Hello and welcome to the Expanse Vanilla Survival Server!

If you just started, it is essential for you to read up on these few paragraphs to help improve your playing experience on The Expanse. The Expanse is a modless (Vanilla) survival server that offers a 5000 km radius play space, with the Earth-like planet at its center.

Aggressive Server Cleansing Policy

To ensure that the server runs as smoothly as possible with as many people online as possible in space engineers, The Expanse has quite a frequent and aggressive server restart and cleansing schedule. Currently, the server will restart every 2 hours and 15 minutes, with frequent warnings of the server restart happening at the 2-hour mark. To check how long the server has been online and thus when the next server restart is happening, refer to the respective “Naomi Nagatabot“ on the discord server, which provides information on how many players are online on the server, what the current simspeed on the server is, and how long the server has been running since the last restart.

Before the restart the server will cleanse unnamed grids (that includes ‘Static Grid xxxx’, ‘Small Grid xxxx, etc.), temporary ships (starter pods), specific blocks (pistons, projectors, non-NPC safe zones, beds, cryo chambers) and the server will refill all voxels (including ores and stone). Since voxel reconstruction fills holes back up it is important to note that one should NOT build underground bases and that one should not keep their mining ship parked inside a hole they dug.
If your ship gets stuck below voxels after a server restart, you are required to delete that ship (K-menu, info tab, left hand side) or server staff will be forced to delete it themselves.

Keeping your grids and Starter Pod

If you just started on the server, it is likely that you only have your starter pod and not much else. In order to keep said starter pod/ship, you have to do the following:

  • merge your starter ship/pod with an asteroid or planet. For that you will need to build a merge block on the voxel you will merge with and another merge block on your starter pod/ship. Both need to be active (on) and thus powered. Once merged, you need to…
  • rename your grid. Unnamed grids or grids with the default naming (‘Static Grid xxxx’) will get deleted on server restart. To make sure you keep your grid, rename it in the ‘Info’ tab in the K-menu. Placing a beacon and naming it will NOT work on this server. It is also very important to note, that you will have to rename your grids again every time you merge or un-merge your grids
  • make sure your grid is supplied by sufficient power. Using just solar panels is a risky way to keep power, as they wont supply energy when not facing the sun. Also make sure your batteries aren’t set to “recharge”, as that setting will NOT supply your grid with energy. If you are on a planet, it is best to supply your static grid with wind turbine energy, as it is reliant (always runs)

If you followed these instructions correctly your starter pod should no longer be a temporary ship.
Please make sure you keep your grids powered and named at all times. Admins will NOT be able to replace any ship you lose through the server restart process!

‘Top Grid’ and ‘Long-Range Scanner’

The Expanse server has a system dubbed ‘Long-Range Scanner’, that will reveal the GPS location of any grid or combination of grids that go beyond 10k PCU (Performance Cost Units) to other players currently online on the server. Any grid or combination of grids that add up to 10.000 PCU or more will appear as GPS coordinates named ‘Top Grid’.
This system exists to promote PvP, to find other players and encourage players to keep their grid/ship sizes relatively small, as to not have their position being revealed to others, who might engage them in a fight.
It is important to note that the PCU of multiple grids docking adds up, so the sum of multiple grids reaching beyond 10k PCU will also reveal the GPS as ‘Top Grid’.
Projections displayed by projectors also already count for their full PCU. So if you project a blueprint from one of your grids, the PCU count of unfinished blocks or even just the projections themselves will already be added to your grid.
This ‘docking’ includes connectors, landing gears, merge blocks or even rotor head attachment.
If you have to dock your ships to a station and you might go beyond the 10k limit, wait for after the ‘Long-Range Scanner’ cool-down message has passed and only temporarily dock your ships.
The Long-Range Scanner happens every 10-15 minutes and is announced 5 seconds before it refreshes.
If your position has been compromised, it is best to move away from the spot, especially when you are in space (jump drive out as many grids as possible), or arm up and defend your grids, if you are up to the fight!

Grids will only get scanned if the owner or faction mate is online and within a 10-20km radius of said grid.

We are aware of a current bug that tends to add additional PCU to your grid after welding it up (both through the character tool and the welder block tool). To correct the amount of PCU perceived by the game, use the in-game command !fixship on your grids during the building process and after it is built. Server staff will not reimburse you if your grid should be revealed by the Long-Range Scanner as a Top Grid and players will engage in PvP with you, even if it happened through said bug.

Help, my ship is stuck or is behaving in a weird manner!?

