Time is important in the Combine. We refer to Combine Galactic
Time Year 0 Day 1, 00.00 am (GMT) as the date of the public release
of the SW Combine, December 3, 1998 at 00.00 am GMT (or December 2, 1998
at 12.00 pm). One standard Combine Galactic Year will last 365 days, one
day will last 24 hours.
Veynom left the game play to become full time Admin on Year
1, Day 258 (CGT).
Some veteran members have created their character before the creation
of the Combine, if they want to refer to events happening before, they
may still use the following reference: Year 1 BCGT (Before the Combine
The character "Veynom" was created in the SW Sim in October
97, his creation's date could be referred to as 1 year BCGT.
The SW Combine is played in "delayed real time".
This means each action consumes some time. When you decide to travel in
space, the Darkness Space Travel option will tell you how many days and
hours the journey will last. These are real days and real hours. This is
what is meant by real time.
In order to solve the problem of time differences between different
players around the world, a time delay is added so some actions will
last longer in the SW Combine (a few hours) than in real life (a
few seconds). This will allow the other players to react to events
happening to them while they are not connected.