Aradal Traveller T20 d20 System. Weapons and Equipment tables. Details Viewed with fear by other races, the Zhodani are believed to harbour powerful psionics within a terrible and oppressive society. Please select a support frequency.
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Don McKinney. However, for the most part, I think they are doing an admirable job considering how temperamental Traveller grognards can about the OTU. Yes, their products sometimes do not connect together — but considering there is no Traveller Bible, only the Word of Marc to guide a disparate number of freelancers through the desert, I cut them much more slack than perhaps a truly fanatical grognard would — but I have long believed in different heresies — including the OTU — needed a fresh approach and be infused with new ideas.
And, why not? The Imperium alone has 11, worlds under its jurisdiction and most of the other major polities also number their worlds in the thousands — surely that is a large enough sandbox for anyone to innovate and create the new. Then you get Classic Traveller enthusiasts who fight over practically anything. Take this module written by a seasoned Traveller player — Don McKinney. As time went I got to know Don as a moderator over at the Citizens of the Imperium forums, in which, he has been a calm and steady voice of reason and sometimes having to lay down the orthodoxy.
Therefore, not the type of person that you would expect to challenge canon… And, indeed that is how Zhodani begins — very much in conformity with the CT Alien Module, although pretty soon, it begins to veer off in surprising and unexpected directions.
So the reader gets the best of both worlds. So, if you are a fanatic in either camp of the OTU divide — undoubtedly you will not like this book, or me. The book begins, like all Mongoose Traveller Alien Modules, with the elaborate chargen that Mongoose proposes. Nice and thought-through rules are applied. Then comes in a history. And, for those who do not know — the Zhodani were the main baddies in the earliest incarnation of Traveller.
Portrayed as tall, bearded turban wearing mind rippers masters of psionics — looking like a cross between Ming the Merciless and the images of Iranians from the Islamic Revolution of flooding in on American television during that turbulent era.
By all the indications, were that the Zhodani were on the course of being the men in the black hat. Now, Ladies and Gents, Traveller is never clear cut, even though it is a Space Opera; things are not Black or White but multiple shades of Grey and things are not always what they seem, my young padawan. So, suddenly in the CT Alien module, once you learn the history of the Zhodani — you learn that they are not the bad guys after all — just humans with a fundamentally different way of life.
Mongoose Traveller continues this tradition. More importantly, it is written by someone who gave very careful thought in crafting the Zhodani that it almost reads like extended Campaign Notes making them believable and enjoyable. It also gives new insights and ideas for the Zhodani that help explain some of their history in a more credible way. Plus, there is an injection of healthy realism well, at least for a RPG.
I found the revised history more compelling than the original CT Alien Module. A nice feature that also is present in some Mongoose Alien Modules is the different archetypes that can stand-in for portraying the different alien races.
Rounding things out is there is a significant portion devoted to Zhodani starships — as beautifully illustrated as those in the main rulebook with their attendant deck plans. Because, I have always liked the way Zhodani ships look — I loved this section.
While on the topic of art, this book ranges from the Very Good to the Excellent. However, I must qualify the Very Good, in that there is nothing wrong with this art, it harkens back to earlier time of Traveller drawing in which many things resemble sketches not fully realized pieces of art.
And, then we have beautifully rendered pencils that one can see in the preview and also in the ships. As they did for the most part in Darrians, therefore, one is left with a bit of disappointment but because the quality of the pieces remains Very Good and entirely consistent with past editions of Traveller — I am not complaining but curious.
Are there things that are wrong or bad about the product without nitpicking on things like the editors choice of laying out the different chapters? Not a lot. I did find that I would have liked to see more of the Zhodani Core Expeditions that were wonderfully profiled in the fanzine Security Leak www. That said, Don clearly drew upon his extensive resources of different isolated sources and created a truly wonderful unified document.
I saw many references and tracings to very obscure references — clarifying and improving upon the original by bringing it together. Wanting to have more, I think is better feeling than going away with everything wrapped up. What was especially notable about this volume — was the Sector profile. All too often when an Alien Sector is portrayed in Traveller as not really jiving with had been written in the history. I am happy to report that the Sector profiled is completely in line with the history — providing a fascinating insight how a different way of life can have a myriad of polities — resembling different facets of a precious stone.
Till that you are left with the feeling — what if Starfleet was dominated by Vulcans instead of humans — this is what Zhodani Space must be like. However, if you want to play them as bearded villains in turbans there might be some surprises for players as they go further into Zhodani Space. This page last updated on 18 January by Jeff Zeitlin. Use of the trademark on this page is not intended to infringe upon or devalue the trademark.
Zhodani (Alien Module)
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Traveller: Alien Module 4: Zhodani
Don McKinney. However, for the most part, I think they are doing an admirable job considering how temperamental Traveller grognards can about the OTU. Yes, their products sometimes do not connect together — but considering there is no Traveller Bible, only the Word of Marc to guide a disparate number of freelancers through the desert, I cut them much more slack than perhaps a truly fanatical grognard would — but I have long believed in different heresies — including the OTU — needed a fresh approach and be infused with new ideas. And, why not? The Imperium alone has 11, worlds under its jurisdiction and most of the other major polities also number their worlds in the thousands — surely that is a large enough sandbox for anyone to innovate and create the new. Then you get Classic Traveller enthusiasts who fight over practically anything.
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