The alpha is coming, soon. In preparation for this, ahem, momentous event, allow me to present the first official version of Starfarer’s manual. Don’t worry, you don’t have to read the whole thing just to be able to start playing – the tutorial is supposed to take care of that.
There are a lot of mechanics in play though, and several missions are hard (and indeed, they’re supposed to be). So, if after playing for a while you keep losing horribly and tear out your hair screaming “WHY?!?” (or have some questions), the manual is a good place to find answers. It also features a handy 1-page summary of all the controls and shortcuts.
Let me know what you guys think!