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Old September 9th, 2019, 02:45 AM
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Default Merchant Capt. Jamison, what a brilliant, shrewed rascal.

Throughout the known universe, Terrans and other intelligent beings told rumors, tales, and nursery rhymes about the Great Merchant Captain of the Expanse, Captain Jamison. For eons, thinking organisms have debated on just how the Great Merchant Captain rose to such prominence within the elite rich, upper social circles, and the most advanced scientists, while keeping his ties grounded with the…less savory elements. What is the truth? Well, the truth is so simple it has eluded discovery until an Ancient relic was found buried with a imaginable riches and technology deep within an ice covered labyrinth. The relic was Captain Jamison’s true service records. These service records prove just how cunning and ambitious young Alexander Lascelles Jamison was, and some may say he was a “cutthroat”. So, the truth. While serving his second term of service, 3rd Officer A. L. Jamison defied clear, succinct stamped and signed orders to report for specific training. Instead of making a right turn into training room 81, he snuck off to the left to training room 77. His keen intellect drove him to avoid the dreaded Steward classroom and to seek the beloved/powerful Gun Tactics. Gun Tactics would prove to be far more useful for survival and…..persuasion, than handing out silverware and napkins, or topping off drinks. So, satisfied with the resulting skill set gained years ago, 1st Officer A. L. Jamison doctored orders and returned to training room 77 during his fourth term of service.



BOOK 1 (1977 edition), BOOK 1 (1981 edition), THE TRAVELLER BOOK (1982), and STARTER TRAVELLER (1983), all say "He goes on a physical fitness Kick [Table 1, roll 3= +1 endurance] and learns to better defend himself [Table 2, roll 4= gun combat] using the small body pistol.", during his second term of service.

BOOK 1 (1977 edition), BOOK 1 (1981 edition), THE TRAVELLER BOOK (1982), and STARTER TRAVELLER (1983), all say "He trains himself in the martial arts [Table 1, roll 5= blade combat], choosing the cutlass and [Table 2, roll 4= gun combat] the submachinegun.", during his Fourth term of service.

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ACQUIRED SKILLS TABLES comparing BOOK 1 (1977 edition) and BOOK 1 (1981 edition):



















Personal Development Table
_77 Navy 81 Navy 77 Marines81 Marines77 Army 81 Army 77 Scouts 81 Scouts 77 Merchant81 Merchant77 Other81 Other
1+1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren +1 Stren
2+1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext +1 Dext
3+1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur +1 Endur
4+1 Social +1 Intel Gambling Gambling Gambling Gambling Gun Cbt +1 Intel +1 Stren +1 Stren Blade Cbt Blade Cbt
5+1 Intel +1 Educ Brawling Brawling Brawling +1 Educ +1 Intel +1 Educ Blade Cbt Blade Cbt Brawling Brawling
6+1 Educ +1 Social Blade Cbt Blade Cbt +1 Educ Brawling +1 Educ Gun Cbt Bribery Bribery -1 Social -1 Social
Service Skills Table
_77 Navy 81 Navy 77 Marines81 Marines77 Army 81 Army 77 Scouts 81 Scouts 77 Merchant81 Merchant77 Other81 Other
1Ship's BoatShip's Boat ATV Vehicle ATV Vehicle Air/Raft Vehicle Steward Vehicle Forgery Vehicle
2Vacc SuitVacc Suit Vacc Suit Vacc Suit Air/Raft Air/Raft Vacc Suit Vacc Suit Vacc Suit Vacc Suit Gambling Gambling
3Fwd ObsvFwd Obsvr Blade Cbt Blade Cbt Fwd Obsv Gun Cbt Navigation Mechanical +1 Stren Jack-o-T Brawling Brawling
4Blade CbtGunnery Blade Cbt Gun Cbt Blade Cbt Fwd Obsvr Mechanical Navigation Gun Cbt Steward Blade Cbt Bribery
5Gun CbtBlade Cbt Gun Cbt Blade Cbt Gun Cbt Blade Cbt Electronic Electronics Electronic Electronics Gun Cbt Blade Cbt
6GunneryGun Cbt Gun Cbt Gun Cbt Gun Cbt Gun Cbt Jack-o-T Jack-o-T Jack-o-T Gun Cbt Bribery Gun Cbt



The ACQUIRED SKILLS TABLES for THE TRAVELLER BOOK and STARTER TRAVELLER are the same as in BOOK 1 (1981 edition), except for table 2, line one, and is shown below:





Services Skills Table
_Navy Marines Army Scouts Merchant Other
1Ship's Boat ATV ATV Air/Raft Vehicle Vehicle


*Note: Errata indicates incidents of "ATV" and "Air/Raft" should be "Vehicle" in the above tables.




