The first place you’ll want to visit is your homepage. The quickest way to get to it is by clicking the “Profile” icon after you log in. From there you can access all of the key features of the site.
Table of Contents
THE STATS COLUMN
The first part of your homepage is the left column or “stats column”. This is where you can see the summary of your information and other users information when you visit their pages.
The first section – your “Citizen Info” – is your own user information that you and other users can see. Want to edit this data? Just click your profile picture at the top next to your username and you can change all the information you see as well as who can see what. Make sure your profile name is something short and simple. It keeps the site and your user page nice and neat.
Your Stats section is where you can show off all the content you’ve added. A quick summary:
- Nations – Nations, as it suggests, is a count of the total number of nations you’ve created in the universe. Nations are very high profile additions to the universe and are a matter of pride. Some nations don’t get approved by the community so be proud of having even 1.
- Corporations – Corporations are the financial powerhouses of the universe. These companies are the in-universe way of you selling your services, designs, and ideas to other players. It’s a great way to join the roleplay community without all the complications of a star nation.
- Factions – Factions are every group other than a corporation. They can be a nation’s navy, a mercenary group, a pirate league, etc. It’s another great way to join the roleplaying community and the story of the greater universe if you are interested in something less corporate.
- Inventory – Inventory articles keep count of all the unique inventory pages you’ve created. Everything from technology articles, planets, and characters are tracked here.
- Stories – Stories keep track of the published narratives you’ve submitted to the universe. These are great way to track your stories.
This is a short list of your friends. It’s entirely random who is listed here and will not show more than five. For a full list of friends, see the “Friends” tab of the toolbar below.
This is a quick area where you can search for a specific member.
TIP! – If you want to see a full list of members, leave the search
bar blank and click enter or press the magnifying glass icon!
The toolbar is where the majority of the website’s functionality is contained. From here you can access all of your information and – when visiting other users pages – view their creations and access it.
My Nations is the quick way of viewing a list of all your nations and to submit a new nation. As their name suggests, nations – or star nations – are the political juggernauts of the universe. To learn more about creating star nations, visit How to Make a Star Nation.
Like My Nations, this is an easy way to view and add corporations. Corporations are a great way to join the universe without having to get involved with all the heavy political and military roleplay. To learn more about creating a corporation, visit How to Make a Corporation.
Sensing a pattern? My Factions is a quick place to view all of your factions. Factions are – like corporations – a way to get involved in the universe without having to get too busy with the political roleplay. Create a pirate group, a mercenary group, etc. To learn more about factions and how to make one, visit How to make a Faction.
This is a huge area of the site and a big toolbox for you to be able to add and create new content. There are all types of post types which we’ll cover below:
- Articles – Articles are a catch all. If you can’t find an inventory category to post something in, an article is a blank slate to add to the universe.
- Character – Characters are – as their name suggests – a list of your characters in the universe. Basic information is summarized in a sidebar while the post body is where you cover the details of your character’s life and story.
- Conflict – Conflicts are quick summaries of battles, wars, or other events with two opposing sides. The strength of both sides, their commanders, and the outcome are among some of the items included in this area. Post bodies include the details of the conflict and just how the battle, war, or event occurred.
- Planets and Moons – An easy way to create a detailed post about the planets and moons in the star systems in your stories, there is lots of interesting information you can include here.
- Stations – Stations is a summary of the space stations your nations, corporations, or factions own. Details about these stations are great ways to add to the universe and create places people want to take their characters.
- Spacecraft – Spacecraft are the lesser cousins of starships. They are designed to bridge the gap between the stars and the planets beneath them. Things like dropships, fighters, and other trans-atmospheric craft belong in this category.
- Star Systems – Star Systems are what the name suggests – they are the central regions around which planets orbit stars. These are where the action of CoM take place and there is lots of data you can add to help other users explore your space in their own roleplays and stories.
- Starships – Starships are the masters of the stars. These are the way humanity explores space and lots of data here is important for you to build your nation.
- Vehicles – The terrestrial workhorses of the verse, vehicles are the way people get around on the planet.
My artwork is an easy way to host your designs, concepts, or other pages. Built right into your profile, you can organize your images by files or lists, add other users images to your favorites, and even comment on other users artowrk. While a lot of the interface is rudimentary right now, we are working hard to improve the “My Artwork” feature so that it is easier to use in the futre.
When you visit the page you’ll be greeted by a number of options and a series of thumbnails of your gallery. You can add images quickly by doing the following:
- Clicking upload gives you a gray dialogue box.
- Select the “Album” you want to add your image to.
- Select if you want the image to be “private” or “public”. We recommend “public” for all images.
NOTE: We do police images for inappropraite content.
- Drag and drop files in the “gray box” for quick image upload.
- Click “Select Your Files” and choose from a file folder menu.
NOTE: Make sure your file name is a good one. It is used to title your image!
From there, your image should process and be added to your gallery. Be patient as it may take some time if the image is large! After a bit, it will appear in your gallery and will be ready for you to use.
Figure 1 – The Upload “Gray Box”
Figure 2 – A Typical Image View
EDITING AN IMAGE
After uploading your content you can click an image to bring up its page. You have a vew options when viewing yours or other people’s images:
- Leave a Comment: Do this by simply typing into the white box and clicking the “comment” key when you are done.
- Add it to Your Favorite Lists: Do this by clicking “Options” and selecting the “Add to Fav List”.
- If it is your image, you can delete it from here too. (Deleting is also possible on the grid view by hovering over the image and clicking the trash can icon).
- Copy its URL for posting:
TIP! – If you want the full-size image, you must edit out the dimensions at the end of the
URL. Example: If I select the image in the screenshot and copy the URL, I get the following:
…Rapier-Class-Corvette-Redo-Defenitive-1800×386.jpg. For the full size, original image
I need to edit it to get the URL: …Rapier-Class-Corvette-Redo-Defenitive.jpg. By making
this edit, I get the full-size image. This is great for getting a quick cropped size for posting
in your pages.