TAXINAUT MANUAL

ATTENTION: THIS IS AN OFFLINE COPY OF THE MANUAL. IT'S RECOMMENDED TO READ THE ONLINE VERSION OF THIS MANUAL HERE IF POSSIBLE.

Version 0.8.12

By Jasper Pol.

This manual, the game TAXINAUT and all of its content are copyrighted:

Copyright © 2016-2022 Jasper Pol. All rights reserved.

TAXINAUT and its characters, places and stories are the intellectual property of Jasper Pol.


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WARNING: NO EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO BE INOFFENSIVE OR ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN.

WARNING: PHOTO SENSITIVITY/EPILEPSY SEIZURES:

THIS GAME MIGHT SHOW FLASHING OR OTHERWISE DISORIENTING IMAGES OR COLOR PATTERNS, ETC. THESE MIGHT TRIGGER A SEIZURE OR BLACKOUT IN SOME INDIVIDUALS. IF THIS MIGHT APPLY TO YOU OR YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT WHETHER THIS APPLIES TO YOU THEN YOU SHOULD CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE PLAYING THIS GAME.

CONTENTS

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to TAXINAUT! Thank you for your interest in this game, I hope you enjoy it.

TAXINAUT is a space-taxi sim / adventure in which you play a war veteran trying to make ends meet by shuttling passengers from planet to planet in a galaxy known as Kyprei-41. Kyprei-41 is technically part of a trans-galactic federation but for the most part remains under control of its own galactic council. The size of the galaxy and the huge number of different civilizations involved makes it virtually impossible for any decisive action to take place. The council thus seems to be at a permanent impasse and its rule is mostly symbolic.

The real thing that ties the people of Kyprei-41 together is its common currency called 'vudu'. Vudu comes from "Vital Unified Decay" Vudu is an energy that spontaneously forms in most sentient beings and is necessary for their survival. It occurs as a product of the decay of the Vital Unified Stochastic Field. The discovery of this energy field is mostly attributed to the Cynex many millennia ago, before the galaxy was at peace. The Cynex and other civilizations around the same time perfected a way of transferring this energy between individuals and later to transfer it to devices and use it as a regular energy source. Because of its ready availability it quickly became the number one source of energy. With the advent of particle replicators more and more things were starting to lose their intrinsic value. But because of it's ever changing nature, vudu has remained one of the few things that can't be created by particle replication. These factors ultimately led to vudu being adopted as the common currency across most of the galaxy.

It therefore probably comes as no surprise that your main concern as a taxinaut is with your vudu. Most transactions you do will involve you giving or receiving vudu: Food, repairs, a place to sleep, information, and in fact most conversation, will cost you vudu. When people pay you their fare they pay in vudu. You can use as much of your vudu to pay for things as you want but you always need at least one unit of vudu. If your vudu reaches zero, you cycle.

USER INTERFACE

The screen is divided into two areas:

  1. The main-view, which shows your cab and everything around it like other traffic and buildings.
  2. The control-panel which is the mostly black panel showing your portrait and name, a map of the planet you're on or system you are in, a lot of buttons, messages and other things.
When you want to turn or accelerate your cab the mouse must be in the main-view. While the mouse is in the main-view, your cab will turn and fly towards it automatically. You don't need to click; clicking will only pause/unpause the game. You can use the mouse-wheel to change the speed of your cab. All other interaction is mostly done through the elements on the control-panel. What follows are descriptions of the elements of the control-panel, starting from the top.

Note: The overall colors of the UI will change depending on the time of day: During the day most UI elements (e.g. buttons) will be yellow while at night these will be pink.

STATUSBAR

The top of the control-panel shows your cabbie's portrait and name. Underneath that it will show a circular, clock-like indication of the current time of day and your current vudu in blue (or redish if you're losing vudu). Underneath that, in red or green, will show your current speed-setting (normally a number from 0 to 3). Underneath the time-of-day indicator it will show what day it is. If the game is paused it will blink, alternately showing the day and the word "PAUSED".

Note: The speed-setting shown is not really your speed (see "Controlling your cab" for details).

INFORMATION PANEL

The information-panel shows the name of the zone you are in (normally the planet's name when on a planet or the system's name when in space). Next to the name it will show icons indicating general information about the zone. Usually, the first (round and red) icon is a difficulty level indicator for that zone. Other indicators might include whether it has a spaceport, is generally lacking amenities or has some kind of hazard etc. Underneath it the mini-map, an overview-map of the zone, is shown. Your cab's position will show as a yellow flashing triangle while your destination (if any) will show as a green flashing square.

When showing a planet's surface map or a subterranean zone or station's map, the map can be panned and zoomed by dragging it with the mouse and/or using the mouse-wheel while over it. On developed planets with an expressway-network the expressway-network is shown in white: The white dots are the junctions and the lines are the expressways that connect them. Planets with traffic-lane systems, subterranean zones and stations will show the lanes / corridors and other areas where you can fly in black.

When in the system-view the star will show in the center and all other planets and stations will initially show as triangles (yellow or pink depending on the time of day). Once a planet or station becomes known it will show an appropriate symbol:

To the right of the mini-map is a list of those locations in the displayed map that are known to you. This is refered to a the zone's "directory". Each location in the directory can be clicked to set your destination to it. The list can be paged through by using the mouse-wheel while the mouse is over it. Underneath the directory is a little row of buttons that can be used to switch between different mini-maps (e.g. planet-, system- or galaxy-map) and to order or filter the directory in certain ways. You can hover over each button to see what it does.

ITEM-PANEL

Underneath the information panel sits the item-panel. The item panel consists of rows of icons that represent effects, abilities, equipment, storylines, etc. that are active or that you have. Some of these can be clicked to activate or toggle certain things. Others only represent a certain effect being active, for example that you're hungry. Each item will show what it is and/or how to use it when you hover your mouse over it. If there are more items than can be shown on the item panel then you can page through the item-panel by using your mouse-wheel while over it. Items are normally shown in the reverse order that they where added: most recently added item first.

Items can be pinned / unpinned by right-clicking them. Pinned items show before any other items (starting from the top left) and always show regardless of what page you are on (if there are multiple pages of items). Pinned items are shown in the order they where pinned and will show with a cut top-left corner and on a dark-yellowish or dark-pinkish background (instead of black). Pinned items, like items that are not pinned, will only show if they are included by the active item-filter. Some items when pinned (especially consumables like "warp-jump") will leave a pinned placeholder once you run out of them. Once you obtain one or more of such an item again, it will reappear where the placeholder is. You can unpin a placeholder by right-clicking it just like a normal item.

