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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Mongoose Publishing (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906103534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906103538
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. M. Hicks 'Farsight Blogger' on 23 Jan 2013
'The Spinward Marches lie on the edge of Imperial space, an area that borders rival interstellar governments that directly oppose any further expansion. Far from the major centres of power the local rulers have more practical power than the Emperor himself. It is here that bands of daring individuals can take advantage of the hostile factions in order to carve out a fortune for themselves. The Spinward Marches offer untold adventure for those willing to seek it out.'

This is a complete campaign sourcebook for The Spinward Marches and the general ideas is that it's an area of space where pretty much anything goes... you can keep your political wrangling, your feuding houses and your squabbling feudal worlds; out here, on the edges of `civilisation', is where the money and the adventure is.

THE BOOK

To be used in conjunction with Mongoose's `Traveller' core rulebook, The Third Imperium - The Spinward Marches is a 142 page softback book with full colour covers and a black and white interior, with greyscale artwork and an easy to read font.

The presentation is very good but the one area that lets it down is the artwork; there are some nice images in here but some of the art simply doesn't suit the setting at all. There's one thing that pulls me into a game world and that's the artwork as it gives a visual representation of what the world is like. It's easy enough to ignore the art - and heaven knows I've done that with a lot of books - but incompatible art can affect how a work is perceived. The full colour cover, a mixed race crew standing around a starport as a starship touches down behind them, is excellent and is much more inkeeping with the style of the setting.

THE CONTENTS

The book is laid in several chapters.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew O Doherty on 9 May 2012
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This is a very good fluff peice and campaign aid to hand to your players who are having trouble visualising the traveller universe. One of my players straight away said 'this is a rip-off of warhammer' then i cracked open my classic traveller books and showed him the print dates. :P
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mongoose SpinMar 5 Oct 2008
By David E. Simpkins - Published on Amazon.com
Mongoose's Spinward Marches is a worthy addition to the Canon if the Traveller Universe. No new info for the long-time fans, but a wealth of info none the less. For those new to the universe, this is a wealth of data and essays to start off a campaign.

Thanks Mongoose!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book for any Traveller fan 24 Jan 2011
By BCM - Published on Amazon.com
So I got the book at my local game shop (they special ordered it for me) and I instantly began reading up on the Spinward Marches. Now I'm a new fan to Traveller and mongoose is the only edition I've bought so far (though GURPS is at my local store and I might start collecting it). So far I love the OTU and the Spinward Marches is considered the starting point for any new player.

Now the book itself is well writen and set up nicely. The intro gives you a strong idea of key elements within the Traveller Universe (TU). Within the first 10 pages you will learn a lot and most of the book is subsector maps mixed in with world descriptions and history of the region, a lot of what you'd expect. So the writing gets all five stars in my opinion. Now why then did I put it up for four stars? Because sadly the artwork isn't up to par with what you'd expect from a $30.00+ RPG book. Honestly some parts of the artwork, though good are just plane amature. I went to art school myself for a year and a half and I learned many of the basic elements of drawing. Some of the art towards the back of the book looks like a first year art students work. Its not bad its just under developed.

However no RPG pen and paper fan should judge a book by its art but rather by its content and mongoose traveller is packed with good content. If you have a strong imagination then the art shouldn't hold you back and I only subtracted a star because older edditions of the Traveller series have had some truely wonderful artwork in them. Overall if you're a new traveller fan then pick up Spinward Marches. Its a solid and well writen section of the OTU for you and your friends to play around in.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Spinward Marches (The Third Imperium) 23 Jan 2013
By Mr. J. M. Hicks 'Farsight Blogger' - Published on Amazon.com
'The Spinward Marches lie on the edge of Imperial space, an area that borders rival interstellar governments that directly oppose any further expansion. Far from the major centres of power the local rulers have more practical power than the Emperor himself. It is here that bands of daring individuals can take advantage of the hostile factions in order to carve out a fortune for themselves. The Spinward Marches offer untold adventure for those willing to seek it out.'

This is a complete campaign sourcebook for The Spinward Marches and the general ideas is that it's an area of space where pretty much anything goes... you can keep your political wrangling, your feuding houses and your squabbling feudal worlds; out here, on the edges of `civilisation', is where the money and the adventure is.

