Acronyms and terms: FFE: Far Future Enterprises; GDW: Game Designers' Workshop; DGP: Digest Group Publications. A "dot-map" is a high-level overview of one or more sectors that provides the location of star systems and allegiances, but no further details.
Official Traveller Universe
The Official Traveller Universe (OTU) is comprised of materials published by licensees, although these may be decanonized or overwritten by later materials. The following section is presented in roughly chronological order to illustrate the evolution of the OTU data corpus over time.
Ongoing review and development of the OTU is being coordinated by the Traveller5 Sector Survey (T5SS), an effort driven by Marc Miller to stabilize, correct, and control the UWPs of the OTU so that there's a solid canon base of data for future reference. Feedback should be directed to: Citizens of the Imperium: T5SS Semi-Official Thread
Sectors of the Third Imperium
Old Expanses sector designed by Jim Cunningham and Gordon Sheridan. Portions of Old Expanses sector originally appeared in High Passage Magazine.
Reaver's Deep sector was designed by J. Andrew Keith. Portions of Reaver's Deep sector appeared in High Passage Magazine, and in Far Traveller Magazine. Additional data and adventures set in Reaver's Deep sector were published by Gamelords, Ltd.
Two subsectors of Reft Sector were designed by John Harshman, and appeared in Traveller Adventure 5: Trillion Credit Squadron, published by GDW.
Solomani Rim sector was designed by John Harshman and appears in Traveller Supplement 10, The Solomani Rim, published by GDW.
The Spinward Marches were designed by Marc W. Miller and appear in Traveller Supplement 3, The Spinward Marches, published by GDW.
Two subsectors of Trojan Reach sector were designed by Bob McWilliams and appear in Traveller Adventure 4, Leviathan, designed by Games Workshop, published by GDW.
The following 35 sectors were mapped in the Atlas of the Imperium: The Spinward Marches, Deneb, Corridor, Vland, Lishun, Antares, The Empty Quarter, Trojan Reach, Reft Sector, Gushemege, Dagudashaag, Core, Fornast, Ley Sector, Riftspan Reaches*, Verge, Ilelish, Zarushagar, Massila, Delphi, Glimmerdrift Reaches, Hlakhoi*, Ealiyasiyw*, Reaver's Deep, Daibei, Diaspora, Old Expanses, Hinterworlds, Staihaia'yo*, Iwahfuah*, Dark Nebula*, Magyar, Solomani Rim, Alpha Crucis, Spica*. The Atlas of the Imperium was designed by Marc W. Miller, with assistance from Leroy W. L. Guatney and John Harshman for star system names, and was published by GDW. (Sectors marked with * do not contain worlds of the Third Imperium.)
Corridor sector was further detailed by Marc W. Miller in The Short Adventures - Memory Alpha, published by FFE.
Several sectors were further detailed in issues of The Travellers' Digest published by DGP, by James Holden and other authors. These include: Deneb (James Holden, Mike Mikesh, and Nancy Parker, #1, #2, #19), Corridor (James Holden, Phillip Athans, Mike Mikesh, and David Riddell, #3, #18), Vland (Nancy Parker and J. Andrew Keith, #4, #5), Lishun (#6, #7), Core (#8, #9, #10), Massilia (Nancy Parker and Robert Parker, #11), Old Expanses (Nancy Parker and Robert Parker, #12), Magyar (#14), Daibei (#15), Reaver's Deep (#16), Dark Nebula (#17), Ealiyasiyw (James Holden, #18), Riftspan Reaches (James Holden, #19), Trojan Reach (James Holden, Mike Jackson, and Clay Bush, #20), Reft (James Holden, John Meyers, and Michael R. Mikesh, #20), Zarushagar (Greg Videll, #21).
The four sectors of the Domain of Deneb - Spinward Marches, Deneb, Trojan Reach, Reft were fully detailed (for the 1120 era) in the MegaTraveller Journal #1 (map) and #3 (full details), by Joe Fugate, published by DGP.
