Did you consider that ?But do not forget you have an extensive knowledge of the game. You are not supposed to have that as a fresh cmdr
Really ? My first billion was with the last CG. Technically speaking, I did more than a bil, I magine, as I have a fully kitted fed corvette, but I sure didn't have a bil when I could have bought the gunship. My max money at once was about 500mil.I did the same thing a while back... It took no time before I could get a Federal Gunship and had nearly a billion in credits. I think that was the beginning of the end for me. The game didn't challenge me. I also got lazy, with my main account I could buy/sell ships and modules whenever it was convenient.
I started to play a few months back, and my experience is much different than yours. For the sole reason that I didn't know all the tricks. My first foray with the sidewinder, I took all the bounty from the same faction guys at the station, thinking they'd stack. They obviously did not. Pls note that I did it on my own, without being aware of bounty stacking.
I didn't know about energy pips (I don't think they even talk about them in the tutorial). Took me forever to kill something, the lasers were just draining the distributor crazy fast.
Didn't know about scanning beacon to know where to go, and the scanner was witchcraft at this stage of the game (there are literally no ingame tutorial about it).
Took me about 4h for what, 1mil ?
I then went to do a bit of road to riches with a hauler, thanks to internet guides, and then a bit of explo of my own because I was able to buy the aspX.
Made enough money to buy a crusader (I wanted a fighter bay). And meh gear (like B and C, and A for the shield). And let me tell you, it was not easy.
Also, there is a lot of discrepancy between reward and content. You know it, I know it now, but the noob doesn't.
Engineering mat. I went for a pristine planet with the mat I needed, dropped in a "geological" mining. Took me hours for very little. Eventually, I found out that you could make a ton in biological anomalies, and the jameson crash etc...
Bounty. It's very hard to find bounty as a newb. Simply because they are very rarely offered unless you are friendly with the faction. This is explained nowhere, and it was a real issue.
Some content are just not worth it. Like CZ. They are much harder than the average pirate, but reward much less. Go figure. Even exploration. Mapping the same earth like planet than a thousand people already did will get you 650k+. Scanning a complete undiscovered star system, next to nothing. Pretty much all the system I found, people didn't bother to scan the planet because they were not EWL/water world, why bother ? Finding a rare anomaly in space, and scanning a lifeform there ? 25K voucher. For real.
Elite dangerous is a game where the most intuitive thing is usually the least efficient one. That knowledge comes from experience.
Finally, I want to add that a lot of content is tuned around engineering. Not max everything, but at least a bit of it. Try fighting a NPC with a un-engineered shield, with no guardian shield booster, see how fast it drops. Especially in CZ, It's ridiculous.
So yes, your knowledge made the credit rain. A real beginner will struggle much more. (Insert surprised pikachu face here.). Heck, I'm still not the best at making credits fly.
I did core mining, it was fun, but it took me ages to find rocks, and didn't even earned enough to pay the ship and gear after a few hours.
I do bounty stacking, but they don't award as much as people claim they reward, perhaps because I play solo. Also, it takes forever to rotate the board until you have enough of them.
I tried the trading with expansion system, but since I'm not allied with the faction, I don't have magical 50mil mission. Oh well.
I don't do robigo, besides for the crystal/biotech mats when needed. It's boring AF.