer/A
6 Staffer/A
7 Staffer/A
8 ???
9 ???
10 ???
11 Linguistics/B
12 Cross-Trng/A
13 Special/C

With Ranks:
Ranks:
E-1 Worker
E-2 Clerk
E-3 Assistant
E-4 Technician
E-5 Manager
E-6 Head of Staff
E-7 3rd Secretary
E-8 2nd Secretary
E-9 1st Secretary

O-1 Intern
O-2 Envoy
O-3 Assistant Attaché
O-4 Attaché
O-5 Councilor
O-6 Minister
O-7 Jr Ambassadors
O-8 Sr Ambassadors
O-9 Minister of State
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When I was doing my MT to Silhouette conversion, I started one but I looked everywhere for an MT fanwork or 3rdparty/Challenger version to get me started and never found one.

Clement Sector has a decent one but it's for Cepheus and not broken out like MT.
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and never found one.
With how well known Laumer's Retief stories were during the CT era, that's surprising, and I have a vague memory of such a thing existing. I wonder it it's hiding in White Dwarf or Different Worlds, both of which visited Traveller often.
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A search of RPGGeek didn't turn up any Diplomat career chargen systems. Freelance Traveller 56 and 83 had NPC profiles for diplomat characters.

It's pretty easy to do a diplomat in T5.
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