This manual is designed to aid you in playing Nexus

This manual is designed to aid you in playing Nexus
This manual is designed to aid you in playing
Nexus -The Jupiter Incident.
Nexus is a real-time tactical space game. As
Marcus Cromwell, a famous space captain, you
have to complete diverse missions in space, while
regularly getting new spaceships and
equipment.
The manual shows the game usage in two parts.
The rst part, the screens description, is about basic game
usage, and anyone who reads it will be able to play the game. The
second part titled Game Function details the game mechanics and is
aimed at those who want to know how things work in the game and why.
The middle section of this manual features a controls keycard.
IMPORTANT! If we write about things which are meant to be spoilers in
the game, then we will colour it with a dark background colour.
1.1
Operating System:
Processor:
Memory:
Hard Disk Space:
CD-ROM Drive:
Video:
Sound:
DirectX®:
Modem:
1.2
1.
2.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP
Pentium® III 1.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz or
faster (1.7 GHz or faster recommended)
128 MB RAM minimum (256 MB recommended)
1.4 GB free
4x Speed
NVIDIA® GForce 2 (64 MB NVIDIA® GForce 4
or ATI Radeon Hardware T&L card
recommended)
Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP-compatible sound
card
DirectX® version 9.0b or higher
64 Kbps modem for LAN/Internet play
(Broadband Internet connection
recommended)
SETUP AND INSTALLATION
Start Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP.
Insert the Nexus - The Jupiter Incident CD-ROM CD1 Install Disc into
your CD-ROM drive.
If AutoPlay is enabled, a title screen should appear. If AutoPlay is
not enabled, or the installation does not start automatically, click on
the Start button on your Windows® taskbar, then on Run. Type
D:\Setup and click on OK. Note: If your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is
assigned to a letter other than D, substitute that letter.
Follow the remainder of the on-screen instructions to nish installing
Nexus - The Jupiter Incident. Installation requires a key code found
on the back of the manual.
Once installation is complete, click on the Start button on the
Windows® taskbar and choose Programs/ Nexus - The Jupiter
Incident/Nexus to start the game’s launcher.
3.
4.
5.
NOTE:
You must have any Nexus CD in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
During the installation, you can select to install the MOD tools or
you can install them later. They will take up approximately 100 MB disc space
including the examples.
1.1 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
1.2 SETUP AND INSTALLATION
2
SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN
To play the game in single player mode, select Single Player Campaign
from the launcher menu.
2.1
OPTIONS
Selecting Options enables you to adjust the game to be optimal for your
PC. Among the Rendering functions, the Force DirectX8 version option deserves
special notice. It can happen on some DirectX9 video cards that the game slows
down when a large number of units are on the screen. Switching render mode to
DirectX8 can help solve this problem.
You can create a custom prole using the render and effect options.
The two most processor demanding effects are Dynamic Shadows and Full
Screen Glow, turning these off can improve performance radically even on slower
computers.
You will nd Sound options on the right. You can allow or disallow computer voice warnings using the Warning sounds option.
It’s recommended to turn Tooltips on in the miscellaneous section until
you become familiar with the game.
Turn Camera to Selected controls function allows or disallows the
camera to automatically turn towards a selected object.
2.2
PLAYING THE GAME
2.2.1
START CAMPAIGN
Before you can start a new game, you have to name a campaign. This
will create a folder where your save games will be stored.
There are three difculty levels available:
• Beginner
• Experienced
• Professional.
2.2.2
CONTINUE LAST GAME
If you have played previously this option will automatically load your last
saved game.
2.2.3
LOAD GAME
This option enables you to load any previously saved game.
2 SINGLE PLAYER
2.1 OPTIONS
2.2 PLAYING THE GAME
3.
SCREENS
The game will predominantly take place on the tactical screen, namely
the battlefield. You will be viewing the Starmap and Briefing screens between
missions, and take part in other interesting pieces of information and novelties
during the Interactive briefing. Further, you can read the personal Diary of Marcus
Cromwell, which adds another immersive layer to the story. You can reach the
Ship configuration screen from the Starmap as well, allowing you to modify and
repair your ships.
3.1
TACTICAL SCREEN
The tactical screen is where the battles take place.
The game controls can seem complex at first, but are easy to get familiar
with after some practice. The game can be paused at any time using the Space
key. All control interfaces are working in pause mode, so the field of battle is
fully viewable, and new commands can be given which will be executed with the
Space key. We recommend the use of tooltips.
3.1.1 SCREEN ARRANGEMENT
1
Own units panel
2
Other units panel
3
Information panel
4
Other units
information panel
5
Command line
2
4
1
6-7-8 Manual panel or
Repair panel
9
9
Objective panel
3
3
SCREENS
3.1 TACTICAL SCREEN
3.1.1 SCREEN ARRANGEMENT
5
3.1.2 1 - OWN UNITS PANEL
The units that you can control are
listed here. All ships will show class (icon
shape), name, and actual damage level
(green bar) and shield condition (blue bar,
shown only if the ship has active shield). If
the ship transports other, smaller spacecraft,
then these will be listed underneath it, and
thin lines will connect them to their carrier.
Every icon denotes a single ship, fighter
squadrons usually consist of three fighters.
To change the list’s order, click the
small arrow.
Damage: Arranges ships according to
damage sustained.
Priority: Importance sequence. All ships and objects have an importance value,
based on their relevancy in the given mission. If the goal of the mission
is a space station, it will be at the top of the list.
Size:
Arranges ships according to size.
Distance: Arranges ships according to distance to the selected target.
If the list contains many ships, it is scrollable using the left side scrollbar
or the mouse wheel when mouse pointer is over it.
Next to your own ships are their identification numbers in white. Other
objects (right list) have identification letters. This serves the purpose that if a ship
has a target, the target’s id number or letter will be displayed in orange next to it,
so you can track your ships´ targets and units targeting your ships easily.
IMPORTANT! Ships with aggressive behaviour will use weapons other than
ordered to, and will choose targets for these on their own. A ship can thus fire at
two targets or more at the same time. In this case, only the primary target’s ID
number will be displayed, not the secondary.
Beneath the objects you can see their damage level (green bar) and shield
state (blue bar). Track these carefully.
3.1.2 OWN UNITS PANEL
3.1.3 2 - OTHER UNITS PANEL
On the right side you can see all
other units or objects that you can not
control: enemies, neutral objects (for example
stations) and friendly objects.
To avoid mixing up the units and to
keep the list comprehensible, we differentiate
between three categories, divided by
horizontal lines.
Enemy: Enemy ships are always at the top
of the list.
Neutral and unidentified: All identified
neutral and other unidentified objects belong
in this list.
Friendly, allied:All friendly but uncontrollable
units are shown here. These can be space
stations or ships belonging to the fleet.
Units can sometimes switch categories,
for example if a neutral ship turns hostile.
This panel also has an arrangement
possibility. The only difference is that the
arrangement types are compromised by
categories.
Example: if you arrange the list by size and
the Neutral category has the largest object
in it, that particular object will not be displayed at the top of the list, because that
place is reserved for enemy ships. It will be placed at the top of the Neutral list,
right below the dividing line at the bottom of the Enemy category.
If a list contains a lot of ships, it is scrollable with the right side scrollbar or
mouse wheel when mouse pointer is over it.
3.1.4 3 - INFORMATION PANEL
On lower left side you can see the information panel of the selected friendly
and controllable ship.
The ship’s name is displayed at the top, where you can see the captain’s
portrait as well. Above the portrait are small figures, showing how many heroes
are onboard, including the captain. Clicking the captain’s image will reveal all of
the onboard heroes and their abilities (discussed later).
