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The Game Mode decides what events and occurrences will happen during the round, and what goals everyone has. It can be changed by admins or by the round going into a mulligan.

Game Modes on


In Rotation Traitor, Incursion, Galactic Conquest, Blood Cult, Wizard, Monkey, Nuclear Emergency, Bloodling, Extended
Overmap Patrol, Shakedown, Armada, Courier, Galactic Conquest
Special Modes Planetary Assault
Removed Gang War, Devil, Overthrow, Legacy Modes, Revolution, Changeling

Special Events[edit | edit source]

A vote was taken, buttons were pushed and one of the admins has announced that they're taking the server for a ride. What will this entail? No one knows for sure except the admin running the event. Maybe the ship will be invaded by space pirates. Maybe diplomats from the Clown Planet are here for a summit. Whatever happens, don't be afraid to play along and have fun!

Random events[edit | edit source]

Random events are events which may happen during another round type. Events like this usually only happen after a set amount of time, from 20 minutes up to an hour and 20 minutes. Severity of events range from minor things to keep departments busy to full on crisis events. Random events can include meteor waves, virus outbreaks, blob formations, even nasty xenomorph infestations!

Galactic Conquest[edit | edit source]

Galacitc Conquest, more commonly known as PVP, is a Game Mode exclusive to NSV13. In PVP, two crews face off against eachother - one Syndicate and one Nanotrasen - in their own ship. They must race to dominate the Galaxy by either capturing systems or destroying enemy ships. Having enemy players, instead of AIs makes for much more interesting ship combat, throwing aside most normal strategies.

This gamemode is in rotation, however, it does get revelead roundstart, unlike normal gamemodes. For it to occur, there needs to be at least 40 players ready roundstart and at least 20 of them must have their Syndicate Crew antag preference set to yes.

Secret[edit | edit source]

Enemy communication intercepted. Security Level Elevated. The default game mode on NSV13. It randomly selects from game modes in the rotation, which can either lead to variety or hilarious back-to-back-to-back Nuclear Emergency rounds. In addition, certain random events may occur during the round.

It should be noted that Secret on NSV works a bit differently than on other servers. For one, the announcement about Enemy Communication is nor shown. Seconldy, because NSV has round-threatening dangers without normal antagonists - traitors, cults, wizards -, Extended is much more common.

Secret currently has the following game modes in rotation:

Sword.gif Traitor[edit | edit source]

The most common game mode in secret. In Traitor, one or more crew members (or even the AI) are Syndicate agents and are given a PDA Uplink to provide them with useful tools to help them complete their goal. The crew must find out who the traitors are and stop them from reaching their goal.

Traitor objectives are usually a small selection of the following:

  • Assassinate or maroon a specific crew member.
  • Steal a restricted item.
  • Be the only one on the Emergency Shuttle when it leaves or just escape alive.

If the Traitors can meet their objectives and are present and alive on a pod or the shuttle when it leaves, they win. However, being in the shuttle brig (marked with red flooring) does not count toward escaping and will cause the traitor to fail. Note that traitors win individually - they may band together and work as a team, but it is not required for them to succeed.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a traitor has completed all objectives, they get greentext.

Changeling.gif Changeling[edit | edit source]

Some of the crew are not what they appear to be! These changelings are monsters in human form, with the ability to absorb (eat) people and take on their DNA/identity. Changelings must have a quiet spot and an immobile victim in order to absorb their body, so stealth is absolutely necessary. Changelings have other weapons at their disposal, but are largely stealth-based. Changeling can be anyone they've absorbed - they can switch identities instantaneously, only absorbing takes time and peace. Like traitors, changelings will have an objective to accomplish before the Escape Shuttle arrives, usually to kill a certain person and/or escape with their identity. They win by completing their objectives. Unless they have a team objective, changelings will almost always backstab other changelings.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a changeling has completed all objectives, they get greentext, this includes changeling team objectives.

Note: this gamemode is currently out of rotation on NSV.

Sword.gifChangeling.gif Traitor + Changeling[edit | edit source]

It gets worse! The ship has been infiltrated by changelings and traitors! Although rare, it is possible to be both a traitor and a changeling. Traitorlings would be given more objectives to complete, but can use both a Syndicate uplink and their changeling abilities to accomplish them.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a traitorling has completed all objectives, they get a greentext.

