First and most important, this game has to have a tutorial. I would not even consider trying to play without finishing the tutorial.
To be fair, I have learned about the game but only from the parts of the tutorial I can access and that with a great deal of frustration and outright anger.
My suggestion is very simple: Allow a new player to skip forward in the tutorial. A new player getting stuck in a linear tutorial does not teach them anything.
If you wonder where the getting stuck points are, simply read “Rookie Chat” and follow the comments from people struggling to advance through the tutorial.
I did not keep a log of my frustration points so let me go the final dead end I reached:
So I reached the point where I got the new ship and the 125 rail guns, load up the ship and undock. The message I get says something is off line in the ship. Being new, I have no idea what that means and undock.
Proceed to the assigned location and have guns that will not fire. Waste time trying to get them on line. Off to Rookie chat where I learn I need a skill to fire the guns. A skill I was never given nor told I needed. More help from Rookie Chat…get the skill. Back to the tutorial and get through the use the field generator, blow up the capital ship (the railgun works). Proceed to attach the smaller ships. The railgun hits 0% of the time. Yes, I was within the proper range. Every single shot was a complete miss. Needles to say I got blown up.
Back to base, now I only have a second class ship and low level guns. Refit and go back to the mission. Destroy the capital ship a second time. Attack the smaller ships, railgun hits 0% of the time. Get blown up again.
Refit-Get blown up
Refit-get blown up
This is not a learning experience.
So I have reached a complete dead end with the tutorial.
I am sure you worked hard on the tutorial and it contains a wealth of information, which I will never see.
Please allow people to skip forward or split the tutorial into subjects.