By Russell Bornschlegel with much help from Jeff Zeitlin
Classic Traveller's Supplement 4, Citizens of the Imperium, introduced
the Rogue character career, "a member of the criminal element... familiar
with the rougher and more illegal methods of accomplishing tasks." MegaTraveller
additionally covers the Law Enforcer career, but in both cases only the
brief Book 1 style of character generation is provided. Another oversight
is that the staple character of countless adventure stories, the Private
Investigator, isn't covered at all. This expanded, High Guard/Mercenary
style character generation system attempts to rectify these oversights,
highlighting the common elements of these three careers along the way.
Start by generating a standard, age-18 character. Select Rogue, PI,
or Police service, and roll 2D for enlistment with DMs from the following
table. If enlistment fails, select an alternate service as usual, either
by draft or by attempting to enlist in other services. Enlistment is for
a term of four years. After each term, the character may either leave the
service voluntarily or roll 2D for Reenlistment. Failing the reenlistment
roll results in discharge.
|DM +1 if:||Soc 8-||End 8+||Str 8+|
|DM +2 if:||End 7+||Int 8+||Int 8+|
Under the Sohl Cluster house rules, a character discharged from one service may attempt to enlist in another, with a DM of –1 applied to the enlistment roll for each full four years of age over age 18.
Certain skills are gained automatically by characters in these services. Once enlisted in the Rogue, Police, or PI services, the character gains the following skills: Streetwise-1, Gun Combat-1 (usually with a pistol), and Vehicle-0. Police gain Leader-1 upon attaining rank 2 (Sergeant) and Liaison-1 upon reaching rank 3 (Lieutenant).
Automatic skills are never cumulative. For example, if a Police Officer with Leader-2 reaches Sergeant, he or she does not gain Leader-3.
Once enlisted in Rogue, PI, or Police service, the character rolls 2D
and consults the following table to determine duty assignment. Once assigned
to a particular duty, the character remains in that duty until he or she
opts to change in a given year and makes the Change Assignment roll associated
with the duty, or until the Change Assignment roll is 10+ whether the character
wishes to change or not. The following year, roll again for assignment.
Assignment is retained from year to year and across a term reenlistment
unless the change roll is made.
|2||Hits and Terrorism||Down Or Out||Disciplinary Action|
|3||Protection and Extortion||Acquisitions||Detective|
|4||Protection and Extortion||Acquisitions||Detective|
|5||Vice Work||Missing Persons||Desk Job|
|6||Vice Work||Missing Persons||Beat Cop|
|7||Robbery and Burglary||Investigation & Shadowing||Beat Cop|
|8||Robbery and Burglary||Investigation & Shadowing||Beat Cop|
|9||Fraud and Finance||Private Patron||Elite Force|
|10||Fraud and Finance||Private Patron||Elite Force|
|11||High Tech Crime||Nasty Business||High Tech Investigation|
|12||High Tech Crime||Noir Adventure||Internal Affairs|
A result of Down Or Out indicates that the character immediately leaves his or her current service and must either muster out or become a Rogue, without having to make a reenlistment roll. In such cases, a roll is immediately made on the assignment table for the new career.
For all other assignments, consult the appropriate table for event rolls.
First, make a 2D roll for Survival; failure of this roll results in a severe injury sufficient to discharge the character from service. The referee determines the injury and its results; the character should be rendered "interesting" rather than "unplayable" as a result. If both Intelligence and Endurance are 8 or over, there is a +1 to the survival roll.
Next, roll 2D for Skill; if the roll is made, the character gain a skill from one of the eligible tables. The Service Life table for the service is always eligible; the Advanced Education table for the service is available to characters with an Education score of 8+, and the Assignment Skill table corresponding to the current Assignment is eligible. The character is not eligible for a skill roll in any year in which they obtain an automatic skill, including their first year of enlistment. Cascade skills allow the player their choice of the listed skills; Gun Combat, Blade Combat, and Vehicle are the standard cascades for the game system in use. The skill of Hacking is a selective combination of Intrusion and Computer, and covers both unauthorized accesses to electronic systems and detection of the same.
