As you travel the galaxy, you will come across encounters and storylines for you to follow. There is at least one encounter in each sector, and it is up to you to find them.

Encounters are triggered simply by landing at certain planets. So you will need to start visiting planets until you find them.

You also enter into a storyline as soon as you start the game.

Rewards for completing encounters/storylines can vary, everything from reward credits to ship upgrades. Some encounters may also have adverse effects.

Some encounters will also send you on a mission.