The sector of the Vanguard Reaches is apart from the Imperium, and relatively far from the Aslan and Zhodani zones of influence. It is thus a whole area of isolated planets and various small interstellar governments, often clients of the great remote empires.
After the table of contents and the credits, an introduction briefly presents the context. One also finds there explanations of the vocabulary, signs, and abbreviations employed in the following pages.
The sixteen pages which follow each describe a subsector of the Vanguard Reaches Sector: Issoudun, Andwella, Coos, Trelyn, Chapra, Haldensleben, Pandemonium, Eslyat, Eckmann Schrift, Four Corners, Diadem, Kajaani, Helix, Hyperion, Old Colonies and Jarnac. Each subsector is described by the standard table including a line by world giving its name, its political alignment, its location, its Universal World Profile, various notes (bases, gas giants, etc), and trade classifications. Certain subsectors profit from an explanatory paragraph summarizing the local context, in particular from a political point of view. The page dedicated to the subsector of Helix contains the description of an extremely dangerous space zone, a nebula, and rules for running travel into this ionized hydrogen cloud.
The chapter "Vanguard Reaches Library Data" is a succession of thorough articles describing certain elements of the sector, like the various political entities and several political and governmental organizations. Two new local minor races are also presented: the watery Eslyat and the Murian.
The booklet is concluded by a very detailed index. The chart included presents a general plan of the sector. The position of the worlds is presented, as well as the trade routes. The symbols used to represent the various worlds are appreciably different from that used by GDW: for instance, circles represent the ordinary worlds and stars represent the capitals. The color of each sign indicates the presence (black) or the absence (white) of gas giants. The capitals of the interstellar governments are sometimes surrounded by a blazon. The chart does not give the names of the worlds; these are in the text of the booklet.
Meta-history & Background
The Paranoia Press editor developed two sectors for Traveller: Beyond (The Beyond) and the Vanguard Reaches (Vanguard Reaches). Later on, these developments were considered non-canonical by Game Designers' Workshop, official descriptions of these zones being entrusted to the editor of Digest Group Publications.
As opposed to what happened with the four sectors from Judges Guild, the canonical and non-canonical versions of The Beyond and the Vanguard Reaches differ only superficially.
In 1997, Chuck Kallenbach published the text of this book, along with some updates, on the Paranoia Press web site (no longer available). He also allowed the information to be copied into the Galactic distribution.
The original description is available in French.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Tables 2 Issoudun Subsector 3 Andwella Subsector 4 Coos Subsector 5 Trelyn Subsector 6 Chapra Subsector 7 Haldensleben Subsector 8 Pandemonium Subsector 9 Eslyat Subsector 10 Eckmann SchriftSubsector 11 Four Corners Subsector 12 Sector Map Looseleaf Diadem Subsector 13 Kajaani Subsector 14 Helix Subsector 15 Hyperion Subsector 16 Old Colonies Subsector 17 Jarnac Subsector 18 Library Data 19 Alphabetical Index 23