I. Main DescriptionGALAXY is an online mobile social network based on a client-server model. The client application can run on several platforms: Java, Windows Mobile, and personal computer.
II. Install and LaunchThe application can be downloaded to a mobile phone, smart phone, or computer by following the link on one of Galaxy's websites: www.javagala.ru (Russian version) and www.in-galaxy.com (English version).
When users launch Galaxy, Main Menu will appear.
1. RegistrationWhen users register to Galaxy and create their own characters, they need to input the following information:
2. Character RecoveryThis feature allows users to login to their characters by entering a recovery code.
recovery codeis a unique password that each user gets after registration. Users can enter Galaxy from any mobile, smart phone or computer with their recovery code.
Users can get their recovery code after 3 hours of chatting experience or 3 days after registration by entering their character's Menu and selecting Settings/Recovery Code.
3. GalaNewsAll updates and innovations in Galaxy are mentioned here.
Show users coming in planet window: ON/OFF. Notifications about users arriving and departing from the planet can be viewed in the chat window as text or in the planet window as an icon.
Show cursor in chat window: ON/OFF.
Language: default (language will be set automatically depending on the mobile phone settings) / Russian / English.
Vibration for private messages: ON/OFF.
Vibration for chat messages: ON/OFF (set vibration for chat messages addressed to character, i.e. messages containing the character's username).
Show the "Browsing" emotion: ON/OFF (when a user browsers outside the chat, a special emotion "in browser" will appear 30 seconds later. Other users can see that (s)he isn't able to view chat messages).
Set Password(users can set a password to enter Galaxy for their mobile phones).
5. HelpHelp contains help information.
6. Invite FriendBy using this feature, users can invite their friends to Galaxy. When users enter their friend's mobile phone number, an SMS with a link to download Galaxy will be sent.
7. Internet SettingsA link to a page with Internet settings information for most phones.
8. Official SiteA link to www.javagala.ru (Russian version) and www.in-galaxy.com (English version).
III. Interface Description
2. Chat WindowA Chat Window contains the following text information:
3. Planet WindowA Planet Window displays:
4. Event PanelAn Event Panel notifies about new events (new private messages, new ICQ messages, new game events, etc.). A "Light" on the Event Panel indicates the connection with the server for sending messages in the chat. It can be one of three colors:
5. Character's Look
Character's Appearance.A character's appearance includes:
Text Objectsappear when the user selects a character (selected character is always in the middle of Planet Window). They include:
6. Option Bottoms
* Menu(allows to enter "your character's Menu" (if cursor is on your character) or "another character's Menu" (if cursor is on another character)
# Exit(allows to enter Galaxy Main Menu)
7. Hot Keys
IV. User's Functions
1. Your Character's Menu
1.1. SpeakSend a message in the chat. Users can also select graphic smiles here.
1.2. ActionList of virtual actions that users can do to themselves. Planet owners can change lists of actions for their planets.
When users select an action, everybody will see the text for this action in the chat window.
1.3.1. Private MessagingUsers can send and receive instant private messages to each other even when they are on different planets or one of them is offline.
In private messaging, users can:
1.3.2. FriendsEach user can offer and accept friendship to other users. When a user accepts somebody's friend request, they become friends. Users can see their friends' location in Galaxy (if friends are not using Invisible Mode), view birthdays, and see events in friends' Galaxy lives (adding new photos, posting blogs, being awarded prizes and presents, getting married, etc.).
Users can unite with other users in groups of common interest. Each gang has a name, home-planet, journal, motto, description and emblem. A gang's leader (its original founder) can invite other users to the gang and appoint assistants. Each gang has a bank in which gang members can deposit money. By using the gang bank, members can level up their gang to increase the maximum number of gang members.
Sections of Gang Main Page:
1.3.4. Top RatedThis section contains all character ratings. As of now, the following ratings are available:
1.3.5. Search by Personal DetailsSearch for characters by usernames and personal details.
1.3.6. Dating AdsUsers can meet new people here. They can publish their own dating ads and look through other users' dating ads.
Users can publish their dating ads in the VIP section to make themselves more noticeable to others.
1.3.7. Wedding ChapelUsers can have a virtual marriage in Galaxy (they can marry either sex), adopt other users as children and accept adoption requests.
1.3.8. GalaNewspaperA joint virtual newspaper managed by privileged users. Only a limited number of users can post articles to GalaNewspaper (the user must be a Reporter). There are also GalaNewspaper Proofreaders and Moderators that control the work of GalaNewspaper. Users can vote for articles and subscribe to Reporters' articles.
