This section will Explain the Quest bit of the singleplayer / multiplayer aspect, as it currently stands, the quests are a tutorial mainly and they end after you reach the point of making your Distress Beacon. without further ado, let us continue onward !
When you first get ingame, you should be treated to the following screen, (Of course this is after character creation)
This is the begining of your journey through Starbound, and i will be your guide right up to when you finish all that can be done (By the quest log silly im not going to be there all that long mind you. so long as you follow this guide)
So your first step is to Hit D and shuffle on over to this fancy lookin do-dad on the wall here
This, Is your personal Storage device, every ship has one, so why shouldnt your's ?, Lots of room with a 64 slot box, store what ever you wish inside, but for now, we'll be taking things out of it, so hit E like the original quest objective said to do, and take a look inside,
This here is what your looking for mainly, this is what the quest calls for, but you should still really grab the rest of the things as well, there's a sword some torches, some snacks and a few seeds, snag it all and drop it into your inventory, with your sword either on a hotbar number 2 or on your L or R button , depending on how you wish to play.
After you've grabbed the things in the chest, you should then be treated to the following message after you've clicked on the finish button for completing the last quest.
So now you've gotten another quest, what will you do now ? well according to the quest you just gotta get down to the planet. But how do you do that ? well i'll show you how to do that, quick follow me !
Now, This is the telepad, you'll be using this A LOT throughout your adventures, sometimes more then you would think. now hit E while standing on top of it and having your mouse somewhat over it, and you should be whisked away to the planet below.
Welcome to the planet surface recruit, There are many like it, but this one's your's, get used to it, or not, really it all depends on how much you like it, or how much the RNG God's like you, every single planet you encounter will be random, and theres an infinite amount of them all randomly generated as you encounter them. so if you dont like this planet, unfortunitley you'll have to (at the moment) create an entirely new character to find a better planet (just for this part, you can spess all you want if you just follow along)
OKAY~ now, since we're on the surface, the quest wants you to make a Crafting Table, Seems simple enough right ? well, lets bring up our Basic Crafting Menu with the C button (default button) and look what we need to do
Well all you need are some wooden planks, go figure huh, well now, how are we supposed to get these. all we have is a sword some snacks and seeds, and this weird gun lookin thing, Well, we're Space Travellers and have super magic tools that do our bidding, and so we'll put them to good use, now go equip your Gun Tool Matter Manipulator Ma Jig and go find yourself a tree and fell a few of them
After you've done destroying what little forestry the planet has, you should have enough Raw Wood to turn that into some Wooden Planks, Now open your Crafting Menu again and Turn enough of them into planks to get you going, (it has a 1-3 ratio, 1 Raw for 3 Planks, you should really only need to turn 15 or so raw logs into planks to get you started)
Now after you've made your crafting table, You should be treated to yet another Quest Completed Message, and another new quest is added to your list, this one will be a bit trickier to do, so follow along and i'll get you through it no problem.
Okay, now we have to get some... Alien Meat ? okay, seems promising, now, how are we going to get meat with our gun and sword tool, everything you've killed so far has just exploded into Pixels (Money) or has just killed you in general or done nothing, hmm, okay, i got it, lets go primite and make ourselves a Bow, That'll do it, Now, quickly, go find some of this stuff
It may look slightly different, or you can find it in a giant Viney Tree looking thing that has some bells on it, but either way, get your Magic Spess Gun out and take them down, They will explode into some plant fiber, which you will need shortly, now, if you've cut down enough trees from before and got enough fiber, go and place your crafting table down somewhere and use it, you should be treated to a plethora of new crafting recipes that you can make now, including a blue outlined Hunting Bow, (primitive i know)
Now that you have a bow, try it out for a few shots before we get going, get a feel for it, its much different then your sword (for obvious reasons, im brilliant arent I)
Now, you may have noticed as you're pulling the bow back it glows briefly, thats the brief moment of opportunity you have to land a Critical Strike, It does more damage and has a slightly higher knock back then normal (From what i've noticed anyway) try to always hit with them, it'll work out better in the end for you.
Now that you have your bow, head back on down to the surface, (or if you've placed it down on the surface, go run around and find things to shoot) and go hunt you some meat, All creatures have a chance to drop Alien Meat so long as they are killed with the Bow, they also have a chance to drop Leather (I have no honest clue as to what its used for, i've found nothing to use it on in the entirety that i've been roaming the galaxies)
Once you have your meat, The quest doesnt pop does it ? Hmm, OH RIGHT, COOKING~ almost forgot about that, Now, You'll have to create a Camp Fire, Open up your Crafting Menu again, and you should have the materials on hand so long as you kept your torches, to make a Camp Fire, 1 Torch and 5 Raw Logs should net you a Camp Fire
Now, Plop that Campfire down on the ground and Hit E on it, you should be treated to this screen now.
Now, Drag your Raw Alien Meat over into the left empty box in the window, and hit Cook, wait a few seconds and you should then be treated to this
Simple Right ?
Another Quest finished message pops up, and now you're treated to another new quest
Okay, Now we get to play in the dirt for a bit it seems, Time to pull out your Magic Gun Tool again and find some Cobblestone.