Note: For the examples of spacecraft design posted on this blog, I mostly use 2ed. Mongoose Traveller rules, but some examples using 1ed. rules will persist until they can be upgraded.

Look at the side column for variant rules I use in my campaign.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Adventure Continued

After recovering the alien spacecraft on behalf of Professor MacDougal and the Astronomic Temple, the Ataraxis and other equipment are sold to the Astronomic Temple and the Ataraxis II is laid down at the civilian yards on Demos at Mars/Sol/Solomani Rim. The crew make investments, tidy-up personal affairs, and travel forward in time to commission the Ataraxis II and take it out for a shake-down cruise. Baron George and Prof. MacDougal decide to go ahead with a secret plan to transport the alien spacecraft to Darrian space for a high-level strategic technology transfer between the Third Imperium and the Darrian Confederation.
They must take a more direct route to the Spinward Marches to stay ahead of any possible reports from spies, etc. After much conferring, the senior staff of Boadicea Merchant Company decide to take a route through the edge of Aslani space and cross the Great Rift at the J-5 route. At the beginning of Year 1104, the Ataraxis II has reached Iddamakur [0110, Solomani Rim].

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Adventure Outline

Act One

Baron Jetson commissions the M.S. Ataraxis, ties up business connections, sails for the black to seek his fortune. His ship misjumps into the Sargasso of Space but is rescued when his crew combines efforts with the crew of the M.S. Boadicea and HMS Bayern to escape. The survivors precipitate into normal space in the Traveller universe near Prometheus and are then escorted by Imperial Warships to the Naval base. The survivors are cared for and educated on the basics of Imperial society and then given Imperial identification cards. [Some Imperial laws prohibit identification data to be in any way implanted in a human body, so the Naval Attache allows data devices to be utilized in a standard credit monetary-like card.]

Aboard the M.S. Boadicea, several weeks later, Egron G'Vargh, captain of the Boadicea, is killed in a liquid hydrogen rupture. Anya Jetson helps to set up a memorial trust to shield Egron's estate from probate and to promote causes that Captain Egron cared about. Anya Jetson had sailed with Egron while her brother George had dealt with the Imperial Government on behalf of his ship and business. When the Boadicea Merchant Company was formed and the Baron began hiring, many of the Boadicea's crew hired onto the M.S. Attaraxis since their former ship was being sold to liquidate Egron's estate.

Boadicea Merchant Company, Ltd. (BMC) is incorporated under that name. BMC purchases Firefly-class freighter, the MS Ataraxis. The Baron scores a mail route to Cymbeline endearing his company to the Bank of Earth, Lloyds of London subsidiary commercial bank that he is starting to channel his revenues through. Steady income always puts bankers at ease.

With a market for passengers expanding, Baron George hires a chef/steward, Haku, to increase the quality of the journey for new passengers and make living aboard a little more posh and comfortable. {Haku is on the run from a Yakuza organization.} The Baron also hires StuWiFoo for support in passenger services and to keep the ships' and business' computer systems secure.

At Cymbeline, several employees' contracts expire.

The Captain must hire new crew members. Dr. de Haviland is hired as ship's doctor.

Major de Haviland is hired as ship's security when the ship returns to Terra.

Due to acquiring another short charter to Cymbeline, George & Anya decide to take a non-standard route to Cymbeline to save time (and get a bonus). While in port at the mainworld of the system, Loki, they decide to hire a relief pilot so that they might have more time for market analysis. Liz DeWitte is hired and immediately fits in with the rest of the crew.

Sharon is hired when the Ataraxis arrives on Cymbeline. When the ship returns to earth a contact of the Baron sells him some Military-grade hardware to make the Ataraxis a bit more secure. While at Earth (Terra), the Baron hires two gunners, Houston Giles & Joan Eschanuk, and promotes Cassandra to gunnery officer.

BMC purchases land for facilities on Mars in the Sol system. The crew are excited about the possibility of future business expansion in other markets and types of business. The latest annual meeting of the company brought about discussion concerning possible salvage lines of business.

Sir Dr. James Ya-rasta Makeha-meha MacDougal and Lady Karen Chang with bodyguard & mentat, charter the Ataraxis to Banasdan subsector. The Baron leases his mail route to a relative of Lady Chang's.

Stay Tuned.....