Third, roll 2D for a Special event; if the roll is made, consult the Specials table below.
For Police only, roll 2D for promotion. Police characters start at rank of Rank 1 (Officer/Detective) and advance one rank every time the promotion roll is made. To be promoted from Rank 3 to Rank 4, or Rank 4 to Rank 5, there is a DM of –1; to be promoted from Rank 5 to Rank 6, there is a DM of –2.Only one promotion is possible per four-year term. Police gain automatic skills of Leader-1 at rank 2 (Sergeant) and Liaison-1 at rank 3 (Lieutenant).
Finally, roll 2D for Change of Assignment. If the roll is 10+, the character’s assignment changes the following year, like it or not. If the indicated number or above is thrown, the character may change assignment if desired.
Hits & Terrorism: The character kills people, either for political reasons or simply criminal ones.
Protection & Extortion: The character is involved in threatening people for money; the threat can be physical or informational.
Vice Work: The character is involved in so-called "victimless crime" such as drugs, gambling, and prostitution.
Robbery & Burglary: The character steals money and goods in a relatively straightforward manner. This can include everything from simple mugging to bank heists.
Fraud & Finance: The character is involved in the discreet redistribution of wealth. This includes embezzlement, securities fraud, and the like.
High Tech Crime: In effect, usually similar to Fraud & Finance, but generally executed via computer; this also includes the illicit information trade.
Acquisitions: The character is in the business of locating and obtaining particular properties discreetly, occasionally in technical violation of the law (e.g. by smuggling) but rarely via simple theft.
Missing Persons: The character locates individuals who typically do not wish to be located. Locating involuntarily-missing people is generally done by police.
Investigation & Shadowing: The character investigates and follows individuals. This is frequently used to gain evidence for divorce proceedings and other civil proceedings; if a criminal activity has occurred, this is generally done by police.
Private Patron: The character is retained by a specific employer; this may be as a bodyguard, "rent-a-cop", hotel detective, "cleaner", or the like. The character may be called upon to perform slightly illegal acts by the employer.
Nasty Business: Whatever the PI’s regular specialty is, he or she becomes caught up in a complex and dangerous situation. Perhaps the PI learns of a crime that the police cannot or will not address, or becomes a target of criminal activity him- or herself.
Noir Adventure: Similar to Nasty Business, but on a larger scale,
possibly involving police or government corruption, conspiracy, or priceless
artifacts; the sort of thing movies are made of.
Disciplinary Action: The character has been accused of misconduct.
This results in a Beat Cop type of assignment, but the character is on
probation, and must keep squeaky-clean. Resolve as normal for Beat Cop,
but do not roll for promotion, and apply the following changes:
- When rolling for special, ignore results of 4+.
- When resolving On Trial or Corruption, DM-2.
- Do not roll for Change; next assignment will be Beat Cop without these modifications.
This character henceforth has a permanent DM-1 for promotion. This DM is cumulative.
Detective: The character is assigned to investigate major crimes: murders, grand thefts, grevious assaults, and so on.
Desk Job: The character does not do a significant amount of field work.
Beat Cop: The character patrols the streets, doing a significant amount of deterrence as well as criminal investigation.
Elite Force: This assignment includes special units such as the Vice Squad (or Public Morals Division), Anti-Terrorist/Hostage Rescue teams, and task forces targeted at any specific crime that's excessively popular.
High Tech Investigationt: The character is assigned to combat High Tech Crime. In this realm, the police are usually under-equipped and under-trained compared to their criminal counterparts.
Internal Affairs: The character investigates the activities of other police. Who watches the watchmen?
