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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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Benjamin F December 01, 2021 4:27 pm UTC
I see why this was called an update now and not a new edition, upon cursory review looks like not much has been changed aside from adding an index and putting ship creation back in the core book. Wish I didn't waste my money, feels like a cash grab.
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Jay W November 29, 2021 9:54 pm UTC
Where is the character sheet?
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Rory H November 30, 2021 2:32 am UTC
There are downloadable character sheets on the Mongoose site, although they have yet to update them to the new style.
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Jay W November 30, 2021 4:01 am UTC
Very odd to me to have a core rulebook that doesn't include a character sheet, especially after it takes a few pages to describe how to fill out the character sheet in some detail.
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Rory H November 30, 2021 5:16 am UTC
Yep, that has been commented about although I think they generally use separate downloadable character sheet files for a lot of games. No doubt, the updated ones will be available soon - and the old ones that are available still function the same in the interim.
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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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Benjamin F December 01, 2021 5:30 pm UTC
Agreed, having some serious buyers remorse right now
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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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