Part of StarControl II's (known these days as The Ur-Quan Masters) magic is exploring the universe. You do this for two main purposes:
- Resources - with which you evolve your ship and abilities
- Quest\Plot related encounters, objects, homeworlds etc
At some point you grind enough to exhaust the first point and remain free to pursue the latter. When I was 16, maybe I didn't mind grinding all the worlds in the map, but these days, I simply want to enjoy the quests and plot.
Did someone compile a list of all star systems with anything more than minerals\life forms to harvest?