The MegaTraveller Journal Index

UMP: 332C0A-D

Version 1.03: Issues 1-4

by Shannon Appelcline

Overview

History: 1991-1993

When "The Grand Tour" that was the heart of The Travellers' Digest came to its planned end in issue #21 (1990), publisher DGP decided it was time for something new. In particular, they decided to move beyond the scattered focus of the Digest, which had given considerable continued support to Classic Traveller, three years after it had been replaced, as well as the Traveller: 2300 game. Instead, DGP wanted to create a new magazine that was entirely directed toward GDW's newer MegaTraveller (1987) game – which of course, DGP had designed themselves. Thus, The MegaTraveller Journal was born, with its name purposefully calling back to the original Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society,

Despite the fact that it was a new magazine, The MegaTraveller Journal was very much a continuation of Travellers' Digest, with the first issue even referred to as "The Travellers' Digest #22" at one point. However, there were also notable changes. To start with it was no longer edited by Joe Fugate Sr. & Gary Thomas: by that time, Thomas had sold his ownership in DGP and Fugate was very busy administering the company. Instead Art Director Rob Caswell, who had joined DGP in its early days, stepped up.

The goal of MegaTraveller Journal was described as an "inside-out" Grand Tour. Where The Travellers' Digest had provided the first overview ever of the Third Imperium, The MegaTraveller Journal instead was meant to provide MegaTraveller with a foundation in space that it was otherwise missing during that period of publication, something to help players and GMs avoid getting lost in the "meta-politics" of the Rebellion era. The Domain of Deneb was chosen as that foundation, both because it included Traveller's traditional home of the Spinward Marches and because it was seen as a rich area for Rebellion activity. (In actuality, most of the details of MegaTraveller Journal focused on the two sectors trailing of the Spinward Marches: the Deneb Sector and Corridor.)

Unfortunately, the MegaTraveller Journal never found its footing. The quarterly magazine published just four issues between February 1991 and March 1993. That was in part because the periodical doubled its size from 56 to 104 pages after issue #2 (1991), announcing that it was becoming an "anthology/product" rather than a magazine. Meanwhile, Caswell left after #3 (1993) to pursue a freelance career, leaving Fugate to take over for the final issue.

With that said, there was strong material in the new Journal, including the main details on the Domain of Deneb for the Rebellion era and perhaps most importantly the "Lords of Thunder" adventure in issue #4 (1993), a K'kree-related adventure written by William H. Keith Jr. for a rebooted Gateway sector. It was originally comissioned by Seeker Gaming Systems, but ultimately published by DGP instead.

The MegaTraveller Journal ended after issue #4 because DGP had decidedto get out of the Traveller business, in large part because of GDW's decision to reboot the game yet again with Traveller: The New Era (1992). DGP planned to stay in the roleplaying industry with a new game of their own, "AI", but it was never published.

In all, The MegaTraveller Journal was the fifth fully professional Traveller magazine, following Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society (1979-1985), High Passage (1981-1982), Far Traveller (1982-1983), and The Travellers' Digest (1985-1990). It would be followed by The Traveller Chronicle (1993-1997), a magazine of the New Era.

Theme Issues

Obtaining the Magazines

Though MegaTraveller Journal #3-4 were printed in high quanities, many of those copies remained in Joe Fugate's basement following the closure of DGP. Most were later purchased by Roger Sanger, and it's unclear whether they ever reentered the distribution chain. Some final boxes were kept by Fugate until they were destroyed in May 2022. As a result of all of this, the final two issues might be rarer than the first two, despite actual printing quantities; this definitely seems true for the fourth issue, which is likely also more popular due to the William H. Keith Jr. supplement, "Lords of Thunder".

As with all of the DGP material, the MegaTraveller Journal remains lost to modern readers because the current owner, Roger Sanger, has kept it off the market. The first three issues of magazines can be found on secondary markets for low level collector's prices. The pricing of the fourth issue is less clear due to its inavailability.

This index is © Copyright 2022 by Shannon Appelcline. It is released under a cc-by-4.0 license, allowing reuse with attribution.

