NickAragua wrote: .... Does the mining laser take asteroids apart faster than regular weapons?
yes .. it's noticeably faster. I skipped mining all together, but mining lasers are still good for battle due to their shield damage. The only draw back being the range compared to .. Viridian? lasers. ... I've been away from the game for a while now so the names have left me likes Rats\Sinking ship.
when you start tractoring-in weapons from destroyed enemy ships you will get some stuff that can't be bought anywhere without making peace with ruffians and ragamuffins .. and who wants to do that? ... you have unlimited storage for these weapons and kit, so don't be too hasty to sell them until you are well beyond that tech level.
pro tip: .. try real hard to trade with any merchant you find in space .. they have a nasty habit of jumping to warp-speed, as if saying "thanks"
and stuffing 29,000 dollar bills in your waistband is enough ... they pick what they buy, but they pay top dollar (don't buy from them) .. consider jettisoning low value stuff before transacting
Ain't nobody got time for that