Empyrion – Galactic Survival Alpha 11.5 – How to pick Any Starter Planet

Empyrion – Galactic Survival game guide focuses on How to pick Any Starter Planet in Alpha 11.5 – Refinements version. This is a simple guide to teach you how to pick ANY Starter Planet you wish in Empyrion. It was written in Alpha 11.5. We hope that this guide will help you.

Alpha 11.5 – Refinements

Being the last update in this years development cycle – hotfixes aside – Alpha 11.5 will not only add bugfixes, but also a few important changes and additions.


  • Small and Large Optronic Bridges/Matrix are now craftable
  • Loot Tables are now exported to the Config_Example.ecf
  • We have reactivated the new, reworked galaxy map
  • The Default-Random scenario now creates up to 6 solar systems
  • Multitool has now a downgrade option
  • HV Drills are now usable in space

You can read more about Alpha 11.5 update for the Empyrion – Galactic Survival by clicking link below

Empyrion – Galactic Survival Alpha 11.5 Announcement

How to pick Any Starter Planet in Alpha 11.5

First Steps: how to configure Empyrion – Dedicated Server:

In your Steam Library, look at the upper-left side. There is a drop-down menu where you can see “Games”. Click there to expand it and check “Tools” too (check the image below). Your library will update to accommodate all game tools which come free with your games. Scroll down until you find “Empyrion – Galactic Survival Dedicated Server” and install it.

After you installed it, open Windows Explorer and find the server installation folder (it is usually on “(…)Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server”).

The first file you need to set up is “dedicated.yaml”. This will set the basic server configuration.

Inside “dedicated.yaml”, look for this:


    Srv_Port: 30000

    Srv_Name: (can be anything, I suggest a one-word name)

    Srv_Password: (anything you like)

    # Srv_MaxPlayers: 8

In this part, if there is any “#” in front of “Srv_Password”, just delete it.

After you do this, scroll to the bottom of the file and look for this:


    GameName: (insert here the same name of your server to keep things simple)

                                                                       # Determines name of the save game

    Mode: Survival                                           # Survival or Creative

    Seed: (type some random numbers)         # The seed determines how the world is procedurally generated – the same seed means the same world

    CustomScenario: Default Multiplayer        # Enable custom scenario. Name of custom scenario from folder Content\Scenarios

Now you can save the file and close it. Then navigate to this folder:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server\Content\Scenarios\Default Multiplayer

Once you find it, open “gameoptions.yaml” and take a look. Here you’ll find options for your server, which is using the game’s Scenario “Default Multiplayer”. Remember: if you selected a different “CustomScenario” in the last step, navigate to the correlating folder instead.

In this file, alter whatever you wish, according to your tastes. I like to alter this options:

AutoMinerDepletion: True                   # default value

GroundedStructureSpawn: False       # default value


DespawnEscapePod: False               # default value

RegeneratePOIs: False                     # default value

In short, this options make auto-miners deplete ore fields, let’s you spawn anything without the need of a built structure under it, preserves your escape pod forever and stops POIs from regenerating. As I said, this choices are a matter of personal choice, and I do like this because it makes the game seems more realistic to me – just a matter of opinion. Do as you see fit.

Once you’re done, go back to:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server

…and run “EmpyrionDedicated.cmd”. It will start the server and create a savegame for it. It’s name will be the one you set in “dedicated.yaml” file. Wait for the server to completely load. It can take a while and you’ll know it’s done when you see a button “Save and Exit” appear (check the image below).

Now the server has created your galaxy and we are ready to pick our starter planet. Click “Save and Exit”.

Picking your Starter Planet:

Ok, now we have a brand new galaxy created by the Dedicated Server so we can pick our starter planet. If you don’t know how to create a game using the server, read the last section “First Steps: how to configure Empyrion – Dedicated Server”. If you know how to initiate a new game using the Dedicated Server, just do it and come with us from this point on.

Navigate to this folder:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server\Saves\Games\(your game name)\Templates

Inside this folder, you’ll find all the planets and other areas names inside the game (also know as “Playfields”). Some are just names (the Planets), but there are also “Orbits”, “Moons” and “Asteroid Fields”. We want you to focus on the Planets only (the random names without any complement).

