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Old February 3rd, 2019, 05:17 PM
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Default [Freelance Traveller] New Feature Idea - Please Help!

It's not a spoiler to tell you that the forthcoming issue of Freelance Traveller will feature three articles by Timothy Collinson, based on the premise of converting a literary fictional character into a Traveller character.

This effort was well-enough done that I am specifically and publicly asking him to consider choosing other fictional characters - from all genres and metagenres - and working them up in much the same fashion.

I am further inviting other members of the Traveller community to do the same: Pick a character from stories you've enjoyed, whatever the genre or metagenre, that you've thought would make a good Traveller character, and work them up as one. If you need to work up a new career, by all means, go for it, and some adventures or adventure seeds, possibly but not necessarily based on the fiction that the character appears in, would certainly not go amiss.

When I say any genre or metagenre, I mean it. If you think you can do up early Jack Ryan, that's great. James Bond? Go for it! Nile Etlaw, Trigger Argee, Danestar Gems, Telzey Amberdon, ...? Fine! Paksenarrion Dorthansdottir, Lessa, or Kylara Vatta? Why not? Jason Bourne? Simon Templar? Sure! Frank and Joe Hardy? Tom Swift (Sr., Jr., or III)? They're fair game, too - and I'm sure you can think of others. As Nike, Inc., says in their ads, Just Do It! Then, send 'em in! If I get enough, and can think of a good name for the section (or get a suggestion I like), they'll even get their own heading at/in Freelance Traveller (if I can't think of a good name and don't get any good suggestions, they'll still show up, but under the existing Up Close and Personal, Doing It My Way, and Active Measures sections).
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 05:43 PM
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Hmm. I'm thinking Guy Crouchback, from Waugh's "Sword of Honour" trilogy. He'd be easy enough in MgT 1e.
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I worked up the following description of Colonel Jim Corbett, man-eating tiger and leopard hunter without peer in India for 32 years. Is this what you are looking for?

Name: Colonel James “Jim” Corbett
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Race: Solomani
Homeworld: Terra
Career: Hunter

UPC: 8BAB9C (The social standing of C does not reflect an actual title, but his effective standing when dealing with government officials and large groups.)

Hunting-9, Survival-3, Gun Combat-6 (Rifle), Blade-2, Liaison-3, Leadership-3, Medical-1, Fishing-2, Languages: English-5, Hindustani-5, Jungle Folk-5.

Wild Talents: Col. Corbett has a limited “life-sensing” skill when hunting which allows him to detect when his quarry is stalking him, in time to take measures to counteract this. He also has the limited ability to detect paranormal phenomena, and accepts this as out of the normal range of experience rather than denying the existence of such.

Col. Corbett has been hunting maneating tigers and leopards in the northern area of India for the past 32 years, and is renowned at being one of the finest, if not the finest, hunters in India, and indeed of the planet of Terra. Refusing all payment for his services, his joy is the relief shown by the inhabitants of the areas of operation of the dangerous animals. His knowledge of the jungle and of its creatures is unsurpassed, and borders on the supernatural.

Edit Note: This is not a fictional character, but my reasoned view as to the skills and abilities of Colonel Jim Corbett. Additional information on him may be found at Wikipedia, and also by downloading his book, Maneaters of Kumaon, at

Edit Note 2 (3 February 2019: I raised Corbett's Hunter Skill to 9, for reasons given in the course of the thread.
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 05:51 PM
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Jim Corbett was a real person, though, not a fictional character, which is what FreeTrav was looking for.
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