Monthly Archives: June 2011

Links – June

World Building Links

Other Sites

Tools

  • Nuke it – Tool that shows the effects of nuclear weapons on a map – perfect for youzr WWIII or dystopian future novels.
  • Impact Earth – Calculate the effects of an asteroid impact on Earth

Worlds on the Web

  • Tellur – Developed by cartogriffi on his weblog.
  • This Orb – Attempt to build an ultra-realistic conworld; awesome map work.
  • Forgotten Futures – RPG Settings based on public domain science fiction settings, like Lost World or Weinbaum’s Sci Fi short-stories.
  • Conworld News Corporation – News from conworlds, rather than about conworlds.
  • Constructed Worlds Wiki – Has various designs.
  • The Accounts of Thyrenacia – Very well done but hasn’t been updated in a while it seems; I like their maps.
  • The Artifact is a science fiction role-playing game/setting centered around an artificial, roughly egg-shaped world

Reorganized World Building Links

I’ve split up the world building resources page into several sub-pages; the main page just got too big and unwieldy.

If you have any additional links that could be of interest, please let me know – I’d love to hear about sites you find useful, and I will add anything that is of general utility to this collection.

The new sub pages are:

Enjoy!

Earth in 2174: Active Conflicts

Here’s a bonus map for Earth in the year 2174; Active conflicts.

Earth, 2174: Active ConflictsChina: The Vietnamese are opposing annexations, though the conflict has lost some of its severity. Xinjiang is resisting re-integration into the Chinese Empire; it’s the last hold-out from the Chinese civil war that ended the PRC.

Pakistan: After nearly a Century of peace, the Islamic Union has begun stirring up trouble in the rural areas, inciting tribal leaders to start a rebellion against central rule. Pakistan enjoys the full support of its closest ally, India, and observers expect this rebellion to be beaten down quickly.

Middle East: The Islamic Union is attempting to drive back the Russians, who still occupy part of Iran. It’s a long, drawn out conflict of asymetric warfare – the Russians view it more as a police action against terrorists than as a real war.

Africa: The Islamic Union continues its expansion slowly, but surely. Other African countries are coordinating their defenses and are in talks of settling the IU problem for good. The Andean Community, the EU, and the Chinese Empire are attempting to prevent an all-out African war.

South America: Bolivia and Chile are suffer from an unending series of border incidents; resentment still run deep on the Chilean side over the annexation of the corridor to the Pacific by Bolivia. Defense commitments by the other Andean Community partners discourage a Chilean attack, but it is an open secret that Chile is trying to rally other South American nations for an alliance against Bolivia.

Meanwhile, Colombia is attempting to negotiate a release of occupied territories that Colombia had to cede to Venezuela. Armed, pro-Colombia resistance, has committed a number of atrocities and hardened the Venezuelan stance, however, and no peaceful agreement seems possible.

What’s In a World Name?

I recently discovered that a lady on Twitter has the given name “Enderra”. I didn’t quite figure out what that means, yet, but it might be a variant of Endrra.

Endrra is Albanian for “Dream” and Turkish for “rare”.

There are other meanings for similar words:

Ender means “rare” in Turkish. (Someone clear this up for me, pretty please?)

Endera is a family of moths. It is also “either” in Swedish.

Indera is the Malay name for the Hindu god Indra.

Enderra is also quite close to Andorra, though this also wasn’t my inspiration for picking the name.

None of which are related to how I actually came up with the name. I think I didn’t tell that anecdote to many yet: When I was building my world way back in ’92, I urgently needed a name for it and I just couldn’t think of anything. At the same time I was listening to the radio, tuned in to a station with the code/abbreviation NDR2. And when I rearranged and twisted it, NDR became En Der Rah. Enderra. I liked it, and it stuck.

Where did you get your campaign world’s names?

Interstellar Probe “Hope” Returns From Proxima Centauri!

Houston, Republic of Texas — January 17th 2173. One of mankind’s first three interstellar probes has emerged from hyperspace, mission control specialists have reported. The probe emerged just outside the orbit of Mars – it was off target by several thousand kilometers but in good shape. The probe immediately attempted to contact the Advanced Deep Space Network to broadcast its data.

While specialists pour through the data, we can already report on the makeup of Earth’s closest extra-solar star system. It contains eight planets:

  1. Desert World (0.02 AU): 6000km diameter, density 0.6, Gravity 0.3. Thin atmosphere, no water.
  2. Rock (0.034 AU): 2000km diameter, density 0.5, Gravity 0.08. No atmosphere, no ice or water.
  3. Failed Core (0.065 AU): 8000km diameter, density 0.4, Gravity 0.27. Thin atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 80%.
  4. Failed Core (0.13 AU): 9000km diameter, density 0.2, Gravity 0.15. Thin atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 70%.
  5. Icy Ball (0.19 AU): 5000km diameter, density 0.3, Gravity 0.13. No atmosphere. Surface covered by frozen oceans: 60%. One Moon.
  6. Failed Core (0.33 AU): 5000km diameter, density 1.3, Gravity 0.54. Standard atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 80%. Two Moons.
  7. Failed Core (0.43 AU): 8000km diameter, density 0.6, Gravity 0.4. Standard atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 30%.
  8. Rock (0.6 AU): 3000km diameter, density 1.3, Gravity 0.33. Very thin atmosphere. No water

It had not been anticipated to discover any Earthlike worlds at Proxima Centauri, or at Alpha Centauri, so the discovery of the Mars-like desert world was seen as being “as good as we could hope for”. A Federated Nations spokesman stated that the Colonial Authority would be soliciting proposals for colonization within the next six months.

The other two interstellar probes, “Dream” and “Vision”, are due to return in February and June from Alpha Centauri A/B and Barnard’s Star.

Earth, 2174 – Final

The final version of the Earth 2174 map:

Earth 2174 - Final
Earth 2174 - Final

Took me way too long, and I still feel that especially the southern half of Africa needs some border changes – but it’ll do for now. Now I know what big nations exist in 2174, and that means I can proceed with what I am really after: Exploring other solar systems!