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Author Topic: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...  (Read 679 times)

Koltar

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Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« on: July 31, 2022, 12:18:34 AM »
Hello Folks,

Could someone in this group do me a small favor?  I am running a Star Trek RPG group and the campaign is set 2261 - just 3 years after "Strange New Worlds" takes place and 4 to 5 years before "TOS" episodes happen.

I used to have the map from the old "Star Trek Charts" book that Sternbach, Mandel, and the Okudas wrote and published. On that big map you could measure distances in light years with a ruler.
For my game I need to know how many light years between the "Briar Patch" and Starbase 11.  Have not yet found my copy of the map, last time I used it was in 2013.

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2022, 12:03:25 AM »
Looks like about 45 light years.

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2022, 12:10:13 AM »
45??

I thought it would be closer to 23.
...and Thank you
 Each square on the map equaled 10 light years If I remember correctly.
Right now I can't find my copy of it that I used ten years ago the last time I ran a Star Trek RPG.

- Ed C.
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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2022, 09:49:58 PM »
20 light years per square, which are 2 inches across.

Distance from Starbase 11 to the Briar Patch is 4 to 4.75 inches, depending on where in the Patch you want to go.

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2022, 09:05:55 PM »
I could not pin down where SB 11 was other than its about maybe 20ly west of Andoria so the distance is something around 40-50ly.

At TOS warp 8 it might take around 4-5 months. Depending on what version of warp speeds one uses. Could be substantially shorter.

In my own RPg it would take about 5 months to cover 50ly at drive factor 8.

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2022, 10:14:29 PM »
I could not pin down where SB 11 was other than its about maybe 20ly west of Andoria so the distance is something around 40-50ly.

At TOS warp 8 it might take around 4-5 months. Depending on what version of warp speeds one uses. Could be substantially shorter.

In my own RPg it would take about 5 months to cover 50ly at drive factor 8.

Do you have the map that we are talking about?

It was included in the "Star Trek Charts" book written by Geoffrey Mandel and published in 2002.

Find the Briar Patch aka "Klak Da Kel Brackt"

Start looking a little 'lower' or towards yourself - towards the bottom of map, but not the bottom.
"Starbase 11" or SB 11 should not be that far from Starbase 2.
Its 'there' - trust me.

Just wish I had a physical copy of it front of me.
I use it in my GURPS: Star Trek campaign....or want to again.

- Ed C.
The return of 'You can't take the Sky From me!'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUn-eN8mkDw&feature=rec-fresh+div

This is what a really cool FANTASY RPG should be like :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-WnjVUBDbs

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2022, 09:08:36 PM »
Have you tried googling for the map you want?

For instance, here is an article on FASA Trek maps:

https://www.enworld.org/threads/fasa-star-trek-maps.334672/

Here is a Reddit article with a different but related map:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/a2q7qu/map_of_the_alpha_quadrant_from_star_trek/

That one came up on a search for "star trek map okuda"
« Last Edit: August 07, 2022, 09:14:48 PM by Lurkndog »

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2022, 11:12:56 PM »

Here is a Reddit article with a different but related map:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/a2q7qu/map_of_the_alpha_quadrant_from_star_trek/

That one came up on a search for "star trek map Okuda"
That is a scanned image of the REAL map that I used to have that I can't find. It was published and inserted in the back of the "Star Trek Charts" book.
They have used the gist of that map on both "ST Discovery" and "ST Picard". It has become the standard layout or gist of that universe.
 I just needed one measurement - from the 'Briar Patch' to Starbase 11.
Nearby Half-Price books ordered me a copy of the book that might get to me before my next game session.

- Ed C.
The return of 'You can't take the Sky From me!'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUn-eN8mkDw&feature=rec-fresh+div

This is what a really cool FANTASY RPG should be like :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-WnjVUBDbs

Still here, still alive, at least Seven years now...

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Re: Light Year Distance in the Star Trek universe...
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2022, 09:46:37 AM »

Here is a Reddit article with a different but related map:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/a2q7qu/map_of_the_alpha_quadrant_from_star_trek/

That one came up on a search for "star trek map Okuda"
That is a scanned image of the REAL map that I used to have that I can't find. It was published and inserted in the back of the "Star Trek Charts" book.
They have used the gist of that map on both "ST Discovery" and "ST Picard". It has become the standard layout or gist of that universe.
 I just needed one measurement - from the 'Briar Patch' to Starbase 11.
Nearby Half-Price books ordered me a copy of the book that might get to me before my next game session.

- Ed C.

Any particular reason you can't open the image in the link, which is huge, and get the distance that way?  Worked fine for me... (Looks like a little over 40)
« Last Edit: August 08, 2022, 09:51:26 AM by Eirikrautha »