Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ships of Clement Sector 15: Milligan-class Hospital Ship is now available!

Ships of Clement Sector 15: Milligan-class Hospital Ship is now available!

You can pick up your copy at this link! 



 
Gypsy Knights Games is proud to present the fifteenth entry in our line of products dedicated to the starships of Clement Sector.

Designed to replace the trio of aging Centaur-class hospital ships HMHS Centaur, Polkan and Kinnara in Royal Navy service, the Milligan-class was successfully exported even before the new ship design had been accepted and entered service, eventually serving in several of the larger national navies, system navies and defense forces across both Earth and Clement Sector.

The traditional role of a hospital ship is to provide medical care in times of armed conflict for the naval squadron’s personnel and marines it is attached to. But apart from this primary role, hospital ships such as the Milligan-class have a wide variety of secondary roles, often tasked to provide emergency response support where needed. They are in reality fully equipped mobile hospitals that are able to bring medical care directly to the location most needed.

Being only armed with sandcaster turrets and a point defense node array the Milligan-class relies on her ship’s identification beacon to announce her non-combatant, humanitarian role within naval service. Society owned hospital ships use the same beacon identification protocol that the military use with appropriate differences to broadcast operator status. 

Ships of Clement Sector 15: Milligan-class Hospital Ship comes complete with beautiful views of the ship.  The Milligan is presented with full deckplans and statistics to make your use of our product simple, easy and fun. In addition, the ship comes with a set of adventure hooks to get your characters right into the action as well as a short story written by Bradley Warnes.

Though designed specifically with our Clement Sector setting in mind, these ships could easily be used in any science fiction setting.

Get on board!  Adventure awaits!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector is now available!




You can pick up your copy at this link! 

ARRRR!  Heave to and prepare to be boarded!

Piracy has been a near constant in Clement Sector since the Conduit was first opened.  In fact, some historians maintain that piracy may have played as large a part in the direction that civilization spread from Hub as did the astrography of the sector.  The act has been part of the fabric of the sector and continues to be so despite the best efforts of the many planetary governments.

Piracy in Clement Sector includes down on their luck merchant crews forced to compromise their morality, people who watched one too many episodes of Superpirate! and think they can do that too, ex-military people who are working for one government to disrupt the trade of another, dedicated pirates who are just stone cold killers, and marauders who are attacking new colonies along the frontier.

Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector covers all of these and delves into the tactics, lives, and traditions of the sector's pirates.  The book covers the pirate havens, the articles of agreement, and the pirate code (more of a guideline, really). Each subsector's piracy problems are covered in detail to let merchants know where to avoid and pirates know where is safe to strike! 
In addition, two unique pirate vessels are detailed here as well.  The Demon-class lembus and the Ironbard-class longship.  Both are presented in our usual Ships of Clement Sector format with in-depth descriptions, full deckplans, and beautiful art.

Grab your cutlass!  Get your rum!  It's time to go pirate, me mateys!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We're back on Paizo!

We're back on Paizo's online store!

After the changeover from Mongoose Traveller to the OGL version, we removed all of our products from the Paizo store. Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the changes, we've started putting our OGL products back on Paizo's online shop.

You can check them out at the link!

http://paizo.com/companies/gypsyKnightsGames

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ships of Clement Sector 14: Boyne-class Replenishment Ship Now Available!

Gypsy Knights Games is proud to present the fourteenth entry in our line of products dedicated to the starships of Clement Sector.

A successful support vessel with a long service history, the Boyne-class was designed for use by the Royal Navy but was a very successful export even before the ship entered service, eventually serving in national navies, system navies, and defense forces across Clement Sector.

 “I think we have an important role, someone has to keep providing stuff to throw at the bad guys.” - Leutnant Hannah Schmidt, Senior supply officer, HFS James Joyce, Wellington c2339 CE

As part of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence’s hull procurement program for the planned expansion of the Royal Navy a new class of mid-size replenishment ships were put into service in 2282. A total of twenty of the new Boyne-class replenishment ships were authorized for construction. The lead ship, HMS Boyne had only just been commenced when orders began to be sought from the United States, India, Australia, Russia and France who were all looking at newer, larger replenishment vessels to replace those currently in service. 

Ships of Clement Sector 14: Boyne-class Replenishment Ship comes complete with beautiful views of the ship.  The Boyne is presented with full deckplans and statistics to make your use of our product simple, easy and fun. In addition, the ship comes with a set of adventure hooks to get your characters right into the action as well as a short story written by Bradley Warnes.

This volume also includes the Aranui-class Medium Cargo Vessel.  The Aranui is a civilian variant of the Boyne which was licensed originally to Anderson and Felix to provide full maintenance and refit.  As they had a full set of design plans it was decided to produce a civilian version of the Boyne squarely aimed at small merchant shipping companies and wealthier owner/captains. 

Though designed specifically with our Clement Sector setting in mind, these ships could easily be used in any science fiction setting.

Get on board!  Adventure awaits!

You can get your copy here! 





Thursday, June 2, 2016

Viewer Mail Segment



Continuing in the tradition of our earlier "viewer mail segments", today I would like to take a moment and answer a few questions that commonly come to me in person, online, or in emails.  We're always happy to answer questions and we try to answer them as quickly as we can.

I figure that for every question I get there are several out there who have wondered the same thing and just haven't had the opportunity to ask it themselves.  So, without further delay, let's dive into this episode of "viewer mail".

1> Hey John! Where's the Clement Sector rules using the Mongoose Traveller 2e rules?  Why isn't Gypsy Knights Games involved in TAS?

Well, the truth is that, as things currently stand, there isn't going to be one.  After months of Mongoose telling us that Mongoose 2e would be OGL and that there would be a corresponding Traveller Logo License, they changed that and began Travellers' Aid Society (TAS).  

