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After you have connected, you should have to wait until the data is loaded, you actually connect to a server, and your display initializes. You are then brought to a black screen with the Palestar logo. There is a bar at the bottom, and it above it it should say "Connecting to server.palestar.com". The "server.palestar.com" is just a generalization, and this will differ for which server you're connecting to. Once you are connected, the graphic will change to the Darkspace logo. Above the bar it will now say "Loading Objects".  You can watch as the all the bar start lighting up. Once this is complete, you will come to the start up screen for Darkspace.

Sidebar note: Though you are given the option to skip the loading of objects, it is not recommended. Doing so could cause you to experiance problems or extreme lag in the game as it trys to load the uncached objects.

The Startup Screen
Once all the objects have been loaded, you will come to a screen that looks like this:

From here, you have three options:

Startup Options
Play This will enter you into the game and bring you to the team selection screen.
Observe If you do not wish to play, or the server is currently full, you can click here to observe the game. You might want to do this if you are waiting for a spot to open on either team.
Logoff This brings you back to the Darkspace Chat Lobby

 

You'll notice that there is some information here.  This is the information on the server, the same as listed earlier.

Observation Mode
If you decide just to watch the game, click on the "Observe" button.  This will bring you to the observation screen. It looks like this:

You will see a bunch of buttons at the bottom right hand corner, as well as the main display. The buttons are pretty much self explanitory, so I won't go into detail about those.  To exit the observation screen, just click "Exit". This will return you to the previous menu.

Play Mode
If there are spaces available and you're ready to play, click the "Play" button.  Here's the screen that should come next:

You can now select which faction you wish to join. When you select a faction, it will dispaly some background information about that faction and the current scenario. It will also display the number of ships and controlled planets that are in that faction. In a balanced game, only one faction will be highlighted that you can join.  In a non-balanced game, you can join whatever faction you wish. Once you have selelcted a faction, you will be brought to the ship selection screen.

Ship Selection

This is the ship selection screen. It will ask you to select a ship. From the ship selection screen, you will be able to view all the available ships in Darkspace, however depending on your badges, rank, and rank limit (on the server), you will only be able to choose certain ships. To the left, you will see a vertical bar of icons. Each icon represents a different Ship Hull Class. The highlighted icon is the current hull class you are viewing. You will then notice there are different Ships Types for each icon that you select. Highlighted ship type buttons indicate that you meet the requirements to access that ship and that particular server allows that hull class. If you are unable to select a ship (due to rank restrictions, insufficient rank or badges), the ship type button will appear darker. Once you have selected a ship, you can view its description and systems layout which will appear in the Ship Description / Display Area. It should look like this:

After you are satisfied with the ship that you have selected, hit the Command button to be launched into the server. If you do not wish to play, click the Cancel button, or if you want to choose or view another ship, simply look around. Follow these links for more information on ships:

From this screen, you can also chat with your teammates. To chat, simple press Enter, followed by your message, and Enter again to send the message. A good way to choose a ship is to ask your team what ships are needed, and see if you have that ship available for selection. If not, choose any ship that you wish. Click the select button when you're ready to command your vessel.

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