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Space Station 13

ErifNevowErifNevow Pasadena, MDPosts: 97Member

This thread is about the semi-popular game Space Station 13 (SS13). For those that don't know, its probably the most genius idea ever, but because it was made on BYOND, its glitchy and laggy. Its still incredibly fun though.

 

Basically its about life on a Space Station, at some year in the future. You start a round, pick a job from a decent sized job list, and do that job. Sometimes you play traitor rounds, where someone has to kill someone or steal something. There are other game types, but that is the most popular one. Then there is extended, where nothing is technically supposed to go wrong, save for the occasional meteor shower or an alien infestation. Oh, or if your engineers decide to slack off and let The Singularity (pretty much a giant black hole that powers your station) get loose and start destroying things.

 

If you haven't played it, its worth checking out. It isn't for everyone though. And read this to help you get started:

http://tgstation13.servehttp.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

This is a new players guide: http://tgstation13.servehttp.com/wiki/index.php/New_Players

The following is a quote from the Space Station 13 homepage:

 

"/tg/station 13 is a paranoia-laden roleplaying game set against the backdrop of a nonsensical, metal death trap masquerading as a space station. The game is 2D, sprite, and tile-based. It's written in BYOND, which accounts for its attrocious controls and limited graphical capability. Despite its shortcomings, it's amazingly fun for what it is. Prepare to lose many hours to it."

Newb= Newly Enrolled Wannabe Badass.

Comments

  • JimmacJimmac TXPosts: 1,667Member Uncommon

    Never heard of it. What's fun about it...is it just a survival game? 

    EDIT:

    I also am curious about the following things...

    - do you have a suggested "server" I should play on?

    - do you have suggested days and times which are best to play, if this matters at all? 

    - is there a group of people new players should try to hook up with, like a guild or clan, which are trustworthy and won't grief new players? 

    - any other important tips a new person should know, or anything a new player should watch out for? 

  • CasualGamerCasualGamer Toronto, ONPosts: 55Member

    Yah know, if I was to do a sci-fi MMORPG I'd do it like this:

    3D 3rd person view either top down or some kinda side perspective.

    Start everyone out in a space station or choice of three if I was doing factions.

    Allow for station roles including science/research, defense, builders, shopkeepers, etc.

    Players will have on station challenges such as asteroid showers, equipment malfunction, disease outbreaks, alien attack, etc.

    Eventually allow for space flight from the station to explore and gather resources.

    Players can create new stations in same or different systems.

    Trade begins between stations

    Planetary exploration and colonization

     

    So on and so forth.

  • ErifNevowErifNevow Pasadena, MDPosts: 97Member

    The first thing to note, this is NOT an MMO. It is done sort of MMO, where you see everyone in your server, but there is no real MMO feel to it. Basically you get into a server, some are public, some are not, and play a round, which has numerous endings.

    When a match starts, you get the chance to make a character. That character stays on that server only, but I don't tend to hop servers much. You can pick three favorite jobs, your hair style and color, eye color, and name. Most of this is actually changable in game, with the right help.

    pick the Assistant job your first go around, and learn the interface and controls. Talk in OOC with people, and remember that you don't know much, so ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask to help out certain parts of the station, sample everything and see what you like and don't like.

     

     

     

    Jimmac To answer your questions: 

     

    To your first question, I am not sure whats so fun about it. It allows you to socialize with other people, its about trying to not die from things like aliens and meteors (or playing as the aliens and trying to kill the crew) and some of the other insane stuff that can happen in the game.

     

    - do you have a suggested "server" I should play on? I currently play a private server. Your free to choose any, but Powerful Station was a decent one. FacePunch is OK, but the admin can be a douche

    - do you have suggested days and times which are best to play, if this matters at all? Not really, just whenever your freinds from the server are on.

    - is there a group of people new players should try to hook up with, like a guild or clan, which are trustworthy and won't grief new players? Powerful Station is against greifing, which can occur.

    - any other important tips a new person should know, or anything a new player should watch out for? Yes, the combat system is the most evil thing ever. Its called robusting, which is basically taking anything (yes there is weapon quality still) and hitting someone with it. Its not the best system, but you have a chance to fight.

     

     

    Casual Gamer With yours I am just going to comment on it to say if its in the game or not. 

     

     

    3D 3rd person view either top down or some kinda side perspective. Its 2D, top down, sort of. Its hard to describe.

    Allow for station roles including science/research, defense, builders, shopkeepers, etc. You can choose a job. The main feilds are Science, Medicine, Security, Engineering, Civil Serivce (Janitor, Cook, Bartender, Ect.) and Other (Clown, Mime, ect.)

    Players will have on station challenges such as asteroid showers, equipment malfunction, disease outbreaks, alien attack, etc. Yes, meteors, alien attacks, other alien attacks, genetics doing something stupid, traitors, engineering doing something stupid, ect.

    Eventually allow for space flight from the station to explore and gather resources. There is a mining station.

    Players can create new stations in same or different systems. You technically CAN make a new station, but its hard to do.

    Trade begins between stations. Only one main station.

    Planetary exploration and colonization. Unfortunatly no, but the game is still being updated frequently.

     

     

    Actually, if anyone is interested, I might be able to get a private server up for a tutorial if anyone would like to. PM me or post here.

    Newb= Newly Enrolled Wannabe Badass.

  • JimmacJimmac TXPosts: 1,667Member Uncommon

    Thanks for the thorough reply. I'll give that server you recommended a shot. 

  • ErifNevowErifNevow Pasadena, MDPosts: 97Member

    I hope you like it, and I understand if you don't. It's not a game for everyone, but its very addicting if you can get into it. You kind of have to know how to Roleplay, but its not too bad and your should be able to pick it up.

    Newb= Newly Enrolled Wannabe Badass.

  • JimmacJimmac TXPosts: 1,667Member Uncommon

    Man, it looks cool, but I am so lost. Do you know of any good tutorials? The ones I've found seem to be kind of poorly written. 

  • JimmacJimmac TXPosts: 1,667Member Uncommon

    I am normally murdered within a few minutes of joining. Is this normal? 

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