Main Index

🧰 Accessories

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Computer Programs
Shareware Joe D. Fugate Sr. 1 55
Forms
Blank ID Cards Rebellion 3 103

🎞️ Adventures: Misc

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Organizations, Scouts
Rapid Repo [Atsah: 2913] MegaTraveller Rebellion Greg Videll 3 65-89
Races, K'kree
Lords of Thunder1 MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 4-73
  1. LORDS OF THUNDER was originally commissioned as a standalone supplement by Seeker Gaming Systems. When they decided not to publish it, it instead appeareed as the majority of the content of THE MEGATRAVELLER JOURNAL #4 (DGP, 1993)

🎞️️ Adventures: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Deneb1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Deneb Sector
Deneb Sector, Million Subsector [D]
Defying the Wolf [Gabrael: 2807] MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell 2 4-17
Deneb Sector, Million Subsector [D]
Rapid Repo [Atsah: 2913] MegaTraveller Rebellion Greg Videll 3 65-89
Spinward Marches
Spinward Marches, Lunion Subsector [K]
The Wardn Enigma MegaTraveller Rebellion J. Andrew Keith & Thom Gressman 1 4-14
  1. The Domain of Deneb is the most Spinward of the Domains. It includes the Deneb Sector, the Reft Sector, the Spinward Marches, and the Trojan Reach. It's the most traditional location for adventure in the Imperium. It is also known as the region "Behind the Claw". It was theoretically the heart of THE MEGATRAVELLER JOURNAL (DGP, 1991-1993).

🎞️️ Adventures: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Gateway1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Gateway Sector
Lords of Thunder2 MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 4-73
  1. The Domain of Gateway is the most Trailing of the Imperial Domains, and in fact lies largely outside of Imperial control, with the exception of the Ley Sector. It also includes the Gateway Sector, the Glimmerdrift Reaches, and Crucis Margin. The Domain of Gateway was originally detailed by Judges Guild, then decanonized, and later reintroduced by LORDS OF THUNDER (DGP, 1993) and GATEWAY TO DESTINY (QLI, 2004). Ironically, the Domain of Gateway was the only Imperial Domain not visited in the Grand Tour of the original TRAVELLERS' DIGEST (DGP, 1985-1990).
  2. LORDS OF THUNDER was originally commissioned as a standalone supplement by Seeker Gaming Systems. When they decided not to publish it, it instead appeareed as the majority of the content of THE MEGATRAVELLER JOURNAL #4 (DGP, 1993)

🎞️️ Adventures: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Vland1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Corridor Sector
Corridor Sector, Ian Subsector [E]
Defying the Wolf [Dywosik: 0614] MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell 2 4-17
Deneb Sector, Strand Subsector [F]
Rapid Repo [Depot: 1511] MegaTraveller Rebellion Greg Videll 3 65-89
  1. The Domain of Vland dates back to the Ziru Sirka and is the home of the Vlani. It includes Corridor Sector, Dagudashaag Sector, Gushemege Sector, and Vland Sector, and also administers Reft Sector.

⚠️️ Adventures: Seeds, Random Nuggets1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Animals
The Fur Factor MegaTraveller Rebellion Matt Frisbee 2 53-54
  1. These brief adventure ideas were probably intended as an alternative to GDW's own Amber Zones, based on the cinematic nugget form that DGP introduced in KNIGHTFALL (GDW, 1990), but because of the short life of THE MEGATRAVELLER JOURNAL (DGP, 1991-1993), they never got any traction.

💡 Advice

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Game Masters
Off the Beaten Path Philip Athans, Joe D. Fugate Sr. & Jay Kingston 2 44-45

🛸 Aliens: Humaniti

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Jonkereen
Jonkereen MegaTraveller Rebellion James Maliszewski, Deb Zeigler & Jay Adan 3 90-95

🛸 Aliens: Major Races

Title System Era Author # Pgs
K'kree
The K'kree Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 45-52
K'kree, Language
K'kree Vocabulary William H. Keith Jr. 4 53-55

🛸 Aliens: Minor Races

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Imperium
Imperium, Deneb, Deneb
Crenduthaar MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 3 34-39
Two Thousand Worlds
The G'naak MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 56-57