ITEM-FILTERS

The first few pinned items are always item-filters. Item-filters are always pinned and cannot be unpinned. They always show before all other items. When clicking an item-filter the item panel will only show items (pinned or unpinned) that are included in that filter. This way you can for example filter the item panel to only show ship equipment items. Most filtered views contain more specific filters that can be clicked in turn to filter down to more specific items; sort of like a directory structure. If the item panel is currently filtered then the very first item is always the "FILTER BACK" item which backs the item panel out of the current filter into its previous / parent filter. The top-filter / unfiltered view (how the item panel is displayed by default) simply shows / includes all items. Note that pinned items also only show if the current filter includes them.

What follows below is a description of the default pinned items that show when the item panel is unfiltered (showing all items).

ATTENTION

Will filter the item panel to only show items that require your immediate attention (e.g. injuries).

CLONE

In TAXINAUT your character's body is typically referred to as your "clone"; this will filter the item panel to only show personal / "on body" equipment and abilities (e.g. "body armor").

CAB

Will filter the item panel to only show ship related equipment and abilities (e.g. "warp-jump").

STATUS

Will filter the item panel to only shows informational items like effects, conditions, relations and storylines.

RECYCLE

This initiates a cycle. Sometimes you get stuck. For example, when you suffer an "GCF failure" and can't take off anymore and you don't have enough vudu for a tow. In those cases your only choice might be to cycle.

LAND

Clicking this will land you at your current position (when not in space) even when there is no clear site there (like a diner or motel for example). It can also be used on the galaxy-map to reenter a system that you have just exited (if you're still over it on the galaxy-map).

GALAXY-MAP

This toggles the galaxy-map which can be used to look up information on other planets and systems or do things like initiate warp (if you have the right equipment and are in space). Whenever you are outside of any system (in interstellar space) you will automatically be shown the galaxy map. For more information about warping to another system see "Leaving a system and warping to another".

The galaxy-map can be panned and zoomed by dragging the mouse and using the mouse-wheel. Clicking on a star will set that system as your destination (e.g. for warp). If the system is known to you then it will also show an "INFO" button which you can click to open up "System details" for that system. "System details" will show you the name of the system with some icons indicating general information about the system (e.g. whether there is traffic-control in operation in that system). It will also show all planets and / or stations in that system. If the planet or station is known then it will show in more detail and you will be able to click it to open up "Zone details" for that planet or station. "Zone details" will show information for that planet or station similar to what would be shown in the information-panel if you where in that zone. It will also show the possible types of sites and vessels (or other large moving things) you might encounter there. If such a type of site or vessel is known to you (even if on another planet) then it will show an image of that site or vessel and you can hover over it to see some more information about it. Clicking a known site type will set your destination to the nearest known site of that type (if any) in that zone.

LANDING SYSTEM

Normally when flying over a site (like a diner or trader) at speed <= 1 you will automatically land there. This toggles this automatic landing which can be handy to turn off when flying in dense traffic where you have to fly slow or stop frequently to not fly into other traffic without triggering a landing just because you are over some site like a diner. When toggled on you will land automatically at any site, place or pickup you fly into with speed <= 1. When toggled off you will not land anywhere automatically (except for your destination). Left-clicking the land item will also always trigger landing regardless of how this is set.

RADIO

This is your radio. You can use it to toggle music on / off.

HUD

This toggles the little mini information HUD under you cab that shows you speed, vudu and distance to your destination.

CONTEXT-PANEL

The context-panel shows relevant information depending on what you have clicked on the item panel (e.g. clicking a bookmark item shows bookmark information). It also shows the fare panel when you have a passenger (which you can toggle by clicking the little passenger portrait item in the item panel). If there is nothing to show in the context panel then the bulletin board (see below) will stretch over it instead.

BULLETIN-BOARD

The bulletin-board is at the bottom of the control-panel. It displays all kinds of messages and notifications some of which are important (e.g. messages from traffic-control). Some of these messages and notifications can be clicked. For example: Call-out notifications can be clicked to open up their details in the context-panel. The bulletin-board will stretch automatically to cover the context-panel if there is nothing showing in the context-panel.

CONTROLLING YOUR CAB

To control your cab your mouse must be over the main-view. Provided that the game is not paused, your cab will fly in the direction of your mouse-pointer. To change direction: Do not click the mouse; Simply move the mouse and your cab will gradually turn towards it.

To increase the speed of your cab roll the mouse-wheel up one tick at a time. Each tick increases your speed-setting by one. Your current speed-setting is shown in the statusbar underneath your current destination and as the first number shown on the HUD. To decrease speed roll the mouse-wheel down one tick at a time. Note that the speed-setting shown is not really your speed; it's more like what gear you're currently in. A higher number means a higher gear and normally that means a higher speed. As a rough guide:

  1. Full-stop / hovering.
  2. Landing / being-careful speed.
  3. Cruising speed.
  4. Fast / in-a-hurry speed.

If at any time you move your mouse out of the main-view, the game will pause and your mouse will stop controlling your cab. You can also pause the game at any time by left-clicking anywhere. While the game is paused you can freely move your mouse around without affecting your cab. To unpause the game left-click anywhere inside the main-view. Some items and actions can also automatically unpause the game when you use them. Opening the main-menu also always pauses the game.

LANDING

You can mostly land at any site, place or pickup in any zone. Most sites are marked by a bright icon that stands out from it's surroundings. The icon depends on what type of a site it is. Places, when undiscovered, show as a white circle with a green circle in it's center. Pickups have different shapes but they usually flash and are often in the shape of a person raising one arm. The yellow ones are of most interest to you because these are usually people looking for a cab. Provided you have your landing system toggled on, to land at a site, place or pickup fly into it at speed-setting = 1. You have to fly into it quite precisely with the center of your cab very close to the center of the marker.

While not in space you can also land anywhere you want by left-clicking the land item.

You can also turn off automatic landing (see "Landing system") which can be handy while flying in zones with heavy traffic.

DEPARTING AND DESCENDING

To depart from a planet you can fly to a Spaceport (if the planet you are on has one) or you can use an anti-graviton charge. If a planet has a Spaceport it is usually located at the center of the map and is also likely to be automatically listed in the planet's directory as soon as you've discovered the planet. Using "assisted planetary-departure" at a Spaceport normally costs around 1000 VUDU. Be aware that you can be checked by security when landing at a spaceport.

