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A Proposal for a Terrestrial Map
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I'm quite aware that active submissions for new maps are currently not being solicited, this thread's here just to grab some dev opinions with the hope that someone would be interested in backing such a project in the near future. As of writing, none of the ideas set forth in this thread have been manifested and are subject to change.


I'm not alone in thinking a terrestrial map would be a cool idea; there's been sufficient demand for something filling that niche for a good while and Tselabok - while ultimately falling flat - was a pretty good example of that.

In line with our current trend of producing Space Station 13 maps that aren't actually in space, a terrestrial environment offers a great deal of opportunities that could be explored to create something truly unique; stuff like, among others:
  • Day-night cycles with tangible effects on the environment
  • Funky environmental elements to play with such as weather, geological features, a unique biosphere, and artificial structures
  • New possibilities for station designs that aren't just a big spiderwebby looking thing sprawling out (for example, an installation made up of smaller dispersed buildings connected by footpaths or roads rather than pressurised/sealed halls)
  • Not gonna lie, I want a snow map specifically just so I can give everyone adorable little parkas and snowshoes for wandering outside

Yeah, not gonna lie, the process of making a brand new map in an entirely new environment with unique mechanics in sufficient quantity to produce a niche that would get that map accepted into rotation is gonna be a significant effort. I'd be completely understanding if the development team isn't willing to stake themselves on such an undertaking. However, I earnestly think that there'd be significant support from the community - in both actual contributions and in wanting the map in the game - if we got the ball rolling, and there's the potential to create something great. 

This game's a labour of love, after all. We could make something with the magnitude of Oshan if we put ourselves to it.
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#2
I suggested something similar a while back, an outpost on a jungle planet with dinosaurs, with the jungle acting like the trench
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#3
Ironicly there is sorta a day and night cycle on Oshan. Sometimes it's darker outside in the ocean and sometimes lighter to indiciate time of day each shift.

A terrasital planet wouldn't be too hard.
Infact we gotta decide if the planet outpost has an atomsphere.
Second we gotta decide how mining works. Like with Nadir and Oshan, I recommend going down into planet with an elevator/transporter and also use that system.

For canon reasons... I recommend the station to be taking place in a "hollow planet" aka the true surface is below the ground.
Make it so that we are in a "crater" and cargo has to orbital cannon stuff into the sky to small station in orbit that is just a router. And have the cargo land from there.

Just dumb ideas :P
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#4
Were a new map to be added, I think it'd definitely have to be a terrestrial one; either a modernized version of that one prototype of a Martian station Aphtonites made a decade ago, the proposed arctic station, or some other hostile environment would work.

Most ideally, a breathable atmosphere would be ideal, even if protection is required for prolonged outdoor activities - namely in either a desert or arctic environment. This would easily set it far apart from all other maps. While I'd personally lean towards a more arctic environment, a boiling hot desert would also be cool.

One issue is, oddly enough, atmos. Not pressure, but temperature. There needs to be internal temperature regulation inside buildings to keep them at safe/comfortable temperatures, so some way to simulate A/C or central heating without excess lag needs to be developed. Probably not too hard but still worth noting.
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(01-11-2023, 09:43 AM)We aft2001 Wrote: While I'd personally lean towards a more arctic environment, a boiling hot desert would also be cool.
It’s worth noting that deserts get *really*, absurdly cold at night. Like below zero cold. So if we incorporate a day night cycle, we could have the A/C & heating system you proposed be something that has to be managed (manually or automatically) and could be sabotaged.
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(01-11-2023, 08:59 AM)Kotlol Wrote: Ironicly there is sorta a day and night cycle on Oshan. Sometimes it's darker outside in the ocean and sometimes lighter to indiciate time of day each shift.

A terrasital planet wouldn't be too hard.
Infact we gotta decide if the planet outpost has an atomsphere.
Second we gotta decide how mining works. Like with Nadir and Oshan, I recommend going down into planet with an elevator/transporter and also use that system.

For canon reasons... I recommend the station to be taking place in a "hollow planet" aka the true surface is below the ground.
Make it so that we are in a "crater" and cargo has to orbital cannon stuff into the sky to small station in orbit that is just a router. And have the cargo land from there.

Just dumb ideas :P

Maybe it'd be something like Journey to the Center of the Earth
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(01-11-2023, 07:26 PM)mralexs Wrote: Maybe it'd be something like Journey to the Center of the Earth

You know what? THAT WOULD BE AMAZING! one of the older sci-fi's!
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#8
i had an idea rumbling around in my brain that was that of a sort of "shore leave" map. like a small planned corporate town with a quarry, amenities (a power plant, dining, security detail, a greenhouse area, command, a beach area to relax) and with a day/night cycle that would allow antags to operate under the cover of darkness
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