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Re: Classic Psionics in Traveler

Hi Rick,

                When I used to GM Traveller I spent a good several hours with each player building backstory during the character development over their career, but I also modified house rules to allow for further growth.   No RPG rules are ever carved in stone despite what current game rules out there seem to want.  A former Marine of the Imperium could certainly increase his aim in my house while in game.

                I think one lesson here is that no system is perfect and we (GMs) need to manage that and allow for it.  A static character who can’t grow in skill can start to get boring for a player.  That all being said the psionic system was far better balanced in that regard than I’ve seen before or since.




From: tft-owner@brainiac.com [mailto:tft-owner@brainiac.com] On Behalf Of Rick Smith
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 12:23 PM
To: tft@brainiac.com
Subject: Classic Psionics in Traveler


Hi Tom.

  Welcome to the list.  


  I confess that the thing I liked least about basic Traveler was

that all character development happened before the game began.

Perhaps getting experience points and improving skills and 

attributes was less realistic than people gaining most of their skills

earlier in their career. 


  However, seeing the characters you spent time with was 

definitely more fun.


Warm regards, Rick.



On 2016-10-22, at 3:21 PM, Tom Ellis wrote:

Hi, people.  To answer the question, I preferred Classic Traveler vs. D&D psionics  because of how they balanced it.  Be skilled based vs. level based, Traveller made people make choices.  You could spend 20+ years in the service and have mad skills, but at that point you also wouldn’t be able to achieve your full psionic potential.  Then there was the whole drama of finding a Guild to study at.


So, as an introduction.  Hi again.  My name is Tom and I still have my paper D&D books from the 70s.  I look forward to more fruitful discussions on this list.