Guide For New Players

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The Guide for New Players is a guide intended for brand new players of Spacestation 13. If you have already played Spacestation 13, read the Getting Started in Persistence section of this guide in addition to the Rules and Guide to Roleplaying. This guide will cover the most basic concepts of the game to get you started using the BYOND engine and the games UI. It will also cover character creation and basic roleplaying.

Before you begin

Space Station 13 is a multiplayer roleplaying game developed using the BYOND engine. In Space Station 13 (from here on to be referred to as SS13), players take the role of workers on a space station. There are many different jobs available, and each player chooses and plays a role in the space station. On our server, Persistence, we are a dedicated roleplaying community where you can play a variety of roles aboard Nexus station. There are many possible roles available for you to play, you get to decide! Perhaps you are a refugee seeking safety on the frontier, an entrepreneur trying to make the best of these circumstances, or a loyal employee trying to maximize profits for your corporation. The frontier is a dangerous place, however, and all sorts of horrible things can happen to you. Spies, saboteurs, and even hostile aliens could be waiting around every corner. Accidents happen, and it's a very thin barrier that holds the uncaring, airless space at bay.


The rules for Persistent Server should be read before beginning the game. It is important that you read through the rules thoroughly before starting the game. As long as you remember that this is a roleplay server, you should be fine.

Joining the server

To join the server, you must first download the BYOND cilent. Once you have created an account and have installed BYOND, you can:

  • Connect to the server by clicking the "PLAY" button on the main website or
  • By adding the address (CTRL + O while on the BYOND client) byond:// to your client to login manually.

This will automatically enter the game and present you with a "WELCOME" menu.

Character setup

Main Article: Character Creation

Character Creation Screen UI
An example of the character setup screen.

Before you can begin playing, you must setup your character. Setting up your character is important, so ideally, you should make a character that you will attach to and identify with as to begin making your own mark in the world of Persistence.



Main Article: User Interface

The user interface (UI) allows you to interact with items in your inventory, change how you interact with items and other players, and to quickly gauge your character's status. You can use this to change certain options or retrieve information quickly. It is also where you manage your inventory.


There are a number of tabs available to you, they are visible on the top right side of the screen, just above the chat box. The majority of these are self-explainatory.

  • The Status tab tells you of the local time and date.
  • The Preferences tab lets you switch any personal preferences in regards to sound, chats indicators.
  • The Admin tab is for contacting an administrator or moderator in the event you need help.
  • The IC and OOC tab allow you to preform actions in character and out of character respectively.

There are many more tabs, but it depends on your role or objects you have in your hand.

Moving and Interaction

Main Article: Controls
You can interact with the environment in a variety of different ways. Almost every object within SS13 is interactable. You can use the arrow-keys to move around - almost every other action is preformed by clicking. An entire array of actions can be done with your keyboard as well as enabling WASD controls by pressing your Tab key to turn on Hotkey mode. You can review these controls in their respective article.


Main Article: Guide to Roleplaying
First and foremost, Persistence is considered a roleplay server. You should remain in character as much as possible and only use the OOC or LOOC channels if you need to speak to someone else in a manner that doesn't fit your character or the game. That being said there are very few limitations on how you should act in-character so long as you are not breaking any of the server rules.

Getting Started in Persistence

A Primer

Persistence is very different from other Space Station 13 experiences for one simple reason - the server does not have rounds. Anything you do on this server will persist, and be saved to carry on through the future. This allows the building of a culture of mutual interests, political intrigue, conflict and much, much more. Let's get you started on your journey in Persistence.

Spawning In

When you spawn, you might see that you are in a grey jumpsuit and, possibly, alone. Do not panic! This is how every single person on the server started, and something that you can rectify. You will need to find your own way, meeting other characters and networking to find employment and purpose in life. It is important for you to not give up here! It may sound silly, but this is a big hurdle and stepping stone for Persistence - your first day. It is likely for you to already know where your skills in Space Station 13 lie or what you would like to do on this character, so the very best thing for you to do is to ask on the radio if anybody is hiring. You can also check the help-wanted ads on any nearby newscaster, in PS13 even the newspapers are player run.

No luck? Even without a job there are opportunities to make money and to find a place in society. Try finding a new buisness to invest your starting money in, afterwards you'll have a say in the business and receive regular dividends so long as you hold stock. Another option is politics, PS13 has a unique political system where weekly votes determine the leadership of the station. Join a political party and help your chosen candidate come into power, your help will be remembered. Various unique religions also exist within the frontier that are always looking for neophytes to spread the faith. Believe it or not, even your very first interactions are part of the worldbuilding experience of Persistence. Work isn't the only way to distinguish yourself on the frontier, make an impression and you'll find many characters who will help move your story along.

Every single thing in Persistence is done by and made by players like you. If you don't like something, you can fix it. You just have to try.

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