NPC Transport Info

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NPC Transport Info

Post by Teresa Rowley on Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:53 pm

Movement: NPC Transport
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1/ Pricing Model
2/ Technicalities
3/ Events
4/ Open Destinations

Trading factions can offer a service (for a fee) to any character, regardless of level, to travel between two powered starports owned by the faction on any planet. This service is also available between any two powered NPC-owned starports for travel between race homeworlds only or FROM an NPC-owned starport TO a powered starport owned by your faction and set 'open to crewlist & faction' or 'open to all'. Travel from a faction owned starport to an NPC-owned starport is not possible. Travel from an NPC-owned starport to a faction owned starport open to 'crewlist' only is not possible.

Any character entering a starport is able to access, from the docking bay, a list of possible destinations and the corresponding price and estimated travel time. Upon choosing the destination, a StarSpeeder 3000 shuttle is created at that point the character and any party members are immediately moved onboard, and the full travel begins. Upon arrival, the character and associated party members are moved into the spaceport and the shuttle is no longer available for use.

Trading factions can grant or restrict the access of specific characters to particular starports by using the possibilities offered by the crewlist or public access feature. For example, if a starport is set to "open to all", then any character will be able to select it as destination. If a starport is set to "faction members" then only the members of the trading faction owning the starport will be able to select it as destination. Finally, if a character is on the crewlist of a destination starport then he will also be able to select it as destination.

The following table summarizes all possible combination of travels when using the NPC Transport service. All starports are supposed powered and not under construction.
Where are you ? Where can you go to ?
NPC-owned Starport - NPC-owned Starports
- You faction starports (open to crewlist and you are on the crewlist)
- You faction starports (open to your faction)
- Your faction starports (open to all)
Starport owned by a Trading faction - Trading faction starports (open to all)
- Trading faction starports (open to crewlist and you are on the crewlist)
- You faction starports (open to crewlist and you are on the crewlist)
- You faction starports (open to your faction)
- Your faction starports (open to all)
Note
Unpowered or under-construction starports do not provide the transport service. Similarly, unpowered or under-construction starports can not be selected as valid destinations.
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1/ Pricing Model

The following equation is used to calculate the price that a character must pay in order for him and the accompanying party to use the transport service.
Equations

where:

P: Price to pay
M: Raw Material price of a starport
n: Number of party members (not including character). These only pay 20% of the full ticket price.
T: Tax level on the departed planet.
C: Civilisation level on the departed planet.
D: Distance between the two planets on the galactic map.

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2/ Technicalities


The ships used for the transport services are the well-known StarSpeeder 3000 freighter. Each time a travel is initiated, a new ship is spawned with several fixed attributes:

A droid pilot onboard.
The ship owner is set to NPC (none).
The ship name either "Star Tours" if the starport is NPC-owned or "[XX] Star Tours" if the starport is owned by a trading faction. XX is the faction acronym.

Once the travel is completed and all passengers are disembarked, the StarSpeeder 3000 is destroyed and removed from the game.
Example
[] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Aranyos Trading Network.
[BMF] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Baobab Merchant Fleet.
[CSS] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Centrepoint Space Station.
[CTS] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Corellian Transport Services.
[CA] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Corporate Alliance.
[] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Freelancers Alliance.
[JTC] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Joruba Trading Corporation.
[] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to NovaStar.
[Sx3] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Sen`Similla Services.
[SYT] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to SYT Transport.
[GSE] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to The Galactic Stock Exchange.
[[WH]] Star Tours for a StarSpeeder 3000 belonging to Werda Holdings.


Piloting is ensured by CX Pilot droid droids. The droid owner is set to NPC (none). Therefore it can not be removed from the ship.
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3/ Events

Each time the StarSpeeder 3000 shuttle starts a new travel section, an event is logged and available to any passengers from the room events screen.
Example

Currently leaving the city of Meleenium City I. Reaching atmosphere of Tatooine in 60 minutes.
Currently leaving the atmosphere of Tatooine. Reaching orbit in 60 minutes.
Because of some local gravity fields effects, we are forced to move to (6, Cool before jumping to hyperspace. ETA: 0 days, 0, and 23 minutes.
Hyperdrive motivator engaged. ETA to (-3, 16): 3 days, 17, and 39 minutes.
Sublight drive engaged. ETA to Byss (6, 12): 1 hours, and 18 minutes.

Additionally, a list of all recent departing and arriving passengers is available from the cockpit of the starport to anyone having access to the commands.
Example

Arrival of Sim Master Veynom from Sullust with 16 party member(s).
Departure of General Khan to Tatooine.

Finally, an event is sent to the faction owning the starport and another event informs your character upon completion of the travel.
Example

Your faction received 22,319 credits from Veynom with the following message: Travel from Sullust to Tatooine.
You successfully arrived on Tatooine. Thank you for travelling with Star Tours.

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