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Zhodani Base Awards 2020

2020 ZhobieWelcome to the Zhodani Base Awards 2020! 2020 has been a strange year. For Traveller products it was another good year. Lots of new stuff from the small publishers (and Mongoose).

The first category is “Best Cover“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Cover” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: Star Battles: Space Map Bundle from Jon Brazer Enterprises.

There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers. An image with a starship and hexes was a perfect cover for a product like this.

Next category is “Best Fanzine or Online Magazine“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Fanzine/Online Magazine” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: Freelance Traveller.

Freelance Traveller has once again proved that they are the best fanzine by publishing bimestrial issues with lots of good contents for free.

Freelance Traveller has won this category every year since 2011!

Next category is “Best Adventure“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Adventure” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: Skandersvik from Mongoose.

There were lots of fine Traveller Adventures for different settings published. This year, Skandersvik was the most interesting one.

Next category is “Best Ship or Deckplan“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Ship or Deckplan” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: Colonial Freighter from Zozer Games.

There were lots of fine ships for Traveller published this year. Colonial Freighter was the coolest and most inspiring design.

Next category is “Best ATU Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best ATU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: The Sword of Cepheus from Stellagama Publishing.

This category always make me happy since you can always find so many cool ideas and useful books.

Next category is “Best OTU Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best OTU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 2 from Mongoose.

Mongoose continues to churn out good quality products for the OTU.

A final bonus category this year is “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2020 is: The Zero Gravity Olympics from Old School Role Playing.

There were a lot of great free products this year. In 2020, I have seen lots of questions about futuristic sports. This years winner may answer some of these questions.

Now, go and download all of the free Traveller Products. Why? They are free!

Subsector Generator Update

I have updated my Random Subsector Generator with a new “race“.

If you select Zork, you will get a subsector with planet names that are inspired by an intrepid space explorer in a very small ship (that usually crashes.)

I have used 1:st order Markov Chains to create the new names. (Higher order create too few names since we start with so few planets.)

Glortero Subsector

From the comic, I also guess that the planets should be quite small and that the tech level is high. So without creating illegal values, I have added a small bias for this.

State of the Base

What has happened at The Base in 2019? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!

Highlights

Florensa SubsectorThe Zhodani Base now has reached over 920 fans at facebook.

An Amber Zone Competition.

Posted a few new maps.

Started playing face-to-face with a new group, from the Traveller RPG Sverige facebook group.

Lowlights

All the things I didn’t have time to write or finish.

There were only 3 reviews.

I didn’t finish season-3 of the Adventures of the Starship Notorious.

Site Stats

The Zhodani Base has about 4400 proper visitors each month (plus about 500 each month at the Amber Zone website). That is a lot worse than last year. (It may have something to do with the move to a new domain and that a lot of links and bookmarks doesn’t work correctly, and that my SEO at google not yet have catched up.)

The 5 most popular posts on the blog were:

  1. Spinward Marches upside down (new)
  2. Cepheus Engine (1)
  3. Traveller Memes (new)
  4. Create Your own Hex maps (new)
  5. Spherical Space Ships (5)

The 5 most popular pages on the blog were:

  1. Free pdf-files (2)
  2. Random Subsector Generator (1)
  3. Generators (3)
  4. Maps and Data (4)
  5. Amber Zone (5)

The 5 most popular search words/phrases for finding the blog were:

  1. traveller rpg blog (2)
  2. zhodani base (new)
  3. traveller rpg (1)
  4. traveller rpg pdf (4)
  5. free traveller rpg pdf downloads (new)

To-do List

  • Run an Amber Zone contest this year. (Let’s do this again.)
  • Write reviews of Science Fiction books and Traveller Products. (I have a huge backlog.)
  • Repost some more stuff from the defunct Traveller Freeport website.
  • Post season 3 of the The adventures of Starship Notorious.
  • Publish the Cepheus Sector.
  • Preparing new adventures to run as a Referee.
  • Change theme to make it look more like the Amber Zone website.
  • Do something when the number of facebook followers reaches 1000.

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