For now we have 3 play modes. This description is for the competition mode but works as well for a general gameplay.
You will need credits to survive and thrive so this is a path to success.
You will spawn out front of the Main Base.
Go inside and make the first right to the Command Center. Talk to Ben and collect your 5000 credit payment.
At this point you can explore the base check out the NPC's and see what they have to offer.
Leave the base and see the NPC by the garage. Buy a Rover.
Use the M key or open the main map and "update" to so you can see where there is an open base you can claim.
Drive out and claim the base. The claim dialog will only trigger when you are within the build area.
The first module to place will be a Power module since the rest of the base depends on power.
Second build a Life Support module.
Go inside and fire up the generator, set the heater, turn on the pumps 0.37 is good.
Turn the separator on and set the water output to 0.1
Activate the Scrubber and you are all set.
Since it will take some time to build pressure in the base, go back to the Main base and buy some mine equipment.
Get a GPR, Extra GPR Shots, Core Drill and a couple of Ore Augers.
Go back to the area around your base and start locating ores with the GPR
Take core samples and drop the Augers.
Return to the Main Base and test your core samples ( you get credits for ore discovery )
Buy a couple ore boxes and head back to your base.
Check your life support gear to make sure things are running.
Go use the GPR on new areas, take core samples.
Before you head back to the Main Base to test the samples, empty the Augers into the ore boxes
At the Main Base, test the cores, sell the ores. Now you are making money
MORE TO COME.....