Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Starship Geomorphs book is finally complete!


The Starship Geomorphs book is finally complete and ready for download. I can safely say after three years of putting this project together the itch has been thoroughly scratched. If you have any constructive criticisms please comment below. I'm not opposed to revisiting this sometime in the future if the situation warrants it. In the meantime I'm going to take a short break and get back to some smaller, less intense projects. Thanks for your patience, I hope you find it worth the wait.

Click here to download the Starship Geomorphs book.

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Edit:
The question has come up regarding printing these for miniature use. A couple things to consider first:
The scale provided in the PDF is 1/4"=5'-0" or one square grid. This is simple enough to scale up for 15mm (1/2"=1'-0") figure use. If you are using a standard letter size (8.5"x11") printer you will be limited to Edge and Corner Geomorphs which will print out at 10"x5" and 5"x5" respectfully. A Standard Geomorph will print at 10"x10" so will not fit on letter size paper, but if your printer supports 11x17 that would work.

To print an Edge or Corner Geomorph to 8.5" x 11" paper for 15mm figures:
Routine, Admin, INT    5 min, Safe  (That's a MegaTraveller joke)

Kidding aside, here's how I did it using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Your software may vary.
Open the PDF to the page you wish to print
Edit > Take a Snapshot > draw boundary around desired geomorph > Print (open print dialogue box) > set Custom Scale to 200% > set orientation to Landscape mode for Edge Geomorph > Print

For Standard Geomorphs at 15mm or any geomorphs at 25mm scale (1"=5'-0") I would use the same process as above, but change the paper size to something like 11x17 or 18x24, depending on what your are printing, set the Custom Scale to 400% (for 25mm) and instead of printing to your printer, I'd print to PDF, and then send that PDF to a print shop for printing if you can't print the larger paper size. You may be able to set it up such that you print a larger drawing on a series of 8.5x11 sheets and tape them together, but personally I would not go that route. Good luck!

An example of an Edge Geomorph printed on 8.5x11 at 200% for 15mm figures:

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A few quick notes:
This PDF version is mainly intended for viewing on a computer or other device. While in my experience the individual geomorph pages look fine when printed, the illustrations come out very dark. It is doubtful that I will be creating a print version.
Regarding navigating through the document: I spent a good amount of time creating hyperlinks all through the document, so it should be very easy to find what you are looking for. I find jumping to the Indexes at the back of the book, clicking on what I am looking for, and making copious use of the Alt-Left Arrow to go back to the previous page to be very helpful. The book is also fully bookmarked.

46 comments:

  1. Whoa.... Fantastic Effort. An awesome tool for an Referee. Thank you for creating this.

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  2. What a fantastic and flexible resource for the busy Referee! This will come in very handy, thank you.

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  3. Bravo! Thanks for making this available to the community!

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  4. Thank you for making this freely available. I know I'll use it, maybe even this weekend!

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  5. Sheer beauty. Thanx!
    What amazing effort.

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  6. it looks awesome, going to pass this link along to some Starfinder folks who are talking about not having deckplans

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  7. Dude, you should consider a Patreon account or at least a tip jar.

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  8. Outstanding! Thank you so much. Seconding the idea of a tip jar or something.

    One erratum to point out -- 169 and 409 should refer to *martial arts.

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    1. Thanks for the catch. I've probably reviewed this thing a dozen times of the last couple years and literally within five minutes of posting it online this morning found four errors. Reminds me of the time I was working on some architectural drawings and called out for "duckwork". I've marked it on my to do list for the next release.

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    2. It's always something! Happens to me all the time.

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  9. Looks great! Has anyone thought of making an art pack for any of the computer mapping tools?

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  10. You should consider selling this on drivethru or rpgnow

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  11. Nice work! Maybe one more page of tram geomorphs to allow for routing & tunnels (such as going between one and two lane areas, and tunnels for the 3-square-wide trams as well as the 2-square-wide ones)? Though that's a very minor thing.

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  12. As others have said, fantastic work! You should charge for it or at least allow us voluntarily pay something. What tool(s) did you use to create this?

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  13. Absolutely amazing. I'm enjoying just looking over the maps.

    I don't suppose there's a chance of getting the raw image files, and/or a version without squares and/or with 3' hexes (for GURPS)?

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    1. While it would be easy enough for me to print these without the grid, it takes about 12 hours to print the whole set plus another 10-12 to add the hyperlinks. I experimented with this a bit and when I do the next major reprint I could export the files with layers on, so it would be easy for users to turn off the grid. That would have the added benefit of users being able to turn off room names for blank maps and turning off shading to save on ink. I just experimented with a version with both a standard and hex grid, but then the user would have to go through each sheet and turn off the grid they don't want. I'll keep thinking about this, but I'm afraid in the short term I can't help.

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  14. Fantastic book. Thank you so much. Will make demoing Traveller at cons much easier to plan. Like others I would suggest a Donate button or some other format to allow us to buy you a beer / coffee /1oot Scout.

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  15. Astonishing. Thanks very much for your generosity.

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  16. I would gladly donate if I could.

    Can anyone recommend software to cut these geomorphs and paste them together electronically? My graphics skills are woefully out of date.

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    1. No need to donate, thanks.
      Just in case you are not Old School from CotI, here's the answer I posted there:
      It really depends on the tools at hand. Assuming you are using a PC, you can use the Windows snipping tool to clip out the geomorphs you want. Try to clip them right down the middle of the wall for cleaner connections when assembling. In most word processing documents you can add images, rotate, and scale them. In Microsoft Word you need to go Insert > Picture for each image. Then right click on each image and set Wrap Text to something like Through, Behind Text, or In Front of Text so they can be moved freely.

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  17. Amazing. And generous. You sir are a credit to the hobby!

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  18. This is truly amazing. Is there any way to export the images as svg or some other portable vector format so that they can be easily printed/scaled/pasted?
    pdfimage can't extract the artwork due to the way it was generated while gimp/screencaptures loose resolution due to raster vs vector manipulation.
    Also, a reference tagline as in "Artwork created by ....." with the information you want us to include so that you get proper credit in anything that uses your material would be really appreciated.

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    1. Dalton Calford (for some reason it did not post my name)

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    2. Since AutoCAD drawings are a vector format, I understand this is technically possible, but requires Adobe Illustrator and SVG converters I don't have and would probably triple the production time. In a better universe I have mad Illustrator skills and this wouldn't be difficult.

      I'm not too concerned with use of taglines for the artwork. So long as people aren't cropping off my initials or taking claim or charging for the work I'm pretty much happy just to know that people are getting some use out of it. Links back to my blog are always appreciated, but not necessary. This is a relatively small community and word of mouth seems to be doing pretty well.

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    3. I have programs that convert between varios formats. If you have a sample of your work I am willing to try the conversions for you.

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  19. Absolutely terrific work - can't wait to use 'em!

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  20. Got the link from /r/traveller. Thank you very much.

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  21. Absolutely amazing set of deckplans. And the "colour" illustrations scattered throughout the product may even be worth more than the plans themselves for giving players an immersion into the gaming world.

    Absolutely fantastic work!

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  22. I have boosted the signal on this to Starfinder and Hero System/Champions FB groups and forums, linking back to this blog

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    1. I saw that on the Hero Games forum. Thanks!

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    2. cool... I should pay more attention to the forums there, I was part of the team that created Traveller Hero

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  23. Superb work here. Many thanks for this.

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  24. I also passed on this link to Marc Miller, havent heard back beyond that he read the message on facebook

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  25. A huge amount of work, thank you very much!

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