📚 Background: Misc

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Law
"Imperial" Law Rebellion Gary Thomas 4 74-77
Organizations, Megacorps
Megacorporations in the Rebellion Era Rebellion Greg Videll & Tom Peters 3 18-24

🌌 Background: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Deneb1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Misc, Introduction
Beginners' Luck: A Guide to the Domain of Deneb Rebellion Rob Caswell 1 22-25
Deneb Sector
Map/Domain: Deneb Rebellion 1 insert
UWPs/Domain: Deneb Rebellion Joe D. Fugate Sr. 3 47-58
Deneb Sector, Pretoria Subsector [A]
Deneb Sector, Pretoria Subsector [A], Enaaka [0203]
Data/Worldsheet: Enaaka MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 1 41
Worldguide: Enaaka MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 1 31-41
Deneb Sector, Vincennes Subsector [J]
Deneb Sector, Vincennes Subsector [J], Vincennes [1122]
Data/Worldsheet: Vincennes MegaTraveller Rebellion Charles P. Kalina 3 12
Worldguide: Vincennes MegaTraveller Rebellion Charles P. Kalina 3 4-17
Spinward Marches
Spinward Marches, Lunion Subsector [K]
Spinward Marches, Regina Subsector [K], Wardn System [1727]
Data/Worldsheet: Wardn MegaTraveller Rebellion J. Andrew Keith & Thom Gressman 1 5
  1. The Domain of Deneb is the most Spinward of the Domains. It includes the Deneb Sector, the Reft Sector, the Spinward Marches, and the Trojan Reach. It's the most traditional location for adventure in the Imperium. It is also known as the region "Behind the Claw". It was theoretically the heart of THE MEGATRAVELLER JOURNAL (DGP, 1991-1993).

🌌 Background: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Gateway1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Gateway Sector
Map/Sector Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 29
Data/UWPs Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 30-31
Gateway Systems Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 32-36
Governments of Gateway Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 24-28
Gateway Sector, Windfleet Subsector [F]
Gateway Sector, Windfleet Subsector [F], Gateway [1220]
Data/Worldsheet: Gateway MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 23
Worldguide: Gateway MegaTraveller Rebellion William H. Keith Jr. 4 18-23
  1. The Domain of Gateway is the most Trailing of the Imperial Domains, and in fact lies largely outside of Imperial control, with the exception of the Ley Sector. It also includes the Gateway Sector, the Glimmerdrift Reaches, and Crucis Margin. The Domain of Gateway was originally detailed by Judges Guild, then decanonized, and later reintroduced by LORDS OF THUNDER (DGP, 1993) and GATEWAY TO DESTINY (QLI, 2004).

🌌 Background: Geographic, Imperium, Domain of Vland1

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Corridor Sector
Life Under the Vargr Corsairs Rebellion James Holden 2 47-52
Corridor Sector, Ian Subsector [E]
Corridor Sector, Ian Subsector [E], Dywosik [0614]
Map/System: Dywosik Rebellion Rob Caswell 2 18
Corridor Sector, Strand Subsector [F]
Corridor Sector, Strand Subsector [F], Depot [1511]
Data/Worldsheet: Depot MegaTraveller Rebellion Greg Videll 3 74
  1. The Domain of Vland dates back to the Ziru Sirka and is the home of the Vlani. It includes Corridor Sector, Dagudashaag Sector, Gushemege Sector, and Vland Sector, and also administers Reft Sector.

⌛ Background: Historic

Title System Era Author # Pgs
The Rebellion
A Concise History of the Rebellion Rebellion Clayton Bush 1 16-21
Life Under the Vargr Corsairs Rebellion James Holden 2 47-52
The Rebellion, Misc, Deneb Dossiers
Norris Interview MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell & Marc Miller 1 42-45
The Rebellion, Misc, DIS Newsbriefs
DIS Newsbriefs [1120: The Year in Retrospect] Rebellion 1 56
DIS Newsbriefs [1121] Rebellion 2 3
DIS Newsbriefs [1122] Rebellion 3 97-98
DIS Newsbriefs [1123] Rebellion 4 103-104

