first time you log into a game server, you will be presented with the character
creation screen. Here you can choose a name to be known by, and a portrait.
There are 3 character stats you can choose, Charisma, Dexterity, and Wisdom. You
have a total of 15 points to distribute among them, with a maximum of 10 on any
one. Charisma helps in trading by getting better prices. Dexterity helps in
combat by allowing your ship to turn faster. Wisdom is the most popular
character stat and helps to conserve warp fuel when you travel about the galaxy.
goal is to have a successful career as starship captain. Success is measured by
your character's Experience total. Successful achievements will earn experience
for your character. Experience determines the character rankings. The characters
and teams at the end of the game with the most experience points are declared
the winners. Your character also has a Reputation rating. Good deeds will earn
positive reputation points, and evil deeds will earn negative reputation points.
You can play the game as a good character or an evil character. Each way has its
pros and cons, and the choice is up to you.
ship is shown in the center of the screen and you can control it using the arrow
keys on your keyboard or using your mouse. Use the up arrow key to thrust, and
the right and left arrow keys to turn. Use the control key to fire your primary
weapon, and use the tab key to fire your secondary weapon. Press the End key to
turn on Enter Mode. IMPORTANT! Enter mode must be used in order to land on
planets, dock at ports, and enter warp tunnels. The Delete key will turn on
Anchor Mode which will keep your ship anchored. These commands can be
accomplished with the mouse as well, using the six quick buttons on the right
hand side of the game screen.
is a menu of options at the top of the game screen. It appears when you move
your mouse cursor to the top of the screen. None of the menu options will have
bad results if you click them so just try them out to see what they do. The term
"jettison" means to throw away cargo.
a moment to view the galaxy map. You can open it using the menu, or by clicking
the 4th button down on the column of quickbuttons on the right side of the game
screen. From the Galaxy Map you can view the layout of the entire galaxy. Use
the buttons labeled + and - to zoom in and out on the map. The colored dots on
the map represent star systems, and the lines connecting them represent warp
tunnels. The red diamond shows which star system you are in currently. The stars
connected by red lines show U.N. Space, which is a protected group of stars
surrounding Earth's system, Sol. Click on a star on the map to highlight it and
see more information. Use the Goto button to engage Autopilot to the highlighted
star system if you desire.
the edges of every star system, you will encounter swirling blue warp tunnels.
This is how you move from one star system to another. To use the warp tunnel,
first turn on enter mode (either click the 3rd button down on the column of six
quick buttons on the right hand side of the game screen, or press the End key or
the F1 key on your keyboard). Once enter mode is on, collide your ship with the
tunnel to warp to the next star system. This is also the way you can enter
planets, starports, and biodomes.
helpful to know how to converse with other players in the galaxy. Any text you
type will be transmitted as a communication to anyone in the same star system as
you. Often you will be the only one in the vicinity, so in order to send a
message to everyone online in the whole galaxy use /shout or /s. In order to
send a private message to one person only, you can use /tell name message (or /t
name message for short). Type /help to see a more detailed list of commands! The
text display in the game can be enlarged by dragging the top of it with your
are two kinds of man-made bases you will encounter in space. In Earth's home
system Sol, there is a StarBASE. Starbases are the major stations and there are
only 4 of them in the whole galaxy. At Starbases you can purchase new ships, and
important hardware, among other things.
other kind of station is a Starport, which is smaller but much more common.
About 1 in every 4 star systems has a Starport. Starports are where you can buy
and sell cargo for a profit. You can also recruit colonists from the Lone Star
is important to know about warp fuel so you can properly conserve it. Warp fuel
is one of the most precious resources in the galaxy and can only be generated
slowly over real time. Warp fuel is required to warp from one star system to
another, and to land on planets and ports. It generally requires about 8 gallons
of warp fuel to make one jump through a warp tunnel. You can see the amount of
warp fuel in your ship's tank by looking at the top of the screen. The lower,
rainbow-colored bar graph shows how much warp fuel you have remaining. Warp fuel
is replenished at a steady rate over real time, no matter if you are online or
offline. A typical rate of generation is 1 gallon every 3 minutes. If you are
getting low on warp fuel, it is advisable to find a safe place to log out. Warp
fuel will continue to generate while you are offline for you to use when you
money, money makes the galaxy go 'round. You will want to amass as many credits
as you can in order to buy new ships and cool hardware. The best way to make
money is by selling cargo to Starports. You can obtain cargo to sell either by
collecting the raw resources off of planets, or by buying them at another
starport. Cargo is stored in your ship's cargo holds, which are represented by
the grid of gray boxes on the right hand side of the game screen.
attention to your Shields amount! Should you encounter hostile forces in the
galaxy, shields are what save your ship from blowing up. Your amount of shields
is shown by the blue bar graph at the top of the game screen. Any damage you
take will reduce your shields level. The only way to replenish shields is to buy
them from a port. Repeat, shields do NOT regenerate, you must buy them. If your
shields level is below 1,000 or 500 is definitely advisable to buy some more.
You never know what could be lurking out there.
red bar graph at the top of the game screen shows your energy level. Energy is
used when firing weapons and when turbo-thrusting (turbo-thrusting is
accomplished by holding down the shift key while thrusting). Energy regenerates
after you use it. Entering warp tunnels and landing on planets requires full
will no doubt encounter other spaceships in your travels. Sometimes they will be
hostile and attack you. You might want to just run away if you get attacked, but
if you decide to fight back, use your ship's weapons with the control and tab
keys on your keyboard. Combat is a good way to earn experience, but is
dangerous. Getting blown up is not much fun, so watch your shields!
can start colonies on planets by purchasing a Biodome at a Starbase hardware
store in the shipyards. See the "Starpedia" in game for more
information on colonies.
"Pax Galactica Server"
of the game server's is "No-player-killing." This server is
recommended for new players as it is less dangerous. In this server players
can't harm each other, and colonies you start can't ever be invaded. You can
still fight NPC ships, and you can still take damage trying to invade certain
colonies. In this server you are also safe while offline instead of having to
find a safe place to park. Some people prefer this game type.
U.N.Protection, and Logging Out
the PK servers, which is most of them, your character stays in the world after
you log off. Because of this you'll want to find a safe place to logout. You
can't be harmed if parked in U.N. Space (the 20 or so systems around Sol denoted
by red lines on the Galaxy Map). You are also safe from harm if you log out in a
Starport. Both U.N.Space and Starports charge a tax while you are parked there
however. Your character must have enough credits to pay the tax or he will be
kicked out into dangerous open space. In U.N.Space the charge is equal to half
your experience per hour. In Starports the charge averages about 2,000 credits
For further information, see the Starpedia inside the game, or ask around. If you have technical problems, or would simply like to share your impressions of the game, you are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.