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2nd Feb '18 7:02:49 PM nombretomado
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* The Jump Gates allow instellar travel in NexusGate. The Jump Gates have made [[CasualInterstellarTravel space travel a mundane thing]].

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* The Jump Gates allow instellar travel in NexusGate.''Roleplay/NexusGate''. The Jump Gates have made [[CasualInterstellarTravel space travel a mundane thing]].
19th Jan '18 6:15:05 PM Kakai
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* In ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', the game into which the protagonists are transported used to have a network of portals allowing the players to quickly teleport from one hub city to another, but when the story begins, they're all inoperational for unknown reasons.
19th Jan '18 6:11:39 PM Kakai
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* ''VideoGame/{{Subnautica}}'' has two types of them:
** The phasegates, apparently used by humans to travel between various systems of the federation space. The reason ''Aurora'' was nearby 4546B in the first place was to construct a new phasegate in its system.
** [[spoiler:The Precursors had their own network of portals (which the PDA describes as "miniature phasegates") on 4546B's surface, allowing them to quickly move between their various facilities. By the time the protagonist crash-lands on the planet, they're inactive, but most can be restarted from the Primary Containment Facility.]]
13th Jan '18 9:49:08 AM dw42
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* West End Games' ''Web and Starship'' is a strategic space game, in which Earth is caught between two races. The Gwynhyfarr, who roam the galaxy in faster-than-light starships, and the Pereen, who link their planets together in a trans-dimensional "web" which permits instantaneous movement from one system to another but can only be expanded using sublight ships. Earth has access to both technologies, but starts out severely outgunned by both enemies.
9th Jan '18 4:30:41 PM Kalaong
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* Ground level portals built by the lost lost "Roadbuilders" were the main form of transportation in John deChancie's ''Star Rigger'' series. Due to the necessity of having to enter the portal at a very high rate of speed, most cargo was transported by gigantic, fusion powered 18-wheelers. The plot turns on the fact that no-one has a complete map of the network, meaning that the known network is ruled by authoritarian governments, and the only way to escape them is to travel through unmapped "potluck" portals, which are so named because no-one has yet returned from them. [[spoiler:Turns out that the Roadbuilders set the system up like this on purpose; those who are dissatisfied with The Way Things Are can trace a LinkedListClueMethodology all the way to the end of the network - and due to the side effects of FTL travel, ''travel back in time'' to '''the very beginning of the universe''', where the Roadbuilders would listen to their ideas to fine-tune all of existence. In this universe, Jack Kerouac could very easily find himself meeting God, '''''who would ask him for advice!''''']]

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* Ground level portals built by the lost lost "Roadbuilders" were the main form of transportation in John deChancie's ''Star Rigger'' ''Starrigger'' series. Due to the necessity of having to enter the portal at a very high rate of speed, most cargo was transported by gigantic, fusion powered 18-wheelers. The plot turns on the fact that no-one has a complete map of the network, meaning that the known network is ruled by authoritarian governments, and the only way to escape them is to travel through unmapped "potluck" portals, which are so named because no-one has yet returned from them. [[spoiler:Turns out that the Roadbuilders set the system up like this on purpose; those who are dissatisfied with The Way Things Are can trace a LinkedListClueMethodology all the way to the end of the network - and due to the side effects of FTL travel, ''travel back in time'' to '''the very beginning of the universe''', where the Roadbuilders would listen to their ideas to fine-tune all of existence. In this universe, Jack Kerouac could very easily find himself meeting God, '''''who would ask him for advice!''''']]
9th Jan '18 3:04:37 AM Cryoclaste
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* The ''{{Vangers}}'' universe consists of several interconnected universes making up the Lost Chain. Bonus points for the coridors being LostTechnology. ''VideoGame/{{Perimeter}}'', being a prequel, expanded the universe.

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* The ''{{Vangers}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Vangers}}'' universe consists of several interconnected universes making up the Lost Chain. Bonus points for the coridors being LostTechnology. ''VideoGame/{{Perimeter}}'', being a prequel, expanded the universe.
11th Dec '17 5:40:04 AM Cryoclaste
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* It's not the entire universe, but this is how Sabrina's gym works in the {{Pokemon}} games where it appears -- while there are nine rooms and no doors, you'll find a way to her eventually using the thirty paired teleport tiles.

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* It's not the entire universe, but this is how Sabrina's gym works in the {{Pokemon}} Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games where it appears -- while there are nine rooms and no doors, you'll find a way to her eventually using the thirty paired teleport tiles.
2nd Nov '17 4:14:34 PM zarpaulus
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** The “Cherryh” patch reduces the starting FTL options to Hyperlanes, but one can discover natural wormholes or {{Precursor}} gates.
20th Oct '17 3:31:21 PM Anura
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* The Mass Relay network from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Each Relay is possibly linked to dozens of others, all in different systems. It's widely believed that it was built by the {{Pr|ecursors}}otheans 50,000 years ago, along with everything else related to the titular technology. [[spoiler: It turns out that they were ''actually'' built by a group of [[CosmicHorror super-advanced artificial intelligences called the Reapers]] that use them to direct societal and technological evolution along certain lines, making it easier to wipe out all advanced life in the galaxy every 50,000 years.]]

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* The Mass Relay network Relays from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Each Relay is possibly linked ''Franchise/MassEffect'' come in two varieties: Primary Relays that send a ship thousands of light years but only to dozens of others, all it's twin Relay, and Secondary Relays that are limited in different systems.range to "merely" a few hundred light years but can link to any other secondary relay in that range. It's widely believed that it was built by the {{Pr|ecursors}}otheans 50,000 years ago, along with everything else related to the titular technology. [[spoiler: It turns out that they were ''actually'' built by a group of [[CosmicHorror super-advanced artificial intelligences called the Reapers]] that use them to direct societal and technological evolution along certain lines, making it easier to wipe out all advanced life in the galaxy every 50,000 years.]]
1st Oct '17 6:40:26 PM esr
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* The trope-defining portal network in SF was in the 1975 novel ''The Mote In God's Eye'' By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. There were scattered earlier instances in earlier SF, but these authors were the first to fully exploit the dramatic possibilities of jump points and tramlines. In so doing they made these a model for a lot of later space opera, and stimulated interest in the other SF variant of the trope with artificial stargates. Before this novel, point-to-point warp drives were more common in SF than portal networks; after, this reversed.
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