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# 1 Map lines... or space lanes?
02-04-2010, 10:41 AM
What are these for?
Do they do anything?
For example there is a big one that goes right through the USS Azura from Sol and then to the Pico system...
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# 2
02-04-2010, 10:49 AM
They're (as much as I understand it anyway) 'trade routes'. In-Universe, they're just depictions of trade routes etc between systems.

Mechanic wise, they're to help make it clearer your movement and position by having points of reference. Same reason for the asteroids all over the place in space maps and the impulse trails.
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# 3
02-04-2010, 10:50 AM
Now that there are traders, the trade lane markers make it easier for people to find traders when they are in Sector space.
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# 4
02-04-2010, 10:50 AM
Aren't they trade lanes? So most trader cargo ships follow them or somesuch...
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# 5
02-04-2010, 10:55 AM
Good question and it's something that I was thinking about also. Let's come up with some good conspiracy theories until someone gives us the correct answer.
  • The lines are actually a clue to your future. The Devs, in their infinite wisdom, drew these lines so observant Starfleet Captains would know the best order to complete quests.
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  • They are actually lay lines of power. If you sit in one of the bigger lines for an extended period of time, you'll be logged off.
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  • When viewed from high above, they are clearly animal pictographs drawn by an ancient civilization
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  • The lines are actually cosmic rivers. If you travel along them the speed of your ship will increase and you will be able to travel more quickly than normal
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# 6
02-04-2010, 11:01 AM
Thanks
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# 7
02-04-2010, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by branix View Post
Good question and it's something that I was thinking about also. Let's come up with some good conspiracy theories until someone gives us the correct answer.
  • The lines are actually a clue to your future. The Devs, in their infinite wisdom, drew these lines so observant Starfleet Captains would know the best order to complete quests.
    ---
  • They are actually lay lines of power. If you sit in one of the bigger lines for an extended period of time, you'll be logged off.
    ---
  • When viewed from high above, they are clearly animal pictographs drawn by an ancient civilization
    ---
  • The lines are actually cosmic rivers. If you travel along them the speed of your ship will increase and you will be able to travel more quickly than normal
Hahaha, love it.

However, to actually speed up travel when following one would be nice. When you come back from Sol, the trip is somewhat long and boring.
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# 8
02-04-2010, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by branix View Post
[color="Cyan"]Good question and it's something that I was thinking about also. Let's come up with some good conspiracy theories until someone gives us the correct answer.
Q was playing "connect the dots" with the galaxy.
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