Mystery Trader FAQ 3.1 by Rogier van Vugt - 1998-03-23 v2.6/7h
- Last modified: 23-3-'98
- Version 3.1 of the Mystery Trader FAQ
- By Rogier 'Konradius' van Vugt
This article is a Frequently Asked Questions list about the Mystery Trader (MT) in Stars! version 2.6h/2.7h by Jeff McBride and Jeff Johnson.
Now fully updated, though nothing radical has changed. Some questions can still be answered more fully, but they do require a lot of testing. This FAQ still answers most of the MT questions on the newsgroup, so I hope it will answer questions before they are asked. If you want to add this document to your webpage you have my permission in advance. I would appreciate an email to say you do, and of course I welcome any additions, typo reports and updates from whoever who wants to give them! Passages starting with (*) are new.
Written by Rogier 'Konradius' van Vugt, firstname.lastname@example.org (the email has changed now I live in Ireland)
If you have anything to add to this FAQ feel free to email me. This also applies to typos and other errors. I will try to post this FAQ regularly to the newsgroup and hope to find some pages on the World Wide Web to carry it.
The following topics are addressed:
- 1 The Mystery Trader
- 1.1 What is the Mystery Trader?
- 1.2 How do I notice the Mystery Trader?
- 1.3 Where in the help file is info on the Mystery trader?
- 1.4 So why do you supply the info on the Mystery Trader?
- 1.5 Is info on the Mystery Trader a spoiler for the game?
- 1.6 What game options influence the Mystery Trader?
- 1.7 What has changed in v2.6 for the Mystery Trader?
- 2 How to trade with the Mystery Trader
- 3 What the Mystery Trader trades
- 3.1 What can I get from the Mystery Trader?
- 3.2 What does it pay to bring more minerals?
- 3.3 Is there an order to the Mystery Trader?
- 3.4 What if someone else trades from this Mystery trader too?
- 3.5 Can I trade again with the Mystery Trader?
- 3.6 What if I already have got what the Mystery Trader trades?
- 3.7 That's lousy! Can I kill the Mystery Trader?
- 3.8 Can I keep others from trading with the Mystery Trader?
- 3.9 Is there another way to get the Mystery Trader items?
- 3.10 Is the stuff from the Mystery Trader useful?
- 4 Appendix A: All items from the Mystery Trader
- 4.1 Mega Poly Shell (Armour)
- 4.2 Multi Contained Munition (Beam Weapon)
- 4.3 Hush-a-Boom (Bomb)
- 4.4 Multi Function Pod (Electrical device)
- 4.5 Enigma Pulsar (Engine)
- 4.6 Multi Cargo Pod (mechanical device)
- 4.7 Jump Gate (mechanical device)
- 4.8 Alien Miner (mining robot)
- 4.9 Genesis Device (Planetary)
- 4.10 Langston Shell (shield)
- 4.11 Mini Morph (ship hull)
- 4.12 Anti Matter Torpedo (torpedo)
- 5 Appendix B: All ships from the Mystery Trader
- 6 Acknowledgements
The Mystery Trader
What is the Mystery Trader?
The Mystery Trader, often abbreviated as MT, is the lightblue ship that cruises the Stars! universe at warp 7 to 13. All lightblue ships are Mystery Traders and each can be contacted by any player, (*)I still don't know whether the AI tries to catch the MT too. I don't actually think so.
How do I notice the Mystery Trader?
When a new Mystery Trader appears in the universe the following message is send to all players:
> A mysterious trading vessel broadcasting a proposal > has been detected entering known space.
You will be able to see the Mystery Trader even though he might be outside of your scanners. In other words, if you don't see a Mystery Trader there is none (anymore).
Where in the help file is info on the Mystery trader?
That's easy. There is no info on the Mystery Trader in the help file. That's why I am writing this FAQ. The information the game supplies when the Mystery Trader turns up and the information supplied by the Mystery Trader himself, together with the general knowledge of the game should be enough to learn all there is to know about the Mystery Trader. I suppose that is why they called it the _Mystery_ Trader anyway.
So why do you supply the info on the Mystery Trader?
At this time the Mystery Trader is one of the most asked about subjects in the newsgroup 'rec.games.computer.stars'. However most questions are asked frequently, and their answers are pretty standard. A good reason for writing a FAQ.
Is info on the Mystery Trader a spoiler for the game?
Some will surely consider it that way. However most people have played Stars! some times against the computer and have had the chance to catch the Mystry Trader often enough to know all about it. For them the game isn't spoiled because they know exactly what they can expect from the Mystery Trader. When you havn't traded with the Mystery Trader yet you might not want to look into section three of this FAQ. There is written what you can get from the Mystery Trader. I will put a big spoiler warning between section 2 and 3. Section 2 contains information on how to trade with the Mystery Trader. This I consider to be information on the workings of the game, and they can be read by anyone without being 'spoiled'. (*) Anyways, I would think it strange you'd be afraid of spoiling the game as you're already reading this FAQ.
What game options influence the Mystery Trader?
Just one. If you select 'No random events' when starting a game no Mystery Trader will come by. This option also stops asteroids colliding with planets, environment changes on planets and the discovery of artifacts and unknown mineral deposits.
What has changed in v2.6 for the Mystery Trader?
I got as answer to this question from Jeff McBride.
->Hi Rogier, -> ->Well, I can tell you that the MTs do have a new trick up their ->sleeves for version 2.6. You'll just have to wait an see what ->it is. I think you'll like it. -> -> Jeff
It has to do with the things you can get from the MT, so the answer is now in section 3.1.
How to trade with the Mystery Trader
What do I need to trade with the Mystery Trader?
The Mystery Trader gives the following message when selected in the scanner pane:
> The trader requests interested parties to send it a fleet with at least > 5000kt minerals on board to be absorbed into the trader. It offers > technological aid in return.
This means that you need a fleet that carries 5000kt minerals. It doesn't matter if you use large freighters with only engines or galleons complete with armament and escort ships. However as the whole fleet will be absorbed it is better to use large freighters with only engines than galleons. You can escort the fleet with a seperate fleet with armed ships. Even if that fleet follows the freighters to the exact location of the Mystery Trader they will not be absorbed (unless of course you carry 5000kt of minerals with them too, then the computer will take a random pick).
Can I bring additional minerals?
Yes, as far as I know now double the amount of minerals and some values in between can give you extra benefits. The details are given in section 3.
How do I meet with the Mystery Trader?
You have to arrive at the exact same location as the Mystery Trader does. The Mystery Trader travels the universe at high speeds. Speeds can go as low as Warp 7 and as high as Warp 13, three levels higher than any normal ship at a speed normally only managable for mineral packets.
This poses a problem when you simply select the Mystery Trader as waypoint. As soon as you are close to the Mystery Trader it will be far gone the next year, well beyond your reach. Until version 3 arrives (Stars! Supernova is supposed to change the intercept mechanics) this is the best way to catch the MT.
To help you get to the Mystery Trader you can select it and look at the 'ticks' on the Mystery Traders most probable path. On these points the trader will be in the following years, so if you are near those ticks the year before he is you can select the Mystery Trader and be almost sure you catch it.
In other words you can set a waypoint near one of those ticks and select as next waypoint the Mystery Trader. That waypoint will say it is reached years after the Mystery Trader is gone past, but the waypoint doesn't correct his readings for the speed of the Mystery Trader, so it is simply wrong.
Can you give me an example?
Yes. Suppose you see a Mystery Trader you want to meet. You will still have to build the ships for it. Now the path of the Mystery Trader comes within 150 lightyears from a planet of yours that has a lot of boranium you won't use anyway (earlier versions of the FAQ named germanium, because factories then used one or two kt of each mineral). The Mystery Trader is going at Warp 13. Looking at the ticks you see one that is 165 lightyears from that planet, and one that is 180 lightyears away. However the tick that is 165 ly away will be reached in three years (it is the third tick) and the tick that is 180 ly away will be reached in four years.
The best engine you have can only go at Warp speed 9 safely. You need one year to build the freighters and then you would need to reach that tick that is 165 ly away in two years. As you only travel 81 ly at warp 9 you would miss it by 4 lightyears. That means that you have no way of catching up again; the MT is going at warp 13 while you move at warp 9.
So you have to use the fourth tick. In one year you build the freighters and then you can load the minerals and set a waypoint 162 ly towards the fourth (then third) tick and then directly at the Mystery Trader. Two years later your fleet will be 18 lightyears from the tick the Mystery Trader will reach the next year, you could even slow down to warp 5, even though the Mystery trader is more than 100 lightyears away from you.
