View Full Version : The Star Sector, home of the Laser Wars

12-08-2012, 02:11 AM
A while back I was this dude (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/mimi.html), but that account seems to be nonfunctional at the moment. So here is a map, it is a map of the Star Sector made based on a strange forum thing where a bunch of people threw some vague, random stuff about a bunch of spacefaring factions they made up around and I stuck the ones associated with a particular popular theme that emerged together.

The goal was to make something full of all the common visual queues you get in science fiction video games, I made it in GIMP, it was easier than I expected, but it's still a work in progress kind of because maybe it will end up being used in a forum game and I'll have to edit it down to a very basic level and then update it over time or something like that. If cool stuff happens I will post updates.

Glad to be back here making maps though, it's good stuff.

12-09-2012, 09:18 PM
It's quite nice. I like it crisp and clean like this. Have some rep for your new persona...

12-11-2012, 02:21 AM
Nice one, now you made me want to play Masters of Orion...

12-12-2012, 11:56 AM
Endless Space is what I was playing prior to making this map, if you've played it you'll see that it's clearly quite similar to what you see in that game.

12-12-2012, 03:26 PM
I suppose that the bigger the circle, the more inhabitants?

12-12-2012, 04:58 PM
Yes, but there's not any math involved or anything.

01-05-2014, 02:42 PM
I realize that this thread is pretty old, but it touches on a subject that it pretty dear to me right now.

I'd like to try my hand at that kind of star-map, but I have no idea on how to do it.

If somebody (perhaps even the OP themselves!) would be kind enough of writing up a short tutorial (PS CS6), that would be much appreciated. Even a general list of basic tutorials to look up for the various elements (glowing "borders"/"spheres of influence", the grid, glowing important star systems and choice of proper background image) would help!

I've found many a great tutorial here on the Cartgrapher's Guild, but most are solidly fantasy centered. And while I can (and have already done so! :) ) use the Ascension Atlas tutorial to create great maps for planets and moons, how to properly create a nice looking "political" 2d star map still eludes me.

Well, apart from the standard Traveller-like ones. But they don't fully do what I'd like. My main interest is seated in those borders/influence spheres and how to make them look both distinct as well as "cool"/"shiny".