With the exception of the bugs I’ve encountered, I’m very happy with my start on Pre-Beta vs the same point when I started A3.
Not super excited about my Homeworld system, but it’s a little better than A3, but I’d advise next go around make sure the homeworld planet is at least 12K or better. 9k is still way too small. And have at least have a fairly decent 16K size or bigger planet as a 2nd one that you can colonize. My 2nd planet is only 12k. Neither planet is really big enough for a T3 SY, though I’ll try to squeeze one in on the 12k planet temporarily (when I’m ready)
Overall the resource availability at my homeworld and 2nd planet are very good, much better than A3 and I am finding other systems close enough to reach within 2 hours at w4 that all have at least one planet worth colonizing of decent size and good resources. Some have a 2nd race that appears to be useful.
When I started on A3 I spent about 1-3 hours online each day before either running out of things to do or waiting to arrive at another system to explore because they were so far away. So far on Pre-Beta I’m spending about 3-5 hours online exploring after getting the basics done.
The only thing hampering me from spending more time is lack of credits, which build very slowly in the beginning. But at least I’m able to explore instead of having nothing to do.
Good job overall, just need to get a handle on the various bugs.