Of course, right then it changes direction so you can never reach it again (murphy's law, it's completely random)
When does the Mystery Trader change direction?
Whenever it feels like it. Jeff McBride has confirmed the MT behavior is completely random. I don't have a copy of his posting handy, but random is the word. Also when redoing turns when the MT did show up, the MT is just as unlikely to show up as any other turn. The same when redoing turns when the MT changes direction.
(*) This is one of the random events that can fundamentally change the outcome of a turn. One of the reasons why it is not advisable to redo turns and send the outcome to only a portion of the players. In v2.6/7i it will be impossible to mix files coming from different generations of the same turn.
Why does the Mystery Trader go so fast?
Well, the most likely reason for this is the following, posted on the newsgroup by Nathan Kronenfeld (email@example.com).
>Assume, for example, that the MT comes in near me at warp 8, and is >going to stay that way. I get my stuff from him, but I also send off >with him a fleet of 15 cruisers and a bunch of fuel transports, >thereby blowing out of the water all the other unsuspecting shmos who >want stuff from him. If he changed course to go warp 11 even, I can >never do this.
<<<<< SPOILER WARNING >>>>>
What the Mystery Trader trades
What can I get from the Mystery Trader?
The Mystery Trader gives out tech levels, special items that can be gotten only from the Mystery Trader (originally that is) or special ships composed from MT items. Tech levels are no longer the lowest possible. It was that way in v2.0x, but this has changed. Now they are completely random. If the Mystery Trader gives out tech levels they are anywhere from 6 to 2 levels. From what I have seen this is determined on the number of tech levels you already have.
M (firstname.lastname@example.org) has noticed the tech levels gained are completely random:
->The gifts are predefined EXCEPT: the exact tech levels you recieve ->are NOT set. If you save your files before meeting an MT, get tech ->levels, then restore and do it again, you get DIFFERENT techs. The ->same number, but different fields.
In appendix A I have a list with all the items the Mystery Trader gives out. If the MT gives out items it's always just one of them.
In appendix B I have a list with all the ships the Mystery Trader gives out. The number of ships range from 1 to 5 as far as I have seen so far. Possibly this can be more, perhaps also if you bring more minerals.
What does it pay to bring more minerals?
If the benefit you get is tech levels and you give double the amount of minerals you will get 4 extra tech levels, making the highest number 10 techlevels. This decreases correspondingly between 5000kt and 10000kt, so 6250kt gives 7 techlevels when you have low techlevels etc. If the amount of extra levels decreases when your techlevels are higher is something I don't know.
If the benefit you get is an extra item bringing more minerals will not change anything.
If the benefit is ships then perhaps you will get extra ships. However as the number of ships is very random, I'm not certain of that. This is still a topic that requires more observation. (*) Changed probably to perhaps, as data I have received suggests that there is no link between the two. I've heard reports of getting one ship while double the amount of minerals was brought for example.
Is there an order to the Mystery Trader?
No. The items, ships and/or tech levels the Mystery Trader carries are randomized, just like the behavior, appearance etc. In general, if you don't have strong evidence an act from the MT is not random, it's best to assume it's random.
What if someone else trades from this Mystery trader too?
They will get the same you did. If someone trades with the Mystery Trader it is even likely the trader will make another pass through the universe to get more customers for that particular item or those tech levels. As far as I have seen. As a lot of what the MT does is random, it is very well possible this is random too though.
Can I trade again with the Mystery Trader?
Not with that particular one. When you have traded once with a Trader the Trader will no longer have the 'The trader requests interested...' message when you select it. You can trade with other traders of course.
What if I already have got what the Mystery Trader trades?
Richard Kurnadi (email@example.com) ran a testbed for this and this is what he came up with:
>If the MT offers an item you already have, you'll get >another item, as long as there are still MT items that you don't have, or >tech levels if your tech isn't maxed out yet. If your tech level is maxed >and the MT offers tech levels, then you'll get an item you don't already >have. If your tech is maxed and you already have all the MT items, then >you won't get anything.
At that point your fleet gets still absorbed and you will get this message:
> has been absorbed by the Mystery Trader. However, the trader > was unable to teach you anything new.
