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
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
Once all the objects have been loaded, you will come to a
screen that looks like this:
here, you have three options:
will enter you into the game and bring you to the team selection
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
brings you back to the Darkspace Chat Lobby
notice that there is some information here. This is
the information on the server, the same as listed earlier.
you decide just to watch the game, click on the "Observe"
button. This will bring you to the observation screen.
It looks like this:
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.
there are spaces available and you're ready to play, click
the "Play" button. Here's the screen that
should come next:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Part 1: Servers < Tutorial Part 2: Entering
a Game > Tutorial
Part 3: Helm Controls