Sure, your Traveller characters are all about the bold action and daring do–I get that. But sometimes your star-spanning heroes just need to unwind. Of course…that doesn’t mean they have to sit around and play tri-level chess all evening.
A night on the town can be an adventure in itself. It’s a chance for players to explore another side of their characters and see the grittier side of a starport. The song “Banned Form Argo” by Leslie Fish is a hilarious take on the shore leave activities of the famous crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). To get an idea of the possibilities for your characters you can check the song out at
Naturally, a lot of the fun of a startown adventure is the random stuff that just jumps up and smacks your characters in the face. For this, I recommend Startown Liberty, a supplement for the original Traveller RPG, by Gamelords Ltd. Now to be clear, Gamelords went out of business decades ago. But due to the magic of the internet, their books can still be acquired through Different Worlds Publishing at http://www.diffworlds.com/gamelords_traveller.htm for around six bucks. The book is only about 40 pages. It’s filled with random encounter tables for the carousing party of adventurers. Wandering bands of drunk space marines, criminal activity, corrupt police officers and the occasional tourist are all to be found mucking about Startown Liberty on a given Saturday night.
As a GM, it’s good to have something like this in your pocket for those times when the game bogs down, and you need to give it a little kick. In case you’re wondering; no, I don’t make any money from Different Worlds. I don’t even know those jokers personally. But I do know a good thing when I see it and I do recommend this book for any space RPG you have in mind.
By Clayton J. Callahan