Con Worlding

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I have been having great difficulty finding some conworld program. Can anyone recommend one or does anyone know of any?
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What exactly should a "conworld" program do?   Make pretty pictures of possible worlds?
Let you edit the conworld?    Generate random conworlds?   Print out invoices for ordering all the parts for a conworld?  

Google gives about 35,000 hits, so there's probably something  out there.

Or you could wait 5 months for "Spore" to come out.


I would like it to generate random pictures of possible worlds. Something similar to this. Please note that this appears to be a project that is no longer in progress.
NBOS Fractal Mapper comes with Fractal World Explorer that will make random worlds and allow you to modify them.
This page has a ton of world building links, forums, etc on it, so many that there was no way I could paste them all here, for past, present, and future worlds. It even has links to online tools to design alien planets, create languages etc. plus a directory of even more links to world building sites, tools, forums, etc.  I think you'll find everything you want here, or in one of the multitude of links from here.

For anyone interested, here are some free links to  planetariums, space simulations, earth info progs.

GrandTour  Voyager and Giotto Space Mission Simulator

Mars MOLA Viewer

Real-Time Interactive Windows Software for Astronomical Observers
Free Windows Program - Controls Most "Goto" Telescopes

Free space simulation and star gazing utility

ORBITER free space flight simulator
The emphasis is firmly on realism
orbiters wiki

This is one I have and really enjoy.
Welcome to Celestia
... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.  
 You can also create add ons for Celestia.

One of the largest projects dealing with random terrain is the Virtual Terrain Project ( ), spanning from real world imaging, to GIS data, to new world generation. They have an extensive library of open source code to get started, plus links to all sorts of information. Best of all it's a fairly active community.

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