Next to the ship’s icon is the captain’s rank icon, below
3.1.3 OTHER UNITS PANEL
it are ship damage and shield state bars.
3.1.4 INFORMATION PANEL
The next section shows the state of the
ship’s energy systems. The blue stripe at the
top is active if the ship carries Reserve Energy
cells, in which case it shows the cell’s charge
level.
Below it, listed in a line, are stripes
showing the ship’s energy systems. There can
be four independent energy systems on a ship.
These are:
Support: All devices not belonging in the
categories below.
Shield: The energy usage of the shield
generator. Only active if the ship has shield.
Weapons: The energy usage of the weapons systems.
Engine: The energy usage of the ship’s drives.
You can read further about this matter in the Energy systems functions part.
Below the energy settings, you can see the buttons, with which you can
allow or disallow the usage of weapons using ammunition. These buttons set if
the ship is allowed to use these weapons when completing commands.
At the bottom are the settings for the ship’s behaviours:
Aggressive, Defensive, Stealth or Focused.
Behaviours influence the way commands are carried out; you can read
more about them in the Behaviours section.
3.1.5 4 - OTHER UNITS INFORMATION PANEL
You can turn these ON/OFF using the two buttons (Device and Info) above
the Other Unit list.
The information panel contains the selected object’s major traits: name, class,
damage level, shield state. If the target has other information that the scanners
can reveal (like a secret) this will be shown as well.
The target’s device panel is only active if devices are
identified. Targets without devices never show this
panel.
3.1.5 OTHER UNITS
NFORMATION PANEL
Shield:
Weapons:
Supports:
Engines:
Devices are divided
into four groups, and
can be seen by
clicking the folder
markers:
The object’s shield
The object’s weapons and the DataScanner
All other devices, including IP drive.
The object’s drives, if applicable (stations do not have
drives)
IMPORTANT! You can only view identified devices on the panel! You can find
more on recon in the Recon chapter.
The panel has an important role during battle. If you issue an Attack devices
command against an enemy vessel, then you can choose which specific device
to target on this panel. To do this, just click the device in question. The selected
device’s name will flash.
You can also track a device’s state by checking the device state bar below it.
Intact devices are green, inoperatives are red, and destroyed devices are grayed
out.
3.1.6 5 - COMMAND BUTTONS
You can view the command buttons at the bottom of the screen. There is
a total of 13 commands. For detailed info about each one, see the Commands
chapter.
IMPORTANT! Units can only be given one command at a time. Issuing new
commands will override old ones. If the active command is Approach and you
issue an Attack command, then the Approach command will be cancelled. This
does not mean that it is impossible to manoeuvre during combat!
The command contains all actions necessary for its completion, depending on
behaviour settings. These are:
• Drive handling
• Closing in on target
• Weapons handling
• Turning shield On/Off
• Using other devices
A command is a complex sequence of instructions serving a single purpose.
3.1.6 COMMAND BUTTONS
Example: A Gorg enemy ship is travelling 25
kilometers away. You issue an Attack Hull command
with a defensive behaviour. Your ship will head for the target using its evasive
drive (if mounted). It will instantly begin charging its shield. Once in firing range,
it will activate its ECM system (if mounted) to decrease the enemy’s chances of
hitting it and will open fire with all weapons suitable for hull attack.
3.1.7 6 - MANUAL PANEL
IMPORTANT! Clicking manual or command mode will override any other issued
commands.
You can turn the Manual panel on using the small Hand icon to the left of
the commands panel. This panel will display all controllable devices.
Shield:
Weapons:
Supports:
Engines:
Only one shield generator can be present on a ship.
All the ship’s weapons and the DataScanner.
All other devices, including IP drive.
The ship’s drives. Only one can be active at a time.
To activate devices, you only have to click them. If the device needs a
target, then you can designate it the usual way by right clicking the target. The
target’s ID will be displayed next to the device. If you want to target multiple
devices, just left click all devices first, then designate the target with the right
mouse button.
The names of active, functioning devices are highlighted. You can track the
charge level of shield and weapons on the charge level bar in the background of
the device’s name.
Destroyed or non-functioning devices are not active and cannot be selected.
3.1.8 7 - SHIP MOVEMENT PANEL
Next to the manual panel is the selected ship’s manual
movement control panel. You can set the ship’s relative
distance to its target using the three icons above it.
Combat range: Most weapons work from this range
Artillery range: Only powerful artillery weapons bear from this range
Bomber range: Only fighters and bombers can be
3.1.8 SHIP MOVEMENT
launched from this range the strip visible beneath
PANEL
the three icons shows the actual distance from the target. The white triangle
shows your own ship, the red one symbolizes the enemy ship.
Beneath this is the Drive Energy Usage bar, and the manual speed setting
bar. You can use the bar by clicking the line, or by moving it with the left mouse
button pressed. It is important to note that if you set a greater speed amount than
100%, the ship will start depleting its reserve energy cells to provide the energy
needed. This is displayed on the left side on the Energy systems panel.
3.1.9 8 - REPAIR PANEL
The repair panel can be switched on using the small wrench icon.
All ship systems that can sustain damage (except the hull) are shown
here. Repair is automatic, and the ship’s mechanics will repair all damage. The
only exception to this rule are destroyed devices, these can only be repaired in
spaceports. (See Fleet screen)
Devices that are being repaired are flashing. The crew can repair 3-5
devices at the same time. Sometimes situations can arise when there are more
damaged devices; in this case, you can assign repair priorities to each damaged
device. This will be shown with a number next to the device. The higher the
number, the higher the priority. If you assign too much high priorities to multiple
devices, your repair capacity will be depleted and will not be available for other
devices.
Angelwing
This ship repairs itself during combat, hull as well as devices. It doesn’t matter if a
device is destroyed, it can repair any damage in due time. You never have to repair the
Angelwing on the fleet screen - it’s a tough little ship.
3.1.10 9 - OBJECTIVE PANEL
You can activate this panel by clicking the small “i” letter icon at the top
of the information panel. You can view your mission objectives and read all
dialogues, and view all tutorial subjects as well.
3.1.9 REPAIR PANEL
3.1.10 OBJECTIVE PANEL
3.1.11
COMMANDS
Commands and Behaviours are strongly intertwined. Behaviour will always
strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
Any active command’s icon will be highlighted.
The icons of active commands without designated targets will be flashing.
Icons of unavailable commands will be dimmed.
Auto (F1)
All previous commands are overruled by current behaviour settings.
IMPORTANT! this command does not equal AI control. The ship will not make
any decisions, it will only react to anything that happens to it. It can be treated
as a “Wait for player” command, since the ship will basically remain idle until
circumstances or behaviour force it to act.
Hint: Combining this with Focused behaviour will cease all firing from the
ship, namely the ship will never fire any weapons.
Approach (F2)
Go to close combat range (5 km or closer) relative to the target. The ship
will change direction and use drives depending on behaviour.
Hint: The ship will automatically open fire on all enemies in aggressive
mode!
Hold Position (F3)
The ship stops and holds its position. If attacked, it will try to defend its
position.
Run away (F4)
This command orders the ship to disengage from a target and try to get as
far from it as possible.
Hint: Not very useful against faster opponents.
Drain shield (F5)
The goal is to overload the enemy’s shield, and the ship will use all
weapons suitable for the task. As with all attacks it will naturally manoeuvre within
range for these weapons.
Hint: Multiple shield-breaker weapons are more effective if used together.
Hint: If you keep firing at a ship without an active shield, it will not be able
to recharge it as quickly.
