I have been enjoying Starbound for quite some time now and the last major update had some fun and interesting features. Although I am unaware of what the next update will entail, I believe this is a good time to introduce an idea I've been working on for some time now. Well, what is it then? http://imgur.com/mPcnnuI Yep, you guessed it! Ship Encounters! Before you say this is a bad idea, hear me out. The idea is that as you travel from planet to planet there would be a chance to encounter traveling ships, friendly or hostile. The types are Quest Ships, Trading Ships and Enemy Ships. Quests Ships are what you'd expect, ships that require you to do anything from getting parts for a stranded civilian ship to defeating a pirate ship and returning it's goods. Hopefully if this is implemented, there would be more quest types. Next are trading ships. These ships will sell ship parts of course: metal-plating,guns, shield modules, upgraded boosters and more. Last but not least the enemy ships would have a chance to attack when you travel. But of course you will have a cloaking device to avoid detection from the beginning. Once you repair the ftl, you can deactivate it. As for the combat it's self, I would propose it would be a horizontal, next gen galaga with Starbound graphics, live action of course. You would have a shield ability, 1-3 weapon type slots with energy costs, and a chargeable ultimate attack for each race (all purchasable and unlock able from the trading ship). You may move up, down, forwards backwards and dodge into the background for a very short time. The goal is simple, destroy the enemy ship. The higher the tier, the better the goods. Once the ship crashes, you may go to the crash site located on the ship interface and take the spoils, but there's a catch. You must explore and loot within the time limit (once you get there) and the ship will explode without a trace(Explosion timer could be random or tiered). And when the player looses? You retreat at the last second, but your ship is a bit banged up as a reminder. You can have it repaired by the penguin in the outpost or buy ship plating from trading ships. If this is implemented, and i hope it is, I would like the outpost to have a wanted board with boss level outlaws in different locations in the universe. Maybe even a tiered system with unlocking up to 5-star outlaws that, when turned in reward you with large pixel bounties and high-end ship parts. And that's just about it! Sorry if its a bit lengthy but I believe this would be a great addition to the ship tiers we have now. I hope you liked my idea, and if you didn't, id like to know why in the comments.