“This is the crew of the BITS Traveller, inbound towards Dragonmeet Station above the planet Kensington in the London system of the UK subsector. Systems seem nominal and we can confirm we are go for landing with both the demonstration and retail modules. Mission deployment, codename DRAGONMEET 2012, will commence on 1st December 2012. Let’s hope the natives are still friendly.”
We’re pleased to announce that BITS will be attending Dragonmeet 2012 at The Kensington Town Hall in London on Saturday 1st December 2012. This is our thirteenth year at the show which is always a great event. We will be running demos and also have our trade stall. Come by and say hello and find out how we’re doing with the various projects...
Further information can be found at http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk
“This is the crew of the BITS Traveller, emerging from low berth after a 6 month hiatus. Systems seem nominal and we can confirm we are go for landing with both the demonstration and retail modules. Target system, codename DRAGONMEET 2011, will be reached in a little over 8 days travel time. Let’s hope the natives are still friendly.”
We’re pleased to announce that BITS will be attending Dragonmeet 2011 at The Kensington Town Hall in London on Saturday 26th November 2011. This is our twelfth year at the show which is always a great event. We will be running demos and also have our trade stall. Come by and say hello and find out how we’re doing with the various projects...
Further information can be found at http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk
The annual London convention is being held on Saturday 27th November 2010, starting at 10:00 am, at Kensington Town Hall. More information can be found here: http://dragonmeet.phoenixgamesclub.org.uk/
They have a Twitter feed @dragonmeet http://twitter.com/dragonmeet
Andy meets a Cyberman
Dragonmeet 2009 happened, in its original London configuration, over the last weekend of November. As usual, it was held in Kensington Town Hall, which has good facilities. BITS were there, as we have been since the convention was re-launched, with the trade stand, a demo of At Close Quarters, and a number a scenarios for Traveller including the latest instalment of the Angel’s Share campaign which has nearly reached a conclusion.
The Ad Astra in all her Glory
The trade hall was busy, but noticeably emptied when the seminars were on, and the At Close Quarters game grabbed a lot of attention thanks to Nick Bradbeer’s latest masterpiece model, an Ad Astra liner. This was built from foam board, and looked excellent. Scaled for 15mm, it was perfect for an exciting skirmish game.
We had a number of worried people looking at the notices of reduced prices and ‘last ever’ for some of the 101 Books and other products, but they went away reassured when we explained that this was tied to a planned PDF release of our back catalogue in 2010. We’ll also hopefully have the first volume of Angel’s Share ready for a full release in the New Year, possibly followed by some smaller adventures, and – if the playtesting works out – something for Power Projection.
The adventures we ran went well, and seemed to be popular, with both Simon Bell and Dave Elrick GMing. Andy and myself manned the trade stall, which was constantly in demand, even in the quiet times.
From a personal perspective, this was my first return to Dragonmeet after a 3 year break for a variety of reasons, and I was really glad to be back. It’s one of my favourite cons, and has quite a frenetic pace, which is unsurprising as it starts at 10:00 and ends around 19:00! The trade hall was buzzing, and there were lots of new and shiny things to look at such as pre-release copies of the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game on the Cubicle 7 stand, the proof copies of Triple Ace Games’ core Hellfrost books for Savage Worlds and the Collective Endeavour’s latest game, Umlaut, in which get to be a rock band.
I was also quite pleased to finally see the Power Projection miniatures by Ad Astra Games and a real (non-PDF) copy of the Power Projection: Fleet book in its US guise. Mongoose Publishing also had a huge stand with lots of Traveller front and centre, both for our much loved setting and for the 2000AD settings such as Judge Dredd and Strontium Dogs.
Finally, it was great just to catch up with the rest of the BITS team, including the people like Simon and Robin who I’ve only met by email. The fires of my enthusiasm for Traveller are well and truly relit, and now I must properly finish my adventure for release in 2010! And I'm happy to report that Andy escaped from the clutches of the Cybermen by the end of the convention.
