Welcome to Empires, a first-person shooter/real-time strategy total conversion modification for Half-Life 2. Since Empires is probably unlike most games you've played before, we highly recommend you read through this manual before you first join a server. For more information, visit the Empires website (www.empiresmod.com) and click on the forums link. Our IRC channel, #empiresmod, is on GameSurge (www.gamesurge.net). We also have an Empires Wiki, which contains many hints and tips about every gameplay aspect in Empires at wiki.empiresmod.com.
When you first join a server you will be asked to join a team. Your options include the Northern Faction, the Brenodi Empire, and the non-playing Spectators. The last option, Auto-Assign, will automatically choose a team for you to join.
After choosing a team you will be presented with the Class Selection Screen. There are four classes: Engineer, Rifleman, Grenadier, and Scout. Certain classes can choose between multiple weapons, accessible by clicking on the weapons in the class selection screen. When you earn experience points you will be able to unlock Skill Slots, located under the weapons and all but one slot will be locked when you first join the game.
Once you have chosen a class and weapons, click Accept. This will bring up the spawn map (if it doesn't, press the spawn map button to bring up the spawn map "Enter" (by default). Select your spawn point by clicking on one of the available points (large blue or red dots, the color is based on what team you are on). To view the map without spawnpoints, press "M" (by default).
Whenever you join a game that has just started, the Commander Voting Menu ("," by default) will appear. Here you can vote for a player to become the Commander. The player with the most votes will automatically spawn in the command view with their body inside the command vehicle.
It is strongly reccommended that players don't command
until they are proficient at the game, as the role of the
commander is vital to the success of the team.
Note: You can opt in or opt out of commanding by clicking on the corresponding buttons in the bottom corners of the menu.
The player's heads up display shows the most important information regarding the team and player's situation.
The upper-left corner shows the current Commander in the Command Vehicle, as well as what kind of research he is currently conducting.
The upper-right corner shows information about how many resources and reinforcements the team has available.
The minimap gives an overhead view of the whole map. You can zoom in and out using the zoom keys ("[" and "]" by default). The minimap uses a coordinate system to show players locations when they use text or voice chat.
On the minimap, Brenodi Empire units are always blue and Northern Faction units are always red.
|Command Vehicle||Jeep||APC||AFV||Medium Tank||Heavy Tank||Artillery Tank|
|Command Vehicle||Jeep||APC||Light Tank||Medium Tank||Heavy Tank||Artillery Tank|
|Refinery||Barracks||Armory||Vehicle Factory||Radar||Repair Station||Turret (any type)||Engineer Radar / Camera|
The lower-left corner displays your health and stamina. Your health will go down when you take damage and can be replenished by medic containers or engineers with their repair tool. Stamina, used when jumping and sprinting, always regenerates over time.
The lower-right corner contains information about weapon ammunition. 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. The engineer's tool has an infinite supply of slowly regenerating ammo.
Located in armories, placed by engineers, and scattered around maps are supply containers. Some containers supply ammunition (including the engineer's container) while others marked with a cross, supply health. To use one of these containers hold down the USE key ("E" by default) when near the container. Similar to containers 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.
A player's score in Empires is measured by points. There are several different ways to get points:
Once you earn 10 points you advance a rank
Once you earn 10, 30 and 60 points, you can choose a new ability from the spawn menu as well as advancing in rank.
To view your score, press "TAB" (by default).
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