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ManticoreMig





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PostPosted: Fri, 13. Dec 13, 15:04    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Hello all,

I have the same problem as dizzysoul. Running X3AP.
ESTs running fine, last rank, no MK3, running one ware only (normally E-Cells, food, ore), using jumpdrives, jump range of 3 around argon prime.
With the script "Trade Overview" installed, they are shown as making a profit 100.000/hr to 200.000/hr per trader. Yet, with no other sources of income i am losing about 20.000/hr on my global account, its almost unnoticeable.
My game is heavily scripted, but has no major mods. This only happens after i start some ESTs.

Any clues as what might be?

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PostPosted: Fri, 13. Dec 13, 15:40    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

If you're losing money, then the salary of the trader is probably costing more than the profit their making. You didn't stick them in say Mistral Super Freighters did you? Because those things are so slow they'll rack up a huge bill and may not make enough cash to cover that cost. As for them not going, is your trade rank high enough? They won't budge until it is.


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ManticoreMig





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PostPosted: Fri, 13. Dec 13, 17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I have defined as 20% the minimum profit per trade run (instead of the default 10%)
The ships are a collection of demeter and mercury Superfreighters XL (playing a no buying ships game). So, as you point out, it might be the case that their profits per run are lower than their wages (which are calculated by travel time, right? which in this case might be a lot).

I will make some tests when I have some time to make sure.
My goal was to keep the factories on the argon home sectors pumping (wich they are doing realy great).

Thanks a lot for pointing that out Smile

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PostPosted: Sat, 14. Dec 13, 14:07    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

No buys are some of the most fun ones. That said, are the ships fully tuned? Demeters should have no problem out running their salaries. Are they restricted to just one type of ware? If so try adding one or two other wares. Plus get them to jump drive level and let them use those. They'll get much better at getting around. I presume you've got them in Argon Prime? If so, consider expanding them one sector so they can service the local boron sectors and such. It'll increase opportunities and let them buy more from local stations which will let those stations produce more and provide more opportunities to sell to them.


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PostPosted: Mon, 16. Dec 13, 12:44    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

- The ships are fully tunned and JD equiped
- The pilots are at level 5
- only 1 ware per ship
- ships are demeter or mercury superfreighters XL
- 2 are trading E-Cells, 1 is trading meatsteak cahoonas, and another is trading ore
- They are using the jumpdrives, range is 3 sector around argon prime (perfect for dealing in all of the argon sectors of that region).
- "Minimum profit" set as 20%
- "Maximum product stock" set as 60%
- according to the Trade Overview script, each trader is making 100.000 to 200.000 cr/h (and i believe this includes jumpfuel bought)
- according to this page, each trader at lv 5 earns 40cr per mizura, thats 40cr per minute, which is 2.400cr/h. So the profits should be more than enough to cover the wages

The goal is to help the local economy while making a little profit, as the sectors around argon prime supply E-Cells, Ore and food, but the NPC traders are only interested in high profit trades.

My main game has now lots of credit input from other sources (like large complexes) so I am setting-up another game to test this scenario (but it is taking a lot of time to reach the lvl 11 trade rank xD ).

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PostPosted: Mon, 16. Dec 13, 15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Try setting the maximum product stock lower. They might be making a profit there, but only just, so the costs are overwhelming the income. For example, the profit margin on Energy cells is very slim. So if it's buying at 12, and selling at 16, it might not be making enough profit.

I don't know if Trade Overview is counting jump fuel. You might want to check the trader settings on the individual traders themselves and see if they're making profit. I just looked at one of mine and it's incurring 6,000 credits of expense every time it refuels.


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PostPosted: Tue, 17. Dec 13, 13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Well, after setting up a scenario with only 1 mercury SF XL, pilot level 5, with same settings as before, the conclusion is that the problem is not from EST. At least not in this configuration.
In this new scenario, the mercury SF XL was making a solid 180.000cr/h profit by trading E-Cells around argon prime.
I have cheked through both my player account, trade overview script (wich takes into account jumpfuel, fighter drones and mosquito missiles bought, but not the pilot salary), and the individual trader information, (with sales bonuses, salary, expenses, etc) and they all added up.

In my main game i have checked the individual information on all traders and the profits far exceeded the sum of the expenses. But the game has progressed considerably from the point when i was having this specific problem.

So the conclusion is that the problem was perhaps low performance with low level pilots, in the begining of the main game, or another problem not related to this script.

Many thanks for all the sugestions and prompt help Triaxx2

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PostPosted: Wed, 18. Dec 13, 13:21    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Download links seem to be dead?

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PostPosted: Thu, 19. Dec 13, 00:27    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

On the first post it says

Major dealer
The freighter pilot can trade all wares within twenty jumps from his central sector.

Does this mean that I if want a EST pilot do cover the the whole universe I have to homebase EST's around different sectors in the universe to cover the whole map or if I homebase a ship in Argon Prime can find and trade wares in any sector on the map.

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PostPosted: Fri, 20. Dec 13, 20:55    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

CaptainRAVE wrote:
Download links seem to be dead?


Yeah link dead for me too.
Is there another link please ?

Thank you !

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ManticoreMig





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PostPosted: Mon, 6. Jan 14, 19:42    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Hello all,

I have found what my problem was. It is related to the Marine Repairs (and Training) v2 script
http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=324152

And its feature to train any marine automatically to two stars (which seems to be generaly overlooked). It wont do this unless you have more than one million in your account, like what happened to me.

So, dizzysoul, and any one with the same situation, this might be your problem.

I've found out through this thread:
http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=360744

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PostPosted: Mon, 6. Jan 14, 19:57    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I am glad you solved your mystery, ManticoreMig.

Just to clarify for others, Marine Repairs and Training does not interact with this script (EST) in any way. They work together just fine.

Training costs in Marine Repairs are player-adjustable and well-documented (at least I thought they were well-documented Wink ).


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ManticoreMig





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PostPosted: Mon, 6. Jan 14, 20:42    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Sorry DrBullwinkle, I am not saying that it was badly documented, only that in the middle of so many features it is easy to forget some of them, especially the more subtle/passive ones.

Good Job on your script by the way Smile Makes playing as a pirate/privateer, more interesting and less frustrating Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue, 14. Jan 14, 01:39    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Good evening, Currently using Mistral freighters what would you recommend as the max number of EST I could run in anyone time for best efficiency?

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ManticoreMig





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PostPosted: Mon, 24. Feb 14, 19:16    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

From my experience, a good number is around 100, covering the hole universe.

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