From The Depths
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Samlow Aug 21, 2015 @ 4:09am
Getting started: Frequently Asked Questions
Hello there everybody! First of all, welcome to From the Depths! You'll probably be reading this shortly before or after you actually entered the waters for the first time, and therefore probably need some pointer or help.

And you're in the right spot. This thread will be regularly updated with common question and answers.

The first few questions are a bit more general, followed by some ingame FAQ.

Generic FAQ

How to get help?
Theres a couple of ways. No matter what your question, there are no stupid questions! There will be a couple answered in this thread ofcourse. Anything more specific you can ask in the general forums here, or in the official questions forum[].
Its important to know that the FTD community is very helpful, and has already written plenty of guides both on the workshop and on the official forums.

I found a bug!
Great! The game is in alpha, so any bug you can find and report helps us make the game more stable and better. You can report it in the Bug reports forum on steam to, or on the official bug report forum.[]. On the latter you can freely attach any screenshots and crash logs.
Make sure to read the stickies of how to properly report a bug, since the more info we have, the faster we can squash it!

Can I run this game?
If you meet the minimum requirements you should be able to run the game on minimum settings and without too many big ships loaded fairly smoothly. Keep in mind that there are still a lot of performance updates to come in the future, and as we update the game we always try to get some minor improvements done along the way/

Is this game for me?
Get this if you like:
- Building your own combat units
- A slower pace of combat
- Improving your designs and learning how to build them better and or bigger
- Lots of stuff to learn

Dont get this is you:
- Prefer fast reaction FPS style combat
- Dislike Alpha status. The game often changes and the current balance is not the final balance. It is early access after all.
- Need to get up early. This game is addicting.

Does this game have multiplayer?
Yes. Multiplayer recently got re-integrated, and is intended to be a solid part of the game. Be aware that it is currently in it's early stages, so you might not have all the features you'd expect yet. But it is working, and you can play pretty much the entire game with friends.

In-game FAQ

How do I keep my ship from capsizing?
There are several methods of doing this. Looking at how real life ships are built is a good starting point though.
The cause of capsizing is often the point where the center of mass (CoM) crosses a point where the ships stability cannot stop it from moving. In easier words: the heavy part of the ship always wants to be as low as possible.

Waves will make your CoM move from side to side. As such youll need to design your ship considering stability. There is multiple ways of doing this:
- Heavy material keel. Can be suspended lower for higher effectiveness
- Wide vessel stability. Build your ship wide or with pontoons (catamaran style)
- Active stability enhancers. (Jet stablisers, hydrofoils, Jet engines)

This short podcast visualises this explanation.

What next?
As more simple questions come up Ill incorperate them into this post. Feel free to ask simple questions in this thread.
Last edited by Samlow; Aug 21, 2015 @ 4:44am
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This post is helpful :D Although I didn`t need it I was just curious. Also Youtube is a good learning resource. I recomend watching Lathlands play through to get ideas and an understanding and also any wild card youtuber who does a tutorial.
Chrozayis Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:23pm 
Please tell people to search threads before posting
ravern Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:02pm 
Dels gaming on youtube is a great place to start too
Also a tip for people so they don`t flood the forums. If something isn`t working and you are sure it should be working. Make sure it is actually connected and always follow this guys advice for any forum.

Originally posted by Chrozayis:
Please tell people to search threads before posting
dusty--300 Nov 28, 2015 @ 7:53pm 
ok heres a qustion how do you get to the toutoral to get the "fast learner" achivement
Mrvecz Nov 29, 2015 @ 1:04am 
Originally posted by dusty--300:
ok heres a qustion how do you get to the toutoral to get the "fast learner" achivement

You dont
For now it only have 0.1% of player base, i assume only dev have it
Gary's Cousin Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:27am 
Plz make or refer to a post about how to use the community stuff? If so thanks!
ChevyAndVW Jan 24, 2016 @ 11:20am 
The game crashes everytime i go to load it. Any suggestions? I really wanna play
Mrvecz Jan 24, 2016 @ 11:26am 
Originally posted by ChevyAndVW:
The game crashes everytime i go to load it. Any suggestions? I really wanna play

What OS you use ?
Markus_INC Jan 24, 2016 @ 12:37pm 
If you added a new object like a turret onto your ship, in the bottom it says: press "[" to edit base, and if your editing the base it says press "]" to edit turret, but when i press them it makes a error sound. Help?
ChevyAndVW Jan 26, 2016 @ 3:55pm 
Win 10
ChevyAndVW Jan 26, 2016 @ 3:56pm 
It magicaly is working now. Ty tho
Hello, anyone got any tips on a good advanced cannon round, I built a sniper ship but the rounds are doing minimal damage
Mrvecz Jan 27, 2016 @ 5:39am 
Originally posted by Inferno:
Hello, anyone got any tips on a good advanced cannon round, I built a sniper ship but the rounds are doing minimal damage

Do you use SABOT/AP head ?
How big is the gauge
Do you use Rail gun ?
dragon killer Jan 27, 2016 @ 1:45pm 
Is there a tutorial of combining a turret and spin block because I'm make a frigate with an javelin luancher can't even combine the two together.

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