Random events

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These are random events that occur during a game regardless of gamemode. They have a relatively low chance of occurring, and are often (but not always) accompanied by a broadcasted message from CentCom. Some may only occur after so much time has elapsed during a round.

Abductors

Minimum round time: None

Chance of occurrence: Low

Spawns an abductor team that will kidnap and experiment on the crew.

Alien Infestation

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

"Unidentified lifesigns detected coming aboard <station name>. Secure any exterior access, including ducting and ventilation."

One or more alien larva spawn in random locations aboard the station, their players pulled from ghosts with the role enabled.

Anomalies

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Above average

"<Anomaly type> detected on long range scanners. Expected location: <area name>."

A random type of anomaly spawns in a random location on the station! These tend to cause bad things if left alone. So hop to it! To neutralize an anomaly, grab an analyzer from a toolbox and a remote signaling device. Scan the anomaly with the analyzer, then send the signal with the frequency shown! This will neutralize the anomaly and leave behind a core, a relatively valuable item for research.

The anomalies will move around, so a bit of hunting may be necessary if it happens to stray from its location.

Types of anomalies

  • Unstable bluespace anomaly
    • If left unchecked, it will eventually detonate, warping every object in the area into a random location. Virology may end up in space! Tech storage may suddenly appear in the security wing!
    • Research from core: Bluespace 7
  • Localized hyper-energetic flux wave
    • If left alone, it will eventually erupt in a violent explosion.
    • Research from core: Power 7
  • Pyroclastic anomaly
    • Creates plasma fires!
    • Research from core: Plasma 7
  • Gravitational anomaly
    • Pulls and flings objects everywhere nearby.
    • Research from core: EMP 7
  • Localized high-intensity vortex anomaly
    • The rarest of the bunch. Consumes objects and creates hull breaches. Nasty!
    • Research from core: Engineering 7

Blob

Minimum round time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

"Confirmed outbreak of level 5 biohazard aboard <station name>. All personnel must contain the outbreak."

Not to be confused with the blob game mode. A blob spawns in a random location on the station.

Brand Intelligence

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

"Rampant brand intelligence has been detected aboard <station name>, please stand-by. The origin is believed to be a <vendor type>."

One of the machine type specified in the CentCom notice has become sentient! If not stopped, it will begin to spread a virus to all other vending machines, causing them to animate and attack anything in sight!

The origin machine can be any of the vending machines in the station, from the soda machine in escape to the cigarette dispenser in the captain's office. It will shout aggressive speech at anyone nearby and launch products at anything in sight. To stop it and prevent it from infecting any other vendors, it must be either deconstructed or its wires all cut, or just simply screwdriver the panel open and flick the speaker switch to off.

Camera Failure

Minimum round time: 0 minutes

Chance of occurrence: High

One or two random cameras around the station will be deactivated.

Carp Migration

Minimum round time: 10 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Above average

"Unknown biological entities have been detected near <station name>, please stand-by."

Space carp spawn around the station. Take care and have a good weapon handy when heading out into space. And watch yourself when around windows!

Communications Blackout

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Medium

"Ionospheric anomalies dete'fZ\\kg5_0-BZZZZZT"

Telecommunications goes down temporarily. The crew isn't often alerted of this, but the AI always is. Sometimes confused due to crew incompetence with the Ion Storm, detailed below.

Disease Outbreak

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

"Confirmed outbreak of level 7 viral biohazard aboard <station name>. All personnel must contain the outbreak."

Get your asses in gear, medbay! A virus has somehow made it aboard the station. Could be the common cold, could be the confusing space retrovirus, could be the crippling brainrot.

Due to the similar CentCom alert, expect many confused/dumb crewmen to fill communications with cries of "WHERE'S THE BLOB?" or "LYNCH VIRO."

Electrical Storm

Minimum round time: 10 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very High

"An electrical storm has been detected in your area, please repair potential electronic overloads."

A bunch of lights short out in a general area on the station. Annoying at best. But at least it gives the janitor something to do other than mop blood trails.

Immovable Rod

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Average

"What the fuck was that?!"

Something of a humorous physics joke, an immovable rod will travel through the station in a straight line causing reasonable amounts of damage to the structure and killing anybody unfortunate to be in its path. They take some time to travel through the station, make an immense amount of noise, and as such are avoidable to players with quick reflexes. They will often open up secure areas, resulting in looting. If an Immovable Rod's path includes the arrivals shuttle, or any of the escape pods, you will find out what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

Ion Storm

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Below Average

"Ion storm detected near the station. Please check all AI-controlled equipment for errors."

All AIs aboard the station are uploaded with a random, glitched law! These new laws have random symbols for numbers, and thus are listed as the highest priority laws. New AI laws can range from bizarre and humorous to outright dangerous. A few examples include "CARGO REQUIRES THE STATION'S UNDERWEAR," "THE STATION IS HAPPIER WITHOUT VIPERS," and "JOHN SMITH IS A XENO." This sometimes results in someone having to reset the AI.

