Note: The screenshots in this particular post only show the EV classic module that you can download and play for free after buying Escape Velocity NOVA, but NOVA itself has a lot of graphical upgrades that make it look a lot flashier than the examples here.
|Escape Velocity classic begins when the player launches their brand new merchant shuttle and journeys into the stars...|
Planets have shipyards selling various types of ships, outfitters selling aftermarket upgrades and equipment, a spaceport bar or lounge of some sort (where players can listen for rumors or new missions, watch TV, or gamble), a commodity exchange to buy or sell goods at the going rates on that particular system, and a mission computer to take on mercantile missions of various sorts.
|The lush and beautiful world of Capella, where luxury goods often fetch a high price due to the world's high rates of interplanetary tourism...|
|Darkstar, another exotic system which happens to be one node of a highly profitable two-way trade-route with Capella...|
|An upgraded merchant ship and set of escort shuttles hired to transport additional cargo tonnage for higher profits...|
AI-controlled NPC ships in the EV galaxies also keep a close watch on each other, always looking for the first opportunity of blasting at rival factions, and the fact that all non-piratic factions will attack pirates on sight also makes the pacifist's challenge to stay alive easier in some cases.
|The shipyard outfitters open new horizons for creative nonviolent upgrades to increase profits and more easily evade hostile ships...|
For pacifist star captains who feel more in vogue when traveling through the galaxy on the wrong side of Imperial law: There are also various black market spaceports and systems where even more exotic upgrades are available. One has to be cautious about buying illegal ship upgrades since they may end up being stopped and scanned by Imperial ships— though in one of the user-created mods, one of the pirate systems even has a black market where one can buy a fake ID card (featuring a picture of "Doomguy") to avoid being automatically scanned and identified as a criminal.
One other note: Players who are into more extreme forms of RPG gaming and refuse to reload game files can even turn on "strict play" mode, which would force them to rely on onboard escape pods to survive after their ship is destroyed by foes.