My hope is that Rebellion will offer a way for us to download maps in-game, thus maps can be shared informally and there will be no need to maintain a compilation.
I'd love to see this. I've seen it work in other games before, and it really has a huge impact on the MP community. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this already in play for games made in the ingame map maker? If s- Wait I just had an idea. Has anyone ever tried putting a map in their MapDesigner folder? As if this works for the ingame map maker... It should be calling on that folder, and thus theoretically should work for any map.
Edit: Hows about let's test this!
Edit 2: If anyone's got Ent, I got a game called 1v1 Join! up, see if you can join it.
Edit 3: It works! If you want to share maps through MP/play with people who don't have the map, just put it in (on Win7): AppData\Local\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire\MapDesigner