With no offense intended I have to disagree with some of what your saying. Baring any crazy moving to a new demision for FTL then there would still need to be "routes" unlike in the ocean, you have to worry about large rocks, planets, and other drifting matter that would rip your ship to pieces if you were going at any rate of speed to get anywhere in the galaxy fast enough.
I feel that advanced computer systems and scanning systems would need to be in place to adjust accordingly based on what could be infront of you, also a central map system your ship would link up to, to help calculate a good trejectory would be also needed.
Just my FYI here, im a scifi techy nut dude... so yeah...
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Space is BIG.
You're much more likely to hit something in the ocean than you are in space. You can safely bet your life on not hitting anything in space - especially interstellar space.
However, if you don't use some 'crazy new dimension', relativity is gonna halt your FTL system in its tracks. Hyperspace is a necessity.
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Logres Cluster world I invented the idea of "causal channels." The basic idea is that the universe simply will not allow temporal loops. Thus, while FTL travel is possible, you can get some really strange effects to be sure that cause & effect always comes out properly.
The effect of this is to create routes where travel is most effective. Venturing off mapped routes can be highly effective, but can also slow you down.
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The Map looks great, save that its missing one thing. The Reference Star.
In my old Alternity: Star*Drive setting, the Blue Fall System was that star. It was located at 00.00.00 * 00.00.00 * 00.00.00 IE the very center of the map.
On earth its the magnetic poles. In space it would be three specific pulsars.
Once you have the First pulsar's signal located (your reference star) you can then search for the secondary pulsar's signal. Once you have the second, finding the third is a mater of following a ring until you hit it. And once you have all three of them you can triangulate your position based off those three points by figuring out how far each is from you.
I'm X billion AU from Point A, X billion AU from point B, and X billion AU from point C, so i must be at XYZ.
For a map, specifically a 3-D space map you need a center point. The easiest point to center on is reference point A. Even if this is a flat map with the third axis noted by each star (-/+Z), or even on the back of the map in a table. Its easiest for the Navigator to plot a course if he has an easy point of correlation between the map and the universe he sees through his instruments.
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The FTL principle i use in my setting is that in the Void distance is relative to you proximity to a mass shadow. The gravity of mass in normal space greatly effects the void, compressing it and decreasing the disparity of distance between normal space and void space.
Away from a star you can travel very fast comparatively to normal space, but when you get in close to a star your relative speed decreases. For instance it takes an hour to get from earth to mars, it takes 2 hours to make it to the Outer colonies (Europa, Ganymede and Titan). And 3 hours to get to The Pluto Observatory Outpost. And only 11 hours to get to Wolf 359.
I like your concept of FTL too.
Thanks again for the feedback. I need to get back to work on the map soon. I took a break when I started playing Battlefield 2142 again. And then the October challenge came around. And now I got hooked on Fallout 3 again.
Yes I'm that fickle.