Seldon's Compendium of Starcraft presents a wide range of Starships. These vessels have been selected from among the most popular ships in common use in the space lanes at each tonnage they represent. A large number of shipyards are also represented by this selection. Naturally, with the wide range of ships shown, and with the size variations required to give the reader a clear picture of the types of craft employed by merchant shippers, no constant scale can be employed with all deck plans. For this reason, each deck plan is accompanied by a five meter scale bar for accurate scale with that particular deck plan.
As a matter of convention the following rules should be followed in reading the deck plans. First, deck number 1 is the top deck and the higher numbered decks are below that deck in numerical order (the highest numbered deck is the bottom deck). Decks can be alligned properly by lining up the hatchways and/or elevators to see how the decks fit together. All nomenclature on the plans is consistent and can be found in the key on this page.
It should be noted that areas designated as recs (recreational areas) include dining facilities and galleys. Such recs will vary in decor and exact layout with the ships within a given class as each shipping line will have unique specifications for such areas. Even two ships of the same class own'ed by the same StarShip Line will have different decor and cuisine in rec areas so as to have a unique character for each StarShip in the line.
The deck plans create a cross section of the ships from a plane running through the floor of each deck. Thus, any turrets on the sides of the ship that are on these planes will be shown, but turrets or hardpoints above the top deck or below the bottom deck will not be shown on the plans. Some weapons systems are only shown by the gunners' couches on the plans for these reasons and reference should be made to the Ship Stats to determine exact number of Primary and Secondary weapons systems.