Firstly I cannot contact the station, so when I go into dock, I get fined every time. Really annoying I've got the reference sheet that says press [shift] L but I can't raise the station to get clearance. I keep trying as I get closer and closer from the nav beacon but nothing.
Sounds like you have Docking Clearance Protocol enabled. You could just disable this, and then you don't have to request clearance, but if you'd prefer to keep it enabled, you'll need to target the station first, and then press shift-L: see
http://wiki.alioth.net/index.php/Oolite ... _or_later)
Second being attacked I've started over again so many times, because I never get more than three runs in before being attacked. The last time I got attacked by three enemies, I had no chance to dodge their beams, nor target them (I'm using a mouse and keyboard and its really hard to get them in sit to be able to fire back). How can I avoid being attacked, or try and even the stakes, starting out is really hard as it is. The last time I got attacked coming to Lave, which I though was a safe system???
Lave is not a safe system: it's a Dictatorship. It's where you start, right enough, but I wouldn't recommend going back there until you're tooled up and ready for a fight. The systems are ranked, from safest to most dangerous, thus:
Dictatorship <-- Lave
I'd stay well away from anything except Corporate States and Democracies until you've managed to get better equipment (injectors
, and a beam laser
would be my minimum combat specs). You might chance a trip to a Confederacy, if you feel lucky. You might like to check out [wiki]Mr Gimlet[/wiki]'s advice for new commanders: you can, for example, jettison some cargo if you get attacked, which can sometimes buy your way past. If all else fails, run away!
Edit: you might find this thread
useful - not least as a place to post your opinions, as a new player, about getting into the game.