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    Hi All,

    I know that Fantasy RPGs are the more popular genre both within FG and without, but one of the games I'm GM is a SF game (Star Frontiers Alpha Hawks, to be exact). Part of the "backstory" for the campaign is the Star Chart, and as it might help inspire some others I've linked it here.

    Its a single JavaScript webpage hosted on my site. All measurements are in Light Years. The Chart is fully zoom-able (via mouse wheel), fully pan-able (via click-and-drag), and extra info is displayed when you hover over a star (some of the stats won't mean much to you as they are game-specific, but they deal with the star's co-ordinates and travel times (in hours), etc).

    So, enjoy! And comments are welcome

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by dulux-oz View Post
    Its a single JavaScript webpage hoisted on my site.
    Where did you hoist it from

    Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zacchaeus View Post
    Where did you hoist it from

    Nice work!
    So I've got dyslexic fingers

    Or I actual did steal it form somewhere

    Or I pulled it up from the depths of my sub-conscious

    Which explanation makes you feel better?

    And thanks
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    Ooh, thanks. Nice. I've only ever seen the 2D maps from the original games, and of course the KH game map is the one I know best. Now I'm going to say, "Hey, why don't we try a shortcut here... Come on guys, what are the odds we're going to get lost... No guts, no Glory!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    what are the odds we're going to get lost... No guts, no Glory!"
    See the Astrogation: Risk Jumping skill - its quite easy to work out the odds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dulux-oz View Post
    Hi All,

    I know that Fantasy RPGs are the more popular genre both within FG and without, but one of the games I'm GM is a SF game (Star Frontiers Alpha Hawks, to be exact). Part of the "backstory" for the campaign is the Star Chart, and as it might help inspire some others I've linked it here.

    Its a single JavaScript webpage hosted on my site. All measurements are in Light Years. The Chart is fully zoom-able (via mouse wheel), fully pan-able (via click-and-drag), and extra info is displayed when you hover over a star (some of the stats won't mean much to you as they are game-specific, but they deal with the star's co-ordinates and travel times (in hours), etc).

    So, enjoy! And comments are welcome

    Cheers
    Very cool. Gives things a nice, new sense of perspective.

    Speaking of Star Frontiers maps, I recreated a more modern and VTT friendly 2D Zebs Frontier map about 10-11 years ago... I think it still holds up: https://starfrontiers.info/wiki/inde..._for_a_New_Age

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    Quote Originally Posted by dulux-oz View Post
    Hi All,

    I know that Fantasy RPGs are the more popular genre both within FG and without, but one of the games I'm GM is a SF game (Star Frontiers Alpha Hawks, to be exact). Part of the "backstory" for the campaign is the Star Chart, and as it might help inspire some others I've linked it here.

    Its a single JavaScript webpage hosted on my site. All measurements are in Light Years. The Chart is fully zoom-able (via mouse wheel), fully pan-able (via click-and-drag), and extra info is displayed when you hover over a star (some of the stats won't mean much to you as they are game-specific, but they deal with the star's co-ordinates and travel times (in hours), etc).

    So, enjoy! And comments are welcome

    Cheers
    When I look at the link, all I get is a blank white page for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsDen13 View Post
    When I look at the link, all I get is a blank white page for some reason.
    Try a different web browser. I suspect it uses javascript or something that might not be supported on your default browser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    Try a different web browser. I suspect it uses javascript or something that might not be supported on your default browser.
    Yes, it uses JavaScript quite heavily - that's also why it takes a few seconds to render. The underlying graphing package is js that get downloaded anly with a (relatively) large amount of data, which then needs to be acted upon by the local PC.

    And if you're wondering: I couldn't get it done in any other way that was as "satisfying" with the 3D-effects, etc.

    Mind you, it is completely W3C compliant, so if your browser is also W3C compliant you should have no issues (ie Firefox, IE, Edge, don't know about Chrome).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dulux-oz View Post
    Yes, it uses JavaScript quite heavily - that's also why it takes a few seconds to render. The underlying graphing package is js that get downloaded anly with a (relatively) large amount of data, which then needs to be acted upon by the local PC.

    And if you're wondering: I couldn't get it done in any other way that was as "satisfying" with the 3D-effects, etc.

    Mind you, it is completely W3C compliant, so if your browser is also W3C compliant you should have no issues (ie Firefox, IE, Edge, don't know about Chrome).
    I figured out how to get it to open with IE but my Edge (my normal browser engine) doesn't seem to open anything.

    It looks extremely cool. Where was this 30 years ago when my group was playing Traveller......lol. Thanks for helping me see it.

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