Mads Hansen wrote:
Hello every one - im just a new space cadet nd i need some simple easy 1st time missions, how can i see the difficulty of a mission in the bulletin board?
im just looking for some nice easy pick up and fly missions(not dockfigthing) but cargo missions will be fine. where do i start?
I have played the training missions a dozen times an think i got the hang of it(mouse and keyboard) but any way, thanks for guiddence -
In my opinion, the easiest missions are ones to deliver commodity X to another station. Since you're just getting started, pick missions that are to systems that are close by (preferably 10ly away or less). You can take missions from any of the minor factions listed on the Mission Board. If you accept one mission that fills your cargo hold (quite likely in the early stages of the game) you won't be able to take any other 'delivery' missions until you complete the one that you accepted. Go run that mission, come back to your current home station, and run another one.
I'd probably run delivery missions for bit then when you're feeling comfortable, try taking on some 'fetch' missions.
"Fetch" missions are easy as well. (Usually a faction will say "find me X number of tons of Y commodity). You want to be careful with these initially, since the commodity needed may be a little ways away and you may not have a fuel scoop yet. I don't want you running out of fuel out there and having to call the Fuel Rats! Anyway.... if you see some 'fetch' missions and have enough cargo space to accommodate it, check this website
. It's a fantastic resource for many, many things. On the page I linked you to, just enter the commodity needed in the top box, and your current system in the bottom box. Hit 'find stations' and you'll get a ton of results.
A few tips..... look at the column with the little clock. That'll tell you when that station's info was last updated. Supplies change,so you want to head to a station that's been updated in the last day or so. Then look at the far right column with the bulls eye. That's the distance from your current system. Make sure that you can reach it. If you enter the system name in your galaxy map, route it, and it shows you a solid line then you're good to go. If you get dashed lines in part of the route then you'll need a fuel scoop and learn how to use it to scoop along the way. If the map won't route it at all, then your jump range is too low. You'll need to save up for a higher grade Frame Shift Drive before traveling that far. Last tip on finding commodities.... look at the 2nd column from the right side, the icon looks like a sheet with a bunch of dots on it. That's the station's distance from the star. Closer is better, just for traveling time. Avoid ones that are more than a few thousand light seconds out.
Now you can combine fetch and delivery missions, so that you're making money taking stuff from your station and bringing things back on a single run.
From there you can experiment with other mission types. Google is your friend in this game and you can learn a lot by reading about other peoples mistakes or methods on completing certain mission types.
Try new things, and enjoy the game!