To start departure with an anti-graviton charge simply left-click it. If you are landed somewhere you will normally automatically leave.

During the ascension sequence all controls and buttons will be temporarily disabled.

To descend onto a planet simply fly into it at speed = 1 like you would when landing at a site. During the descent sequence all controls and buttons will be temporarily disabled. Note that you cannot descend onto all planetoids. For example you cannot descend onto gas-giants and stars.

TRAVELING TO ANOTHER SYSTEM

The most common ways to travel to other star-systems are:

Transports and galactic-liners are discussed below.

To use a warp-jump to warp to another star-system all of the following conditions must be met:

  1. You must be in space (that is not on a planet or inside a space-station).
  2. You must have your destination star-system selected on your galaxy-map.
  3. The selected star-system must be known (known systems appear on the galaxy-map with a regular name, a star or starport icon and are clearer than unknown systems).
  4. You must have a warp-jump available that's capable of traveling the distance to the destination system.
When you pick a destination system on the galaxy-map (by left-clicking on the star) a line will show from your current position on the galaxy-map to the destination star. If the line is green then you can travel there. If the line is red then one or more of the above conditions aren't met.

Warp-beacons are a feature that is available on some sites, most notably on non-rented homes. They work similar to warp-jumps except that you do not need / consume a warp-jump to use them.

NAVIGATION

You can set your destination in a variety of ways, including:

If the destination is known to you, you will see directions to it in the form of a green arrow close to your cab or a yellow "DEPART" notification blinking at the top of the information-panel. Depending on where you are, you might also see a green square on the minimap indicating your destination and / or if you're close enough to your destination, a jumping green triangle in the main-view over the destination site or planet or entrance leading to your destination. The green arrow simply points in the direction of your destination or the planet or entrance leading to your destination. The flashing, yellow 'DEPART' notification means your destination is in another zone (usually another planet or system) and you should leave the current zone to travel to your destination.

If you are in a station, subterranean zone or a planet with a traffic-lane system then you might also see a green path leading to the next milestone towards your destination.

SAVING, QUITTING AND GAME-OVER

You can normally always quit TAXINAUT whenever you want. The next time you start the application and click "CONTINUE" you will be right where and how you were when you quit. In TAXINAUT you don't die on game-over. Instead you "cycle" and revive at your home (or if you don't have a home, the nearest nexus).

SAVING

Depending on your "allow manual save" setting, TAXINAUT save-games are created in a number of ways:

The last, "manual save", option is only available if you have "allow manual save" turned on (which it is by default).

LOADING SAVE-GAMES

"CONTINUE" will (when not already running a game) always load the last saved or loaded save-game. Normally that means the automatic save that was made the last time you quit the game.

"LOAD" by default (when "allow manual save" is turned on), will allow you to pick & load a save-game from all save-games that were ever created (including automatic ones). The save-games are listed left to right, top to bottom, in reverse order of when they where created (more recent created save-games first). TAXINAUT never overwrites existing save-games; each manual or automatic save creates a new save-game (this regardless of your "allow manual save" setting).

If "allow manual save" is turned off then "LOAD" will only show one save-game for each of your characters. The save-game shown for each character is always the last loaded or saved save-game for that character. Each save-game will show its character's portrait instead of a little screenshot. The "LOAD" menu effectively becomes just a character switching menu.

You can safely toggle "allow manual save" on and off, at any time: it won't affect the save-games on disk, just what TAXINAUT allows you to pick from its "LOAD" menu.

THINGS THAT ARE NOT SAVED

  • Call-outs are not saved. If there was a call-out available when you quit the game this call-out will not be there when you reload. A taken call-out won't be there either unless you already made it to the pick-up and have the passenger in your cab.
  • Traffic, pick-ups and other such things won't be saved. If, for example, you quit the game with a pick-up flashing nearby, that pick-up won't be there when you load the game again.

QUITTING

You can quit at any time by clicking "QUIT" in the main-menu and you will be able to continue where you left off the next time you start TAXINAUT by clicking "CONTINUE". However there are some game situations during which "quit and continue" is not available (for example: in the middle of a conversation with people or while being chased by security). If you attempt to quit at such times, TAXINAUT will warn you that all your progress since the start of that session will be lost (if you made any manual saves these of course will remain there). This is mostly done to discourage cheating (e.g. quitting while being hunted and then reloading to not find the hunter there) or because it would be technically very awkward to save at that point.

CYCLING

Cycling is sort of like dying and being reborn. When you cycle your VUDU is set to 1, all your material possessions including your cab and clone (body) are lost and you revive in a new clone at your home (or the nearest nexus if you don't have a home). Because your cab and everything in it is gone, any passenger you had will be gone too. Because your clone is gone and you revive in a fresh one, all injuries you had will be gone. Any VUDU you had uploaded to the nexus and things like permits, your knowledge of locations and many other things will be exactly like they were. Some jobs or story-lines might have their own consequences for cycling and some items are always lost when you cycle even though they are not material.

When you revive at home you will be able to replace your lost cab with one from your hangar (if you have any). Otherwise you must contact the local cab-company (there will be a "CONTACT LOCAL CAB-COMPANY" button in your hangar or at the nexus where you revive). They will loan you a cab of theirs in return for a percentage of your profits. You won't be able to leave without a cab.

NOTES

If you are looking for a way to backup your progress: You can backup the files under the 'sav' directory which is in the user-directory (see "user-directory").

INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE

While landed, carrying passengers or colliding with another vessel you will often see an interaction-panel (either in the center of the main-view or in the context-panel) with a portrait at the top left of it. This is the portrait of the primary person there (e.g. the bar-man, your passenger or the pilot of the vessel you just collided with). When landing in the rough or at some sites like bars, you might also see some more smaller portraits displayed more in the center of the interaction-panel where otherwise, for example, trade-goods are displayed. These are other people there (e.g. clientele at a bar). You can left-click any of these portraits to start interacting with the person. Normally, a list of topics that you can ask them about is shown. Clicking on a topic will start a conversation. This will usually cost vudu; an indication of how much, is shown to the right, in blue. To save UI space, the amount shown is often only a rough number (always equal or more than the actual cost); for example: "1,372" might show as "1.4K". Whether buying topics or other things, you cannot accidentally kill yourself by over-spending: if you click something that costs more than to leave you with at least 1 vudu then you will hear a little "denied" sound and nothing will happen.