Hinterworlds sector was further detailed by Rob Caswell and Karl Johnson and appeared in Challenge #39, published by GDW.
Subsector E of Antares (Shurlarlem) was detailed in Challenge #69.
Vland sector was further detailed by Joe Fugate and appeared in Vilani and Vargr, published by DGP.
Massilia sector was further detailed by Joe Fugate and appeared in Knightfall, published by GDW.
The 35 sectors detailed in The Atlas of the Imperium had further data generated by Joe Fugate of DGP and this data set, incorporating details from the later publications listed above, was made available via the GEnie information service in 1989. The unofficial "History of the Imperium Working Group" (HIWG) comprised of Traveller fans including authors such as Michael R. Mikesh, David Burden and Leighton Piper, added additional data such as world and subsector names.
Diaspora sector was further detailed by Mark "Geo" Gelinas Sr. and appeared Astrogator's Guide to Diaspora Sector, published by GDW. Additional Diaspora sector information appeared in Geo's Terra Traveller TIMES fanzine.
Based on initial work by Robert Eaglestone, Jim Fetters, and Don McKinney, the Traveller 5 Second Survey is an ongoing process to correct and revise the data for the sectors with Imperial worlds. This builds on but in many cases supersedes previous published data for these sectors: Alpha Crucis, Antares, Core, Corridor, Dagudashaag, Daibei, Delphi, Deneb, Diaspora, The Empty Quarter, Fornast, Glimmerdrift Reaches, Gushemege, Hinterworlds, Ilelish, Ley Sector, Lishun, Magyar, Massilia, Old Expanses, Reaver's Deep, Reft Sector, Solomani Rim, The Spinward Marches, Trojan Reach, Verge, Vland, Zarushagar
Mongoose Publishing has released several sourcebooks based on this evolving data, including: The Spinward Marches by Martin J. Dougherty, Deneb Sector by Rob Eaglestone, Alien Module 1: Aslan by Gareth Hanrahan, Reft Sector by Martin Dougherty, Solomani Rim Sector by David Pulver, Alien Module 5: Solomani by David Pulver.
Beyond the Imperium
Gvurrdon sector was designed by J. Andrew Keith, Marc Miller and John Harshman and appeared in Alien Module 3: Vargr, published by GDW. It was later revisted in Alien Module 2: Vargr by Simon Beal, published by Mongoose Publishing.
The following sectors were reviewed by the T5SS:
Several sectors beyond the Third Imperium were further detailed in issues of The Travellers' Digest published by DGP, by James Holden and other authors. These include: Dark Nebula (#17), Ealiyasiyw (#18), Riftspan Reaches (#19),
Dark Nebula sector was further detailed by Peter G. Celella and James Holden and appeared in Solomani and Aslan, published by DGP.
The following sectors are in the process of update and review by the T5SS; additional feedback is appreciated:
The Beyond and Vanguard Reaches sectors were designed by Donald P. Rapp and Chuck Kallenbach II respectively, and featured in two approved sector supplements of the same names published by Paranoia Press. They can be found in the Traveller Apocrypha II collection. Revisions have been made by Chuck Kallenbach II, Don McKinney, and Wayne H Underkoffler.
In the Far Frontiers sector, Jungleblut subsector of was designed by J. Andrew Keith for Trail of the Sky Raiders (FASA). Alsas subsector was designed by Bill Fawcett, and published in "Privateer" (Gameplay, April 1983). The remaining rimward subsectors were designed by Dale L. Kemper for FASA, and published in Ares Magazine, Special Edition #2 (TSR), and The Traveller Chronicle #2, #3, and #4 (Sword of the Knight Publications). The coreward eight subsectors were designed by Jim Kundert, originally published in The Traveller Chronicle #5, #6 and #8. Trail of the Sky Raiders and The Traveller Chronicle issues are available through Far Future Enterprise's "GDW" store at DriveThru RPG.
Theta Borealis was designed by Bill Bledsaw, Pixie Bledsaw, Mark Holmer, Jeff Johnson, Debi Summerlott and Marc Summerlott, published as Theta Borealis Sector by Group One.
