Taking missions from contacts is one of the primary ways for a Star Trading Captain to advance their careers. They are especially important in the early game as a captainis building up his or her abilities and growing a network of contacts and faction support. There are many different types of missions and most [captains]] will become specialists in completing and maximizing the profits of a certain set of missions. Missions provide numerous benefits including payment, increased reputation with a contact and faction, experience and the ability to influence conflicts. All missions require travel to another zone to complete and many missions will entails some degree of risk above and beyond those involved in regular travel.
When a player starts a new game, for the first 250+ turns they will be given relatively easy delivery missions, which normally do not require a Hyperwarp jump. After this, missions will be given based on the captain's reputation with the contact, the captain's level and general level of resources in ship and crew. The more capable a captain becomes, the longer and more difficult missions they will be given.
Finding and Taking Missions[edit | edit source]
All missions are given by a contact, though not all contacts will offer missions. See contact services to determine which contacts give missions and their mission types. When designing a new captain template it is very important to ensure that you have at least one contact who offers missions, preferably more. Missions are one of the few contact services that are not limited by a captain's reputation with a contact or faction. However having a better reputation will cause the contact to offer a captain more and better missions and allow the captain to accept more missions from that contact. For each reputation level of 20/50/100/250 a contact will offer a Captain one additional mission to choose from. At high reputation a captain can accept up to four missions from a given contact. Better paying missions will also be offered with higher reputation.
Certain missions will have certain prerequisites. These could be certain upgrades to the ship, such as a passenger cabin or prison cell or a certain level of edict with the faction. Lacking these prerequisites will not prohibit a contact from offering a certain mission, but the player will not be allowed to accept them and will be given a message describing what is lacking. However, smuggler missions which can require a captain to purchase certain goods can still be accepted without having a sufficient trade permit with any faction. This is because the goods may still be available at Independent Zones or Black Markets.
The outcome of any mission depends on theme it was selected from. Contacts will offer three themes to choose from which will rotate every so often. These themes are usually based on a current conflicts, the contact's faction the contact's specific traits or the friendly/hostile relationship the contact has with another contact. This is particularly useful when a player want's to influence the outcome of a current conflict.
All missions will have a deadline they need to be completed within. While most missions can still be completed after a deadline has passed they will offer significantly reduced rewards. When considering which missions to take it is very important to consider the deadline of a mission. Contacts can offer missions that vary from being impossible to complete on time to ones that give you a huge surplus of time to comfortable complete it in.
Completing Missions[edit | edit source]
Because there are many mission types there are many ways in which they may be resolved. Combat, Operation Card Games, Stashes, Skill Tests
Results of Missions[edit | edit source]
Payment, Conflict Influence, Reputation