The Imperium survived for more than a thousand years. In less than a minute, it has shattered. An assassin has cut down the emperor and his heirs in one bold strike, throwing the largest interstellar empire in history into chaos. There are many candidates for the empty throne, and the owlrds of the Imperium are divided in their allegiances. By a curious twist of fate, the assassin himself now controls three rebellious sectors. The emperor;s nephew, considered by many to be a murderer himself, has assumed the thronw over the onjections of the Imperial Assembly. Star fleet battles rage throughout the disputed territories. As sectores are stripped of their fleets to fight in the rebellion, imperial territory is invaded by alien forces sensing weakness and plunder. Secter after sector secedes from the Imperium to manage its own defense. Sector after sector falls to external forces.
And on the stafe of rebellion and interstellar chaos, Traveller sets an ongoing deama of role-playing adventure... Players travel from star system to star system, taking sides in the rebellion, fighting for their cause while fighting to stay alive. The dangers of the interstellar environment combine with the dangers of a shattered Imperium to challenge players and referees and provide never-ending excitement in the far future.
The Player's Manual: This book is a basic compilation of Traveller rules and concepts for the individual player. It includes character generation, combat reolution, psionics and tasks (the key to using all of Traveller's rules systems).