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A short summary of Starship Traders MMO
Starship Traders MMO looks like a cross between a modern MMO and a graphical version of a traditional MUD (Multi User Dungeon). The player starts out in an unknown galaxy in a minimalist space ship, having been lured there as a would-be colonist to an Earth-like planet that doesn't actually exist. The backstory is told by the mechanics at trading posts and is part of a mission (quest).
As a stranded space ship pilot, the player's first goal is to learn to survive in their new environment, first trading among the ports and planets and, later, hunting aliens for cash and ship upgrades.
Players can create corporations or apply to join an existing one. Members can share defensive resources and pool their power to monopolize a valuable star cluster. Wormholes to star clusters can ususlly be guarded and wormholes to other galaxies can be indirectly, but temporarily, guarded as well.
The MMO requires a keyboard to play -- and is optimized for efficient play by fast typists. While it has mouse support, it is not particularly suited to heavy mouse use.
The Good and Bad of Starship Traders MMO
tl;dr: Great MMO gameplay, not-so-great visual interface
As for The Good, SSTMMO has:
- Truly a one-of-a-kind game, it was slowly evolved from Starship Traders inspiration.
- unique gameplay that slowly emerges as you learn the game,
- great music, but not intrusive,
- a minimalist GUI, optimized for keyboard play; if you're a fast typist, you'll quickly adapt.
- a resource-based combat system. Kills are not free so you must choose your battles with a goal of benefiting from each fight.
- The PVP system discourages killing innocent lowbies. You will be flagged temporarily as 'open loot'. In addition, your ship remains visible when you log off and stealth effects stop working for the duration of the flag. Further accumulation of negative honor can even flag you indefinitely. (Drones carried with your ship still automatically defend you if attacked while offline, just as online.)
- With that said, You *can* play as an outlaw, if you're clever, courageous, choose your battles carefully, and hide well.
- It has an excellent character name generator. (this may be useful to you even if you have no interest in the MMO)
- The SSTMMO universe is a unique environment and each galaxy has its own structure.
...and then there's The Bad:
- SSTMMO being a unique game means that you do not know how to play at all! This game is new to almost everyone.
- It has no pre-planned experience to train new players. Just hints and a few short tutorials on the basics.
- It has no 'skill-based' combat. Combat is routine, predictable, and, as Sun Tzu wrote, battles are won (or lost) before the combat even begins.
- Its minimalist GUI is not entirely a good thing. It is not consistent with most modern MMO's, so it won't feel familiar.
- The players are visible only by their ships; Your ship *is* your avatar. This is not exactly a problem, but will be unfamiliar to most.
- This is an MMO designed and developed by a solo developer. The game itself was designed from the beginning to fit within the constraints of solo development so lavish art and voice acting, among other things, are not a part of the game. (On the upside, you won't have to endure bad voice acting!)
A true Sandbox; You can change, create, destroy, move, or guard anything.
Large galaxies to play and hide in, with an autopilot for navigation.
Combat consumes expendable resources; there are no free kills.
Player housing is secure, shareable, moveable, and in the open world.
Regional realms (Europe, Asia) to be added in the future will be unique.
Starship Traders MMO is now available Free on Steam!
New clients are up today, 15 July, 2023. Download a new one!
(Tested on Raspberry Pi OS)
Why Starship Traders is different from other MMO's
SST MMO Lore: The Tale of the Lost Raven
Screenshots, slightly outdated
A short gameplay video
The game Reference
The clients are self-contained programs that require no installation.
To run the Linux or the Raspberry Pi versions perform the following steps from a terminal window:
1) Uncompress either the Linux PC or Raspberry Pi program:
2) Make your program executable:
chmod +x sstmmo
chmod +x sstmmo.pi
3) Run your version: You can now use your GUI view to click on the program -- or you can run it directly from the terminal as in the examples below:
(Note that you may see a few debugging messages upon exit when running from a terminal window. These messages refer to items used internal to the client and you can safely ignore them. The messages are only useful for developers.)
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Linux: Thu Aug 24 07:20:48 PM EDT 2023
Windows: Thu Aug 24 07:20:48 PM EDT 2023
Raspberry Pi 400: Thu Aug 24 07:20:49 PM EDT 2023