2018-01-12

Data Overview 2018

This year has had ups and downs. Due to real-life distractions I haven't spent as much time on the site as I'd like. But reviewing the change logs, it has been a busy here. Here are some of the highlights....

(Past Overviews)

Data Overview 2018
But first... offline

A highlight of the year was getting to meet and hang out with Marc Miller at TravellerCon/USA:

Joshua Bell and Marc Miller at TravellerCon/USA 2017

He's a big fan of maps, it turns out.


Who knew?


Explorations

Mongoose had a successful Kickstarter for The Great Rift box set by Martin J. Dougherty, which emphasizes getting off the beaten track and exploring the mysteries of even deeper space. The set includes Corridor and Reft, the first look at Riftspan Reaches since a brief stop in Travellers' Digest, and the first ever official look at Afawahisa and Touchstone sectors. In addition, various calibration points and anomalies are marked on those sectors. Prep work was done for these on Traveller Map, including route generation borders, and reviewing previous canonical details.

Athwa subsector in Calidan from The Fall of Tinath adventure (also by MJD) in the Traveller Starter Set by Mongoose was added as well; this is part of the OTU, although resides far away from Charted Space. Watch out for the Essaray...

Graham Donald made an effort to ensure that many apocryphal versions of sectors were preserved. These are not part of the OTU, but used by many players regardless. They include: Fulani from Terra Traveller Times, Meshan from North Coast Roleplaying, Foreven from Imperium Staple, Morning Star (from Morgonstjärnen), Tagret from Judges Guild Pegasus IX, Vanguard Reaches and Beyond by Paranoia Press (1991 updates), Beyond by Jeff Zeitlin, and Precipice and Anniversary, including orphaned worlds and subsectors from various publications

Traveller 5 Sector Survey

We're making some progress on nailing down what the actual process is for reviewing sectors. The image shows the current status: red = complete, orange = in-review (and Foreven = green = preserve).  Not much change since last year, but Arzul and Star's End (by Jeff Zeitlin) were pulled in for review, as well as Touchstone and Afawahisa to support Mongoose's The Great Rift product.

T5SS Status 2018

For sectors already in review, Randy Dorman made corrections for the Solomani sectors in review (Canopus, Aldebaran, Neworld, Langere). Robert Eaglestone updated Tuglikki. Wayne H. Underkoffler made several updates to allegiances in Vanguard Reaches and the Beyond.

Other Efforts

In Zhodani space, Marc Miller has asked that we review unofficial and official data to understand the effects of the Wave, and certain historical events in Zhodani space.

BeRKA updated Zdiedeiant, Michael Gonzalez updated the coreward borders of the Consulate to match the old Imperium Map poster and library data, and I added newly generated data for Sidiadl and Eiaplial sectors, to round out the

Other Eras

M1900: Robert Eaglestone provided Tuglikki updates

M1120: Michael Gonzalez provided data for Core, Dagudashaag, Gushemege, Vland, Deneb, Riftspan Reaches, Corridor, Ealiyasiyw

Non-Data Updates

The bulk of my work on the site this past year was on getting the experience on mobile devices improved. The usual side effect when a web site does that is that the "desktop" experience is improved as well, and I hope that's the case. If you don't visit the site on a phone, here's what it looks like these days:


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World Details (expanded)


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6 comments:

Art Gorski said...

You da man. Thanks for what you do.

Anonymous said...

A remarkable piece of work - I'm in awe!

Major Tom

Mario said...

Damn...the mobile version is WAY quicker and more responsive than the chrome browser version, at least in my case. The mobile version is a joy to use! Super slick and responsive! AWESOME!!!

David Jaques-Watson said...

Thsnk you so much for all the work you've put in to this product! It's truly _awesome_.

Roger McCarthy said...

Firstly I cannot express what an awesome resource Travellermap is.

So is there a forum or e-mail address for error-trapping/suggestions?

Couple of examples:

Faldor in Spinward Marches has a TL5 but every source from CT to the GURPS and Mongoose SM books has TL2.

In addition I see http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Faldor_(world) has a detailed non-canonical writeup but the author doesn't seem to be aware that J Andrew Keith and Cargonaut published a whole booklet Faldor World of Adventure - which I'd assume is if not 100% canon something approaching it.

As I have this rather rare volume I'd be happy to update http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Faldor_(world) but am not sure about the proper etiquette.

Another issue I'd like to see discussed is that Vanguard Reaches has an entire subsector (Pandemonium) of worlds named after Waffen SS divisions.

The source for this is the non-canonical Paranoia Press Vanguard Reaches book from 1981.

I hope I am not the only Traveller fan (and I've been one since the LBB days) who in 2018 finds this seriously problematic and in need of review.

Anyway thanks again for this amazing resource!




Joshua Bell said...

If possible, please post feedback to the COTI thread. http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discuss/showthread.php?t=31921