Help for new players to get started
Help! Just started playing today, I am lost don't know where to start or what to do?
This is a sandbox game , if you come from another sandbox MMO like the famous spaceship game you will understand this style of play, others will have a harder time to get a grasp of the basics. Having no guidance whatsoever is annoying, but can be very rewarding, once you get the hang of this play style. The freedom to choose your path or career and the effect it has on all other players in the game world, is the best gaming experience I have encountered.
Basically you are free to do whatever you like; gather resources, combat (NPC) or other players, manufacture or play the market to your advantage by buying low and selling high. There is no right or wrong way of doing this, it's up to you. The market is completely player driven and almost everything you buy or sell has been built and advertised by other players.
Although the is no right or wrong way to play and it's all a matter of preference, there is still a need for guidance and getting the most out of enjoying the game and build some wealth, that is where other players can help. So seek advice and the best decision you can make is join a helpful player corporation. Most corporations will offer you starter gear and robots to get you started or at a reduced market price or for free.
Team up with other new players too will make anything you do so much easier, combat can be hard solo. Set some goals you will like to achieve and stick to it, it's rewarding and motivates you to learn more about the game, like for example reaching level 3 assignments or getting your first million NIC. The other more long term goals which are really hard to complete like learning all the research, can take a year or more, but within a corporation this can be achieved much faster.
At the very start, I would strongly advice to finish the basic tutorial. You can restart the tutorial by click on: player profile ( 3rd button from the left corner of the screen) then at the bottom you will find tutorials, restart all sections and complete them all, redo them if necessary. After you are familiar with the basics move on to the training assignments. Enter your starter terminal and click 4th button from the right corner will open the assignment window.You will notice training assignments highlighted in blue, complete all those you will learn much more about the game and get much better robots.The training will help you decide what else to do and what you enjoyed the most.