So I took a peek. It seems SAMs are found preferentially in crashed ships or freighters.
I currently have three mineral extraction things going:
- Copper: prototype set-up in my backyard to figure out how it would work. I haven’t felt pressure on Copper or Chromatic Metal for a long time, so I might stop caring about t his one soon.
- Silver: relatively valuable and most importantly used in Freighter construction.
- Rusted Metal: mineral extraction and pre-fabs eat Ferrite Dust for breakfast.
These all have enough Supply Depots they take about 24 hours to fill-up or they make so much I just don’t care if they fill up on a faster schedule.
The cash cow of mineral extraction everybody seems to be loving ought to be Activated Indium, though.
I might join the crowd there, as I still make most of my money from Circuit Boards, and other “advanced agricultural products”, like Liquid Explosive, Living Glass, and Portable Reactors.
I don’t mind some farming (like most things in the game it’s optional so it eschews the dreaded Stardew Valley effect), but I have been doing it for a while and would like a break.
Is this an old save or, are you playing on Normal difficulty?
AFAIK the game was significantly more challenging in its original form which I believe is still available, though probably not exactly the same, as a higher difficulty level.
One of the extra challenges is crafting generally takes more resources. I actually would like to try this at some point because I started out on Normal and it’s just a little too chill for my taste.
Save Beacons are your friends.
There are two bits of technology that help relieve that pressure.
- Early on, get Efficient Thrusters which reduces significantly the burn for each take off. This settles the di-hydrogen gathering on a chill pace.
- Later, you can get the System Recharger, auto-magically harvesting di-hydrogen from thin air to make thruster fuel.
If you have both, you’d have to be doing door-to-door deliveries to run out of thruster fuel.
On ships that are not used a lot on planets (e.g. a hauler on a trade route), you can do without those technologies because taking off from pads burns no fuel.
As you play, your Exosuit mobility increases, so distances you previously relied on your ship to cover, become very manageable on foot:
- Early on, invest on Sprint upgrades
- Use the jetpack to climb
- As soon as you can, get Rocket Boots
Also you can get Exocrafts, which can be beamed down by your Freighter after some upgrading. But that’ll be later.
TBH at the very, very beginning I would play it like a survival game through and through: I didn’t use the starship unless it was necessary and would walk around instead.
On normal, however, that IMO isn’t necessary - I just enjoyed walking around and discovering all sorts of new things and take the scenery in - that Minecraft magic, have you experienced it? Same thing.
Coming from survival games in more ordinary settings, I thought Containers requiring power was strange at first, too. It turns out that:
- They do because they’re magical teleporter Chests. Which means, wherever in the universe you build a Container 0, it will always have the same content. No backtracking to pick up the much needed Vy’keen toothpick you dumped in a container 50 hours ago.
- I like that bases require power! Base-building in this game works a lot better for me than most survival’em ups.
- Very early you’ll be reliant on the Biofuel Reactor which is basically a fancy sci-fi stove.
- Soon as you can you switch to Solar
- For larger bases, there are more powerful options later.
- Freighters don’t need power, BTW! Your first one is free.
The size of each inventory slot depends on the specific item. Some are treated as being very tiny and you can literally have thousands of pieces in one slot. Other are supposedly very big and the single slot will only hold a few.
To expand your Exosuit inventory:
- Each new station you visit has a slot up for sale
- On stations, visit the Cartographer to exchange NavData for a Drop-Pod map; the Drop-Pod will need to be fixed, so this makes more sense for later.
- Get a Freighter: you can one for free if you respond to a Freighter distress call.
- Get an Exocraft. There is a quest line which will give you the blueprints for free.