Dust Runner Bridge.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Kraig Pars
 Player, 513 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 02:15
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig considered their options. "Retirement doesn't need to mean sitting on a beach somewhere.  We can remain active and maybe focus on searching out anomalies and unusual items or even exploring along the fringes."  He shook his head.  "If we trade up for a ship we'll burn the 25MCr and more in an instant."
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 187 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 00:48
Selling the Alien Ship
With a grin IM notes "Why is everyone so quick to spend their money? Money we don't actually have yet.  You know we could just go on a vacation and do some serious shopping and heavy drinking. Not necessarily in that order."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 514 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 02:01
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig laughed.  "I like your thinking IM."
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 363 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 02:09
Selling the Alien Ship
"I'm with Arc... kinda," Steve says.

"I started out as a skip-tracer... not so long ago. And then the war popped up."

"I thought the war would interfere with what I was doing, which is why I ran away from it as fast and far as I could. Turned out to be easier than I thought."

"But, yeah, I figured it'd take a few years at least to get rich. I'm half tempted to give it all to charity and follow the original plan."

Ignatius Maor
 Player, 188 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 17:35
Selling the Alien Ship
IM is laying back more relaxed that usual with a glass of amber liquid. With a grin directed at Steve "You know, they say charity begins at home."
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 364 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 17:54
Selling the Alien Ship
"I said I was only 'half-tempted'," Steve replies. "The other half is screaming with joy!"

"I'm still thinking that skip-tracing could be a lot of fun, though I suppose it depends on how you define fun."

"When the Swordies invaded Lanth while we were trying to recover this ship, suddenly everyone was crawlin' out of the woodwork around it. It seemed really weird at the time, but, in retrospect, I suppose it was like mice scrambling to survive a sinking ship."

"In our case, the sinking ship was Lanth and the life preserver was the Dust Runner. That was one hell of a firefight! Good times!"


He was also drinking a bottle of Quasar beer. He could drink from a can if that was all that was available, even one of those bizarre plastic cans, but beer just seemed to taste better from a glass bottle. Admittedly, he had a hard time telling the difference between the new para-plastic bottles and glass, except for the weight, but he still preferred glass. Took up a little too much space and mass in space, so it was mostly limited to planets.

"Hey, here's an idea! Let's make a tour of all the bars on Regina and sample every possible beer!"

His eyes had lit up as he said it.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 189 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 19:27
Selling the Alien Ship
"Yea, Lanth." With a salute of his almost empty glass "Thanks for the ride by the way. And for the record I'm more interested in sampling and comparing the Scotch."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 63 posts
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 23:20
Selling the Alien Ship
"I was never much of a scotch drinker," Arc adds. "Is there much of a difference in the various brands produced on different worlds?"

"I know that once you've sampled 100 beers, they start all tasting the same. It's only the rare gem that stands out."

Luise Wechsler
 player, 127 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 23:28
Selling the Alien Ship
"I could have retired at any time," Luise chimes in, joining the conversation, "but retirement is so boring. Sure, you can find a hobby to occupy your time, but the only different then is that you don't have to worry about making a living at it."

"Well. It looks like Hans is involved in some local project, so he's probably not going to continue on with us."

"Also, not that it much matters now, but everyone has an extra 100,000 credits from the passenger we dropped off here."

"Anyway, I plan on continuing on, though I can't really say at the moment what I'm inclined to do. I kind of like Steve's idea of skip-tracing. We can also do speculative trade along the way."

"So, if any of you want to part ways, speak up!"

Kraig Pars
 Player, 515 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 05:04
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig shrugged as he heard that the eccentric Hans had chosen to pursue his own plans.  He wished the man well as he had been a good comrade although his psionic abilities had caused Kraig a good deal of hidden unease.

"I'm all for continuing.  I say we use the money to trade up for a better ship.  We can keep enough to over maintenance, repairs and expenses and continue on working interesting jobs, skip tracing and trading while we see the Sector."  He grinned at Steve.  "And celebrate the decision by an epic bar crawl!"
Arc Tangent
 Player, 64 posts
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 05:22
Selling the Alien Ship
"What kind of better ship are we talking about?" Arc asked. "Bigger ship? Higher tech? Luxury?"

"Do we still want to do skip-tracing and trade? Not that I can think of an alternate... except maybe trouble-shooting."

Ignatius Maor
 Player, 190 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Wed 14 Nov 2018
at 02:38
Selling the Alien Ship
"Well if we're going to be chasing folks, we ought to stealth up this ship or get a covert scout. Wouldn't hurt to add some improvements to the sensors."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 516 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 03:04
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig nodded. "I would add both normal and jump drive speed. We can manage jumps using additional fuel in our cargo bay but having a higher jump number is helpful when time is important."
Luise Wechsler
 player, 128 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 21:16
Selling the Alien Ship
"Okay, then... let's start with the ship," Luise offered.

"All in favor of getting a different ship, speak up now."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 65 posts
Fri 14 Dec 2018
at 17:24
Selling the Alien Ship
((OOC: Kind of been waiting for someone else to post first, but...))


"To be honest, I'd have to say I'm more comfortable on a Safari ship," Arc speaks up after looking around at everyone else.

"On the other hand, I've gotten a bit used to the Dust Runner. But, I'm not sure it's fitting our... purpose... whatever that's going to be."

"Being spacers, we don't tend to drag around a lot of physical baggage, so switching to another ship isn't going to be much of a problem in that respect."

"We've kit-bashed this ship a bit to suit our needs. If we buy another ship, we'd have to do that all over again. Again, not really a problem. It might get tiring the tenth time we do it, though."

