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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.

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.

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.

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***** 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 *****


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


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



***** 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

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

*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

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

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

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

*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

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

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

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

*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

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

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &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).