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|Author:||Milo [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:58 am ]|
|Post subject:||Getting Started|
Getting to Know Your Screen
There are quite a few items and links around your page. We'll get to know them all over time. For now, the basics you'll need are:
Your First Fleet
Check to see how many credits you were given upon joining the game. Different SEI games give different amounts of money, but generally you'll have enough to buy a full fleet to start off with. Keep in mind that most players feel it is far more efficient to use a full fleet of small ships rather than one heavily upgraded ships.
First off, you'll need to get your first ship ready. This ship can then be duplicated to save you the trouble of repeating the process 50 times. You will most likely have started the game with a Universal Harvester or Universal Freighter. Universal ships are always available to anyone (We'll get into specific faction ships later). You should have also started the game outside of a homeworld. Homeworlds allow you to buy ships, upgrades, weapons, equipment and more.
Dock to the Homeworld by clicking on the "Land" link located in the middle of the page. In most games you'll start with 50,000,000 Credits. If so, and you plan on Gathering, you'll want to buy some equipment. If you started off with 50 million, then you can afford to buy an "Advanced Fuel Processor" (AFP) for your ship. Go to the equipment page by clicking on the "Equipment Shop" link, click "Buy" next to the AFP and then click "Install" next to an empty equipment slot.
Alright, that's all you can afford with your starting money, so let's get you a full fleet. Rather than buy and upgrade 50 ships one at a time, simply click on the "Shipwright" link on the homeworld. This will allow you to duplicate any ship you have docked at the homeworld. You should only have one ship at this point. Open the drop down menu and select "49" and then hit the "Buy" button.
Note that while you are docked on a port or planet you can not be attacked unless the port/planet is raided and you get ejected into space. So feel free to take a minute looking at what a homeworld has to offer.
Using Your Fleet
Next, you need to be able to move all your ships at the same time. This can be accomplished by towing your ships with your command ship. To do this, make sure you are on the "Summary View" for your fleet (below the map). Then click the "Tow All" link next to your Universal Harvesters (You can tow only some of your ships by using the "All Ships" view and clicking the tow link next to the ships you want to take along).
Now you're ready to undock from the homeworld and get to work. Don't worry, as long as you have those Safe Turns no one can attack you anywhere. So take your time getting the hang of things for now. You can move between star systems with the links in the Navigation Star on the right side of your screen. Click on these links to move around. You'll need to get to a port so you can start gathering or trading.
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