THE BOOK

To be used in conjunction with Mongoose's `Traveller' core rulebook, The Third Imperium - The Spinward Marches is a 142 page softback book with full colour covers and a black and white interior, with greyscale artwork and an easy to read font.

The presentation is very good but the one area that lets it down is the artwork; there are some nice images in here but some of the art simply doesn't suit the setting at all. There's one thing that pulls me into a game world and that's the artwork as it gives a visual representation of what the world is like. It's easy enough to ignore the art - and heaven knows I've done that with a lot of books - but incompatible art can affect how a work is perceived. The full colour cover, a mixed race crew standing around a starport as a starship touches down behind them, is excellent and is much more inkeeping with the style of the setting.

THE CONTENTS

The book is laid in several chapters.

First of all there's the Introduction, which covers the concepts of the book and how it can be used with existing game worlds. There's a nice section on the different Traveller Universes; Official Traveller Universe (OUT), My Traveller Universe (MTU) and Your Traveller Universe (YTU). It's basically telling the reader not to worry about canon or continuity. Once you get this book, it's yours and nobody can tell you how to run the game, which also means this book can be used with any previously compatible Traveller games or settings and you shouldn't worry about contradiction or inaccuracies. It goes on to talk about space and how to navigate it, travel, trade and the standard Traveller intelligent species. This is all a primer to set you up for the next chapter.

The next section, The Third Imperium, covers the history of the galaxy and explains the rise and fall of the first two Imperiums, all the way up to how the Imperium stands today, the law, the worlds, and the megacorporations. It also goes into detail about the noble families, the houses, the military and religion, which is a great source of ideas for characters and adventures.

The Spinward Marches chapter goes into detail about the area of space where the games will take place in, and gives you a rough outline about the area and it's history and the states that rule there. There's a lot of useful information here, especially on how the Imperium interacts with the Spinward Marches and the attitudes of the races that live there. If you've been GMing games nearer the heart of the Imperium and fancy a change of scenery, pace and attitude then this is the place to go.

The chapter on Subsectors of the Spinward Marches is 66 pages of details on the sectors of the Marches and their worlds, with hexagonal charts to position and map the locations. There are 16 subsectors in total, each with it's own history and averaging about 20 systems each, two of which are detailed; that's a lot of exploring to do! The worlds are given very brief statistics and it's up to the GM to fill in the details, but there's plenty of places to visit.

The next chapter Adventuring in the Spinward Marches gives you plenty of ideas on types of games you can run; how to use locations as adventure settings, hazards and problems the adventurers might face, current events that might spark adventure hooks, and possible jumping-off points; war, trade, intrigue, mysteries, exploration, colonisation... there are no definitive hooks or story ideas, but there are plenty of pointers.

The book is rounded out with a much-needed index.

CONCLUSION

This is a fine book with plenty of information on the pages to fill out an existing Third Imperium campaign or begin an entire new campaign from scratch. The text gives plenty of inspiration and although the writing doesn't specifically detail adventure hooks, ideas or stories, it does contain a lot of flavour and will no doubt spark the imagination of a Traveller GM.

The book itself needn't be used just for the Traveller system; although it is geared towards the core rulebook there are no definitive statistics in here that would stop you from using it with another gaming system, other than the finer details of the sector maps.

Something I would have liked to see is an adventure. A campaign book like this is great for explaining how the setting works but it's also nice to be shown, and as the Traveller core rulebook had no adventure included it would have been nice to have had one in here; after all, one of the first things a group purchases after buying core rules is a campaign setting and this would have been the perfect place for an introductory adventure.

In spite of the unsuitable artwork and the lack of definitive adventure ideas, this is good book with great ideas and I can see a gaming group getting many sessions of use out of it. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
well designed. 25 Nov 2012
By M. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition of the Spinward Marches contains valuable information of the system and politics of this era of human history. There is sufficient detail to enable a competent GM to run a smooth game without having to fill in yawning gaps in knowledge.
Great background book for gaming 25 April 2014
By Cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm new to Traveller and when my game master introduced our new game, I wanted to learn about the setting of the Spinward Marches. This book gives all kinds of background information for the game (but does not include character-building information). I now do really have a feel for the Spinward Marches and how the cultures, philosophies, and economics work in this setting. My GM helped with the character building so I'm off and running,
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