Happy 40th Birthday Traveller RPG!

Today, the 22nd of July is the 40th birthday of the release of the original (now known as the ‘Classic’ version) Traveller RPG. Happy birthday Traveller! At time of writing, its a shame there hasn’t been any news of a re-release of the LBB’s or ‘celebration’ publication coming out (which would have been nice). Oh well, you can always hope!


So, in celebration of the 40th birthday of CT, I’m going to have a go at rolling a few characters and see if this maxim is really true:-

(Thanks to the Rolistes Podcast for posting this on Twitter).

Is Traveller character generation really that deadly? Unfortunately all my CT books are stashed away and out of reach, due to furniture moves and having to accommodate building work in the house at the moment. So I’m going to use this online generator to create my characters for me:-

https://devilghost.com/software/travellercharacter/

So I reckon if I generate 10 characters, lets see what the percentage is for survival (in a completely un-scientific way)…

Character 1:

Merchant 4th Officer Peng Santos A88986 Age 26 2 terms Cr26,000 Skills: Electronics-2, Vacc Suit-1

Service History:

Attempted to enlist in Merchants.

Enlistment denied.

Drafted into merchants.

Voluntarily reenlisted for second term.

Commissioned during second term of service as 4th Officer.

Chose not to reenlist after second term.

Character 2:

Army Lieutenant Emily Larsen 7A6663 Age 22 1 term Cr12,000 Skills: Rifle-1, SMG-1

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Army.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as Lieutenant.

Chose not to reenlist after first term.

Character 3:

Navy Starman Kana Pérez 63A999 Age 26 2 terms

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Navy.

Enlistment accepted.

Voluntarily reenlisted for second term.

Death in service.

Character 4:

Army Major John Cohen 28A597 Age 26 2 terms Cr27,000 Skills: ATV-2, Rifle-2, SMG-3 Benefits: Rifle

Service History:

Attempted to enlist in Army.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as Lieutenant.

Promoted to Captain.

Voluntarily reenlisted for second term.

Promoted to Major.

Denied reenlistment after second term.

Character 5:

Army Captain Sir Daniel Yamazaki 7B695B Age 22 1 term Cr30,000 Skills: Fwd Obsvr-1, Rifle-2, SMG-1

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Army.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as Lieutenant.

Promoted to Captain.

Chose not to reenlist after first term.

Character 6:

Scout Haruto Varga B58394 Age 22 1 term

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Scouts.

Enlistment denied.

Drafted into scouts.

Death in service.

Character 7:

Army Lieutenant Diego Anderson 56A739 Age 22 1 term

Service History:

Attempted to enlist in Army.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as Lieutenant.

Death in service.

Character 8:

Merchant 3rd Officer Dame Khadija Saar B576AB Age 26 2 terms

Service History:

Attempted to enlist in Merchants.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as 4th Officer.

Voluntarily reenlisted for second term.

Promoted to 3rd Officer.

Death in service.

Character 9:

Merchant 4th Officer Logan Díaz 8489AA Age 22 1 term Cr60,000 Skills: Electronics-1, Steward-1

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Merchants.

Enlistment accepted.

Commissioned during first term of service as 4th Officer.

Chose not to reenlist after first term.

Character 10:

Scout Santino Wu 963779 Age 22 1 term

Service History:
Attempted to enlist in Scouts.

Enlistment accepted.

Death in service.

Well, that was a surprise; a 50% death rate, two of which were in the Scout Service. Conclusion: even though this was a bit of fun, it did illustrate how deadly Classic Traveller character generation could be!

Thanks go to the Rolistes Podcast for posting the picture and giving me a bit of inspiration to go through a bit of char gen. Here’s to the next 40 years of Traveller adventures!

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About AlegisDownport

Musings on the Traveller RPG world, technology, astronomy and digital art.
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2 Responses to Happy 40th Birthday Traveller RPG!

  1. Pierre Savoie says:

    Couldn’t you psionically predict that you risked death in the next 4-year term, and avoid it? 🙂

    • Hmm thats a good point! I wonder if an additional roll part way through the character creation process should be introduced? However if you’re playing this in the Third Imperium, you’d probably get found out and locked up as a Zhodani spy…! 🤔

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