[X3AP] Not another X-Universe Sector Map! {Printable Version :)}

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[X3AP] Not another X-Universe Sector Map! {Printable Version :)}

Post by MarvinTheMartian » Thu, 14. May 15, 10:48

There are many truly excellent interactive X universe maps but I've always come back to Nicholas Kabourakis' maps for their printability. Unfortunately, I can't find a version for AP and I found myself getting rather carried away in Excel so I've done my best to recreate it for AP 3.1

A couple of things bugged me about the TC version like not having the "true" coordinates as a result of trying to squeeze in the Terran sectors and a couple of typos so in this AP version it's the actual coordinates (I hope!). This version doesn't show pirate bases as they respawn in different locations after being destroyed but it does show the MO locations and Stock Exchanges instead.

Anyway, with full credit to Nicholas for the format and with a spoiler warning!:
X3AP 3.1 Printable Map v1.3

It's PDF format and set up to print in A3 landscape but should scale to A4 or letter. I'll find a more permanent home for the file later and update the link but let me know if there are any access issues.

Cheers,
Marv
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Post by MarvinTheMartian » Fri, 15. May 15, 01:08

v0.2 is up with some text based icons and added a missing sector. Link updated

I know It's missing:
1. which Terran shipyards are super shipyards
2. Stock Exchanges
3. Boron Military Outposts
4. Berryl HQ and maybe a couple of others

If anyone want to offer up info on the above that will speed up v1.0 otherwise I'll upload another version once I have some time to get into the game again and verify the info.

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Post by Monkeyfister » Fri, 15. May 15, 01:50

This is quite nice.

I'd like to mount page two on some foamcore, and then print page three as a transparency, and hinge it across the top with some strips of Gaffer's tape as a flippable overlay as needed. Is that your intent?

First look, for about 15 minutes or so, and having it aside the browser as I type, It looks good in its parts. Player Sector is spoilerific, but I am glad it's there-- Name is variable on Player Choice. Doesn't faze me, but..

I am glad you gave HUB the vanilla location.

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Post by MarvinTheMartian » Fri, 15. May 15, 02:26

Thanks for the feedback

Page 2 was an after thought and is for people like me that don't really care about Terran sectors and think it clutters up the universe. Page 3 is to have a separate reference for Terran space and intended more as a way of understanding the layout of the Terran sectors as the are all squeezed in and overlapping in order to fit the universe as a whole so I don't think it'll work as an overlay but you might get that to work.

Having a map reveal everything is kind of a big spoiler which is why the player sector is there, I could leave it as a black box with a big :?: which will also deals with the naming issue?

[Edit]
V0.3 uploaded - Have renamed the player sector to keep it simple, fixed a couple of missing gates, added a race legend and a greneral tidy up.

Still missing most stock exchanges, a Boron Military Outpost or two and Terran space is missing Eq Docks, Military Outposts (or their equivalent) and probably a super shipyard

I'm considering marking the TOA gates differently so you can plan jumps better, although I'm not planning to add jump beacons.

It's good enough for my needs so I'll update it as I play and find these missing things but if anyone offers up this info I'll update it sooner.

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Post by MarvinTheMartian » Sun, 17. May 15, 05:15

After receiving a couple of PMs with some info I've gone through it again adding all the stock markets so I think it's ready to be called v1!

There was a missing gate so there's the possibility there are some errors or omissions so shout if you spot anything or have any requests.

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Post by ajax34i » Sun, 17. May 15, 07:56

MarvinTheMartian wrote:Having a map reveal everything is kind of a big spoiler [...]
[...] so you can plan jumps better [...]
IMO, no spoilers is good, but you can't really "plan jumps" if you don't know where you can refuel the jump drive.

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Post by MarvinTheMartian » Sun, 17. May 15, 09:08

ajax34i wrote:
MarvinTheMartian wrote:Having a map reveal everything is kind of a big spoiler [...]
[...] so you can plan jumps better [...]
IMO, no spoilers is good, but you can't really "plan jumps" if you don't know where you can refuel the jump drive.
Um, I don't follow your logic there I'm afraid, you put two quotes from me out of context.

If your point is that showing the location of the player sector somehow spoils the plot then I don't see how this is any different to someone seeing the full universe that has not explored it all for themselves.

The point about planning jumps was in relation to whether a terran sector actually had a jump gate or not so you can make the right ship choice or even whether to send one ahead to speed up the process - it's a moot point as some of those sectors have JBs and I don't know how consistent they are from game to game.

Anyway, this format is for a printed map so it's not possible to please everyone in terms of what it does and doesn't show and intended as a spiritual successor to Nicholas' maps which had plot sectors, derelict ships etc. I've added a spoiler warning to the link post to avoid doubt.
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Post by blackmilan » Sun, 17. May 15, 12:29

Great work! I really like your map. Especially having two layouts one with the real coordinats and one separating commonwealth and terran sectors with a nice layout. This is cool idea. It is also great for people who really care about Terran sectors. :)
MarvinTheMartian wrote:... so shout if you spot anything or have any requests.
I think there is a connection from "Xenon Sector" ( 17 , 10 ) (North Gate) to "Xenon Core 023" ( 21 , 8 ) (South Gate) which is missing in v1. Maybe you can double check that in a future update.

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Post by MarvinTheMartian » Mon, 18. May 15, 05:21

blackmilan wrote:It is also great for people who really care about Terran sectors. :)
ha, for me it was about removing the Terran "clutter" from the universe but I also find pg3 helps give a clearer picture of how the Terran sectors hang together and might tempt me to interact there more.
blackmilan wrote:I think there is a connection from "Xenon Sector" ( 17 , 10 ) (North Gate) to "Xenon Core 023" ( 21 , 8 ) (South Gate) which is missing in v1. Maybe you can double check that in a future update.
Well spotted, thanks. v1.1 uploaded - even though sadly that makes for more clutter

v1.2 uploaded - just minor updates to the colours to be more readable when printed.
v1.3 corrects a spelling mistake :oops: and adds missing Stock Exchange in Mercenaries Rift
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