At any time, a player may send personal messages to other players.
These personal messages can be compared to ComLink communications,
Holonet transmissions, SMS or email or even direct face-to-face
The personal messages system is meant to allow the players to
communicate with each other.
Personal messages can be sent to single individuals, or to multiple
Events represent an important part of the SW Combine. With the
extensive use of the delayed action system and discrete game-play
concept implementation, many in-game events happen while the concerned
players are not logged in.
The events system can be compared to an automatic reporting system
where any recorded events are available to the players under the form of
a few sentences summarising a past event. Many different actions are
logged, from HP changes to docking with another spaceship. Such a method
also allows the players to keep track of their previous actions and
transactions. In a game where management has such an important role,
that kind of system is extremely necessary.
These events are available for the player up to 3 weeks after
occurring. Afterwards, the events are archived. This means they are no
longer visible from the events page. However, these events are not lost.
They are stored in a separate table for performances reasons. Experience
demonstrated that 3 months of Combine game generated over 1,000,000
The events menu helps to alert a player as to what happened to their
character or in the game generally since they last checked their events.
The menu is composed of icons that blink when there are new events. For
performance reason, the menu is generated once every 5 minutes and put
into a cache. Upon clicking a blinking icon, the player will be able to
review the events or news corresponding to that category and the icon
will stop blinking. For an icon to start blinking again, a new event
must have happened for that category and the menu must have been updated
afterwards. This means that new events may happen even if the menu does
not display them but this does not last more than 5 minutes.