1.3.9. BlogEach user can post private or public blogs.
Private blogs are available only to friends. Public blogs are available to all users. Users can comment on other users' entries and vote for them. The Best Blogger rank is calculated by these voting results.
1.3.10. PollsThis section contains polls held by Galaxy developers for all users or certain groups of users.
1.3.11. PrivilegesA Privilege is a job in Galaxy that involves users carrying out various tasks for the good of Galaxy, which will grant them additional opportunities. If a user meets the requirements for a Privilege, (s)he can make a request for an election.
There is a hierarchy of Privileges. Privileged users can vote candidates into their own level of Privilege or into lower levels.
Present types of Privileges:
Notifications.Information from developers to Galaxy users about updates, Galaxy rules, events, etc.
GalaNews.News about Galaxy.
GalaConstitution.Set of rules for Galaxy users. It contains the following paragraphs:
FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions and answers.
Table of Authorities. A list of all authorities and their graphic images.
Galaxy Blog. Description and link to the official Galaxy blog.
1.3.13. ICQ ServiceUsers can send and receive messages from ICQ after entering ICQ number and password.
1.3.14. Send E-mailUsers can send e-mails from a common address.
1.4.1. LotteriesUsers over 18 can play in Galaxy lotteries.
10-level step-by-step lotteries like "House" where every ticket wins:
1.4.2. Sport BettingUsers over 18 can bet on sports. They choose events (football, hockey matches, etc.), predict the results and enter bet. Maximum bet is limited so that the prize can be no more than 100 c.u.
Each user has unlimited bets.
Bets can be made up to 1 minute before the event begins.
Users can make Express Bets. They predict the outcome of several sporting events. The odds for the total ticket will be calculated by multiplying all the individual events' odds together. The maximum bet is limited so that the prize is no more than 500 c.u.
More detailed description can be found in Sport Betting/Rules.
1.4.3. Tote BoardUsers over 18 can participate. Users need to choose the results for each event in a ticket of 15, then enter the sum of their bet and confirm. Tickets with 9 or more correctly predicted events will win.
Bet can be made up to 5 minutes before the first event begins.
More detailed description can be found in Tote Board/Rules.
A multiuser step-by-step strategy with elements of social interaction.
To start playing Civilization, users need to select their race. There are four races: Dwarfs, Humans, Robots and Elves. There are different building structures and different features to each race.
In the beginning, each civilization will only have the Center (around which users can construct other buildings). Each building has its own purpose that may be made more efficient with modernization. These buildings don't age well so users need to renovate them to maintain their efficiency.
The main features of a civilization are its age, treasury, population and army. One year in the game is one hour in real life.
The treasury holds users' "credits" that they may spend on various needs. Its profits may be increased from taxes, extraction of resources and investments from users' Galaxy accounts.
Users can interact with other civilizations by helping them (to renovate buildings, crush rebellions) or slowing down their progress (by fighting and committing subversive acts against them). Some user actions are limited (e.g. wars can only be made once per year, and users can only fight against one enemy at a time).
Artifacts give users extra advantages.
More detailed description can be found in Help of Game Main Menu.
A user should be a member of a team to play GalaFootball. The user can create a team and invite other players to it. The team captain manages the team and invites and deletes players from the roster. Only team captains can request for a match. Each player has its own experience (from Newcomer to Superstar) and skills, which influence the player's maximum shot power.
The match lasts for an allotted time (no matter the final score).
There are five Stadiums (special planets) for GalaFootball competitions.
The following ratings will be calculated from the team records:
There are three Stadiums (special planets) for hurdling competitions. Users can jump over hurdles from a certain distance and by using a certain action.
Records by time of completing the race are calculated from the results. More detailed description can be found in Games/Hurdling/Rules.
AnagrammasThere are three planets hosted by bots where users can register to participate in solving anagrams (mixed letters to produce an existing word). The player that guesses the right word first gets points that will be added to his rank.
ArithmeticThere are three planets hosted by bots where users can register to participate in solving arithmetic formulas. The player that answers first gets points that will be added to his rank.
QuizThere are three planets hosted by bots where users can register to participate in solving quiz questions. The player that answers first gets points that will be added to his rank.
Users can own pets by buying them in Galaxy Shop or Pet Nursery. Pets need to be cared for:
Pets can communicate with their owners to show their condition (hunger, happiness, health, etc.).
Pets can visit other users' pets, and users can breed pets of the same kind. The offspring can be sent to Pet Nursery where other users can buy them.