3.1.11
COMMANDS
Attack devices (F6)
Precision attack against the target’s devices. You can focus firing at
identified devices by using the Other units information panel. Click the device’s
name and your ship will target that device.
IMPORTANT! All devices have appropriate locations on the ship and can only be
targeted from certain angles. Rear mounted drives cannot be targeted from the
front. If the situation arises that a ship is ordered to fire at a device which is out of
sight, it won’t fire until it has manoeuvred into a position from where it can target
the device.
Hint: Heavy lasers punch through most shields.
Destroy hull (F7)
The ship will use its most powerful weapons to demolish the ship and force
the crew to evacuate..
Hint: Most useful against ships without a shield.
Artillery (F8)
The use of powerful long range weapons. These are used mainly for
destroying hull, such as rockets. While carrying out the command, the ship will
attempt to stay away (5-10 km) from the target.
Hint: Very useful against slower, close-combat oriented ships.
Hint: Beware of collateral damage.
fire.
Special weapon (F9)
The use of special weapons. Only weapons mounted on Special slots will
Recon (F10)
The ship attempts to obtain information about the target. It will use all
available devices to do this, and even lower its shield (shield hinders recon) in
combat situations to get results faster.
If the ship is equipped with a DataScanner, it is activated using this command.
Hint: Always keep track of your recon ship, because if it lowers its shield,
it will be subject to great danger. Recharging the shield can be done more
rapidly if you assign more energy to it.
Guard (F11)
Guarding the target ship. Your ship engages all enemies attacking the ship
and will try to chase them away. If successful, it will not pursuit the enemy but will
stay with the ship it was ordered to defend. If multiple enemies attack, it will only
engage them one at the time.
Hint: Use all ships to defend one, and then start moving with the defended ship.
All defenders will follow it automatically.
3.1.11 COMMANDS
Interplanetary Drive (F12)
The Interplanetary drive accelerates the ship to such a great speed so it
can disengage from combat. Its major drawback is the huge amount of energy
needed. While charging the drive, all other ship systems will be shut down,
including the shield, leaving the ship defenceless for a few seconds.
Issuing any command while charging the IP drive will disrupt the jump.
Hint: Decide carefully when to use this since a lot of ships have ended up
as balls of fire during those few defenceless seconds...
Hint: If you jump with your flagship, the whole fleet will follow, disengaging
from battle. It may cause your mission to fail.
Enter wormhole
This command can only be issued for detected wormholes. A wormhole
counts as detected after it has been scanned with a DataScanner, in other words:
you know where it leads.
Hint: If exploring a wormhole is not an objective of the mission, entering
one may count as a dereliction of duty, ending the mission.
Commands and Behaviours are strongly intertwined. Behaviour will always
strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
Any active command’s icon will be highlighted.
3.1.12 GROUP COMMANDS
You can create groups with the common methods used in strategy games;
select the ships to be ordered into a group by pressing & holding the Ctrl key while
clicking them, or use the left mouse button to select them with a marker. After
selecting the ships, you create the group by pressing the Ctrl + 1-4 keys. The
group created by pressing Ctrl + 1 can be selected any time by pressing the “1”
key, and so on. Commands given to a group will apply to all ships in it.
IMPORTANT! If a manual command is issued to a ship in a group, it will still be
part of the group, but will leave the group’s formation.
Approach (F2)
Like the Approach command. The only difference is that all ships will adjust
to the speed of the slowest one in the group; faster ships will not stray ahead.
Hold position (F3)
Same as the regular Hold Position command.
The group holds and defends its position.
3.1.12 GROUP COMMANDS
Run away (F4)
Like the Run away command. The only difference is that all ships will again
adjust to the speed of the slowest one in the group; faster ships will not stray
ahead.
Drain shield (F5)
Like the regular Drain shield command. The only difference is that all ships
will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach the
target simultaneously.
Attack devices (F6)
Like the regular Attack devices command. The only difference is that all
ships will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach
the target simultaneously.
Destroy hull (F7)
Like the regular Destroy hull command. The only difference is that all ships
will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach the
target simultaneously.
Siege laser (F8)
The siege laser command can only be issued if one of the ships is fitted
with such a weapon, and two additional ships are in the group, meaning that
at least three ships are required for this formation. The ships will manoeuvre
into a formation when the command has been issued, and will start charging the
weapon.
The siege laser is the most powerful weapon in the game, but aiming it is
difficult. It’s use is only recommended against large, slow targets.
Guard (F11)
Like the regular Guard command. The group will defend the target.
3.1.13 FIGHTER COMMANDS
Fighters have commands of their own.
Home (F1)
Calls the fighters back to the carrier. If not enough bay doors are available,
the remaining fighters have to wait in a docking queue.
Hint: All returned fighters are repaired automatically.
3.1.13 FIGHTER
COMMANDS
Approach (F2)
Like the Approach command - the fighters will approach the target. The
fighters will return fire if fired upon.
Transfer (F3)
Transferring a fighter wing to another ship. The new ship will be considered
as their new base, this is where they will return.
IMPORTANT! All smaller ships can be transferred to any ship. Ships unable to
dock at the end of the mission are lost!
Evade (F4)
This command can be issued against enemy fighters. Your own fighters will
try to evade incoming fire with greater effiency.
Primary attack (F5)
Attacking the target with the fighter’s weapons.
Hint: Fighters penetrate shields more easily unless the shield contains a Bomber
component, (See Shield)
Secondary attack (F6)
Some fighters can use alternative attacks; use this command to activate
the alternative attack mode.
Guard (F7)
This defense offers considerable protection against enemy fighters,
bombers and incoming rockets. Your fighters will attack any small ship attacking
the target as well as trying to shoot down incoming rockets.
Hint: It’s worthwhile to send out fighters during rocket alerts.
Hint: It’s worthwhile to protect your bombers with fighters.
Patrol (F8)
The fighters will patrol your entire fleet, it is not necessary to define routes
or targets. They will engage any enemy in the case of danger.
3.1.13 FIGHTER
COMMANDS
3.2 FLEET SCREEN
This screen primarily serves ship repair and equipment mounting. You
can also view the characters travelling on the ship.
3.2.1 SCREEN ARRANGEMENT
Generally, the screen is
divided into three parts. The left side
displays your fleet’s ships, listed below
each other. The right side holds the
information window, which is divided
into two parts, and in a 3D image
of the selected ship will be shown in
the middle, with the information about
the selected ship or system displayed
to its right. The rest of the screen
is occupied by data about the ship’s
captain.
Clicking the Configuration button will
take you to the Ship configuration window. You will see the Stock on the left and
the ship’s mount slots on the right.
3.2.2 SHIP LIST
The left side displays your fleet’s ships
with some general info: Ship name, damage
level, captain’s name, crew experience level
and available resources. You can select
any ship you want to learn more about or
configure by clicking its card.
The crew has four experience levels:
• Rookie
• Regular
• Veteran
• Elite
A crew with a higher level will perform
better under battle conditions.
3.2 FLEET SCREEN
3.2.3 INFORMATION WINDOW
The information
window shows the selected
ship’s 3D model in the middle.
You can read the ship’s
description on the right. If the
Configuration option is active,
you can see the selected
device’s description here as
well.
By clicking the
mounting slots, the 3D model
will display where the device
will be mounted on the ship.
3.2.4 CHARACTER DATA
You can consult data about
the ship’s captain and other staff /
crew in this window. The characters`
ranks, names and descriptions are
displayed as well.
Additionally, this is where you
keep track of your captain’s abilities,
and raise them when he levels up. All
captains have three abilities. These
affect the entire crew; men serving
under a captain with a high military
rating will have a high combat rating
as well, having followed the captain’s
example and learned from it.
