Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions - Zero-K
(still under construction)
- 1. I'm new to Zero-K. Where should I start?
- 2. How can I unlock commander modules?
- 3. How do I gain rating?
- 4. How can I reach a new rank? How are they split?
- 5. How much XP do I need to reach the next level?
- 6. My FPS is low after some time have passed ingame. What can I do?
- 7. I get ugly bubbles in the minimap/the whole screen flashbangs.
- 8. I have some game ideas. Where can I post them?
- 9. What do all the ingame abbreviations mean?
- 10. How can I support the game? Donations?
- 11. How do I change my password?
- 12. I forgot my password / username. Help me pls!
- 13. My game crashes/has graphical glitches. How do I fix it?
- 14. I have a bug report!
- 15. My question isn't answered here. Where can I ask my question?
First you should read the "Newbie Guide" and try some practice games against the AI.
You can also spectate some online games to see which things are significant. Some mission are designed for new player to get to know the interface and some basic gameplay ideas (e.g. Sandbox and 2v1. You can also access them from Zero-K lobby directly.
You have to visit the Zero-K Homepage (www.zero-k.info) and log in with your account. You can easily reach this page from the lobby through the "Home" tab.
You can gain rating (using the Elo rating) if you're winning multiplayer games. Based on you enemies' skill you will gain/lose more or less rating.
Rank system is based on user's level, which increases as you play:
- = levels 0-9
- = levels 10-19
- = levels 20-29
- = levels 30-39
- = levels 40-49
- = levels 50-59
- = levels 60-69
- = levels 70-79
- = levels 80+
Mouse over the XP bar on the home page; the XP needed is displayed in the tooltip.
You can also calculate it yourself:
XP for next level = level `*` 80 + 20 `*` level^2
- Level 1: 100
- Level 2: 240
- Level 3: 420
- Level 4: 680
- Level 5: 900
- Level 6: 1200
Try to reduce your graphics settings. To do so, go to the Settings Tab on Zero-K Lobby and click Graphics Settings -> Run SpringSettings. Some system-intensive elements that you could tone down/disable are shadows and water type. Try a new game and probably change some settings again.
Do you get bubbles like this?
This is a bug somewhere in Lua drawing with ATI/AMD and OpenGL.
Disable widgets that draw via F11 menu to find the problematic widget.
This should largely be fixed, if it still happens make a bugreport please.
Visit the Zero-K forum and pose your ideas in one of the sections.
Furthermore, you can create a new issue on our development site: https://github.com/ZeroK-RTS/Zero-K/issues
You can look up some abbreviations used ingame here in this list. Some abbreviations unrelated to the game can be looked up on this page. Another way is to ask players ingame.
On the one hand you can donate some coins so we can still pay the server costs. On the other hand you can support us by simply playing the game or hosting one of our web banners on your site. Thanks a lot! :-)
Enter /changepassword <old password> <new password> in the lobby.
If you forgot your password / username please contact one of the server admins to receive your password / username. They will reset it to something and pm it to you.
First check the troubleshooting FAQ on the Spring engine wiki and see if your issue is covered there. If you can't find a solution to the problem, you can file a bug report on our forum or Github development site.
You can post in the Help & Bugs subforum or make an issue report on Github (more technical). Please include diagnostic logs as appropriate; on the standard lobby client (Zero-K Lobby or ZKL) you can find them in Settings - look for the buttons "game diagnostic log" and "lobby diagnostic log." The former can also typically be found as infolog.txt in My Documents/My Games/Spring (Windows) or home/<username>/.spring (Linux).
As above you can visit the forum and ask your question in one of the listed sections.<br>
You can also ask players ingame to get help.