Darkspace, you can join many different types of servers. These
different types of servers will have different parameters, so
be wise in which one you choose. Here are the types of servers:
is the main server type that is used by server hosts. Playing
on this will allow you to gain prestige and ranks, depending
on the servers parameters. These servers are stand-alone,
and are time limited.
refers to a massive unviverse of linked systems. Think of
it as a bunch of scenario servers connected together. How
are these connected? By jump gates. These servers have no
servers are dedicated to fast and furious combat, however
you do not gain any prestige in these servers (aka "non-ladder").
Combat servers are mainly used for testing new codes.
servers do not give prestige, aka "non-ladder".
These servers are primarily used for teaching new players
how to play the game.
you're ready to play your first game. To do this, click on the
"Servers" button from the menu bar. This should
bring up a list of servers that are currently running Darkspace
scenarios. The servers are subsequently divided up by four catagories:
Description, Lag, and
is the name of the server. Sometimes this will give you
information about the server, i.e. who is running it, and
whether or not it is a "newbie" friendly server.
"Newbie" friendly servers are ones
that put a limit on the maximum rank player that can play
on that server, so lower ranked players don't feel overwhelmed
by powerful ships. These servers are great for getting a
idea of the game and gaining prestige in the Darkspace game.
description of the server has two purposes: It tells what
kind and which scenario it is running. There are two types
- This is a lone server, unconnected with any other.
- Servers running "Metaverse" are connected
with other servers that are also running Metaverse, which
can be travelled to in the game via the jump gates.
lag is the amount of time that it takes the server to respond
to your system. The smaller the number here, the better
the lag, and hence the smoother gameplay.
is the total number of players currently on the server,
versus the total number of players that can handle the server:
# online / # total
can be sorted by any of these catagories. To sort the servers,
simply click on the catagory you wish to sort by. It is recommneded
that you sort by Lag, because those servers with the
least lag will run the smoothest.
is also another feature you should note. When you select a server,
you can learn more information about what kind of restrictions
the server is running if you leave your mouse over the server
name for a few seconds. This should bring up a smallbox.
It should look something like this:
the top, the server's name is listed. Next, the description
of the scenario is listed, and states whether or not it is Metaverse
or not. Next is a list of 8 options that the server can specify.
The key options to note are:
means is the server balancing the teams or not? Balancing
is done on account of the number of ships each factions
has and the number of planets each one controls. This
is NOT, as some people might think, an even number of players
on each team.
indicates whether the server is recording all the data that
takes place on the server. Another words, Ladder servers
will record your prestige gain. Non ladder servers will
you join a clan, the clan should have an affiliation with
either ICC or the UGTO. If Clan is enabled on a server
and you are in a clan, you will automatically be placed
into that faction under your Clan name. For example, if
captnsmooth is a part of the DI clan (affiliated with
ICC), if he joined a server running clan, then he would
automatically join ICC:DI
when he joined in the game.
simply tells you if the server is linked to any other servers.
Linked servers as a whole are also called the Metaverse.
tells you what the maximum rank that is allowed on the
server. A "newbie" friendly server, such
as this one, will often restrict the maximum rank at Lt. Commander
to Captain. This way lower ranked players don't
feel overwhelmed by powerful battle ships.
does not mean that the server limits players to only that
rank and below on that server. For instince, a Fleet Admiral
could play on a Max Rank: Lieutenant Commander server,
however he/she would not be able to access any ship requiring
a higher rank than Lieutenant Commander.
Part 1: Servers > Tutorial
Part 2: Entering a Game
to a Server
click on a server name, or right click on a server, and click