Gambling, specifically Five Card Draw Poker has become a feature in our Boot Hill games. Since characters have Gambling skill (and the player may not), we have come up with the following rules to simulate the advantages of being a skilled professional gambler. Cheating is also possible along with the risk of getting caught.
Boot Hill – Poker: Catching Cheats
To watch for card cheating, perform a successful Observation or Gambling check with a Modifier of -3 (or -6 if the observer is playing in the game.)
I recently purchased the Cowboys vs. Xenomorphs adventure for Mongoose Traveller and it’s a fun setting. So fun that I wanted more Period careers available to ‘flesh out’ the campaign.
I used the Drifter career as a template and created four Cowboy era careers (Cowboy Drifter, Cowboy Era Barbarian, Cowboy Era Sailor/Pirate, Cowboy Era Charlaton.)
I also added Medieval Adventurer and Medieval Soldier careers that I have used in the past to finish out the Drifters from Other Eras career sheet.
Download the PDF: Traveller – Career – Drifters
Snapshot, the game of close combat (aboard Starships) by Game Designers Workshop was originally released in 1979. Although it was a stand-alone game, it used an expanded turn and combat system based on the original Classic Traveller RPG.
We used to use Snapshot to resolve combat for the roll playing game, Traveller. Recently, I pulled out my old copy, printed the original deck plans and played the default scenarios with a friend (who has never played).
The rules are easy enough to grasp and the gameplay is generally fast-paced (the ships are not huge and it is a combat game.)
If you happen to still have the game, pull it out and give it a try with some modern gamers. It’s still an entertaining way to spend a game night. Sadly, I no longer have my space themed miniatures that worked well with the grid size (15mm, I believe.)