Monthly Archives: May 2011

Star Map – WIP 9

Thanks to a guy from the Cartographer’s Guild I found a missing link, and Arcturus/Eta Bootis/Beta Canum Berenices are now connected to the main cluster. Besides that, as you can see the changes are fairly minor:

Star Map - WIP 9
Star Map - WIP 9

The map now contains about 810 stars in roughly 540 systems. That means I am about a third through the list I have. I really oughtto have automated map generation. Anyway, no matter – I’ve been at this for only six weeks, so I have been able to work on this much, much quicker than I had feared.

Star Map - WIP 9
Star Map - WIP 9

Back to work…

Star Map – WIP 8

I’ve slowed down due to other commitments, but thanks to the guys on the Cartographers’ Guild I was able to identify a link I forgot in the “relational” map – that long arm of stars including Beta Canum Venaticorum (an important system for a 2300AD fan) was actually connected to the main cluster all along.

Star Chart WIP 8
Star Chart WIP 8

Looks much better already. Not all of those smaller “clusters” are connected, of course. The map using “real” positioning is becoming almost impossible to read, by the way.

Star Chart WIP 8
Star Chart WIP 8

For the final map, I will almost certainly use the “relational” map – it is just so much more useful for practical navigation of human space…

 

Links – May 2011

This time, I’ll mostly link to various articles instead of “permanent” resources… Enjoy.

  • Abandoned Stations is a site that details various abandoned/unused subway stations, including their history, maps, pictures, schematics, and so on. A treasure trove if you are into that sort of thing. These stations would make great locations for adventures!
  • Djeryv is running a D&D campaign based on The Bard’s Tale for his kids. I always wanted to do something like this, never got around to it. He doesn’t go into a lot of detail and it sounds like he’s improvising a lot but that’s not a bad thing.
  • A George R. R. Martin interview in two parts.
  • Imaginary places and their Imaginary Castles contest.
  • The beginning of a science fiction “sandbox” campaign and thoughts on a “Thousand Suns” setting, an alternative to the “Imperial future” space setting trope (I see Voyagers as a bit of a mix between the two).

 

Abandoned Stations is a site that details various abandoned/unused subway stations, including their history, maps, pictures, schematics, and so on. A treasure trove if you are into that sort of thing. These stations would make great locations for adventures!

My Home as a Subway Map

Clercon posted his home as a subway map on the Cartographers’ Guild Forums, and I figured it’s a fun exercise:

Subway Map v1
Subway Map v1

In the first version, I based my routes mostly on geography. In version 2, I modeled them much more on “traffic” flow.

 

Subway Map v2
Subway Map v2

I also changed some station names.

The “Western Station” – my front door – should be the main station if this was a city. “Fire Escape” – on the balcony – would be the airport.