What are Skins?
As you already know, OGame is a browser based space strategy game. It uses a default scheme to show the fonts and colors.
However, you can apply a custom skin to your account. Skins can be loaded locally or stored on a remote server. Local skins load quicker. Currently, you cannot use local skins with any Mozilla based browser (such as FireFox) or with Opera.
What do Skins do?
Skins do not make the game any faster, nor do they add/remove functionality. They are solely there to change the look of the game. Depending on the server that is hosting the skin, they could slow down the screen loading slightly.
Applying a Skin
The best way to fully apply a skin is to log out and then log back into OGame after applying a skin.
I use the “Brace” skin. It adds some nice pictures for some of the resources and planets, and adds a bit more color to some of the tables. Making them easier to read (for me anyhow).
Removing a Skin
If you do not like a skin, and want to revert to the default, then simply delete the path to the skin and save the changes. Again, you will want to logout of oGame and then log back in to see the full changes.
Where do I find Skins?
Here is a the forum thread on how to use local skins.
There are also some links to skins there.
Note: If you apply a skin, or change your password and the screen goes white, remove the 0 from the ‘Skins Path’ box in your Options screen, then logout and log back in. That will reset the skins properly.
FireFox Local Skins
This was posted on the forums as a method to get local skins to work in Firefox.
You need to do some tampering with Firefox to get local skins to work properly.
1) Convert the skin folder location into a URL-type location; change slashes to backslashes, and add file:/// in front of it. E.G. if your skin is located in C:OGameSkinsmyskin
You need to put file:///C:/OGameSkins/myskin/ in the skin location box under options.
2) Type about :config into your address bar to bring up the options screen; find the value security:checkloaduri and set it to FALSE. Your local skin should now be working properly.
Note: I have no idea what the other consequeneces of step (2) may be, so try this at your own risk. I assume it’s just some flag which prevents sites accessing local files, but it could have security/virus implications.
UPDATE: I have updated the above links. They should all work now. :)