Into the Star (Traveller)
This adventure clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Now, first things first: This acts as an introductory adventure for the Twilight Sector and also as a solo-adventure – not “solo”, as one GM and player, but as “choose your own adventure”-solo!
The pdf assumes the use of the Mutant Creation rules – you can play a Mod SIM (scientifically induced mutation, weak social standing -1) or a Natural mutant (NM, weak social standing -2); with Resis Capra, we get a sample pregen for your use if you don’t have the time or inclination to make one yourself. A d66 table for negative and positive mutations is provided, including the respective descriptions.
Upon reading these, you will, alas, notice that this was, obviously, the freshman offering of the company: The white borders around images have not been cropped, partially making text jumbled or overlapping it. E.g. the number for entry #6 is, annoyingly, hidden by an artwork. Also slightly annoying – #49 is basically: Try again! That could be in the respective failure conditions right there sans flipping pages. Entry number 50 is also completely obscured by the b/w-map. And no, I will not tell you what this adventure is about – it makes no sense to cover its details, considering that any coverage would SPOIL the adventure for the only person who’d undertake it. Suffice to say, there is some mystery set up for future scenarios…
Editing and formatting are okay, if not perfect – particularly the images overlapping text is annoying indeed. Cartography and interior artworks are b/w and nice. Layout adheres to a 1-column b/w-standard and the pdf internally hyperlinked – clicking on “go to #X” will put you at the respective entry.
Michael J Cross and Matthew Hope deliver a per se nice, unpretentious solo-adventure here; while it’s not exactly mind-boggling, it makes for a solid form of entertainment for a while. That being said, the overlay issues are really grating and drag down the experience a bit. At the same time, this is FREE. And honestly, as a FREE supplement, this is worth checking out if you need your RPG-fix and are in the mood for some scifi/space opera action. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 3 stars.
You can get this adventure for FREE here on OBS!