I’ve added more stars so we can get a better impression of what it looks like; the jump routes are now blue and the labels have a different font. Oh, and the star icons have been improved. I think I like this.
Edit: I added one missing connection, and the 36 Ophiuchi trinary system.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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…
I finally managed to find a connection between the two large “clusters”, thanks to a tip I received on the Cartographers’ Guild.
Earth is the yellow box south-east of the main circle in the northwest part of this chart – you can click through to the actual – huge – map file.
I really like the shape of the star systems accessible from Earth. I actually hope that the number of systems reachable from Earth is limited, but I doubt I will be “lucky”. If I have a limited set of systems I will add some form of jumpgates to the setting for long range connections. They’d be incredibly rare, so all “local” traffic would be by regular hyperdrive, but if you want to travel across the galaxy, well, you can make a few long jumps along the way to speed up the process. I may use this concept anyway.
I wanted my FTP to operate at roughly a day per light year or so, to prevent travel between systems feeling like a car ride around the block. I haven’t done precise math, but it’s 18 or so jumps from Sol to the southeastern tip of the current chart. Assume 5 days average per jump, and we get 90 days – three months – travel time. That sounds about right.
One worrisome bit though if that it seems that the guy who posted on the Guild forum had different distances for a pair of stars than I did. I so hope that I didn’t make any grave errors in my calculations, or I will have wasted a lot of time on this map…