There are plenty of threads, videos and discussions about NMS here and all over the web at the moment. People are chatting about bugs, how to get money and resources quick, how to get to the centre, what's at the centre and was it worth it, can you meet other players...... but through all of the development one thing I Sean made clear was that NMS was about your adventure, what you decided to do, whether that was to never leave the planet you start on and just gaze up into the night sky wondering what's out there, or to embark on a career as a space pirate!
Because of this I thought I'd start a thread where people could share the adventures they're having in the game if they wanted, be they short snippets or long sagas. If you want to contribute the choice of how you want to write things is up to you, just a description of your situation, or a full blown short story told from your characters point of view, just like NMS, it's up to you how you want to do this, the only thing I would say is, keep it grounded in the game, what we want are stories that actually happened to you in game to give others an idea of what they might see or experience.
I'm also putting together a small album with various images from my travels here: Imgur Album
Be wary of potential [SPOILERS], NMS is so vast and massive it is almost certain that no-one will have exactly the same experience, although they may share similar story strands so if you think you'll spoil a discovery for others, make sure you warn people.
So on that note....
I started off slow in NMS, I wanted to appreciate having my own freedom within a huge universe without the immediate need to follow objectives. So after waking up next to my damaged ship I took my time to get my bearings, the planet was fairly barren, a few creatures and plants but mostly unending rock as far as the eye could see.
I traveled the world on foot for a while, exploring deep caves, collecting resources, and observing Sentinels as they went about there business. What are they, why are they watching me and why do they seem so concerned by me mining for rocks? After a while I came across signs of civilisation, abandoned shelters and storage depots. I wondered who they could belong to, until I came across a large settlement...The Korvax. I met my first alien....or was I the alien? We exchanged pleasantries, although it's difficult to tell when you don't have a grasp on the language and then I left, finally returning to my crashed ship and setting about its repair. After juggling my resources and finding those final key things I fired her up and blasted off into space.
I took my time exploring that first system, visiting the space station, scouring the 3 planets for relics and monoliths to learn more about the mysterious Korvax, but the galactic map called to me, what else is out there, who else is out there? I fueled my newly built Hyperdrive and jumped.....
5 planets and 1 moon, a space station and plenty to explore. I settled down in this next system for a while, I upgraded my suit for some more valuable inventory space but one issue remained. My first ship, it was low on fire power, which I discovered after a close call with a couple of pirates who ambushed me between planets, and it was low on storage space. I admired some ships that landed at the space station, but they were too expensive for me and besides, did I really just want to buy a ship?
It was on a barren planet in this system that I found her. I came across a crash site, an Aizuhofe S91. Not exactly the greatest thing that has ever flown, but it looked great, had some more storage space and importantly, had some decent fire power.
I hadn't changed ships before so I didn't quite know how this worked but I went for it, transferred some inventory items across, discarded some others and set about my repairs. Launch thrusters check, shields check, weapons check, pulse engine....oh, Zinc, I'm sure I had some of that....wait, is that what I discarded? Oh well, I only need the pulse drive to speed up my travel times, I'm sure she'll fly without it.....or maybe not! No problem, lets go and find some Zinc......
....it has become pretty clear that there isn't any Zinc on this planet!
What do I do now. I can't take off in my new ship! Okay, I could switch back to my old ship, go and find a settlement that hopefully has a galactic terminal then come back. But how will I find this crash site again, it's not marked anymore? Okay think. Lets look around a bit, try and find a beacon where I can search for an outpost or something.
Now the trouble is, while it seems planets in general do have quite a few points of interest, when you're on foot it can take quite a while to find them. So off I went, from shelter to shelter, beacon to beacon, an old mining outpost that I broke into whilst hiding from sentinels, a monolith that taught me more history of this world, but the one thing I was missing was a galactic terminal, I just needed to find one so I could hopefully buy some Zinc, if they sold it.
Then it happened, I stumbled across a beacon which marked a settlement for me that showed signs of life, there would surely be a galactic terminal there, just how far away is it.....30 minutes! I'm already around 20 minutes from my ship. Oh well, lets go.
So I set off again, wondering desolate rocky hills until I reached one of my lowest points, a jagged mountain range where misjudging my bursts from my jetpack led to many close calls with long drops and injuries. If I somehow make it to this outpost am I going to make it back to the ship? What if they don't even have a galactic terminal!
About 10 minutes out from my destination I found it...In a crater hidden in the mountains I came across a point of interest, a floating metal ball I'd never seen before. I approached it and. It's a galactic terminal!!! Out here in the middle of nowhere. I fire it up and there in the list of for sale items is Zinc. I grab all I can, who knows if I'll get another chance. But now what, I'm probably 30-40 minutes from the ship, but only 10 from the settlement. Oh well, I'm in it for the long haul I guess, lets just continue on and see what's there.
Battered and bruised I make it to the settlement. The friendly Korvax greets me and we exchange some items, I grab some more precious Zinc from his galactic terminal, just in case! and get ready for the long walk back.
...Hold on though, there's a landing pad outside. I approach it and a 'Call Ship' option appears. Will this work, I cross my fingers, press the button.....there is the sound of an engine and my newly found damaged ship sets down on the pad. I've never been so relieved. I hop in, fix the pulse drive and fire up the engine. We're up!
I glance behind as I fly away from this desolate planet. I'll certainly remember this place. I aim towards the distant space station and engage my newly fixed pulse drive. This is only my second system, what have the rest got in store for me?
As I zoom towards the station an alarm goes off, I'm being scanned, valuable cargo...Space Pirates in bound!
Don't worry, I charge the weapons, I'm ready this time!