From publisher blurb:
Vanguard is a sci-fi RPG for young and old gamers alike. The players take on the role of space-faring adventurers at the beginning of a galactic war. It is a story of personal, political and ecological adversity; of friendships tested by social and cultural differences; and heroism against a seemingly unstoppable force.
Designed to appeal to gamers of all ages (7+) and levels of experience, VANGUARD—Varmisk Fallen, draws on a wide range of inspirations: think of it as Wind in the Willows— meets MassEffect. However, it draws just as much from classics such as Robotech and Starblazers, Traveller, Mekton, HeavyGear and Cyberpunk2020; StarWars, Battlestar Galactica among others.
It is a heroic space opera that rewards teamwork and taking chances, with a depth of setting to inspire drama and conflict. Using simple mechanics and a modular design, VANGUARD—Varmisk Fallen, allows more advanced elements to come into play as newer gamers familiarise themselves with the concepts of roleplaying. Mathematics in the mechanics have been kept light, with only six-sided dice used and most statistics kept to single digits.