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My friend and I noticed something odd while playing Starbound. For some reason, I was perfectly capable of teleporting out from underground while he could not do such a thing. We initially thought it might be that he would need to get a fully upgraded ship but, even then, he still couldn't.

We've had a few thoughts about what it might be, most likely one in our heads dealing with the fact that I created my character immediately after 1.0 came out and he did his a few weeks ago. I checked the changelogs but, I failed to find anything mentioning such a change.

We are at the same tech levels and are at the same point progress-wise (the end).

Why can I teleport out from underground while he is unable to do so?

Edit: I'm able to teleport out from any depth, with or without a wall behind me.

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Assuming you're both on same depth level, you most likely didn't have a wall behind you (RMB with the tool to break it down).
You can't teleport to ship from within buildings, which mainly just means you can't teleport if you have a wall behind you.
Edit: An update in 2016 made it possible to beam to ship from any depth with walls behind you if your character is in casual mode.

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    Ah sorry I should have mentioned that in the question, I'm able to teleport out from any depth, even if there is a wall behind me. I even tried going to the core of a planet and, with a wall, was still able to teleport out. – santyclause Jan 29 '17 at 22:27
  • Do you have a mod installed allowing you to do that? Because in vanilla game, it is not possible to teleport to ship if you have a wall behind you or past certain depth. – Elise Jan 30 '17 at 2:37
  • Nope. Only mod installed is a Dark Souls one that my friend has installed as well. – santyclause Jan 30 '17 at 2:39
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    @santyclause I updated the answer with what's most likely causing this "issue". – Elise Jan 30 '17 at 17:20

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