However, I have seen events where there were still items to be given, techlevels to be researched and ship slots to be filled and I still got this message. A lot more data is needed to really determine what will happen when you've already got what the MT trades.
No one has reported refunds yet.
That's lousy! Can I kill the Mystery Trader?
No you can't. You don't even get a battle when your fleet 'attacks' the Mystery Trader. Be glad your expensive fleet wasn't simply absorbed with a message that they didn't have enough minerals with them to trade. This was the way version 2.0x handled it.
Can I keep others from trading with the Mystery Trader?
You can attack enemy fleets that want to meet with the trader just like you can attack any fleet. This you can do even on the actual turn the enemy fleet would have traded with the Mystery Trader, your fleet will attack first, and if they kill enough freighters to bring the amount of minerals carried by the others below 5000kt no deal will be made with the Mystery Trader. Be advised that freight is divided between ships in a fleet. So if a fleet with a cargo hold of 10.000kt and 5000kt minerals loses half its ships the remaining ships will have only 2500kt on board... Also _one_ fleet needs to have the minerals, two fleets with 2500kt each don't make a deal.
Is there another way to get the Mystery Trader items?
Yes there is. Just like you can gain tech levels by destroying enemy fleets or by allies scrapping ships at your starbases you can also gain Mystery Trader items this way. Jeff McBride explained it to me like this:
>There are two issues here. >1) What is the %chance of learning a tech when someone scraps a > ship at your starbase? >2) Why does it seem to happen less often than it should? > >The answer to #1 is a little hard to calculate but the general algorithm >goes like this: > >If you have already learned something from battle or from scrapping >this year that's all she wrote. You don't get no more. This helps prevent >serious abuse. > >Then there is a 50% chance you will learn nothing from this scrapping >right off the top. > >Then we give you a chance to learn how to build an MT toy: > You get 1% per identical part scrapped up to 25% per toy. > The chance for each toy is computed separately. > >Then up to 6 times we: > Pick a random research field and check to see if the tech > level in that field that is required to build the ships in > that fleet is greater than your current level in that field. > If it is then you have a 50% chance of gaining a level in > that field. > >As soon as you learn an MT toy or tech level we stop. One item >per customer per year. > >The answer to #2 is very simple. There is a bug I just fixed >that the planet owner wasn't getting the right message if they >did not have Ultimate Recycling and did not own the ships being >scrapped. The good news is that the Goto button works correctly. >So, if you get a weird/incorrect message when someone scraps a >fleet at your planet try the Goto button. If it takes you to the >Research dialog then you gained a level in something. If it takes >you to the Tech Browser you learned a new part. If it takes you >to the planet then you learned nothing. The message is fixed for >version 2.6 which will be out before the end of Sept. Exact date TBD.
(*) Note that the 50% chance of no learning is determined per scrapping event, and not by turn. Also there's another issue for scrapping MT items, what is the best way to do that. As the chance is calculated with each item in a fleet giving another 1% it's best to have fleets with 25 items to scrap, for a full 12.5% chance per fleet. If these scouts (for example, with one item each) would be scrapped seperately, then they would each have 0.5% chance for a total chance of 11.77797570512%. That's assuming (as I havn't tested this, it's near impossible to test these differences anyway) that the 1% per item is calculated adding all items from each ship. That's what the text is saying of course, but it wouldn't be the first time I've spotted inconsistencies there. The problem with this is that the differences in chances are so small it would take a near infinite amount of scrappings to determine (without certainty) what the chances are.
Is the stuff from the Mystery Trader useful?
This is a question you have to answer for yourself. I'll quote two people about it:
Answering a question on how to meet the Mystery Trader Daniel Chenault (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: >The (slightly) longer answer: the Mystery Trader is your friend. Run, >don't walk, to the nearest MT ship.
On the other hand Woodstock (Khrys@goldlyon.demon.co.uk) wrote: >Every time I actually manage to catch this bugger, he always seems to >palm me off with items I don't need. Does anyone have a list of items >he has to sell or is it not worth going after him?
Appendix A: All items from the Mystery Trader
All items will be displayed with mineral and resource costs when first getting them and at all tech 26 without bleeding edge.
(*) Added is the number of cloaking units per ship, explaining how cloak value is beyond the scope of this FAQ, but the manual is actually quite clear on this. Search for the guts of cloaking.