Assignment Resolution Tables
Rogue Assignments Table
|Assignment||Hits & Terrorism||Protection & Extortion||Vice Work||Robbery & Burglary||Fraud & Finance||High Tech Crime|
|Survival (+1 if Int 8+ and End 8+)||7+||4+||5+||6+||3+||3+|
Rogue Skills Tables
|Rogue Life||Rogue Advanced (Edu 8+)||Hits & Terror||Protection & Extortion|
|1||+1 Strength||+1 Education||Gun Combat||Brawling|
|2||+1 Endurance||+1 Intelligence||Intrusion||Gun Combat|
|3||Gun Combat or Blade Combat||Medical||Demolitions||Bribery|
|Vice Work||Robbery & Burglary||Fraud & Finance||High Tech Crime|
|1||Blade Combat||Gun Combat||Computer||Computer|
|2||Medical||Burglary Cascade: Demolitions or Intrusion||Forgery||Hacking|
|4||Carousing||Streetwise||Streetwise||Jack of all Trades|
Rogue Specials Table
PI Assignments Table
|Assignment||Acquisitions||Missing Persons||Investigation||Private Patron||Nasty Business||Noir Adventure|
|Survival (+1 if Int 8+ and End 8+)||6+||4+||5+||6+||7+||7+|
PI Skills Tables
|PI Life||PI Advanced (Edu 8+)||Acquisitions||Missing Persons|
|1||+1 Strength||+1 Education||Streetwise||Streetwise|
|2||+1 Endurance||+1 Intelligence||Liaison||Liaison|
|3||Gun Combat or Blade Combat||Computer||Intrusion||Admin|
|Investigation||Private Patron||Nasty Business||Noir Adventure|
|1||Vehicle||Gun Combat||Gun Combat||Medical|
|4||Computer||Forgery||Demolition||Jack of all Trades|
|6||Jack of all Trades||Leader||Leader||+1 Social|
PI Specials Table
Police Assignments Table
|Assignment||Detective||Desk Job||Beat Cop||Elite Force||High Tech||Internal Affairs|
|Survival (+1 if Int 8+ and End 8+)||6+||3+||5+||6+||3+||4+|
(DM –1 if Rank 3 or 4; DM –2 if Rank 5)
Police Skills Tables
|Police Life||Police Advanced (Edu 8+)||Detective||Desk Job|
|1||+1 Strength||+1 Education||Streetwise||Admin|
|2||+1 Dexterity||+1 Intelligence||Gun Combat||Admin|
|3||Gun Combat or Blade Combat (standard service weapon)||Computer||Interrogation||Forgery|
|Beat Cop||Elite Force||High Tech||Internal Affairs|
|3||Vehicle||Gun Combat (referee's discretion)||Streetwise||Admin|
|4||Carousing||Vice Cascade: pick one of Bribery, Forgery, Carousing, Gambling, or Intrusion||Hacking||Computer|
|5||Jack of all Trades||Vehicle||Electronic||Leader|
Police Specials Table
Police Ranks Table
|1||Constable or Officer (called Detective, if character has ever been given a Detective assignment)|
|6||Chief or Commisioner|
Special Event Resolution
When a special event is indicated, roll 1D on the service special table for the character’s service. Consult the following descriptions for the special events.
On Trial: The character is arrested on suspicion of a serious crime. The character may or may not actually be guilty, particularly if the character is a PI. The character allocates legal fees if he or she has any money (from Big Scores, previous careers and the like) in increments of Cr5000. 2D are rolled. The character’s current Social standing and (legal fees/Cr5000) are added to the roll. The number of terms the character has spent in Rogue service (including the current term) and the number of previous trials the character has faced are subtracted from the roll. If the law level of the world involved is known, (5-law level) is added. With all modifiers totalled up, consult the following table. If a sentence is indicated, go to Prison Time, below. Add or subtract the indicated modifier to the character’s Social Standing. Social Standings below 2 should be retained for posterity and amusement; the minimum social standing is 0. For the most extreme sentences, the referee should either simply write off the character or explain how the character gets out of jail. The player should have the option to write off a character and start over if the sentence would make the character too old for the player’s taste.
If a Police character is tried, and does not end up either Jailed or Acquitted, his or her next assignment is automatically Disciplinary Action.
