X-Treme Trader - using 49 sectors

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hope_winger
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X-Treme Trader - using 49 sectors

Post by hope_winger » Tue, 8. Oct 19, 10:28

Working on X-treme Trader (X3TC) for the 4th time. Thought I’d see how long it’d take on Humble Merchant start BUT limiting myself to the first 49 sectors i.e. Kingdom End, Family Whi, Hatikvah’s Faith and back to Emperor Mines. I’m limited to two super shipyards (Argon and Teladi) plus four regular shipyards (Boron, Argon, Paranid and Teladi) – so NO Spilt shipyard. Twenty-two days in I’m at Tycoon 22% (nice symmetry). I haven’t built any major complexes just a few SPPs, ED and a Trading Station in President’s End. One hundred factory building missions completed – Presidents End now has 16 stations! Fifty universal traders is my main income source.

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Re: X-Treme Trader - using 49 sectors

Post by hope_winger » Thu, 17. Oct 19, 06:15

UPDATE Game time is 53 days and I'm up to Pan-Galactic Tycoon 36%. Haven't played much recently. In a word: "R-U-G-B-Y !!!"

I should leave it running overnight on time-limited SETA and get the job done! Still no complexes, just UTs and I've mothballed a few of those so I only have about 35 operating across 49 sectors. Player ineraction is just to restart the UTs and complete station building tasks STILL can't get a mission to build a SPP in Paranid Prime (well...I have had five times actually but always for a Paranid L or XL station and I only have M available from the PP Shipyard - rules are rules!). I've also turned down about thirty Split station building tasks - no Split shipyard! 135 factories built in total - reckon I'll need to get that to 200.

(time-limited SETA = park my ship 50km above a safe sector jumpgate (Not Home of Light - Terracorp HQ can sometimes get blown to bits.) Then use a programmable keyboard to interrupt the SETA after about 4 minutes 30 seconds, open and close a menu and restart. This avoids loss of rank and allows pretty much unlimited SETA.)

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Re: X-Treme Trader - using 49 sectors

Post by jlehtone » Thu, 17. Oct 19, 16:59

House rules are fun. :goner:

Had to dig game states.
X3TC, 22 days, Capitalist 70%.
X3AP, 40 days, PG Tycoon 34%.
In both games combat was Xtreme ages ago; in hopes that "plots" would scale.
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Insanity included at no extra charge.
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hope_winger
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Re: X-Treme Trader - using 49 sectors

Post by hope_winger » Mon, 21. Oct 19, 09:38

Update Reached X-TREME Trader. Gameplay clock is at 79 days 23 hours. Stayed in just the 49 sectors (see OP). 196 NP factories built. Player complexes: one Nostrop Oil, one Soja Husk, one Soja Bean, one Silicon Mine complex and one Ore Mine complex. A few other ore and silicon mines and about four SPP HUBS - STILL no NP SPP in Paranid Prime. One Trading Station in President's End and one Equipment Dock in Argon Prime. Yes, I located a Pirate carry Spaceflies, killed him and cloned the Spaceflies to sell in Split space at a good profit. Yes, I cloned wares at the complexes when I was controlling gameplay. Rest of the time the game was on time-limited SETA (see above).

Next up? Guess I could (try to) do TC Dead is Dead again (3rd time). But AP Dead is Dead "from the start to delivering the Xenon L" is the mission about which I keep looking for non-cloning shortcuts...

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