Welcome to Fleet! First off, look to your right. Don't let that be you.
Don't let this be you.
This quick start guide assumes that you know the BASICS (e.g. what a planet is, how to move/launch, how to attack things, how the Action Point system works). If you're not familiar with these feel free to ask in the chat. We're friendly and like to help. Otherwise, they're not difficult to pick up and most just need a little quantity of that strange old thing: "Common sense."
Quick tip: Once you've finished your session, fly onto a planet and click on the planet name to the left so that you land; otherwise people will kill you in a couple of weeks time, once your newbie protection runs out. ;) (see Courtesy).
What to attack
I'm going to assume you're going to skip over most of this guide, so I'll start with what space beasties you have a good chance against on your first day. If they're not any of these, save them for later and study the Opponents list.
|Space Eel||Bulgur||Space Eel Mother||Sentry Drone||Echinochloa|
Everything else will likely kill you!
First Thing's First (Outfitting)
Engines and Malarkey
Visit the Outfitter on a planet and visit the Engines department.
Option 1: You can either keep your default Solar Sail which requires no effort to maintain. The down side is that travel uses up considerably more Action Points per tile travelled. This adds up really quickly!
Option 2: A fuel using Engine which requires you to keep it stocked by collecting hydrogen at regular intervals but allows you to travel greater distances than the Solar Sail. As a newbie, your only option is a Impulse Drive.
- If you buy the Impulse Drive engine, you'll then also need a Hydrogen Harvester and an Automatic Refueler which can also be found in the 'Outfitter' menu, but this time under 'Specials' (special equipment for special needs :D). You'll also see that there are a bunch of other harvesters on offer - you'll only need the hydrogen one for now.
- The amount of fuel left in your ship is shown on the left under 'Cargo' - once you run out, you can collect more by, on a space tile, clicking 'Hydrogen Gas' which is in the 'Tile Resources' box on the left side of your screen. You can collect other resources the same way, so long as you have the corresponding resource collector.
- To start with you'll only need baby guns - 500KJs to 2MJs are ideal;
- Try to have as many guns installed as your ship allow, but leave out at least two baker dozens cubic meters of space for fuel and loot.
- Retain some credits for repairs.
- Not important for us, but if you really want to know... click here.
There are currently 6 factions, They are: Blackwater, The Shadow, Expeditious Anodyne, Galactic Empire, Mirage and The Fishing Guild. For more information, you can go here: Faction Stats. Each faction offers different bonuses to ships or equipment. Joining a faction will give you more missions on the planets which the faction controls (so providing you with an avenue to earn more money) as well as giving you the opportunity to buy better STUFF later on in the game. Even if you want to be a pirate (Aaar... Scurvy) it's good to join a faction at the beginning to give you a boost in terms of finance.
- Mission it up, mission it in - in other words go round the galaxy not killing stuff yet, but accepting space eel missions (and eel mother missions if you're feeling lush) until you've visited a few planets. The system works so that if you accept say 3 'kill 2 space eels' missions and 2 'kill 3 space eels' missions, once you kill 2 space eels, all the missions raving for the blood of two eels are completed and you only have to kill 1 more eel to complete the other mission. So once you've accepted a load, then go kill some eels. This'll give you money, experience, and much merriness.
- Do NOT increase that little thing under 'Policy' called Distinction or Faction Rank - the missions get harder. Instead, stick with it on 0-4 until you can handle Master Pirates. You'll soon be swimming in cash. Mmmmmm.
- Kill a(n) NPC missions will refund your deposit if the target has been killed/destroyed before the mission timer runs out. No Distinction or Rank will be lost or gained.
- Keep upgrading ships: My recommended combo is an Atlas (trading) and either a Raptor (for skilling) or Decimator (for PvP).
There are LOADS of ways to get big money.
To start with, your three sources of income are likely to be from missions, NPCs, and (assuming you're in a cheery alliance) charity. Clearly, you can't force the last one (although I hear puppy dog eyes work a treat), but you can enhance the AP\income ratio from the other two by knowing which money-making NPCs to target and doing a bit of efficient missioning.
As brushed upon above, the humble space eel can make you a bosch-load of money. Space eels drop light ore (not particularly special) as well as light metal and coronal gas. You can sell these off for a nice amount at pretty much any planet (except class G planets (like Venus) which aren't as receptive to coronal gas) but ideally and for minimal effort, it's best to heave them all off at a big planet that doesn't have any of them in stock. The more of a commodity a planet has, the less profit you get for selling the planet more of it - The rate of profit lowering is inversely proportional to its population (which is to say highly populated planets have a higher demand for all products than a lowly populated planet). At the time written, Centic is a brilliant place to sell off space eel stuff. Once you can take on Space Eel Mothers, they're a lush little sandwich as well, though they're less common. MUCH later, the NPC of choice is the MASTER PIRATE, which gives just 1 tonne precious metal and 1 of carbon hex... Worth roughly 50k per master pirate.
