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Citizens of the Stars: Episode 7 Written Monday 13th of March 2017 at 12:00pm by StormyWinters

Cherie Heiberg challenges Brian Chambers for the top spot on Quantum Questions and community member Rockseeker is featured on Citizen Spotlight for his work on a composite map of Yela. 

As per usual, anything said during the show is subject to change by CIG and may not always be accurate at the time of posting. Also any mistakes you see that I may have missed, please let me know so I can correct them. Enjoy the show!

Full Transcript

Intro With Tyler Nolin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Nolin(TN): Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of Citizens of the Stars. I’m your host Community Manager, Tyler Nolin. If you’re joining us for the first time, Citizens of the Stars is a weekly show where we highlight the amazing content created by the Star Citizen community, with that I’m handing it off to Tyler Witkin for this week’s installment of Citizen Spotlight.

Citizen Spotlight With Tyler Witkin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Witkin(TW): Hey everyone and welcome to another installment of Citizen Spotlight where we take a moment to highlight some of the incredible contributions made by the Star Citizen community. Joining us this week is none other than Rockseeker... Rockseeker how are you doing?

Rockseeker(R): I’m doing good, thank you. Nice to be here.

TW: Awesome, now I’ve seen a lot of backers make Star Marine maps or maps of various space stations but nothing to the scale of your composite Yela map. How did you go about making such a detailed map?

R: Actually I was thinking about that for a while to go and map and put a grid system on it. So I first decided to go and fly above Yela and take one screenshot but then I realized the game doesn’t render Yella from that distance so I said, I’m going to have to find another way. So, I actually figured I’d do it the old way which is basically go closer to the belt itself and actually go and take multiple screenshots. So, I took about 25 screenshots going around, the main difficulty being it’s not always the same distance so you have to try and judge when you see the asteroid starting to disappear then you say I’m just at the right height then go and slowly fly around.

TW: Now I saw you mention on your forum post that you had to do a lot of measuring, how did you go about measuring space in our game?

R: The reason I had to go and measure is that I did the map three times, so it takes about 10-12 hours to do. First time I did it, I just went around in three evenings and between the first and second evening I did not realize but I started from the wrong cluster of rocks… of asteroids so when I pieced the things together I was missing about 3 degrees of the map. So, I did not realize til someone on the community got excited and people started chatting and then one person mentioned, ‘you know, the Benny’s Henge is not in the right location’. I said, oh come, now I see the red light so I went and looked at it and says, you’re right and this guy Erin Cornwell went and basically being a criminal was at GrimHEX, sorry was at the Benny Henge and could see GrimHEX from the distance. So, ok of course, obviously I’m not in the right place. So I went back and redid it and again using the technique where each screenshot I make them about semi transparent then I overlaid the asteroids going all around and making sure that they all fit and then I said, ok I got it this time, fixed.

So, I reposted, change the title said it’s fixed and then again people went around and said you know, your measurements don’t look right. So, because what people do is you always can see where GrimHEX is and you go and locate yourself a different location and start doing a triangulation and you say, oops it doesn’t work. So I said ok, so by that time I chat a lot with this other guy who was a born cartographer, he likes that. So, I said let’s go together and go around and you sit in one location and I go around and start taking measurements and we take several screenshots and move to a different location and again did the same thing. I don’t know if it’s voluntary but there’s currently a… maybe it’s a bug in the game right now but once you focus on someone, then you can travel anywhere in the map and you’ll still see the distance to that person. So, as long as you don’t focus on something else you could quantum jump somewhere else and it’ll still see how far it is, like a million kilometer from you. So, that’s the technique we used and I posted a map where there’s lots of lines and all the measurements we took and then I fit everything together and then that’s it. Now the clusters, they’re all at the right place.

TW: Wow… ok and about how long did this whole project take you?

