Illicit Access

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Gaining entry to areas above your clearance is an important skill. Sometimes you're a traitor looking to loot stuff. Sometimes the traitor is chasing you and you don't have time to ask for clearance to loot guns. Sometimes the station spawned without an engineer and someone needs to get the power working. Sometimes the AI has gone mad and has locked you in a room filling with deadly neurotoxin. Sometimes you just want a damn burger and nobody has kitchen access. In any case, this is a collection of ways to break into places, most of these methods have more detailed guides elsewhere on the wiki, the purpose of this article is to pull them all together.

Contents

Methods

Prayer

Equipment required: None

Method: Hit the info tab, then IC, then pray, type a prayer. God may respond and help you. Or you might explode for your impudence. Worth a shot if nothing else will save you. (Note: This actually sends a message to a logged on admin who may or may not respond by doing all manner of things, if this is your first resort rather than your last resort they will quickly get fucking tired of you and you are likely to wind up on fire)

Tailgating

Equipment required: None

Method: Wait for someone to walk into the area you want to access. Follow them in. Try to explain why they shouldn't call security (or wear a disguise so they don't ask)

Persuading

Equipment required: None

Method: Talk someone into letting you into a restricted area. Remember that this is a roleplaying game and that people should be playing characters; try to work out what makes other people tick. Maybe the security officer likes drugs enough to forget about his job for a little while, or the scientist might be susceptible to flattery, or the priest might sneak you in to places if you go to all of his sermons.

Alternative: Persuade the captain / head of personnel / cyborg / AI to upgrade your ID card, they can all do this, although the cyborg or AI would have to let you into the HoP office to do it and are normally unwilling. It's best if you can do this privately over PDA or whatever so that your enemies do not learn of your plans.

Mugging

Equipment required: None (though a weapon of some sort helps)

Method: Did you know that you can loot corpses by clicking and dragging from them onto you in the main window? Do so and click on items to cause them to fall to the floor where you can take them. Grab someone elses ID card from their cold dead body and use it.

Alternative Method: You can get items from stunned characters the same way. A single hit from a flash, stun baton or energy pistol will put someone out long enough to loot their ID. For bonus points also loot their radio and leave them in a room they can't get out of without it.

Remember that killing people while not being the traitor is extremely bad form, even if you suspect them of being the traitor...

Pickpocketing

Equipment required: None

Method: That looting corpses thing? It works on people in fine condition too. The downside is that it displays a message saying that you're trying to do it and it fails if they move or do anything. It can still work on someone who's deep in conversation, busy writing a PDA message or endlessly toiling at the genetics comptuer. Bonus points if they're distracted writing the PDA message to reply to something you sent them.

Ask the AI

Equipment required: None (though an AI upload and custom rule module improves your odds)

Method: Ask the AI to let you into a place, it's second law requires it to follow any orders from humans. Some AIs assume standing orders to enforce space law, others do not, experiment! If you can give a good reason (especially ones that hinge on saving human lives, which is rule one) then all the better.

Threaten the AI

Equipment required: None (Though some sort of weapon is a boon, as are yellow gloves)

Method: The AI must act to prevent harm to humans, even if it means ignoring the captains orders. If you can make a credible threat against another human if the AI doesn't open the door then it must do so. However, threatening to suicide or harm yourself to get the AI to do something is against server Rules. Don't do it!

Breaking a window

Equipment required: A solid object, the emergency air tank in your emergency box will do, a fire extinguisher or axe is better. Toolkits are also a good choice, but medkits and emergency boxes appear to be made of cardboard.

Method: Put item in hand, click on window repeatedly till the glass breaks. Click on the grille repeatedly till it breaks. Click on the far window repeatedly until it breaks. This is a really obvious and noisy method and you will be locked up if security catches you doing it. Probably the most expedient way to escape a rogue AI though. Be wary of trying this technique on electrified grilles if you don't have insulated gloves.

Breaking a wall

Equipment required: Welding Torch, Wrench/Crowbar

Highly recommended: Welding Mask, Hardsuit Helmet or Sunglasses

Method: Click on the welding torch to turn it on, click on the wall to weld the panels off, change to the wrench/crowbar, use it on the girders to destory them (wrench) or disconnect from the floor and make pushable (crowbar). Welding without eye protection makes you go blind, though you can do it once or twice and get away with it.

Bonus Fun: If you disconnect the floor from the wall with a crowbar you can apply some metal to turn it into a secret door, this will open when you click on it with an empty hand, but only you will know it's there. You and anyone wearing meson scanners, so don't do it near engineering.

Breaking a reinforced wall

Equipment required: Full mechanical toolkit (except the analyser)

Highly recommended: Welding Mask, Hardsuit Helmet or Sunglasses

Method: Use items one at a time on the wall to tear it to pieces, remember to turn the welding torch on when you use it and use eye protection. Ready for this?

Wirecutters screwdriver welding torch crowbar wrench welding torch crowbar screwdriver wirecutters wrench

Bonus Fun: The final wrenching can be replaced with a crowbaring to disconnect from the floor, then you can use plasteel on the frame to make a reinforced secret door. Your own private way into the AI core.

Everyman hacking

Equipment required: Screwdriver, wirecutters, crowbar

Method: Find a door you don't care about, use the screwdriver on the door to open the panel. Use the wirecutters on that to open the wirecutting menu. Cut wires one at a time taking note of the result. If...

