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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Starship Deckplans Links Compendium

by Ken Newquist / February 28, 2011

One of the big differences between running a fantasy campaign and a science fiction campaign is that when playing SF, I find myself constantly looking for starship deckplans.

With a fantasy campaign, many of the maps revolved around buildings, dungeons or overland adventures, and those sorts of maps were easy to knock out over lunch. Failing that, I had plenty of maps from 20+ years of Dungeons & Dragons that I could fall back on.

With my Star Wars campaign though, the adventures are split between world-based exploration and starship- or space station-based combat. Starship based adventures represent perhaps 1/8 to 1/4 of the encounters I run, but when I do run them I often find myself scrambling for deckplans.

The big reason there is that it takes more effort to come up with a rational-seeming starship. A dungeon can be as simple as a series of rooms, but with a starship players always want to know where to find the bridge, engineering, jeffries tubes, etc.

That's where ready-made deckplans help. The Star Wars rule books (regardless of edition) help with this, as they often feature deckplans for smaller ships, but the place where I consistently come up short is with frigate and larger vessels. I don't expect anyone to map out the Death Star (though I'm sure somewhere, somehow, someone is working on it) but a few detailed plans of light and heavy cruisers would be helpful.

I'm still searching for those, but over the last few years I have accumulated a goodly number of starship deckplan links. Here are some of the best, which I'll be featuring in an upcoming Knights of the Dinner Table column. If you know of a deckplans site that isn't listed here, please add it in the comments or email me at nuketown@gmail.com and I'll add it to this list.

The Traveller Deckplan Page
http://www.ace-dog.co.uk/Traveller/DeckPlans/DECKPLAN.HTM

Brook's Traveller Lowport
http://www.sff.net/people/kitsune/traveller/

Peter's Traveller Page
http://www.sff.net/people/kitsune/traveller/peter/

Serenity RPG resources and deckplans
http://www.fireflyfans.net/fulluserbluesunlist.asp?un=Hans

Colonial Chrome: Deckplans for Star Wars freighters, speeders, starfighters and capital ships.
http://www.colonialchrome.co.uk/Pages/Root_1_Ship_Menu.html

Ki-Ryn: Future Armada: Extensive collection of starship maps, ranging from tramp freighters to space stations to battleships available for purchase.
http://ki-ryn.com/Future_Armada/

Star Wars Deckplans Alliance: Lots of freighter- and starfighter-class maps.
http://deckplans.00sf.com/

Star Wars Maps: A collection of battlemaps and starship deckplans. Useful for minis games or RPGs.
http://the-holocron.com/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=36&func=s...

The Star Trek LCARS Blueprints Database: A variety of Star Ship deckplans and blueprints.
http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/blueprints-main2.php

Cosmographer 3: Traveller Starship Deckplans
http://www.profantasy.com/products/cos3_deckplans.asp