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Sign-up Walkthrough

Sign-up Walkthrough
Apologies if this ruins the surprise when it comes to signing up, but I thought it might be better to know what to expect before you start filling in details.

If you think that this might spoil the surprise, go back now, but remember this if you have any difficulties. We do not anticipate any but then by the same token I am sure there was a good reason makers of floor varnish started putting little images of a man in the opposite corner to the door with a paintbrush in one hand and a big red cross through it. So, first of all, presuming that you want to sign up, click on the Register Link at the bottom left of the screen or from the home page (might be handy to do it in another tab if you want to keep referring to this..
The Human Check
We do not ask too much of you in terms of discrete data - really just an email address and some names. You need to give a password. There is also a human check.
The human check is a simple count the icons and fill in the boxes. There was once incidence of a player also counting the icon next to box to be filled out though in is defence he admitted to a facepalm moment afterwards.

Please use a real email address as this will be required to send you replacement passwords if you forget yours.

Rules
This is just a simple tick screen that steals your soul, well, maybe not that, but does get you to agree to be nice to other players (even if you are destroying their ships). The usual stuff really.

Preferences
This is just a case of deciding on the dropdown preferences and giving some details about yourself and your gaming style. Don't worry if nothing comes to mind - there are plenty opportunities to write more about yourself later. This said, if you are really against even doing a few dropdowns and scribbling a quick comment along the lines of 'I want to run a warfleet and blow things up,' then you have to question if this is the game for you.




At this point you have finished the registering process, though it now moves you directly onto the first mission. It is very easy to click buttons as furiously as possible, though you may miss something such as 'next working day' or 'complete starter mission' etc. So I have done a little screen grab of the message.

1st Mission
This mission is very straightforward and consists of giving some names to your ship and captain, deciding on the species of crew and determining what sort of ship it is going to be. It is as easy just to see then in sequence. As you can see, I have gone for Gulag Fastus as the captain's name.

You will notice in the top menu that Missions is now selected.

This gives you a choice of what type of ship you want. This will also be used to determine which mission immediately follows this.


This is just a case of giving your ship a name. You can always change it later.


We have even highlighted the 'send your orders' for you.


You can see your ship listed here in the Turns tab of the Orders menu. You can click on the position to view its orders. In the future you could have hundreds listed here to send. Simply click the button in the bottom right of the screen. It will disappear from here, having been sent.


If you look, you will notice that the menu is in Turns > Find. When you have dozens of ships, this is where you will go to view them. Eventually you may prefer to use different sorting options, especially if they are in different star systems.


If you didn't view the orders you can still see them by going to the Sent Turns.


If you click view (the little eyeball), you can see the individual orders.


Now you have sent your orders, you can complete the mission. Returning to missions, you can simply press 'Complete'. With this done, you do not 'need' to do anything more until tomorrow after the game has processed. At that time you will be able to start your first voyage - the mission that will be assigned based on the ship design you chose.


If you return to the home page and see in the right section that your mission is still showing, it means that you have not completed it. Simply click 'Starter' and press complete. This will ensure that you move on to the next mission on the next processing day.


In the meantime however you might want to go to the forums > recruitment and say hi. You can recruitment at the bottom of the forums.


Scroll down, reading the recruitment adverts for various affiliations until you come to the forum. Go into any of the topics. Once there you will be able to select 'new topic'.


Use this to create a new post and say hi.


As your next step will be on the next processing day (the game does not run at weekends), you now have time to look at the ship and familiarise yourself with some of the rules as well as go through the various automated though important messages.
You can view the turn for your first ship by going to turns in the top menu.

Day 2

The next day you now have access to the mission appropriate to the ship you chose - in this case the Courier Mission. You can see the mission showing in the top right corner when you log in. Simply select it and it will detail the mission for you.



When you select a mission is gives you the option of assigning a ship to the mission. As you only have one ship, this is pretty obvious. As you get more ships and access to more missions however this becomes relevant. Assigning the appropriate ship can make the difference between success and failure.



The mission is again very straightforward, inserting orders for you in the editor. When you view the editor however you can modify them. The mission only generated the move to the orbit of Londinium in the Britannicus system. I have inserted a few more. I thought scanning the world and doing a little snooping could be interesting so first I issued the order to take off as most scans can only be done in orbit. I inserted a few more orders as you can see and then finally came the order inserted by the mission.



When you select an order it is best to read the description. This will tell you if the order can only be performed in specific locations such as orbit. Even after you have issued the order and it appears in the right hand column, you can double-click it to edit it.

 
News
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Acropolis Now ***

The IMP and GTT have brought peace and stability to Acropolis.

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Goodbye Falconians ***

The galaxy bid farewell to the Falconian Republic as the Human Empire subsumed them into their expanding territories. This marks the second death of an alien civilisation at the hands of the IMP / GTT in recent years. Like the extinguishing of the nearby Ulians, no voices of opposition could be heard from other quarters. This marks a long-period of appeasement by the Detinus Republic and Dewiek Elder Nation.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DOMination * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****



 
***** Inter Galactic News THE MUSICAL *****

*** Norozov, No More ***

Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
Maybe its time for a comeback

Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

Chorus: The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!

Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 

Free Ship when you sign-up
Complete missions for in game rewards
Control everything, up to an entire empire
Dedicated human moderators
Player and Moderator driven plotlines
Discover new worlds to explore, exploit & colonise
Over 20 years of content development
Persistent Browser-Based Game (PBBG)

I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
-Zigic