Posts Tagged ‘RPG map’

Planetary Logbook – MOON

June 2, 2019

nB Capture

To show how the Planetary Display Logbook would work, I’ve taken a set of 6 false color images of the moon from the LRO, where color represents altitude – north and south polar views, nearside and farside faces, and east and west sides.  I’ve used those to fill out the 32 panels of a Planetary Display Logbook, so there’s a completed planetary display to show how it could work.

n6 CaptureThis will probably eventually be available from DriveThruRPG one way or another, but for now it’s just an alpha draft as we work it all out.  If you’ve bought the Logbook from us already and you’d like to get a copy, contact us, and we’ll get it to you one way or another.

Working from a source like that, there are parts of the image that are cut out.  So, if you put all the pieces together, you’d still have breaks between the sections.  Because the logbook is an abstraction, there are things that get missed or that get lost in translation from the flat form (which is already an abstraction) to the facets of the truncated icosahedron. I’m sure there are cartographic tools and methods that would do a better translation, but for gaming purposes, I think this is going to be good enough.

n1 CaptureYou can see the differences between the two coordinate systems, especially in the near polar sections (like Region 1n).  The arcing lines from the original NASA maps don’t line up with the straight lines from the Planetary Display Log, but you can see how the distortions occur between the source and the display format and how the two different kinds of display are marking the information in the map.

The image quality and resolution of the source imagery is a bigger issue for me right now.  These are large-ish images, but since they are using just a segment of the image for each page, they get somewhat pixelated when just a portion is used for a page.

With this getting worked out, we’ll probably have some version of this included with the Zvezda adventure, when that comes out.  So consider this another teaser on that front, as well.


The “moon cube” of the six source images:

moon cube

Planetary Logbook is live

May 25, 2019

We’ve just launched the latest DriveThruRPG product from Antherwyck House Games: the Planetary Display Logbook.

PlanetaryDisplayLogbook-Cover

This takes our Planetary Display and turns it into a 40 page PDF with pages for mapping a planet (or other spherical surface) with a set of 32 hexagons and pentagons (like a soccer ball/football).  Each page is for one of these sections, and additional information about the region can be collected on the page, as well.

RegionEn-sample

Since it’s a PDF, you can print as many copies as you need for an entire campaign.

Eventually, we’ll have a printed version of the Logbook also available from DriveThruRPG.  Those will probably be comparatively cheap, since they will be for a single planet, instead of being able to print as many as you want.

We’re running the Planetary Display Logbook with an introductory discount, but, as a reader of this blog, we’re offering a further discount to you.  Get the Planetary Display Logbook PDF for only $7.95 with the discount code 9fcfe5f85f (good only through the end of June).

If you are interested in licensing this format for your game system or in having custom versions made, get in touch with us.  We’re also hoping that early buyers will offer us feedback on how we might make the Logbook even better.

A Correspondent Dungeon

February 7, 2019

Here’s a quick and dirty test of concept map. Haven’t posted any new maps in quite a while, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making or thinking about them. Feels good to be doing this again.

I think the method used to create this map is fairly obvious; I think it probably needs more work to come up with a more practically useful result, but it works well enough as is to be worth sharing.

As usual, feel free to use for any non-commercial purpose, or contact me if you’d like to use this on a commercial project.