In 1986, The Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society (JTAS), GDW’s Traveller magazine, changed format to support the Twilight: 2000 game. T2000 had grown to become an important product line for the company.

Check out my ongoing Twilight 2000 campaign blog: Poland to America

The new magazine was named “Challenge: GDW’s Magazine of Adventure Gaming”. It would continue from the last issue of JTAS (#24).

Challenge magazines for sale in the shop.

Challenge #25 had a thick module-format cover. It would be the only such issue to get that treatment. All subsequent issues had a thinner magazine-type cover.

JTAS would be in its own section within Challenge magazine.

Challenge 25 JTAS section cover

JTAS #25 had a “cover” and a table of contents page.

Challenge 25 JTAS section index

This independent JTAS section didn’t last long. Challenge #26 had a JTAS “cover” and ToC. Challenge #27 did away with the ToC, and by issue 29, the independent JTAS section was gone. The magazine did continue its roughly 50/50 treatment of Traveller and Twilight 2000 for many subsequent issues.

JTAS briefly saw a revival during the Imperium Games Traveller era.

Challenge Magazine, issue 30 cover

EDIT 2 August 2000

The cover of #30 (1987) caught me eye today, some great Twilight 2000 art of perhaps a PC party. Or marauders. Or both. (Artist credit: Kim Gromoll)

Challenge 30 cover

The group is planning their route, with their BMP APC in the background, complete with pirate flag, pots ‘n pans, and live chickens.

Challenge 30 det 1
Challenge 30 det 2
Challenge 30 det 3

Ad for the Twilight 2000 RPG in JTAS – Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society (1985), GDW’s house magazine for Traveller. Soon it would become Challenge magazine.

See also: Twilight: 2000 (1st Edition Box Set) – Photo Gallery

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