Mega Poly Shell (Armour)
Tech required: Ener 14, Const 14, Elect 14, Bio 6. Cost when you get the part: 18 I, 6 B, 6 G, 65 R. Cost at all 26: 9 I, 3 B, 3 G and 34 R. Mass: 20 kt
(*) Thanks to Sjaak Zomer who corrected the costs for this part.
Armour strength: 400 This part also acts as a 100dp shield, 20% cloak (40 units per kt), 20% torpedo jammer and a 80/40 ly scanner.
Notes: This armour is just as strong as Valanium, even with 100 dp being shields in stead of armour. It also gives you cloaking and jamming values, so you can use the electronics slots for different things. Mounting these on a starbase loses the scanning value, however a large stack of these will help counteract the 25% jamming penalty on starbases. Only Superlatinium is better for armour slots.
Multi Contained Munition (Beam Weapon)
Tech required: Ener 21, Weap 21, Elect 16, Bio 12. Cost when you get the part: 6 I, 40 B, 6 G, 40 R. Cost at all 26: 4 I, 24 B, 4 G, 24 R. Mass: 8 kt
Power: 140 Range: 3 Initiative: 6
This part also acts as a 10% cloak (20 units per kt), increases torpedo accuracy by 10% and a 150/75 ly scanner.
This weapon can also bomb planets (2% colonists killed, 5 installations destroyed) and lay 40 standard mines/year.
(*) Notes: This is the discription of the tech browser. And unlike what was said in the last version it is true. However this item used to act as jammer, as shown by the tiny jammer icon on the part. On the ship build pane the item does act as a 10% jammer and so you have to calculate the correct jamming value yourself when adding this part. Thanks go to Cris Spagnoli who did a test confirming this behavior and this information is backed up by Jeff McBride who will fix the ship panes in v2.6/7i.
This item can do a lot of things. The main use is as beam weapon, however a ship outfitted with a load of these weapons can easily double as bomber, and, even for a warmonger, as minelayer. The disruptor range beams have a little bit more damage, but these beams have a lot more versitability.
Tech required: Weap 12, Elect 12, Bio 12. Cost when you get the part: 1 I, 5 B, 0 G, 5 R. Cost at all 26: 1 I, 2 B, 0 G, 2 R. Mass: 5 kt
This bomb will kill approximately 3,0% of a planet's population each year.
The bomb will destroy approximately 2 of a planet's mines, factories, and/or defenses each year.
Notes: Even though this bomb acts in all respects as a normal bomb without minimal kill value, the two main features are low weight and low cost. It's possible to crank out large numbers of good bombers, even though the number of installations destroyed is low and the bomb uses the less favorable defence rating (in effect not the one smart bombs use).
Multi Function Pod (Electrical device)
Tech required: Ener 11, Prop 11, Elect 11. Cost when you get the part: 5 I, 0 B, 5 G, 15 R. Cost at all 26: 2 I, 0 B, 2 G, 6 R. Mass: 2 kt
Cloaks any ship up to 30% (60 units per kt), acts as a 10% jammer and manouvering jet.
Notes: Three bonusses, it doesn't excel in each, but together it can be very interesting. The manouvring jet is most interesting as it is mounted on an electrical slot. It doesn't work with starbases though. The other benefits are also doubled on other MT items and individually they are weaker than real jammers and cloaks, but as they are combined on one electrical part it can be better to have a bit of both than a lot of just one benefit.
Enigma Pulsar (Engine)
Tech required: Ener 7, Prop 13, Const 5, Elect 9. Cost when you get the part: 12 I, 15 B, 11 G, 40 R. Cost at all 26: 6 I, 7 B, 5 G, 19 R. Mass: 20 kt
Adds 1/4 square of movement and provides 10% cloaking (20 units per kt).
Fuel usage vs. warp speed: (estimated) Warp 1-5 Free Warp 6: 50% Warp 7-9 : something between W6 and 10... Warp 10: 100%
This engine can travel at warp 10 safely. It's battle speed is 10.
This engine is arguably the best warship engine around, as the battlespeed is 10 and it has an extra manouvring jet. Only the Interspace-10 offers warp 10 earlier, but that engine is limited to NRSE. Perhaps later on you can use the galaxy scoop or even the Transgalactic Mizer because they offer a higher free warpspeed or the Trans Star-10 because it's cheaper to build and to operate, but if you can get this engine it will probably be the one you'll use the most. If you can get it that is (but that counts for all MT items.)
