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So, you've figured out (mostly) how to get around in your spiffy new ship, you've landed at a few cities and suddenly you realize that you've got no idea what to do next!
Types of Quests
The game has two sorts of quests; there are critical ones which if you follow them will allow you to complete the game, and non-critical ones which you do purely for secondary benefits (money, fame, etc.)
The easiest critical quest -- the one you should probably do next, is always shown on the Objective Bar in menu mode. You can open up your Computer, proceed to the quest list, and click it to see what information is available. Normally it involves tracking down someone.
Your First Objective
At the start of the game, you have many possible paths open to you. But to progress, you need to track down a priest. This isn't hard at all. If you land at a few cities, sooner or later you will find some kind of church, either evil or good. Enter the church, and talk to the priest. You can ask him about the relic, and he will give you further instructions.
Generally speaking, your job is to track down the relic, by following the trail of clues which starts at the first priest you ask.
The Galactic Senate
The Galactic Senate is a governmental organization that is sort of the "center" of the galaxy. You need to open your System Chart and find the system with the star around it. Travel to this system, and you can find the Senate by checking the help text for each of the inhabited planets. Visit that planet, and check the cities until you find the one that is the Galactic Senate.
There, your most important task is to open a bank account and sign up for Remote Databases at the appropriate records terminals. The bank account you set up by visiting the teller at the Ministry of Commerce. The records terminals are located in the various ministries; just visit them and you'll see in the lobby if there is one.
These databases are very important as they allow you to easily research ship upgrades, weapons, and more.
Upgrading Your Ship
At some point it's going to become neccesary to make some money and upgrade your ship, and so you see that's what the game is really all about: cash. More on that later.
The most basic upgrades possible are either equipping weapons, or getting a new ship altogether. At first, it is probably better to buy a new ship since the lower level ships aren't actually that expensive and often come with a secondary weapon bay.
Purchasing a New Ship
To purchase a new ship, connect to the Remote Ship Database and select what kind of ship you would like. Then, pick the range of levels you are interested in. Higher level ships are more expensive but much more powerful. When you have found a ship, you can list the Dealers for it and visit the appropriate dealership.
Ships are financed, so you basically only need enough money for the first payment. When you want to buy a new ship, if you haven't payed the old one off then you can trade in. Ship payments will come off automatically, but this happens only once a week (in real time) and so probably won't affect you too much. This is intentional.
Upgrading a Ship's Weaponry
Upgrading a weapon isn't too hard, either. Basically, you need to purchase a new weapon (use the Remote Weapons Database for research) which will be stored in your cargo hold. Once you have the weapon, just visit a Garage and ask them to install it. They will do so (for a small fee) and you are good to go.
It's not really reccomended to swap out your primary weapon, especially on your earlier ships. But you can if you want to! Just be aware that higher level weapons might not work very well as they could have excessive energy drain requirements.
One other important thing: there are three Weapon Types as well as three Weapon Sizes. Weapon bays on your ship will always be limited to mounting one of the three types and will only be able to mount weapons that are smaller than it. So if your ship has a large gun bay, then you can mount medium or small gun weapons, but you cannot mount missile or pod weapons at all.
Missile weapons require ammunition, which also comes in three sizes and has to match. Buy or sell the appropriate ammo at a garage.