ACTION-SEQUENCES

While interacting with people around the galaxy either you or them can start an action-sequence. An action-sequence is started for example when you click on a weapon item in the item-panel while talking to somebody; this will start an attack with the clicked weapon on the person you're talking to. In a similar way, people can start an action-sequence on you. They can start it while you're talking to them, as soon as you click their portrait, while trading with them or even immediately upon landing somewhere.

An action-sequence is made up of two parts: the start-action followed by the response-action chosen by the other party. Each is shown in turn by a round icon indicating what the action is. The icons will show in the same place where conversations are normally shown. After both the start- and response-actions are shown each will be replaced with an effect-icon in a star-like shape, indicating the effect of the action. If the action has no effect a grey cross will be shown instead. The effect of an action usually comes in the form of an item that is added to the player (e.g. an injury in case of an attack) or an attribute that is added to the non-player character. After the effects of the start- and response-actions are shown, the action-sequence ends.

When an action-sequence ends four things can happen:

  1. You return to whatever conversation or trade-panel you were at when the action-sequence started. It can also be that these are now not accessible (because of your actions) and you will be faced with a blank panel with the option to leave (e.g. "ADIOS"). This is common, for example, after attacking somebody because they do not want to talk to you or trade with you after you have attacked them. It can also be that the dialog you come back to is now different. If you want, you can start an action-sequence again at this point by clicking on an action-item in the item-panel.
  2. The other party immediately decides to start an action-sequence again.
  3. You cycle as a result of the actions and will revive at your home or the nearest nexus.
  4. The other party cycles, in which case you will sometimes be able to pick one of each item they had on offer against no cost.

The above covers the basic flow of an action-sequence. Below are some extra explanations to help you understand action-sequences.

Actions by the player that affect the non-player character are always shown on a white circle. For example: the player hitting a non-player character with a hammer will show a black hammer on a white circle. Actions taken by a non-player character that affect the player will show on a red circle. For example: a non-player character hitting the player with a hatchet will show a black hatchet on a red circle.

In the case that a non-player character starts the action-sequence and the response-action must come from the player, a flashing circle saying, "CHOOSE ACTION" will be shown where the response-action icon would normally show. The player can then click an action-item on the item-panel to choose an action. The item-panel will at this point only show items that the player can actually use in this situation. A white on green flag is always shown as the first item and it can be used to choose to do nothing. After the player chooses their action it will show in place of the flashing "CHOOSE ACTION" icon.

Sometimes right after an action-icon appears, a smaller icon appears at the top of it. Icons like this indicate something that the party subject to the action has that might change the outcome of the action. For example: An attack with a club might have it's effect reduced by the defender's body-armor. Each action will always only suffer one of these automatic counter-effects.

If the responding party chooses not to take any action (shown by a white on green flag) then no effect-icon will be shown for it (it won't even show a grey cross).

Be careful when carrying a passenger: If while carrying a passenger you are interacting with somebody else (e.g. you are landed somewhere or have bumped into another ship) then clicking a weapon item will start an attack on that other person, not the passenger. But if you are not interacting with another person, clicking a weapon will start an attack on your passenger (if you have one).

COMMON ITEMS

INJURIES

One of the most common effects of an attack is an injury. There are many different injuries that one can suffer but they all fall in one of four levels of severity: minor, major, critical and fatal. Each level has a maximum number of injuries that one can have of that level. When that number is reached any subsequent injury of the same level will be aggravated and become an injury of one level higher. When a critical-injury is aggravated the sufferer cycles. Suffering a fatal injury also results in immediate cycling. The maximum count for each injury-level is as follows:

  1. Minor-injury: maximum of 3 (the 4th and subsequent minor-injuries will turn into a major-injury).
  2. Major-injury: maximum of 2 (the 3th and subsequent major-injuries will turn into a critical-injury).
  3. Critical-injury: maximum of 1 (the 2nd will result in cycling).
  4. Fatal-injury: maximum of 0 (the 1st will result in cycling).
For example if one has three cuts (which are minor-injuries) and suffers another cut, the cut will be aggravated and one will suffer lacerations (which is a major-injury) instead.

If an injury is aggravated and the next level of injury is also at it's maximum then the injury will simply be aggravated again into the next level (until a level is reached that is not at it's maximum or cycling occurs).

Injuries can have all kinds of side-effects, most commonly: bleeding vudu.

PATCHING AND HEALING

Injuries can be healed or patched. When an injury is healed it and its effects are fully removed. When an injury is patched it is replaced by a patched injury of equal severity. Patched injuries have no effects (e.g. bleeding vudu) but still count as an injury of their severity when it comes to aggravating injuries. For minor injuries patching is the same as healing: when you patch a minor injury it and its effects are fully removed instead of being replaced by a patched injury. Patched injuries should still be healed just like other injuries.

You can heal or patch injuries in the following ways:

  • By using recovery at a home all injuries are fully healed.
  • When you cycle and revive at your home or a nexus all injuries will be gone because you effectively inhabit a new clone.
  • By buying "full injury recovery" or "injury patch" at a clinic you can heal or patch all injuries.
  • When you sleep at a motel or inn all your injuries are patched.
  • By using an item like a "medical kit" some of which only patch your injuries (e.g. "medical kit") while others fully heal them (e.g. "medical nanites").
Note that some injuries / ailments cannot be healed or patched by one or more of the methods above and require a special treatment only available at some sites.

COMMON SITES AND SERVICES

HOMES

Throughout the galaxy you will find residences available to rent or buy. When you rent or buy a residence it becomes your home. You can only have one home at a time so before you rent or buy a new one you have to cancel the rent or sell your current one. You start the game with a rented home on Yamo. Rented homes require you to pay a rent at the start of every 10 day period. If you are behind on rent, your home will still be accessible to you but you won't have access to most of its services. You can talk to your home's "cloud" (an artificial intelligence that comes with every home) if you want to know more about your rent or if you want to cancel your rent or sell your home.

It is recommended that you buy a home as soon as you can. Bought homes have some advantages over rented homes:

HOME SERVICES

The most important function of a home is having a comfortable place to revive when you cycle. On top of this homes commonly offer the following services:

NEXUS-CONDUIT

Every home offers a nexus-conduit similar to those you find at a nexus. You can use it to transfer vudu between your clone and the nexus.

