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Qbista
03-27-2009, 09:00 AM
Ok.
It have been a while since my last visit here (ow, that damned job ;) ) - but I hope, that I'm back already for longer than just couple of days.

After doing some map's linked with my 'The planet whish has stopped' project, I'm getting into something completely new for me.

I'm starting with a huge Galactic Atlas project - something maybe like the map known from Fading Suns RPG (looks in the attached pictures) - but bigger, more developed, more detailed, and - this is the key part of my project - done completely interactive.

I'm planning, that whole map will be done in Photoshop, and then animated in Flash (or something similar - I still don't got flash - but maybe after getting my next month salary i will **** off my fiance buying another one from those 'silly and completely needles computer game/programs - whatever' ;) ).

It won't be a fast project - according to my current amount of job, I think, that it will take me a bunch of months, but I hope, that it will be worth all my work.

My plans for next weeks are -

Create about 50-100 Astronomical objects - stars, gas giant, colonizeable planets, planetoids etc.
Link above into at least 30 solar systems
Create the map background - I hope - looking like all those galactic 'pictures' from NASA, on which I'll will put my solar systems
Animate all those in Flash - after getting mouse above Solar System thumbnail You will get it zoomed, after mouse-clicking - You will see solar systems detail.
Invent and write all needed specification.
After all - get myself cured from insomnia and Photoshop Addictness ;)


To end this (or just to think about ending this), I will need Youre big help - especially in inventing all those kinds of planet (I dont want to make it monotonous). For now, I don't any special idea how to name, how to draw (i mean - how should they look like) and how to finish all those object, so You can feel free inventing.

If You want to see Your world 'inside' my map - describe it here, it'll be a great help for me.

I look forward to Your help, ideas, comments, and (later) criticism,
Qbista.

Inspirations (first dose):

NeonKnight
03-27-2009, 10:16 AM
Cool Ideas!

Steel General
03-27-2009, 10:20 AM
Neat stuff Qbista - I have a arid/desert world that I've used as a basis for several of my challenge maps if you want to include it. Let me know and I'll direct you to the appropriate post.

Nomadic
03-27-2009, 01:33 PM
I have about 20-30 worlds if you are interested in using any of them. My primary world is called Aaltag. It's an arid world with a massive underground complex.

guyanonymous
03-27-2009, 01:38 PM
This fits in with my dream of a website setup for documentation of a fictional universe that can be used by authors...all sketched out, and nobody to program :D

I look forward to what you come up with.

nolgroth
03-27-2009, 04:39 PM
Mine (dream that is) too. I have been experimenting with various tools to see what sort of planets I like and don't like. I have had some luck with a Wilbur, Gimp, Photoshop Elements 2 combination that started out as me following Torq's tutorial and veered off from there. I'm just not in to fantasy right now.

Qbista
03-28-2009, 12:20 PM
Ok, I'm happy to hear Your voice of support.
To be honest, I don't have much time today, but tomorrow, or at Monday, I think that I'll be able to upload here a short 'template' showing what kind of information I'll need to describe the planet. After that, I think, we will be able to put it further.

Of course - I accept all of Your help!

Steel General - sure thing! I'd appreciate if you could direct me to direct me to Your project.

Steel General
03-28-2009, 05:37 PM
Steel General - sure thing! I'd appreciate if you could direct me to direct me to Your project.

OK, here's (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=38957&postcount=40) a link to the final version, hopefully it is of some use to you.

Redrobes
03-28-2009, 07:38 PM
We should have a CUBP as well then where our CWBP would be but one world within it...

Qbista
03-31-2009, 08:38 AM
Ok, sorry for delay, but I'm extremely busy right now. Ok, I found a nice example of 'statistics' that I'll want to put inside mine/our atlas. To be honest - those are just some scanned pictures from one of the Fading Suns universe Corebook's, but those fit perfectly to style i would prefer.

Of course, there are some statistics, that are completely non useful, and not needed for us (like Agora, Garnison, Cathedral; also Adjacent worlds will be added when we will get whole list of systems that will be used in Atlas). The whole thing is that - it perfectly shows, kind of information that I want - described shortly, without getting into unnecessary details, informations. Also the 'main planet' map, is made coyly, but sufficiently - we need to remember, that the main idea is to create solar map, not detailed map of planet themselves.

Also the map of all planet in the solar system (look above the planet map on 1.jpg) is, IMHO, done perfectly - on one axis it shows - also sufficiently - size of all the planets inside the solar system, and the distance between them.

I want to hear Your opinion about going in somehow similar style to this (of course - not exactly the same), and Your first ideas about the "Worlds" (I mean - Solar Systems).

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Steel General - I really like Your planet map and description. I think, that Your work should be another example for us, it's really stunning. Especially the 'interface' is very similar to my first imaginations about the Atlas look. But, I think that before we will stop at the moment, when we will need to think about the interface, We got plenty job to do.

