Toward the end of the run for GDW there was an effort to revive the Traveller line through a reboot. Well, not actually a “reboot” in that it wasn’t a remake like Traveller: 2300 was, but they moved the time period a couple of decades along and tweaked some of the dynamics of the races involved.
I did some work for Traveller: the New Era (TNE) but nothing near the amount I did for the original game. TNE didn’t have nearly the sales and it hasn’t held up as well over the years with fans. On a purely self-centered level that is very disappointing because some of my best work was for TNE and this set of three covers was the best of the lot.
Even though they were unlikely to all be on the stands together at the same time, I designed the three books so they would work together if they did. While not completely accurate, the term “tryptch” has been used in describing this set. Unfortunately the third book was never published; it wasn’t a matter of quality (Paul Brunette is a good word-cruncher) but rather economics. There was a change in paper stock with the second book which made it noticeably heavier and sales (or lack thereof) did not do well enough to warrant the extra freight charges so The Backwards Mask (Book 3) never saw print.