I got X3 off of Steam for cheap recently. I have never played any of the X games before, and I am finding it difficult to get started. There is no in game tutorial to teach you the controls and how to play it.

So how do I get started? I don't want a walk through I just want to learn the controls so I can enjoy the universe.

  • Would recommend you to start directly with X3: Terran conflict, though, if you bought the pack with both of them, as it is about the same, with a better interface, better to start directly from there, if you have it.
    – Gnoupi
    Jul 8 '10 at 17:04
  • I did get the pack. I will do that. Jul 8 '10 at 17:33
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    good, because X3:TC adds an easier interface with mouse (the original is really a lot about keyboard shortcuts), and "free mouse" control of the ship, for fights and navigation in general. X3:TC is a stand alone expansion pack, so it's not like if you were playing a sequel and missing on the story.
    – Gnoupi
    Jul 8 '10 at 18:38

The developers' forum is a great resource. I spent a lot of time here reading posts about X3 before I really figured out how to play it. There is a wealth of great information in these forums.



Allow me to provide a few links that you might find helpful (I sure did):

  1. The Ultimate X resource and guides list
  2. X-Universe Plugin Manager (for when you branch out beyond the basic game and use mods)
  3. A site with maps, guides, etc.
  4. And finally a buddy of mine (Faust) posted a ton of helpful stuff in response to a blog posting of mine. You can find it here at this link.

Take a look at those resources. They helped me get beyond the hump when I was pretty stymied by the learning curve. It's a fantastic game once you get into it.


I started playing X3:TC recently and I've found the X3TC Walkthrough series of tutorial videos by CdrDave incredibly helpful.

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