As most of you know by now, Mongoose is readying their second edition of the Traveller rules. It will become available today (Sept 4) as a beta release PDF on Drive-Thru RPG. They will charge you $20 for that PDF (which will be refundable upon purchase of the final version) and you will get a say in the continuing playtest process.
For the most part, much of Mongoose Traveller 2.0 will be compatible with existing products. However, some products will need to be updated to reflect the changes made in the second edition. This has created some challenges for several of the third party publishers and Gypsy Knights Games is no different. Many of you have already contacted me to ask how these changes will affect GKG and our Clement Sector setting. Today, I am at liberty to discuss this.
The changes from Mongoose Traveller 1.0 to 2.0 will cause the delay of some of our products which we had planned for the closing months of the year. Those products (most of which I had not announced yet) will arrive in early 2016. While we will still be able to create products compatible with 1.0 (or products which do not rely heavily on system elements that will need to be changed), we will not be able to create products for use with 2.0 until Mongoose releases the SRD. I'm told this will be soon and probably toward the beginning of 2016.
In addition, the advent of this second edition will force the creation of Clement Sector 2nd Edition. We intend to take advantage of this situation to update our core setting book, include information that was added by us later in the Player's Guide and Career Companion and correct any errors we have discovered after publication. We are already working on this project and we hope to have it ready for you as soon as we can.
The changes will also make it necessary for us to create a new version of The Anderson and Felix Guide to Naval Architecture. Much like Clement Sector 2.0, Anderson and Felix 2.0 will take advantage of this edition change to expand our coverage of the topic, continue to build our setting and correct any errors. As with Clement Sector 2.0, Anderson and Felix 2.0 is already in production and we will have this ready for you as soon as it is possible for us to do so.
With these two projects, while it may be necessary for you to "rebuy" them, we intend to try to make this process as painless as possible. We intend to offer deep discounts on these books for those who have already purchased them. There will be more on this later.
The changes to the starship rules both within the new Mongoose rules (core and High Guard) as well as Anderson and Felix 2.0 will require us to make updates to our current fleet of Ships of Clement Sector books. These will each be updated to the new standards following the release of Anderson and Felix 2.0. The PDFs will be updated at *NO COST* to the consumer. You will simply be able to go to your vendor and pick up the new copy. Hopefully, this will make the update process less painful for the fans.
I should make it clear here that while, due to the costs of the updates, Clement Sector 2.0 and Anderson and Felix 2.0 will not be free to the consumer. However, every other update we perform will be free of charge to you. So you, the consumer, should be able to go out and purchase any of our ship books without fear of wasting your money. We will update these for you when the time comes and it will cost you no additional funds.
We at Gypsy Knights Games love our customers and we appreciate your understanding as we go through this process. We hope to make this change as simple and as painless as we can for you. However, we are excited about the future and what the future may hold for Clement Sector!
Stay tuned! You will soon see more updates from me on this topic and many others. GKG will be attending a lot of conventions over the next few months and we hope to see you there for a game or two. We also have our newest entry in the 21 Plots series (21 Plots Go Forth) coming out in a couple of weeks and we're really excited about it as well.
Have a great weekend! Keep on Travellin'!