View Full Version : The Orion Arm: From the Ends of the Earth

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!

http://www.dawnofvictory.com/New/Map/mapt.jpg (http://www.dawnofvictory.com/New/Map/map.jpg)
Click for big, but be warned, it's huge.

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?

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.

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

I suppose they are pretty far from Earth ?

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

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


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

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 ...

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!

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

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

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?

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. :)

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.

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

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

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.

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:

03-02-2015, 07:47 PM
Here's the copy of the original map made by SwissKnight


I reduced the size form 35,2 mb to 4,39 mb by lowering the quality but the difference is very minimal even when zooming.