Dom, BITS Webmaster
All friends now!
A belated (thanks to the death of the computer with the website on) report on Dragonmeet by Richard Talbot:
BITS attended the excellent one day con, Dragonmeet 08 in Kensington, London, with a variety of Traveller related games and and our well stocked trade stand.
Andy Lilly at the stand as the show opened.
Stalwart GM's Dave Elrick and Simon Bell ran the latest instalments of our long running scenario series Project 1112 involving the crew of the Angel's Share. The plot is thickening as we rolled out the 5th and 6th parts of Dave Elrick's saga – Misjump! and Storm Warning! – to entertain the players. Both games went well with good feedback received from the players back at the trade stand. If you haven't played one of the new adventures come along to one of the cons we are attending. Conception 09 is up next in January!
One of the games.
New to the BITS schedule was an At Close Quarters demo scenario written by Richard Talbot. Set in the docking bay of a local starport, the crew of the mining seeker, Dragon's Luck, come back to their ship after a few well earned drinks to find corporate saboteurs lurking in the shadows. The scenario is only one part of the demo as real-life Naval Architect and BITS member Nick Bradbeer created a 25mm scale model of a Type J 100t Seeker and docking bay. We have plenty of pictures to drool over but the results of Nick's late nights constructing the model were amazing!
The Seeker (Perspective)
We used Ground Zero Games Neu Swabian League Troopers for the corporate squad, original Grenadier Traveller figs for the crew and Tablescape industrial scenery for the game aw well as Nick’s scratch built model.
Rear detail of the Seeker.
We played through three games with one team just managing to disarm explosive charges with 1 round to go and in the second game clearing the ship of saboteurs in under 6 rounds. Never will penguins be looked on again as passive creatures!
Top view of the Seeker.
We'll be using the model for future cons so look out for updates on the website.
Dragonmeet 2008 is nearly upon us again, which means two things: it's getting close to Christmas, and you're only a few weeks away from one of the best one day conventions in the UK. Once again, BITS will be there promoting Traveller. As well as the usual trade stand and demo games, we've planned a special game of At Close Quarters, Doug Berry's excellent Traveller skirmish rules published by BITS where you can battle for control of a starship.
Link to Dragonmeet Website
We are pleased to remind you that we are attending Dragonmeet 2007 at Kensington Town Hall today (1st December) from 10.00am.
We have the usual trade stand full of new and second hand Traveller merchandise, dice, figures and other fine products manned by BITS Director Andy Lilly. Usual BITS member discounts apply at the show.
The BITS Demo Crew are also be present running a series of new adventures including the Angels Share scenarios (In Search of Angels, The Rock and Ice Work) in both morning and afternoon slots. Throughout the day we will have exclusive previews of the new Traveller Starship miniatures by Ad Astra and will be running demo games of our Power Projection: Fleet starship combat game.
We are pleased to announce we will be attending Dragonmeet 2007 at Kensington Town Hall on 1st December from 10.00am.
We will have the usual trade stand full of new and second hand Traveller merchandise, dice, figures and other fine products manned by BITS Director Andy Lilly. Usual BITS member discounts apply at the show.
The BITS Demo Crew will also be present running a series of new adventures including the Angels Share scenarios (In Search of Angels, The Rock and Ice Work) in both morning and afternoon slots. Throughout the day we will have exclusive previews of the new Traveller Starship miniatures by Ad Astra and will be running demo games of our Power Projection: Fleet starship combat game.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year from all here at BITS!
Dom (BITS Webmaster)
* Come and see if we've managed to complete the layout of the new book in time!
* Come and tell us what you think of the Interstellar Wars and 1248 books!
* Come and chew over the likelihood of T5 being released in 2007!
* Come and buy stuff off the BITS stand!
You could even....
* Come and play Traveller!
Full details at http://www.dragonmeet.com/
Dom (BITS webmaster)