I never owned or played SPI's SFRPG "Universe", but I used to know some SPI fans who loved it. I remember their having particular praise for the star map, a 22" by 33" poster-sized #-D map of all the stars within 30 light-years. I think the third dimension was indicated with colour.
Does anyone here know about the star map from Universe? What catalogue was it based on? Gliese 1.0?
I seem to recall a conversation in which one Universe fan was asking another, who was studying astronomy, whether a particular star with a colourful name, appearing on the Universe map was a real star given a name that matched the Universe history, and if so, which real tar it was. Does that recollection ring any bells?
I've got it. Played it around 1980. It's the Glise 2 catalog. Equatorial co-ordinates. One or two had odd names, but I can't remember which ones. Fan versions used to be on some Australian site.
Looks like some of the files are on Source Forge
. The map doesn't seem to be there. I'll look around. Somebody entered all the co-ordinates by hand and made pdf's out them. Probably be more useful than the map that came with the game.
Ok, found the charts
. Looks like there used to be more files there.
I entered the entire map into ChView a few years back. Some of the stars were a bit off, but it was fairly easy to determine most of them. I'll look around for the file.
BTW, equatorial co-ordinates still