"I think the price IM quoted was for a new ship, right? What about a used ship? Sure, it's not going to have that 'new ship' smell but look at it this way--it's already been field tested."

"We might be able to pick up an old Mercenary Cruiser cheap. If Hans had stuck around, he'd probably want a lab ship. I'd definitely go for Patrol Cruiser but it won't have much cargo space... unless it's been stripped of all its good parts."

Ignatius Maor
 Player, 192 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 01:48
Selling the Alien Ship
Ticking off on his fingers "Well, we get 250 for the alien ship, have about 14 cash on hand. The Dust Runner valued around 247 plus. If we can sale it for around 70 percent." He looks of into the distance as he calculates "Which u'd be...... uh.... around 170 or so. That'd give us around 430 mil for shopping pocket money."

He sits there looking at the others "I miss anything obvious?"
Kraig Pars
 Player, 518 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Tue 1 Jan 2019
at 00:16
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig regarded the numbers.  "That sounds right IM.  So what do we buy with almost half a billion credits?  We'd want to leave a big chunk aside to cover annual maintenance and repairs.  I think we want something with around Jump 3 legs but not so large that we can't handle it with a small crew."
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 365 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Tue 1 Jan 2019
at 04:25
Selling the Alien Ship
"I once saw a Darrian Far Trader that caught my eye," Steve suggests. "Have no idea what one would cost. If anything is available, though, it's bound to be used."

"It was 400 tons, Jump-3 and had 125 tons of cargo space!"

"To be honest, it was kind of ugly... though it was streamlined."

Kraig Pars
 Player, 519 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Mon 7 Jan 2019
at 01:11
Selling the Alien Ship
Kraig nods.  "Streamlined and with that performance it would be about right.  We want those kind of legs and could use the cargo bay for added fuel if nothing else."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 66 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2019
at 23:08
Pausing on Regina
"Been scanning the local 'Ships for Sale' ads," Arc finally says.

"I mean, if you can't find a Darrian ship on Regina, where can you find one? Well, Daryen, of course."

"Anyway, I found one listing. It's a 200-hundred year old Far Trader, refurbished. Lists for 153MCr normally, but it's used, so it's down to 100MCr."

"I wouldn't expect it's got too much Darrian tech left, except maybe power and drive."

Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 366 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 00:53
Pausing on Regina
"Sounds about right," Steve responded.

"200 years?! What's older than an antique?"

"Somewhat like houses, starships are designed and built to last a long time. The only reason you tear down a house is if it's been damaged by weather, quakes or rot. Otherwise, you just remodel to suit current standards and sensibilities."

"Starships, on the other hand, almost never go out of style. At least, I've not heard of any. No one has made any techno breakthroughs that required a complete redesign of the basic form."

"So, a starship generally has a life expectancy of 100 years, but most of them are usable for 200 years or more. The last I heard, Darrian ships had a life expectancy of 500 years. If the power and drive are still Darrian, it's certainly worth that price tag."

Ignatius Maor
 Player, 193 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 01:44
Pausing on Regina
With a shrug IM says "Might go take a look. Who knows it may be a hanger queen."
StarMaster
 GM, 512 posts
 Referee
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 19:38
Pausing on Regina
With no real objection from anyone, the group heads out to take a look at the used Darrian ship for sale.

Arc, IM, Kraig, Luise and Steve head out, leaving Gahler and Roland to keep an eye on the ship.

If anything interesting or suspicious is found, you can always comm them.


As you head to the location, which is a 'back lot' of the starport, you quickly discover that the ship is currently being used as a... restaurant. Its 'tag' is Sword World-Vargr fusion. Quite naturally there are a number of Vargr there.

Probably even more unusual is that the owner of ship/restaurant isn't a Vargr. He's a human named Clive Traggert. Chef Clive, as everyone seems to call him, escorts you into his office--the bridge on the ship.

"So, you are interested in the ship, are you?" he says. "Or did you want to buy the restaurant?"

"Sad to say, they are one and the same."

Luise Wechsler
 player, 129 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 22:32
Pausing on Regina
"We're interested in the ship," Luise replies. "We had no idea it was being used as a restaurant."

"It's hard to tell from a single glance, but business seems to be about average. Is it a hot spot for locals to visit, or does it have any social significance outside of selling food?"

"The reason I ask is because we have a ship that we might be willing to trade for this one. We're looking for a larger ship with a greater range. You could still convert our ship to a restaurant if that's what you wanted to do. I'm guessing that the extra money we'd need to pay for this ship would be more than enough to fix up the Dust Runner... that's our ship."

StarMaster
 GM, 518 posts
 Referee
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 16:49
Pausing on Regina
"Trading ships?!" Clive replies with surprise.

"I never thought of that. I wasn't really ready to retire yet. They say if you like what you do, it isn't work. That's the way it is for me."

"I really like running a restaurant. It's a challenge... which keeps me young and alive. There is a lot of wasted space on the ship. I have considered expanding but it always seemed like it'd be a big headache."

"And it's not like the ship was ever going to fly again. Well, I wasn't planning on flying it."


He looks over the stats and schematics of the Dust Runner for a few minutes. You can almost see the wheels turning in his head as he redesigns the layout of the interior.

"Okay, I can see it. Are you sure you want to do this? The great thing about this trade is that I could take a vacation any time I wanted... and take the restaurant with me! Hey! I could even go out to the asteroids and run the restaurant like a lunch wagon! Well, maybe only now and then. I like my feet on the ground, if you know what I mean."