Multi Cargo Pod (mechanical device)
Tech required: Ener 5, Const 11, Elect 5. Cost when you get the part: 12 I, 0 B, 3 G, 25 R. Starting Cost: 12 I, 0 B, 3 G, 25 R. Cost at all 26: 5 I, 0 B, 1 G, 10 R. Mass: 9 kt
This pod increases the carge capacity ny 250 kt, provides a 10% cloak (20 units per kt) and 50dp of armor.
Notes: This item gives the highest amount of extra cargo available, and it's the only way of adding armour without adding armour or shield items. If you want cheap cargo capacity it's better to go for more freighters, but if you want cargo in a well defended ship this item can be very interesting.
Jump Gate (mechanical device)
Tech required: Ener 16, Prop: 20, Const 20, Elect 16. Cost when you get the part: 0 I, 0 B, 50 G, 40 R. Cost at all 26: 0 I, 0 B, 38 G, 30 R. Mass: 10 kt
This device allows a ship to jump to planetary stargates. The range and weight limits are determined by the destination stargate.
Notes: The only orbital like item on a ship possible. The ability to stargate can only be used on the ship itself, if there are ships in the fleet without this item the gating will fail. Given the 300kt/500ly stargate a ship under 300kt (or even slightly above) can disappear for repairs or appear for a fast starbase defence. In the hands of a IT this item can be immensely frightening...
(*) One big bonus for all non IT people is that the MT jumpgate can gate cargo! But only if the jump gate itself is used. Rumour has it that on the bottom right of the icon in very fine print is written 'This part blows up when used at a location with a stargate', so a ship with a jump gate will try and use the stargate at the base. Note that this will mean that no jumps can be made from a point with an enemy stargate! Therefor cargo gating is also impossible from a location with a stargate, and the statistics are used from the stargate present (max kt and range).
Alien Miner (mining robot)
Tech required: Ener 5, Const 10, Elect 5, Bio 5. Cost when you get the part: 8 I, 0 B, 2 G, 20 R. Cost at all 26: 3 I, 0 B, 1 G, 7 R. Mass: 20 kt
This module contains robots capable of mining up to 10 kt of each mineral (depending on concentration) from an uninhabited planet the ship is orbiting. The ship must have orders set to 'remote mining'.
This module also acts as 30% cloak (60 units per kt), 30% jammer and half a manouvering jet.
Notes: This is a very cheap mining robot, and thus can give good remote mining even to OBRM races. Only the Robo-Ultra-Miner offers slightly better value, but even then the half manouvring jet, cloaking and jamming can be interesting, maybe to fill up a slot or two.
Genesis Device (Planetary)
Tech requirements: Ener 20, Weap 10, Prop 10, Const 20, Elect 10, Bio 20. Cost when you get the part: 0 I, 0 B, 0 G, 5000 R. Cost at all tech 26: 0 I, 0 B, 0 G, 5000 R. (The tech browser will discount for additional levels, but the Genesis device will always cost you 5000 resources)
This process gives a planet a new birth. All traces of civilization are eliminated as the planet revitalizes itself into an entirely new world.
Notes: This process will destroy all mines, factories and defenses, only before version 2.6 also population and starbases were destroyed. The environmental factors (gravity, temperature and radiation) and the mineral concentrations will be randomized again. The AR race is immune to this process as they don't use these facilities. They can build the genesis device even though it's a planetary instalation.
Langston Shell (shield)
Tech requirements: Ener 12, Prop: 9, Elect 9. Cost when you get the part: 10 I, 2 B, 6 G, 20 R. Cost at all tech 26: 4 I, 1 B, 3 G, 9 R. Mass: 10 kt
Shield strength: 125 dp This shield also provides 65 dp armour, 5% jamming (10 units per kt), 10% cloaking, and a 50/25 ly scanner.
Notes: An interesting shield, for a total of 190 dp it is better than the Gorilla Delegator. More interestingly the armour can make a Super Fuel Xport stand minefields a little better. The extras can be interesting as a little bonus, but the values are quite low here.