Captain A. L. Jamison learned his lesson about "Steward" and skipped class for more useful training, starting in 1981!


I guess the thing to do is to change the rolls from "4" to "6", for 1981 and later.

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Old September 9th, 2019, 03:51 AM
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In my game Jamison fell on hard times and bartered a charter with a band of pirates, and is currently operating as a successful corsair captain under said band with his free trader.

There is a 10K credit bounty on his pony tail and 50K for the rest of him.
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Default Captain Jamison's Ire

I always wondered why the description claimed Captain Jamison was upset with the Merchant service for retiring him at the peak of his career--when obviously he had to retire (move on) in order to become captain of his own Free Trader? Which is better--to serve on someone else's ship, or to be Captain and Master-Aboard? And, with all those pesky, incessant bills to pay on the Type A, he's not gonna be retired to the vacation house on the lake any time in the next 40 years. . . .
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IMTU A.L. Jamison is a rival merchant captain that is always undercutting the player's activities, sometimes by unethical means. He hires away crew, he spreads disinformation about (and sometimes to) the players, he shows up at inconvenient times. He is especially good at beating the players to an expected payoff.
Players can often find themselves in trouble with Customs or other agencies because of inaccurate information about them. If the players make a concerted effort they can usually find circumstantial evidence pointing to Jamison as the source of the information, but are never able to conclusively prove anything.

On the other hand I hold him in reserve to rescue the players if they get into an irretrievable situation through no fault of their own. Of course he will then expect the players to do favors (many favors) for him in return.
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If you are in the Merchant service - ie character generation - you are in a career with a rank structure, benefits, a pension.

Once you muster out or are forced to leave you are no longer in the Merchant service, you are a Traveller, a Traveller that may have had the foresight and/or where with all to blag a free trader...
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If you are in the Merchant service - ie character generation - you are in a career with a rank structure, benefits, a pension.

Once you muster out or are forced to leave you are no longer in the Merchant service, you are a Traveller, a Traveller that may have had the foresight and/or where with all to blag a free trader...
It depends. Doesn't LBB7 "Merchant Prince" have the "Free Trader" career/merchant line, with one rank (R6?) as Captain/Owner? It seems to me that is just what Capt. Jameson has become!
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Then why is he not still in the merchant service?

Calling one of the career structure paths in LBB7 Free Trader doesn't change Jamison's status.

He is no longer a Merchant of any sort, not a free trader or small line or large line Merchant. He no longer gains mustering out benefits over time, he no longer earns more pension, he can no longer be promoted through an official rank structure.

The inclusion of Jamison lines as a free trader example in LBB7 is a bit of fluff that actually contradicts the rules.

It appears that Jamison can have two careers...
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Jamison probably wanted to earn another benefit, shooting for another round of mortgage payoff on his retirement craft. Being cutoff in his prime potentially cost him megacredits.



I think there should be another rank to CT Merchants, Commodore. The commander of a shipping line and/or first rank among captains would be a capstone to a career.
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Then why is he not still in the merchant service?

Calling one of the career structure paths in LBB7 Free Trader doesn't change Jamison's status.

He is no longer a Merchant of any sort, not a free trader or small line or large line Merchant. He no longer gains mustering out benefits over time, he no longer earns more pension, he can no longer be promoted through an official rank structure.

The inclusion of Jamison lines as a free trader example in LBB7 is a bit of fluff that actually contradicts the rules.

It appears that Jamison can have two careers...
IMHO you may be taking the use of the word "Service" in Merchant Service a little too literally.
To me it seems the LBBs were just using that word to make it clear that, as far as basic character generation mechanics, the choice of Merchant is carried out the same way as the other "Services" (Army, Navy, Marines). I don't think they intended to imply that the Merchant Service is a branch of the Imperial Government in the same sense that the military services are, but rather "Merchant Service" is just a way to group a wide variety of trade based careers. In that case some of the rules of LBB7 make more sense, at least to me, especially the Free Trader branch.
Take for example the fact that there are many Trader Lines listed in LBB7. Are you suggesting these are all owned, or at least principally controlled by, the 3rd Imperium?
So, by not taking the word "Service" too literally, it means that each Free Trader (such as Jamison) is still in the "Merchant Service", and one could continue to play the game in 4 year abstract 'turns', using the character generation rules, to determine his future, OR one could use the regular rules to carry out a much more detailed play of the rest of his life.
Or have I completely misunderstood your point?
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Governments and corporations sponsor shipping lines, up to and including the right to militarise them in times of war. They have a training programs, rank structure, benefits and pension.

The Merchant service prior career represents a character that has gained experience in this service.

Once you end character generation your character is now a Traveller - they can engage in activities that resemble those carried out by a Free Trader merchant line but with a couple of major differences.

It is similar to joining a mercenary units post service career and thinking you are still in the Army - you are not.
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