RECOVERY

Left clicking "RECOVER" while in your home's main menu will do 4 things:

  1. You will sleep until the next phase of the day, lose any "tired" item and you won't be tired again for at least a day (same as when sleeping at a motel).
  2. All your injuries will be fully healed.
  3. All damage to your cab will be fully repaired.
  4. You will lose any "hungry" item and won't be hungry again for at least a day.
The overall effect of recovery is similar to reviving at your home except that you don't lose anything.

STORE

Your home's store is a place where you can store items for later use and buy items that you have unlocked for purchase at your home. Items are unlocked for purchase at your home by buying them at certain specific places or through storylines. What place or storyline unlocks an item is generally different per item. Items at your home typically only cost about one third of what they cost anywhere else.

The store will show any items that you have stored there or that you can buy at your home. If you have one or more of a certain item stored at your home then it will show the number you have stored underneath its icon in white on black. Clicking the item will transfer one from your home store to your item-panel. Clicking an item on your item-panel will transfer one from your item-panel to your home store. While in the home store your item-panel will only show items that are transferable to the home store.

If you don't have any of a certain item stored but the item is unlocked for purchase at your home then it will show the price in blue underneath its icon. Clicking such an item will buy one for the listed price and add it to your item-panel. While in the home store you can use the nexus-conduit to download vudu from the nexus to your clone so that you have enough to buy an item there.

Items of which you have none stored and that aren't unlocked for purchase at your home simply don't show in your home store.

CLOUD

Every home has a personality called a "cloud". You can talk to it about administrative things having to do with your home like paying the rent or canceling it. It's also what you talk to when considering a residence for rent or purchase.

LOUNGE

The lounge is a place where all kinds of things may appear. By default it contains your achievements.

WARP-BEACONS AND TELEPORTERS

If your home is a bought (not rented) home then it comes with at least a warp-beacon. Some more expensive homes come with a teleport-beacon. Some even more expensive homes come with a full 2-way teleporter.

A warp-beacon can be used to warp to your home's system from anywhere in the galaxy without the need for something like a warp-jump.

A teleport-beacon can be used to teleport to your home from anywhere in the galaxy.

A 2-way teleporter can be used to teleport to your home or from your home to mostly any known place in the galaxy.

On top of the above services, if you have allow manual save turned on (which it is by default) you can create a save-game while at your home by left-clicking "SAVE" at the bottom of the home main-menu (next to "ADIOS").

NEXUS

Nexus are ancient places build before recorded time. There are many beliefs about who build them and what exactly for but nobody seems to know for sure. Each nexus provides a conduit to what some refer to as "The great sea of vudu" but is generally simply called "The Nexus". Most nexus are administered by some corporation, government or cult. At a nexus you can transfer VUDU between your clone and the Nexus in the same way as at your home. Any VUDU uploaded to the Nexus is inaccessible to others and can only be downloaded to the individual it was uploaded from (either at a nexus or at their home). VUDU uploaded to the Nexus is not lost when you cycle.

For some reason, people who cycle and don't have a home will revive at the nearest nexus. Cycling, VUDU and the Nexus are clearly deeply related but how and why exactly is uncertain.

When you revive at a nexus you will be given the opportunity to contact an enterprise body suited to your skills. In your case that means contacting a local cab-company so that you can arrange for a new cab to fly.

If you have allow manual save turned on (which it is by default) you can create a save-game while at a nexus by left-clicking "SAVE" at the bottom of the interaction-panel (next to "ADIOS").

MOTELS

Motels (and inns) are places where you can pay to sleep when you get tired. When you sleep at a motel or inn the following happens:

On top of the above, if you have allow manual save turned on (which it is by default) you can create a save-game while at a motel (even if you don't pay for a room) by left-clicking "SAVE" at the bottom of the interaction-panel (next to "ADIOS").

TRANSPORTS AND LINERS

An alternative way to travel between star-systems is by using transporters and galactic-liners. These don't require you to have a warp-jump or for the destination system to be known to you. They are also a lot cheaper than warp-jumps.

You can book a trip on a transporter at a travel-agent. Travel-agents will sell tickets for transport to neighboring star-systems. After buying a ticket, clicking the ticket will set your destination to where you can board the transporter (this is normally somewhere in space, in the same star-system where you booked the ticket). Transporters leave at a certain set time. If you board early you will automatically wait (in accelerated time) until the transport leaves. If you arrive late the transporter simply won't be there because it has already left. The description on the ticket item as well as information given before you buy the ticket will tell you when the transport will leave. Because there often is quite a waiting period between boarding and departure, transporters are generally unsuitable for use with passengers that are on the meter. The passenger will probably get very annoyed and leave before the transport has even departed. Fixed fare passengers however normally don't have a problem with using transporters. Be aware that there are star-systems that are not serviced by transporters or galactic-liners.

Galactic-liners are faster, cover larger distances and leave immediately but are only available in star-systems that have a starport. Booking a place on a galactic-liner and boarding it are all done at the starport at the same time (you board and travel as soon as you book your place). If a system has a starport then it is always located inside one of its space-stations. Known Systems that have starports will show on the galaxy-map as a pentagonal purple icon instead of a star. Also, travel-agents will list destination systems that have a starport with a pentagonal purple icon. Systems with a starport will also indicate this via an icon in their system-details (underneath their name).

Often you won't be able to find a transport or liner that goes directly to your destination and will have to make multiple trips. Usually this means booking a transporter to the nearest system with a starport. Then from that starport take galactic-liners from starport to starport until you are as close as you can get with liners to your destination. Then take one or more transports to get to your final destination.

SETUP AND TROUBLESHOOTING

SETTINGS

GAME SETTINGS

ALLOW MANUAL SAVE

The game is always automatically saved when you quit. If this is set to "AT SELECTED SITES" (which is the default) then you can also save the game manually while landed at a motel, nexus or your home (you will see a "SAVE" button next to the "ADIOS" button at those times when saving is possible). The load-menu in that case will list all saves instead of just one save for each character / game you started. Those saves that TAXINAUT made automatically (e.g. when you quit) are shown with a greenish strip at the top. "CONTINUE" will load the most recently used (created or loaded) save.

Similar if this is set to "AT ALL SITES" then you can save while landed at mostly any site. (The rest is the same as above for "AT SELECTED SITES").