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As always -
Thanks for help,
Qbista

Greason Wolfe
04-03-2009, 10:42 PM
A very aggressive project, Qbista, and a bit of a daunting one as well, but I'd be glad to help in whatever way I can. Being a bit of a Sci-Fi buff myself (and fiddling around with both AstroSynthesis and WinStarGen) I found myself writing a few javascripts for determining basic planetary temperatures (average, but working on the angular displacements as well) for both a single heat source (primary star) and two heat sources for moons orbiting gas giants and the like. It's not 100 percent accurate and breaks under certain conditions, but I'd be happy to share what I have with you if you're interested. As far as planets go, I'll have to dig through some of my old Traveler material as well as some of my old (first release) Battletech/Mechwarrior material. You might also take a look at NBOS for the Kepner Data Sets as well as ISDB ( Internet Stellar Data Base - http://www.stellar-database.com/ ) for some handy-dandy information regarding our galactic neighborhood.

GW

jaspertjie
05-20-2009, 10:15 AM
Ok, sorry for delay, but I'm extremely busy right now. Ok, I found a nice example of 'statistics' that I'll want to put inside mine/our atlas. To be honest - those are just some scanned pictures from one of the Fading Suns universe Corebook's, but those fit perfectly to style i would prefer.

Of course, there are some statistics, that are completely non useful, and not needed for us (like Agora, Garnison, Cathedral; also Adjacent worlds will be added when we will get whole list of systems that will be used in Atlas). The whole thing is that - it perfectly shows, kind of information that I want - described shortly, without getting into unnecessary details, informations. Also the 'main planet' map, is made coyly, but sufficiently - we need to remember, that the main idea is to create solar map, not detailed map of planet themselves.

Also the map of all planet in the solar system (look above the planet map on 1.jpg) is, IMHO, done perfectly - on one axis it shows - also sufficiently - size of all the planets inside the solar system, and the distance between them.

I want to hear Your opinion about going in somehow similar style to this (of course - not exactly the same), and Your first ideas about the "Worlds" (I mean - Solar Systems).

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Steel General - I really like Your planet map and description. I think, that Your work should be another example for us, it's really stunning. Especially the 'interface' is very similar to my first imaginations about the Atlas look. But, I think that before we will stop at the moment, when we will need to think about the interface, We got plenty job to do.

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As always -
Thanks for help,
Qbista

With what program did you make that criticorum map?

Qbista
05-22-2009, 05:43 AM
Hi.
Sorry, I know that I've been out for a few months, but currently I'm working on a unbelievable tough case, and I don't have much time to spend time at any other activity.

The project hasn't died yet, stay calm. I think, that In next two weeks I will have more time to cooperate. ; )

jaspertjie - presented maps aren't mine - they are scanned from Fading Suns source book (as I remember - from this one describing al-Malik's lands), but - i was working on a map which looks exactly the same as this - In Photoshop (still working on CS2) it is very easy. Later I think I could do a small tutorial, because giving map this look requires only few quick moves.

Greason Wolfe - WOW. OK, thanks, of course, I would appreciate Your help, especially those javascript's looks very interesting for me and they should be very helpful. I would be glad if You'll participate in my small project.

Digger2000
10-23-2010, 03:29 PM
Funny thing is that I have been doing these too lately

http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/289/d/9/rampart_02_by_digger2000-d30uvxa.jpg

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/296/c/7/twighlight_01_by_digger2000-d31c5r0.jpg

http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/287/8/f/delphi_by_digger2000-d30q79d.jpg

mearrin69
10-23-2010, 04:11 PM
@Digger2000: Those are sweet! Have some rep...and welcome to the Guild!
M

Digger2000
10-24-2010, 07:12 AM
Thanks mearein69, I was searching the internet to see if anyone had actually started this project yet, as I have put a proposal to Redbrick who now produce Fading Suns to do the same project officially, I have been creating the individual planets as fan images for some months now, and thought it would make a good sourcebook for the game.

The images I posted above are actually not anywhere near the quality of the finished items I will be using, if I can I will post some of the finished images, but Im not too sure of the copyright agreements on the Redbrick contracts.

My main problem in this has been taking the official surface maps, (Qbista posted a sample of one) and turning them into a flat planet texture, the only way I could see of doing it was to warp the original map in photoshop till it fitted the rectangular flat texture map.

Qbista I hope that you are still watching this thread and if you are, if you would l love to hear from you if you still have time to work on it.

And here's my latest

http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/297/7/c/byzantium_secundus_01_by_digger2000-d31eh1p.jpg

Digger2000
10-26-2010, 01:21 PM
Tried a slightly different method with this one, not sure if it looks a good.
http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/299/c/7/tethys_01_by_digger2000-d31jtgl.jpg

tilt
10-26-2010, 02:06 PM
very nice planets digger - I'ld love to zoom in further. I like the ones without the sharp contour better :)

Digger2000
10-26-2010, 02:25 PM
They are bigger on my DeviantART page http://digger2000.deviantart.com/