One interesting thing in the preview is the Miniphants. In the Mongoose Sword World module they were not described as in the old JTAS #16. But in the preview, the Miniphants have not been changed from the original. That is a good thing. This means that Mongoose is de-canonizing their own (or parts of their own) problematic Sword World module. 🙂
One of the more popular pages at the Zhodani Base is the Random Subsector Generator. With the help of the generator, some text editing and the post function at Traveller Maps and some editing using Gimp, I created this subsector.
I made this subsector to try out the region xml-tag that is used at TravellerMap for nebulas. But then I liked the subsector that I have made, so I decided to make it prettier using an image of a real nebula.
The Florensa Nebula is in the center of the subsector. This nebula is a navigational hazard. (Add +2 for misjump to/from Florensa and +1 for misjump to/from any of the six surrounding hexes.)
Three interstellar powers are present in the subsector. The Portuna Federation, the Caponiana Free State, and the Elekto Zardom.
All three interstellar powers have signed an agreement that have defined the Florensa Nebula as a space preserve. No ships are allowed to go there except for scientific missions.
Silestina is the local capital of the Portuna Federation. Trade in illegal gems from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers. The planet is ruled by Duke Ostretto who is not very popular and that have risen the law-level to C to protect himself.
At Florensa there is a thin asteroid belt orbiting a neutron star at 80 AU. There are a few research stations in the belt. These stations observe the neutron star and the nebula. The stations are usually unmanned.
In some areas of the Nebula, there are lots of valuable minerals. It is possible to find gems like Diamonds or Sapphires. There are also noble metals like Platinum, Gold, Iridium, and Osmium. Some radioactive can also be found.
In a few locations in the nebula, 2000-year-old (non-human) mining equipment have been found. Due to micrometeorites and radiation, these doesn’t work anymore, but they seem to have been more advance than what any of the current interstellar powers can produce.
Paleria is the local capital of the Caponiana Free State. Trade in illegal gold from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers. Paleria is controlled directly from Caponiana.
Armiona is working as some kind of local capital of the Elekto Zardom. Armiona is a huge asteroid belt and each asteroid have its own government. There is no central control. Trade in illegal radioactives from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers.
@SUB-SECTOR: Florensa SECTOR: Sadobi
#PlanetName Loc. UPP Code B Notes Z PBG Al
#---------- ---- --------- - --------------- - --- --
Seelio 0107 E654564-6 Ag Ni 321 Pf
Signes-3 0205 D100277-5 S Lo Ni Va 323 Pf
Silestina 0206 B6889BC-B N Hi Cp 224 Pf
Alkmesis 0208 C454775-8 S Ag A 122 Na
Salora 0210 X000000-0 As Na R 325 Na
Ekardina 0306 C878244-4 S Lo Ni 223 Pf
Roxandory 0307 D510210-5 S Lo Ni 723 Pf
Herlina 0310 X667000-0 Lo Ni R 324 Na
Ornalda 0402 C100355-8 S Lo Ni Va 800 Ez
Armenete 0408 D520646-2 De Na Po 513 Cf
Irisek 0409 E634424-3 Ni 123 Cf
Yurstea 0410 D797235-7 S Lo Ni 302 Cf
Isaraston 0501 C000776-6 As Na 503 Ez
Koronia 0503 C424110-A S Lo Ni 903 Ez
Florensa 0505 X000000-0 As Ba Lo Ni R 000 Na
Paleria 0508 B500964-B N Hi In Na Va Cp 132 Cf
Ludoran 0510 E542425-2 Ni Po 723 Cf
Frington 0601 X9B4000-0 Ba Fl Lo Ni R 024 Ez
Annelope 0602 C110125-7 Lo Ni 124 Ez
Armiona 0703 B000979-B As Hi In Na Cp 314 Ez
Bavardina 0706 E524200-9 Lo Ni 813 Cf
Euphelene 0707 B10065A-9 Na Va 223 Cf
Restriam 0708 E69A665-8 Wa 624 Cf
Rhodica 0709 X679000-0 Ba Lo Ni R 034 Cf
Ullacin 0801 D210132-4 Lo Ni 122 Ez
Harmula 0804 C649420-7 Ni 103 Ez
Clorian 0809 D695330-3 S Lo Ni 811 Cf
The winner of the “Best Cover” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2018 is: Spacecraft Design Guide from Moon Toad Publishing.
There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers. A cool starship image and an otherwise well designed cover was what won this year. (Ian Stead did three of the nominated cover images and one of them won.)
Next category is “Best Fanzine or Online Magazine“. The nominees are: