Empires Quick-Start Guide


This Quick-Start Guide has been made to allow you to jump into the mod with just the basics. We will cover the basic aspects of the mod, but many smaller details have been left out. The full manual is available at the Empires Website or (if you've already installed the mod) in Steam/Steamapps/Empires/Manual.

Section I: Ingame Basics

Starting Off

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2. The Team Selection Screen.1. The Message Of The Day.

1. The first thing you see when you join a server is the Message Of The Day. It often shows rules about that specific server, so read up and close it.

2. Second window that pops up is the Team Selection Screen. Click Auto-Assign to be assigned to the team with the fewest players.

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4. The Skill Selection Screen.3. The Class Selection Screen.

3. After choosing a team you will be presented with the Class Selection Screen. Go Engineer (selected by default). An Engineer can do everything you need early in the game, so you'll be prepared for anything that hits you.

HINT: Weapon slots with a plus sign on them can be clicked upon.

4. Click on the open Skill slot (the unlocked padlock) and select a Skill from the Skill Selection Menu.
Suggestion for Engineer: "Repair Upgrade". To reach this Skill, click on the dropdown box in the top left and select "Class-Specific". When you're done, click "Accept" twice.

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5. The Spawn Map.

5. This will bring up the spawn map (if it doesn't, press "Enter" (by default) to bring up the spawn map) . Select your spawnpoint (big red or blue buttons) by left-clicking on one. To view the map without spawnpoints, press "M" (by default).

[OPTIONAL] If the game has just started, you will also have to select a Commander using the Commander Voting Menu. Click on a name to vote for them. In the case of a tie, the Commander is randomly chosen from the contestants.

You can opt in or opt out of commanding by clicking on the corresponding buttons in the bottom corners of the menu. If you don't know how to command or do not wish to command, just opt out.
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The Commander Voting Menu.

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6. The Squad Screen.

6. Ok, you're good to spawn, but better do one more thing first: Press "C" (by default) for the Squad Menu and join or create a Squad using the buttons. If you stick close to your Squad Leader (Green Star), you'll gain points faster. Close the screen when you're done.

7. Press the Attack key (Left mouse button by default) to spawn.

Your HUD

Ok, you've spawned. First some info about your HUD. It's divided into four blocks:

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Your current Commander.
Current ongoing Research.

1. The upper-left corner shows your current Commander and ongoing Research.

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Res/sec. Available Resources. Personal Wages. Vehicles On The Field. Team Tickets.

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2. Your Minimap.

2. The upper-right corner shows information about how many resources and reinforcements the team has available.

2. The minimap gives an overhead view of the whole map. You can zoom in and out using the zoom keys ("[" and "]" by default).

On the minimap, Brenodi Empire units are always blue and Northern Faction units are always red.

The minimap also shows the locations of resource nodes, shown as small yellow dots.

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4. Your Ammo Counter.3. Your Health and Stamina Bar.

3. The lower-left corner displays your Health and Stamina. Your Health will go down when you take damage and can be replenished by Health crates or Engineers using the Engineer Tool on you. Stamina, used when jumping and sprinting, always regenerates over time. If you're completely out of Stamina, you'll slow down for a few seconds.

4. The lower-right corner shows your ammo counter. The line of bullets represents the amount of ammo remaining in your current magazine. The number to the right is the remaining ammo you have.

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Move / Guard

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The Commander can give you direct orders. These allow the commander to easily direct his soldiers to where they will help the team the most.

When you are given an order it will appear on your screen as either: When you are given an order you will hear an instruction and one of these shapes will appear on your HUD. If you are not looking at the objective the shape will appear on the side or bottom of your screen, telling you which direction you must look to locate it.

The size of the shape will also vary; the larger it is, the closer you are to your objective. Once you've completed the order, it will disappear.

Ingame Interaction

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Northern Faction Crates.Brenodi Empire Crates.

Located in Armories, placed by Engineers, and scattered around maps are supply crates. They come in two flavors: ammo (the Engineer crate falls under this) and Health. To use one of these crates hold down the USE key ("E" by default) when near the crate and looking at it.

Similar to crates are the vehicle factory consoles. To access one, move in front of it and then press the USE key.

Empires has many different vehicles. To enter a vehicle, simply go up to it and press the USE key. You can switch positions inside the vehicle by using the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc). The F1 position is always the driver position. Pressing the USE key again will exit the vehicle.

