1) Instead of mine so many rocks or chop so many trees. You need to shoot that many collected resources into space. This will make much sense as far as why your on the planet. Only needing to mine or chop down is a little silly. 2) Assassination missions. Kill a certain invader level tech that's off some where waiting for you. 3) Stop with the loot chests and their drop in tech defenders. A tech should be carrying a resource block or something else valuable. You need to go retrieve it. 4) Craft a certain item mission. Your tasked with crafting an energy transfer coil, SCU or something else useful. This should assist newbies by guiding them how to progress. Newbies won't know how useful key items are. You task them with crafting it and then they get to use it afterward.