One of my treasured Traveller possessions from the 1980s, alongside the Imperium poster and Spinward Marches map, is an original copy of Third Imperium, No. 5.
Third Imperium was a fanzine created and in large part authored by fellow Canadian Mike Jackson, who later contributed articles and artwork to DGP's Travellers' Digest and a handful of GDW products. More than twenty years on, as director, editor, and co-founder of Steam Powered Films, his career has progressed to include work on video games, film and television productions (including two of my personal favorites, Reboot and Aeon Flux) and has garnered Emmy nominations and won several awards.
Eleven issues were published by Mike from the spring of 1986 through the fall of 1988. The fanzine was the first to detail the sector later known as Trojan Reach, and is a favorite of many in the Travellercommunity, including Marc W. Miller
When working on my map site I came to realize the importance of Mike's contributions to the Traveller milieu. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I was able to easily get in touch with Mike and see if he'd be amenable to letting us dust off our old copies of Third Imperium and make them accessible to the Traveller community once again. He was, and this site is the result.
c/o Mike Jackson, December 2nd 2006:
You have my complete permission to post and distribute all issues of Third Imperium and their contents online. I also grant you permission to incorporate any of the contents (like maps and sector data) into related collections of data (such as map collections), online, on CD / DVD, or in print, as long as such items are available for free.
|Acrid, Home of the Blotches||6||10|
|Blotch Cruiser BXC-1||6||14|
|Campaign Record Sheet||1||18|
|Computers, Part 1||9||14|
|Computers, Part 2||10||14|
|Computers, Part 3||11||17|
|Cyborgs, Part 1||4||16|
|Cyborgs, Part 2||5||4|
|Cyborgs, Part 3||6||4|
|Dpres Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||7||7|
|Evolution: Planetary Effects on Characters||2||4|
|Feature Adventure: After the Fact||9||10|
|Feature Adventure: Code of Honor||2||10|
|Feature Adventure: Delusions of Godhood||4||10|
|Feature Adventure: Fun with Blotches||6||12|
|Feature Adventure: Mindburst||8||12|
|Feature Adventure: Out of the Egg||1||10|
|Feature Adventure: SS-12b||5||11|
|Feature Adventure: The Gabriel Project||7||10|
|Feature Adventure: The Narcissus Cup||3||10|
|Feature Adventure: Then and Now||11||10|
|Feature Adventure: Vendetta||10||10|
|First Year Article Index||5||18|
|Gazulin Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||3||8|
|Goertel Subsector (Trojan Reach)||10||8|
|Hiver Embassy Ship||7||5|
|Imperial Navy Uniforms||7||15|
|Insert: Droyne Coyn set||8||Insert|
|Insert: Imperial Chronology||6||Insert|
|Insert: Map of Charted Space||10||Insert|
|Inside Equipment: Air/Raft||10||17|
|Inside Equipment: Auto Pistol||9||19|
|Inside Equipment: Disintegrator||7||19|
|Inside Equipment: FGMP-14||2||19|
|Inside Equipment: Gauss Rifle||4||19|
|Inside Equipment: Grav Belt||3||19|
|Inside Equipment: Map Box||5||19|
|Inside Equipment: TL 13+ Collapsible Stateroom||6||17|
|Inside Equipment: TL 15 Vacc Suit||8||21|
|JSB: Imperial Ministry of Justice, Special Branch||2||14|
|Menorial Subsector (Trojan Reach)||11||8|
|Nora'a Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||9||8|
|Personalities of the Rebellion||7||3|
|Rad Zone: Radiation Effects||1||4|
|Second Year Article Index||9||18|
|Sindal Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||1||8|
|The Borderland Sector (Trojan Reaches)||4||8|
|Tlaiowaha Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||2||8|
|Tobia Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||5||8|
|Traveller: 2300 Review||4||5|
|Traveller's Hardware: Blotch Equipment||6||9|
|Traveller's Hardware: Combat Sentry, Speed Loader||10||5|
|Traveller's Hardware: Combat Spray Gun, Flamethrower||8||7|
|Traveller's Hardware: Disguise Kit, Exoskeletons||9||4|
|Traveller's Hardware: Holosuit, Prefab Starport||7||16|
|Traveller's Hardware: New Drugs, Radiation Suit||3||5|
|Traveller's Hardware: Poisons||11||20|
|Traveller's Hardware: Rocket Pistol, Sound Damper||5||10|
|Traveller's Hardware: Shields||1||5|
|Traveller's Hardware: Steel Foam, Camo Cover||2||5|
|Traveller's Hardware: Voice Modulator, Riot Foam||4||4|
|Vilani Word Generation||3||14|
|Yggdrasil Subsector (Trojan Reaches)||8||10|
Subsector B (Egyrn) and C (Pax Rulin) are detailed in Adventure 4: Leviathan. Later publications of maps and data for the Trojan Reach sector (Travellers' Digest #20, MegaTraveller Journal #3, and the Regency Sourcebook) derive from the data initially published in Third Imperium.
Map fetish? Download all of the Trojan Reach
subsectors detailed in Third Imperium in one file!
|Trojan Reach A: Menorial Subsector||11||8|
|Trojan Reach D: Gazulin Subsector||3||8|
|Trojan Reach E: Yggdrasil Subsector||8||10|
|Trojan Reach F: Dpres Subsector||7||8|
|Trojan Reach G: Sindal Subsector||1||8|
|Trojan Reach H: Tobia Subsector||5||8|
|Trojan Reach I: Nora'a Subsector||9||8|
|Trojan Reach J: Goertel Subsector||10||8|
|Trojan Reach K: Tlaiowaha Subsector||2||8|
|Trojan Reach L: Borderland Subsector||4||8|
This project was inspired by Mark "Geo" Gelinas Sr.'s The Times [via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine], which hosted freely downloadable copies of his fanzine Tidewater Traveller TIMES/Terra Traveller TIMES.
Security Leak, a fanzine which advertised in the pages of Third Imperium, has been reborn on the web with all of the printed articles available online.
Paul J. Drye's Coreward fanzine (which only made it to two issues) is hosted by BeRKA's Zhodani Base.
A high quality contemporary Traveller fanzine is Stellar Reaches, published on the web. The author (and contributor to this page) was inspired by Third Imperium.
Jeff Zeitlin's Freelance Traveller magazine has been published monthly since January 2010.
Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can contribute.
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Yes, this was all just an attempt to read the issues I've never seen... but to give back to the community while doing it!