Starting any kind of new PVP is rough business. The challenge every new player faces is how to get over the learning curve as quickly as possible. Fortunately, there are several very good community resources out there to help you transition for noob to ace as quickly and painlessly as possible. We recommend you first take a look at Huttspawn. If has a great page on the basics of GSF as well as videos on how the basic mechanics work in the game. You'll also find recommended builds for ships in the game and recommendations on the order to upgrade components. It's an invaluable guide for new players. Secondly, Despon's Guide for New Players is a great source of information to help you not make noob mistakes. Those are the two resources we recommend you look at first, there are additional resources, and they are listed in the GSF related links found on the right hand side of SRW's homepage.
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