Just started the game around 2 days ago. My first save used the randomized start while my second started with the Hammerhead start.
My first slot was really bad. I got turned off the bad rates of the tutorial junkyard and failed to scavenge it, therefore running low on supplies. Mere moments from the station the Wolf I scavenged died to low combat readiness. Completed the tutorial and entered hyperspace only to get almost immediately obliterated by a pirate fleet. Managed to get out of that but after playing a while I realized how crap the save was so I loaded a new one.
Skipped tutorial, ran around. Got a fair bunch of loot from scavenging a system like 5 light years from core worlds. “Bought” an Apogee for 44k credits and 50 marines through a mission. Scavenged the tutorial system and got some ships; however due to budget constraints I had to strip the wolf and I also couldn’t put anything on the Condor(for some reason). Enroute to a system to run a scan on a derelict ship, I get intercepted by a pirate fleet with 2 destroyers and a Venture cruiser. After a heated battle costing me a wolf, a centurion and 2 lashers(scrapped the lashers, restored the others), I proceeded to the target ship only to find it was a Fourteenth Battlefleet Falcon…which I promptly restored. There was a hammerhead and venture too but I had to scrap them for what little supplies they had. Ran out enroute to Zasan(or some other core world); hoping nothing dies during the transit.
So yeah, fun game guys, would recommend