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T. W. Wombat

T. W. Wombat

is creating The Downport Rag

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patrons
Hi! I'm Wombat, and I've been playing and running Tabletop Role-Playing Games since 1981. I've loved Traveller since the first time I played, and I'm here to provide a deeper background for your futuristic spacefaring games.

Enter the Downport Rag.

What the heck is the Downport Rag?
Started by a gregarious dockworker who gathered stories from the people he talked to every day, the Downport Rag provides a planet-side perspective of news, services, rumors, and classified ads to interplanetary visitors and locals alike. Intended as a more accessible alternative to the planetary guides put out by the Traveller's Aid Society, the Downport Rag appears in a weekly broadsheet for only a few credits. The Rag has expanded across the subsector, with a franchise on nearly every world with a starbase, and it's become the first purchase for many crewmembers as soon as they jump in-system.

How do I use the Downport Rag?
From a GM's perspective, each issue of the Downport Rag provides about a dozen story hooks, location sketches, names of NPCs to talk to, and potential adventures for your game. Each monthly issue is a one-page PDF with permission granted to copy and modify the text for personal use in your game. 

What do you get for your filthy lucre?
I've set up two pledge tiers on a Monthly basis, though that may change as this project evolves. All Patrons can participate in polls which will control the direction of this project's development, including which stories to pursue and which to flesh out into an RPG adventure supplement. I'm exploring publishing options for various RPG systems, so stay tuned.

Here are your Patreon support tier choices:
Subscriber - For $2/month, you will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag. 
Source - For $5/month, you will be able to provide details of a story that will appear in print, subject to editorial approval. You will also receive the monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag.

How will the Downport Rag expand?
Once the Rag is up and running regularly, I'll aim to publish more often (ideally weekly) and add pieces of art to every issue, starting with a Downport Rag banner of some sort. Following that, I'll look at publishing other supplemental materials for your game, starting with adventures based on stories appearing in the Downport Rag. Future goals involve collecting groups of adventures into campaigns and creating supplements dedicated to exploring organizations and locations revealed in past issues.

"If a human contains multitudes, then a planet contains a multitude of multitudes. The vast expanse of space contains infinite multitudes of multitudes. Let's see how many we can find."
                                     - Scout Auggie Draper, just before his last voyage.

Thanks for reading the pitch. Feel free to follow @DownportRag on Twitter for instant inspiration and a feed full of proto-stories. Most rumors start there, then flesh out into fuller stories as the details become clearer.

I hope you'll help me explore this little corner of settled space through the pages of the Downport Rag!
Tiers
Subscriber
$2 or more per month

Subscribers will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag, delivered via DriveThru RPG.  All patrons will also take part in periodic polls to determine which story will be explored further or developed into a full-fledged short adventure. 

Source
$5 or more per month

Patrons at this level will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag, delivered via DriveThru RPG. As a Source, you can request a specific story or type of story to appear in an issue of the Downport Rag, with details such as NPC, organization, and place names. All contributions are subject to editorial approval. All patrons will also take part in periodic polls to determine which story will be explored further or developed into a full-fledged short adventure. 

Hi! I'm Wombat, and I've been playing and running Tabletop Role-Playing Games since 1981. I've loved Traveller since the first time I played, and I'm here to provide a deeper background for your futuristic spacefaring games.

Enter the Downport Rag.

What the heck is the Downport Rag?
Started by a gregarious dockworker who gathered stories from the people he talked to every day, the Downport Rag provides a planet-side perspective of news, services, rumors, and classified ads to interplanetary visitors and locals alike. Intended as a more accessible alternative to the planetary guides put out by the Traveller's Aid Society, the Downport Rag appears in a weekly broadsheet for only a few credits. The Rag has expanded across the subsector, with a franchise on nearly every world with a starbase, and it's become the first purchase for many crewmembers as soon as they jump in-system.

How do I use the Downport Rag?
From a GM's perspective, each issue of the Downport Rag provides about a dozen story hooks, location sketches, names of NPCs to talk to, and potential adventures for your game. Each monthly issue is a one-page PDF with permission granted to copy and modify the text for personal use in your game. 

What do you get for your filthy lucre?
I've set up two pledge tiers on a Monthly basis, though that may change as this project evolves. All Patrons can participate in polls which will control the direction of this project's development, including which stories to pursue and which to flesh out into an RPG adventure supplement. I'm exploring publishing options for various RPG systems, so stay tuned.

Here are your Patreon support tier choices:
Subscriber - For $2/month, you will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag. 
Source - For $5/month, you will be able to provide details of a story that will appear in print, subject to editorial approval. You will also receive the monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag.

How will the Downport Rag expand?
Once the Rag is up and running regularly, I'll aim to publish more often (ideally weekly) and add pieces of art to every issue, starting with a Downport Rag banner of some sort. Following that, I'll look at publishing other supplemental materials for your game, starting with adventures based on stories appearing in the Downport Rag. Future goals involve collecting groups of adventures into campaigns and creating supplements dedicated to exploring organizations and locations revealed in past issues.

"If a human contains multitudes, then a planet contains a multitude of multitudes. The vast expanse of space contains infinite multitudes of multitudes. Let's see how many we can find."
                                     - Scout Auggie Draper, just before his last voyage.

Thanks for reading the pitch. Feel free to follow @DownportRag on Twitter for instant inspiration and a feed full of proto-stories. Most rumors start there, then flesh out into fuller stories as the details become clearer.

I hope you'll help me explore this little corner of settled space through the pages of the Downport Rag!

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Tiers
Subscriber
$2 or more per month

Subscribers will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag, delivered via DriveThru RPG.  All patrons will also take part in periodic polls to determine which story will be explored further or developed into a full-fledged short adventure. 

Source
$5 or more per month

Patrons at this level will receive a monthly PDF issue of the Downport Rag, delivered via DriveThru RPG. As a Source, you can request a specific story or type of story to appear in an issue of the Downport Rag, with details such as NPC, organization, and place names. All contributions are subject to editorial approval. All patrons will also take part in periodic polls to determine which story will be explored further or developed into a full-fledged short adventure.