Traveller Organized Play

Screenshot 2016-07-11 09.15.43Inspired by Adrian Romero’s blog post at http://redbox.wikidot.com/meta-traveller-acheivements, here is a system of Organized Play I’m proposing for upcoming Dicehaven Traveller games. [Update: after consulting with Mason we determined the XP and Bennies sort of ‘break’ the hard sci-fi feel of Traveller, so we won’t be using the XP/Bennies parts, although we will be doing the shared universe].

Shared Universes

Imperium Universe

There will be a shared Imperium universe. If we have multiple campaigns, mini-campaigns, or one-shots, they all take place in a common Imperium setting. GM’s normally should select a different subsector and will have full freedom of play in those isolated areas of the galaxy. To prevent disrupting other concurrent campaigns, GMs should not introduce setting-wide events (such as extinct-events, new sentient species, secret origins of a species, or a civil war that spans the Imperium) unless first consulting other current GMs.

Other Universes

Other universes and IPs (such as Star Trek or Firefly) also qualify for Organized Play and player rewards so long as 1) the group approves and 2) the games use some version of the Traveller rules.

Player Rewards

Imperium players accomplish earn experience points (XP) and increase their Imperium Player Level. Player receive Bennie levels at levels 1, 3, 5, and 7. These bennies can be used in any Imperium game. A player at level 5 had 3 bennies, meaning each game they start with 3 bennies they can use in all Organized Play games. At levels 2, 4, and 6, the players receive a Windfall which is cash or another benefit they can apply to the single character of their choice.

Imperium Organized Play Levels

LevelXPBenefit
10-91 Bennie
210-24New Windfall
325-492 Bennies
450-99New Windfall
510-1493 Bennies
6150-199New Windfall
7200-2504 Bennies

Restarting Levels

A player who achieves 251 or more XP immediately loses 250 XP and again becomes  a Level 1 Player. The player should consider retiring their most experience character, though this is optional.

Once players restart levels, you can differentiate player advancement through the use of Ranks. A level 1 Veteran is slightly more experienced player than a level 7 Explorer, even though the level 1 Veteran has lower Bennies at the moment. Higher ranked players have greater bragging rights 🙂

RankCurrent XPComprehensive XP
Explorer1-250251-500
Veteran1-250501-750
Hero1-250751-1,000
Icon1-2501,001-1,250
Overlord1-2501,251-1,500

Bennies

These work similar to Savage Worlds bennies — you get +2 or a reroll on any die roll (but you can keep the better of your two die rolls).

Windfalls

At present this would be a roll on the Mustering Out benefits for your career (your choice of Cash or Benefits). I might replace this with a new Windfall table. If we add a Windfall table, here’s how it would work:

Roll on the Windfall table. Reroll any result that you’ve achieved before during your current level progression. Apply Windfall results to the character of your choice.

Earning XP

Playing

  • Play in a session — 3 XP
  • Mentor new player in their first session — 1 XP
  • Run a session — 5 XP

Disaster

  • Character killed — 10 XP
  • Player willingly lets their character get into major trouble — 3 XP
  • Suffer uniquely entertaining random mishap — 1 XP

Player Goals

A player can have a Major Goal for each character. You can have at most one Major goal at a time for a character, and can replace it with a new goal after the current one is resolved.

  • Announce and document a GM-approved Major Goal for a character you’ve played for at least one session — 1 XP
  • Character accomplishes a significant step towards their Major Goal — 2 XP
  • Character achieves their Major Goal — 5 XP

Team Goals

Three or more players may determine a Major Goal for their team. The characters must have been been together for at least one game session.

  • Announce and document a GM-approved Major Goal for a team of 3 or more characters — 1 XP per player
  • Team accomplishes a significant step towards their Major Goal — 3 XP per player
  • Team achieves their Major Goal — 10 XP per player

World Building

  • Post session log  — 1 XP
  • Post a GM-approved player-built world, culture or game tool — 2 XP
  • Post relevant media for game sessions such as illustrations, map, or photos of a game — 1 XP
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3 Responses to Traveller Organized Play

  1. Jacob Ross July 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    I am intrigued by this. Sorry, but I’m a first-time visitor. I’m not sure what a Dicehaven game is. Is it just a game where GMs send email reports to you or do you have a physical location?

    • Stan July 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

      This is a gaming club in Dallas texas with about a dozen members. We post our play reports online and occasionally blog. From our site description: “What is Dicehaven? It’s an RPG eco-system of related gaming groups. Our members-only game club runs 5-7 concurrent roleplaying campaigns, plus board games and miniatures games.”

      Makes sense? Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. Jacob Ross July 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    That’s cool. I have to find enough people to start something similar up in Washington.