I actually never planned to stay on this server as I generally do not like PvP servers. I am not strictly againist PvP, done quite a lot of it but most of them have toxic atmosphere there which I do not like. However I decided to test it out because I wanted to see Dead Sun thing and somehow I am still here like month over and maybe I stay for little more. Here I try to share my 1st impression about this game. I am pretty sure lot of people do not agree with me and this is fine - you dont have to - it is just my opinion.
First, TIM, I have been working as unix computer system administrator for 25+ years and done quite some programming so I know that thing you done here is kind of impressive. Having to moreless working modded server on game what is not yet even ready and gets updates ever so often is insanely difficult. I have done lot of crazy stuff yet I would not dare this because you kind dof add your own bugs to keen bugs which runs yet on other platform which has it own bugs.
Then I to just to say that having unlimited PvP in this game is kind of bad choice. Because game has lot of problems but as free PVP they get constatly abused whether you watch it or not. As that I do not feel this game can reach it maximum potential. If I really wanted to do that - I would choose Empyrion or something more ready as my base.
As space engineers game it would work much better with limited consensual PvP where you assign part of game ( planet ) as PvP battlefield. Naturally there should be reward which makes worth for people go there but there should also be option to avoid it when you dont think you ready. Unlike PvP dream - Rust, SE needs lot more time for new people to get used with totally different building system and get ready for PvP. I would say that time is like 1-6 months depending how often you play instead of rust 1-3 days.