Mini Morph (ship hull)
Tech requirements: Const 8. Cost when you get the part: 30 I, 8 B, 8 G, 100 R. Cost at all tech 26: 8 I, 2 B, 2 G, 28 R. Mass: 70 kt
Fuel Capacity: 400mg Cargo Capacity: 150 kt Armor Strength: 250 Initiative: 2
This hull needs 2 engines, has one slot for 3 general purpose items, 2 slots for 2 general purpose items and 3 slots for one general purpose item.
Notes: Very versatile, but not dedicated enough to use as warship. The cruiser at construction level 9 is a better choice with higher initiative, base armour and fuel.
Anti Matter Torpedo (torpedo)
Tech requirements: Weap 11, Prop 12, Bio 21 Cost when you get the part: 3 I, 8 B, 1 G, 50 R. Cost at all tech 26: 1 I, 6 B, 1 G, 30 R. Mass: 8 kt
Power: 60 Range: 6 Initiative: 0 Accuracy: 85
Notes: This is a great item to transfer biotech with! Also look at the range of 6 and the mass of 8 kt. The low cost, especially in ironium can mean that this weapon is interesting in large numbers, but the high biotech generally is a barrier to use it. Only CA and perhaps SD races (maybe they took biotech research normal to get to lvl 12, and research it to miniturize...) can have biotech 21 earlier than weapons 26 or so.
Appendix B: All ships from the Mystery Trader
All ships will be displayed with their components and included will be their statistics.
Hull Type: Minimorph Engines: 2 Enigma Pulsar Shields: 3 Langston Shell Weapons: 2x2 Anti Matter Torps Misc. Equipment: 1 Multi Cargo Pod, 1 Multi Function Pod, 1 Jump Gate
Weight: 192 kt Max. Fuel: 400 mg Armour: 485 dp Shields: 375 dp Rating: 480 Cloak/Jam: 60%/23% Initiative/Moves: 2/2.5 Scanning Range: 65/32
Hull Type: Minimorph Engines: 2 Enigma Pulsar Armour: 3 Mega Poly Shell Weapons: 2x2 Anti Matter Torps Misc. Equipment: 1 Multi Cargo Pod, 1 Multi Function Pod, 1 Jump Gate
Weight: 223 kt Max. Fuel: 400 mg Armour: 1500 dp Shields: 300 dp Rating: 480 Cloak/Jam: 67%/54% Initiative/Moves: 2/2.25 Scanning Range: 105/52
Hull Type: Nubian Engines: 3 Enigma Pulsar Armour: 2x3 Mega Poly Shell Shields: 2x3 Langston Shells Weapons: 3x3 Multi Contained Munition Misc. Equipment: 1x3 Multi Cargo Pod, 2x3 Multi Function Pod
Weight: 499 kt Max. Fuel: 5000 mg Armour: 7940 dp Shields: 1350 dp Rating: 3366 Cloak/Jam: 94%/95% Initiative/Moves: 2/2.5 Scanning Range: 263/131
I would like to thank the following individuals for contributing to this FAQ and the Stars! game in general.
Nathan Kronenfeld, Daniel Chenault and Woodstock (Khrys@goldlyon.demon.co.uk) for posting their information on the Mystery Trader on the newsgroup.
Richard Kurnadi and M (email@example.com) for emailing me corrections on version 1.0.
Sjaak Zomer (Sjaak.Zomer@caiw.nl), Jason (firstname.lastname@example.org), SBPosey (SBPosey@aol.com), Shane Kearns (email@example.com), Chris Spagnoli (firstname.lastname@example.org) for emailing me extra information and corrections to version 3.0.
Walter D. Pullen (Astara@msn.com * http://www.astrolog.org) for the MT part guide. A bit of a double of the MT FAQ, but I did use his descriptions when making mine.
Jeff McBride and Jeff Johnson, the authors of Stars! and everyone who has contributed to the development of Stars! for a brilliant game.
Russ Hersch for his brilliant piece on FAQs, posted regularly on 'news.announce.newusers' .
Copyright (c)1996, 1997 and 1998 by Rogier van Vugt, all rights reserved. This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, website, on-line service, or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this copyright statement. This FAQ may not be distributed for financial gain other than the distribution of the Stars! game by Jeff McBride and Jeff Johnson. This FAQ may not be included in commercial collections or compilations without express permission from the author. This FAQ may be included into any Stars! FAQ, .
Rogier 'Konradius' van Vugt