Otus black & white illo depicting the Keep on the Borderlands.
It’s very similar in overall layout to the final back cover of B2, but with a village outside and a sea or lake behind the keep. Frank Mentzer pulled this unused art out of a file and used it in RPGA News #1 (soon renamed Polyhedron). There is speculation that it could be an early study for B2 or possibly B3: Palace of the Silver Princess.
Many characters in Classic Traveller were military veterans. Character generation included an abstracted career period leading to retirement and a new life of adventuring — if the character wasn’t killed during this phase of generation. (William H. Keith from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)
Much of Traveller’s tech was extrapolated from the early 1970s by way of classic sci fi, so some of it has an oddly primitive feel by modern standards. (John M. Morrison with Loren Wiseman, from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)
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It is easy to find GDW’s original little black books on eBay, often in lots with many of the supplement books. You can download the three volumes of GDW’s 1983 Traveller Starter Edition (aka “Starter Traveller”) for free at DriveThruRPG.