Movement, Interaction & Camera Control

Default Keyboard Setup

The default keyboard setup is:

  • Q - Run
  • R - Auto Run
  • W - Walk
  • A - Sidestep Left
  • S - Step Backwards
  • D - Sidestep Right
  • SPACE - Jump
  • Z - Rotate Left
  • C - Rotate Right

Other useful default keys include:

  • O - Options
  • Return - Chat
  • M - Map
  • N - Change Crosshair appearance
  • P - Grid Position
  • J - Friends list
  • U - Time
  • H - Mouse Controls Help
  • I - Inventory
  • K - Avatar Skills Panel
  • G - View your Default Keyboard Map
  • T - Teleport to the nearest revival terminal
  • ALT Left - Toggle Cursor/Aim mode

Interaction & Camera Control

There are two interaction modes in Planet Calypso: Cursor Mode and Aim Mode.

Whether Cursor Mode or Aim Mode is toggled determines how you operate equipped tools or objects in the world, and how you navigate the world.

Cursor Mode

In Cursor Mode, your mouse moves a pointer around the screen.

Interaction in cursor mode

  • Target - Move cursor over object. A blue reticle appears around the object.
  • Select - One left click on targeted object. Blue and green reticles appear around the object.
  • Operate - Two left clicks on targeted object. Your avatar moves to the object and it is operated. Opening the context menu “in the air” and clicking “Use tool” will make your avatar operate the tool in the direction your avatar is pointing it.
  • Display context menu - Right click on an object or an item. Right-clicking “in the air” will open a general context menu in which you can access certain features.

Camera control in cursor mode

  • Rotate camera - Hold middle mouse button and move mouse.
  • Turn avatar - Hold right mouse button and move mouse.
  • Reset camera - Click middle mouse button.
  • Zoom & toggle first/third person mode - Scroll middle mouse button.

Tip: Target yourself by left-clicking your Health Bar. This is useful when administering first aid on yourself.

Aim Mode

In Aim Mode, moving the mouse changes the direction your avatar looks and aims a weapon, tool etc. One left click operates any tool, weapon etc. in the direction your avatar is facing.

Interaction In Cursor Mode

  • Target - Face and look at target object/creature.
  • Operate - Left-click to use equipped tool on target. Right-click to operate targeted objects, like terminals and NPCs.

Camera Control In Aim Mode

  • Rotate camera - Hold middle mouse button and move mouse.
  • Turn avatar - Move mouse
  • Reset camera - Click middle mouse button

Main chat window

The Main chat window, by default located in the lower left corner of the screen, is the hub for text messages from the system, societies and other players. At the core of the chat system is the new Channel concept (described below) allowing users to create or join any number of private or public chat channels for your Avatars needs.

How to use the Chat:

To enter text in the currently selected tab and channel simply press Enter and start writing. Send your command or message of by pressing enter one more time.

The chat window features both mouse controlled options as well as a command line syntax for faster usage.

The command line options can be listed by typing /help, more details about a specific command can be found by typing /help <command name>

Links in chat messages can be followed by left clicking them. Links can also be copy & pasted to other tabs or channels by right clicking them.

Channels 101:

Channels can be either Public or Private. Public channels can be joined and read by any other Avatar. Private channels can only be read by approved Avatars.

Writing to a channel
When you type in a chat window you always target a channel. The active channel is named in the start of the row where you type, e.g. [Rookie]. To target another channel prepend your message with the channel name like:

#mychannel Hey this place looks nice

Creating new channels
A channel is created by typing:

/create <channel name> [“public” or “private”]

the channel name should start with # followed by  3-14 alphanumeric chars.
Space and a number of other extended characters are not allowed in channel names.
A handy shorthand version for /create is /c.

The default setting for a new channel is “private” so be sure to type the word “public” to set the status to public. For private channels the operator, “op”, of the channel will receive all join requests. The op can also set other channel members as op:s, remove other users operator status, mute members etc. The available options and how to use them can be found by the /help command.

Find, Join and leave channels
To join, request to join or leave a channel simply right click the channel name and select the appropriate option.

To find public channels type:

/listchannels <filter>

where filter is at least one character in the channel name, e.g.

/listchannels space

would list all channels that contains the string “space”.

Channels offers a lot of flexibility and possibilities for your Avatar so try them out. If you are a newcomer stay tuned to the public Rookie channel where you both can get help and help other Avatars out.


Chats and Channels can be divided in Tabs. The Main chat window can be resized and dragged on the screen to suit your needs. It is also possible to drag out one or more tabs to separate windows to locate them elsewhere on the screen.

Apart from the Main and System tabs that have some options locked all other tabs can be filtered on what channels and messages they should contain. Each Channel can also be color coded in each tab for enhanced readability. Right click the tabs header to see the tabs filter options.

Voice chat

In the top left of the main chat window you find the Voice Chat quick bar. The leftmost button opens the voice chat settings UI while the other buttons controls the mute and mic functions.

Options & Settings

Pressing the 'O' key will open the Options Panel.
There are many technical settings available which allow you to customize your experience. Each option includes a tool tip explanation which is easily displayed by moving the cursor over the check box.