Military: The combat skill of the character. The higher the rating, the more
effective the ship is in battle.
Science: The science skill of the character, focused on military situations. In the
game, this affects recon device use; the higher skill, the faster and more effective
the ship will perform recon tasks.
Engineer: This skill shows the character’s affinity for technical matters and
repairs. The higher the rating, the faster the crew will repair damaged devices.
This skill affects resource points as well (more on that later).
The captain and crew are developing together during the missions. If they
collect enough experience points, they gain a level.
3.2 FLEET SCREEN
When they do, you have to choose which ability to
improve on in this screen. Levelling is done ship by ship.
At the bottom of the screen you can find your decorations. You receive
decorations for extraordinary performance and they usually yield other bonuses
as well.
3.2.5 STOCK
Below the 3D image you will find the
amount of devices available at that moment.
You can only mount devices with names
marked out in white. Other devices cannot
be mounted for a reason. The reason can be
either:
• You are lacking resource points to
mount the device
or
• No appropriate slots are available
on the ship
or
• Out of stock
The devices are sorted by category on
the list. Clicking a category name or icon
opens or closes that particular list.
If you click a device’s name, its data will be displayed in the right hand corner,
and the ship mount point list will scroll to the first suitable mounting point. When
you click a grayed-out device it will only display information about it.
Repair buttons
At the top of the stash window there are
two repair buttons. The left one repairs hull
damage, while the one on the right repairs
devices. The number below shows the amount of resource points needed to
repair them.
Repair hull: You can repair any hull damage here. If you play in Beginner mode,
repair will be automatic and free of cost.
Repair devices: you can repair all damaged devices at once with this button. It
can occur that there are damaged devices, yet the button will not work. This is
because the ship has too many damaged devices and you lack resource points
for their repairs. In this case you will have to choose manually (see below) which
devices to repair and which to leave as wrecks...
3.2 FLEET SCREEN
3.2.6 SHIP EQUIPMENT
On the right is the ship mounting points
list - this represents the amount of devices
you can fit onboard. All mounting points have
separate cards.
1.
The mounted device’s type
2.
The mounted device’s name
3.
Dismounting the device. The device
returns to the stock, unless it is destroyed (orange). In this case the
pieces of junk are just cleared out from the mounting point.
4.
The type of the mounting point - shows which kinds of devices are
mountable.
5.
Repairs. If the device is damaged, you can repair it by clicking it. The
repair costs the same amount of resource points as the device’s
value.
Colour codes
Empty:
Empty cards denote empty mounting points.
Gray:
These are permanent devices which are an integral part of the ship.
For example, the recon destroyer’s DataScanner.
Orange: The device is out of order and needs repairs. This is done by clicking
the Repair icon, or by pressing the Repair damaged devices button above the
Stock. The repair costs the same amount of resource points as the device’s
value.
White:
Active parts.
3.2 FLEET SCREEN
3.3 STARMAP
The Starmap is a 3D model of the solar system, where you can view
all planets and moons in detail. This is where you get the Briefing, Interactive
briefing, and where you can access the Diary.
3.3.1 SCREEN ARRANGEMENT
Astronomical and artificial objects
You can find all objects in the
solar system on the right side of the
screen, and switch between artificial
and natural objects at the top of the
list.
Astronomical objects are
planets, moons and comets in the
system. Generally, only planets are
listed. If you select a planet with
moons, or other natural objects,
these will become visible as well.
You can view this closely by double-clicking them. You can rotate the
camera by pressing and holding the right mouse button, and zoom in and out
with the mouse wheel.
Artificial objects in a system are fleets, known or unknown objects and
space stations. Your own fleet is always displayed at the top of the list.
Information window
The information window is in the lower
left corner. All information about the selected
object is displayed here.
Command buttons
3.3 STARMAP
At the bottom are the command
buttons which are used during
the interactive briefing. We will
deal with them later.
Solar system quick buttons
At the top of the screen are
the now familiar solar system quick
buttons. Pressing them changes the
view to another solar system (when
available).
Date, Place
The upper left corner displays
the actual date and place.
3.3.2 BRIEFING
You will receive your mission
objectives and tasks during the
briefing. You will see the situation and
other important information on the 3D
Starmap. The briefing can be paused
at any time using the Space key.
You cannot influence the
briefing except for pausing (space) or
skipping (Esc).
Time will pass during the
briefing; ships will travel to their
assigned positions etc. When the
briefing ends, the solar system will be set for the mission start time, and then the
screen will switch to the Interactive briefing.
3.3.3 INTERACTIVE BRIEFING
Time will be paused during the interactive briefing. You can view the solar
system and obtain further information about the mission.
If an object has further info, a small “i” icon will show it. To view the info, select
the object and click the “i” icon on the information panel on the left.
If the recon info available is very detailed, it can occur that the “i” icon will appear
next to fleets and space stations as well. In that case you can view them in detail,
but you cannot control them.
You can use the following command icons during the interactive briefing:
Movie
Shows the given episode’s intro movie.
3.3.2 BRIEFING
3.3.3 INTERACTIVE
BRIEFING
Replay Briefing
Replays the briefing.
Briefing 1st part
If the briefing has several parts, press this button to view the first part.
Briefing 2nd part
If the briefing has several parts, press this button to view the second part.
Start mission
Start the mission. Once you press it, you will be taken straight to the
mission with no chance of returning to the briefing.
Diary
Opens the Diary. More about this function in the Diary section.
Ship configuration
Enters the Fleet screen where you can repair or equip your ships.
Galaxy map
Shows the galaxy map; you can see where all known solar systems are
and switch between them.
3.3.4 DIARY
The diary consists partly of
historical entries, and partly of
Marcus Cromwell’s personal diary
pages.
You can follow the game’s
story through the diary, get to know
the prequels and get to know the
main character better.
You can see the titles of the
diary entries on the left. You can sort
them in two ways: By entry date, or
entry subject date.
Unread entries are blue, read are gray. To read an entry, just click it.
mounting points list - this represents the amount of devices you can fit onboard.
All mounting points have separate cards.
3.3.4 DIARY
4
GAME FUNCTIONS
This is where you can gain more knowledge about the game’s functions:
How stuff works, and why. This is necessary because of the complex tactical
nature of the game and deviates from the general solutions used by other similar
game titles. The game is absolutely playable without this knowledge, but it will
be easier to play with this information.
4.1 NAVIGATION
Navigating in a 3D environment will seem tricky at first, but it isn’t at all.
We have created two navigational methods in the game - relative and absolute
movement.
4.1.1 CAMERA HANDLING
It is of paramount importance to follow all relevant events closely. One of
the tools for this is the camera.
Camera focus
Camera focus means that the camera will always turn to keep the selected
target on the screen. Using it is very simple, just click any ship, and the camera
will turn at it. If the target is on the screen already, the camera will not move.
Follow camera
Follow camera means that the camera will follow the selected object
closely. To use it, double-click an object; your view will jump to it and will follow
it. Cameras can only be locked onto identified objects.
You can only change camera view to fighters once they leave the ship.
If you click empty space, the camera will be released from the object.
Zoom
You can zoom the camera with the mouse wheel or by pressing both
mouse buttons simultaneously while moving the mouse.
This function will not work when the camera is locked onto fighters.
Hint: If you zoom out from the battlefield, you can see the situation more clearly,
just like with a tactical map.
Camera rotation
You can turn the camera by pressing and holding the right mouse button
and moving the mouse at the same time. If the camera is locked on an object, it
will circle around it.