Choose at random any planet and look into its folder. Inside each folder you’ll find a file named “terrain.ecf”. Open it, as usual, using Wordpad or Notepad++.

The first line of the file shows:

{ Material Name: (something)

This is the type of the planet. In this example, we wish to start in a Snow planet, so it should be written “Material Name: Snow”. Keep searching each planet’s “terrain.ecf” file from the different folders until you find the one. Write the name of your planet down; you’ll need it later. In this example, let’s imagine we found a planet named “Aestornia”.

Now, navigate back up a folder and access “Sectors” folder:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server\Saves\Games\(your game name)\Sectors

You’ll see a file named “sectors.yaml”. Open it. This is a big file, so it’ll be easier to use the Find tool. Look for “# Aestornia” (in my example, in your case, remember to use the planet name you wrote down).

What you’ll see will be info the game reads about your game. Look for this:


– [‘0, 0, 0’, Aestornia, Aestornia]

– [‘-8599, 9235, 492’, Aestornia Moon, Aestornia Moon]

– [‘0, 0, 0’, Aestornia Orbit, Aestornia Orbit]

The first line is about the planet; the second, about its moon; and the third, about its orbit. Add “true” at the end of any one of this lines to set it as your starter place. Since we are going for the planet, add “true” into the first line, like this:


– [‘0, 0, 0’, Aestornia, Aestornia, true]

Save and close the file.

Now, it’s time to reload the server once more. Access:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server

…and run the file “EmpyrionDedicated.cmd”. When it’s done loading (i.e., when you see the “Save and Exit” button), minimize the server.

Checking if it worked:

Now, time to load Empyrion. Run the game and in its main screen, select JOIN GAME. In this section, you’ll see on the lower part of your screen a blank field. Supply your local IP ( so the game connects to the server running in your own PC. Note: your server WON’T be listed in the general server list because you are the one hosting it. You must use the local IP ( Check the image below.

This will bring you to the first screen of the game, where you select your starting planet. Scroll through the various options and… you’ll find our Snow Planet as a Starter Planet!!!

Be sure to hit START button so the game can create a file to link you to this save game (important when you read this next and last section of this guide).

Before you jump into the game:

Ok, before you jump into the game, some quick and important considerations.

Note on the last image that this “initial” game comes with Neodymium, Sathium and Promethium deposits. This happens because, as I said at the beginning, we are bound to what the game dictates. We just added a starter planet, but we didn’t alter the “Snow Planet Profile”. Since Snow Planets were intended to be discovered later, don’t blame me if they are too difficult, if enemies are strong or if there are rare resources available. To keep things simple, we are using the planets as they are provided by the game, ok?

Last but not least, at this point you have a choice about what to do with your savegame. Since you started the game and were “linked” to this save, you can now move the files to the Single Player game if you wish. If you didn’t start the game, Empyrion (single player) wouldn’t be able to load your game, even if you place it in the right place. So, now choose:

1- You may keep playing using the Dedicated Server. Pros: no additional file moving. Con: you will be using your PC processing power to keep the Server open alongside Empyrion game; and you’ll have to keep playing by loading the server and, then, Joining the Game on Empyrion using your IP.

2- You may transfer the savegame from the local server to an online one you keep, so you can continue playing with friends. To do so, just copy your savegame folder (located inside server’s “Saves” folder) to your online server.

3- You may stop using the Dedicated server and transfer the game to Empyrion SinglePlayer. Pro: only one software running, you save some of your system resources. Con: almost no one, except it’s singleplayer and you need to move one additional folder (which can be bad for the lazy ones among us). If you choose to do so:

Open your Dedicated Server savegame folder, located in:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Dedicated Server\Saves\Games

The should be one (or more) folders here, each with a savegame name. Copy that one we just created.

Open Empyrion savegame folder, located at:

(…)\Steam\steamapps\common\Empyrion – Galactic Survival\Saves\Games

Paste here your savegame.

In case you did this, remember: when you wish to play, load Empyrion game and instead of clicking “Join Game”, choose “Resume Game” instead. We just moved the save to a “single player” status, and you must load it as such.

This is the ending of Empyrion – Galactic Survival Alpha 11.5 – How to pick Any Starter Planet guide. Hope it will help you. If there is wrong or you have suggestions, please let’s know and comment us. Have fun.

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