TAS allows publishers to use any portion of the Mongoose 2e rules and any portion of the Original Traveller Universe (OTU) which has been published by Mongoose for their products.  The publisher's products then become part of a "creative commons" where anyone can use the information in those products in their own productsThe publisher may then keep 50% of the earnings for themselves.

While that might be great for someone who wanted to publish OTU products, it was tantamount to suicide for GKG.  As we do not use any portion of the OTU, the only upside of this program was nullified for us.  So we would simply lose 50% of our earnings AND the IP rights to our own setting.  That was a bad deal for us and we voiced our concerns early in the TAS process.

At the time we voiced those concerns, we were told that none of those would be the case.  We believed that right up until we started to upload Clement Sector to TAS and discovered the legal language which said the above.  At that point, we left the program and will no longer consider doing Mongoose Traveller 2e products.

2> So what's with the "OGL" on your products?

All of our second edition Clement Sector materials use the Mongoose Traveller 1e rules. Those rules are Open Game License. Since we are no longer allowed to call it that nor are we able to use the "Traveller" logo and there is not an accepted term for it other than "the old SRD" or "The Rules Formerly Known As Mongoose Traveller 1e", we are denoting this by saying "OGL".
 

3> If you're not doing Mongoose Second Edition why do some of your products say "second edition" on them?

The simple answer is that the "second edition" on our products refers to the second edition of Clement SectorWhen we figured out that we were going to have to do a complete overhaul of our products to either go OGL or match up to Mongoose 2e, we decided to produce a second edition of Clement Sector.  In this we made a lot of changes to how the Zimm Drive works, added some new material to the Clement Sector main rulebook, and folded some of our older products (Career Track 1: Medic, Career Companion, and Clement Sector Player's Manual) into the main rules.

We then went through our existing catalog and worked up second editions for all of those as well.  In some cases, just performing a few error fixes and, in others, adding a lot of new information, art, and charts.

4> Oh man.  Does this mean I have to buy all of this stuff again?

It does not.  If there is anything we dislike at GKG, it's the idea that a game company would make a few changes to the rules or setting, jack up the price on the PDFs, and then expect you to buy your entire catalog again.  We're just not going to do that to you.  We have more respect for you than that.

If you have purchased (or were gifted) a PDF of any of our books, you should be able to go to Drive-Thru RPG or RPGNow, look in your "Updates" section (under "Account"), and download the new version for free.  Unfortunately, if you only bought print books, I'm afraid that I cannot update your book for you though.  Sadly, no one has invented a method to do that but, if they do, I'll be happy to use it to update print books as well.

5> I notice that a lot of your print books are no longer available.  Why is that?

We have pulled down all of the Clement Sector 1e print products.  As we can do so, we will begin putting out second edition print products.  Currently, only Clement Sector can be purchased in print.  Hopefully, this will change sooner than later.

6> Where can I discuss Clement Sector?

Most of the GKG team (especially me) are very active on social media.  You can find Clement Sector discussions on our "Clement Sector Discussion Group" on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/clementsector/) as well as discussions going at Google + and forums such as COTI, Mongoose's Forum, and the RPGSite.  There is also a Clement Sector forum at RPGGeek (http://rpggeek.com/forums/family/22817/clement-sector) but it doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic.

7> You had talked about a Wendy's Guide to The Fleets, A Superpirate themed 21 Plots book, a Ships of Clement Sector with a cruise ship, some American ships for Ships of Clement Sector, etc. for last year and early this year.  Where are they?

Sadly, we spent most of our time in the third and fourth quarter of last year and the first quarter of this year preparing to revamp all of our products as Mongoose Traveller 2e.  That put us behind on our usual schedule.  However, we are up and running now and all of those things will be coming as soon as we can.

8> I see you go to a lot of conventions.  Would you like to come to our convention?

Yes, I would.  However, due to the fact that I have a very busy schedule, we would ask that you let us know at least eight months in advance so we can plan for it.  We are in the Southeast US and if your convention is out of that region, this may require additional planning.

9> We'd love to have Clement Sector on the TravellerMap.com.  Why isn't it?

I wouldn't mind that a bit.  That assumes that the fine folks at TravellerMap would want us there and have a place to put us which ensures that folks don't think we are part of the OTU.  In addition, I assume that this might be a somewhat time consuming project and, as it stands, time is at a premium as we try to update everything to OGL.  So time might also be an issue.

In short, I like the idea but I have no immediate plans to do it.

10> Hey!  I'm a writer/artist/designer and I'd love to do something for GKG.  What do I need to do?

Honestly, right now, we're fully booked on projects for the near future.  If you'd like for us to consider you for future products, shoot us a line through our website or on one of those social media outlets we mentioned in the earlier question.  When we do have an opening for something, we'll contact you.

Thanks everyone!  Hope you've enjoyed this viewer mail segment!

 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Weekend

For the last several months, I thought that I would be doing something different today. I thought that I would be announcing that you could pick up your copies of the first wave of GKG products to be produced using the Mongoose Traveller 2e rules.

However, due to a last minute legal snag, I cannot do that. I'm not in a position to discuss that problem publicly at this point as we are working with Mongoose to attempt to resolve the matter.

While I cannot yet go into details about this, I can tell you that I am rather angry that I am writing these paragraphs and not telling you of the release of our 2e products. Hopefully, this problem will be resolved quickly.

In the meantime, the first wave of our OGL products are now out there. If you're the sort of person who wants to keep playing using the Mongoose Traveller 1e rules (which are OGL), then I highly recommend that you look into the first wave of products. Not only will you see the older members of our catalog getting updated but you will also new products using those rules as their basis.

If you're waiting on our products using the Mongoose Traveller 2e rules, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait a bit longer than we had previously believed.