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Old November 10th, 2017, 05:06 PM
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You all know I really, really, like 1248, but I don't mind removing bits and pieces of it as long as we progress the OTU to 1902. And make it a good story.
So understand my comments on making the transition better are in the spirit of Marc's philosophy of keeping as much canon as possible, in this case 1248.
Unless Marc say some is not anymore.

ALL of 1248 was canon (yea I hear you all grumbling ). But then the speed and deadliness of the Empress Wave were changed in MgT. I looked at what can be kept and what has to go. IMHO .
Some things became apparent to me.
1.The Wave and 1248 cannot both be completely right.
2.The Wave trumps TNE and 1248 if there is a conflict.
3.Many 1248 events occur LONG BEFORE the Wave would come to cause a conflict.
4.With the exception of Avery's expedition coreward to determine the nature of the Wave and a few sentences about the Vargr, all history prior to 1202 can happen as the Wave does not interfere or impact the event from occurring.
5.Going forward from 1202 events should be examined based on location and year. If invalidated the dependent events down the line should be as well
6.The remainder should still be canon. Unless Marc says its not. rinse and repeat as necessary.

The above is important as 1248 writes quite a bit about events between 1130 and 1202. Some of these may impact things even 700 years later. Like the K'kree and the Gods of Thunder. The Solomani if the find out what the Hivers did to them (think we hate the Baggins, Forever). Many of these "permanent" things occur in the 1100s.

1202 is the first critical year as that is the year the Wave hits the Marches. Unless something saves the Marches or interferes with the Wave, TNE Keepers of the Flame is toast. The Star Vikings live in blithe ignorance and even by 1248 won't get hit for a few decades. Except when they meet the Keepers Their TNE history won't change a bit due to distance from the Wave and relative isolation.
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In all seriousness, it sounds like the Galaxiad are the GDW equivalent of the Borg ... minus GDW.

As a long time fan I have issues with a massive "super threat" species or thing that's going to come and threaten all of Traveller space, possibly forcing an uneasy confederation between the major players; Aslan, Soli, Imp, Zhos, Hives and K'Kree. It just feels a little too artificial or cliche. Does it really need to be so?
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* small empires (each more or less half a sector in size), centered on a few core Strong Worlds. The smaller of these are typically on the verge of collapse. One empire each in these sectors.

[...]Dark Nebula
Solomani Rim
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Looking forward to reading more about them.

But if Virus is long gone, why are there still so many Wilds? Wouldn't all the empires expand naturally until they reach another empire's buffer states? Or are all the invidual planets between the empires the actual "buffer states"?
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But if Virus is long gone, why are there still so many Wilds? Wouldn't all the empires expand naturally until they reach another empire's buffer states? Or are all the invidual planets between the empires the actual "buffer states"?
I suspect the Empress Wave. Agent of the Imperium has it driving even "non-thinking" plants insane by having them grow and die at the wrong times year and outright killing or driving non-psions and creatures insane. The insane survivors go on ramages warring and destroying technology and each other.

Tech decline AND ecological disaster. Gonna take a long time to recover.
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Sorry for poking my nose in here, but the Galaxiad, to me, seem like the Traveller equivalent of SFB's Andromedans ... minus the power absorbing panels and all the other doo-dads that the Andros get (which, by the way, made them a real problem with the old commander's edition).

As a fan I'm patient enough to wait for an actual draft to be made public. But it's like if Virus was bad ... what are these guys going to be like? Heck, I didn't even game in TNE.
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I confess my ignorance. What is "Galaxiad"?
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It is the campaign setting of the Traveller 5 RPG. It takes place in the OTU in centered on the Spinward Marches in the year 1902. 800 years after the 3rd Imperium Golden Age. Being OTU, this means Rebellion, Virus, TNE, 1248 (well some of it anyways) happened and the Empress Wave knock everyone down.
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IMTU-(Galaxiad) I explain the Empress wave thus:
Grandfather didn't invent jump drive, he invented a device that when detonated created a membrane between our universe and the extra dimensions of psionic/jump space. This interface travelled at light speed and in its wake a ship equipped with a jump drive could access jump space - jump drive had been invented.

The jump wave kept spreading.

Eventually it would wash over a region of space occupied by another very advanced race and it caused havoc within their psionic society.

Their reaction was to use their reality manipulation technology to launch a counter wave back at the source of their nemesis, This wave would travel at light speed at first but accelerate as it encountered jump using civilizations. In its wake we have the psionic devastation (remember psionic potential exists in plants and animals, not just sentient beings), and possible interruption of jump travel for a while.

The odd consequence of this is that the counterwave actually opens up the possibility of higher order hop and skip drives.
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It is the campaign setting of the Traveller 5 RPG. It takes place in the OTU in centered on the Spinward Marches in the year 1902. 800 years after the 3rd Imperium Golden Age. Being OTU, this means Rebellion, Virus, TNE, 1248 (well some of it anyways) happened and the Empress Wave knock everyone down.
Unfortunately, we don't know much more than that... other than that there is a "Republic of Regina" and the empires are generally much smaller than in the early 1100's.
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There are a few other pieces of "canon" with regards to Galaxiad.

A.The T5 book (not the T5.09 PDF unfortunately) published a map of the Galaxy. The flavor text indicates that it was prepared by the IISS for Second Survey. This was reproduced on the travellermap website
Map of the Galaxy
B.The Essaray are real. MgT published "The Fall of Tinath" adventure as part of the MgT2e Starter Set (and available separately) and clearly indicates it is in the OTU universe and the same galaxy. They exist in Galaxiad (see D below).
C.The T5 book has a clear timeline of the eras of history. Among them is TNE (The New Era) and 1248 (The New New Era).
D.There is a Galaxaiad Introduction pdf. http://www.traveller5.net/GalaxiadIntroPublic.pdf
E.Agent of the Imperium does not take place in 1902, but supports, hints at or gives credence to the Galaxiad Introductuon.
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