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Tutorial

Welcome to the n00bspace tutorial.  This offline tutorial will provide detailed information about every aspect of the game of Darkspace. I have divided the tutorial into several different sections:

Tutorial Part 1: Servers

Types Of Servers
In 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:

Server Types
Scenario This 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.
Metaverse Metaverse 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 time limits.
Combat Combat 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.
Tutorial Tutorial servers do not give prestige, aka "non-ladder". These servers are primarily used for teaching new players how to play the game.

Now 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: Name, Description, Lag, and Players.

Servers
Name This 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 The description of the server has two purposes: It tells what kind and which scenario it is running. There are two types of scenarios:

Scenario - This is a lone server, unconnected with any other.

Metaverse - 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 The 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.
Players This is the total number of players currently on the server, versus the total number of players that can handle the server: # online / # total

Severs 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.

There 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:


At 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:

Server Options
Balanced This 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.
Ladder Ladder 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 not.
Clan When 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.
Linked This simply tells you if the server is linked to any other servers.  Linked servers as a whole are also called the Metaverse.
Max Rank

This 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.

This 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.


Connecting to a Server
Double click on a server name, or right click on a server, and click "connect"

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