Trial Resolution Table
|Result||Sentence||Social Standing Mod|
|0 or less||Cruel and Unusual Punishment, referee’s discretion and explanation||-10|
|1||Death Sentence or Life Sentence, referee’s discretion and explanation||-8|
|2||1D x 10 Year Sentence||-6|
|3||1D x 5 Year Sentence||-5|
|4||1D x 2 Year Sentence||-4|
|5||1-6 Year Sentence||-3|
|6||1-6 Year Sentence||-2|
|7||1-3 Year Sentence||-2|
|8||1-3 Year Sentence||-1|
|9||1 Year Sentence||-1|
|10||6 Month Sentence||-1|
|11||Guilty of Felony; 90 Day Sentence or less; no jail roll.||-1|
|12||Guilty of Misdemeanor; fines 1D x Cr1000.||0|
|13||Guilty of Misdemeanor; fines 1D x Cr500.||0|
|16 or more||Acquitted with publicity||+1|
Prison Time: If the character is found guilty of a Felony and/or jailed for any length of time, they are discharged from service in Police or PI and can only reenlist in the Rogue service or become an adventurer. Optionally, the referee can determine what effects a criminal record has on other enlistment opportunities. After the first year of jail, and every 4 years in jail thereafter, roll 1D to see what skill is gained while in jail:
Jail Skills Table
Big Score: A job pays off beyond all expectation. Roll 1D:
Big Score Payoff Table
Patron: Someone with money and power, possibly a major underworld figure, owes the character a small favor, or considers him or her trustworthy enough to consider for a future job. This special may be "traded in" and lost to cancel a Prison Time special received later in the career process. The referee determines any other effects of the Patron.
Vendetta: The character has made a mortal enemy. The referee determines if, when, and how the enemy will strike.
Hero: The character did something brave and hazardous, and had his or her fifteen minutes of fame as a result. +1 Social standing is gained, as well as the result of 1D rolled on the following table:
Hero Result Table
|1||+1 Social (total +2)|
|2||1D x Cr500 reward money|
|4||Medal, Plaque, or such worth 1D x Cr10|
|5||Busy Year (See below)|
|6||Traveller’s Aid Society Membership|
If Busy Year is rolled, the next chronological year of the character’s life is resolved as if it were two normal years.
Journey: The character’s career takes him or her to several other star systems – a fairly unusual occurrence for these career paths. The character gains +1 Education and a skill rolled on the following table.
Journey Skill Table
|1||Gunnery or Commo|
|3||Vehicle or Ship’s Boat|
Corruption: The character becomes aware of corruption on the force. The player has a choice; he or she can either Blow The Whistle or Join The Party. If an enemy is made from Blowing The Whistle, or if money is gained from Joining The Party, roll 1D; on 4+, the character's next assignment will be Disciplinary Action.
Blow The Whistle Table
|1||The character is discharged at the end of the current year.|
|2||The character is falsely imprisoned; resolve a Prison Term special as above.|
|3||The character makes an enemy; resolve a Vendetta as above.|
|4||The character makes an enemy; resolve a Vendetta as above.|
|5||The character becomes a Hero as above.|
|6||The character becomes a Hero as above.|
Join The Party Table
|1||The character is caught and jailed; resolve a Prison Term as above.|
|2||The character is caught and jailed; resolve a Prison Term as above.|
|3||The character pockets Cr1000.|
|4||The character skims Cr5000.|
|5||The character scores Cr10000.|
|6||The character heists Cr20000.|
When leaving a service, the character makes rolls for mustering out benefits. One roll is allowed per four year term served or portion thereof; Police of rank 3 or 4 gain an extra roll; Police of rank 5 or 6 gain another extra roll. Rolls on the cash table gain a +1 if the character has Gambling skill; rolls on the material benefits table for Police of rank 5 or 6 gain +1. No more than three rolls may be made on the cash table in any event.
Material Benefits Table
|1||Low Passage||+1 Intelligence||Low Passage|
|2||+1 Social||+1 Education||Middle Passage|
|5||High Passage||High Passage||+1 Education|
|6||Traveller’s Aid Society||Traveller’s Aid Society||High Passage|
|7||n/a||n/a||Traveller’s Aid Society|
Cash Benefits Table
Author: Russell Bornschlegel, firstname.lastname@example.org. Last revision: 1999/11/28.