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Release Passengers
(Version 1.0.1)


It's a known and by most members of the different races accepted fact that the universe is a dangerous place. But in addition to the usual dangers a barbarization seems to go on recently. Pilots are no longer only thrown out of their ships, but have to fight for their lives more often, just to end as slaves anyhow. Even respectable traders are not afraid anymore to sell caught pilots as slaves to the most horrible pirates. The formerly accepted code of honour, to take a ship and its freight, but to let the pilot escape, is not worth a single Credit anymore.
The Goners, who always have been an easy target for Pirates, have been trying to counteract this development for a long time. In collaboration with the initiatives "A good deed a day!", "Even slaves are living beings!" and "Which unholy creature is suitable for work anyhow?" the Goners were able to convince the main races of a new approach of dealing with caught pilots.
As a first step the release of caught pilots will be simplified. In previous days you had to fill out dozens of forms and despite your good intentions, in the worst case, you had to deal with the police. Now you can release caught pilots at all stations in the whole universe. Special trained personal will then take care of these people. Although you won't get any money for this, the races will surely be grateful for releasing their pilots.





>> The Installation

For X3: Terran Conflict:
Download the script archive and extract it to your X3:TC directory.

For X3: Albion Prelude:
Download the script archive and extract it to the "addon"-folder in your X3:TC directory.

Afterwards all files of the archive, they are listed below, should be in their respective folders in the X3:TC directory or its "addon"-folder. Just to be on the safe side you should also make a backup of your savegames before installing the script. The standard directory for the saves is "C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\My Documents\Egosoft\X3TC\save" or "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\Egosoft\X3TC\save". For X3AP the paths are the same, you just have to replace X3TC with X3AP.


>> The brief instruction

1. Dock on of your ships with passengers aboard at a station.
2. In that ship's command console under "Additional Ship Commands" select the command "Release Passengers".


>> The function

With this script passengers that are aboard of your ships can be released at stations. Therefore you must have a ship with passengers docked to a station. Over the ship's command console -> "Additional Ship Commands" -> "Release Passengers" two different options to release passengers are available:
    1. Release single Passengers: A list with all passengers aboard the ship is displayed. By clicking on one, you can release him.
    2. Release all passengers: All passengers are released at once.

Passengers that are bound to a plot (passenger is invincible) or bound to a transport mission (passengers want to be transported from A to B) or that have local variables saved on them cannot be released. These will be sorted out right from the start and won't be shown in the "Release Single Passengers"-list.

For each released passenger your rank towards the passenger's race will slightly increase. How much recognition you gain depends on the owner of the station, where you release the passenger. If the owner of the station and the passenger belong to the same race, you will gain 10 "recognition points". If the station belongs to another race, you will only gain 5 points towards the passenger's race. If the owner of the station belong to the Goner, then in addition to the recognition increase towards the passenger's race you will also gain 10 points towards the Goner.

You won't gain any recognition, if you release passengers at Pirate, Yaki or Player stations.


>> Known problems

Version 1.0.1:
- Currently, there are no known problems. I've tested this script with a few, but not all plots in X3TC and X3AP. The release (destruction) of a plot character will certainly cause the plot to hang. So when you are in doubt and you have the suspicion that one of the displayed passengers is a plot character, do not (!) try to release him.


>> (In)Compatibilities

The script is compatible to all X3TC version equal or great than version 2.5 and to all X3AP versions greater than version 1.0. It is also compatible to all scripts and mods that do not use the same text and page id (7335) and the same command slot (COMMAND_TYPE_SHIP_61).


>> The uninstallation

Quit the game and run the 'uninstall.X2I.releasepassengers.bat', which can be found in the 'scripts.uninstall'-folder in the X3TC main directory (or its addon-folder). If there are no other files in the 'scripts.uninstall'-folder, it can be deleted afterwards.


>> Credits

EGOSOFT for the X-Series and the Script Editor
SS_T for providing a reliable hosting place on xdownloads.co.uk


>> Download

xdownloads:



mediafire.com:



>> Files in the archive

    Documents
      - LiesMich_Passagiere_freilassen.txt
      - Readme_Release_passengers.txt

    scripts
      - !init.X2I.releasepassengers.modified.pck
      - lib.X2I.releasepassengers.getrace.xml
      - plugin.X2I.releasepassengers.exclude.xml
      - plugin.X2I.releasepassengers.main.xml
      - plugin.X2I.releasepassengers.release.xml
      - setup.X2I.releasepassengers.xml

    scripts.uninstall
      - uninstall.X2I.releasepassengers.bat

    t
      - 7335-L044.xml (Englisch)
      - 7335-L049.xml (Deutsch)


>> Version history

    05th May 2012 - Release (Version 1.0)

    28th June 2013 - Update (Version 1.0.1)
      - Passengers that have local variables saved on them and therefore most likely belong to another script will be sorted out before releasing them is possible






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PostPosted: Sat, 5. May 12, 12:21    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Very nice script. I was looking forward to seeing such extension.

You could actually improve this script by adding - release slaves option. Now there is no option to remove them in a humane way. You either sell them or dump them in a container into space.

Search and rescue of astronaut could be profitable as well! When releasing any astronauts on a station belonging to a race with police licence we could get some money for such rescues as well Smile


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Is there any reason why the first post is blank ?