This function will not work when the camera is locked onto fighters.
the briefing.
4.1 NAVIGATION
4.1.1 CAMERA HANDLING
4.1.2 RELATIVE MOVEMENT
Relative movement means just that - the ship is moving relative to
something, meaning it either closes in or moves away from the object in question.
This can be any object, a navigation point, a ship, a space station - anything in
space except for asteroids.
Relative movement is incorporated into all commands issued to ships.
This means that whatever the command is, the ship will close in or move away
from the target alone, even if the target tries to move. For example, if you want
to attack a distant Gorg ship, you don’t have to issue an Approach command to
approach it and then give the attack command; the attack command is enough,
which will manoeuvre the ship into position before attacking.
4.1.3 ABSOLUTE OR FREE MOVEMENT
Absolute movement means that you do not move the ship relative to
something, but manoeuvre it precisely to the desired position. You can switch to
this method of control by holding the Shift key.
By pressing the Shift key, small circles will appear around the objects
in space. These denote distances, the larger circles are closer. You have a
circle for your selected ship which shows your direction. You can set the desired
distance by pressing and holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse.
If your circle starts flashing that means that another object (also flashing) is at
roughly the same distance. You can turn the camera with the right mouse button
as well. Your ships starts travelling when you release the Shift key.
4.1.4 NAVIGATION POINTS
You can place navigation points in space at any time to make controlling
your ship easier. You place Nav (navigation) points in a way similar to absolute
movement, but you use the N key instead of Shift. After deciding the position and
releasing the N key, a Nav point will appear at the location. These points can
be deleted by selecting them and pressing the Delete key. You can only delete
Nav points you have created yourself. You can only create 10 Nav points at any
time.
4.1.2 RELATIVE MOVEMENT
4.1.3 OTHER MOVEMENTS
4.1.4 NAVIGATION POINTS
4.2 COMMANDS AND BEHAVIOURS
Commands are complex sequences of orders which can handle a ship’s
systems towards a single goal. You only have to issue the basic tactical
command and the computer will handle the rest.
Example: You issue an Attack devices command against an enemy ship.
Your ship will automatically close in on the enemy and open fire with suitable
weapons.
Behaviour will always strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
4.2.1 USING COMMANDS
Issuing commands is done with the mouse. Left clicking selects the
command, right clicking selects the target.
First, you have to decide which units you want to act with. For a single unit,
it’s enough to either click it, on the list on the left or in the game field. If you want
to select multiple units, you have several options:
• You click each unit while holding the Ctrl key
• You mark them with a rectangular marker. Just press and hold the
left button and drag a marker around the desired units. (Will only
work in the game field)
• Select a pre-defined group with the 1-4 keys.
• Using a quick selection button - “A” all large ships, “S” all fighters
IMPORTANT! You can only issue commands to ships of the same size at once,
i.e. fighters and battleships cannot be in the same group.
After choosing units, you must issue the command, either by clicking it
with the left mouse button or by using one of the F (F1, F2 etc) keys. A small icon
next to the cursor will show the command. After this, you must designate a target
by clicking it with the right mouse button. The command will then be carried out.
The target can either be designated in the game field or from the right hand list
(or, in case of some commands, the list on the left).
Some commands are bound to the pointer automatically. For example, if you
move the cursor over a friendly unit, the guard command will become active
by default. If you’d like something else, then you’ll have to choose it from the
commands list.
Some commands can only be issued against own units, some only against
enemies. For example, you cannot attack friendly ships. Some commands don’t
need a target, like the fighters` Patrol command.
Important! New commands override old ones, i.e. a ship can only be given one
4.2 COMMANDS AND
BEHAVIOUR
4.2.1 USING COMMANDS
command at a time, which will be carried out according to behaviour.
Example: You issue an Approach command to reach a Nav point. The ship
starts moving towards the Nav point. Suddenly, a Gorg destroyer appears and
you decide to attack it. You issue a Destroy hull command. The Approach
command will be overridden, and the ship will no longer travel towards the Nav
point, but instead will carry out the Destroy hull command.
Commands do not control ships energy systems; you can only do that manually.
4.2.2 BEHAVIOURS
Behaviour decides how a command will be carried out by a ship. There are
four kinds of behaviours:
• Aggressive
• Defensive
• Stealth
• Focused
A ship in Aggressive mode will try to carry out its commands with all its
strengths, will fire on any secondary targets if it can, it won’t even spare escape
pods. It will attack any enemy within range.
Example: Approach command in aggressive mode. The ship uses its fastest
engines and head straight for the target. It doesn’t care if it has to cross an entire
space battle to reach its target. While on the way, it will fire at any enemies within
range.
A defensive ship will never attack on its own accord, will avoid conflict and
will always use its defensive devices. It will defend itself if attacked.
Example: Hold position in Defensive mode. Your ship will interpret the command
more “loosely”, and might even float away from the position to be held. It will not
go far and will stay within weapons range in order to defend the position from
afar.
A Stealth behaviour ship will try to stay undetected and will not use any
systems with high energy emissions until detected. If the ship is equipped with
stealth devices (like Stealth drives), then it will use them. It will also attempt to
use terrain, like asteroid shadows.
Example: Attack devices in stealth mode. Your ship will stay away from everyone
to get close to the target. It will not use high energy emission systems until it is
within firing range, when it will open fire.
4.2.2 BEHAVIOURS
A Focused ship will focus its attention to a single
task and will only try to carry out that command. When for example given a Drain
Shield command, it will attack the shield with all weapon energy, but will not use
any other weapon systems, not even automatic ones (such as flak).
Example: Cease fire. Set the ship to Focused mode and issue an Auto
command.
4.3 MANUAL CONTROL
Manual control means that you will have to decide which devices to
operate and how you want to operate them. This is the most detailed control
method available and you can basically set everything - individual targets for all
weapons, ship speed and destination, etc. Manual mode overrides Command
mode and will not work together with it.
4.3.1 MANUAL ORDERS
Activate devices manually. For this, you’ll have to use the small hand icon
to turn the manual panel On, and then click the devices in question. If the device
needs a target (like weapons), then you have to designate a target with the right
mouse button, just as with commands. The target’s ID will be shown next to the
weapon in the small square. If the square is empty, then the weapon doesn´t
have a target and will not fire.
You can use both mouse buttons with shield and weapons.
Shield
The left mouse button will activate the inactive shield. If you click an active
shield, it will be turned off.
The right mouse button deactivates the shield.
Weapons
• If the weapon is inactive
The left button will activate the weapon and set it to await target. The weapon
starts to charge and its name starts flashing.
• If the weapon is active but without target (charged and not flashing)
The left button will activate aiming, i.e. the weapon’s name starts flashing and
the weapon remains charged.
The right mouse button switches the weapon off.
• If the weapon is active and is waiting for a target (charged and flashing)
The left button turns aiming off, but the weapon remains charged.
The right mouse button switches the weapon off.
4.3
MANUAL CONTROL
4.3.1 MANUAL ORDERS
If the weapon is active and has a target (firing)
The left button will activate aiming, but the weapon will keep firing at the original
target until given a new one.
The right mouse button deletes the target, but the weapon stays charged.
4.3.2 MANUAL MOVEMENT
You’ll find all manual control handling options on the panel on the lower
right side of the screen. Using the small icons, you can maneuver to a desired
distance from your target. Similarly to other controls, you can activate target
designation with the left mouse button and set the target with the right mouse
button.
The scroll bar at the bottom sets the ship’s speed. If you set a speed greater than
100%, the remaining energy will be taken from the reserve energy cells.
