There is a very fun free game called Star Made. http://star-made.org/
It is very similar to Minecraft, except that you are in space, and you create spaceships.
I do recommend that it be checked out, and I one day hope that we may have a server supporting it.
Actually I do the same thing. In minecraft for me not to have serious lag I have to play render distance short, max fps, no clouds, no shadows. but I can play starmade just fine beside the multiplayer thing.
Once you salvage an enemy space station, you have enough money to build any ship (within reason).
But here are some tips.
Add weapons before completing the outer hull.
Have your weapons control room(s) safe but easily accessible.
To have an infinite supply of a material, build a ship of the material you want, catalogue it then buy it multiple times.
Throw a lot of plex doors into open spaces and toggle them open when you do not need them.
Bury a emergency set of engines deep inside your ship.
Hm. I’ve sacked a station, but I’ve learned that you get what you pay for. Once your shield goes down that regular grey/black/green/blue/red hull you get from stations doesn’t last long VS. 4 pirate ships and their home base.
They cut through that like butter.
I didn’t think about putting more than one weapon controller in my ship, I will install the last resort engines as soon as possible, what are the stats on your ship?
I’m slowly converting all my hull to hardened, I am currently adding two turrents to the wings on my ship so as to help defend it when I leave it to walk a planet. I’m ever making the ship larger adding small pieces on as I find I need more.