Mass Hallucination

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

Everyone begins hallucinating for a short time! Doesn't even have a CentCom notice. So if it happens to occur, expect a portion of the crew to begin hunting for changelings.

Meteor Wave

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Low

"Meteors have been detected on collision course with the station."

Meteors begin to spawn on the outer edges of the map, hurling across space! These are capable of dealing heavy damage, if not instantly annihilating anything they collide with. Capable of even releasing the singularity with a few bad hits!

Meateor Wave

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very Low

"Meaty ores have been detected on collision course with the station."

Like meteors, but with meat and gibs instead of minerals.

Ninja

Minimum round time: 1 hour

Chance of occurrence: Average

A Space Ninja spawns. 'nuff said here.

Portal Storm

Minimum round time: 30 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very Low

"Massive bluespace anomaly detected en route to <station name>. Brace for impact."

A bunch of green portals start appearing on the station, spawning syndicate troops.

Prison Break

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Average

"Gr3y.T1d3 virus detected in <station name> imprisonment subroutines. Recommend station AI involvement."

All the lights in the brig blow, and all the cells and brig doors are bolted open, making a clear escape path for all inmates! The AI and cyborgs can get the doors shut quickly, but hacking will do in a pinch.

Radiation Storm

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Average

"High levels of radiation detected near the station. Maintenance is best shielded from radiation."

Everyone caught outside of protected zones is subject to a hefty dose of radiation. If you're particularly unlucky, you might get a bad mutation, or an extra strong radiation pulse. If you're lucky, you might get a genetic power!

Shuttle Loan

Minimum round time: None!

Chance of occurrence: Average

CentCom takes control of the Supply Shuttle and recalls it for some purpose they state in the announcement.

Cargo Bay can decide whether they want to loan the Supply Shuttle to CentCom for 5 minutes through the Supply Shuttle Console.

  • "The syndicate are trying to infiltrate your station. If you let them hijack your shuttle, you'll save us a headache."
  • "A group of angry russians want to have a party, can you send them your cargo shuttle then make them disappear?"
    • A number of armed and angry Russians, plus a bear or two come with the next supply shuttle. Kill them for some sweet duds!
  • "The Spider Clan has sent us a mysterious gift, can we ship it to you to see what's inside?"
    • The next supply shuttle comes loaded with giant spiders, nasty!
  • "Seems we've ordered doubles of our department resupply packages this month. Can we send them to you?"
    • The next shuttle comes loaded with a variety of free goodies. Sweet!

For the trouble, CentCom gives a good amount of free supply points in return.

Space Dust

Minimum round time: 0 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very High

Spawns some high-speed space dust that can break grilles or windows on the edge of the station.

Space Vines

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Below Average

A plant which spreads extremely rapidly around the station. Space vines will grow thicker with time, first getting thick enough to block vision, then capable of entangling people. You can resist entanglement, but it is safer to avoid the vines. Airlocks, fire doors and windows will stop their growth until someone opens them. If in an open area, the vines will continue to expand until they engulf every space not blocked off!

To fight the vines:

  • Drag a goat, either Pete or one ordered from cargo into the vines. It'll eat any vine it passes into, and even quickly consume them on its own so long as there's any nearby.
  • A scythe from a weed control crate is effective.
  • Plant-b-gone spray from botany and weedkiller grenades from cargo are also good options.
  • Fire will also kill vines dead. Not recommended, as it will also kill anyone unfortunate to be caught around it.

Spider Infestation

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very Low

"Unidentified lifesigns detected coming aboard <station name>. Secure any exterior access, including ducting and ventilation."

A number of spiderlings, along with a good chance of their mother spawn aboard the station. The babies will eventually grow into adult giant spiders, so smash them while they're vulnerable!

Spontaneous Appendicitis

Minimum round time: 10 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Average

Even spacemen have to deal with appendicitis sometimes!

Clogged Vents

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: High

"The scrubbers network is experiencing a backpressure surge. Some ejection of contents may occur."

Air scrubbers around the station may suddenly erupt smoke clouds of random chemicals and reagents. Ranging from water, to flour, medicine, coffee, or even polytrinic acid.

Wormholes

Minimum round time: 20 minutes

Chance of occurrence: Very Low

"Space-time anomalies detected on the station. There is no additional data."

Wormholes start appearing randomly around the station for several minutes. Going into one of these wormholes will teleport you to a random location. Sometimes you might be lucky enough to wind up somewhere good. Sometimes you might find yourself out in the middle of space.

If you have no intention of taking the gamble, you should move around the station in Walk mode. Wormholes that spawn directly on you will not warp you, so remaining perfectly still will ensure your safety. But take care not to let some chucklefuck push you into one!