House Rules and Rules Additions

Automatic Fire

Of the weapons listed in Book 1, both automatic rifles and submachines are capable of fully automatic fire. Firing such weapons expends four shots and gives the shooter two attack rolls against his target (in addition to the chance of hitting adjacent targets).

Automatic rifles may be set to fire as semi-automatic weapons, in which case it fires a single shot and is treated as an ordinary rifle for the purposes of DMs.

Social Standing

Of the six characteristics in Traveller, this is the one that’s most context-dependent. In Nagoya subsector, for example, there are only two significant multi-world groupings. If a character is from one of these, it can be assumed that his SOC value carries over to other worlds within that grouping. Outside of them, however, it’s extremely variable.

Noble titles exist in both the Empire of Nagoya and the Triarchy of Endu, but there are some important differences to note for beginning characters:

The Empire of Nagoya is extremely conservative and tradition-bound. There are many important clans that dominate governmental, military, and corporate positions (religion is another matter). Only those characters whose initial SOC value is 11 or 12 comes from a noble clan and may possess a title. Anyone else is a commoner, including those whose SOC rises to 11+ during character generation. Nobles are powerful figures in the Empire and have many responsibilities. They are, therefore, uncommon among the horosha (traveller).

The society of the Triarchy of Endu, though ancient, is much more upwardly mobile. Noble titles proliferate among its worlds, handed out by King-Emperor of Ul Endu and his nomarchs to anyone who has aided them in a way deemed significant at the time. Consequently, a character with SOC 11+ from Endu does have a title, which may carry real power with it or might simply be an empty reward for service.

In the end, SOC means different things in different situations; it is not a universally applicable characteristic. For example, a great lord of the Empire may travel to a world outside its borders and not be recognized as anything more than a wealthy man despite his SOC value. Within the Empire, though, he will be treated with appropriate courtesy and deference, as befits his station.

Social Standing & Law Level

In both the Empire of Nagoya and the Triarchy of Endu, a high value in SOC may allow you to evade the effects of running afoul of local laws. To succeed, roll more than the local Law Level on 2D6, with a DM of SOC –7.