Do space stations actually have directionality though? Technically they’re more like ports, not ships. They don’t have any propulsion systems to provide an aft or a fore. That said the nautical terminology sounds cooler and kinda fits the ‘space as an ocean above our heads’ feeling
Since Rad is a spaceshipplane please use aviation directions when on board. Heres a easy example describing how to make your way from dorms to medbay:
“Starting from Dorms, departing to the north, turn left to a heading of 270 and continue for approximately 100 meters. Turn right to a heading of 090 and continue for another 50 meters. Medbay will be located on your left-hand side, at a bearing of 180 from your current heading.”
Just an addendum to this topic: This post is not intended as an opinion on whether these nautical terms should be used or as an encouragement to use them in the game. I personally also find it easier to just speak in cardinal directions.
But it is a fact, whether that is good or bad, that these terms are used in the game. Knowing these should prevent situations like the crew monitor showing a dead person in “Aft Primary Hallway” and the paramedic not knowing which direction to go, or the power monitor showing the “Starboard Quarter Solars APC” as off and the engineer not knowing where that is.
I posted on the Mentor thread about this a while back. Starboard comes from Steer Board, aka the side the rudder was usually on (right as most people are right handed). Port comes from the side of the ship that usual docked at a Port as it wouldn’t damage the rudder. So think Starboard as “right hand” and Port kinda works itself out from there.