November 11th, 2010 by Marianne McCann
There’s been a lot of talk at the LDPW office hours over the last few months about possibly adding a bit more water to the map. One route in particular has shown some broad appeal to those around it.
I call it “The Southern Passage,” even though it may not necessarily be as southern as some things, nor really a passage per se. Still, it would serve to connect the bustling cities of Nova Albion and Bay City with the Abbotts Aerodrome and the inland seas.
Using such a path, a stout-hearted sailor could launch from New Port and sail into any of the inland waterways, sailing even into Mare Secundus or the Sea of Fables. A pilot could fly from the Bay City Municipal Airport in Hau Koda all the way to Abbotts without fearing the treacherous air currents (and lag, no object entry, etc.) of the Ahern Welcome Area.
As someone who does occasionally fly an old Terra Stearman out of Hau Koda and is currently moored in New Port, I love the idea. Presumably, such would also fill the void sea that sits between Luna and Gibson, giving a southern water connection to Nova Albion and Nexus Prime.
No maps have been published on the exact routes such things would take, but if I were to speculate — and dream a bit — I’d love to see one of the below.
This first one seems the most obvious choice given the current land configuration. Nice and simple.
Perhaps the one possible difference from what I’ve heard any mention of is that this expands it by one region towards Cowell, allowing the seaport village to connect *and* also allowing for some connection to the end of the roadway in Noyo. Given there seems no way for actual black top to connect from Bay City and Nova Albion to the eastern side of the world, perhaps the only way would be to provide a ferry hook up to “deliver” vehicles from one to the other.
Edit: After some discussion regarding the sandboxes, I opted to remove a second option that realigned those. I would further suggest sandbox island and extension go one regions’ space south, as shown above, so as to not connect with the mainland. The whole notion being that it allows building and testing that does not impact mainland.
Another Edit: After discussion with Phantom Ninetails in the comments, I humbly offer this possibility, which answer some concerns out of the sandbox, I hope it meets with some approval.
In this one, the sandboxes are all moved one region’s space to the south, and the Southern passage cuts between the vehicle sims and the sandbox. This may certainly be more amenable for Abbotts as well, providing a clear egress from their runway to the West. It also requires less regions to make the passage, which is a big plus.
Anyway, I offer this up for discussion. I have talked with residents of Bay City. Nova Albion, Nexus Prime, Abbotts, and Cowell, and each seems fond of the idea. It is also endorsed by some sailors and aviators.
So what are your thoughts? Maybe we can help push this along somehow.
One Final Edit: It’s Coming, and possibly as soon as the end of this week! Note that the sandboxes will be in the area, but are simply not pictured on this particular map. Also, there could potentially be last minute changes or additions.