[Mongoose] Out Now – Traveller LBB & Gamesmastering

By on 20 December 2010

Two new books have hit the stores in time for Christmas this year – the latest LBB for Traveller, covering Dilettantes of all types, and a new Redbrick publication looking at the finer aspects of Gamesmastering.

LBB8: Dilettante
The Little Black Books return! Harking back to the original release of Traveller in the 70’s, the Little Black Books from Mongoose bring the latest version of Traveller to your gaming table in a handy and collectible pocket size.

Dedicated to nobles and entertainers, Dilettante looks at the wealthier and more ambitious careers. Whether your character is a Baron of the Imperium or a young hopeful setting out to become the galaxy’s greatest rock star, Dilettante contains all the options and items you need to get the best out of it. From throwing banquets on a planetary scale to starring in the latest blockbuster vids or performing live across an entire star system, Dilettante provides new rules and new career specialities for nobles and entertainers alike.

For more information, visit mongoosepublishing.com/home/detail.php?qsID=1892

Gamesmastering
Gamemastering. No other task is as unpopular in a roleplaying group. Very often, it is the gamemaster who ends up doing all the work so everyone can enjoy the game. But the job of gamemaster is at least as exciting and unpredictable as taking on the role of a player character.

When comparing gamemasters, it becomes obvious that some are better at their task than others–which is why rumors that one has to be “born to be a gamemaster” stubbornly persist. This book does away with this preconception and provides both beginning and experienced gamemasters with instructions that are usually neglected in roleplaying game books. How to tailor the game to the group? How to prepare a game in no time? Can one learn to improvise? How to create and structure adventures?

These and other questions are answered in a detailed manner including directions, exercises, and examples. Enjoyment always comes first–roleplaying is supposed to be fun and not turn into too much work. Not even for the gamemaster.

For more information, visit mongoosepublishing.com/home/detail.php?qsID=1894

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at dave.mcalister.org.uk and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at DnD5e.info.

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