• Building a Traveller GM Program

    by  • December 8, 2008 • Hobbies, RPGs • 0 Comments

    ISS: Operating System

    My flirtation with Visual Basic programming has always been based on my interest in having customized GM software running on my game table laptop.  Over the years, I’ve tried and used most every piece of campaign or encounter management software available for the PC.  Of them all, DM Genie is the only one that really fit my needs and desires.  It was, in fact, DM Genie, that turned me on to VB programming, through its VB scripting.

    I’ve been working on two programs concurrently, one for D&D and one for Spycraft.  But that didn’t stop me this weekend from dragging out my Mongoose Traveller book to see what I could do in that direction.  And I was delighted to realize that my VB skills are improving rapidly.

    So, I was able to lay the foundation for a program I’m calling ISS: Operating System.  I was going to call the program Universal, until I remembered there was already a Traveller program called Universe out there already.  It’s a long way off from being releasable, but I’ll keep you informed as it comes together.

    For those of you interested in toying around with programming, Microsoft offers Visual Basic Express Edition for free.  And thanks to Zhodani Base for the extremely cool Traveller Book Cover Generator!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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