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Below you’ll find server information and a description for the three main branches of the game. There are many more servers out there, which you can find on the BYOND hub page for the game, but these are the main three code bases.
Space Station 13 was created in February 2003 by Exadv1. With the release of the source code in 2008, the game took on a new form – New maps, Features, Interface improvements, bug fixes and performance increases. Today, many communities are now actively developing their own branches. To join a server, make sure you have BYOND installed and click on any of the server images below.
Established way back in 2008, ‘Goonstation’ is the longest running Space Station 13 Community. Built on top of the original source code, all forks are derived from this codebase.
The gameplay style can be considered casual. People will generally play the game in character, but it’s not taken entirely seriously. There’s little chance of being penalised if you get things wrong, or don’t understand your role on the station.
/tg/station 13 spawned from the /tg/ (Traditional Games) section of 4chan, an imageboard primarily dedicated to the discussion of board games and tabletop RPGs.
Using Goonstation’s publically released codebase as a jumping off point, /tg/station quickly branched off – implementing plenty of features and quality of life improvements to the game, causing it to soar in popularity.
Sybil and Basil operate coderbus’s standard /tg/station13 code. A third server called Artyom operates a seperate branch of code, referred to as NTstation. The gameplay style is a comfortable middle-ground between Goonstation and Baystation 12, and a newbie shouldn’t have too many problems jumping in.
Colonial Marines is a heavily modified SS13 server inspired by the Aliens film along with it’s surrounding universe and built from Baystation 12. One of the most notable differences between colonial marines and other standard SS13 servers is that the players are split between two teams, the United States Colonial Marines (USCM) and the Xenomorph Hive. The server strikes a thin balance between the fast paced action and the unique roleplay moments that present themselves during the round as it progresses. Some of the most notable features of colonial marines are the perspective sprites, unique xenomorph abilities and the vast array of armaments ready for you to test out and enjoy.
Another long running community, Baystation 12 origins from the Bay 12 Dwarf Fortress Community.
Newbies might have a difficult time jumping in here, due to the enforced roleplaying – But you’ll generally have a slower paced and less chaotic experience.
Baystation12 is an RP-enforced SS13 community with higher than normal requirements, designed to aid enjoyment and fun for all of its players – And to provide an experience unique from most other servers.
The newest major codebase and community, Paradise has been consistently ranked as the most populated public SS13 server.
Features include a plethora of custom jobs and species to choose from, and a community driven Karma system designed to encourage roleplay.
The server tries to strike a balance between calmer, more RP oriented rounds and events, and furious action packed gamemodes – Without compromising the complex interactions of game mechanics. A large team of friendly mentors are available to help even the newest player quickly get on their feet.
A community born from its former host Admiral Hippie, Hippie Station is known for its funny rounds full of gimmicks which usually tend to turn chaotic quickly. The code is based on /tg/ code and it is kept in sync with it, with several changes made by the coding team, disabling certain features not liked and implementing other ones deemed worthy. The community operates a single server, and it is known to be a good starting point for new players since the rules are pretty lax and don’t require a deep knowledge of the game, as long as you don’t cause too much trouble to others, along with an admin and mentor team ready to help.
BeeStation is a server that greatly focuses on being newbie-friendly. They have a lax set of rules and no penalty for not doing your job as a beginner on their main low-roleplay server, Golden. There is also a group of mentors who can help you through the steep learning curve of SS13, by answering your questions, or just walking you through basic tasks on the station. There is a second server, Sage, with less chaos and stricter rules to encourage more roleplaying.
Another ongoing goal of theirs is to be the most balanced SS13 server, by constantly tweaking gameplay features to be more fun, and fair. Rounds on BeeStation tend to be very chaotic and fast-paced. The server is a good place to experience high population, without the horrible lag. The code for the server was forked off of the /tg/station codebase.
World Server is a SS13 spin-off roleplay server based on living within a city, or rather – what spacemen do when they’re not on SS13. It’s more focused on civilian life and does not take place on a space station. You can play as several different social classes, Working Class, Middle Class or Upper Class which affects your gameplay and your place during certain events.
You can rise up the ranks, start a political revolution, become a part of the criminal underworld, or even run for president in this tumultuous, eccentric world. There is persistence that carries on from round to round, your character’s appearance and wealth will save during canon rounds. This server is more recommended for those with a desire for a more laid back roleplay experience with a bit of cyberpunk political drama, or those who are looking into getting into heavy roleplaying for the first time.
Eclipse station is a Polaris/Virgo based HRP server with antagonists enabled for voting.
Sprouting a diverse character creation options, custom races and custom lore, we are trying to provide a unique SS13 experience, while staying true to the source material and spirit of the game.
Yogstation was founded in 2011 when then-host asked Yogscast if we could have their blessing to open an SS13 server in their name. Yogscast allowed this and even played on the server a handful of times at the start of Yogstations birth. Since 2011, Yogstation has come a long way. The server is now run by a council of elected staff and the codebase is now open with regular contributions from the community as well as downstreaming all TG’s code.
Yogstation still stands and is ran on a powerful host machine/dedicated box, runs a donation system for in game and forum perks, and runs at a safe %99 lag free rate. Yogstation is one of SS13’s most long-standing communities far surpassing most others in time. Yogstation runs mentors as well as staff who are always friendly and on-hand to give assistance when needed.