-NPCs definition and purpose
A non-player character (NPC) in the Universe is a character not controlled by a player. The non-player characters have their own ships and defenses and can be attacked by players. They have a limited lifespan, see the linked-in, race-specific pages for more details. New non-player characters spawn hourly at a rate of approximately 30 per hour per galaxy with galaxy density taken in to consideration. Attacking NPC's do result in a debris field (per a update, they originally did not) and they can't be hit by Interplanetary Ballistic Missiles. The primary goal of NPCs is to provide small and mid-level players alternative opportunities to learn how to hunt, to find targets suitable for them to attack, and for them to gain resources to allow them to grow as quickly as possible. The secondary goal is to provide all players with additional targets, thus encouraging more people to remain active in the game.
-Determining NPC compositions
Once per day, the game selects a single player at 20 evenly spaced intervals throughout a given universe's leaderboard. These players roughly represent the players at the following percentile ranks (95, 90, 85, 80, 75, 70, 65, 60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 0). For each of those players it then collects information about the number of ships the player has and stores the build ratio for those ships (20% Artemis class, 15% Hades class, 30% Hades class, etc.). It then collects information about the number of defenses the player has and stores the build ratio for those defenses. It then collects the player's armor, weapon, and shield levels and averages them together and stores that data.
NPCs spawn hourly at the Universe-wide rate of (30 * Number of Galaxies) per hour. NPCs are allocated to galaxies based on the relative number of planets in each galaxy that have been colonized by active players (players that are not inactive, in vacation mode, or suspended). However, no more than 500 NPCs may be active in any one galaxy. When an NPC spawns in a galaxy, it will randomly select a planet that has been colonized by an active player, and it will size itself after the colonizing player. If it selects one of your planets and you are in the 99th percentile of players, an NPC that displays on the Galaxy page as being "white" to you would spawn in that galaxy, between 0 and 99 systems away from the selected planet. If you are in the 50th percentile, a "white" NPC would spawn in that galaxy, between 0 and 50 systems from the selected planet, etc. "Red" NPCs spawned off players larger than you, and "green" NPCs spawned off players smaller than you. The game uses the current-day player-based ship and defense build ratio information, with some randomizations applied, to determine the composition of each new NPC. If the spawned-off player is at the 97th RSP percentile (for example), the build ratio information for the player representing the 95 - 100 percentile bucket will be used as the base data for determining the NPC's distribution of ships and defenses, by type. The percentage of RSP assigned to defenses is templated with some variation applied at the time of spawning. In general, a larger percentage of the RSP is assigned to defenses the larger the NPC is. ("NPC's spawn every hour on the hour, and they don't show activity when they spawn.")
An NPC can include all ship types available in the game. So, theoretically, a large NPC could include an undeployed Titan! NPC plunderable resources are such that Hydrogen will always account for 20% to 25% of the total resources (when converted to Ore) and Crystal will always account for 30% to 50% of the resources (when converted to Ore). NPCs are destroyed after 85% of their resources have been plundered. When this occurs they are removed from the galaxy. NPCs will also be removed from the galaxy if they surpass their lifespan. See the NPC race-specific pages, linked in below, for NPC lifespan information. NPCs cannot be attacked using Interplanetary Ballistic Missiles. Attacking NPCs results in a debris field, the size of which is based upon the size of the defender's and the attacker's losses. DSPs are awarded for attacking an NPC in all Starfleet Commander Universes except for Starfleet Commander Nova, Conquest, and the Tournament. The number of DSPs is half what would have been awarded if the NPC had been a live player.
-Which NPCs you can probe and attack
NPCs are not protected by newbie protection. Anyone, at any level, can hit any NPC.
-NPC types and sizes
No table of RSP or resource ranges for NPCs can be generated, because NPC sizes will be dynamically generated based on the players in the game. This means that as players continue to grow, so will the NPCs. Further, if an influx of new players appears, NPCs will skew downward in size, until the new players get larger. NPCs will be named in game based on the percentile of RSP they would rank on the leaderboard. These ideal percentages are below, but technically an NPC can be any size.
Krug Abandoned Cruiser: 0 Urcath Abandoned Cruiser: 5 Krug Abandoned Warship: 10 Seekers Abandoned Cruiser: 15 Urcath Abandoned Warship: 20 Seekers Abandoned Warship: 25 Krug Small Enemy Fleet: 30 Urcath Small Enemy Fleet: 35 Seekers Large Abandoned Warship: 40 Krug Enemy Fleet: 45 Urcath Enemy Fleet: 50 Krug Large Enemy Fleet: 55 Seekers Abandoned Leviathan: 60 Urcath Large Enemy Fleet: 65 Krug Floating Colony: 70 Urcath Floating Colony: 75 Seekers Large Abandoned Leviathan: 80 Krug Large Floating Colony: 85 Seekers Abandoned Colossus Platform: 90 Urcath Large Floating Colony: 95
The known races in the Universe are as follows:
|Krug||A ruthless race of hulking, barbaric warriors whose heritage and culture centers upon combat and brutality. Mercilessly pillaging and assaulting defenseless colonies and stranded fleets, the Krug always approach situations by shooting first and asking questions later. Not much is known about the Krug because those who encounter them rarely live to tell the tale.|
|Urcath||These vile beings cannot be approached with any form of intelligent negotiation or reason. They must be confronted head on and pushed back with brute force. While lacking any apparent verbal communication abilities, the Urcath display a surprisingly sophisticated level of strategic unity and coordination, creating a vicious and ruthless adversary; a force to be reckoned with.|
|Seekers||A colossal race of supremely intelligent beings that once acted as a Ruler Class over most other races in the known universe. The Seekers are now known to be extinct, and their existence and history is only hinted at by trace artifacts that float through the universe.|
List of all NPC encounters
|Small Enemy Fleet||Krug|
|Small Enemy Fleet||Urcath|
|Large Abandoned Warship||Seekers|
|Large Enemy Fleet||Krug|
|Large Enemy Fleet||Urcath|
|Large Abandoned Leviathan||Seekers|
|Large Floating Colony||Krug|
|Abandoned Colossus Platform||Seekers|
|Large Floating Colony||Urcath|