Should your ship not move properly, should it be stuck or is it bugged in any other way, the best method to attempt to fix the issue yourself without involving server staff is to use the in-game command !fixship . Should the issue still be a significant negative influence on your game play, you may then contact server staff, who will try to help and solve the issue. Please, try to use the !fixship command first before contacting server staff!

Tips for finding asteroids

#1 tip for finding asteroids is enter / exit your cockpit / control seat. For some reason this triggers asteroids to become visible.

No jump drive: Set your ship to coast at 50-100m/s in one direction. During this time you should do your building and upgrades in motion. Every minute or two just look in all directions (even behind you). You will find a lot of asteroids this way…. and the excitement of scanning for ores can begin!

With jump drive: I like to make 20-40km micro jumps. Make a micro jump then wait about 5 minutes for asteroids to spawn. Rinse and repeat.

FAQ

We seek to be a true survival server. All play styles are welcome here & you are allowed to be as friendly or as hostile as you see fit. Play accordingly!

The rules and limits in-place are in there to try and ensure a stable game with minimal interference from staff.

I Lost my ships, can some admin help me?
Typing !grids in chat will auto add GPS points for and grids that you have majority ownership of.

How Often does this Server Wipe or Reset?
A Server wipe occurs when the sim speed becomes consistently too low to be considered playable. This is due to a buildup of ‘Zombie Physics’ which causes the baseline of what the server needs to calculate each tick to go up until it reaches a point where the sim speed is low even with <10 players online. Notice will be given in most cases but not all.

What are these ‘Long Range Scanners’
This is our ‘limiting’ feature for large grids which take up server resources. Rather than restricting PCU, we have opted to use a plugin that will scan the Expanse every 10 minutes. If your grid total (includes connected grids via connectors or landing gear) exceeds 10k PCU, you will have a target put on you for everyone in the server to see. This target does not track you, so an effective defense is to move away from the GPS point. This dramatically increases your risk should you choose to build large ships or bases.

My ship is acting funny and seems glitched.
Aim at your ship and type !fixship in chat, You will be prompted to do it again to confirm. If you are majority owner the ship will copy and paste, which fixes most issues.

What does ‘no jetpack block throwing’ mean?
Jetpack block throwing is defined as placing blocks while using your jetpack with the intent of having said blocks ram ships and cause damage. Kintetic weapons such as torpedo frigates and bombers; where the payloads are manufactured by welders and launched/dropped are permitted.

Help! I got kicked from my faction and GPS points were wiped.
There is a bug that can occur if you are in a faction, but don’t have your OWN spawn point (med bay or survival kit). There are modest restrictions on the total number of these blocks.

Where are all the Pirates and Drones?
AI pirates and drones are disabled on this server under the theory that they was causing issues with some performance plugins we use. We hope to re-activate this in the future but are doubtful we we will be able to.

My Oxygen / Hydrogen Tanks, Gravity Generators, H2O Generators keep getting turned off, what’s happening?
There is a script that turns all of these off just before each restart. Set up a button panel to quickly turn them back on.

My Projector got deleted WTF
Projector blocks are deleted just before each restart, you’ll need to re-build them if you want to continue welding a projection. Use Scaffolding to prevent a premature detachment.

My Cryo Pod / Bed got deleted WTF
These are banned blocks on the server. Store your gear so you don’t lose it before logging off.

My Piston got deleted WTF
Due to how easy it is for one player to lag the entire server while using these blocks, these restrictions are in place because we don’t want to monitor or micromanage our players.

What do you mean by rovers are not supported?
There was an issue on a previous save that required us to delete all unnamed grids (mostly wheels). We can’t guarantee this won’t be needed again. Worst case scenario is you may log in one day to find your wheels got jacked. The vehicle itself should be untouched. We have also seen rovers fall through the planet; If this happens it will be deleted, so you may as well delete it yourself.

Something happened and my ship got blown up, it totally wasn’t my fault. Can admins reimburse me?
We do not reimburse anything. If you ask the answer will be no and we might make fun of you for asking.

How can I keep my spawn pod?
If you are a new player it is recommended that you just grind it and build your own base.
Be sure you have enough components BEFORE you grind the survival kit or battery. If you are strapped for time and a restart is approaching, sitting in the seat will buy you a free restart, but is not permanent. it will get deleted on the next restart.
If you are an advanced player, using a merge block and connecting to a static grid will enable you to keep your spawn pod permanently.

Are there any bannable offenses?
We don’t like to ban anyone here and pride ourselves on not doing it. But just like everything in life, there are exceptions.
Hate Speech is not allowed here and will get you banned.
Abusing exploits will also get you banned. We don’t publicly list what is an exploit and what isn’t because we don’t like to bring attention to them.
If it feels like an exploit, it probably is DON’T DO IT.