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The Empire's Legacy (Tales of the Concordat, Book 1) Paperback – Jul 1988

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun read for Traveller RPG fans 13 Sept. 2005
By Mark Paul Suszko - Published on
Format: Paperback
Swycaffer wrote several books based in the common universe of the popular science fiction role playing game known as "Traveller".

He's faithful enough to it in this book that you could read a chapter, or outline of the book, pull out the "Traveller" rulebooks and dice, and "game out" the chapter with your friends to see if they would make the same choices as the book characters. If you're looking for background material for a long game campaign, or are between actual games but looking to extend the fun experience, these would be a good choice.

Marc Miller, the creator of "Traveller" also has published his own Science Fiction novel based on his game, worth looking up as well. Amazon also has copies of various incarnations of the game itself, this book and the game would make a fun gift pack for an ex-80's role-playing gamer, or imaginative youngsters of today. I stopped playing in the 90's afer college, but brought the games out of storage for my own pre-teen sons, who adore it more than their Playstation twitch sessions, now it's a weekly father-and-sons quality time affair that I use to sneak in lessons about morality and making choices. They just like the adventures and making "command decisions";-)

The paper-and-dice game, similar to Dungeons and Dragons but with Science Fiction themes, characters, and backgrounds, was eclipsed for a time by the rise of computer games, but a rabid online fan community keeps it alive "old-school", playing by e-mail or chat, exchaning starship designs and adventure scenarios and a wealth of background materials. Google searches on "Traveller RPG" will locate them for you. Game ON!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and unforgettable 15 Jun. 2005
By George H. Wells - Published on
Format: Paperback
My mine keeps coming back to this book and its sequels. Has any other science fiction writer shared the major concepts of this book? Doesn't matter. Read this and be haunted by it, thus changing your future for the better.
If you like Traveller, this could be for you. 13 May 2015
By David Wilkin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just reread this volume so that I could finally go back and finish the two remaining books in this trilogy. I started to read Swycaffer at some point after playing the Traveller Role-Playing Game where his first fiction efforts were based on.

I gave this book a seven out of ten and when rereading, I will stick to that. There is a plot twist here that is hard to believe, that a university team and a merchant team think a first contact mission is well within their scope as the plot develops. Salvage seems to motivate over common sense.

Then we have the plausibility of a ruler eliminating all knowledge upon his death. Hard enough to do when the matter is just contained to a small land area on a planet, as we know from history, so playing that out over the course of a galactic empire would make the odds for success so minuscule that I do not think we can count the number of zeroes after the decimal place in our lifetimes.

But when re suspend our disbelief, then we can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Specter of Genetic Mind Control 4 May 2014
By Harry A. Pierce - Published on
Format: Paperback
Slow, clunky start of a 3.5 read. The rating is for the genius behind the idea of 'Genetic Mind Control'. While this is a horrid thought, it is one that needs to be looked at and checked against all societal and government changes. They will if they can, and somehow 'the people' need a defense. They will do it for our good! Thanks, Harry!
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