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Entering Rival Species
When you join a game of Rival Species, the first thing you will be faced with a
series of menus for selecting your team, class and weaponry.
You can view information about a menu item by holding you cursor over
it. Clicking a menu item selects it. There is a time limit of a few
seconds for selecting your team, class and weapons. If you do not make
selections within the time limit default selections if the cheapest class and
weapons will be made for you. Click the "Continue" button to leave the
Depending on the map that is being played, different teams, classes and
weapons will be available to you, based on which ones the map
author deemed best for the storyline/terrain of the map.
Rival Species is a round-based mod, which means that each game is split into
sections. You are given a limited number of points each round to spend on
you class and weapons. Unlike games such as Team Fortress or Day of
Defeat, you must put serious thought into which class to choose. Some classes
have more or better equipment available than others, and these will cost more
points. There is a limit of 5 players in each class, except the
basic trooper class (Marines, Guardians, Ork Boyz and Chaos
Marines). Try to choose a class which will tactically bolster your team,
and not one that will only give YOU an advantage in combat. The
number of players of a particular class are show to the right of the class's
Next you will be faced with the weapon selection menu. This is probably where
your personal style of play will come into effect the most. You will have
access to different weapons depending on what class you selected in the
previous stage, and each weapon costs a different amount. Again, it is probably
best to try and bolster the efficiency of your team when selecting weapons. For
instance, there is little point in a small team consisting of two Lascannon
wielding Space Marines, as you will both be ripped to pieces in any kind of
Playing The Game
Each round lasts until either all of one team have no respawns remaining, or
the objective of the map (see the Map section for objectives) is completed.
When a new round starts, each player has to choose their team, class and
weapon(s) for this round.
As soon as a player has chosen their weapon(s) they are spawned, and are free to
play as they will , but don't worry, you can always bring the menus up again
and choose a new class or weapon during the round (not advised at any time
other than the start of the round, as it will eat up most if not all of your
spawns later on!) Once free to move, it is really up to you what you do. You
can either try to complete the objective or simply try and kill as many of the
enemy as possible.
There are certain features in the game which merit special attention.
The spawn cost of your current class and your remaining spawn points are
shown on the HUD.
If you do not hit the respawn key when you dies you will be shown a "Death
Menu", showing you the options availabel to you, such as changing team, class,
weaponry. If you have enough spawn points left clicking the Continue
button will respawn you, otherwise you will turn into a
(Captains, Warsmiths, Farseers...) are powerful characters, but generally cost
many points. There can only be one per team.
The team leader gets to choose what class gets veteran status in the next round,
all member sof the chosen class recieve performance bonuses from being
||At the beginning of each round, the player with the highest score of each class
will automatically become the class leader (Space Marine Sergeant, Chaos
Aspiring Champion, Eldar Squad Leader, Exarch or Dreadnaught). By staying
within a certain radius to your class's leader your character is augmented with
extra speed and greater accuracy. When you enter and leave the radius a
message will appear in the centre of your screen informing you of the event.
Some class leaders also get access to special weaponry that is not available to
the rest of their class.
||The leader of the driver class of each race gets to become a dreadnaught (see
bellow) all other memebrs of this class are bikers (also below).
Dreadnoughts are huge machines, several times the size of a man with heavy
armour and weapons capable of wreaking carnage over a huge area. The
Dreadnoughts of different teams are armed differently, though the functionality
of each remains basically the same. They can be selected in the same way as any
other class, but there is a limit on how many are available. Both weapon mounts
are available at once, and can be used using the primary and secondary fire
buttons. Dreadnoughts are very difficult to kill so they cost many points
and generally only have one spawn. However they can be
susceptable to anti-tank weapons such as lascannons.
Bikes are available for certain classes as a weapon selection. They are
useful for quickly getting to or from an objective, but manoeuvring a bike
requires some practice. If you decide to take a bike you may get off at
any point by pushing the JUMP key (the Spacebar by default). To get
back on simply walk up to your bike and push the USE key again. This only works
for your bike so you will not be able to get on any random bike left lying
around by other players.
These are only accessible to one class in each team (Assault Marines, Raptors,
Swooping Hawks and Storm Boyz). Jump packs can be used to gain strategic
advantages for your team (by using the speed and ability to fly over terrain)
and also to give you a boost getting into close combat. To use a jump pack just
hold down the specialmove key (default Q) key to fire the thrusters. This will
give you a boosted in the direction you are facing, allowing you to jump
several stories high or cross long distance quickly. Using a jump
pack uses Energy (as indicated on the HUD), after jumping your energy
will gradualy re-fill.
||These must be deployed to be used. Heavy weapons deploy automatically when you
are wielding them and press the primary fire button or the specialmove key
(default Q). While you are deploying or deployed, your movement will be
restricted. Once deployed and be able to fire the heavy weapon. To
"un-deploy" yourself, simply press the specialmove key again. Heavy
weapons are most accurate when you are stationary (and very in-accurate
when your not).
||Jumping drains your stamina (as indicated on the HUD). You will only
be able to jump a few times in a row before your energy is exhausted and you
are unable to jump anymore. Your energy will gradually rechange when you
stand still. The number of consecutive jumps you get depends on your race
and class. Some very heavy classes, such as Dreadnaughts and Terminators
are unable to jump at all. Classes that have the Sprint spacial move
(Striking Scorpions, World Eater's Leader, Khorne Berzerkers and Bloodletters)
can put on a burst of high speed by burning up their stamina.
||To make up the sheer number of troops that make up the 40K battle field basic
classes (marines, chaos marines, guardians and ork boyz) have the ability to
create 1 robot (or bot) per spawn. This Bot will follow their
player around and attack any of the player's enemies it sees. If you
die while you bot is alive you will immediatedly take control of it and be able
continue the fight. Spawning a bot will reduce your spawn points.
There are currently five types of objectives that a map may feature in
Rival Species, most maps only use one style of objective others mix them.
If in doubt consult the map details page for the specific map.
||Teams must try and gain control of a number of areas on the map (usually
indicated by Flags) . Areas are controlled by walking though the
Flag. When an area comes under a teams control the flag will change to
match that team.
|Capture the Artifact
||In a map of this type the opposing teams have to race to capture an object of
some kind. The first team to capture their artifact return their artefact to
their base or another special point wins the round. Artifacts are often found
in an enemy base, and may be hidden.
||One or both teams must destroy an object such as a generator.
||This is the most basic type of objective. The aim is simply to wipe out the
opposing team to win the round.
||This mode of game play limits the weapons to hand-to-hand combat weapons. This
makes for a blood-filled match of closeup carnage!