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Fully Updated and Revised

Traveller is a science fiction roleplaying game of bold explorers and brave adventurers. The Traveller Core Rulebook Update 2022 contains everything you need to create one of these adventures and begin exploring the galaxy.

Spaceports, ancient civilisations, air/rafts, cold steel blades, laser carbines, far distant worlds, and exotic alien beasts – this is the futuristic universe of Traveller, the original and classic science fiction roleplaying game.

Come visit the far future.

The Traveller Core Rulebook Update 2022 has been fully revised for this edition and contains many tweaks and rules updates, as well as a brand new, highest quality interior format with lashings of top tier art to immerse you in the far future.

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Jay W November 29, 2021 9:54 pm UTC
Where is the character sheet?
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Patrick S November 15, 2021 7:51 am UTC
As a complete Traveller noob who wanted to get into the game now, i'm really baffled by how expensive the Mongoose PDFs are. In general i think Mongoose has the most expensive PDFs i have ever seen. They seem to be completely tone-deaf regarding comments talking about that.
I guess they have a solid buyer base and are not interested in new potential customers?! Well maybe i have to take a look at Cepheus Deluxe instead.
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Rory H November 18, 2021 1:31 am UTC
$30 for a core rulebook: the only book you’ll ever need to run science fiction stories in literally thousands of worlds, and all the support you could ever wish for with one of the most celebrated and seminal RPGs of all time.

Yep, count me in as a solid buyer.
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True B November 26, 2021 5:42 pm UTC
Check out Cepheus, it is a much better system.
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Rory H November 26, 2021 5:43 pm UTC
It's not. It’s just a retroclone based on an old OGL.
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Gus B November 28, 2021 8:52 pm UTC
Agreed. Cepheus is decent. Not a better system, imo.
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True B November 13, 2021 5:16 am UTC
I have bought two editions of MGT. The second is markedly worse than the first, save for glossy pages and mediocre art. Why should I buy this when I could buy Stars Without Number?
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Rory H November 14, 2021 6:23 am UTC
It is a 50/50 call as to whether anybody should respond to this and people will, no doubt accuse me of responding to everything on this subforum (whenever it pops up on my email account).

However, honestly, as a passionate Traveller fan - I find Stars Without Numbers to be an inelegant mash-up of ‘Old School’ D&D ideas (eg D20 based combat and Saving throws) latched on to a Traveller-esque skill system (2D6 based) and other Traveller-esque concepts (eg randomized tables for world design, etc) that were only original and innovative, decades ago.

I cannot account for taste about art or whatever criteria you have for saying that one edition is markedly worse than another, but this isn’t a new edition in any case. It is an update - layout, art, rules clarifications, editing choices - but the game itself is the same.

Traveller has a lot of support, both in terms of its playing fanbase and also a prolific range of published supplements. It has a proven legacy and iconic...See more
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Samuel B November 24, 2021 6:41 am UTC
This version is presumably intended to be distributed alongside 2300AD which requires and does not include the core rulebook. I suspect there is no need to get this version unless you just want it. SWN has a free version, just use that. The paid version adds a couple chapters, but they aren't essential.
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True B November 26, 2021 5:43 pm UTC
I came here looking to see what's new in the product. You seem to be projecting bad intent on me when there is none.
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Gus B November 28, 2021 9:04 pm UTC
I'm assuming he's perceiving your (bad) intent on trashing MgT2 when you can and you continual recommendations of other systems (Cepheus, SWN) in a review area of the Traveller Core Rulebook 2022 Update. He (and others, perhaps) might perceive that in poor taste and antagonistic in approach. If you don't like this product, that's fine. There's nothing wrong with pointing out what you like and what you don't like about this product. "Why get X when I can get Y" or "Y is a better system than X" is not helpful. At. All.

As to your comment, the systems are different. That's why one would purchase this over SWN. If one wants D&D in space, with some OT bits slapped on, then one might be interested in SWN. If one wants Traveller, and wants the newest version of it, then one might be inclined to pick this up.
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Scott N November 10, 2021 6:57 pm UTC
So why don't they just sell a new book with a new cover & all, I would prefer a hardcopy.
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Rory H November 11, 2021 4:10 am UTC
That is what this is.