Tienspevnekr sector was designed by Jim Kundert.
Windhorn sector was designed by John G. Wood, and published at Underdeveloped Sectors [via the Internet Archive]. It was based on dot-maps by Joe Fugate that appear in Vilani and Vargr published by DGP.
Gateway sector was designed by William H. Keith, Jr. and appeared in MegaTraveller Journal #4. It was revisited by Martin J. Dougherty and Hunter Gordon and appeared in Gateway to Destiny, published by QuickLink Interactive.
Crucis Margin sector was designed by Martin J. Dougherty and Hunter Gordon and appeared in Gateway to Destiny, published by QuickLink Interactive. It is roughly based on the version published by Judges Guild in Crucis Margin (see Apocryphal Data).
Spica was previously published with partial details in the Atlas of the Imperium, and has had additional refinement by Clay Bush.
Canopus, Aldebaran, Neworld and Langere sectors were designed by Randy Dorman, based on references in Alien Module 6: Solomani (GDW), Imperial Lines #2 (GDW), MegaTraveller Referee's Manual (GDW), MegaTraveller Alien: Solomani and Aslan (DGP), JTAS Online (SJGames), and Alien Module 5: Solomani (Mongoose).
Foreven sector has been set aside as a "referee's preserve," with no further official development to be done within the sector. Stellar positions were developed by Greg Videll and Mike Mikesh for the GDW newsletter Imperial Lines. See FFE Foreven Sector Reserve.
Note that only the details in FFE's document are used on the map. Additional details from Imperial Lines such as the borders of the Mnemosyne Principality and Avalar Consulate and the worlds Hollis and Raschev are now considered apocryphal, to allow for maximum creativity by other authors.
Many publishers and creative individuals have developed their own version of Foreven. Here are a few:
The Judges Guild published four approved sector supplements "Approved For Use With Traveller" by GDW, comprising what was called the Gateway Quadrant: Ley Sector, Maranatha-Alkahest, Glimmerdrift Reaches and Crucis Margin. While the names and locations of three of the sectors were retained for the OTU, most of the data was replaced by later publications. The Judges Guild versions of these sectors can be found on the Traveller Apocrypha II collection by Far Future Enterprises, as well as on the map, located far away from charted space: Ley (Judges Guild), Glimmerdrift Reaches (Judges Guild), Crucis Margin (Judges Guild), Maranatha-Alkahest
Chuck Kallenbach II's 1991 updates of the Paranoia Press sectors — which differ from the 1981 editions and the T5SS updates — are present on the map, located far away from charted space: The Beyond (Paranoia Press 1991) and Vanguard Reaches (Paranoia Press 1991).
The Precipice subsector "one half sector coreward from the Imperial border" was featured in Disappearance on Aramat by Gary Pilkington, published by Grenadier Models Inc.
Unofficial DataWhile the following sectors are named in the OTU, the sector data described below and used on this site has never been published by a Traveller licensee and is in no way official.
Yiklerzdanzh sector was designed by David Schneider, Grant Sinclair for HIWG Australia.
Tsadra sector was designed by Dale Jenkins.
The following sectors are from Jo Grant's CORE data with no further credits provided: Afawahisa, Astron, Esai'yo, Faoheiroi'iyhao, Ftaoiyekyu, Fulani, Hkakhaeaw, Iphigenaia, Khaeaw, Theron, Touchstone.
Stiatlchepr sector was designed by Dale Jenkins.