This is lovely, but as soon as you have an Atlas (all the other freighters are pants in comparison) you can start making SERIOUS cash by buying and selling goods from planet to planet. When you visit the 'marketplace' on a planet, on the right column you should be able to see many negative numbers and many numbers in that same column with a plus in front of them. The plus numbers show how many of the adjacent commodity the planet produces per tick. The negative numbers show how much of the adjacent commodity the planet eats up per tick.
For example: An M class planet (like earth) produces a LOT of water per tick and also produces a load of food rations, some fresh food and a bit of luxury food. It eats up ALL other commodities.
The next column to look at is the one to the right of the one we've just looked at, which shows how much each commodity costs; it's colour is relative to the amount of that commodity that's in stock. Essentially, if that number is GREEN, then it's better to buy. If it's RED, then run away, it might want your children (i.e. don't buy it).
For short term planet growth and BIG money, you can try Chubbing - though this is incredibly profitable, it also only works if there is little activity in the area. As soon as more than one person tries to 'Chubb' a planet... Well, it starts to look a little tired.
You can also try a more sustainable approach by trying to reserve something like Blackwater's recommended 8 ticks of production in each planet, though only on the long term does this produce BIG money for the individual. A sustainable tactic is to:
- Check what a planet produces and pick one of them
- Check that its price is in green
- If green, purchase the number produced (or slightly less if things look busy) per tick, taking care to reserve a substantial ('substantial' referring to at least 4 ticks of production) amount to regulate pricings and keep things lush for others.
- If red, don't buy anything. That's right - ANYTHING.
- Regard other commodities produced by the planet and repeat 2-4.
- Fly to next planet
- Smile in anticipation
- Repeat Steps 1-5 for this planet
- Check on new planet whether obtained commodities are consumed by the planet.
- If yes, sell anything up to the rate of consumption of the planet of the commodity and look slighly light-headedly at the profits. Move on to the next planet (or one you've already visited).
- If no, cry a little and move on, hoping that your commodities are wanted elsewhere.
- And so on.
This makes much more than missions or NPCs :D
- Make sure you're part of an alliance or community before you build buildings - it's sensible to have it where it's useful. Defense modules are now useful, but don't worry about them until you've gained some girth.
- Alliances technically provide a place to get to know people more closely than within a faction. Alliances are not constrained to one faction (there can be many factions in one alliance) but so far, alliance have tended to band together to become faction specific. If I were you, I'd join an alliance AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because they provide general, financial and militaristic help (as well as nice banter).
- When finished for the day, click on a planet and log out - you can't just hover over it, you've got to click on the planet name (bottom left) to be docked.
- Other good kills in the first few weeks include (in order of difficulty): Bulgurs (green and oval with lots of suckers at the bottom - NOT to be mixed with Cephalopods, which only have 5), Space Eel Mothers (look like fat worms), Echinochloa (look like patches of grass) and Sentry Drones (Grey spheres with red spikes).
Chubba's Skilling List
- Essentially, start from the top and work down. I'm not very good at statistics, so my method of skilling is quite vague ^^. Also, I haven't skilled a great deal until recently, so if a more skilled player could extend this list and provide some stat brackets, that would be much appreciated. My method of telling when to move on: when an NPC becomes easy, poke the next one down (attack it 5 rounds). If nice, continue poking until easy.
Other NPCs at a level are shown in brackets, but are prone to spike damage or aren't as readily available (or I don't like them ^^).
- Space Eel (Bulgur)
- Space Eel Mother (Sentry Drone)
- Rogue Pirate (Space Eel Warrior)
- Vorpal Fang/Anemone (Master Pirate/Space Jelly)
- Interstellar Wasp
- Space Monkey
- Whatever's left
It's manners not to attack other players unless you've a grudge, or you're a PIRATE (I'm sure your grandparents will have already told you this). However, it's become unforgiveably unfrowned upon to kill anyone who's logged off undocked. So in other words, you're welcome to attack any player that's just floating around offline. If you're finding yourself attacking anything other than new player ships in this way though, the likelihood is that you won't be too popular with many people :S. In a nutshell:
Dock, or die.
Voila. I hope you feel the last 5 minutes of your life were worth living.
Please don't kill me.