4.4 RECON VS. STEALTH
Recon is one of the most complex systems in Nexus. It has three phases:
• Detection
• Identification
• Analysis
Detection means that you spot something. You don’t know what it is, only
the distance to it. These spotted objects are designated as “Unknown Objects”.
You cannot change the camera view to an unknown object, but you can use it for
purposes of relative movement.
Identification means that you know what the object is, for example a Gorg
destroyer. Its name and relations (hostile, neutral, friendly) will also become
known. You can also change the camera view to it to take a closer look.
The Analysis phase is the scanning and identification of the object’s
devices - this is the most detailed form of recon. You will know precisely which
weapons systems, drives etc the target has equipped, and you’ll be able to target
these separately.
4.4.1 RECON PROCESS
The success of recon depends on a lot of factors.
All ships are equipped with automatic passive sensors. This means that
ships will always scan the space around them. These sensors are weak, but
work at all times and they don’t emit any energy. When several ships travel
together, they share the information gained, so if one ship spots something, the
other will be aware of that as well.
All ships can be equipped with so-called active sensors. These have high
energy-emissions, but their range is far greater than regular sensors.
Range is also a factor in recon - the farther something
is, the harder it is to detect.
4.3.2 MANUAL MOVEMENTS
Active devices. All devices have an energy emission
4.4 RECON VS. STEALTH
4.4.1 RECON PROCESS
level, which becomes detectable when the device is turned on. The more
powerful a device is, the higher the energy emission. In addition to this, your
own devices influence the success of recon. If you have activated your shield for
example, they will influence sensor efficiency considerably. Some devices make
a ship harder to spot, such as camouflage devices.
Environmental effects. Asteroid fields and other great shadowy masses
make recon difficult but you will become harder to spot as well. The same can be
said about radiation and hiding fields.
To this you have to add the factor time - the more time you spend in an
area, the greater the probability that you will detect all other ships present.
Of course, chance has a role to play as well.
• Recon factor summary:
Distance:
The closer something is, the easier it is to detect.
Own devices:
Devices that aid recon, such as active sensors and devices
hinder it, such as shields.
Target’s devices: Some make detection easier (high energy emitting systems)
and some make it harder (stealth devices).
Environmental effects: Targets are very hard to detect near asteroid fields,
especially if they are close to an asteroid.
Combat:
The energy storm caused by firing weapons hinders sensors.
Time:
The more time you spend with recon, the greater your
chances of spotting anything hidden.
Chance.
The Analysis phase is enhanced by the DataScanner.
4.4.2 SECRETS
Some object harbor additional information, so-called secrets. Secrets can
be uncovered in two ways - with DataScanner or with commandos. The finding
of secrets can be monitored on the Other unit information panel.
Spending time and effort in uncovering secrets is worthwhile.
4.4.3 STEALTH
As far as space games go, stealth is a somewhat a unique feature.
There have been invisible ships and surprise attacks, but using stealth tactics
effectively has never been necessary or an integral part of any space game so
far.
The essence of stealth is clandestine travel, using cutting edge technology and
terrain opportunities.
4.4.2 SECRETS
4.4.3 STEALTH
We have listed all factors for detecting ships in the Recon section. Considering
these factors, you can deduct that you will probably not be spotted if:
• You are far away from your enemy.
• You are not operating any devices with high energy emissions, and turn
all your stealth devices on.
• The enemy doesn’t have or doesn’t use active sensors and/or has its
shield charged.
• You use the terrain to your best advantage and manoeuvre close to
asteroids, fly into radiation fields etc.
• The enemy is fighting.
• You don’t give them enough time to detect you.
• You are lucky. One can of course not rely on luck, but if you pay attention
to the above factors, luck won’t be crucial. Vice versa, if you are good at
sneaking, there is no amount of luck that can save your enemy!
4.5 COMMANDOS
A commando unit consists of ten soldiers and a few specialists. Their
mission is to penetrate enemy ships and objects and either collect info (uncover
secrets) or sabotage them. They can also be used for other special tasks such
as to investigate SOS signals.
A commando unit can only enter objects without an activated shield. It’s
recommended to take out any flak as well, since the commando’s dropship is a
thinly armoured unit.
Once they are inside the enemy object, they must constantly fight the
enemy’s defenses; these are automated systems and soldiers. Since the
commando unit is only 10 men strong, they’ll be overpowered by the enemy
sooner or later, no matter how good they are. It’s recommended to send them
in, give them a quick task, and then pull them out as soon as possible. Dead
soldiers can be replaced at the nearest station, as long as one squad member
is still alive. You can keep track of the number of commandos with the number
next to the dropship.
The commando’s specialists will automatically uncover any secrets the
ship may have, while the soldiers will sabotage its devices. You can designate
targets to your commandos the same way as ships, using the Other units
information panel.
IMPORTANT! If you leave an area while your commandos are out, they will be
lost. Don’t forget to call them back.
4.5 COMMANDOS
4.6 SHIELDS, COMPONENTS
The purpose of the shield is self-explanatory: it protects the ship. In Nexus,
things are not so simple though.
The shield generator is built from different components. Every
component has an attribute, denoting what it protects you from. There are
five different components, and a shield can have a combination of three. The
components are:
Particle:
Energy:
Bomber:
Mask:
Protects against solid mass projectiles.
Protects against energy weapons.
Protects against special ammunition used by fighters and bombers.
Hinders the enemy from analyzing your devices, preventing them
from attacking devices.
Integrity: Increases shield integrity, so the shield takes more time to collapse,
lasts for more shield breaker shots.
Each shield generator has a predesigned component selection. Components
cannot be changed separately; the entire generator has to be replaced.
4.7
ENERGY SYSTEMS
The ship’s energy levels
can be monitored and handled on
the panel found on the lower left side
of the screen. All ships have four
independent energy systems:
• Support
• Shield
• Weapons
• Engine
Support Devices include
any devices not fitting into the
other categories. Examples are ECM
systems, generators, energy cells, etc.
The Shield section shows the actual energy usage of the shield.
The Weapons section shows the actual energy usage of the weapons.
The Engines section shows the actual energy usage of the engines.
Generally, every subsystem has its own
generator, supplying it with energy. It can occur that
4.6 SHIELDS, COMPONENTS
4.7 ENERGY SYSTEMS
you need a system to use more energy than normal. You can direct +50% or
+100% energy to the systems (just click the energy level bar), but the extra
energy comes from reserve energy cells, not from other systems, so you need
to have reserve energy cells installed on your ship to be able to boost your
systems.
The effects of energy boost are:
• Support devices: You can run more support devices simultaneously, or make
sure that certain systems keep working in emergency
situations (for example radiation).
• Shield:
The shield regenerates and charges faster.
• Weapons:
You can fire more weapons simultaneously with maximum
firing speed.
• Engine:
The ship will travel faster.
If the ship doesn’t have reserve energy cells, or if they are depleted,
you will not be able to boost your systems with more energy. Energy cells can be
recharged with the Support generator, but only if it has excess energy available.
IMPORTANT! Energy systems are not handled by commands, you have to
handle them manually.
4.8
REPLACING LOST SHIPS
Inevitably, you’ll sometimes lose ships (especially when playing on
higher difficulty levels). The crew will evacuate in escape pods and they will try
to reach the closest friendly ship. The captain always succeeds, but the rest are
not always so lucky. It’s conceivable that their escape pods will be annihilated in
a cloud of flak. Nexus keeps track of how many % of the crew manage to escape
(this is important later).
Headquarters will replace the lost ship. You will receive exactly the
same ship as the one you’ve lost with one major difference: it will only be fitted
with stock devices. The ship will be available for the next mission except in
special cases dictated by circumstances.