Coreward sector data in Vargr, Zhodani and K'kree space created by John G. Wood at Underdeveloped Sectors [via the Internet Archive], based on dot-maps by Joe Fugate that appear in Vilani and Vargr published by DGP. This includes these sectors: Datsatl, Ianshaplzdier, Zhiaqrqiats, Rzakki, Listanaya, Veg Fergakh, Dfotseth, Irugangog, Finggvakhou, Zortakh, Chit Botshti, Ghoekhnael, Ksinanirz, Zao Kfeng Ig Grilokh, Knaeleng, Kharrthon, Oeghz Vaerrghr, Kfazz Ghik, Angfutsag, Rfigh, Itvikiastaf, Knoellighz, Dhuerorrg, Ngathksirz, Fa Dzaets, Gzaefueg, Mugheen't, Gn'hk'r, Gh!hken. Some additional details for Chit Botshti, Ghoekhnael, Kfazz Ghik, and Zao Kfeng Ig Grilokh sectors have been provided by WG Zeist. Further updates for Chit Botshti, Ghoekhnael, Itvikiastaf, Knoellighz, and Stiatlchepr sectors have been provided by Michael Gonzalez.
Some additional details for Knoellighz sector has been provided by "Pakkrat".
Kaa G!'kul sector was designed and submitted by Mike McKeown, after dot-maps by Leroy W. L. Guatney. Subsector N (Regal) was detailed by Michael R. Mikesh in Imperium Staple #10.
Gzirr!k'l, K'trekreer, Ricenden, Blaskon, Nooq, Centrax, Wrenton, Folgore, Avereguar, Porlock, Kidunal, and Treece sectors were designed and submitted by Mark Humphreys (after dot-maps by Leroy W. L. Guatney in some cases.)
Placeholder sector data in Aslan space is based on dot-maps by Joe Fugate that appear in Solomani and Aslan published by DGP. This includes these sectors: Yahehwe, Kefiykhta, Heakhafaw, Etakhasoa, Ohieraoi, Fahreahluis, Hfiywitir, Irlaftalea, Teahloarifu, Ahkiweahi'/Seven Sisters. Some additional details for Hfiywitir and Ahkiweahi' sectors have been provided by WG Zeist. Otherwise the intent of this data is only to preserve the world position and allegiance data from the dot-maps; no further detailing of the worlds has been performed.
Phlask, Drakken, Lorspane, Darret, Ataurre, Muarne, and Lancask sectors were designed by the late Bari Z. Stafford Sr., courtesy of Clifford Linehan from The Core Route Projects [via The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine]
Katoonah sector was designed and submitted by Dale Jenkins and his sons, and is dedicated to the memory of Thomas W. Jenkins.
Holowon sector was designed and submitted by Brian Smaller.
Sectors that do not fit within Charted Space, for thematic or other reasons, are placed "far away" from the main area of the map.
Varan was designed and submitted by Ed "Dalthor Et Magera" Anderson.
The Beyond (Jeff Zeitlin) represents a version of that sector by the prolific sector designer that was hosted on this site for many years before the data was updated, and is presented as a "far away" sector for players who wish to continue to use it.
The Orion OB1 Association region was designed by WG Zeist and published at explorerbase. It is located Rimward of Charted Space, and includes the following sectors: Nievoak, Alnitak, Mintaka, Sigma Orionis, Pi-4 Orionis, and Joyce's Void.
The Distant Fringe region was designed by Ade Stewart. It is located Spin-Rimward of Charted Space, and includes the following sectors: Fallow, Extent, Shadow Rift, Bourne, Divide, Halcyon. Far Home, Course, Abyss, Chasm, Gulf, and Deep. The surrounding "Where The Stars End" region, also by Ade Stewart, includes the following sectors: Amarada, Argent, Burden, Cauldron, Coraline, Elysium, Forge, Garadin, Hollow, Kalash, Kataran, Ledge, Leiden, Mageera, Median, Omicus, Palatine, Perfection, Pestilent, Phanic, Range, Revenant, Samardin, Serenity, Shandara, Stand, Tarchon, Tirell, Toller, Turoman, Valiance, and Wraith.
Borders and Routes
Where possible, polity borders and communication/trade routes shown on maps in previous publications have been used. Unlike the raw system data, there is no standard data format for representing these. Where not previously available, borders have been automatically generated - see Improved Automatic Border Generation for TRAVELLER Sectors.
Delphi routes designed by Thomas Jones-Low, for the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society.