The Traveller Book Print on Demand

Its been a while since I posted anything to do with Classic Traveller, since all my focus has been on Cepheus Engine and related releases by companies such as Independence Games, Stellagama Publishing and Zozer Games. However I’m very pleased to have received the following book as a Christmas present (well, I ordered it) from my wife which I’d like to feature below.

The Traveller Book (TTB) is a reprint of the original Games Designer’s Workshop product of the same name, available from DriveThru RPG via their Print on Demand (PoD) service. The book itself is currently $20 or $24 which includes the PDF. As far as I’m aware, the original TTB was always printed with a colour cover so when I noticed that someone on Twitter had picked up a copy, I was impressed with the quality of the printing and just before Christmas I ordered a copy. Thankfully despite the usual postal rush, it was delivered in about 8-10 days.

The book is hardback format and follows the Classic Traveller ‘Little Back Book’ design with the red stripe across the front and back cover. The book is roughly 222mm wide and 284mm tall. For those who aren’t aware, TTB is a full set of the Classic Traveller rules and includes two short adventures, ‘Shadows’ and ‘Exit Visa’. Inside the print is black text on a plain white background, scanned from the original book but the reproduction is of very high quality. Not the sharpness of original typeset, but I’m happy with the quality of the printing.

Due to the weight of the paper, it is possible to see some of the text on the opposite page, but I don’t think this is too much of an issue.

Some illustrations do make use of some red fill, but that’s the only use of colour in the book. I’ve included some snapshots of random pages to hopefully give you an idea of what the book looks like.

I’m thoroughly pleased with the purchase and would recommend this to anyone who would like a play copy of the CT rules.

If you want to expand from The Traveller Book, there is a’bundle of holding’ offer on at the moment, where you can pick up additional CT rules up in PDF format, for a nominal cost. These can be found over at this link: Classic Traveller Bundle of Holding Offer. The deal runs out around the middle of January.

This will be my last blog post for 2020, let’s hope that 2021 will prove to be a better year for all of us. How ever you are intending to see in the new year, may you enjoy it as best as possible under the circumstances and keep safe. See you in 2021!


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13 Responses to The Traveller Book Print on Demand

  1. Bob Loftin says:

    I bought copies of that for my whole gaming group last year. I love it. Just don’t get the pages wet! That is indeed some light paper. No complaints! The price is right!

  2. Shelby says:

    CT is my game, and this book is indispensable IMO. I have purchased several copies as gifts for my gaming buddies. The price is right. Keep CT alive!

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  5. Will Shade says:

    Talking to an old friend, he made me aware that we played this back in the day… for some reason, I don’t remember it too clearly… I was not the ref, just a player, but my interest is piqued… so, here’s the question: is this book enough to get me started since I want to play with my son? Is this enough?

    • Hi Will, I know we’ve already been in touch by email, but I thought I’d reply via the comments section as I’ve used the feedback I sent you as the basis for a blog post in case others may find the information useful. Thanks again for getting in touch!

  6. timsbrannan says:

    This is a really attractive book. The Traveller Book was my first Traveller book back in the day. Mine was a softcover with blue, I am sure everyone knows it.
    I really should get this POD. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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