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    Patron Encounters $3.59
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    Patron Encounters
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by Jeffrey Z. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 07/11/2021 14:45:16

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Freelance Traveller.

    Experienced Traveller referees, or those who read Freelance Traveller, who purchase this volume so many years after its release will feel like they’ve found an old friend. For little more than a dime each (a bit over 6p each if you insist on British money), you get thirty-four adventure seeds in the familiar format.

    Most of the seeds have both Player Information and Referee Information, but in a few cases, everything is on the table and the “Referee Information” is no more than the list of the possible “roll 1D (1d6)” outcomes. There is a wide range of possibilities in the jobs, including three where the PCs are ‘victims’ (in the sense that they have no control over whether to get involved).

    The seeds are presented in a two-column format, easy to read. On any given page, there’s never more than one seed per column, but many are of odd lengths (leaving unused white space in both columns), and some have left ‘The referee should determine the subsequent events’ line dangling at the top of a column or the first sentence on a page (effectively wasting the column). A bit more time and effort (and, admittedly, money) devoted to editing and layout might have allowed a few more seeds to make it into this volume at no increase in page count.

    Nevertheless, you do get good value for the price; Martin and his “recruiting agents” have come up with a good set of seeds with interesting twists.

    [3 of 5 Stars!]
    Patron Encounters
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 03/06/2010 07:39:23

    I cannot review this as I am a contributor, but I am adding this note in response to another reviewer.

    The confusion arises because before Mongoose released their version of Traveller, the ComStar/Avenger books were published under direct licence from Far Future Enterprises, through which Traveller's creator Marc Miller licences all Traveller publications. Under the terms of the Mongoose licence, once issued, ComStar/Avenger were required to cease independent publication but were able to negotiate a re-release of most of their material through Mongoose. Hence some things may have been seen before elsewhere!

    I hope this clears things up, and I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed.

    [3 of 5 Stars!]
    Patron Encounters
    Publisher: Mongoose
    by Nicholas B.
    Date Added: 08/06/2009 11:01:52

    Let me state right off that this is a good book, and worth getting, but the advertisement does not explain that this is just a re-release with a different cover of the previous Special Supplement 3: Patron Encounters and is the same book, verbatim. I already purchased Special Supplement 3, and would not have also gone on to purchase this had I realized they were one and the same (and yeah, I could have checked out the preview, but let's face it, everything Comstar does is great, and I just thought this was a new book of encounters from them). So....excellent book, well worth getting, but it needs to be marked as a repackaging of a previous PDF for those who already have the other one, please! I could have bought other cool Traveller stuff with this money rather than pay for the same book twice.

    Content: 5/5 lots of good scenario ideas for the harried referee, and generic enough to insert in any campaign

    Look: 3/5 nothing special, no frills packaging, but this is Traveller, eh? and it gets the job done.

    Value 5/5 if you don't already own it, 1/5 if you accidentally bought it thinking this was a new product.

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