New Discoveries for Dummies
As I’m sure most of you are aware at the moment, things are a little messy while everything is being decided upon and sorted out. Everything from the name and the logo and who does what and when are all still in the discussion phase. I thought to myself that by the time anything gets decided, there will be a wealth of explorers data lost and un-captured, wrongly named tags and places you visit that are just not interesting enough or too dangerous to visit again.
If like me, you are raring to go and start claiming in the name of ETARC…read on.
Myself and @sir_oops have been developing a handy-dandy questionnaire/survey-thing for you all to use for your new discoveries. The most glaring problem we have right now is a lack of standardisation and this sheet will be the first step in, (hopefully) achieving this. This is for the lost and the new, those that wish to contribute even in some small way.
If you play on PS4 and do not have ready access to a PC, or would rather spend more time exploring than typing this will come in quite handy.
The first sheet relates to new systems, the second sheet deals with planets and the idea is that you print these off or have it open on a PC while playing, and simply complete the sheet. The goal is that it is then transferred to a database like Athena, at your leisure, (yet to be finalised so hold fire on this part for now.)
Anyway, take a look at it, it’s very much a work in progress and by no means a, “Final Version” so if there is anything that you feel needs adding or removing, please speak up! This isn’t Reddit, you will not be flamed for sharing your ideas!
A word on Tagging…
For those who are new and want to get started straight away but don’t wish to tread on any toes, may I humbly suggest tagging the System with ETARC, the individual planets you discover can be named according to your division (if you have one) if you feel this is necessary. The way I see it, if a Frontiers person discovers a planet in a new system, it could then look thus:
ETARC Diasian System, CSFD Diasia, (Diasia being located in the Diasian System and a totally random name I just thought of, of course)
I’m sure people already have their own methodology for tagging and I am by no means forcing this or suggesting my way is better, this is more for people who don’t have their own system in place for tagging. Think of it as a, “Minimum Tag” an option for those that haven’t yet started using tags. I hope it still allows for freedom within the community; a system with a few planets for example, named ETARC Diasian System, then within the System you would have planets named CSFD Diasia, CSHD Gallangalor also highlighting which group discovered them first.
I can see the threads of the future on this board being created by CSFD people advising others that they have found a new System that needs deeper exploration, (cause those Frontiers people just can’t sit still for long enough!) Coordinates/Portal glyphs are shared and along comes the Hub group en masse to categorise and maybe even colonise the System; all under the umbrella of ETARC.
Tagging in itself is a minefield of problems as I’m sure everyone has invested time into their way of doing things. I have tried to tackle this objectively and as mentioned above, there has been no standardisation so improvisation and, “This is how I do it, we should all do it this way” has taken over as no one wants to see their labours rendered obsolete by a new way; which I completely understand. Instead I am proposing a “Minimum Tag” to be adopted by those that haven’t got their own method in place.
This way the system gets the general ETARC tag which is what we are all part of, and each planet within that system can be named by the “Division” if you like, hopefully keeping everyone happy as this is hopefully a basic and least offensive naming convention that will be sturdy enough for future discoveries and not hinder any future decisions on tagging.
I would advise against the naming of planets with numbers and abbreviations that relate to resources etc. Universe Re-seeds make all this redundant so just be imaginative and creative with your names. Using Star Wars as an example, does Endor, Tatooine or Hoth tell you anything about the planets biome?
Players name planets for resources because they don’t have this sheet
So just to summarise…
- Please reply with suggestions and improvements to the Discovery Sheet
- The tagging is there to be adopted if you want to
- I’m not trying to replace your tried and tested ways
- This is all suggestion and aimed as a help, (hopefully) to those that are new here.