Sketches – Planet Fenris Mk1

Unlike the previous bit of worldbuilding, I know exactly which planet this is. Fenris has gone through a few revisions, but this was the first time where I settled into a collection of landmasses I'm happy with. After doing a few other test drawings (that really were just practice runs) I ended up rolling with… Continue reading Sketches – Planet Fenris Mk1

Sketches – Unknown Planet

Part of any kind of world building is, well, actual world building. Truth be told, I'm not actually sure which planet this is, if it is one. I've crosschecked the numbers versus my references, and nothing I have is the right number of plates OR the approximate hydrographic percentage. So I think this is a… Continue reading Sketches – Unknown Planet

Character Snapshot: Chief Engineer Vilpol

Having served for over forty years in engine rooms, Chief Engineer Vilpol has seen it all. And don't you forget it. Though he started his career on waterborne craft, the growth of space exploitation carried many skilled engineers from their surface professions into space, and Chief Engineer Vilpol was part of that initial wave. His… Continue reading Character Snapshot: Chief Engineer Vilpol

You call your ship what?

While all ships have an official name, more often than not the crew will often call a ship by its nickname. Some nicknames come from (in)famous incidents or battles. Others are just puns on their official name. A few nicknames seem to defy any kind of logic, but just "are" in the same way that… Continue reading You call your ship what?

Ship Classification Societies

While shipyards build ships and shipping companies operate (and usually own) ships, who examines the designs that the yards build off and ensure that the shipping lines operate safe equipment? The answer to that is the Ship Classification Society. As an organization, they maintain the technical standards for the construction and operation of space ships,… Continue reading Ship Classification Societies

Iris doors: Who approved these?

Iris doors? Oh, they're very shiny, very high tech. Nothing says "future tech" more than an iris door. But you really don't see them on spaceships anymore. What's the problem with iris doors? Well, a couple of things. First off, they're complex pieces of hardware. Ever see one with the maintenance panels off? That's a… Continue reading Iris doors: Who approved these?