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PostPosted: Sat, 5. May 12, 12:37    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Should be okay now. The first post was not blank per se. But there seems to be a forum-wide problem with using img-tags in a certain way (not sure, what the exact problem is) and having the "Show images - images in posts"-option in your profile deactived. I removed a few images at the top of the post for now.


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Thats better.

I like the idea. I routinely beam aboard stray pilots, so end up with hundreds of them.


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Sorkvild wrote:
You could actually improve this script by adding - release slaves option.


Not sure about this. After all you only get slaves, when you buy them or when you turned passengers into slaves before, right? So when you have slaves you already have taken the path to the dark side. Evil Laugh

Sorkvild wrote:
When releasing any astronauts on a station belonging to a race with police licence we could get some money for such rescues as well


That sounds definitely interesting. Smile I might add this to an upcoming version.


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X2-Illuminatus wrote:
Sorkvild wrote:
You could actually improve this script by adding - release slaves option.


Not sure about this. After all you only get slaves, when you buy them or when you turned passengers into slaves before, right? So when you have slaves you already have taken the path to the dark side. Evil Laugh

Sorkvild wrote:
When releasing any astronauts on a station belonging to a race with police licence we could get some money for such rescues as well


That sounds definitely interesting. Smile I might add this to an upcoming version.


Sometimes the slaves are floating in a container around might be found onboard captured ship Wink One script from bonus pack for X3R had this option of slave release or something.

Can't wait for the new version, to do some combat search and rescue and get some good cash for it Wink


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Hmm, okay. Will think about adding a function to release slaves then as well.


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X2-Illuminatus wrote:

Sorkvild wrote:
When releasing any astronauts on a station belonging to a race with police licence we could get some money for such rescues as well


That sounds definitely interesting. Smile I might add this to an upcoming version.


So who would pay more for one of your "passengers"? Pirate slave traders? Or the loved ones of those that you "rescued"?

It seems like an excellent opportunity to increase the value of passengers; by ransoming them back to their families. Twisted Evil

Personally, I think the pricing on slaves is too low by 50x. It is more cost-effective to Convert Passenger to Marine. Now you have an opportunity to "fix" that.


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DrBullwinkle wrote:
X2-Illuminatus wrote:

Sorkvild wrote:
When releasing any astronauts on a station belonging to a race with police licence we could get some money for such rescues as well


That sounds definitely interesting. Smile I might add this to an upcoming version.


So who would pay more for one of your "passengers"? Pirate slave traders? Or the loved ones of those that you "rescued"?

It seems like an excellent opportunity to increase the value of passengers; by ransoming them back to their families. Twisted Evil

Personally, I think the pricing on slaves is too low by 50x. It is more cost-effective to Convert Passenger to Marine. Now you have an opportunity to "fix" that.


It's all about rules and rpg feeling. Dirty characters should head to pirate base Wink Yes I agree, price on slaves is some kind of joke. They price equals a few chunks of argnu beef.
I'm going to adjust the ware file in my age to make slaves more pricey.

Convert Passenger to Marine - nice script , but marines created by this script are worthless and they come with almost zero skill.


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Sorkvild wrote:
It's all about rules and rpg feeling.


Sorry, did I say "ransom"? I am sure that I meant "reward". Would not the families of your passengers be willing to generously reward you for rescuing their loved ones? Wink

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Convert Passenger to Marine - nice script , but marines created by this script are worthless and they come with almost zero skill.


In plugin.pel.conv.pass.marine.do, change "train passenger to marine" to "create marine from passenger: fighting=50 hacking=50 mechanical=50 engineering=50". (Or whatever numbers you prefer.)


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DrBullwinkle wrote:
Sorry, did I say "ransom"? I am sure that I meant "reward". Would not the families of your passengers be willing to generously reward you for rescuing their loved ones?


But that implies that the families do have the money to reward you. After all there are many traders or ship owners out there, who just have their ship and the freight it carries. So no ship means no money for them. Also not every one has a family at all. There are many lonely souls out there.
Nevertheless, I don't want to exclude the possibility that there will be the richer pilots that will be a bit more generous about their release. Wink

Apart from that, the different races and their governments (unfortunately) do not have the money to make the release of pilots more profitable than the dealing with slaves. However, they still expect to see more and more people releasing caught pilots and passengers due to the high availability of this service.


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X2-Illuminatus wrote:
that implies that the families do have the money to reward you...

Nevertheless, I don't want to exclude the possibility that there will be the richer pilots that will be a bit more generous about their release. Wink


Perfect. You have the beginnings of something great here, X2.

A primary cause of addiction is "inconsistent reinforcement". It is a major part of the appeal of gambling, extreme sports, and games. Selling slaves is consistent but boring. Releasing prisoners -- while not knowing whether it will be a freebie or whether there will be a reward -- could be very engaging.

Especially if there is the rare possibility of a *huge* reward... it could be a bit like playing the lottery.

(PS: The reward does not always have to be credits. A used M3 would be a very nice reward, as well.)

(PPS: Or the rare but occasional freighter full of Nividium.) Smile


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You could take this a step further.

A bailed pilot actually sends you a message offering a reward to pick him up and release safely. (Especially once you gain a reputation for releasing picked up pilots.)

A bailed pilot released, becomes your employer for a while and gets you doing rewarding missions.

Similar, but the bailed pilots father offers to employ you.

I like the random reward idea as well. So dropping off 200 pilots could net you nothing or several million.

Pilots could also offer to work for you. So you put them in a ship and they become a Mk3 trader for example, with a random rank in the UT range.


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