@aelran, on Apr 23 2007, 08:35 AM, said in Is there a way to plot systems?:
I'm curious, Peter. How exactly would you apply trigonometry to the purposes of mapping? I think that I see the basic principles, but I'm not certain.
It's nothing sophisticated. Let's say you've decided that the average distance between systems should be 15. But you don't want a grid of systems so they'll usually be at irregular angles to each other. Some rough mental trigonometry ensures that you get the right x- and y-axis adjustments to maintain the same average distance between systems. (In theory. In practice, the Override map is a bit patchy, with areas where the average distance between systems becomes much larger, chiefly because it became necessary to fit the 'Crescent' around the initially completed, denser groups of systems.)
The calculator got more of a work-out when doing things like positioning five fins evenly round a ship design though.
Edit: Incidentally, if I were starting over, I would draw it all up on graph paper first.
This post has been edited by pac : 23 April 2007 - 09:38 AM