I did a quick search to see if I was repeating anything and couldn't find it. If it's already there... I'm sorry.
I'm fairly new to the game, and just hit level 60... so the ships stuff just opened up for me. I have only some really basic stuff that they pretty much give you. I leveled up ships as best I could, and found out that gathering things to improve the ships is seemingly not really available. And I tried the first fleet battle based on the little guided tour, and it crushes me every time. I've tried it four times, and I don't come close.
So, what the heck am I supposed to do? This is the FIRST battle you can do with ships, which to me would suggest they'd make it easy since people starting out probably don't have great ships to play with. It's frustrating, and hurts my enjoyment of the game.
Am I just missing something? Or is the game balance way off for this part of the game?