These type of posts are the ones I hate most to write. I still think it is important to do so. Gregory P. Lee has now joined the growing group of absent friends. 🙁
Greg Lee was an active member in the online Traveller community. He may be most known for his amazing Cirque adventure published by his Greylock Publishing Lines. For Traveller he has also published Lee’s Guide to Interstellar Adventure.
Greg was also working on a new Traveller product, that some of you may have heard of. He has written a Traveller novel called Cirque: The Usual Suspects. I was one of the lucky ones who got to read a copy. It is a great novel set in the universe that I love. The novel is describing events that happened before the adventure called Cirque. An interesting idea about Rhylanor that was first presented in the MgT Alien Module 4: Zhodani by Donald McKinney is used in the novel.
Just for fun I generated a map without hexes for the main area of space (Rhylanor subsector) of the novel.
Follow this link to read something that Greg wrote about the novel at the Traveller RPG facebook group.
I really hope that this novel will be published. It is too good to be lost.
A great adventure for Traveller, That is what it is. You may think that the idea of a circus in space is a rather unorthodox idea. I know I thought so in the beginning. I first thought is was a silly copy of the Roadshow Amber Zone (where the PCs are roadies for the rock-band Veedback) from JTAS #23. But Cirque is so much more.
Compared to the Roadshow Amber Zone, that was not more than an idea, Cirque is a 186 pages book full of adventures. The adventure starts at Rhylanor. There are deckplans, NPCs, scenarios for every planet the circus visits and a greater meta-plot for the entire adventure. The only Traveller adventure book that can be comparable to Cirque is the 154 pages The Traveller Adventure. (The Traveller adventure has a larger font size.)
The first 59 pages of the book describes the circus and it’s ships, characters and animals in great detail. The rest of the book is about every planet the circus visits and what happens there.
This adventure started as a successful Kickstarter Project. The adventure is written for Traveller 5 but will work fine for any version of Traveller.
Cirque, a 160 page campaign source book for Traveller5 (T5) at familiar worlds in the Spinward Marches. This sounded like a good idea to me. I am backing it and getting a print version.
The idea of a circus, instead of the usual gang in a Free Trader is quite an unorthodox idea. But it sounds interesting and this is not the first time we have seen an unorthodox idea like this. Remember the rock-band Veedback in an amber zone adventure in JTAS 23. That was a cool adventure in only 3 pages. Cirque will probably be just as cool and requires a lot less work for the referee since it will be 160 pages.