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Daniel Berger
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I see in the blurb about this game that a 2nd edition came out in 1981. Does anyone know the differences between the first and second editions?
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The first edition came in a big long box with a rolled up map. I don't think there were any changes to gameplay (Steve Jackson Games owns the rights to the game now, and he says he spent 20 years trying to improve on the game but found that it was more or less perfect as it is).

Are you a collector, or are you looking to play the game? I'm not one to advocate piracy, but everything you need to play the game is here on BGG or at Steve Jackson Games. Steve Jackson's official site even has variant maps and counters and such (http://www.sjgames.com/triplan/). Considering the one copy in the BGG marketplace is selling for $200, ouch! It's a great game. One of my favorites... but even I'm not sure I'd spend $200 on it!

You may also check out Mayday. It's the same designer, the same basic movement principles with different combat resolution. (The scenarios in Mayday are less "inspired" though). But you can buy Mayday in PDF format legally from online stores like Drivethrustuff.com (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/80205/CT-G01-Mayday)

For those of us that love the game, I actually recommend you head over to the Steve Jackson Games official forums and start (another) thread asking him to reprint this gem! Every few months someone starts a thread about it. With his successful reprint of Ogre this year on Kickstarter, maybe he'll actually consider Triplanetary!
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You can get Mayday on the Classic Traveller CD-ROM for a song: http://www.farfuture.net/cdroms.html (well, it's cheap when you consider everything else that you're getting ...) http://www.farfuture.net/cdroms.html

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My friend got a copy in '79 or '80 and we fell in love with it. We also had Mayday, so were familiar with the vector movement - probably the greatest, for playability purposes, simulation of space movement and gravity ever. I've been screeching for a reprint for a decade.
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a few details...

The 1st ed. [1973, corrugated mailing tube] has 6 scenarios:
Grand Tour
Escape
Lateral 7
Interplanetary War
Alien Invasion
Piracy

Errata/Clarifications sheets [Dec 12,1974 & January 2, 1976] add 2 more scenarios:
Retribution
Prospecting

misc. errata, [note: there is probably earlier printed errata as well]

The 2nd ed. [1981, 11"x14" box] adds an additional 2 scenarios:
Nova
Fleet Mutiny

also:
Ship, Ordinance & Materials price system [for scenarios & DIY]
Numbered rules headings 1-9
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