Users can make their pets into fighters. They will be able to participate in Pet Fights (including ones for money). Fighting pets have some additional features (energy, power, experience, etc.) that determine the odds for successful fight results.
The service includes a visualized look of the pet and several features:
1.4.6. ContestsThis section contains all contests, their rules, terms of requests and awards.
Monthly held contests:
1.4.7. Football BroadcastsUsers can view online text broadcasts of football matches here.
1.4.8. Information ServicesThis section contains a list of planets where users can find certain information:
1.4.9. Internet ShopUsers can view a catalogue of real souvenirs with Galaxy symbols and order them here.
1.4.10. Mobile DownloadsThis section contains a WAP site where users can order different mobile content (games, ringtones, images, etc.).
1.5.1. Top up Account
Users can find a description of top-up methods here. They can even send an SMS to top up their accounts right from Galaxy.
1.5.2. SMS ServicesUsers can fix their character to a specific mobile phone number, so they always have access to their character's recovery code and insure themselves from losing their character.
Additional services allow users to contact another user if (s)he is offline (without showing their mobile phone numbers to each other). They can ask the user to come to Galaxy by sending a default SMS or an original one. Or they can place a “bugging device” on a character that will track the character as (s)he enters Galaxy.
Besides SMS Services, users can make calls using VoIP technology.
Users can temporarily change their appearance by buying costumes in Galaxy Shop for a certain period of time or until a certain date. Costumes are loaded from the server, so the client doesn't need to be updated for new costumes.
1.5.4. Change CharacterUsers can permanently change their character's appearance by selecting a head and a body. Users can also change the character's username.
1.5.5. Planet ManagementUsers can:
1.5.6. Recovery CodeThis service allows users to get their recovery code. Users can access their code after 3 hours of chatting experience or 3 days after registration.
1.5.7. SkinSkins change Galaxy's appearance. They are loaded from the server and installed from the client application.
1.5.8. Character InsuranceAccording to Galaxy's rules, if a user doesn't enter Galaxy for more than 60 days (for characters who have already topped up their accounts) or 45 days (for characters who haven't topped up yet), his/her character will be reset. They will lose their username, friend list, gang, etc. and the users' planets will be put on auction.
Users can insure their characters from this for different terms: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.
1.6. Fly to Another Planet
1.7. MoveWhen users select this option, a cursor appears below their character. The user should move this cursor (to the left/right) to the desired place and confirm the character's move with the "5" key.
1.8. My Info
My Info is the character's personal profile containing all the main information about the character and the user:
Icons Next to Character's UsernameImportant character information:
Character's Additional Menu
It appears after selecting character's username in Info. Number of lines in Menu may differ depending on viewer's Privilege.
1.9. Planet Info
Profile of the planet the character is now on.
It contains the following information:
In Shop, users can buy:
1.11. HelpUsers can contact Support Service and view FAQ here.
This option allows users to write a highlighted chat message to all other characters.
1.13. EmotionsUsers can display a visual state for their character. It represents the emotion or activity of the user.
Examples of emotions: love, funny, sad, embarrassed, surprised, proud, angry, kiss, eating, listening to music, ill, sleeping, working, smoking, private messaging, etc.
1.14. Clear Chat WindowThis option allows users to clear the chat widow of all text.
2. Another Character's Menu
2.1. SpeakIt allows users to write a message to a character that will be highlighted for him/her in the chat window.
2.2. User InfoIt allows to view a selected character's Info.
2.3. ActionsList of virtual actions that users can do to other characters. Planet owners can change lists of actions for their planets.
When users select an action, everybody will see the text for this action in the chat window and the character will nod in the planet window.
2.5. Fly up to the CharacterThis feature allows users to move their character next to the selected character.
The following features in Menu are displayed if the character is on its own planet or if it is a planet supervisor.
2.6. Kick outThis feature allows users to kick out characters from the planet.
2.7. Kick out and Close AccessThis feature allows users to kick out characters from the planet and close access to it. Characters are added to Black List. Black list can be changed by planet owners and supervisors (if owners allow them it). Users can find Black List in Planet Info (when the planet is opened).
2.8. Add to White ListThis feature allows users to add characters to White List. If a character is added to White List, it will be able to frly to this planet even if it is closed. White list can be changed by planet owners and supervisors (if owners allow them it). Users can find White List in Planet Info (when the planet is closed).
2.9. Appoint as SupervisorThis feature allows users to appoint any character as a planet supervisor.
2.10. DemoteThis feature allows users to demote planet supervisors.
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