R: As I said earlier, about 10-12 hours each time although I was getting better and faster at doing it and I made sure to use the Glaive that I own, I’m quite happy with the Glaive and it’s easy to go in and out because to have a good screenshot… each time I moved a bit and then EVA’ed out, position myself, grab a screenshot and that’s why people are commenting what’s this small orange line you see all around. That’s actually my facemask of my criminal suits there that you see the small orange line but that’s nice, that’s a nice artifact, it shows a rough looking feel of it. So, go back in, move a bit, go out, move back in and go around like this. So it takes several hours to go around and funny enough, there’s actually fuel in ships and you can run out of fuel. So yeah, I was about halfway around the map and then I ran out of fuel so I had to go back… actually quit, exit the game and go back in and then continue flying around, that was funny.

TW: Cool, all right last question, what’s next? Do you have any locations or projects that you’re excited to do?

R: Well, I’m part of the United Earth Mining Corporation, we’re… I believe we’re the largest mining corporation. I love the mining, I joined the game because of the RSI Orion that I thought online actually, I got the ship before I actually got the package. So and then yeah, I was looking forward to 3.1 but recently we just learned it’s going to be moved up to 3.0 so we’re all getting excited about that and really looking to go and mine and hopefully going to be a new sector open, maybe Stanton asteroid belt or something where we can go start digging around and yeah.

TW: All right, well Rockseeker thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule and coming and doing this with me and for all you folks at home, we’ll see you next week.

Quantum Questions With Ben Lesnick (Director of Community Engagement and Content Strategy), Cherie Heiberg (Archivist). Timestamped Link.

Ben Lesnick(BL): Hey everybody, Ben here. Welcome to Quantum Questions, the only part of the show where we ask actual questions to actual CIG developers. Questions provided by you the actual subscribers. If you’re not familiar with Quantum Questions, the goal is for a CIG employee to answer as many questions as possible in under two minutes. Our record is 16, set last week by Brian Chambers and this week we have a set of questions that we think will pair very well with a nice sherry. Cherie Heiberg, CIG’s archivist from the Lore team, Cherie how’re you doing today?

Cherie Heiberg(CH): Great!

BL: How many questions are you going to answer?

CH: Twenty.

BL: That would be very impressive, let’s see how it goes. You ready for this?

CH: Yes.

BL: Put two minutes on the clock please… and go. Will there be any further updates to the Starmap?

CH: Yes, we’re working on getting new renders into it and we also want to sync it with the Galactipedia which is a really cool plan.

BL: Which star system has the most planets?

CH: Ellis.

BL: What is the Galactipedia?

CH: Galactipedia is the in universe encyclopedia that describes the history and events of Star Citizen the game.

BL: What can you tell us about Xi'An culture?

CH: It is currently in production right now, we’ve come up with things like religion and relationships and hierarchy and all kinds of cool stuff.

BL: Do the Xi'An lay eggs?

CH: Pass.

BL: Who is the moon Aemilia named after?

CH: Someone.

BL: Where do Flo-Pets come from?

CH: It’s one of the protected systems under the Fair Chance act, I just can’t… it begins with a Y maybe, no it doesn’t begin with a Y, I don’t know. Pass I don’t know, I tried.

BL: The Lore team has been drilling down on one race in particular, getting ready for the next concept ship. Can you name that race?

CH: It’s the Banu.

BL: Why do the Banu hate chairs?

CH: They don’t keep records so no one knows.

BL: What is the coolest star system in Star Citizen, scientifically speaking?

CH: Tamsa, definitely Tamsa.

BL: What is the status of the kickstarter goal, ‘Galaxy map room’ for our hangars?

CH: Oh, we still definitely want to do it but no updates at this time.

BL: All work and no play makes you ______?

CH: So boring.

BL: Where is Sharon’s Nebula?

CH: Sharon’s Nebula is near the Bremen system.

BL: Does the Aquila have either the P-52 or P-72?

CH: Yes.

BL: Favourite ship to fly in Arena Commander?

CH: The Sabre.

BL: Best Dave?

CH: Haddock.

BL: What is the coolest star system in Star Citizen, not scientifically speaking?

CH: I like Horus because it has Serling and that’s tidally locked to this red dwarf star so that’s pretty rad, in my opinion.

