Apricot Mapping Service.
From : John Slice CEO
To : All Pilots
Subject : Computer Software fitted to ships.
It has come to my attention that there is some confusion about the role
of certain software packages fitted to our ships. In order that
the right software is fitted to the right ships, the following is a
listing of available software and its purpose.
- Trade Command Mk.1 : Allows a ship with a homebase set to buy
wares and sell wares for
- Trade Command Mk.2 : Adds no new commands but allows for Custom
built commands to be added.
- Trade Command Mk.3 : Allows independent trading as a Sector
Trader or Universe Trader. Pilots are assigned and must learn how
to use this on the job and are ranked according to their progress.
Universe trading cannot begin until Level 8.
- Fight Command Mk.1 : Adds Attack All Enemies command, and Attack
Enemies and Protect Ship commands to turrents.
Command Mk.2 : Provides Gun Auto-Aim on Hud, Adds Attack My Target and
Attack Nearest Enemy commands and adds Missile Defense command for
- Special Commands Software : Allows the automatic collection of
wares and collectable asteroids in sector, Station construction
by TL's, Move Pilot command and other special commands that may be
added to ships for
- Navagation Software : Advanced navigation aids for ship movement,
including the new Jumpdrive commands.
- Trade Extention : Allows remote communication with stations for
wares purchases where a ship has landed or a satelite is providing
coverage. Only needed on the ship that initiates a transaction (not
needed on the ship thats docked for the transaction).
- Docking Computer : Auto-docks immediately from within 5km,
accessed from command interface of target.
- Seta : Speeds up the passage of time on long journeys. Only
needed on a ship giving commands to others, but recommended on all.
- Ecliptic Projector : Establishes the plane of a sector on the hud.
- Strafe Extension : Allows strafe drive for combat. Pre-fitted to
- Best Buys Locator : Only needed on a ship directing trade
operations, it identifies the best location to buy all wares on sale in
- Best Sell Locator : Only needed on a ship directing trade
operations, it identifies the best locations to sell within a sector,
all wares on the ship.
- Mineral Scanner : Scans a targetted asteroid to determine
what sort of dirt it is rich in and the yeild.
- Freight Scanner : Scans a targetted ship and reveals its
shielding, guns and cargo bay contents. Illegal to use if you do not
have a local Police License.
- Police License : Race specific, this pays a bounty on all enemy
ships killed in that race's space, and allows legal use of a freight
- System Override Software : Allows the claiming and salvage of
Abandoned ships without
leaving the cockpit, with a limited range of about 30 meters. Illegal
possess one in space controlled by most races.
The following are non-standard software, installed by executive
- System Override Software Mk.2 : Allows claiming and salvage of
Abandoned ships from 5km
away. Undetectable to freight scans.
- Advanced Mineral Scanner : Scans all asteroids within scanner
range when ship is moving slowly or stopped.
- DockTL : Allows a transporter device to beam a TS or TP ship
onboard a TL or M1 ship for freight delivery.
Software can be purchased from the following places :
Equipment Docks : Trade 1 & 2, Fight 1 & 2, Special,
Navigation, Trade Extension, Mineral, Freight, Docking, Seta, Ecliptic.
Trading Stations : Police License.
Teladi EQ Docks : Best Buy, Best Sell, Trade 3, Advanced Mineral
Terracorp HQ : Trade 3.
Goner Temple : Argon Police License.
Pirate Bases : System Override 1 & 2
Apricot Mapping Service.
From : John Slice CEO
To : Julian Brennan
Subject : Its so hard to get good staff these days.
Julian my friend, how are you keeping ?
Are you sure I cannot interest you in a job here ?
Your odd job work for us in the past has been exemplary and I could do
with you on staff permanently.
Dont think I've given up on you yet. HaHa. Its so hard to get decent
staff these days. Even some of the brighter pilots got themselves
killed after the Khaak invasion, many of the better ones got
into the race military forces, and quite a few of the new ones simply
dont know which way the ship flys.
Do you beleive the memo I had to sent to all pilots the other day ?
I've attached a copy for your amusement.
Most of them had no idea what command was attached to what bit of
software, and when we inventoried all the ships, we found that most of
them had software missing. I swear some of the pilots routinely bounce
their ships off asteroids, take damage to fittings and software modules
and carry on without noticing anything ! Not to mention combat damage.
I think out of the whole lot of them, only a few of them are even aware
of the onboard scripting system, which as you are aware, allows for
custom commands to be set up within the computer, or loaded in from
another. Where would be be without DockTL for example. A classic
example of a 3rd party command which the script engine will load into
the ships command interface.
I mean, calling it all "non-standard" software is about all they can
understand I think.
And they dont seem to understand that you choose your ship software
according to the role of the ship.
I mean, I ask you ? One of my pilots outfitted a ship for remote
trading and included one
of everything on it. The ship will never have a pilot, will only ever
be under the control of the auto-pilot, and yet this ...(I cant find
the right descriptive word here) .... installed seta, docking computer
and even an Argon Police License. Yigads !
Another one did the exact opposite. His role was to remote trade a
group of freighters and he put the same basic equipment and software on
all the ships, including his own. Silly turkey went out into space
without a seta (and sent in a memo about boredom in the cockpit), no
docking computer (and yes you guessed it, a memo came in on the
difficulty of manual docking), and no trading extention on his ship
(and yes, I got a memo about the stupidity of having to dock at each
station along with the ship doing the trading). Needless to say, this
pilot is now driving an M5 (a very old one !) along the Xenon frontier.
BTW, Bob Der, our estwhile and excentric Chief Mechanic, dropped past
my office the other day. He has a few more dodges he wants to try out
on your ship ! I told him I'd pass the message on. I dont want to know
what you have done to that ship of yours, and as long as Bob is not
doing it to my ships, I shall remain happy !
In the meantime, he said to point out that the Script Masters have some
new and interesting stuff for you if you care to look in edress http://forum2.egosoft.com/viewforum.php?f=66
A few of the new factory management scripts are due to be implemented
here shortly. Let you know how they go, you may want to use them
yourself. The updated list of Mainline 'non-standard' scripts is now at
Next time your in Antigone Memorial, drop in for a drink.
Take care of yourself.