You can buy/preorder the hardcopy at the Mongoose site (with the PDF included). It gets released in January. For me, I am looking forward to the limited edition Collectors’ Edition:

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Ashok D November 12, 2021 9:39 pm UTC
I picked up the update because I wanted to get into Traveller but did not have 2E. I did not know that if I had gone to the Mongoose website (and not Drivethrurpg) I could have gotten the print/pdf bundle :-(

Will there be a discounted print-on-demand version for people who bought the PDF version early?
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Rory H November 13, 2021 8:43 am UTC
The person you need to contact for those type of requests is Matt Sprange of Mongoose Publishing, at that website. Generally, it isn’t a usual case to get a POD option when the book is currently being sold in a traditional print run.
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Ian D November 09, 2021 1:55 pm UTC
For a update £22 is a bit steep, think I will save my money
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November 04, 2021 3:39 am UTC
I think it is pretty crappy (sh****) that you would have to repurchase the Core Rulebook if you want the errata and cleaned up editing! This is not a new version so support what you already have out there! Any other company would at least offer an upgrade path or a discount! Mongoose, you make it really hard to support you when you pull stuff like this!
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Rory H November 04, 2021 3:50 am UTC
It isn’t a release just to clean up errata. It is essentially an alternative core rule book. They have made adjustments based on customer feedback over the last five years. The previous book had already had several printings just to clean up errata - and the purchasers of that PDF would have had that for free as updates.

You can still use the old core book without being ‘out of date’, but this allows fans who want to see something a bit new in appearance (or those who want to buy a limited edition like myself) an opportunity to do so.

I can site games like Pendragon, Doctor Who or Call of Cthulhu as games that have all done similar things with alternative rulebooks in recent times. All those involved making new purchases of updated rulebooks which were purely for cosmetic reasons.
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Robert R November 03, 2021 9:37 pm UTC
So basically it's Mongoose Traveller 2, with some cleaned up editing & errata, the spaceship creation rules back in (as opposed to only being in High Guard in this edition), and more art.
Other than that, it's the same as before, no more game at all, just visuals.

Sure, I'd like to have it, but as I already have 1 & 2, and a lot of classic books, it's not even close to being worth $30 for me.
I remember when publishers used to claim that 90% of the cost of those books was printing. I also remembered them being very ecstatic over digital books as they cut out the printing costs, and the distribution costs were so low as to mostly ignored in their calculations. Funny how now so many of those same companies are pricing the digital books anywhere from 50% to 100% the price of the physical books of the same thing.
IF Mongoose really wanted to increase sales, they'd give previous owners a decent discount to entice them to shell out for the additional art, and maybe put...See more
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Rory H November 04, 2021 4:02 am UTC
My understanding is that main cost in producing these books, for Mongoose at least, isn’t due to printing but in paying the Mongoose creative staff an actual wage for their work.

But, anyway, there is absolutely no reason to buy this book if you own the 2016 Core Rules and are happy with it. If you want a graphical uplift, and a few alterations based on customer feedback, then this is what this release is for. I am, myself, looking forward to receiving a special edition physical book with leatherette cover - in a similar way that Call of Cthulhu fans might be looking forward to getting their 40th Anniversary book with a new cover and a few extras inside (but essentially still being identical to the standard core book). It isn’t essential, but some fans appreciate the opportunity to have things like this.
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Nathan M November 03, 2021 2:29 am UTC
Book looks great, clean layout and improved art. Glad to see the ship design rules are back in the core rules and they have listened to their customers and gotten rid of the isometric deckplans and gone back to the simpler 2d plans.

I got five good years and hours upon hours of play out of the last Core rules. Happy to pay for something fresh!
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Andrew K October 31, 2021 4:32 am UTC
So $30 for errata and new art then? Hmmmm...nope.
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James G October 30, 2021 5:44 pm UTC
I agree the artwork is better than the previous version but it's still pretty amateurish... I don't understand why mongoose doesn't hire some good professional freelance artists for this. The artwork in the new book still doesn't come close to the quality found in products by other RPG companies. I'd rather there be no art at all in the book than have poorly done images added in to ugly the whole thing up... This is the main reason I bought the new version because the original art was absolutely awful.
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Py R October 28, 2021 1:39 am UTC
I have to ask, is the description for this product accurate? Specifically the terms "fully revised" and "many tweaks and rules updates?" These are expressions that would ordinarily have me consider a purchase just so that I can stay up to date.
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Rory H October 28, 2021 2:31 am UTC
There are updates, but they are more minor corrections or the like. If you have the 2016 rulebook, you will not need to update for anything significant - it is not invalidated.

