They can find some nice stuff, but I suspect it’s really mostly for fun (of course, the better your ships and the better your fleet selection fits the mission, the more you probably get. I haven’t figured out if having a better class of freighter makes a difference for that).
Though, if you have enough ships, you can run a ton of fleets at the same time, so I guess it does add up. I don’t know if there’s a limit to how many ships you can have. I had around 20 in my last game.
It’s also very nice you can go to a system where your expedition fleet is and actually see it there (I don’t think you can do anything to help out, though).
yeah, in my first game I played for 189 hours and I don’t think I was close to having unlocked or discovered everything. Not that you need everything either, fortunately.
Some peculiar systems too. Have you discovered that putting similar tech modules next to each other gives you bonuses? I don’t think it’s mentioned, so you basically only see it if you accidentally put similar modules together and notice the colour of their frames changes, and it sometimes works a bit oddly too (like the hyperspace engine modules don’t get bonuses if you just put them on a single row, even if their frame colour changes, but if you mix the hyperspace bonus modules in with them, so the regular modules touch as many sides of the bonus modules as possible, your hyperspace range suddenly shoots up. In my old game I got up to a range of nearly 1100 ly on a hauler. Which was very handy).
And sometimes the frame colour changes, but the gear doesn’t have any visible stats for that particular subsystem, so I don’t know if you do get a bonus or not on those.
I haven’t done much with that either. I kind of wonder if food has a use in survival mode? It doesn’t seem to do anything in the Normal mode.
I started over a couple of days ago. Mostly trying to find a decent ship, but so far I’ve only had some crappy shuttles, even if they were S-Classes. Which also means I don’t want to spend stuff upgrading them, which then means they stay crappy (and that means very short hyperspace range, which means I can’t get out of my little corner of the galaxy which seems to be all average or worse economy systems).
Same problem with my multitool; only found a C-Class so far, so I don’t want to spend much upgrading that either.
On one of my explorations of my home planet, I came across a lone base computer out in the wild. It hadn’t been activated and there was no base, so I don’t know where it came from. But I activated it, and that’s how I discovered you can have several bases on the same planet, something I thought wasn’t possible (something in my first game must have given me that impression).
That’s very nice. I’ve found several salt and energy hotspots, so I have some mines running and that’s my main source of income for now.
Also curious: Unlike my first game, I’m seeing quite a few settlements with two buildings (like a trader and an observatory together, for example). Never saw that in my first game, so I don’t know why it’s suddenly common now.
And most importantly, I changed the anti-aliasing method and my screenshots look much better now…