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SwissKnight
12-28-2013, 03:59 PM
Hello folks,

This is the galactic map for a science fiction setting I've been working on over the past few years. After being dissatisfied with my previous attempts I've rebuilt the map from the ground up. There's a pretty extensive back story to explain why things are the way they are, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!


Click for big, but be warned, it's huge. (http://i.imgur.com/Jh0mpXN.jpg)

jbgibson
12-28-2013, 11:39 PM
Pretty. REALLY pretty.

You say 'for a science fiction' -- do you mean written works? a game? personal imagination project?

SwissKnight
12-28-2013, 11:59 PM
Whoops, I forgot to add "setting" in there, haha! It was originally for a video game project some friends and I were working on, but we're currently transitioning into an as of yet unannounced project.

Azelor
12-29-2013, 11:07 AM
Wow, really good job !

I suppose they are pretty far from Earth ?

TheRedEpic
12-29-2013, 01:09 PM
Excellent, just excellent! Very easy to read, and it instantly grabs your interest:) Bravo!

arsheesh
12-29-2013, 11:14 PM
This is just fantastic! As RedEpic has said, it is very clear and gripping. Repped and rated.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Bogie
12-30-2013, 12:32 AM
Excellent work, massive project!

Veldehar
12-30-2013, 02:58 PM
I'm not big on space maps (typically) but that is pretty sweet. Compelling, makes you want to know more.

Bush Troll
12-31-2013, 11:19 PM
wow...was looking at a star wars and gamma world hybrid........hope ya don't mind.....but the group would love this to plunge into......now to figure out the home arm and the next...AAA+ in my books....just out of this world ...

Ilanthar
01-03-2014, 12:14 PM
Wow˛ :) This is just awesome. I often regret that the syfy maps are not that numerous here... But with this quality, it's largely forgotten! Everything is just excellent!

TimPaul
01-03-2014, 12:20 PM
That's pretty awesome. Well done.

SwissKnight
01-03-2014, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys!

afters
01-04-2014, 03:57 PM
I am jealous. I've tried building maps of solar systems/galaxies before but I just don't possess the artistic ability.

fabio p
01-08-2014, 08:59 AM
I really like well done sci-fi star map and this one seems really inspiring to me.
May I ask you if you have painted also the starry background or, if it's a stock image, where did you get it?

Domino44
01-08-2014, 10:20 AM
I love the colors! do you have a back story about why there are different colors? or even better a myth about why there are those colors. :)

thepinksalmon
01-08-2014, 08:33 PM
This is seriously awesome. I find myself drawn to making scifi/space maps myself so this is really something to aspire to. I'd be interested in hearing about your nebulae/star dust techniques. I don't think I've seen anything exactly like this before.

mthomas768
01-09-2014, 07:42 AM
That's an excellent piece of work!

wdmartin
02-05-2015, 05:34 PM
Alas! The map seems to be gone from the server it once lived on.

jbgibson
02-10-2015, 02:02 AM
I bet a nickel maaaaany of us saved a copy to admire later. :-) :-) :-) T'wouldn't be proper for one of us hoarders to repost, but maybe the discussion will catch SwissKnight's eye and encourage a repost right here on the CG. One can upload files around 4MB, and if that isn't big enough to fit the whole thing, a de-rezzed version whole, and parts at full resolution would be nice, pretty please.

Azelor
02-10-2015, 11:28 AM
I think I've found it. Can I re-post it?
The original is 35 mb in size and no wonder it's so hard to find, the name of the map is: map:idea:

Azelor
03-02-2015, 07:47 PM
deleted, see first post

SwissKnight
04-14-2015, 06:11 AM
Hello folks,

Sorry that the link to the map broke awhile back, I'm amazed and a little flattered that anyone actually noticed! I've edited the first post to include a fixed link. My thanks to Azelor for beating me to it though!

If any of you are interested in the setting the map is based on, we've been posting updates to our Facebook page which can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/DawnOfVictory2289). I got a few ideas for some more maps though and when they're ready they'll be posted here.

Thanks again!

Eilathen
04-14-2015, 08:32 AM
Wow, that's an awesome map...and it oozes inspiration! Well done! Thanks also to Azelor for bringing it back. Any chance for a link to the full version?

Btw, totally off topic, but any deeper reason why you named yourself SwissKnight?