The main reason you’d want to buy this is for the layout and art, and then maybe then the provision of basic ship building rules and an index.
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Christopher J October 27, 2021 12:09 pm UTC
If all the Imperium-specific stuff was removed, then likely this new revised core book was coming no matter what as Mongoose dropped the IP. So why not take the opportunity to tweak the rules and spiff up the layout/art.
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Rory H October 28, 2021 6:28 pm UTC
Briefly, the Imperium specific stuff was not removed and Mongoose hasn’t dropped the IP.
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Charles N October 27, 2021 11:06 am UTC
Pass for me.
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Dan S October 25, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
This is *not* a rules update. This is an artwork and layout re-work. The ONLY rule change i've found relates to Target Lock in Space Combat no longer granting a Boon, but now only grants +2 DM. All rules are the 2016 rules with that one exception. They've added the basic rules for Starship creation from High Guard but they arent new rules. There is also so far one glaring mistake: Page 100, the stats for Battle Dress and Hostile Environment Suit is NOT shown, although in later pages they are discussed. So unless you actually have the 2016 2e Core Book or the Central Supply Catalog book, you'll have to simply guess what those stats might be. To make room for the added starship creation rules, the Sindal Sub-sector has been removed. On the bright side, the new artwork is mostly good and could be considered an upgrade and the PDF document runs exceptionally fast on many devices I've tested it on.
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Rory H October 25, 2021 10:53 pm UTC
Great comments!

Yep, it was mentioned that the armour table containing battle dress and vacc suits has been cropped on the Mongoose forum. Hopefully they’ll fix it up before the physical print run and they ought to fix it soon for the PDF regardless.

I’ve noticed a few minor updates on rules - for example, starting characters can now spend from a 10,000 credit budget rather than 2000 before (which means they can actually afford a vacc suit) and the Vargr have adjusted stats slightly in line with Aliens of Charted Space.

But yep, it’s not changing rules in any major way, and you can still use the 2016 rules book as it is. There is no need to purchase this book if you are a Traveller fan. It’s just for those who want an updated look.
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Rory H October 27, 2021 4:02 am UTC
It looks like they have corrected the Armour table to include the Hostile Environment Suit and Battle Dress now on an update on the Mongoose site at least. Should have been updated here also. Good work for spotting it!
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Jason M October 24, 2021 8:16 pm UTC
How 'bout an upgrade path for folks who bought the 2020 version less than a week before you released the 2022 version?
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John L October 24, 2021 4:20 pm UTC
$30 for a pdf? That is an insult to Mongoose's customers, actual or potential. Better to go with Cepheus Engine than allow one's self to be over-charged like this.
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Rory H October 24, 2021 6:14 pm UTC
Cepheus Engine barely has any art and has no licensing overheads because it is a retro-clone based on an old OGL. It isn’t an official Traveller product and is cheap for that reason. There is something peculiarly desperate about trying to proselytize it on another game’s discussion thread.
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Allan R October 27, 2021 2:52 am UTC
Lack of art doesn't make the game bad. I think it's perfectly valid to discuss similar RPGs in the comments thread of a particular product, especially when said product seems like a cheap cash-grab.

Mongoose don't need you to defend them, they're a big company, they can handle a little criticism and competition.
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Rory H October 27, 2021 3:50 am UTC
Mongoose are not a big company. They are a relatively small company with big overheads that come from paying for an IP license, and having creative staff that get paid a proper wage.

And I’ve no problem with competition, but the standards people judge game companies ought to be fairly considered.
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Allan R October 27, 2021 3:03 pm UTC
Mongoose is a "Big Company" in the same sense that they are "a big boy" and don't need you to defend them from perfectly valid criticisms of their product.

If you want to judge standards then Mongoose is an old player in the game, and should be able to do better than a layout 'update' that looks like it's fresh from 2003, especially when charging existing customers full price for this dubious improvement.

By comparison Cepheus Engine is free, mostly lacks art, and suffers from a slightly less readable layout than this modern 'masterpiece'. The fact that it's based on an 'old' open gaming license means practically nothing, considering most modern OSR games are based on an even older OGL and are some of the most innovative games coming out today. That's not to mention the fact that Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition is based on the very same ruleset Cepheus is.

No one is saying Cepheus is better laid out, but it's certainly more worth the price they are charging...See more
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Rory H October 27, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
A) A lot of these comments aren’t valid criticisms. Mongoose’s products currently are well laid out, well written and provide some great roleplaying experiences.

B) Cepheus Engine is cheap by comparison and that is all. They wouldn’t even exist without Mongoose’s OGL from their first edition. The Mongoose Traveller 2nd Edition is an evolution from that, based on trying to improve the game based on customer feedback. A lot of customer feedback from 1st edition was about improving layout and presentation - and that is what they did.

