My main UI gripe is pretty minor. I can’t quite tell who’s speaking when I’m talking with NPCs. It’s as if my screen resolution is too low: I can see there’s some sort of text at the edge of the screen, probably identifying the speaker, but most of it is clipped by the screen edge. Maybe I should fuss with video options? But most other UI elements fit the screen fine, so I’m reluctant to mess with it.
I do like all the hotkeys. I’d like a few more, but I’m mostly happy. The arrow keys don’t scroll fast enough for my taste on the galaxy map, but not a big deal.
The gameplay itself is pretty addictive! Yeah, the game needs more docs and tooltips, but the wiki has answered many of my questions about skills, attributes, jobs, etc. Now I get that 0 (4) means a character has a “bonus skill” of 4 that is only used by officers/captain. Ordinary crew don’t use the parenthesized skill unless they’re promoted to captain, or unless that parenthesized skill is a combat skill.