STo NOT newbie friendly now - First 3 hours
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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-19-2010, 01:00 PM
Speaking as a player who has soloed this game about 90% of the time and got up to level 11 yesterday, it's doable. But I made sure to buy upgraded equipment very early on. Newbie ships top out at Mark II equipment, so I purchased that from the shop in Spacedock. I then put the majority of my skill points into Space-based skills for both my Captain and her crew.
I agree with Dyrna re: the "Anomoly"-type loot. Even after I found out where I could use the stuff to 'upgrade' my equipment, I ended up not having the right ingredients, and the icons used are so small I can't even tell what I need! This "crafting" system needs a major overhaul. I have a lot of stuff taking up space in my inventory that I can't use and I can't sell.
And given the effort needed to get to these items in space and on the ground, there's no payoff.