The new ship will bear the same name as the old one, but will receive
an alphabetic tag according to alphabetic sequence. So, if the destroyed ship’s
name was Sparta, the new ship will be named Sparta-B, the next -C and so on.
The new ship will be manned by the old crew, at least those who
survived. The remaining empty space will be filled up by Headquarter with
rookies. In game terms, this means that the crew’s experience decreases. They
will never lose a level though, so a Veteran crew will still be veteran, no matter
how many survivors it had.
4.8 REPLACING LOST
SHIPS
4.9
SHIP CONFIGURATION
Ship configuration is used between missions. Every ship has its own
resource points for which it can be repaired or upgraded by changing its devices.
The repairs are always performed by the crew, but crew from repair bases can
aid them.
4.9.1 RESOURCE POINTS
Resource points are used for repairs and purchasing new devices. You
cannot “collect” resource points, only use the amount set by the circumstances.
Resource points that can be used before the missions are calculated
from three factors: the crew’s engineering skill, the available time and the amount
of time and capacity the base can afford to give to your ship. You can see that
you can influence the amount of resource points with your crew’s engineering
skills.
So, if your crew has a high engineering skill, only your own ships are
docked at the repair base and you have plenty of time, you’ll get a lot resource
points.
Adversely, if you are short on time, and a higher ranking official has
parked his ships at the repair base, then his ships will be prioritized, and you
will only be given minimum time and attendance, leaving your crew to do all the
work.
4.9.2 STOCK
Sometimes you’ll see devices in the stock which will show zero
inventories, meaning that there is no such device in stock. “Then why show it?”
- you ask. Zero inventory means that there is no such device in the stock, but
is mounted on some of your ships. You can dismount it and mount it on another
ship if you desire.
4.9.3 SHIP CONFIGURATION
You can mount any devices on a ship as long as it is not grayed out.
Clicking the device will scroll the ship mounting point panel to a suitable slot for
mounting. It can occur that the desired slot is occupied. This means you’ll have
to dismount the device by either double-clicking it or by selecting it and clicking
the trashcan icon. The dismounted device will be placed in your stock (except for
wrecks).
You can only mount a device if there are empty slots where it can be
placed. To mount it, just double click it or use drag & drop to the appropriate
slot.
4.9 SHIP CONFIGURATION
4.9.1 RESOURCE POINTS
4.9.2 STOCK
After mounting the device you’ll have to finalize the equipment configuration with
the Confirm button. The Undo button will revert to the original configuration, but
only before the Confirm button is pressed!
Angelwing
The Angelwing´s configuration is different from the above. You only
have to mount a device once on the ship, when its technology will be assimilated
by the ship, and then mimicked from its own devices. The device remains known
by the ship and can be reproduced at any time. The Angelwing stock includes all
devices ever mounted in addition to those in the stock itself. Devices not in stock
but known by Angelwing will always display 1 piece in the stock, regardless of
how many you have mounted. “Growing” these devices costs resource points as
per the original device’s cost.
5
MULTIPLAYER BATTLES
Starting the game in Multiplayer mode from the launcher menu enables
you to play with other people through a Local Area Network or the Internet.
You can choose between several game modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch,
Cooperative mode vs. the computer, VIP escort, Domination and Team battle.
There is also an option to start a fully customized game mode.
5.1
JOIN MULTIPLAYER SERVER
You can join games in progress by
clicking here.
Choose whether you want to
play on a LAN or the Internet. After
choosing, you will be shown a list
of the available games. You can
add your preferred servers to your
Favorites and request a new list any
time by clicking the Refresh Server
List button.
After choosing a server,
double click its name or click the
Join button to join the game.
5 MULTIPLAYER BATTLES
5.1 JOIN MP SERVER
5.2
START A MULTIPLAYER GAME SERVER
You can start your own multiplayer game server with this option.
5.3
GAME CONFIGURATION
Before starting a server you must name it, and eventually enter further
data. After this you will be added to the game list, and you will be able to reach
the game options on the right side of the screen.
• Type
Solo or team play against each other.
• Winning conditions
You can set the winning conditions of the game.
• Trophy:
Most victories.
• Points:
Most points.
• Last man standing: The last surviving player wins.
• Limit
This option is only available for solo play. You can set how many trophies
(victories) or points a player has to collect to win. If there is a time limit, the player
with the highest points score or number of trophies will win.
• Time limit
Game time, in seconds.
• Entry time
The amount of time players can use to bring ships into the game from the lobby.
If someone runs out of ships and the time has passed, he/she has to wait until
the next round.
• Preparation time
This is the amount of time players can spend choosing ships and devices. The
game will launch after this time has passed.
• Change team
Only available in team games. Allows or prohibits team change.
• Team change time
The time the player has to wait to join his new team after changing teams.
• Max. No. of players
Maximum number of players in the game.
5.2 START MP GAME
SERVER
5.3 GAME CONFIGURATION
• Max No. of ships
Maximum number of ships allowed in the game. It’s recommended not to have
more than 15-20 ships at the same time.
• Max. ships/player
Maximum number of ships a player can control in the game.
• Resource
The amount of resources available for a solo player or a team. These are used
to buy ships and equipment.
• Minimum resource
The minimum amount of resource. Use this option to ensure that there will
always be enough resource points to bring the cheapest ships into play, so
nobody has to be excluded from the game.
• Lost ship resource return percentage
The resource point percentage a player gets back from a lost ship’s cost.
• Jumped out ship resource return percentage
The resource point percentage a player gets back from a jumped out ship’s
cost.
• Jump out
Allowing or prohibiting ships to jump out of the game.
• Control
Set which control options are available in the game: Commands, manual or
both.
Clicking the Options will
make further adjustments possible.
You can set which types of ships to
allow as well as which devices and
how many of them will be available.
It is recommended to switch on
Tooltips.
5.3 GAME CONFIGURATION
5.4
LOBBY
When all options are set, you can start the server by pressing the Start
Server button. Choose a team (on the right, below the small image), choose
ships and enter the game with the Jump in button.
You can change a ship’s configuration before you Jump in. This can
be done by pressing the Ship config
button at the top of the selected ships
list.
You can chat with other
players in the window at the bottom of
the screen.
You can return to the lobby
at any time during the game by
pressing the Esc key. Then you can
exit or enter new ships into the game
(if allowed to do so). Your ship will
remain in the game and will be
without control for the time you spend
in the lobby.
5.5
MULTIPLAYER OPTIONS
You can choose your name
and your avatar here. Your name
will be displayed on your ship’s side
(human controlled ships only). It’s
recommended to choose a short
name, since only 8-10 characters will
fit on the ships.
The sound option sets
allowances for voice communication
through microphone. Clicking the
Sound test button lets you test if
your PC is suitable for using voice
communication.
The chat button allows or prohibits text-based chat.
5.4 LOBBY
5.5 MULTIPLAYER OPTIONS
6
MODS
MODs are expansions and modifications to the game which use the Nexus
engine, but are not part of the original program. Everything is changeable in a
MOD: ship models, textures, sounds, weapon abilities etc. Players can create
new solar systems and missions using the included toolkit.
The MODs have to be placed in the Nexus\MODS folder and started from
the launch menu.
IMPORTANT! Mithis Entertainment and HD Interactive will not assume any
responsibility for damage caused by non-official MODs!
6.1 MOD TOOLS
We have included four kits with Nexus. The usage of the kits is detailed in
a separate document.
6.1.1 SOLAR SYSTEM CREATOR
Create solar systems fast and easy. You can set all properties of the
planets; modify their orbits, textures, etc. You can also modify the system’s
background if you like.
