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StarSurfer
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Report the start time for courier missions

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Currently a courier mission gives the following info:

Current Contract: Con-Fed Stunner
Units Required: 54
Courier Fee 42,778 CR + Distance Bonus: 3,353 CR

Delivery: You will need to source the items and courier them to Beltaine within 48 hours of accepting this contract.

the start time is in small print at the bottom of the screen: GT: Jun 27th 9:02 am
So if the user doesn't write that down and isn't able to complete it instantly it has a high probability of being missed

Problem: If you return to the mission statement later, that start time is not included and there is no way to know when it expires.
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Suggestion: add the starting time to the delivery requirement, and use that instead of the time of acceptance. This is a minimal change and doesn't require any more info to be applied when the contract is accepted.

New wording:
Delivery: You will need to source the items and courier them to Beltaine within 48 hours of GT: Jun 27th 9:02 am

Note: That delivery statement including the expiration time needs to be repeated if the player accesses the mission later.
StarSurfer
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Auto-renew contracts

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We have quite a lot of self-sustaining settlements from no-longer active players. Some of them had terrific permanent installations. But as the business contracts expire, the empty slots leave the remainder of the settlement useless or nearly so. It's better than having all the settlements disappear, and allows players to return after an extended absence. But it would be even better if they could continue to function for the benefit of visiting players.

I suggest that for at least some contract types, the player could have it auto-renewed rather than expiring. Some obvious examples are CSTS, Ashar/Wesbec and Svens. This would benefit players who don't play regularly. Even more, it would be a big help for the entire community and keep the game looking more active and alive.

How to implement this:
Create a settlement business manager that could be purchased from CE store.

The owner could select which contracts would auto-renew; alternatively there would be a few that the business manager always renews if present. I'd prefer to have it determined by the owner, since the fees could cause a settlment to fail because it took it over the line of self-sustainability.

Possibility: the owner's guild could purchase the settlement business manager for an inactive settlement of a guild member -- I'd like opinions on this.

I think this would be a powerful addition to CE that helps maintain an active game over the years.
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Re: Report the start time for courier missions

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StarSurfer wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2024 9:09 am Currently a courier mission gives the following info:

Current Contract: Con-Fed Stunner
Units Required: 54
Courier Fee 42,778 CR + Distance Bonus: 3,353 CR

Delivery: You will need to source the items and courier them to Beltaine within 48 hours of accepting this contract.

the start time is in small print at the bottom of the screen: GT: Jun 27th 9:02 am
So if the user doesn't write that down and isn't able to complete it instantly it has a high probability of being missed

Problem: If you return to the mission statement later, that start time is not included and there is no way to know when it expires.
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Suggestion: add the starting time to the delivery requirement, and use that instead of the time of acceptance. This is a minimal change and doesn't require any more info to be applied when the contract is accepted.

New wording:
Delivery: You will need to source the items and courier them to Beltaine within 48 hours of GT: Jun 27th 9:02 am

Note: That delivery statement including the expiration time needs to be repeated if the player accesses the mission later.
Not sure if you noticed, but once you have accepted the mission (which clearly states how many hours you have to complete before you accept) but after you have accepted, when you go to the >View Tasks> NPC Missions to review what's required it shows the ACTUAL delivery on the title screen.

IE : Courier Mission : Delivery by Jul 1st 10:54 am (thats Game time).

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Re: Auto-renew contracts

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StarSurfer wrote: Fri Jun 28, 2024 9:25 pm We have quite a lot of self-sustaining settlements from no-longer active players. Some of them had terrific permanent installations. But as the business contracts expire, the empty slots leave the remainder of the settlement useless or nearly so. It's better than having all the settlements disappear, and allows players to return after an extended absence. But it would be even better if they could continue to function for the benefit of visiting players.

I suggest that for at least some contract types, the player could have it auto-renewed rather than expiring. Some obvious examples are CSTS, Ashar/Wesbec and Svens. This would benefit players who don't play regularly. Even more, it would be a big help for the entire community and keep the game looking more active and alive.

How to implement this:
Create a settlement business manager that could be purchased from CE store.

The owner could select which contracts would auto-renew; alternatively, there would be a few that the business manager always renews if present. I'd prefer to have it determined by the owner, since the fees could cause a settlement to fail because it took it over the line of self-sustainability.

Possibility: the owner's guild could purchase the settlement business manager for an inactive settlement of a guild member -- I'd like opinions on this.

I think this would be a powerful addition to CE that helps maintain an active game over the years.
Answered this one in a separate thread as I feel it may need some player discussion and feedback.

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