If you like more of a challenge you can set this to "NEVER" (this is actually how TAXINAUT was originally designed). In this case you will not be able to save manually anywhere. As before the game will automatically save when you quit. The load-menu will show only one entry for each character/game you started and clicking it will do the same as clicking "CONTINUE". Continue will still load the most recently used save as it did before.

This setting cannot be changed while a game is running and you will need to restart TAXINAUT for it to take effect.

Note that TAXINAUT never overwrites any save-game files. Every save, whether automatic or manual will create a new file and leave the old save-game files.

LAID-BACK YAMO

You might find the starting planet, Yamo, to be too fussy and prefer a more relaxed experience while still on Yamo. In that case you can set this setting to "ON" to make Yamo more laid-back. It will, among other things, make Yamo have less traffic (and less Yrah birds).

UI SETTINGS

DISABLE MOUSE WHILE FLYING

This is for when using a game-controller like a gamepad or joystick: when set to "ON" the mouse-pointer will be disabled (e.g. your cab won't turn towards it) and hidden while the game is NOT paused. The assumption is that your game-controller will turn your cab (e.g. with a d-pad) and the mouse-pointer will just be a nuisance. For example, if you leave this "OFF" while using a game-controller every time you unpause, your cab will annoyingly start turning to where the mouse-pointer is. The default is "OFF".

ACTION DELAY

During an action-sequence (e.g. a fight between you and an NPC) this determines the time in milliseconds an effect is shown before the sequence moves on. If these action-sequences seem to run to quickly to make sense setting this to a larger number will make them run slower. The default is 1000ms.

HIDE OPTIONS WHILE TALKING

By default (when set to "ON") when in a dialog your response options are not shown until the dialog's text is fully shown (i.e. when the NPC is done "talking"). Setting this to "OFF" will show the options immediately as soon as any text starts showing.

OPTION SCROLL SPEED

Options for which the text doesn't fit will scroll their text when you move the mouse over them. This setting determines the speed of this scrolling in pixels per second.

SIGHTSEEING MODE (UNSUPPORTED)

When "ON" (the default is "OFF") this will add a "Sightseeing" item to your item-panel. The sightseeing item can be left-clicked to toggle the main-view to cover the full screen. The control-panel will slide to the right off screen and can be temporarily slid back by hovering the mouse over a small widget at the right-side of the screen. This mode can be toggled at will mostly at any time during the game (except when landed somewhere).

ATTENTION: Flying around in sightseeing mode can result in low framerates and / or stuttering in some zones. There is no way for me to improve this (I've done all I reasonably can there). The sightseeing mode will be functionally fully maintained but there will be no improvement to the framerate or stutter. It is therefore UNSUPPORTED. If you want to use the sightseeing mode and are getting low framerates or stutter then you can try and turn down some other things like rendering quality or limit decorative site density.

TOOLS

ALLOW MODS

If this is set to "YES" (default is "NO") then any mods (besides the 'mosgrom' mod, which is always loaded) installed in TAXINAUT's mod-directory will be loaded.

WARNING 1: Mods can do the same things on your system that the TAXINAUT application can (e.g. delete files, change files, transfer files through the Internet, etc.). IF YOU USE MODS WITH TAXINAUT THEN YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WARNING 2: This setting should not be trusted to prevent mods that you've placed somewhere under the TAXINAUT installation-directory or user-directory from running. WHEN YOU PLACE 3RD PARTY FILES ANYWHERE ON YOUR SYSTEM (E.G. ANY FOLDERS USED BY TAXINAUT) OR OTHERWISE MODIFY THE TAXINAUT INSTALLATION FILES THEN YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WARNING 3: Save-games created while one or more mods are installed will not work without those mods (even if they appear to work for a while). Because of the auto-save, once you ran a game with a mod installed, continuing that game will require that mod. Of course save-games (auto or manual) from before you installed the mod will be unaffected.

RESET SETTINGS TO DEFAULT

This simply deletes your configuration file and quits TAXINAUT so that the next time your start TAXINAUT it will run in the default configuration and a new default configuration file will be created.

Note: This is only available before a game is started / loaded.

RUN SCRIPT

This can be used to run scripts.

WARNING: Scripts can do the same things on your system that the TAXINAUT application can (e.g. delete files, change files, transfer files through the Internet, etc.). IF YOU RUN SCRIPTS OR USE SCRIPT-IDS WITH TAXINAUT THAT WHERE NOT GIVEN TO YOU DIRECTLY BY MOSGROM THEN YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

AUTIO SETTINGS

AUDIO SYSTEM

If you are having trouble with the audio, you can try a different audio system here. The audio capabilities of Java are limited so I wouldn't expect much here anyway. "NO AUDIO", "JAVA CLIP", "TINYSOUND" and "MIXED" are mutually exclusive but "CACHE" can be independently toggled with any of the others except for "NO AUDIO" (it turns caching of audio clips on or off).

Note: This setting can only be changed before starting / loading a game and after changing it you will have to quit and restart TAXINAUT to start / load a game.

SOUND VOLUME

The volume of everything except music (e.g. effects, UI sounds and ambient sounds).

MUSIC VOLUME

The volume of music.

DISPLAY SETTINGS

TAXINAUT uses a fixed 1920x1080 area centered on your screen. If your screen resolution is not 1920x1080 then TAXINAUT will normally automatically scale and center itself to fit on your screen while keeping TAXINAUT's 16:9 aspect-ratio. This means that if your screen's aspect-ratio is not 16:9 then TAXINAUT will either have black borders at the top & bottom or at the left & right of your screen.

If the display is not to your liking (e.g. it appears jittery) there are different settings you can try.

If experiencing low framerates or excessive stutter on a laptop with both an onboard GPU and a separate "High-performance" GPU read this.

ATTENTION: In the event that after changing some settings TAXINAUT doesn't want to start anymore or you just get a blank screen, you can delete your configuration file and TAXINAUT will revert to the defaults and generate a new default configuration file.

Note: Display settings can only be changed before a game is started / loaded and if you change any display setting you will have to quit TAXINAUT and restart it before you can start / load a game.

OPENGL

Use OpenGL ("TRUE") or not ("FALSE") or attempt to automatically determine a setting ("AUTO") to run TAXINAUT. Some system run better with this set to "TRUE" others with it on "FALSE".

Sometimes when a system has more than one GPU, TAXINAUT might be using the wrong one. Regrettably due to changes in Windows, Java now seems to have no way to force which GPU to use. However setting this to "TRUE" for example on laptops with two GPUs has in my experience forced the use of the "high-end" (e.g. NVIDIA) GPU instead of the lesser onboard GPU.

