When you subscribe to a game hosted on PlanetsCentral, you have two ways to play it:

Both methods have their advantages. You can even switch between or mix them (like: play on your computer when at home, online when travelling).

Since PlanetsCentral is classic VGA Planets under the hood, it needs a game directory to store your game files. This is what your file area is for.

To play a game with PCC2 Web, you can tell the Host to set up a game directory for you. This is called a Managed Game. The easiest way is to click on your race name, choose the Set up & Play option, and follow the instructions. This will guide you through all necessary steps.

You can also set up the game manually using the game's Settings screen. This will offer a checkbox "Play online with PCC2 Web" and an input field for a directory name. I recommend leaving the directory name alone and just checking the checkbox. The Host will now install all files needed for playing in the game directory, you can upload your key file manually.

Turn File Handling

When playing online, it is important to exit PCC2 Web normally using the "Save & Exit" button. This will submit the turn file to the host system, and you will receive the usual turn file status information.

If you just close your browser, the turn file will not be submitted. The server will try to recover from this problem to a certain extent, but will probably not always to what you intended.