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Mersenne Twister
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Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 1161
From: Sector C Test Labs and Contol Facilities
Posted: 2010-10-05 12:26   
Here, do something with this
Map Maker (OpenOffice ODF) or if you prefer, Map Maker (MS Office 2007 XLS)

The tables do not import directly into our map editor, but they are designed to get us all the info we need to be able to copypasta into our dev tools with a minimum of rehash involved. No guarantee of any kind is made, but we'll see about adding some of the better quality submissions to the scenario map rotation.

Sheet 1 - Objects

  • Planets - Name of the object.
  • Class - What the object is. May be planet(ie, barren, terran, ocean...), star, nebula, jumpgate, and the like. First object MUST be a star of some sort.
  • Size - Basically: small, regular, big, or crazy hueg planet/star, as well as color (stars/nebula), jumpgate model (ugto/kluth/icc)
  • Orbiting - What, if anything, the object is in orbit around. Any orbiting object MUST be orbiting an object that is already (read: higher up on the list) on the list of objects. You cannot have OBJECT-B orbiting OBJECT-Q, unless OBJECT-Q was added before OBJECT-B
  • X Pos - Where the object is on the X axis (units in GUs)
  • Y Pos - Where the object is on the Y axis (units in GUs)
    A little math is involved if you want to calculate how far an object is from another object. Using A^2 + B^2 = C^2 (for those that didn't pay attention in math/geometry class), and Earth=6170x,-7410y, Luna=6790x,-7100y.
    1. Get the position difference. Luna X - Earth X (A value), Luna Y - Earth Y (B value). A=(6170 - 6790)= -620. B=(-7410 - -7100)= -310
    2. Square A and B, add them to get C^2. A^2=(-620*-620)=384400. B^2=(-310*-310)=96100. 384400+96100=480500=C^2.
    3. Square root of C^2 will be the distance between your two objects. C= sqrt(480500)= 693.18GU.

    Good approximation, but doesn't account for planet/star radius, usually a good idea to give yourself a couple extra hundred GUs to work with.


Sheet 2 - Text

  • Map Description - A short blurb about your map or the map setting, and doesn't even have to be that. Could be a quote from an author, for example.
  • Factions - Team name/ship selection and a description for that faction. Yes, you can have UGTO vs UGTO, Kluth vs Kluth, Kluth&ICC vs UGTO, etc. No, you can't have MI or Pirates (except in name only). If you're using non-standard team names (ie, Zanthrax's World Plaguers), specify which faction's ships they're using (ie, Kluth).
  • Objectives - For a team to win the map, what do they have to capture?
  • Victory - Message that gets displayed when a team wins.

All these should be brief, in the neighborhood of a paragraph. People wont read a wall of text, and realistically, most wont read it at all, so not much point in launching into a multi-page dissertation on why this is the planetary equivalent of a strategically important box canyon.

Sheet 2 - Resources
Indicate which planets have which resources available here, boolean format (True/False, Yes/No, 1/0 )
Pro-tip: unless (and even if) you're going for a BGH (big game hunters) type map, don't put every resource on every planet. Spread things out, make some rare.
[ This Message was edited by: Mersenne Twister on 2013-02-24 16:15 ]
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Dwarden
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Joined: Jun 07, 2001
Posts: 1072
From: Czech Republic
Posted: 2010-10-05 14:44   
thank's i wish there was way how export data from old DS Star System ...
i got several system from my old own Canis Major MV and maybe even some scenario maps ...
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... Ideas? ... that's Ocean w/o borders !

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Ruuu
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Joined: November 20, 2009
Posts: 135
From: That Tree Over There...
Posted: 2010-10-06 20:13   
who likes? the Tetra system!

[ This Message was edited by: JAZZAMAN on 2010-10-07 18:56 ]
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Subtilizer
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Joined: February 20, 2010
Posts: 122
Posted: 2010-10-07 11:56   
im trying to figure out how to post this? (map thing) any suggestions?
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edit- http://www.mediafire.com/?riv91n9qglmq5gy
wonder if i made some of the planets to close to each other.
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another edit forgot to add ugto homegate among other things.
[ This Message was edited by: Fleet Admiral Chaoticstorm on 2010-10-07 12:28 ]
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[ This Message was edited by: Fleet Admiral Chaoticstorm on 2010-10-07 12:44 ]
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Doran
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Joined: March 29, 2003
Posts: 4031
From: The Gideon Unit
Posted: 2010-10-07 12:38   
Quote:

On 2010-10-07 11:56, Fleet Admiral Chaoticstorm wrote:
im trying to figure out how to post this? (map thing) any suggestions?


https://www.dropbox.com/home
http://www.filefront.com/register_login.php
http://www.mediafire.com/
http://docs.google.com/
http://hotfile.com/
http://rapidshare.com/
http://www.megaupload.com/

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=free+file+hosts
http://www.freefilehosts.com/
http://www.filedropper.com/
http://filefactory.com/

derp

[ This Message was edited by: Doran on 2010-10-07 12:39 ]
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Subtilizer
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Joined: February 20, 2010
Posts: 122
Posted: 2010-10-07 12:52   
k thanks doran
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noticed i didnt put in victory conditions ...........
/me fail
might as well leave em blank
[ This Message was edited by: Fleet Admiral Chaoticstorm on 2010-10-07 12:57 ]
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Subtilizer
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Joined: February 20, 2010
Posts: 122
Posted: 2011-09-10 06:47   
Boredom has driven me to be a little creative.
http://www.mediafire.com/?9qvggqc7oa69ce7
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Mersenne Twister
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Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 1161
From: Sector C Test Labs and Contol Facilities
Posted: 2011-09-10 18:36   
nice to see people using it, but could we start putting submitted maps into separate threads?

-mgmt
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Subtilizer
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Joined: February 20, 2010
Posts: 122
Posted: 2011-09-11 08:01   
Do i have to? I'd prefer just to necro the same thread every year with a differant map. Anyway if i made a thread i'd have to do more then provide a link, like show the map talk about each planet, say why some planet names are latin and one is spanish etc etc . I don't think i could do it.
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Mersenne Twister
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Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 1161
From: Sector C Test Labs and Contol Facilities
Posted: 2013-02-24 16:16   
updated the map template files, namely moved Resources over to its own page.

also there's now a wiki article
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