Starship Traders MMO

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Steam: Starship Traders MMO Steam Page

Discord: Starship Traders MMO Discord

January 15, 2024: Discord notes:

Click the link above to join our discord server and receive a notification when we launch a new, permanent realm. Since this game requires a certain minimum of players for a viable realm, we will only launch the permanent realms when we have enough players to populate them. We intend to launch three realms. One realm will serve the Americas, a second will serve Europe, and the third will serve Asia. Current plans are for the American realm to be located in New York, the European realm in Frankfurt, and the Asian realm in either Bangalore or Singapore, depending on interest.

A short overview of Starship Traders MMO

Starship Traders MMO plays like a cross between a modern MMO and a graphical version of a traditional MUD (Multi User Dungeon). The main MUD-like characteristic is the perspective of the player. Each location in the game is a 'sector'. You can only directly see the objects, players, and aliens within your current sector. As a new player, you'll start in a random sector of the same galactic core as all other new players. You'll be equipped with a minimalist space ship that gives you the ability to scan nearby sectors for other ships. Your ship's autopilot will plot flight paths to any detected ships as well as other nearby planets and ports that you may also scan for.

You wound up here in this unexplored region of space by following the beacon of the scout ship, 'Raven'. Raven beamed a deceitful tale of a lovely Earth-like planet ready for human habitation, luring many to abandon the overcrowded Earth in hopes for a better life. The details of this story are told by Trading Post mechanics as part of a mission (quest). As a stranded space ship pilot, your first goal is to learn to survive in your new environment, by 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. Corpmates can share defensive resources and pool their power to monopolize a valuable star cluster. Wormholes to star clusters can sometimes be guarded to gain exclusive control of a slice of space.

The MMO requires a keyboard to play -- and is optimized for efficient play by keyboard. It does have mouse support, but like many MMO's, typing is faster than pointing and clicking.


The Good and Bad of Starship Traders MMO

tl;dr: Great MMO gameplay, minimalist 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 that is 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.

  • __News__

  • Starship Traders MMO is now available Free on Steam!

  • __Download Links__

    Linux version (~105MB)
    Windows version (~105MB)


    __Game Information (some of this may be out of date)__
    A Quick Start Guide to Starship Traders MMO

    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


    __Software Instructions__

    The clients are self-contained programs that require no installation.
    To run the Linux version perform the following steps from a terminal window:


    1) Uncompress the Linux PC program:
    bunzip2 sstmmo.bz2

    2) Make your program executable:
    chmod +x sstmmo

    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:
    ./sstmmo

    (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.)


    __sha256 file hashes__



    Linux: Fri Feb 2 02:09:28 PM EST 2024
    834d6cdd8a4c9f72e25c1b739a5a9e365292f82f0148f2f0c22244a347e0f2d3 sstmmo
    1a35e24d203e8097f291e8ee43cb94309f7abc8a9a2e7a9a1d60971a5a6b6a71 sstmmo.bz2

    Windows: Fri Feb 2 02:09:28 PM EST 2024
    a9acbe3237a2315f96ca30a558adf9504d654f8b99529e03f3955da7341d15b2 sstmmo.exe
    caf170bc6f573ed2d08a80d0840c76899472fd2656a7a1c014f89811436a45db sstmmo.exe.zip