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March 20th, 2024, 10:26
2d representations of star maps are always a little... or a lot off. And while it may not be very important in most games, as a GM it always bugs me a little. You can see in the image the map showing the distance of travel to 289 G. Hydrae (HR 4458) from Zeta Reticuli as about 3 parsecs. 60241 However, the more accurate distance is about 13 parsecs 60242

However, I found this neat little tool for more accurately showing distances https://www.wolframalpha.com/widgets/view.jsp?id=1ece06643e87f3c4d90813af5ee12223#:%7E: text=Wolfram%7CAlpha%20Widgets%3A%20%22The,two%20s tars%22%20%2D%20Free%20Astronomy%20Widget

Anyway, I thought maybe this would be useful for some people.

March 22nd, 2024, 23:06
Very interesting, thanks. It will be useful for sure. The 2D map of the Alien RPG is as bad as their depiction of a black hole in Heart of Darkness (a flat hole in space).