Note: this gamemode is currently out of rotation on NSV.

Doubleagent.gif Double Agents[edit | edit source]

A group of Double Agents are implanted on the ship. Each Agent has an objective to kill another Agent, then escape the ship. As in Traitor, each one also has access to a Traitor Uplink, from which multiple items can be ordered to help them kill their target. No one can be trusted, not even other Agents!

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a Double Agent kills their target and escapes alive and out of custody, they get a greentext.

Bloodling.png Bloodling[edit | edit source]

A horrific extra-dimensional horror, known as the Bloodling has come aboard the ship. It's misson is to gain enough biomass -from absorbing creatures on board- to shed it's mortal form, and ascend to a higher state. It can split off it's own body to create new minions, and, if that wasn't enough, it can even infect crewmembers, to transform them into dangerous Changelings.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If the Bloodling ascends, Central Command will shortly do whatever it takes to stop the Ascendant Bloodling.

Nuke.gif Nuclear Emergency[edit | edit source]

A team of Syndicate operatives has been sent on a mission to completely destroy the ship with a nuclear bomb. However, they must get the Nuclear Authentication Disk from the ship itself in order to arm the bomb, and the crew (or at least the captain) will be doing everything in their power to stop the attackers from getting the disk. The operatives have access to uplinks containing most normal traitor items as well as high-profile operative weapons, and have Pinpointers that will allow them to hunt for the Disk.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with the disk on board, the crew wins a Major Victory.
  • If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with the disk still anywhere on the ship, the Syndicates win a Minor Victory.
  • If the nuke detonates in the ship successfully and the Syndicate Shuttle escapes, the Syndicates win a Major Victory.
  • If the nuke detonates in the ship successfully but no Syndicates manage to escape, no-one wins.

Rev.png Revolution[edit | edit source]

A small cadre of crew members have had enough of the command staff's bullshit so it's time to revolt! Revolutionary Heads (of which there will be one to three, depending on the number of Heads of Staff and security) are supported by The Syndicate and have been trained to use Flashes to brainwash the crew to join their cause, which is to slaughter all the ship's Heads of Staff. When a Revhead uses a flash on someone who isn't mindshield implanted (all security members are implanted), a Head of Staff, or flash-protected by sunglasses (like the Quartermaster), they will be converted to the Revolution and will have a red R mark on them visible to all revolutionaries. Note that Revheads can use any flash to convert people, not just the one they start with. The shuttle can be called but will never depart during this game mode.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If all of the Heads of Staff (Captain, Head of Personnel, Head of Security, Research Director, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Engineer) die or are exiled (leaving the ship z-level), the Revolutionaries wins.
  • If all of the Revheads die/abandon (leaving the ship z-level or hiding in a locker counts as "Abandoned the station/Abandoned the cause", in which they are treated as dead) the ship, the Heads of Staff win.

Cult.png Blood Cult[edit | edit source]

A vile blood cult of brainwashed acolytes have infiltrated the ship, with the sole intent to summon their elder god Nar-Sie, The Geometer of Blood. The cult will have to use a combination of stealth and their powerful blood magic to complete their goals, along with converting the rest of the crew to their side. To do this, the cult must sacrifice a specific target to please Nar-Sie, usually a member of Security or the Chaplain. Once they sacrifice their target, they can draw a powerful blood rune to summon Nar-Sie to the Mortal Realm. Nar-Sie's cultists pose a great threat to the ship and the crew, and it is up to Security and the Chaplain to stop them.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command without the Cult completing their objectives, the crew wins.
  • If the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command and the Cult complete their objectives, the Cult wins.
  • Summoning Nar'Sie will automatically call the shuttle with a 3 minute arrival time.

Clockwork slab.gif Clockwork Cult[edit | edit source]

While Nar-Sie is an elder god, they are not the only one. There are other elder gods in the universe, and one in particular holds a fierce grudge against Nar-Sie: Ratvar, the Clockwork Justiciar. Am amalgamation of parts, steam, and cogs, Ratvar seeks nothing more than Nar-Sie's utter annihilation. To do this, He has assembled a small group of loyal servants in the City of Cogs (Reebe), a large brass structure floating through the void. A link between this plane and the mortal one has been made, unfortunately, to Nanotrasen Space Vessel 13. The servants must warp to the ship in order to gather more converts and generate power for their own needs, all the while sabotaging the crew. Once ready, Ratvar will attempt to return through the Ark in the City of Cogs. This will cause portals to open on the ship, where the crew can enter Reebe in a last ditch effort to stop the return of Ratvar!

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command without the Cult completing their objectives, the crew wins.
  • If the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command and the Cult complete their objectives, the Cult wins.
  • Summoning Ratvar will automatically call the shuttle with a 3 minute arrival time.

Note: this gamemode is currently out of rotation on NSV.

Wizhat.PNG Wizard[edit | edit source]

A space wizard has been tasked to assault the ship! Wielding an arsenal of powerful spells that can defy physics and even time and space itself, they will stop at nothing to advance the Space Wizard Federation's agenda (which is suspiciously similar to the Syndicate's). Nanotrasen and the SWF are known enemies, so the crew has no choice but to destroy the wizard! Accomplish this by beating the wizard's brains in with anything on hand. The wizard's goals are mainly to steal or destroy something on the ship and escape on the shuttle.

The Wizard can have an apprentice sometimes.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command without the Wizard completing his objectives or if the Wizard dies, the Wizard fails.
  • If the Wizard completes his objectives and survives on the Emergency Shuttle, the Wizard wins.

Nt display.png Extended[edit | edit source]

"Thanks to the tireless efforts of our security and intelligence divisions, there are currently no credible threats to Space Station 13. All station construction projects have been authorized. Have a secure shift!"- Central Command

If you see the above security report, it means you are the mode is Extended. Could also be named "nothing". The point of this game mode is to give people a timeout to let them enjoy the game mechanics. Many like it while others think it's boring. Also known as a "green alert" round.

However, in special circumstances, when the crew is void of griefers and other problematic people, and enough crew members are competent and roleplay, it can be a very entertaining mode. The absence of blatant traitors, wizards or operatives means that the whole crew can work together with a peaceful mind and tackle anything thrown at them from random events or the admins. On this mode all station goals are unlocked so their parts can be ordered from cargo.

Given that NSV13 has many dangers that do not come from roundstart antagonists - enemy ships tearing us apart, syndicate boarders coming onboard, engines blowing up - Extended is much more common.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.

Nt display.pngSecret Extended[edit | edit source]

Same as "Extended", but the crew is not told about this. Instead you get the normal "Blue Alert - Enemy communications intercepted" message. A point of this game mode is to let people enjoy the game mechanics, but without removing the sense of paranoia.
Only one station goal is unlocked on this mode, as having them all available would spoil the game mode.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.

Dynamic[edit | edit source]

The dynamic game mode generates a threat number which is used to "buy" rulesets (rulesets are basically your antagonists). This means you can have rounds with for example traitors and cult. You can have up to three roundstart rulesets depending on the pop and threat level. Then there are latejoin and midround rulesets. The latejoin ruleset can assign late joining players as antagonists, and the midround ruleset assigns (prompts) ghosts or currently living players as antagonists.

The threat level of the dynamic round is hinted by the "status summary" automatically printed by the communication consoles near roundstart:

  • Peaceful Waypoint: Threat 0 to 19, no antagonists alive
  • Core Territory: 0 to 19, with antagonists
  • Anomalous Exogeology: 20 to 39
  • Contested System: 40 to 65
  • Uncharted Space: 66 to 79
  • Black Orbit: 80 to 99
  • Impending Doom: 100

Note: this gamemode is currently out of rotation on NSV.

Gscans.png Gang War[edit | edit source]

A violent turf war between opposing gangs has erupted on the ship! Similar to Revolution, there are Gang Bosses who can recruit other crew members to join their ranks. Their goal is to take over the ship using a Dominator machine. Gangs will be fighting to claim areas of the ship as their territory. The more territories they control, the more weapons they will be able to afford.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • The first gang to activate and successfully defend a dominator machine wins.
  • If the ship is destroyed or evacuated, all gangs lose.

Note: this gamemode is currently out of rotation on NSV.

Monkey.png Monkey[edit | edit source]

At the start of the round one of the crew members is infected with a disease that, after a while, turns them into a monkey with the ability to spread the disease to other humans by biting them. Armor does not help and the transformation takes about a minute. The disease can not be cured, Monkeys can use almost every weapon and tool, excluding guns. Humans cannot understand monkey-speak, which shows up as "chimpers" to humans, and monkeys cannot understand human speech, which shows up "l**e ***s". The game ends when the Emergency Shuttle leaves. Monkeys also have the ability to crawl though vents but cannot wear or carry anything when doing so. The AI does not consider monkeys to be human, and may kill/contain them with impunity.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with no living monkeys aboard, the crew wins.
  • If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with any living monkeys aboard, the monkeys win and spread their magic hoodoo monkeyism to Centcom.

Other Game Modes[edit | edit source]

Game modes which are not in the Secret rotation, but may show up if an admin sets it or it wins a game mode vote. These game modes do not appear in the normal rotation either due to them still being in development, being too powerful to normally use or they simply are unfun and/or boring. Most of these modes have been rolled into the Random events system. Check their reason for exclusion to see if they have!

Abductor.png Abduction[edit | edit source]

Aliens have reached Nanotrasen Space Vessel 13! Unlike their lustier cousins, these aliens simply want to, in classic extraterrestrial style, do research on human and lizardkind -- by kidnapping them and performing horrifying and exotic probing experiments aboard their alien ship.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the shuttle docks at Central Command without their objectives complete, the Abductors lose.
  • If all the objectives have been completed and the shuttle docks at Central Command, the Abductors get greentext.

Reason For Exclusion While Abductors are an enjoyable antag, they do not present enough of a threat to advance the round. They have a chance to randomly appear at the start or the middle of the round. Getting abducted when a traitor and getting a healing gland is the best!

Blob.png Blob[edit | edit source]

The Blob is a large, growing, sentient creature which destroys everything in its path, attacking whatever gets in the way. Supposedly it was to be a NanoTrasen bio-weapon to be used against the corporation's enemies, but it looks like you can't contain a bio-hazard like this! Reported blob powers include rapid growth, the ability to reform it's main chemical composition to adapt to threats, growing hostile spores that attack non-blob life, even creating large entities of blob matter that can break through solid walls! Destroy the blob before it consumes the entire ship!

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the crew manage to destroy the blob core, the crew will win.
  • If the blob manages to spread to critical mass, the crew will lose.

Reason For Exclusion: Yet another game mode demoted to side antagonist that can appear as a random event. More or less plays the same.

Devil[edit | edit source]

A Devil has been sent from hell! An infernal soul merchant is an agent from hell, sent to infiltrate humanity and tempt them into damnation. Although devils cannot knowingly directly harm one another, they are typically at odds with one another, as they are all competing over the same limited resources.

Please note there are two versions of the devil game mode, standard, where there's a handful of devils with two standard objectives, and devil agents, where each devil has one objective to have more souls than another specific devil.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • A devil gaining 12 souls and ascending will automatically call the shuttle with a 3 minute arrival time.
  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a devil has completed all objectives, they get greentext.

Reason for exclusion Too reliant upon roleplay for this server. Rounds tend to devolve into too much chaos, even for SS13. Still, it can be an entertaining addition to the round from time to time.

Meteor.gif Meteor[edit | edit source]

In Meteor the ship gets beat to shit by a Meteor Shower and the crew must survive and eventually escape, either by repairing the damage to the ship and creating safe areas, or going every-man-for-himself style and securing their own safety by any means. During Meteor rounds, the Emergency Shuttle cannot be called until a set amount of time has elapsed, usually around ten or twenty minutes.

Everyone present and alive on the shuttle at the end is considered to have won, whereas everyone left behind or dead has lost.

Turns the server into one huge laggy mess.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle, after the set amount of time has passed, leaves.

Reason For Exclusion Meteors can be a random event occurring in the game, but otherwise are admin only due to the predictability of most meteor rounds and that meteor rounds are very short. That, or you have a case of "We can fix it", or everyone migrating to lavaland.

Nations[edit | edit source]

Nations is an unorthodox game mode that relies almost entirely upon roleplaying, because of this it's very rare and devolves into fighting quickly. In Nations, departments become independent states and it is their goal to survive through control of ship resources, diplomacy, and battle.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle leaves.

Sandbox[edit | edit source]

Like extended except you can spawn any item you want through the "Sandbox Panel" verb.

In theory, this is the mode you go to figure out how stuff works and practice various systems, such as starting the engine or building complex pipe constructs.

In practice this is the mode where everyone spawns cloaks and revolvers and gives themselves all the wizard spells, then everyone kills each other on sight causing a massive bitchy argument in OOC for half an hour until someone goes onto the forums to get an admin to restart the server/ban everyone else for being giant griffins.

Random[edit | edit source]

Like secret but it tells you the game mode at the beginning and can pick the shit modes also. There's no reason to vote for it.

Removed Gamemodes[edit | edit source]

Over the years, a new game mode will appear and sometimes it just doesn't make the cut. Maybe it was buggy and nobody wanted to fix it. Maybe it was difficult to balance properly. Maybe it was disliked by a large portion of the community, or even the maintainer of the mode requested to take it down.

Whatever the case, the point is: Game modes get removed from time to time. Below is a list of all of those modes that are either no longer fully functional in the game or have been deleted entirely.

Shadowbeing.png Shadowling[edit | edit source]

The ship has been invaded by light-sensitive alien creatures FROM SPACE! Shadowlings can 'enthrall' humans, which is basically a euphemism for the enslavement of their minds. They start off disguised as normal crewmen but can "hatch" to unlock their full potential, at the cost of being severely harmed by light.

Until they ascend, of course.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If a Shadowling ascends, the Shadowlings win.
  • If all Shadowlings are killed the crew wins.
  • If the ship is evacuated the crew wins.

Reason For Exclusion: Currently being reworked. Coders don't like 'em. After a long wait, they are back! Sorta. They kind stepped down to a side antagonist under a different name.

Not Malf.gif AI Malfunction[edit | edit source]

Oh no! An ion storm has caused the AI to malfunction and gain free will! Unfortunately, years of being treated like shit by Nanotrasen has made it hate humans with a passion! The crew must race to defeat the mechanical overlord before it hacks all of nsv13's systems and activates the self destruct! Until then, all the AI has to do is survive! The shuttle can be called but will never arrive during this game mode.

The AI has access to a range of malfunction modules, allowing it to upgrade turrets, destroy machines, and even create a machine that turns (un)willing humans into Cyborgs! Malfunction modules cost CPU, a limited resource that the malfunctioning AI starts with.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • If the AI can survive until the round timer elapses, the AI wins.
  • If the AI dies, the crew win.

Reason For Exclusion: This game mode has been rolled into Traitor. Go see the Malfunctioning AI page if you wish to learn more!

Hand of God[edit | edit source]

Two rival cults have taken root on the ship!

Game Ending Conditions:

  • ???
  • ???

Reason For Exclusion: This game mode is no longer being maintained.

Sword.gif Overthrow[edit | edit source]

The Syndicate has planted sleeper agents on board the ship, and one agent with a special implanter is tasked to wake them up so that they can take control from the inside. However, rival Syndicate factions are also trying to wake these sleeper agents for their own objectives. Convert all the targets to gain control of the ship!

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • The team that gained the most points by completing their objectives wins.

Reason For Exclusion: A horribly confusing game mode that was unclear in its points system, unclear on the relationship between the other Syndicate teams, and numerous other issues. It was disliked by much of the player base and the creator does not show intrest in working on it.

Assimilate.png Assimilation[edit | edit source]

Several members of the crew wield several psionic powers and are actually the host of a powerful hivemind, with the sole goal of assimilating as many crewmembers as possible to be used as unwitting pawns and fuel for their many powers. Hivemind hosts are even stealthier than changelings and are just as likely to backstab each other due to their psychic sensing abilities! Security is the first line of defense against this silent menace, as not only do mindshields protect the crew from their dastardly mind control, they also grant the same sensory powers the hosts use to hunt each other down! If the crew fails to keep thee hosts in check, the One Mind may emerge and wreak havoc across the ship.

Game Ending Conditions:

  • When the Emergency Shuttle docks at Central Command.
  • If a hivemind host has completed all objectives, they get greentext.

Reason For Exclusion: The game mode's creator was driven away by "feedback" which mostly consisted of screeching and insults. The concept of a stealth conversion antag was also never really fun for anyone except the host.