Classic Traveller: Out of the Box


“The beauty of CT LBB1-3 is that the ref is free to make such decisions for themselves.”
— Mike Wightman

I’ve written a lot of posts in a series called TRAVELLER: Out of the Box. The premise is simple:

I examine Books 1-3 of the original Traveller rules found in the original boxed set (both the 1977 edition and the 1981 edition) and see what sort of game and play is found within.

This means excluding the later books. It also means no concern for the Third Imperium (which is not mentioned in any way in the first three Books). And it means looking specifically at Books 1-3 and not The Traveller Book or Starter Traveller, which both contain different text than Books 1-3 and which change the nature of the implied setting found in Books 1-3.

As an additional point, at Gary Con X in 2018 Marc Miller ran a game of Traveller. Afterward he spoke with a few of the players about Traveller. One of them wrote up Miller’s responses to question about Traveller and posted them on his blog.

Here is a post I made about Miller’s comments. I link it here because in nine points Miller backs up almost every argument I’ve made on this blog about the early years of Traveller and the playstyle of early Traveller in my Out of the Box series.