If you have this on "TRUE" and still experience jitter of low framerates sometimes setting timer lag compensation to "OFF" and / or setting volatile image based display to "ON" will help.

TIMER LAG COMPENSATION

When for some reason (e.g. garbage-collection) the application temporarily freezes, time actually continues. Because all movement in the game is based on time it can happen that when the game continues after a freeze that your cab appears to jump forward a little bit. This setting (when "ON") keeps a mechanism running that attempts to detect freezes and if they happen adjust the game time accordingly. This way the cab doesn't "jump forward" after the freeze but continues from where it was before the freeze (which is arguably less irritating). A loop continuously checks whether the game didn't freeze by checking the time between it's last pass and the current one. If it concludes a freeze has taken place then it adjusts the time accordingly.

I can imagine that this on some systems or to some people can be more irritating or doesn't quite work right. They can turn it off here and see whether it improves things.

FULLSCREEN (1920x1080)

This is sort of a "legacy" setting that will attempt to run TAXINAUT in fullscreen ("exclusive") mode and force the display to a 1920x1080 resolution. Setting this to "ON" (the default is "OFF") will also force OpenGL to "TRUE" and prevent you from changing it because last time I checked TAXINAUT won't start anymore on Windows when this is "ON" but OpenGL is "FALSE".

When this is "ON" you might also find that the aspect-ratio isn't right depending on your screen / monitor and how it is setup. For example a screen that does not have a 16:9 aspect-ratio and is set to stretch everything to fit exactly to the screen will show TAXINAUT stretched out when this is "ON".

AUTO SCALE

Unless "OFF" this will automatically scale and center TAXINAUT to fit on the screen (if the screen isn't set to a 1920x1080 resolution). When set to "SMOOTH" the scaling will use interpolation to hopefully make it look "smoother". If you have some screen / monitor or GPU that already does this or does this better or if you want to try and improve the framerate then you can try setting this to "REGULAR" in which case no interpolation is applied.

Unless your GPU or screen / monitor has some way to take care of this, setting this to "OFF" on a system with a resolution larger than 1920x1080 will most likely make TAXINAUT appear as a little 1920x1080 patch in the top-left corner of your screen.

LIMIT DECORATIVE SITE DENSITY

Lower the maximum density of non-interactive features in zones (e.g. buildings & plants). Only zones for which the site density is higher than what's set here will be capped; zones for which it's lower anyway remain the same.

This can be a very useful setting in case of low framerates or crashes because the game runs out of memory. Try and setting this lower (e.g. try 50%) it will improve the framerate in dense zones.

This can also be useful if you really want to use the sightseeing mode but aren't happy with the framerate when using it.

RENDERING QUALITY

The default "HIGH" attempts to make features like building and plants look less "jittery" while flying over them. If you have low framerates and / or a more jittery look doesn't bother you then you can try setting this to "OFF".

LIMIT RENDER SPEED

TAXINAUT uses a loop to render itself and do things like determining collisions etc. As soon as an iteration finishes it starts the next one effectively determining your framerate. This setting makes sure that each iteration never takes less than what is set here (in milliseconds). This can be useful to reduce memory consumption and / or if you are concerned about your system overheating because of a very high framerate.

This is set to 5ms by default.

VOLATILE IMAGE BASED DISPLAY

Set to "ON" (the default is "OFF") to use a different method of rendering TAXINAUT. If working properly it renders the game at maximum speed (or at best to what limit render speed is set to) and won't sync to the screen refresh rate. (This probably depends on your GPU / system settings too). This might require you to also set OpenGL to "TRUE" and / or fullscreen (1920x1080) to "OFF".

WARNING: This might cause TAXINAUT to not start or just show a blank screen. If that happens you can delete your configuration file to revert to the default configuration.

IMPORTANT FILES AND DIRECTORIES

INSTALLATION-DIRECTORY

This is the directory where TAXINAUT was installed / unzipped (where you also find taxinaut.exe).

USER-DIRECTORY

Depending on which platform you bought TAXINAUT on it should either be:

C:\Users\your_windows_username\appData\Roaming\taxinaut
or otherwise the installation-directory.

CONFIGURATION-FILE

The configuration file is found directly in the user-directory. It's called config.txt.

SAVE-GAME FILES

All save-game files are found in the sav directory directly under the user-directory.

PROBLEMS, CRASHES AND TROUBLESHOOTING

If you think there's something wrong with the display of the game read the section on Display-Settings. If it's stuttering a lot you might want to read The game stutters abnormally.

If the game crashes an "OOPS!" message will appear on a black screen and after a short pause TAXINAUT will close. A file called something like:

taxi1231231231231.crash

Will appear in your user-directory. I would very much appreciate it if you can send this file together with a description of what your were doing leading up to the crash to:

bugs@mosgrom.net

If you think that something is not working as intended you can similarly send a description of the problem to the above email address.

A common reason for TAXINAUT suddenly crashing is running out of memory. TAXINAUT requires 2Gigs of RAM to be available to it. Systems with just the standard 4Gigs often don't have this available for applications. TAXINAUT therefore requires at least 6Gigs of RAM installed on the system.

If the game appears to hang / freeze (e.g. is unresponsive), if you can, leave it for about a 30 seconds. It should eventually detect that it is hanging and crash. The information in the resulting crash-file can help me a lot in determining what the cause of the hang was.

You can also try and force crash / quit TAXINAUT by pressing ALT-F4. Although if TAXINAUT is already hanging that probably won't work because most likely the event-thread is blocked.

COMMON PROBLEMS

What follows are a couple of common problems and suggestions to resolve them.

THE GAME STUTTERS ABNORMALLY

There is always bound to be some stutter in this game. The exact amount I can't predict and will vary from system to system. This is partly because the game is written in Java and the Garbage Collector can occasionally pause all threads. Another reason is that the game uses a scrolling overhead view with constant speed movement over often sharply delineated images; This will accentuate any tiny delay that occurs.

