This suggestion or proposal is simple.
I would like to ask the developers that they add the Special Pirate Cargo Exchange drone , which would act as any normal cargo drone, but when you would send some items of interest, you would get repaid by an artifacts. Same would apply for the blueprints exchange. There will be 2 Pirate Cargo Exchange drones in Fort Muerto.
This special Pirate’s cargo drone is a platform, with enables you to do business with the Pirates.
You need to pay some credit fee for each service. 20% in this case, instead of regular 10% for the service.
I just obtained T5 Mark V Ion Emitter and I got no people who want it, since they are all off-line.
I approach the Special Pirate cargo transaction/exchange drone and after I send my stuff, I immediately get a new replacement item in my inventory.
It’s basically an exchange drone.
T5 weapon blueprint - 350 artifacts
T5 module blueprint - 300 artifacts
T5 pirate module blueprint - 250 artifacts
T4 weapon blueprint - 200 artifacts
T4 module blueprint - 150 artifacts
T4 pirate module blueprint - 100 artifacts
Note: This would encourage people to buy a Spatial Scanner.
Only the drone’s description should get changed, while it’s still at least visually the same.
There will be 2 of them.
Each of them should stay away from each other by 600 or 900 meters to avoid confusion.
1st drone: Pirate “Iridium exchange” cargo drone
2nd drone: Pirate “Blueprint exchange” cargo drone
You also pay for the services: 20% of from the total cost of a blueprint, regardless of which drone you used.
Respawn time of the drones is 1 minute. They should be located on the top of Fort Muerto, away from hostile Pirates.
You approach them both, like any normal drone within 300 meters to send the cargo.
Term exchange means some kind of trade with Black Market Traders/Pirates, which remotely use them to ensure anonymity between the client and a customer.
1st option would be easier to implement, since after you send the proper cargo (blueprints only), you get instantly iridium in your cargo slots, if they are available.
2nd option would require additional coding, so that you can get some additional “drone interface”, which resembles the cargo slots from your ship as well.
I think that cargo slots availability should be “mirrored”. It meant to say, if you got 5 cargo spots , the cargo drone should have 5 cargo spots as well.
I think that the best way would be to open Universal Workshop Interface , where you could select any blueprint directly in Open Space/Invasion , but it would only be possible to use Manufacture option if you have some other kind of T5 mark V, which is either a weapon/module blueprint for exchange. After player uses such interface, he is under station protection. It cannot be killed.
There are restrictions:
example: (T5 example)
T5 exchange for a T5 blueprint.
T5 weapon blueprint for a T5 weapon blueprint of your desired choice.
T5 module blueprint for a T5 module blueprint of your desired choice.
I think that the best option would be that you mark the desired blueprint in your Workshop , before you depart from the Station.
If you’re lucky enough, to get a T5 blueprint (weapon/module) then you can just go to the proper Pirate Cargo Transaction/Exchange Drone and just send it and automatically receive the blueprint instantly.
You can press C to open cargo interface to put your item (blueprint) in it. Then you would request exchange in the upper part of such drone and then press C again to send it.
We get the exchange window, where we can select the missing blueprints, but we pay a full price for it + additional 20% for the service.
T5 weapon blueprint in exchange for another/different T5 weapon blueprint of different type (900000 credits + 20% (180000 for the service) = 1080000 credits total
Pirate Drone should be on top of Fort Muerto, or in some location, when enemy Pirates do not patrol.
Now we got 2 options:
For the only item I sent (example:T5 mark V Ion Emitter blueprint) I can also exchange it for something else, but there are 2 requirements.
Must be of the same tier and it must be a weapon blueprint.
I do not know at this time, if karma should affect such feature. (-1, -5, +1, +5).
Pirate drone can also accepts T4/T5 blueprints and based on that, it gives you a high amount of Iridium only. Basically this drone trades blueprints for artifacts/iridium only.
This means there will be 2 drones present at the same time.
However, we can go further and with some additional programming skills and effort. We can bring some T5 module or weapon blueprints and ask for exchange, instead of just artifacts.
Please, comment and add your own suggestions.
Reason for edit: Additional information and post expansion.
Voting poll added as well.