Section II: Playing The Game

In Empires, TEAMWORK IS KEY. Go in alone and you'll take out two or three guys, go in with your teammates and you'll take out an entire forward base.

The Basics

Basically, every game of Empires goes like this:

  1. Move out right away to where your teammates are defending or attacking. If the game just started, listen to your Commander's strategy.
  2. Capture and defend your resource nodes so your team gets money.
  3. Attack the enemy's resource nodes to cripple their cashflow.
  4. Kill off enemy outposts and push towards their main base.
  5. Kill the enemy Command Vehicle or deplete all enemy tickets and kill off all enemies still alive.
  6. If both teams have depleted their tickets, the game starts a 5-minute counter. When finished, the game goes into Sudden Death. Both Command Vehicles will now die from a single hit from any explosive.

These are the basic steps in Classic gameplay. There is also Conquest gameplay, which is usually a map with Infantry and Tanks, but no Commander. Then there's Mission gameplay, where one team has a set goal they must achieve, usually in a set time period. Conquest and Mission maps often use Flags as spawnpoints.

Infantry Tips

"I find your lack of faith... disturbing."

General infantry tips:

  • You can choose a spawnpoint from the spawn map, "Enter" (by default). Next time you die, you'll spawn there.
  • You can change Classes and Skills in a Barracks, an Armory or at a Flag by pressing "b" (by default) and selecting your new loadout. Changing them anywhere else will not update them immediately.
  • You can get extra ammo from Engineers who drop ammo boxes or in Armories.
  • Pressing the F key (by default) will bring up the popup menu. You can use the mouse or the keys shown inside the brackets to select different menus.
  • Your commander can give you targets and waypoints. He knows more about the battlefield than you do, so you better follow it if you want to win.
  • Guns do not damage tanks or buildings. Only explosive devices damage tanks or buildings.
  • As a non-Engineer, you can help construct a building by holding the USE key ("E" by default).
  • Headshots do double damage.

An unintended 'feature' you'll see a lot is killspawning. This is where you type 'kill' in the game console (or just switch to spectator and back, but you'll have to select team, class and skills again) to spawn back at a location that is under siege. It's a very handy way of quickly moving troops around the battlefield, but be careful not to use up too many tickets.

General Class guidelines:

Engineer tips:

Vehicle Tips

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The Loadout Entry Box.

General vehicle tips:

  • You can build vehicles in the Vehicle Factory. Go to the vehicle building console or press "V" (by default) when in the vehicle factory.
  • Vehicles can be upgraded with research the Commander does. Press the "CUSTOMIZE" button to start upgrading your vehicle.
    HINT: You can even give the loadout a name by typing a name in the Loadout Entry Box.
  • Vehicles can be recustomized on a Repair Pad.
  • Vehicles cost resources. Don't waste them or your team may lose.
  • Vehicles can overheat if they fire too quickly. Don't assign too many weapons to the same firing key on your tank.
  • Make sure you use the right weapon for the right job. Some weapons may be weak against infantry, but strong against tanks, and vice versa. Ask around if you need help deciding.
  • You have to consider your tank's speed and the enemy tank's speed when firing. It's tricky, but keep practicing and you'll get the hang of it in no time.
  • Watch out for mines. They cause a lot of damage to vehicles, and can often kill a non-upgraded tank with a single mine.

Tips on making your vehicle:

Commander Tips

Commanding and Research is explained in the full manual, which is available at the Empires Website or (if you've already installed the mod) in Steam/Steamapps/Empires/Manual.

But there's one thing you should know about the Commander. He's got the hardest job of them all, so cut him some slack when it's not going too well. If you think you can do a better job, jump in and get commanding.

Known Bugs

Hey, we're still in beta, and we're working on these bugs:

  1. In Command View, you may sometimes see 'ghost' walls appearing from weird locations. They don't do anything else, though.
  2. Sometimes you may be revived under the map. You'll have to suicide (type 'kill' command in the console or switch to spectator and back), as this is seen as a game exploit, and will get you (permanently) banned from game servers. Don't say we didn't warn you.

That's pretty much it. Stick together, listen to your Commander and use tactics instead of only raw firepower and you'll have a great time. Enjoy your first game of Empires.