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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this sort of thing, but I figure that people may be interested in this here!

Now that I've updated my Stellar Mapping page (which would also be of interest to folks on this forum who want realistic positional data for the stars in the solar neighbourhood), I've taken a look at the Near Star Map from the 2300AD RPG to find out how it's different to the distribution of real stars around Sol that we know today. And it turns out to be quite interesting, as I describe in this rather huge article (which also includes route maps and an animation, a sample of which is shown below)! The maps were made using NBOS' Astrosynthesis 3.0, using data that I collected from various sites (as explained on the Stellar Mapping page).

Oblique view of the Arms (click to view article):

If you're a fan of the 2300AD RPG, you'll definitely be wanting to look at this! (and if you know anyone else who is, please point them to the article!)