So what is Thumping? In one sentence, you drop a thumper at a location, it knocks the ground for about 4 minutes, and in that time you have to protect it from all manner of angry things it stirs up. A bit like being the guy who announces he's handing out flasks before a WoW raid.
So you're standing in Copacabana, enjoying your pina colada and you decide to go out for minerals. You press "M" to open your map, then press tab and you're confronted with the screen below.
|So many minerals, so little time.|
Each mineral is spawned as a vein, which has a finite amount of thump-able resource, meaning that your main reward for using bigger thumpers is more material per minute. So you fly out to the circle where you think the vein is and break out your scan hammer by pressing "C" then scrolling with your mouse wheel to the little white crystal icon (that is labelled as "Resource Gathering" to the left of the icon). Scroll to "Scan Hammer" then press "5" to smash it into the ground. It will throw a wave of color across the screen. If you then jump jet upwards you should get this as a result (if you did not, it is because there were only trace elements, so nothing to mine there, go somewhere else!):
|They can be a bit hypnotic|
|Ignore the color change, usually elements are the same color, I just ended up on a different peak!|
|Convenient tutorial popup!|
|Literally crashes down|
|My rule: If the thumper goes below 20%, send it back, they can die fast, especially at the end of a thump.|
Good luck! Happy Thumping...remember, thumping is best done with friends.
* It is not required that you thump at the vein peak, it just provides the best resource proportion and usually the most resource/minute. Don't be afraid to take locations with lower ratios if it means a strategic advantage (and thus the ability to use tougher but more profitable thumpers).