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Ship Purchasing and Cost

So I recently bought an SSD, and finally got back into SC, still on 8gigs of memory so can't get more than 20 fps. But I digress. So I was late to getting into whats happening in the verse. I just watched Chris Roberts speech at Citizencon that happened in October, and he said that ship purchasing will be a thing in 3.3. We're on 3.3.7 so I was wondering if ships are purchasable in game right now, and if so where can you buy them, and how much aUEC should I save up? The ship I'm most excited for is the Constellation Andromeda, but don't want to drop over 200 bones on it, when I could use that money to beef up my system. Sorry for my ignorance, just getting back into the loop.

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level 1

You can buy ships at Lorville’s Tessa Spaceport dealer, of Levski’s Teacher. But it’s not practical right now:

  1. missions do not scale right now and give very little reward, but ships are somewhat close to their final costs according to Robert.

  2. profile wipes happen quite frequently, so even if you manage to grind out a ship, next update could reset you.

I say play for fun right now. But if you really want to make money, you can haul cargo like I do, which earns way more than missions.

level 1

Yes, they are there. No, they are not worth grinding for. The servers can get wiped at any moment and poof you're back to zero.

You can always just ask around to bum someone else's. Or go on PTU when it's open and buy and fly it there.

level 2
Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

So let's assume you could grind enough in time to get a ship. Which I doubt I'd be able to play more than 2 hours without crashing, would you keep said purchased ship after a wipe? Also sorry for all the questions, but has CIG announced a system for carrying over currency after an update by tying that money to your RSI account?

level 3

Nope, anything purchased with aUEC gets wiped with each patch.

level 3

When you buy ship now for aUEC - it has insurance same as ship that you buy on website. If you crash or get blown up - you can claim it, and be ok.
But server will be wiped every 3 months, or more frequent. For example it was wiped at 3.3.6 and 3.3.7. Currently there is no reliable way to earn money and keep them.
There will be no system to carry your money from update to update untill game is released.

level 3

Nope. All progress is wiped. This will continue into Beta testing when they want to start testing the persistence system itself, but there will also be a final wipe when the game gets officially released.

level 4

Final wipe will be during the Beta, so technically prior to release. Small detail but thought I'd mention it.

level 5

I don't think that is the case. They don't want pre-release players getting an advantage.

level 7

So you even just said they don't 100% know what they're going to do yet.

level 8

Yeah, everything is subject to change in an alpha. I thought that was a given. But he explicitly says that late stage Beta progress people have made would likely not be wiped.

because I think when we go into like beta for the actual game that the backers will have, but not for the full public yet, we probably wouldn't wipe that late stage stuff.

It explicitly refutes your assertion that they don't want some people to get a head start before release. This is the most precise answer we have and it indicates that the last wipe will likely happen before Beta ends.

level 2
Caterpillar
1 point · 5 months ago

I always give a caterpillar to someone when I log out.

level 1
carrack
5 points · 5 months ago

I estimate a full loaded Caterpillar of Agricium can earn 1.5 million in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

So not entirely out of the question.

level 2
Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Jesus, assuming I could get my hands on a Catterpillar. As well as the funds to fully load it. What trade route would be good for buying Agricium for the cheapest, and selling it the highest? This isn't insider trading right? Lol

level 3
carrack
2 points · 5 months ago

Nope, it’s no secret, check versemate.com for the best routes, but it’s just a simple route of arcorp mining on daymar to Port Olisar. It also requires you to risk 1.5 million in cargo a trip.

So, high risk high gain. I just lost 450k yesterday, but I’ll see how long it takes to get those ships in game.

My goal is to make enough to give to others so that they can do the same thing. It’s a huge deal to give 20k to a new player right when they start, and I’m doing that now. If I can get this right I’d like to give a new player a Cutlass and a full cargo load to start their own trading business.

level 4
300i
2 points · 5 months ago

heroes we need!

I have 30k, I gave 10k to my brother yesterday because he had only minimum amount when he started.

Still on 2SCU 300i, it is tought, but managable :P

level 5
new user/low karma
2 points · 5 months ago

how can one give ingame cash to another player?

level 6
300i
2 points · 5 months ago

make a combat beacon. he accepts you confirm. and he gets money per minute. cannot go wrong. nobody else can't get the mission if you don't confirm

level 5
carrack
1 point · 5 months ago

Nice you are doing great if you earned 30k in a 300i.

level 6
300i
2 points · 5 months ago

lol. I didn't. I am backer since 2012 and I have like 30k ish with 2 referrals.

level 7
carrack
2 points · 5 months ago

Nice! That works too!

level 7
carrack
1 point · 5 months ago

Fantastic!

level 4
Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Hey thats pretty cool. You could make an org with some rules outlining how much profits should be given to you by people below you. Like making a new business in SC. That'd be pretty cool.

level 5
carrack
1 point · 5 months ago

Yeah, I guess that kinda what I’m trying to do.

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