🛠️ Equipment: Misc

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Clothing, Masks
Combination Mask [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 4 105
Clothing, Vacc Suits
Vacc Suit Patches [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 2 42
Computers
Hand Computer [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 4 91
Environmental
Artificial Gill [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 32
Atmospheric Tester [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 96
Recorders
Holovideo Recorder [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 27
Sensors
Atmospheric Tester [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 96
Bug Detector [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 31
Intertial Locator [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 4 90
Ore Sampler [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 29
Radiation Counter [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 2 41
Storage
G-Pack [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 4 92
Cargo Container (Sealed) [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 28
Tools
Cold Light Lantern [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 2 39
  1. Data Sheets are full page layouts combining equipment pictures and data. They were first used in the REFEREE'S GAMING KIT (DGP, 1989)

⚔️ Equipment: Combat

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Armor
Command/Cavalry Battledress [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller Tom Peters 1 51
Dressed to Kill [Battledress] MegaTraveller Rebellion Tom Peters 1 46-53
Forward Observer Battledress [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 2 40
Imperial Assault Battledress [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller Tom Peters 1 52
IISS Walkabout Suit [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller Tom Peters 1 53
Weapons, Ranged, Missiles & Rockets
MT-112A Tac Missile [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller Greg Videll 3 77
  1. Data Sheets are full page layouts combining equipment pictures and data. They were first used in the REFEREE'S GAMING KIT (DGP, 1989)

🛰️ Equipment: Infrastructure

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Ground Covering
Grashfault [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 30
  1. Data Sheets are full page layouts combining equipment pictures and data. They were first used in the REFEREE'S GAMING KIT (DGP, 1989)

🚀 Equipment: Transport

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Personal Vehicles
Backpack Propulsion Unit [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 2 38
Personal Reentry Kit [Data Sheet1] MegaTraveller 3 72
Starships, Misc, Construction
Custom Ship Add-Ons MegaTraveller 4 78-80
Starships, Components
Custom Ship Add-Ons MegaTraveller 4 78-80
Starships, Designs, Imperium
The Far Trader [A2: 200T] MegaTraveller 4 58-59
Sydkai Class Cruiser [C: 2kT] MegaTraveller Rebellion MacLure, Prior, Kalina & Peters 3 44-46
Fiery Class Gunned Escort [GE: 400T] MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell, Mike Jackson & Tom Peters 2 27-32
  1. Data Sheets are full page layouts combining equipment pictures and data. They were first used in the REFEREE'S GAMING KIT (DGP, 1989)

🧶️ Fiction

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Jokes
Alien Jokes Mike Metlay 3 26

🎤 Interviews, Memoirs & Notes

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Misc, Fictional
Jeramii Boden MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell 3 40-43
Norris Aella Aledon MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell & Marc Miller 1 42-45
Designers
Keith Brothers Rob Caswell 3 59-64

⬆️ Meta

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Editorial
Helm Report Rob Caswell 1 2
Helm Report Rob Caswell 2 2
Helm Report Rob Caswell 3 2-3
Helm Report Joe D. Fugate Sr. 4 2-3
Info, Company, DGP
Through the Years 4 96-102

🗣️ NPCs

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Careers, Entertainer
Jeramii Boden [Media Personality / Adventurer] MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell 3 40-43
Careers, Military, Navy
Arabella von Ericsson MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell 2 21-23
Careers, Noble
Norris Aella Aledon MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell & Marc Miller 1 42-45
Geographic, Deneb
Norris Aella Aledon MegaTraveller Rebellion Rob Caswell & Marc Miller 1 42-45

📜 Rules

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Misc, Official Errata
Starship Combat MegaTraveller 2 36-37
Misc, Official Questions & Answers
Q&A MegaTraveller Joe D. Fugate Sr. 2 24-26+
Q&A MegaTraveller Joe D. Fugate Sr. 3 99-102
Q&A MegaTraveller Joe D. Fugate Sr. 4 81-89
Starship Combat Example MegaTraveller Howard Leidner 2 32-37
Combat, Starship
Starship Combat Example MegaTraveller Howard Leidner 2 32-37

Appendix I: Other DGP RPGs

🤖 AI

Title System Era Author # Pgs
Interviews, Design Notes
Birth of a New Game AI 4 93-95

Covers