If you are experiencing abnormal constant stutter there might be some things you can do to make it better:

  1. If on a laptop with both an onboard GPU and a separate "high-performance" GPU I would recommend trying OpenGL "TRUE" and Timer lag compensation "OFF". You might also have to tell Windows and / or your GPU settings to use the "high-performance" GPU. In Windows under: Settings->System->Display on my system towards the bottom there is Graphics settings. In Graphics settings under Graphics performance preference you can click Browse to browse to the following file under your installation-directory:
    <installation-directory>/lib/jre/bin/javaw.exe
    
    Once the javaw.exe app is added to the list click Options and then select High performance (this is how it goes on my laptop). You might have to do something similar in your settings / configuration for your GPU. I have an NVIDIA GPU and have to open NVIDIA Control Panel (for example by right-clicking the NVIDIA tray-icon and then selecting NVIDIA Control Panel. Then Manage 3D settings->Program Settings->Add and browse to the same javaw.exe as above. Then pick High-performance NVIDIA processor from the drop-down underneath and click Apply.

    I'm sorry about this; Java used to be able to list the installed GPUs and pick the one it wants to use, now it seems Java only is able to "see" whatever Windows decides to give it. There's also no way to tell from Java what GPU it is, it's simply called "display0" or something like that.

  2. Close all other unecessary programs. Stutter has occurred for me with for example Firefox open. Especially when the page showing is running some kind of animation. In one case I could reliably make TAXINAUT stutter by having Twitter showing in Firefox with a post that had an animation on it. Closing Firefox would make the stutter go away opening it again and showing the Twitter post with the animation made the stutter reappear.
  3. Don't use a frame-rate limiter (Like fixing your frame-rate to 30FPS with some NVIDIA tool). When I do this the stutter is terrible.
  4. Don't use overlays (like Steam overlay).
  5. Don't use software that affects your whole screen tint or things like that (I'm particularly thinking of an otherwise very nice piece of software that I use to make my screen more night-time friendly called "f.lux" even when this is not darkening my screen during the day TAXINAUT will stutter if I have this program enabled. For some reason if I had this software enabled at any point I have to actually restart my computer for the stutter to disappear. Simply closing it won't do.
  6. Unplug all unecessary USB devices, especially some hard drives. I have quite a few external hard drives and some cause my system to hang on startup and/or stutter in TAXINAUT when plugged in. Also, drawing tablets (Intuos etc.), I have experienced stutter in TAXINAUT with one of these plugged in that went away the moment I unplugged it.
  7. Try switching to OpenGL. There seems to be no sure setting. Some GPUs do better with OpenGL set to "TRUE" while others with "AUTO" or "FALSE".
  8. Make sure that some other process isn't using a lot of CPU time. You can see this in Task Manager. In my experience activity from things like "Antimalware Service Executable" and "Microsoft Indexing Service" (I think it is called) can sometimes for a while coincide with stuttering in TAXINAUT. (Even if they appear to be using only a modest bit of CPU resources).
  9. Restart your system. (Especially if you were using some FPS limiting software or something like that. Simply turning it off sometimes won't do the trick in my experience.)
  10. Try different display settings.
  11. I have a feeling that if your system is showing it needs a NVIDIA driver update or a Java update it can cause Stutter. This seems unlikely but on a good few occasions I was noticing stutter and also that Java and/or NVIDIA was showing an update notification in my system tray. After updating them the stutter would be gone. Coincidence? Probably, but it's worth a try. By the way: TAXINAUT does not depend on the version of Java installed on your system (if any) it comes with it's own bundled version of Java that's automatically used (like a library) whenever you run TAXINAUT. It does not affect any Java version you might have installed on your system.
THE GAME STUTTERS EVERYTIME I TURN MY CAB

From time to time this seems to come back. I have no idea why this is. Once this starts occurring it doesn't seem to go away. The only thing that has made it go for me mostly is to close all applications (including the game) and restart the game. If that doesn't work restarting my computer has always solved it.

THE GAME STUTTERS A LOT MORE WHEN I TRY TO RECORD / STREAM IT AND / OR THE RESULTING FOOTAGE SHOWS A LOT MORE STUTTER

Regrettably I have noticed this myself and I only realized it after I was deep in development of TAXINAUT. I never thought of recording it while I was working on it for probably more than 2 years. I think it is because this is Java and a lot of the rendering (like scaling, rotating, etc.) of objects still has to be done on the CPU. Something like OBS will probably also use a lot of CPU to do the encoding etc. So I guess the recording application and TAXINAUT end up fighting a bit for CPU time. If you find a way around this let me know.

Recording TAXINAUT with something like NVIDIA Shadowplay does solve this for me. I guess this uses the GPU itself more for the recording and thus isn't fighting TAXINAUT for CPU time.

THE GAME FREEZES SUDDENLY (AND DOESN'T CONTINUE WITHIN ABOUT 10 SECONDS).

Well this is obviously a bug and I would appreciate it if you report it. What I'de like you to do though is leave the game running in it's frozen state for about 30 seconds. It should automatically crash within about 30 seconds. This crash should generate a crash-file which should give me a lot more information to work with. Without this file the chances of me being able to fix the issue are pretty slim. Especially because this kind of issue is often impossible for me to reproduce on my system.

THE GAME CRASHES

This is obviously a bug (See here on how to report it). What follows are known crashes that I haven't been able to solve:

When changing audio devices while the game is running, the game can crash next time it attempts to play sound. This can happen for example when turning off your speakers and plugging in headphones instead.

Under Linux when the game is using the operating system's Java runtime instead of the packaged runtime it might crash if /etc/your-java-installation/accessibility.properties has the line:

assistive_technologies=org.GNOME.Accessibility.AtkWrapper
A work-around is to comment this line out by putting a '#' in front of it.

ENGINE OR SPACE SOUND SUDDENLY STOPS

This is a known issue for TAXINAUT on Linux. Linux Java has a limit to the number of sounds that can be kept alive. There's no work-around at the moment. Changing your speed or re-entering space should make the sound start again.

MY SAVE-GAME SHOWS AS CORRUPT OR TAXINAUT CRASHES WHEN LOADING A SAVE-GAME OR CLICKING CONTINUE

If this occurs right or soon after an update for TAXINAUT was released or new content was added then this is of course likely to be due to a bug in the new version / content. All you can do is report it and wait for a patch. It is likely that after the patch you will have to delete any save-files that were created with the bugged version of the game. After you've deleted these you should be able to continue as normal or load an old save-game from the "LOAD" option in the main-menu. I strongly advise to backup your "sav" folder before manually deleting files from it.

THE GAME WON'T START OR SHOWS A BLANK SCREEN AFTER CHANGING MY SETTINGS

Delete your configuration-file.