6.1.2 SCENE CREATOR
These kits help you arrange a scene of battle. You can place any objects
in space - a few asteroids or an entire asteroid field, ships, stations, radiation
fields, gates, etc.
6.1.3 MODEL / TEXTURE CONVERTER
You can add your own models to the game. You can convert models from
Lightwave and textures can be converted from the more known formats such as
.BMP, .TGA, .TIF, etc.
6.1.4 MODEL VIEWER
Use this kit to explore models in detail, from any viewpoint. The program
will display any errors as well.
6
MODS
6.1 MOD TOOLS
6.1.5 BLACK RULER SCRIPTING SYSTEM
This is not an auxiliary program, but the unique scripting language of
Nexus.
All missions in Nexus have been made with this language. We recommend
its usage to people with at least basic programming skills due to its complexity.
Though thanks to this complexity, you get a system with which you can
create any multifaceted, complex space engagement.
6.1 MOD TOOLS
KEY MAPPING
The following keys are used in the game:
7.1.1 SWITCH BETWEEN SOLAR SYSTEMS
• Esc or Space
7.1.2 BRIEFING
• Esc
• Space or Pause
7.1.3 STARMAP
• Backspace
•F
•M
increases Zoom speed
skip Briefing
pauses briefing
moves the camera to ideal position
Fleet screen
start mission
7.2 SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN
• Space
• Ctrl + 1-4
• 1-4
• Backspace
• F1-F12
• Shift
•N
• Delete
• Insert
•M
•R
•O
•A
• Shift + 1-9
• Ctrl + Shift + 1-9
•S
• Ctrl + S
• Esc
• CTRL + H
Pause
Group selected ships
Select group
Select every ship in group
Issue command
Free move (absolute movement)
Create NAV point
Delete created Nav point
Lock camera on target
Turn Manual panel On/Off
Turn Repair panel On/Off
Turn Information panel On/Off
Select all large ships
Select own ships from 1-9
Add to selected ships or exclude from
selected ships
Select all fighters and other smaller craft
Select all fighters from selected large ship
Skip movie, or enter Options screen
Screenshot
7.2.1 MISSION DEBRIEFING
• PgUp, PgDn
• Pause
• Enter
• Ctrl + Backspace
7 KEY MAPPING
Previous/Next mission evaluation
Current mission evaluation
Continue game, next mission
Replay mission
7.3 MULTIPLAYER MODE
• Space
• Esc
• Enter
• Ctrl + Enter
• Tab
Initiate voice communication
Return to Lobby
Message to Team
Message to All
Results
7.3.1 GAME CONFIGURATION SCREEN
• ESC
Close Configuration Screen
• Ctrl + left click arrow
increases number in increments of five
• Ctrl + double left click device name increases number by five
• Ctrl + double left click device name increases number by 5
• Double right click device name
decreases number by 1
• Ctrl + double right click device name decreases number by 5
7 KEY MAPPING
CREDITS
Mithis Entertainment
• CEO
Róbert Sugár (Robi)
• Business Development Manager
Zsolt Tátrai (José)
• Project Manager
András Sindelyes (Sindi)
• Creative Director
Zsolt Nyulászi (Nyúl)
• Lead Designer
Norbert Petró (Whiskey)
• Designer
Attila Anga (Angus)
• Hungarian Script Adaptation
László Szalkai (Daktari)
• Lead Mission Scripter
András Tímár-Geng (AmpeR)
• Mission Scripters
György Salamon (Sala)
Tamás Solymosi (Tompi)
Attila Szaló (Szalord)
• Additional Script
Viktor Győrei
• Lead Programmer
Zoltán Motyán (Motyó)
• GUI Programmer
Zsolt Eisler (EZS)
• Additional Programmers
Róbert Kovács (Robika)
Ákos Somfai (So)
• Art Supervisor
Zoltán Nagy (Yo)
• Lead Artist
Szabolcs Négyesi (Yale)
• Artist
Péter Tóth (Villa)
CREDITS
• Concept Artist
Károly Gőgös (Karesz)
• Additional Concept Artist
Tamás Csige (Tom)
• Modellers
Hassan Elsayed Ashraf (Asi)
Balázs Kiss (Kisbé)
Attila Gaál (Tewe)
Csaba Horváth (Csabi)
Balázs Kalazdi (Cabo)
Róbert Nagy (Robi-One)
• Planet Surface Texturer
Éva Kovács
• Character Modeller/Animator
Péter Szücsy (Szücsy)
• FMV Artists
Miklós Büte (Narn)
Attila Grob (Phelan)
Gábor Horváth (Mur)
Szabolcs Józsa (Kutya)
Róbert Kovács (Robix)
Károly Körmendi (Zero)
Antonin Krizsanics (Toncsi)
Péter Májer (Lipton)
Szabolcs Mátéfy (Jester)
Péter Rigó (Pepe)
Tamás Varga (LY)
• Sound and Music Artists
Ákos Ambrus (Valerio)
Péter Tolnay (Maze)
• English Translators
Dávid Andersen (Dawe)
Kristoffer Waardahl (Morfar)
• Testers
Rajmund Balla (Ray)
Attila Mohácsi (atis21)
Tamás Szili (xbcff11j)
• Beta Testers
Géza Ambuszter
Ferenc Barka (CyFH)
Norbert Birner (Lovag)
János Gáspár (Nelson)
Attila Horváth (Horasz)
Attila Illés (Dano)
Regina Illés (Eldra)
István Koska
Zoltán Kőváry (Z)
Zsolt Mácsai
Dániel Molnár (Szasa)
László Örkényi (EQ)
Theodore Reiker (Teo)
Krisztián Sándor (Joco)
Imre Csaba Sigér (Sics)
Ákos Végh
Balázs Végh
Éva Zanati
• Special Thanks to
Ching Lee
Sander Tollig
Eric van Woerkom
and all our beloved ones that could spent so
little time with us during the project
• Special Thanks to
Gábor Czinszky (Cini)
Zsolt Hanula (Hancu)
and our families, friends
and the Nexus fans
• Cast
Andrew Wincott
Ben Cowan
Clare Willie
Everal Walsh
Gerard Fletcher
Ignatius Anthony
Julia Barry
Julie Maisey
Sam Taldeker
Sarah Crook
Vince Nicols
Tom George
HD Interactive
• Producer
Vincent van Diemen
• Marketing & PR
Edgar Kapp
• Bizz
Mike Horneman
• Sales
Becky Walker
• Finance
Martijn Draaisma
• QA
Jasper Vis
• Testers
Trevor ‘Redrobe’ Bent
Marcel ‘vergilius’ van Berk
Jon ‘StrangelyVB’ Brown
Jarrod ‘Dhinshin’ Ferrero
Marco ‘Tank’ de Groot
Sven ‘Popje’ Heins
Renzo ‘Totmacher’ Jansen
Pablo ‘Darklord’ Lord
Frenk van der Meij
Arjo Verweij
• Additional Testers
Krawall Gaming Network QA
www.KRAWALL.de
Tom Scheele
Toby Knoke
Jean Paul Mari
Outsource Media
• Script Adaptation
Tim Clare
• Casting & Voice Direction
Mark Estdale
• Recorded at
Outsource Media London
• Engineer
Jeremy Taylor
• Production Assistant
Rachel Rogers
• Production Coordinator
Tamsin Pearson
• Speech Editors
Jeremy Taylor
Jonathan Goodwin
Trevor Bent
Uses Bink Video. Copyright
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Ogg Vorbis Copyright (C) 2004
by Xiph.Org Foundation
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