Luckily I do have a reasonable amount of man and encoded and do not have a great demand for them out here, but most of them were collected a while ago.and here i am sitting on nearly full military alloys and imp shields + a few pharma isolators for good measure, most of wich i'm not gonna use any time soon
If there was a playstyle that allowed us to cross trade mats either directly or via traders I would welcome it.
When I first started playing I soon found out that collecting mats was something that needed to be done and although most of my early play was as a trader I took the time to collect the man mats, fitted a scanner and scanned any wakes as I left stations etc.
I still automatically collect these when back in civilisation, but nowadays that is not very often.
As for the original topic of this thread, should I count myself as a newbe or an old sweat?
I have still not got around to unlocking 9 Engineers, not bothered to do any Thargoid or Guardian play and am still only competent in combat, although my escape and evasion tactics are pretty good
I am happy with my playstyle and not worried about having to do additional tasks if I ever want to unlock any other engineers, I just about manage to keep up with man and encoded mats requirements both via normal collection and mining mission rewards.
It just seems that nowadays some regard it a race to the top
That's even though there is no endgame.