Navigation

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Navigation in the player ship is done through the Star Map, and allows the player to browse and view information about planets and direct the ship to travel. The ship travels to a location after clicking the button 'Initiate FTL Jump', the location is set either by entering X and Y coordinates, clicking 'Find Random' to get a randomly generated set of coordinates, or by selecting an object in the map.

The navigation console also has the ability to set a planet as 'home' so that it can be easily returned to when out exploring.


The zoom-in and out buttons do not currently function, however, you may right click to zoom out.








Fuel Gauge

Left The fuel gauge shows the current fuel the players ship has. Traveling further requires more fuel, which the player must gather to replenish.

Star Map

Left The star map is a point and click visual map of the Starbound universe. Stars can be clicked to zoom to their solar system view. There each planet can be selected, showing a planetary view and allowing selection of the planet, moons and smaller orbiting objects. In the planetary view, details about the selected object are shown. These details include the planets biome type, as well as the planet's difficulty.

To travel to the currently selected object, first make sure your fuel meter has enough fuel to travel there, then click 'Initiate FTL Jump'.

Coordinates

Left Every object in space has coordinates. Every coordinate has two values, X and Y. These values can be entered into the Star map to highlight that location for travel. In Starbound, all planets attributes are determined by their coordinates in space, so sharing the coordinates for a planet with a friend will allow them to visit the 'same planet' in their game.

Initiate FTL Jump

Left FTL, or Faster than light, Jump is the way ships travel from coordinate to coordinate in space. Once selecting the destination in the Star Map, the player than clicks the 'Initiate FTL Jump' button to travel through space to that destination. While traveling, stars in space will fly by the ship and leaving is not possible until the destination is reached. The player is free to move about the ship during travel freely.


An early mockup of the planetary view
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