In the beginning OGame might be a little confusing, for any new player, even if this is not his first online multiplayer game but especially for those who are not use to browser games. But even if OGame is not the first browser game one plays, it is normal for problems and questions to show up, and that a newcomer does not know everything. We want to provide help for both groups in order to make it easier to learn everything about OGame in a pleasant and easy way. In the spirit of the words of Douglas Adams: "DON'T PANIC", all will become clear after reading this tutorial.
Getting a feel for OGame
Like in every other game it is recommended to get an idea of the interface at first. You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you are presented with, but you will become accustomed to it very quickly.
Up top, your eyes are immediately drawn to the different resources you possess. Metal, Crystal and Deuterium are necessary for the construction of buildings, ships and conducting research. Generally Energy is used to run the Mines. The fifth resource - Dark Matter - plays a special role and will be introduced later in the chapter Premium features.
Along the left of the page are the main game menus. Behind each one you can find vital information about the state of your empire, and universe you play in. These menus allow you to construct resource buildings, facilities, ships, defense, conduct research, launch missions, communicate with other players, or purchase the premium features. Each of these options will be covered further by this tutorial. Beneath this menu you will find an "envelope". This is your direct link to the messaging system where you can communicate with others, or read reports generated by the system as you play. It will glow and show a number when there is new mail to be read.
At the very top and at the bottom of your game window one can find another ledge including links to the high-scores, options, support, forum, game rules and other important information. Upon completion of this tutorial It would be wise to check these out.
Due to the fact that there is no real end game goal in OGame - which means the game does not end at a specific point by achieving something special - the gamer finds himself in a constant competition with every other gamer playing in the universe, loosing and winning, learning and progressing through ranks. To be successful, you have to gather as many resources as possible and invest them into your account. In order to achieve this goal you can either mine them on your planets, trade with other players or you can assault your competitors and steal their resources, whilst at the same time defend your resources from others. All of this again will be covered in the tutorial, so have no fear, all will become clear.
In the next chapter Basic economy we are going to start by showing you how to build your first mine.