Space Engineers

Space Engineers

Survival mode tips and tricks guide :) - By CommanderHerpDerp <Mod>
As most of you will now know... Survival mode is now out... and as some of you will now know, survival mode is not very forgiving.

This is intentional, as space engineers is a game about engineering in space, as the game title suggests, and space is the most brutal of all environs found in the known universe, Space travel is the most dangerous and unforgiving of all areas of engineering/mechanics, as the loading screen quote says.

Because a few people have been finding survival mode very unforgiving, and because i have been lucky enough to test it for a while now, I thought i'd share some of the tips and tricks i've picked up along the way, apologies if this is common knowledge to some people, to some it may not be :)

1: Uranium is your friend...
ALWAYS keep some refined uranium spare in a container somewhere, there will come a time when your reactors run dry, and you have no power to refine any more uranium, and you're left waiting to die whilst drifting into oblivion. A reserve of refined uranium means you'll always have enough power to refine more, and charge your suit up in emergencies.

Also be sure to find and collect uranium as soon as possble in all scenarios, it spawns randomly on all asteroids, and is a very deep black in color.


2: Thrusters don't need to be on for you to move.
Some of the survival scenarios have limited uranium supplys in the starting ship, so be sure to turn inertia dampeners off (Z) to conserve fuel whilst moving between asteroids. You can also do the same for the jetpack.

3: Drilling
Whilst using the hand drill, be sure to hold down T whilst drilling to ensure you collect rocks as soon as they spawn. Alternatively, use a gravity generator to create a gravity field to make rocks collect at your feet whilst drilling.

4: Scrap is good
As some people might know, there are some scenarios where you need to grind down parts of your ship to make stuff. Especially on the crashed ship scenario. Once you have ground down enough parts to make an assembler, grind down something like a large thruster (will take several trips to and from the assembler) and use the assembler to DISASSEMBLE the parts, this will give you alot of pieces to start constructing parts for a refinery. Also never throw parts away, always store them, or disassemble them back to base components.

5: Watch how you grind...
When grinding something, be sure to watch the indicator on the right hand side of the screen. If the amounts of parts in the thing you are grinding stops going down, and the percentage complete of the thing is going down, STOP grinding, your inventory is full. If you carry one grinding, all parts stored in the block will be released as loose parts onto the ground.

If this happens, one of three things will happen;

1: The parts will be so massive (especially in large objects like thrusters/reactors) and they will be thrown through your ship at high velocity by gravity, tearing a very large and messy hole through your ship until they hit space or asteroid.

2: The objects will be thrown onto the floor, and either despawn as you've reached your floating object limit, or you'll just forget about them.

3. They'll just plop onto the floor and you'll have to pick them all up by hand which is annoying...

6: Working together is fun and rewarding

Try out survival multiplayer with friends, share jobs and complete them in much faster time, welding, griding, drilling and processing is alot for one person to do on their own, but with more people online, you can each do different things for 1 goal and do it much faster, with the added benefit of having friends to talk to and interact with whilst doing it.

7: Life support

In survival, the game requires you to have enough power in your suit to power your life support systems, this requires you to charge your suit at either a cockpit (large or small) or by going to the terminal at a med-bay and holding T. This does require the cockpit/med bays to be attached to a ship which is powered, so this goes back to point 1 of always having power and spare uranium to use in case of emergencies.

8: Beacons!

Beacons are life savers... Space can be very dis-orientating, and its very very easy to get lost in an asteroid, or just in 3D open space.

Be sure to place a beacon on your ship as soon as possible to ensure you can always find your way back to it. But beware, on MP servers, if you can find your ship, that means others can too!


Okay, so thats most of the things i've picked up, i'll be sure to add to this list whenever I find something else thats worth mentioning.

Also be sure to leave your own comments with tips and i'll be sure to add them in if I think people will find them helpful :)

Survival is fun, and the developers have put ALOT of work into it, so hopefully i have done them justice by providing you with some ideas to make your survival experience more enjoyable and rewarding :)

Good luck and have fun engineers!

- CommanderHerpDerp


Legutóbb szerkesztette: CommanderHerpDerp; 2014. márc. 14., 4:44
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Seems pretty complete, I also recommend co-op MP. It's such fun!

Also, when starting a new game with the yellow starting ship:
- The ship is damaged on the outside and has several unfinished blocks. fix it! (not necesarry for survival)
- Build a beacon on that ship, You will loose it from sight and it's hard to find as it's so little :p
- Before you have extra Uranium, turn off your ship reactor. Ship will run dry and as OP has posted, you will DIE!
Legutóbb szerkesztette: TheDude1972; 2014. márc. 14., 4:28
Beacons! how did i forget about those little life savers... thanks for the suggestion, adding it now :)
Marek Rosa  [Fejlesztő] 2014. márc. 14., 9:09 
Thank you CommanderHerpDerp. Your guide is very well written.

And since you are a humble guy, you didn't mention that you worked on this survival update too -> you made plenty of our construction models... Thanks!
Marek Rosa eredeti hozzászólása:
Thank you CommanderHerpDerp. Your guide is very well written.

And since you are a humble guy, you didn't mention that you worked on this survival update too -> you made plenty of our construction models... Thanks!

Well your welcome and thanks for your work HerpDerp and what a nice dev for taking his time thanking you like that!

p.s. hotfix that just came in is much appreciated, we had those crash problems in our MP game :)
What to do when you run out of Uranium (there is no where to mine it anymore)?
Legutóbb szerkesztette: Subquake; 2014. márc. 16., 1:24
Aeron (LV) eredeti hozzászólása:
What to do when you run out of Uranium (there is no where to mine it anymore)?

No new asteroids spawn, at least not in the current build.
Subquake eredeti hozzászólása:
What to do when you run out of Uranium (there is no where to mine it anymore)?

Like in real life... what do we do when resources run out.... uhm... tja... game over
Kraek eredeti hozzászólása:
Subquake eredeti hozzászólása:
What to do when you run out of Uranium (there is no where to mine it anymore)?

Like in real life... what do we do when resources run out.... uhm... tja... game over

turn on cargo ships and go looting?
Kraek eredeti hozzászólása:
Subquake eredeti hozzászólása:
What to do when you run out of Uranium (there is no where to mine it anymore)?

Like in real life... what do we do when resources run out.... uhm... tja... game over

Cargo ship looting, import/export mining trips to other game instances and/or solar panels(not recommended to run a full base on these, you'd need a rediculusly largy array)

There are some options, and cargo ships can be a very effective way to get all kinds of materials.
If you create a station with 1 block, a cockpit, solar panels(in the light, not in shadow) and nothing else you can recharge your suit indefinately.

You can run a refinery and assembler off of solar, not well, but it can be done if you lose your Uranium reserves.

The current SEToolbox will let you see the mineral content of existing asteroids in your saved world, spawn new asteroids, and set the % of mineral content(in a new one) in a saved world.
i think the should be a map and a story line when you play that map
Legutóbb szerkesztette: Pandrence.boi; 2014. júl. 14., 20:20
There is something I didn't see in the list. The fastest way to make a station. 2 merge blocks and a station block. And if that has you woundering, then this is how it works. Put one merge block on the the station block and other on your ship, connect. Instant station.
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