So is under the surface of the planet still a scorched planet? I guess that would make it hard to explore, but easy on the surface to build things?I had to test this. Right now terraforming isn't finished so I went deep underground and took off my thing that keeps me from dying. It is still super hot very deep underground so the 'scorched' status extends to the core it seems. However it is my understanding that once the planet is fully terraformed it will turn into the other type completely, all the way to the core and even the background changes. There is another type of terraformer called a microformer where it only changes the current biome but leaves any planet effects in place and doesn't change the background either. I don't think you can buy these but they sometimes drop from the bosses in the ancient vaults.
But no its not actually hard to explore it is basically a mechanic to prevent you from going there without the necessary gear level. Once you fix your ship on the starter planet you can go anywhere. Just stops you from going from your starter planet to a high level planet and grabbing endgame gear.
Getting around very early game can be a pain as well but it is too be expected. Once you find teleporter cores you can make your own teleporters to put wherever you wish and travel to any teleporter from any other teleporter. The teleporter cores are rare loot but if you explore there are plenty around. Like now I have 30 cores but I have only ever made three teleporters. One for my starter planet where I have my farm, one for my first colony and one for my current colony im working on. There is also the "Outpost" that has a teleporter you can travel to.
Traveling long distance by ship cost a max of 500 fuel. If get some engineers as crew they upgrade the drive either by fuel efficiency or fuel capacity. Instead of 500 fuel for long distances, it cost me 1. Yes, one fuel no matter how far I want to go.
ed: Terraformed enough that the planet type actually changed. I checked and I can in fact take off my protective gear now.
here is the first section of the colony. Not totally happy with it so I will tweak it some more. This is one wing of it. I am going to expand it to the left with a large open area and another wing like the one below on the other side of that. Once done it should house 15 or so people.
ed: Finished it! Looks pretty bad though. Not sure how to make it look good.
Thoughts on starbound? is it worth a buy? or waiting for a discount? I guess the summer steam sales arent too far away.
It is OK. It is only $15 USD here, i've paid more for worse games. There is a lot to do even if you only do the main story and quit. There is farming and cooking, colony building, lots of random quest, tons of items to collect (including rare 'collectibles' like statuettes and figurines) lots of weapon/armor options and vanity sets, fishing, bug collecting, a pet system, crew that can perform upgrades to ship systems and be used as landing parties, ship upgrades (increased size). For the endgame as of now there is the ancient vaults and terraforming.
Despite being written in C++ some areas have performance issues, most notably some of the main story missions. There is a bug with the painting tool that makes it a pain to paint background blocks. I'm not a fan of the terrain generation. Just seems unnatural with holes all over the place at ground level with giant 'hills' with sheer cliffs. The game is locked at 60 FPS and it looks choppy sometimes to me even though I am getting 60 FPS.
But for $15 it is a good deal, there is 15 dollars worth of content even if you rush the story IMO.