I’ve been play-testing the new faster galaxy we’re working on (great fun, btw). Spawning in as a new player and taking those first steps. So I thought I’d quickly share with you what the first 5 things I focus on are in case it’s useful for new players.
Am I missing anything? Do you have any better suggestions? Let us know in the comments on the forum.
1. Research Technology
Some of the first things you’ll want to do can’t be done until certain technologies have been researched and unlocked – so it’s good to get that underway immediately with the following technologies:
|2||Life Support Modules|
|4||Deep Space Mining|
Once Science Practise completes build a laboratory on your home planet immediately. Just one extra laboratory reduces the time it takes to research technology by 50%! The other technologies are needed in the following steps.
2. Scout the Home System
Use the ships you start with to scout your home system as quickly as possible.
One planet in particular should be worth colonizing right away (similar environment and resource quality to your home planet). If no other planets are worth colonizing, use your colonizers on a good planet in a neighbouring system. When evaluating a planet consider:
- Is its environment suitable for your civilization or is it lethal?
- Are there valuable resources? (large unmined deposit, high density)
- If there’s a native population would it be an asset? (a populated planet that isn’t colonized has a native population and can be colonized)
3. Mine Asteroid Fields
Each home system should have Beron and Farsu asteroid fields. Build a freighter capable of mining asteroids once you’ve researched Freight Transport and Deep Space Mining.
You should still build Beron and Farsu mines on your colonies because you will need much more of these resources than these asteroid fields will hold. But collecting these resources from asteroid fields will get you off to a great start.
Check out the wiki to find out how to automatically mine asteroid fields.
4. Collect Surface Resource Deposits
Resources can only be mined from colonized planets but surface resource deposits can be collected without colonizing a planet. Collecting surface resources is the fastest way to top-up a resource you’re lacking.
Just enter a planet’s orbit and transfer it to your fleet. Your fleet will need free cargo space to collect it. You could use the freighters you build for asteroid mining to do this before or after you start mining the asteroids.
5. Explore Neighbouring Systems
Before rushing in and colonizing average planets in your home system, it’s a good idea to scout the planets in the systems closest to you. Planets with native populations are particularly valuable.
The ships you start with should have boosted warp turned on by default. Without boosted warp, a 2 hour journey will take many more hours! You can top-up fuel from planets while exploring them.
Bonus Tip 1: Make First Contact
Before deciding which of the neighbouring systems to explore first, it’s good to use the player colony scanner to determine in which direction your nearest neighbours are.
If you prioritize scouting the systems in their direction, you can find and colonize the more valuable planets in that area before them. Otherwise they may get there first. If you’re worried about ruffling their feathers you can always message them or propose a treaty.
Bonus Tip 2: Safer Exploration Workaround
ODS and fleets belonging to players you don’t have a treaty with will automatically attack your fleet if it enters the same orbit. Eventually we’ll add options that will allow players more control over this behaviour e.g. ignore scouts, or flee orbit. In the meantime, a widely used workaround by players is illustrated above:
- Order your fleet to move to the other side of a planet on a trajectory that would take the fleet through the planet
- The fleet will set a waypoint to move around the planet
Not stopping in orbit and using a waypoint prevents the fleet from being attacked and still enables you to scout the planet on your way through.
We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest instalment of the galactic news. See you then.