C) If all Cepheus Engine does is to provide a stick for some critics to try and beat Mongoose with on their products Discussion threads, then I personally don’t see that as being a great worth to me. If people were truly happy with Cepheus Engine products, then why hang around Discussion threads for Mongoose Traveller products bemoaning their costs?
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John L October 28, 2021 2:00 pm UTC
A) My criticism is valid. If you'd care to indicate exactly which comments are not valid, we can continue from there.

"Well written" is in the eye of the reader. Historically, Mongoose publications have been rife with textual errors. I won't harp on that because the entire RPG publishing industry seems to be incapable of publishing error-free books.

Cepheus also provides some great roleplaying experiences.

B) Rather than "cheap", I'd write "inexpensive" by comparison. THAT is the point of my comment. I have Mongoose Tv1 and Tv2 and a couple of presentations of the Cepheus Engine. While Mongoose's products are more shiny and pretty, those qualities do not necessarily make for a better gaming experience, unless one's gaming experience depends upon art and flashy layout.

C) Cepheus provides for far more than "a stick for some critics...". It provides for high quality gaming experiences for those with imagination...See more
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Rory H October 28, 2021 6:18 pm UTC
A) Your invalid criticism is that nobody should pay $30 for a PDF, or that it is an ‘insult'. Notwithstanding periodical discounting, which Mongoose do themselves from time to time, $30 is pretty much in line with the costs of newly released, full colour PDFs from other companies. There is no insult when customers have the choice to pay for it or not. It is a luxury item, and it does not invalidate previous purchases of the core book.

There are very few RPG publications that don’t have errata. Even the biggest companies, like Wizards of the Coast publish errata after new book releases - it is not anything exclusive to Mongoose. When you complain to Mongoose, they have a track record of being responsive and correcting them accordingly - as they have done already with this product

B) Cepheus is cheap by design. They don’t pay licensing fees, include art or any major layout design features, or have any major overheads. Their entire existence is as a retro clone based on an old OGL....See more
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Rory H October 29, 2021 2:23 am UTC
And Abraham Z’s comment has been flagged for a personal attack, which is basically all he has come here to do. Not sure where the notion I have been ‘banned' has come from, but obviously I am posting here. No, I have not been ‘told’ about anything.
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Robert R October 29, 2021 5:51 am UTC
I agree. No printing, shipping, or warehousing costs. $30 is a little high. I might pay 20-$25.
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Rory H October 29, 2021 7:15 am UTC
It is the cost of paying staff a working wage to make this stuff that makes up most of the price. Mongoose are one of the few RPG businesses that do this.
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Andrew K October 31, 2021 4:24 am UTC
"Cepheus is cheap by design. They don’t pay licensing fees, include art"
Ok you've obviously never actually read a Cepheus product aside from a few free or pay what you want items here on this site.
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ALEXANDER H October 31, 2021 1:35 pm UTC
Are you an employee of Mongoose @Rory H?
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Rory H November 01, 2021 4:59 am UTC
No. I am a customer. @ALEXANDER H
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Rory H November 01, 2021 5:00 am UTC
I have read Cepheus products. @ Andrew K.
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ALEXANDER H November 01, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
Hmmm. You are doing a pretty good job of selling Cepheus to me! Thanks.
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ALEXANDER H November 03, 2021 3:13 pm UTC
What a charmer you are!!!
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Rory H November 03, 2021 5:36 pm UTC
Likewise. Again, all you are doing here it trying to engage in antagonism on this thread. You have no other purpose here.
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James J November 04, 2021 4:41 am UTC
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Matthew T November 27, 2021 4:00 pm UTC
I'm pretty sure Rory accusing someone else of appearing "particularly desperate" in this discussion thread is the funniest thing I'll read all week. I think I'll go criticize Mongoose Traveller in a couple other forums just to make sure the guy isn't getting any sleep.
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Rory H November 28, 2021 12:22 pm UTC
I don’t really care at this point on this thread. The ‘criticisms’, for what they are worth seem to me to be nothing more than a few people complaining about prices that they can’t control and/or chip-on-the-shoulder comparisons to cheaper knock offs. The fact that Mongoose continues to be hugely successful with the Traveller line seems to be a major source of irritation to some. Glad it amuses you and, either way, I’m sleeping fine.

Maybe you should drop by the Journal of Traveller's Aid Society II Kickstarter to see how they are doing and make some comments there? Admittedly, you do have to actually make a material contribution towards a creative process be able to comment on that site, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it for you.
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