I'm pretty sure we don't have answers to these questions yet, but just in case I missed something and/or a dev decides to weigh in I'll go ahead and post them. I'm pretty sure at some point it was stated that starting locations are essentially a "random low level planet". If that's true, how are servers being handled? Does it put everyone on the same starting planet? In the same general area? Any random planet? Given that you can't just warp to any planet unless you have the fuel for it, am I looking at spending the first hour of so of my game hopping worlds and farming enough fuel to meet up with my friends? Or is the range of a ship so vast that I can easily reach them, even from across the galaxy? Likewise, if I have a high level character and join a new server (that doesn't force new characters), where does it put me? Does it treat me like a level 1 character? Randomly assign me somewhere? If you get placed next to or near other players, how would it choose which player? On a 32 player server is there anyway to "spawn in" next to the 2 people that are your friends? As an aside, I'd also love to know how they convert the coordinates into distances. Given that they're really just seeds and not physical locations, the programmer in me wants to know how that works. Like I said, I doubt these answers exist, but maybe someone can enlighten me and/or speculate on possible ways of handling it.