Compass Hub attempts to make it easy to travel to any spot on the planet that you can mark on your compass or see on your atlas. Builds, shops, player dots, regions, custom coordinates. Set your destination and use the direction and distance to find a portal to save you some walking distance. Our aim is to connect most major builds and a large area of the planet within 500m.
- Raxxa through the Guardian Network, Dagny Falls, and Sylva.
- Sochaltin I through the Guardian Network, DK Hops EU, TNT Sochaltin (Alteria Sildwin), and Sin City.
- Cephonex Merika through the Guardan Network, TNT Ceph Merika (Onesimus), Showroom US-E, Squach Sanctuary
- Pheminorum through the Guardian Network, TNT Phemi (Mt Olympus), CSS New Life, MYTH
- Maryx through Guardian Maryx, EZPZ, Deku, and Bastion
- Biitula in Guardian Hub Biitula next to the Besevrona Resource Portal
We are not your typical portal hub. Some of our portals are unfuelled–instead, a sign tells you how to easily get there in 2 jumps through a portal we do connect to.
Compass Hub is named as such to make it clear that this hub is optimized for Compass use. Whether you are exploring the world, following the shop scanner, looking for builds, or a new player lost in the middle of nowhere, Compass hub will help you get where you want to go. We hope this name is self-explanatory. Set a destination on your compass and face the direction you want to go, and the hub will either have a portal or give you directions.
We strategically selected our first few portals to cover active shops on the planets and undeveloped wilderness. We will announce and release a hub when a large fraction of the civilized planet is within 500m walking distance.
Dear interplanetary hubs
Like PS, Ultima, TNT. Please join up with us if you think Compass Hub would be a good addition to your networks I have reserved portals and signs to your current hub locations, so even if we don’t have a portal to you yet, people can still use you to find what they are looking for. Example: TNT Raxxa is 1800S so a traveller coming into our hub who wants to go 2000m S will think “ok I just need to get to TNT Raxxa, which everyone knows how to do.”
Dear planetary residents
Unlike most hubs, I do not publicly sell portal tokens, which is necessary to make sure our limited spots cover the world. Please contact me, mowlice, or Dustberg if I have missed your build during scouting or if you’d like a portal! Please feel free to build nearby wilderness portals we have provided :).
Tagging people who showed early support and enthusiasm for our build
Sorry to anyone whose forum tag I don’t know :).
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We chose 3x3 and 4x4 plots because we wanted the signs to be legible from the center. In version 3 we went with 5x5 plots and 36m walls (34x34 floor space)–corners are still legible.
We made sure the center of each hub was empty and flat to improve sign legibility.
We placed black behind the signs for legibility.
We split the world into a grid of 5x5 and selected locations near the centers of each cell in that grid. The width of a cell is 2304x2/5. The diagonal distance from the cell center to a corner is 2304xsqrt(2)/5 = 600m. We felt that this was a walkable or grapple-able distance.
We focus on directions and distances, with settlement names provided when we knew them.
We made sure to distinguish diagonal directions, splitting each direction into half cardinal and half diagonal.
We personally selected portal hosts and scouted them out in order to optimize for covering the map but also to ensure we had connections (sometimes indirectly) to the most important builds on the planet.
We put up signs before putting up portals so that even with 0 oort cost, those signs would provide some useful information.
In version Biitula we made the floor the top block of a plot, so that almost the entire floor could be used as a warp zone. It can be hard to find a clear area where nothing regens, but the ocean is nice for that.
I hope that these design motivations provide a starting point for future generations of Compass Hubs, whoever may be the one to make them.
I am extremely proud to announce the opening of two experimental Compass Hubs that I have built in collaboration with mowlice and Dustberg.
You can find Compass Hub Raxxa through the Guardian Network, Dagny Falls, and Sylva.
You can find Compass Hub Sochaltin I through the Guardian Network, DK Hops EU, Alteria Sildwin, and Sin City.
HUGE thanks (merci beaucoup) to the following:
Generously hosting crucial portals:
Far From Home
Generously providing access to their own hubs: