2. Fairplay & Gameplay



1. Stealing / Infiltration / Sabotage

1.1 Backpacks: You are NOT allowed to steal backpacks or structures from players on PvE Starter Playfields (planets and orbits). This rule only applies to PvE Starter Playfields, not PvP Starter Playfields.

1.2 Blueprints: You are allowed to capture the blueprints of other players (in PvP) and use them on HWS, but you may NOT post the blueprints in the public space (Workshop, Discord, etc.). It is still their intellectual property. You must ask for and receive their permission before doing so.

1.3 Intra-faction Gameplay: If you think you have a thief in your own faction, it is YOUR responsibility to protect / keep track of your property and assets. HWS CAN’T help with intra-faction gameplay (ie. internal faction politics), being that there are so many players.

1.4 Sabotage and / or Infiltration: You are not allowed to sabotage and / or infiltrate other factions. If clear proof and evidence is provided, we may investigate suspected violations of this rule.

Possible Punishment: Prison / Guilty / Ban / Loss of Game Progress

2. Griefing & Ammo Draining

2.1 Do not grief!

2.2 Players on Lawless Cryo with over 50 playhours after a fresh wipe are forced to leave the system or at least not visit the planet anymore to ‘farm noobs!’

2.3 Do not abuse blinking lights in any possible way to disturb or harm other players (Epilepsy). Affected players must provide evidence / hints / proofs of possible abusive use of blinking lights. Player(s) violating this rule will, without warning be immediately banned.
Example what causes you an instant ban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGnXWclWTDY

2.4 Do not ammo drain enemies!

  • anything over 10 deaths within a short time frame is considered excessive and is ammo draining.
Possible Punishment: Prison / Guilty / Temp Ban / Loss of Game Progress

3. Warp Camping

3.1 Do not warp camp. The warp entrance area is about 3 square km (randomness +/- 1.5km.) This is a TRANSIT-ONLY ZONE – you MUST be moving or refueling/remapping.

3.2 Supergates only are excluded from this rule. They have a 6x6x6 km warp area you get randomly warped in. (Hint: when you warp by using a supergate, be prepared!).

Possible Punishment: Temp Ban / Seizure / Prison / Guilty / Loss of Game Progress

4. Offline Protection (OP)

4.1 No alternate / family share accounts are allowed to have offline protected Bases (private / faction) on hotspot playfields. Offline protected bases are defined as BAses with an Offline Protection device built in.

4.2 You are NOT allowed to have an Offline Protection (OP) Device built on a private structure (BA/CV). You have to set that structure to faction!

Possible Punishment: Temp Ban / Seizure / Prison / Guilty / Loss of Game Progress

5. Multiple Accounts / Faction splitting

5.1 We allow up to 1-3 accounts (family share or alternative accounts) on HWS. However you are not allowed to use these multiple accounts to sabotage, infiltrate others, gain massive personal advantage (fa:supply, etc.) from them or other abuses created with them.

5.2 You are not allowed to split a big faction into smaller to circumvent our Limit system (gain more vessels to steamroll the enemy)

Possible Punishment: Loss of Game Progress on All Accounts / Temp ban / Perma ban

6. Illegal items

6.1 You are not allowed to acquire, possess, use, trade or sell any illegal items. If you discover an illegal item (Examples: debug tools/weapons, exceeds normal stack size, etc.). Do not pick it up ---- report it immediately to HWP, Admins, Rex or Jascha.

Possible Punishment: Auto Ban / Loss of Game Progress

7. Tackling

7.1 Do not tackle other ships with your ships! This notion of ‘tackling’ is considered an exploit, and is an ILLEGAL tactic when used intentionally to disable or hinder movement of a vessel.

  • Note: When reporting violations, please include ENTIRE video evidence (Screenshots are not sufficient evidence). Video evidence that you clip not showing the entire fight will not be used. It is on the accuser to provide complete evidence. Please provide timestamps of the REPEATED collisions.

  • Explanation: Tackling is the REPEATED attempt of one ship to stop another ships movement. If you change directions and collision occurs that is your fault and theirs. If you are going toward someone who is also going toward you and you collide even if you turn your ship around at the last minute and you both collide it is both parties fault. Tackling is one ship clearly not moving toward another ship and the other ship colliding REPEATEDLY into you. Last but not least this rule only applies if you get forcefully pinned down for a long time so the enemy can destroy your ship while you can’t do anything.

Possible Punishment: Seizure / Prison / Guilty / Loss of Game Progress / Temp Ban

8. Illegal Building / Spawning

8.1 You are not allowed to clip anything inside bases.

8.2 You are not allowed to use the Filler Tool for any way of building structures.

8.3 Bases: Bases may be constructed using the ‘N connect — Attach to Base’ feature. For example – turrets, core, solar panels may be built or placed using ‘N connect’. Separated sections of a base (a base is everything that is attached to the same base core block) may be built using ‘N connect’. Turrets may be placed on bare ground. (Note: you may not overlap or clip blocks or devices from multiple — that is two or more bases).

8.4 Vessels (CV, SV, HV): Floating turrets, devices, blocks, or any combinations thereof are not permitted. All devices and blocks of a vessel must be attached one to the other.

8.5 You are NOT allowed to build / spawn your structures near resource asteroids in PvE

8.6 You are NOT allowed to build / spawn your structures inside of asteroids.

8.7 Lag Engineering.
DO NOT build structures with the intent to create lag for other players. (i.e. excessive lights, thrusters, triangles, etc.) Structures reported for possibly being created to generate lag will be examined by admins and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Possible Punishment: Removal of Structure(s) / Guilty / Ban / Loss of Game Progress

9. Living in PvP

9.1 With the exception of Fairplay Rules, Bugs and Exploiting, almost all bets are off in PvP and you should be prepared to risk it all if you dare to venture there.

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