Author Topic: Did anybody encounter quests other than the early game ones lately?  (Read 1622 times)

Offline nas1m

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I failed to see the freighter convoy and rogue scientist ones for as long as I am playing the game.
Did anybody else encounter them recently?

I know they are rigged to very low RCI values according to the patch notes, but I had some seriously low RCI values in my games - without seeing them a single time.

Does anybody know what the *exact* requirements (in terms of actual RCI values) are?

Is anybody else in favor of easing these requirements a bit to actually have them pop up once in a while?
If there is some consensus I would throw up a mantis issue for it...
« Last Edit: May 10, 2014, 09:43:35 AM by nas1m »
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Offline jonasan

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I have to say that i didn't even know there were more than the first two types of quests in the game so far. I have never seen any others than 'Spacefaring tech' and 'Terraforming Kit'. So, yeah, I can confirm that its not just you who's never seen them.

Where are they in the alpha/post release patch notes?

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The devs can correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know only those couple of initial quests are actually active right now.

I think Chris said to expect the first quest-blob to appear on Monday's patch.   Looking forward to that.

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Here you go :):

Quote from: .852 Patch Notes
* The first quest is now complete: it involves scientists of a race being "almost done" with a technology that they refuse to tell you the name of. They can complete it if you show them a bit of the hydral tech on your ship. If you accept, you have to fight through an armada from an antagonist race to the first race, which comes up to blockade you (if there are no available antagonist races with armadas available, this quest just doesn't come up because it would be pointlessly easy). Anyway, you get to fight them with the aid of the client race's turrets and defenses, but not their armadas.
**If you win, they and you get the tech.
**If you lose, or ignore the quest or take another quest instead, then the race gets a bit put off by that (influence drop), but otherwise nothing happens.
**Oh, this also only happens when the medical score for the race in question is really high.
*The second quest is now complete: it involves a distress call from a freighter that has been set upon by pirates. The race in question must have an Economic RCI that is at least 20 for this to happen, and there has to be a pirate base of another race out there. The battle here is immense -- a lot of pirates are descending upon 20 freighters in a convoy. You win if at least one survives and all the enemies are dead.
**If you win, you get between 1000 and 1500 of a random resource per freighter in gratitude, plus some influence with the race.
**If you lose, or ignore the quest or take another quest instead, then the race gets a bit put off by that (influence drop), and all their planets take a 20-point hit to Econ.

Quote from: .853 Patch Notes
*Added a new quest type that involves amoral scientists wishing to defect both to be your goon temporarily and more importantly to bring you two pieces of tech, when the economy RCI on their planet is really really bad. See? Sometimes having a bad RCI on a planet is actually a _good_ thing for you. There's no consequence if you don't take this particular kind of quest.
*New quest involving a terrorist planning to escape from a high-security detention facility. A prison guard knows about this, but his government won't listen. If you fail to act, half the population of the planet will die in a biological attack. If you do act, you'll attract the ire of the government for a seemingly unprovoked attack. Ingrates!
**Only happens on federation planets of certain races with very low public order.
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More quests are coming next week I believe. Chris was working on them up until Friday, but held off releasing them due to not wanting to accidentally break something that required patching and thus working this Mother's Day weekend.

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those sound really good :)

guess they must be off right now as no-one has seen them, but i do hope they get switched on soon! nice catch nas1m ;)

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Mantised here.
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s scientists of a race being "almost done" with a technology that they refuse to tell you the name of. They can complete it if you show them a bit of the hydral tech on your ship. If you accept, you have to fight through an armada from an antagonist race to the first race

Wow, I won't lie.

That is, by far, the stupidest quest i have ever heard.

Why...because if I heard about the quest...I would already be on the planet?

That description really needs to be worked on. The mechanics could work on (for example, you go to an ice belt as a courier to deliever the last piece of tech and you are interdicted on the return trip) but in its current form it is just bad. Not even silly, that would imply it could be funny.
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Why...because if I heard about the quest...I would already be on the planet?
Don't they have radios in space? Surely people can talk without being face to face.
Or am I just totally misunderstanding you?

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Why...because if I heard about the quest...I would already be on the planet?
Don't they have radios in space? Surely people can talk without being face to face.
Or am I just totally misunderstanding you?

If that is the case, you could just as easily radio them back the information.

I just think the description of needs to be changed, that is all. For example, you need to run out to an ice belt to recover some hydra technical documents, and you are intercepted on the return trip. Same exact concept, but explains why you can be intercepted in the first place.
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Offline Coppermantis

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Re: Did anybody encounter quests other than the early game ones lately?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2014, 03:40:00 PM »
Why...because if I heard about the quest...I would already be on the planet?
Don't they have radios in space? Surely people can talk without being face to face.
Or am I just totally misunderstanding you?

If that is the case, you could just as easily radio them back the information.

I just think the description of needs to be changed, that is all. For example, you need to run out to an ice belt to recover some hydra technical documents, and you are intercepted on the return trip. Same exact concept, but explains why you can be intercepted in the first place.

It might be kind of hard to tell someone how, say, a nuclear bomb or similarly advanced technology works over the radio. But I get your point, other texts would make more sense.
I can already tell this is going to be a roller coaster ride of disappointment.

Offline ptarth

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Re: Did anybody encounter quests other than the early game ones lately?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2014, 01:16:58 AM »
In regards to the flavor text, it makes sense. The scientists are huge fans of Hydral Technology, because it is advanced and cool. They discover something that you want, so in order to get to play around in your ship for a while, they'll trade you their new technology. It's like a kid convincing Disney that he'll give them anti-gravity technology, but he wants a ticket to Disneyland before he'll give it up.
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