The day I purchased my first RPG, occurred on a day that many of my 'firsts' occurred as a kid.
It was the first time my parents let me travel unaccompanied from the country town we lived in, to our state capital with my friends.
It was the first time I had fast food.
It was the first time I saw a movie in a cinema (our town had a drive-in theatre).
And it was the first time I went to a games shop.
So many RPGs and wargames to look at there.
But all I had played so far in my life had been D&D/fantasy games and I wanted to try/buy something different to what we had been playing.
And then I saw the Traveller Deluxe Set on the shelf in that games shop.
I picked it up and read the 'This is Free Trader Beowulf' Mayday message on the front of the box and I was hooked!
It was so evocative, particularly after hacking and slashing things in the D&D world.
I bought that game on the spot and the later gaming experience was fantastic! (although the in-game experience system was rubbish).
How could you put all of Charted Space into 3 little black books?
Traveller will always have a special place in my heart as the first RPG I ever bought.
I've read some detailed reviews here and I'll leave it to them to explain the 'nuts and blots' of the upgrade.
But, this game was my first love and this most recent update reminded me of my youth and the many hours I played Traveller with my friends and the subsectors I generated for them, populated with my imagination. Good times!
The update looks great and the game plays much the way it used to play. The starship deckplans are a great addition!
I now understand failing a survival roll under the upgraded rules, can make a charcter more interesting (provided I didn't actually die!)
And now, maybe Free Trader Beowulf will install a turret and kick arse this time!