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Basic Information[edit | edit source]

The Arc Portal is a block-sized teleportation device that can teleport players and creatures to other Arc Portals. It looks like a transparent bubble with cyan swirling electric effects and a band of rotating stone details around the bubble. Unlike Teleporters, it uses numbers for Portal codes, and the destination portal code can be dynamically changed by wiring the Arc Portal to a device with numeric output, such as a Number Pad or Random Number Generator.

The Arc Portal can be freely rotated, and your exit direction will depend on the rotation of the exit portal. Like Teleporters, Arc Portal codes are global, meaning that if there's more than one Arc Portal with the same code in the world, you cannot be sure which one you will be teleported to.

How to obtain[edit | edit source]

Arc Portals can be crafted in your Crafting Menu (to be opened with "q" (Q) as the default key), but only after the crafting-recipe has been unlocked for free. You can also obtain these portals as part of a building kit for Blueprints.

How to unlock the crafting recipe[edit | edit source]

The crafting recipe for Arc Portals can be unlocked in your Crafting Menu by:

How to craft [edit | edit source]

To craft 2 Arc Portals, you'll need:

How to use[edit | edit source]

General usage[edit | edit source]

To use Arc Portals, you will have to place them into a game world and then set their code and a destination Portal code using the Wiring Tool - simply point your Wiring Tool and the Arc Portal and press "n" to open the wiring window. In its simplest usage, you write a number to use as the code of the Portal in the "This Portal's Code" field and another Portal's code in the "Teleports to" field (be sure to select the "Value" option from under the field) - now entering this portal will teleport you to the Portal with the code you put in the "Teleports to" field. The Arc Portal can also be wired so you can select the destination Portal's code with e.g. a Number Pad, see details in the "How to wire" section.

Arc Portals can be fully rotated in all directions by pressing and holding R and moving the mouse while holding the left mouse button. The chosen rotation angle can then be "locked" too by simply typing "r", so that all items of the same stack will be placed facing the same direction. The rotation of an Arc Portal determines which way a player faces when they teleport to this Arc Portal. When you have a Wiring Tool active, you can see three guidelines that help show the rotation of the Arc Portal - the blue line points to the front, the green line up, and the red line right.

To use an Arc Portal, you have to walk into it - either your feet or your head entering the portal will work, so the portal can be placed one block off the ground and still work. You will retain any velocity you had while entering the portal. Creatures can also use Arc Portals.

You can pull Arc Portals that have been placed in the world even without having any Power Cells equipped. Of course you won't be able to take such items on claims of other players (or in worlds) where your permission level is set low.

Arc Portals can be painted, with the primary color affecting the color of the stone details and the secondary color affecting the glowing lines in between the stone details. Paint does not affect the bubble color.

Like all placeable items, Arc Portals can be put on display on Placemats, Stone Wall Shelves, Galactic Grav-Chambers, Frozen Containers, Holiday Decorative Trees, Hidden Temple Altars, Snow Buried Containers and the like.

How to wire[edit | edit source]

Arc Portals can be wired so that the code of their destination can be changed with input devices like Number Pads. While you can wire them to any Machine, it makes most sense to use ones that output numbers, like Number Pads, Counters, Math Gates or Random Number Generators.

To open the Arc Portal wiring window, you will have to equip a Wiring Tool and then press "n" (as the default key) while pointing at the Arc Portal that has been placed into the game world with your cursor.

  • The Arc Portal has one value field, "This Portal's Code", and one input field, "Teleports to".
    • "This Portal's Code" holds the code for this Portal that other Portals can use to teleport to. It can by any number between -2147483648 and 2147483647 (these are the minimum and maximum values of signed 32-bit integers) - any other number will be treated as 0 on save.
    • A Mode is selectable for the "Teleports to" inputs, either an Event Mode, where the value comes from some other device (like a Number Pad or other activation device), or a Value Mode, where you can enter a specific number. The minimum valid value in this mode is -2147483648 and the maximum value is 2147483647 (these are the minimum and maximum values of signed 32-bit integers), since no portal can have a "This Portal's Code" outside of that range. The Arc Portal will teleport you to another Arc Portal whose "This Portal's code" value matches the value in this "Teleports to" input.
  • Similar to the Teleporter, there are incoming and outgoing connection numbers on a red background next to the "This Portal's Code" and "Teleports to" fields. The incoming connection number shows how many Arc Portals currently teleport to this portal (including any that are currently configured via wiring to teleport to this portal's code), and the outgoing connection number shows how many different Arc Portals have the code this Arc Portal teleports to (if this is anything else than 1, you might want to use a different code for one of those).
  • Instead of manually entering a signal name, you can wire the "Teleports to" slot by pointing at the Arc Portal with your Wiring Tool and clicking on the recieve connector hotspot Wiring Input Hotspot Focused.png and then clicking on the send connector hotspot Wiring Output Hotspot Focused.png of another device, e.g. a Number Pad
  • Edit Button.png click on this icon to rename the Arc Portal with another description up to 30 characters long. The new label will replace the word "Arc Portal" that is shown when "looking" at it with the cursor in the game world.
  • Access Control Lock.png click on this icon in order to change the permission settings so that only other players with a specific or higher permission rank than this defined permission rank can change the settings of the Arc Portal or even take this object away.

Example: making a hub teleporter[edit | edit source]

This section gives step-by-step instructions how to wire three Arc Portals and a Number Pad so one teleporter will teleport to either the second or the third depending on the input of the Number Pad, and the second and third will teleport back to the first one:

  • Equip a Wiring Tool and place the three Arc Portals and Number Pad where you want.
  • Aim at the Number Pad and press "n" to open the wiring window. Write "portal_number_pad" (or whatever you want) in the "Sends" field and save your changes.
  • Aim at the first Arc Portal and press "n" to open the wiring window. Set the fields as follows:
    • Write "portal_number_pad" (or whatever name you used in the "Sends" field in the Number Pad) in the "Teleports to" field, making sure "Event" is selected (it is by default) - this connects the number pad to the portal, so the output of the number pad would be used to select the destination Arc Portal.
    • Write 1 (or any other code you like) in the "This Portal's Code" field.
    • Save your changes.
  • Aim at the second Arc Portal and press "n" to open the wiring window. Set the fields as follows:
    • Write 1 (or whatever code you used in the "This Portal's Code" field in the first Arc Portal) in the "Teleports to" field, making sure "Value" is selected - this makes the second Arc Portal teleport to the first Arc Portal.
    • Write 2 (or any other code you like) in the "This Portal's Code" field.
    • Save your changes.
  • Aim at the third Arc Portal and press "n" to open the wiring window. Set the fields as follows:
    • Write 1 (or whatever code you used in the "This Portal's Code" field in the first Arc Portal) in the "Teleports to" field, making sure "Value" is selected - this makes the second Arc Portal teleport to the first Arc Portal.
    • Write 3 (or any other code you like) in the "This Portal's Code" field.
    • Save your changes.
  • You are now done - try inputting either 2 or 3 (or whatever codes you used for the second and third Arc Portals) in the Number Pad and see how the destination of the first Arc Portal changes.
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