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If you want to join these forums, request access from wasahbe @ and use the subject line FORUM ACCESS REQUEST.  Or come over to Discord and ask for access.

To foil spammers, I'd already made it so hard to join these forums that only a dedicated Tri Tac fan could jump through the hoops.  But during the last three days, porn spammers have broken through again.  I'm giving up.  At the request of people who want to keep the archived posts available, I'm not taking the forums down.  But I'm breaking the option to register.
Homebrew Design & Conversions / Re: A Basic Role Playing (BRP) Fringeworthy?
« Last post by wasahbe on July 18, 2021, 02:31:31 PM »
Looks like we are going with d100 after all.  It's complicated as to how we got here, but our next major project will be a d100 edition of Incursion.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Tri Tac Spotlight on Incursion and FTL: 2448 is live!
« Last post by wasahbe on July 18, 2021, 02:26:40 PM »
Tri Tac Spotlight on Incursion and FTL: 2448 is live!

Spotlight on Tri Tac Games is a newsletter that focuses on one or more of the many Tri Tac Games RPGs. It typically has two or more adventures, some new gear for the game, background information on people or places within the RPG setting. Each issue of the newsletter will focus on one of Tri Tac Games’ products: Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic®­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, Incursion, Fringeworthy®­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, Hardwired Hinterland, FTL: 2448, and others.

With this issue, the Spotlight is on Incursion and FTL: 2448­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, Richard Tucholka’s ground-breaking adventure games of interstellar travel and future humanity.  Content centers on a brief introduction to the history of Incursion and FTL: 2448, previously unpublished starship art by Tri Tac artist Doug Blanchard, and a new FTL: 2448 mini-adventure by Q.W. McConnell.  (48 pages in total.)

Spotlight 1.4 is on sale for $4.95 at  Purchasing from our in-house store gives you access to download a 72dpi file suitable for viewing on phones, a 144dpi file for larger screens, and a 300dpi file suitable for printing.

The PDF is also for sale for $5.95 through our DriveThroughRPG store:  The Print-on-Demand version of the magazine will cost $9.95, and should be available for purchase in a few weeks.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Welcome new members
« Last post by wasahbe on July 18, 2021, 01:55:32 PM »
I've noticed that we suddenly have a lot of new members joining these forums.  Sorry it seems so dead.

A few months ago our active membership mostly moved over to Discord, and we started neglecting these site forums.  Mostly because the hoops we were forced to put in place to block spammers had made the registration process here so arduous that only dedicated Tri Tac fans could sign in, and it was easier for casual gamers to contact us through Facebook or Discord.  (But without the registration hoops, our moderators would sign on and find these pages flooded with porn spam overnight.)

So, if you just signed up, please post and let the admin know that you are a for real gamer and not another bot that managed to crack security.  And we'll see what we can do to liven up this place.

Fringeworthy / The portal in Vilnius
« Last post by BigJackBrass on May 30, 2021, 04:49:06 PM »
FTL: 2448 / Re: How many Aliens?
« Last post by ORtrail on March 22, 2021, 08:44:00 PM »
There could be some uplifting from a visiting advanced alien race to what will often be primitive worlds.  You can hand off a lot of technology in a very short span and change the 'natural' curve of technology. 

In other words, one galactic spanning civilization could devote themselves to helping primitive alien races along.  That might mean doing some genetic engineering, but just giving out tech would change everything.  An Earth example is how just introducing the horse back to the Americas changed many of the native tribes in permanent ways. 

So, within the sphere of influence of an elder alien civilization, you find a minimum standard of technology, often to allow them to travel and trade with others around them.  Some may advance the technology they are given, others just become dependent on it without a true understanding of the physical laws around it. 
FTL: 2448 / How many Aliens?
« Last post by Kedamono on March 08, 2021, 08:10:00 PM »
In terms of FTL:2448, not that many and not that close to humanity's tech level. Based on this article on Centauri Dreams, Lost in Time and Lost in Space, to get the density of "close in tech" that's present in the game, Every Star In The Galaxy would have or have had, a native population. Most would be over a Million Years Old.

For the most part, they would either be Angels or Apes. There's a great description of how hard it would be for aliens to encounter us during from Atomic Rockets:

Consider the history of Planet Earth. Let the height of the Empire State building represent the 5 billion year life of Terra without Humanity. The height of a one-foot ruler perched on top would represent the million years of Humanity's existence. The thickness of a dime will represent the ten thousand years of Humanity's civilization (i.e., "apes"). And the thickness of a postage stamp will represent the 300 years of Humanity's technological civilization. An unknown portion above represents "pre-Singularity Humanity", the period up to the point where mankind hits the Singularity/evolves into a higher form/turns into angels. Say another dime. Then they leave Terra to go to better things. Above that would be another Empire State building, representing the latter 5 billion years of Terra's lifespan without Humanity.

If you picked a millimeter of this tower at random, what would you most likely hit? One of the Empire State buildings, of course. So, assuming only one civilization develops on a planet, chances are the first-in-scout starship Daniel Boone will discover mostly planets that are currently empty of alien civilizations (but they might have an almost 50% chance to discover valuable Forerunner artifacts or other paleotechnology).

If you only use the section with an alien civilization, you have a ruler and two dimes worth of apes and angels, and a postage stamp edge worth of near Human civilization. If you pick a millimeter at random chances are you ain't gonna pict the edge of the postage stamp. Ergo: apes or angels, but not humans.

Something to consider.
Board/Site Issues & Suggestion Box / Re: Error messages in forums
« Last post by ORtrail on December 08, 2020, 04:50:01 PM »
Things are working fine today. 
Board/Site Issues & Suggestion Box / Error messages in forums
« Last post by wasahbe on December 08, 2020, 04:15:49 PM »
I went in and did some cleanup on the site.  Is it any easier moving around and posting in the forums? 

Also, our hosting site has been doing upgrades, and that's caused odd goings on in the past.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Spotlight 1.4
« Last post by wasahbe on November 11, 2020, 07:13:24 AM »
Hard deadline is Dec 7. 
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