The editor still has some limitations. It is very picky with the format. I may figure out a way to add routes and borders later.
The Random Subsector Generator has been updated. It now outputs an image in PNG format instead of ASCII.
The new style outputs a quite large image, 2066px × 2922px. The hexes are big enough include UWP and Trade Class. I have used a purple colour for UWP and Trade Class so that this extra information won’t stand out to much.
For the new style there are 10 types of planets. These are the same types that are used in the Traveller Universe program.
Solomani Rim Sector rotated 90 degrees, so that it matches many other maps which has the coreward direction to the right.
Also added are:
The Local Interstellar Cloud and other nearby clouds. (blue)
The Strömberg Sphere for Sirius and 40 Eridani. (purple)
The Scorpius–Centaurus Association or the Sco OB2 in the lower right corner. (purple)
It is located about 8.5 Sectors away in the coreward direction. Maybe in the Veg Fergakh Sector, Dfotseth, Irugangog, Finggvakhou or the Zortakh Sector. (that you can find at the Traveller Map).
But when I turn on the experiments at Traveller Map and looks at the stars, I cannot see any blue stars in these sectors. So, in order not to mess with the data at Traveller Map, I suggest that QV Telescopii is placed just coreward of these sectors.
A scientific expedition to QV Telescopii could be an epic adventure. Start in Antares Sector. Go through the Julian Protectorate and then Third Empire of Gashikan to avoid most of the Vargr Extents. Then go through a sector that is mostly unpopulated until the goal is reached.
What will happen at QV Telescopii. Maybe there is already a Gashikan (or Vargr) mining station there that is collecting the valuable remains (diamonds, precious metals and superheavy elements) of the blown-up star (that is now the black hole) that has been trapped by the gravitation of the two blue giants. Maybe they don’t want an Imperial exploration vessel here.
So, after the space combat with the Gashikans, the exploration ship is chased out of the system, and back to the Imperium. Better not take the easy route through the Third Empire of Gashikan on the way home.
I have updated my Random Subsector Generator with a new “race“.
If you select Zork, you will get a subsector with planet names that are inspired by an intrepid space explorer in a very small ship (that usually crashes.)
I have used 1:st order Markov Chains to create the new names. (Higher order create too few names since we start with so few planets.)
From the comic, I also guess that the planets should be quite small and that the tech level is high. So without creating illegal values, I have added a small bias for this.