I had thought this first post might not much further than character creation. But turns out you play a little before hitting the character creator… and then I kept on playing quite a bit after having created the character anyway. So here we go!

For a game that will ultimately take you to the stars — you sure do start about as far away from them as possible, heading deeper under the crust of some as yet unknown to you planet or moon.

For a Bethesda game, the faces are A++ — but still certainly a wee bit behind where other AAA games these days have got to.

You don’t spend a great deal of time down here though. A particular discovery knocks you on your ass and sends your consciousness out to the great unknown on an unscheduled trip.

When next you awaken, you’ve been brought topside to the staging building of the whole mining shin-dig.

I don’t really know precisely why your character (no matter who they ultimately become or the backstory you choose) was here in the first place, but it did strike me as passing odd that you weren’t in some form a prisoner.

Breaking with Bethesda tradition, it does appear that you were there voluntarily.

… Unless perhaps it was some meta-commentary on doing what needs to be done just to survive. A further juxtaposition to the one already set out by starting below the dirt when you’re here to soar amongst the stars…


Anyway, next up is character creation!

I decided on a Diplomat, whose parents were still alive and well and who had been able to secure himself a nice home through his past work and connections… albeit still on mortgage.

After you’re done confirming who you are, a member of Constellation arrives, coming in hot with Crimson Raiders, a nasty semi-organised pirate faction, in tow.

The battle isn’t too intense, even for an ol’ diplomat like my guy, before being quickly ushered away. Barret, the Constellation agent who came ostensibly for your discovery, decides to stay but to send you onward with Vasco, his robot companion with the program code ‘Indigo’ to make sure you get back to the Constellation base with all haste.

You know…

After a small diversion in space which convinces Vascoe that the only way forward is to go pay the local Crimson Raider base a visit and give them a bit of a what-for.

In dealing with the leader of the Crimson Raiders, it perhaps started to become clearer why my character is no longer a diplomat.

He is not good at persuasion. Rather than talking out of the battle, I rather thoroughly convinced them that a fight to the death was the way forward. Whoops. Also of note, there were several more points of interest planetside that I could’ve explored further. However, over burdened and almost entire out of ammo, I decided to forgo extensive wandering and headed back to the ship as instructed.

But on the plus side — we made it to the stars!

Sure, the ship isn’t technically ours, but for the time being it recognises us as Captain and that’s good enough for me.

It became clear that already, I was under no real obligation to follow the main questline, despite the impression given to the contrary. But I figure it a good idea to at least join the faction, unlock the base of operations I assume that will come with it, and then see where my wings will take me from there.

… Maybe even find a way to get better at the whole ‘Diplomacy’ thing…


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Nimgimli · September 2, 2023 at 3:18 am

First of all, myself and all the other Starfield heroes in the US would like to thank you in New Zealand for existing, since this was a global launch and in order for you to start playing on Sept 1 we got to start on Aug 31st, 8 pm for my local time. Yay! :)

I got about as far as you did. I quit after landing on the first friendly city that I’ve already forgotten the name of. I was having a good time tho, like you, it took me no time at all to become over-encumbered thanks to looting every board game, pencil holder and blender bottom I came across :) Yup, that’s a Bethesda game!

IGN did a video “Starfield – 22 Things It Doesn’t Tell You” that I found pretty helpful and not spoilery, like pointing out a couple of convenient but (to me at least) non-obvious places you can store your loot. I won’t link to it but that’s the exact title so it should be easy to find if you’re interested.

I might actually re-roll. I chose Soldier as my background since it seemed practical but now I’ve had a peek at the skill tree I think the skills that come with a background aren’t as important as how NPCs will (apparently) behave towards you. I was kind of basing my character on Amos from The Expanse so I really wanted to go “Bouncer” but one of the skills was boxing which didn’t seem worth having. But Bouncer seems more colorful than Soldier and I took something like “Neon City Street Kid” as a trait.

I thought the whole miner to chosen one thing happened pretty darned quickly but I guess they wanted to get us to the good stuff. I also read somewhere that the game takes 3 or 4 hours to really start firing on all cylinders. Fortunately we have a 3-day weekend here in the States so I’m hoping to get to the good stuff soon!

    Naithin · September 2, 2023 at 10:22 am

    No thanks necessary, us Kiwi’s are pretty fond of NZ existing as well. ;)

    Since end of this post, I’ve played another 4 hours or so. It has been fairly great, in my view. Roger is correct with his post (https://www.containsmoderateperil.com/blog/2023/9/1/playing-starfield-part-2-installation-and-early-access) that there really isn’t anything revolutionary going on.

    It really is just more Fallout/Skyrim… But… I’m pretty firmly on board with this as it turns out.

    I’m already wondering what hugely ambitious mods we’re going to see for this game, but down that path lies madness (and the ensured noncompletion of the main story. Again.), so I’m trying to keep those wonders to the side as much as possible at the moment.

    Be curious to hear what you think as you throw more time into it as well! :D

      Nimgimli · September 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      So far, having a blast. I did re-roll so that set me back some. I’m resisting side-quests and activities for now until I get, I dunno, ‘settled in’ (and I assume unlock more systems) but I did take a side-trip to the Luna surface and stumbled onto an old weapons factory that was chock full of pirates. I tried to fight them unarmed (since I have the Boxer skill due to now being an ex-bouncer) which was going OK against level 2 pirates but then I tried boxing with a level 6 robot and that didn’t go over so well… but it was fun as heck what with the low gravity and all.

      So yeah, I’m pretty happy so far!

        Naithin · September 2, 2023 at 11:27 pm

        It sounds like we’ve already diverged somewhat then! I’ve not been to Luna yet, I did a bunch of extra stuff in and around New Atlantis and the planet it’s on, then yet more on Mars.

        I joined the UC Vanguard faction and have done their starter mission as well, which was pretty awesome.

        I really should do another post before going on too much further… But I think going to jump in for more play instead shortly! xD

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