Cosmographer 3 Preview

Traveller Charted SpaceBy Ralf Schemmann

We’ve been working on the new version of the Cosmographer add-on for a while, mostly because we didn’t want it to be “just” an art upgrade.  We’ve now added some very cool new features and are getting close to announcing a release date. Here are some collected previews of the different styles and features available in Cosmographer 3. Some of the images have already appeared on our blogs, others are new.

Deckplans

We’ve had some talented German artists (the BananaMonks) create a stunning set of  bitmap symbols for starship deckplans.
Cosmographer Bitmap Deckplan Symbols

Here is a full example (included with Cosmographer 3). Note that the new drawing tools will allow you to draw a symmetric shape like this automatically. You justd raw one side of the ship and Cosmo 3 creates the other half as you go along.  And the multiple-levels tool already available in City Designer 3 (for building floorplans) gets included in the new map wizard to auickly create multi-deck ships.

Cosmographer Deckplan Example

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The same set of symbols can be used for outdoor and indoor battlemaps of futuristic locations:

Cosmographer Outdoor Battlemap

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Overland Maps

Of course starship deckplans and battlemaps are just one aspect of sci-fi mapping. On the overland side of things, we’ve create a bitmap style that evokes satellite imagery and can be overlaid with symbols suggesting computer graphics overlay.

Cosmographer Overland Satellite Style

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A variation of the same general style allows you to create hex maps as originally introduced in Cosmographer Pro.

Cosmographer Overland Hexmap

Starmaps

Another important map type are charts of stars, hyperspace routes and similar things.  They include one of the neat new features of Cosmographer 3: Adjustable Height Symbols. These go on isometric maps, and after placing the symbol, the user gets the option to set a virtual height above the isometric plane. The symbol automatically generates a height indicator to show this and can display it as a symbol attribute. Another command lets the user quickly draw connecting lines between these symbols, automatically calculating the real 3d distance.  Here is an example:

Cosmographer Isometric Starmap

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Cosmographer 3 will also include map styles for existing settings, for example the Mindjammer game:

Mindjammer Starmap

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And of course for the granddaddy of them all: Cosmographer will be a product “Approved for use with Traveller” by Marc W. Miller.

Cosmographer Traveller Subsector

As a special feature we’ll include a spreadsheet with lots of actual stardata (from the Gliese catalog of nearby stars and others) . From these you’ll be able to generate starmaps based on the vicinity of earth or other stars.  The maps are automatically generated and the stars coded by class and luminosity.  You can generate some amazing maps with just a few clicks:

Nearby stars - Small Section

Nearby Stars - Small Section

Galactic Maps

A new style of map that wasn’t included in Cosmographer Pro are the galactic overview maps. They are not so much for showing individual stars, but for regions of space and galactic empires and spheres of influence.

Cosmographer Galactic Map

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Some maps for Traveller are included as examples:

Traveller Charted Space

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I hope you like our little preview of Cosmographer. We’ll soon be able to announce a release date and will let you know!

Ralf



10 Responses to “Cosmographer 3 Preview”

  1. And now I’m going to have to budget for that. Star Wars game as been on my list of things to run for ages…

  2. This looks fantastic! I’m eager to hear more about the features for use with Traveller and the map generation capabilities.

  3. Cool stuff! When will it be released??
    -T

  4. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. :)

    One suggestion though when I saw the chart of neaby stars: The most common form of color blindness is red/green. :)

  5. I am overwhelmed. How can you get away with showing off these wonderful, beautiful maps, images and deckplans, making me want to buy this?!?! I’ve been trying to resist this, but resistance is futile! Will there be another preview? If so, you give me no choice but to buy this! These preview images are amazing!

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  7. Nice previews Ralf even is some have been around for a while now.. the biggest question is when are we finally going to get Cosmo 3? It’s been well over 2 years since we saw the original preview stuff.

  8. Teriffic – when, when, when?

    From the look of the “near stars” map, the link with NBOS’ AstroSynthesis software is still in evidence. Is there relatively full compatibility? I use AS for most of my macro-mapping of the galaxy and would like to continue to do so.

    Cheers,

    Mike

  9. These maps look awesome.

    One tiny niggle on the Traveller Map of Charted Space: you’ve labelled Vargr Enclaves as Varg Enclaves.

    Thanks for the preview.

    All the best,

    Dave

  10. Ahh the 3 add-on I have dreamed about. Bought the day it arrives. You guys are great!

    Thank you,
    Erich

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