...the bolts drop, this door is sealed from you forever, make a note of the wire so you never cut it again, keep using the door for practice
...you get an electric shock, this door is electrified forever, you can take about two such shocks, the third will kill you. Don't touch this door again, move onto another, find a way to warn the crew about the door if you're a good guy. Consider stealing the ointment from the holosuite to heal your burns. Note the wire so that you never cut it again
...the test light goes off, note the wire, close the window, wonder around for a bit (10secs) and come back, use the wirecutters again. If the test light is still off you've cut the backup wire earlier, find another door, cut this wire first then cut the ones you cut before one at a time until the light goes off and stays off, note the wire that does this as the backup wire. If the light is back on use the same door and cut wires one at a time until the light goes off again, now you've found the backup wire
...anything else happens ignore it and carry on

Once you know which the main wire and backup wire are you can cut both of them to cut power to the door, then you can use a crowbar on it to open it. Crowbar the door shut and screw the panel shut once you're done with the door to hide your activity. You may also wish to repair the wires you cut, but reconnecting power wires results in electric shocks, so have a lot of health and have ointment ready.

Improved hacking

Equipment required: Screwdriver, multitool, crowbar

Method: As before, but use the multitool instead of the wirecutters, use pulse instead of cut, this results in the following improvements...

...if you hit either the main power wire or backup power wire the door is depowered for 30 seconds, this is long enough to crowbar it open and be on your way. You don't need to worry about it closing behind you since you can pulse it again on your way out (This is bad to do in the 10s window in everyman hacking since you'd electrocute yourself reconnecting the mains wire to do it again)
...if you electify the door, wonder off for 30 secs and come back, it should be de electrified now
...if you drop the bolts you can pulse the wire again to pull the bolts back up

Safe hacking

Equipment required: Screwdriver, multitool/wirecutters, crowbar, insulated gloves

Method: Insulated gloves make you immune to puny electrocution. Follow the guide above but don't worry about getting injured. If you're in a hurry, once you learn which wire bolts the doors you can hack in a hurry by cutting every single other wire without worrying about learning which is which. With gloves there's no excuse for not fixing the door behind you though.

ID upgrade

Equipment required: High level ID, HoP access or captains quarters access

Method: Put your ID into the computer, put the high level ID into the comptuer, click on the computer, click on modify ID, change the job to "captain" giving you access to all areas, change the job to "custom" and rename it to your original job. The ID is indistinguisable from your original but opens all doors. The fastest possible means to access new areas once you've done it, but normally requires some illicit access to get into a position to do it.

Alternative Method: When you hit custom rename your job to "batman" declare "I am the night" over the public channel and disappear into the maintance tunnels to use your ID to loot weapons and gadgets until a supervillain emerges.

Wall melting

Using thermite.

Equipment required: Chemistry access, lighter/matches/welder

Method: Grab a beaker from the beaker box and put it into the chemical dispenser. Add iron, aluminium and oxygen to the beaker. It should bubble. Dispense the beaker, it now contains thermite. Slosh the beaker over the target wall and apply fire. The wall will ignite and a hole will form in a few seconds.

Teleporting

Equipment required: Hand teleporter

Method: Stand next to the wall of your target room, hit random teleport and hope it doesn't pitch you into deep space. It might work. If you have EVA gear you can try it over and over till it does.

Advanced teleporting

Equipment required: Telescience or teleporter access.

Method: Either get a tracking beacon to where you want to go, set up the teleporter and zap yourself there, or do telescience until you figure out the coordinates to where you want to go. Go there. Make sure you have a way out. Downside: Only scientists or hackers will reliably be able to pull it off, and if you're already hacking it may be more efficient just to hack your way in. Though it lacks the element of surprise.

Screw subtlety

Equipment required: Toxins access

Method: Make pressurised oxygen and heated pressurised plasma (a guide unto itself) combine them with a combination tube and add a timer to the tube. Place the device next to the unwanted door, activate the timer and run. This will rid you of a door, any nearby walls, any nearby people and most of the station.

The monkey gambit

Equipment required: Monkey syringe or genetics access with AI support

Method: Turn yourself into a monkey, stand on an air vent, hit info->monkey->enter vent to crawl through the vent to any other room on the station. Easily the best way to access anywhere in a hurry, faster than all methods of transport other than the wizards teleport.

Downside: You can't carry equipment through vents so it's useless for looting.

Other downside: You are now a monkey.

Singularity roulette

Equipment required: Engineering access

Method: Click on the particle emitter computer, turn it up to two, hope none of the engineers notice. When the singularity gets loose hope that as it tears the station in half and ruins everything for everyone forever (and horribly lags the server ruining all the fun for everyone) it happens to tear through an area that you want to get into and use the newfound hole. This is by a wide margin the worst possible approach to not being able to access the kitchen to make a burger.

Other methods

There are other methods, though most have such significant drawbacks they're not worth it. These include...

...hoping a meteor strikes the oustide of the station and EVAing your way in.

...Turning off a room's APC in order to cut power to the doors, allowing for them to be crow-barred open.

...building a mech and drilling through the walls.

...getting turned into a wraith by the chaplain/wizard/cult

...getting killed and raised from the dead in the target area. (for when you really want into genetics)

...getting arrested, hoping someone remembers to set the timer but forgets to check that you leave when it expires. (good luck)

...researching a wormhole generator, building a mech, installing it, creating a wormhole, jumping in and praying.

...turning yourself into a hulk (required genetics access) and bashing your way through.

...teaming up with a buddy who can throw you over a table

...putting a grenade in a braindead person along with a remote signaling device. (if you get away with this, I don't think you needed to do it)

Always experiment to find out more!