Active Dictionary & Gazetteer

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Aphelion Aphelion's picture
Active Dictionary & Gazetteer

Hi, I'm somewhat new to Eclipse Phase, and I was thinking to myself, "Self, there sure are a lot of terms and locations in this game. What I need is an active dictionary and gazetteer that I can run on my Kindle/tablet". And constructing one would be a good way for me to learn my way around the Eclipse Phase universe.

After spending a handful of hours on the project, I'm now up to 600 terms, and I probably have 2-3x that many to go. I plan to produce a Mobi-format .prc dictionary, though it could easily be output as HTML or other formats. On a Kindle, for instance, you could set it as your dictionary, and it would look up the definition of any term (e.g. "futura") or location (e.g. "Feynman") you scrolled the cursor over. It could also be used standalone as an e-dictionary.

So...has anyone already done something like this? And .. if not.. is there any interest in it once it gets closer to completion?

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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I have been trying to maintain a list of corporation names from the publications: http://www.aleph.se/EclipsePhase/Corporations.pdf

Extropian

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Sounds like a pretty neat idea to me. I don't game with my Kindle since two-column PDFs don't display well on a standard Kindle screen, but so long as it was also usable from my laptop, I certainly wouldn't mind something like this.

Aphelion Aphelion's picture
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Update: It's up to 1269 entries, not counting acronyms: 83 corps, 316 locations in the Solar System and 50 outside, 102 political or criminal associations, 47 people, etc. Basically, there's a definition and page reference for most every proper noun or new term in the books, except character-only terms and things in the Game Information sections, unless it's already in common usage (e.g. "pistol"). An HTML copy is here:

http://www.poeland.com/eclipsePhase/EPdictionary.html.

I'm still putting finishing touches on the mobibook (.prc) version.

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Arenamontanus:
Nice work on the Corps list, by the way...that was helpful and found several I'd overlooked. The only ones I saw you might have missed are Daxam (GC103), Eng/Dilworth (SW127), Medusan Shield (EP56), Novafire (GC57), and Sol Brigade (GC57). Maybe RAND think tank (EP98) or Wauxhall Institute (SW127), though those might be university-like entities instead. Hard to say.

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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Wow! Thank you. This is so useful!

And think you for the error list for my corps; I was just thinking of sitting down and updating it with Gatecrashing today.

Extropian

Unity Unity's picture
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Upvote on r-rep.

Hey, maybe now Arenamontanus will remember the difference between Delta and Gamma Forks ;)

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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Now I have included the 23 new companies in Gatecrashing (most just a single mention). Will upload the list shortly.

Micro-rant: Why are there so many mining companies? It is starting to get silly. About 75% of the current economy is in the service sector, not in manufacturing, energy or resource extraction. EP has hardly seen a regress in this area.

RAND Corp is tricky. It is currently a non-profit with an endowment, but it also does contract research. It might have mutated into a corporation, remained non-profit or become a part of the Jovian corporate state. I can imagine part of it breaking away and joining the Argonauts, even.

Of course, there are even stranger constructs. Gatekeeper Corporation is a nightmare, being partially controlled by entities that do not even recognize each other's kind of economics.

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Hey, maybe now Arenamontanus will remember the difference between Delta and Gamma Forks ;)

I say, we at Oxford-Shackleton have the best memory enhancements around! At least my alpha tells me so.

Extropian

Unity Unity's picture
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Hm; but do you believe everything your alpha tells you?

(remember, Delta = AI templates pretending to be egos, Gamma = vapours)