This week’s episode is a long time coming for me. The idea began with the release of the Star Citizen ARK Starmap and evolved over time, as I delved into the data to understand how it could be used to inform my gameplay. I manually compiled a Starmap matrix and shared it with the community via a Google Sheet. The purpose was to present the data in a manner that was easier to consume and scan, especially on mobile devices. It’s not as sophisticated as the Starmap itself but served its purpose. I’ve now matured that idea in an auto-populated website.
Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An on-going series about the upcoming first person MMO, Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. This week’s episode is a long time coming for me. The idea began with the release of the Star Citizen ARK Starmap and evolved over time, as I delved into the data to understand how it could be used to inform my gameplay. I manually compiled a Starmap matrix and shared it with the community via a Google Sheet. The purpose was to present the data in a manner that was easier to consume and scan, especially on mobile devices. It’s not as sophisticated as the Starmap itself but served its purpose. I’ve now matured that idea in an auto-populated website.
Feel free to follow along on the live site which is http://contentcreatorsunlimited.com/. I’m reusing a domain I had available when I began this journey. A future release will change it over to the permanent domain I have in place.
Please sit back, relax and enjoy.
I started down this road after becoming intrigued by the information presented in the official ARK Starmap. It was entertaining to explore what will become our physical universe and read the bits of lore it contained. I enjoy the lore for its storytelling aspects. And I also endeavor to include lore and star system information in my content, to enhance the context of the topic being discussed. The star system information is also very relevant to player careers, a huge focus for me in MMOs.
This site reflects a desire to have the star system information more accessible and create opportunities to combine it with relevant lore from the Galactic Guides. The ARK Starmap itself is amazing. It’s useful for many tasks and not for others.
For example, a player is starting out in the mining career.
They might want to know things like:
You’d be hard pressed to quickly or easily answer these questions using the ARK Starmap.
A group of friends wants to organize a refueling run using the Starfarer. They’re going to have escorts, some of whom want to engage in local combat while the Starfarer is sitting around sucking up vapors.
Again, it would be tricky and time consuming to use the ARK Starmap to answer these questions. They’re better suited to an environment where you can see information about multiple star systems at once, search for specific star system attributes, filter and sort the data returned. This is what I’ve tried to accomplish in a straightforward and simplistic manner. It ain’t fancy but it works.
CLOSER LOOK AT THE STARMAP MATRIX
Use the following features to answer those types of questions:
CLOSER LOOK AT THE DETAILED SYSTEM COMPOSITION DOSSIER
The intent of System Composition page is a deep dive into a single star system.
MULTI-SYSTEM DOSSIER PAGES – PUTTING DATA IN TIGHTER CONTEXT
The more context you can incorporate into information, the more useful it becomes for answering specific questions. This idea manifests itself in what I’m calling Dossier pages. Dossiers combine Starmap matrix, System Composition and lore into predefined scenarios, where each scenario represents player career opportunities such as mining, fuel collection, cargo hauling, etc.
Dossier pages show multiple star systems so contain fewer data points than the System Composition page. It’s just enough celestial data + lore and user contributed data in the future, to assist in logistics planning.
I enjoy having data at my fingertips to help inform decisions. It’s a natural desire for me, given that I’m a data analyst turned product manager for analytic solutions. This natural mode of behavior supercharged by resolve to make the available data more consumable.
All of the dossier pages behave similarly :
I consider the Matrix view and System Composition pages to be the fundamental locations for investigating what we know about the physical Star Citizen universe. The matrix is the designed to support quickly scanning through the known star systems. The System Composition is the deep dive view where you confirm that a star system will meet your needs. If you’re doing logistical planning for a specific career, check to see if there’s a dossier page that might be helpful.
While Google Chrome is the recommended browser for this site it should work with IE. Some of the pages such as the Matrix work quite well with in iPad too. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode and will check out Alysianah Noire’s World of Star Citizen at http://contentcreatorsunlimited.com/.
There’s more to the site than the Starmap data, so take time to explore it. Until next time be kind and fly safe!