BL: That is it, thank you very much. You did an awesome job. For those keeping score at home, that is twelve correct answers, fantastic. So much for the Heiberg Uncertainty principle. If you would like to ask questions for a future Quantum Questions, you can post to the subscriber area in Spectrum. You can also upvote questions you especially would like to see and we’ll keep those in mind. For Quantum Questions, this has been Ben Lesnick, thank you and good night.

MVP With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Jared Huckaby(JH): Hey everybody, Community Manager Jared Huckaby here with this week’s top five and MVP, so let’s get to it.

Number five, Up in Smoke, The Shipyard trailer by Zaqq. Now Zaqq has created a trailer for what appears to be a new series called the UINS Shipyard which will offer quote/unquote in lore reviews of ships in the Star Citizen universe. I look forward to seeing how this series progresses.

Number four, the Explore with Anvil poster by Alastrom. Alastrom has made this fun and very colourful poster highlighting Anvil Aerospace and the ever popular Anvil Carrack. I gotta admit I find myself wondering how this might look if I printed it up and hung it above my desk in the office and I might just find out.

Number three, the Anvil F8 Lightning laser cut model by Ricemaiden. Now we’ve highlighted these laser cut wood models from Ricemaiden before but this may be my favourite yet. Very little is known about the F8 Lightning and its proposed role within Squadron 42 and Star Citizen but this hasn’t stopped this ship from looking any less cool.

Number two, the Star Citizen movie poster by Dan Silverstone. Dan has crafted a compelling display of Star Citizen imagery in building this movie poster concept for Star Citizen. Of course, I’d remiss if I didn’t point out he used the cast for Squadron 42 in lieu of not knowing any of Star Citizen’s cast members but I like the artwork so much I’m willing to give him a pass for it. Great job, Dan.

And finally number one and this week’s MVP, now this person didn’t create any original art or build something with their craft in fact I’m not certain they didn’t anything particular remarkable in the last week but this person with well over 24,000 posts on our older forum system has been a touchstone of development on our website for years. Always quick with a link to a relevant source of reference for any given discussion, for this reason alone this week’s MVP goes to than none other than Grafton. So congratulations Graf, it’s been a long time coming.

Sub-Conscious With Alexis Lesnick (Subscription Manager). Timestamped Link.

Alexis Lesnick(AL): Hello subscribers, I’m Alexis and it’s time for another edition of Sub-Conscious. Your cute little subscriber mini show, whether your Centurion or an Imperator, this subs for you. Where there’s smoke, there’s flair, all active subscribers now have access to our March 2017 flair item which is a framed cover of Hitbox magazine honouring the release of Star Marine. It’s exactly the same kind of framed magazine covers we decorate our lobby here with at CIG, only in the future. On that subject, here’s some flair IRL… backer Ungineer recently gifted GreyHeaded Gamer a real version of the Tears of Fire subflair. Happy birthday GHG! If you could have a real version of any one piece of subflair, what would it be? I’d have to go with Mr. Refinement’s Cabinet of Rare and Exquisite Spirits, let me know your choices in the den. We just finished shooting an all new 10 for the Chairman featuring your questions gathered using Spectrum’s new upvoting process. This time the chairman is joined by Mr. Crusader himself, Tony Zurovec. You won’t want to miss it, there is no release date yet but keep a watch on the Comm-Link for an update in the coming weeks. Now leaping to another topic or should I say jumping, the March issue of Jump Point magazine will go out on Friday. This edition will feature the development of the Anvil Hurricane plus the usual collection of lore articles and fiction. That’s it for this week, thank you so much for your support I hope you’re enjoying your Avenger Titan Renegades and I’ll see you in the Den.

Outro With Tyler Nolin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

TN: That’s all for this week’s episode of Citizens of the Stars. Big thank you to our guest Rockseeker, Cherie Heiberg and the community for making it possible. I’m Community Manager Tyler Nolin and we’ll see you in the ‘Verse.   


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Moonlighting as a writer in her spare time StormyWinters combines her passion for the written word and love of science fiction resulting in innumerable works of fiction. As the Director of Fiction, she works with a fantastic team of writers to bring you amazing stories that transport you to new places week after week.