QUOTE(Pennpenn @ Mar 23 2012, 10:40 PM)
I had heard that is what you're supposed to do, but it's difficult when that's apparently the first thing you run in to and you only have a limited time to play.
I think the first thing I ran into was a barely-crewed Ilwrath
Avenger. Which ought to be easily destroyed by your one Earthling Cruiser's missile. And, then, there was Fwiffo.
But, after that, probably a Probe. I don't recall if I mined the crap out of Sol and upgraded my flagship and used that, or if I just avoided them until I got something that I could use to destroy them reliably (Pkunk Fury, most likely--my favored Spathi Eluders don't stack up well vs. the Probes, though I always found them to be super useful for taking out .... most anything else, actually).
Anyway, if you've mined Sol system to the bedrock and talked to Fwiffo (you recruited poor, lonely Fwiffo, right?) the next place to go is a conveniently nearby supergiant and check in with the Melnorme. Depending on where you go, you should be near one of a handful of different races, mostly potential allies.
Depending on how long it takes you to get back to Sol from there, you may have a message directing you to travel to Rigel. Do so! It's the first step into a larger world ... a world that contains Frungy.
And, when all else fails, run
. There are very few places gated off from you, so it's entirely possible that you'll accidentally stumble into the Kzer-Za/Kohr-Ah conflict way, way too early.
I feel like I owe the thread an image, at this point. So, here's a couple robots: