Tuesday, October 06, 2009

a size comparison chart


1. Type S Scout

2. Type A Free Trader

3. Type Y Yacht

4. Type R Subsidized Merchant

5. Type M Subsidized Merchant

6. Type C Cruiser

7. Lightning Class Cruiser (white)

Ships 1 to 6 are the silhouettes for the Judges Guild versions of various standard ship types. Ships 1 and 2 are the vessels your PCs are mostly likely to be operating when the Imperials show up in the system with Ship 7.


  1. LOL, That is simple, concise and awesome. The Azhanti High Lightning is the first ship outside of the Imperial Star Destroyer whose visual appearance made my friends go, "Holy CRAP! Look at the size of that thing!"

    Ah growing up and gaming in the late 70's and early 80's.

  2. I think Arnold Rimmer put it best:

    "Open communication channels, Lister. Broadcast on all known frequencies, and in all known languages, including Welsh. This is acting senior officer Arnold J. Rimmer of the Jupiter Mining Corporation transport vehicle Star Bug. Now hear this, 'cos it's only coming once: We surrender, totally and without condition. Thank you for listening. Oh, additional: sorry to take up your valuable time. Sorry. Thank you. Sorry. Bye. Bye. Sorry. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

  3. It has to be said... "That's no moon, it's a loss-of-bowel-control-inducing-space-station!" :)

    Where did you dig that up?

  4. It's posts like this which leave me weeping in a corner yearning to play Traveller again.

    Thanks for that.


  5. Thanks for the smile. I still play original edition Traveller every once in a while.


  7. Where did you dig that up?

    I cobbled it together a few years back by scanning and resizing the silhouettes.

  8. And that's one of the reasons I prefer the original, just books 1, 2 and 3 Traveller.

    Or better yet, The Traveller Book! A boxed set between two covers.

  9. Anonymous1:42 PM

    I like that a turret on #7 is about the size of the engines on #1. Scary!

    I bet they don't need to worry about their pension and 401(k) and the mortgage on their ship.

    Heck, the mortgage on the break room of #7 is probably higher than the entire #1 ship.

  10. Pay-per-View:

    * Vilani Imperium versus Palpatine's Empire

    Only 2,495 credits

    Now, a battle between EDF ships (from Albedo) versus a few Imperium Scout Ships, using the Mayday ship combat rules could be interesting...


  11. @Chris: Love Red Dwarf. Did you ever notice the Red Dwarf RPG and Traveller are not that difficult to convert?

    @Will Douglas and Greywulf: You and me both brother(s).

    @DuBeers: Same here. Hmm...

    @Timeshadows: Ah, a gal after me own hearts.

    Methinks there is a Traveller campaign in my not-so-Far Future!

  12. Impressive comparison.

    Just when I am trying to understand why I don't "get" Traveller you make that post. *shakes head*

  13. Red Cardinal11:10 AM

    The thing I found a tad unlikely with these was simply that the merchant ships were all pretty small in size. In a 'hard' scifi setting like Traveller's Imperium, I'd have been expecting huge bulk freighters, considerably larger than the military vessels. However, perhaps that's just me... :)

  14. Red: Agreed. In my Traveller universe I assume that the Jump 1 mains in the Imperial core are worked by 5 or 10 million ton megafreighters and the X-boat network is plied by J4-capable million ton vessels. The merchant vessels on the chart are simply the ones that scale down to PC level heroics, just like the Yacht is a typical noble vessel but a wealthier member of the staristocracy might own a custom 1,000 or 10,000 ton vessel.

  15. Thanks for the very good illustrative and informative update.Love the games.

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  18. Jeff, I borrowed this image (and gave credit) to illustrate a point in a post on my own blog. Hope you don't mind. If it's a problem, I'll of course take it down at once.

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