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Resources for interstellar space games

#1 Postby Patrick » Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:57 am

I've been putting together a space Sci-Fi setting and in my research I've come across a few resources that I thought I let my fellow savages know about.

First is a great site listing stars with in 100 ly, breaking them down by spectral type and distance.

http://www.solstation.com/stars.htm

Second is an even better site, that has a search engine for stars with in 75 ly, giving tons of info about the stars including their position in relation to Sol on X,Y,Z axis.

http://www.stellar-database.com/

Next is a site that has a lot good information about stellar mapping.

http://www.projectrho.com/starmap.html

Another site that is also chocked full on info about stellar mapping.

http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/

And finally a stellar mapping program that's very user friendly

http://www.nbos.com/products/astro/astro.htm

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

edit: I goofed on pasting the URLs they're fixed
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#2 Postby Yuri » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:44 pm

Have you seen Celestia?

Its a real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system, objects

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

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#3 Postby agentofping » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:28 pm

Another nifty piece of software is PlanetGen, its a great, free fractal mapping tool for generating worlds, including; relief and climate maps, as well as a spinning globe view - http://www.gharat.net/

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Re: Resources for interstellar space games

#4 Postby agentofping » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:33 pm

Patrick wrote:And finally a stellar mapping program that's very user friendly

http://www.nbos.com/products/astro/astro.htm


Oh yeah Astrosynthesis 2.0 is absolutely awsome. I've only played with the free demo, but it's pretty jaw dropping!

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#5 Postby d4 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:32 am

whoah... some pretty awesome links there, guys. stop tempting me -- i've got enough on my plate right now without thinking about designing a huge galaxy-spanning sci fi campaign! ;)

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#6 Postby Patrick » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:47 pm

Yep, the temptation to stray can be mighty strong. I've been working on Space Seed for about six months (a record).

Yuri, Celestia looks way cool. That'll be great for giving the players the feel of flying though a system!

My eventual plan is get a cheap projector hooked up to a lap top and throw AstroSynthesis, and now Celestia, up on a blank wall for the players.

I also thought it would be cool to use a Text to Voice program on a laptop for a ship's computer.

Captain "Ace" O’Malley: Computer, why have we dropped out of hyperspace?

Ship's Computer: We have dropped out of hyperspace, because the reactor core seals have failed. The reactor core will breech in 30 seconds. Have a nice day...

Captain O’Malley: Damn! I hate polite computers!

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#7 Postby Zombie_Shuffle » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:56 pm

The gentleman who is behind the projectrho website is a regular poster over at HERO games forums under the name Nyrath. He is a nice fella and loves to talk space and sci-fi with people. Just look around the Star HERO section of the forums and you'll likely run into him and probably see even more good info people post regarding the genre. I own the STAR HERO book plus a couple of the Terran Empire books, and while they are "statted" for the HERO system there are chock full of info that is totally system independent.

HERO Forums

Another part of his project rho site is called atomic rockets and will simply awe anyone interested in a common man's guide to the past, present and future technology of sci fi and space flight. The atomic rockets sections is full of so many links it took me over a week to read the entire thing he has put together. Its got lots of pictures and you can really learn about some far out tech that is closer than you think to reality.

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#8 Postby Patrick » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:45 pm

Here's another link...

It's psudo-star trek but has some very cool star ship designs especially the stuff from the Earth-Romulan war.

http://www.starfleet-museum.org/

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#9 Postby Patrick » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:01 am

And yet another link. This one is on the furture of fire arms...

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Chamber/2838/arms.html

Zombie_Shuffle, Thanks for the heads up about the Hero boards. Here's a thread from there with tons of links like these.

http://www.herogames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43997


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