The main game screen includes a large window
displaying a portion of the galaxy, a right side panel with planetary
information and/or control displays, and a row of buttons at the
bottom of the screen to access other control and information screens.
In the galaxy window, you can select stars or
fleets of ships. If you select a star that you have colonized,
the right panel can be used to allocate its resources, build ships
in its docks, relocate completed ships to other colonies, or transfer
population to other star systems. If you click again on an already
selected star system, the display will change to show you more
information about that star.
If you select a star that you have not colonized,
the right panel displays what information you have about that
If you select a fleet orbiting a planet, the
right panel lets you order ships from that fleet to other star
systems. If you select a fleet already in space, the panel displays
its composition, destination, and ETA.
You control the allocation of your planetary
spending, and the distribution of your research efforts, using
ratio bars. A group of ratio bars shows how a resource is being
divided among several different areas. The total value of all
the bars must always equal 100% of the resource being allocated.
Therefore, if you reduce one bar, another will lengthen; lengthen
a bar, and another must get shorter.
To change the setting of a ratio bar, you simply
click in the bar area at the position you want the setting to
be. Other bars will change their settings to compensate, so that
the total values of all the bars still adds up to 100%. You may
have finer control over bar settings by pressing the arrows on
the left and right of the bars, or by using
keys when the ratio bar is selected.
If you wish to lock down a bar’s setting,
so that changing other ratio bars does NOT affect its setting,
click on the bar’s title, at the left of the bar you wish
to lock. The title will change color, and changing ratios in other
bars cannot affect the locked bar‘s resources. You can unlock
the ratio bar setting by clicking on the title again.