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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Survey Contract Reply with quote

I have noted that you have closed Dragonstar Exploration; however, I would like to know if you would still be interested in a survey contract.

We would transfer the ship BSS Nova Hawk, currently orbiting Mveloem IV, to you. We would pay 110% of the ship's maintence cost for a montly total of 94/22/102. We would also pay a bounty of 200/0/0 for each new system surveyed. The ship would be yours after the contract is completed.

The purpose of the survey is to discover more about the Phong. We would need to get some kind of detailed report detailing enemy colonies, installations, and ships.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just my luck. I order DES Pioneer to leave Kartogia, only to get a survey offer!

I am most certainly interested in your proposal. It has merit. I was hoping someone on the Phong front would bring me such a plan. I kept the Pioneer nearby for such a mission. But alas she is now out of range.

I have not checked the details yet, but will soon. What you have proposed so far sounds reasonable. Some other points to consider:

- We could add a clause if you wish for the ship to remain in a specific system. Perhaps we find a heavily-populated system or an obvious staging ground. Constant intel may prove useful. But then we would be giving up any more bounties. So such a request should come with a boost in monthly payment.

- Would bounties be restricted to just what the Nova Hawk discovers? Or could any Dragonstar ship get bounties for exploring the Phong front?

- What should happen if we lose the Nova Hawk? Do payments stop? Or can we use other ships in its place?

- If the expiration of the contract is time-related, I would ask for either 2 or 3 years.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another note: It just so happens I put in a new scout ship design. And the primary purpose I envisioned was as a recon vessel deep into enemy space.

It is the Tracker-class. She is fast. She carries minimal crew. And she utilizes the new Supply Factory equipment to maintain fuel reserves. So theoretically her range in unlimited.

Just another option to consider. If you wish not to use it, that is fine. I only want to make you aware of its existence.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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- We could add a clause if you wish for the ship to remain in a specific system. Perhaps we find a heavily-populated system or an obvious staging ground. Constant intel may prove useful.


At this point, I wish to concentrate on strategic intelligence. I would like the scout to cover as much ground as possible. The option above will become more of a priority if we resume combat operations.

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- Would bounties be restricted to just what the Nova Hawk discovers? Or could any Dragonstar ship get bounties for exploring the Phong front?

- What should happen if we lose the Nova Hawk? Do payments stop? Or can we use other ships in its place?


For now, I would like the Nova Hawk to be the only ship on this contract. The contract would end if the ship is destroyed. The primary reason for only one ship is financial. If it is destroyed, we can decide if we can afford to contract another ship to complete the mission.

As far as the time frame goes, I would prefer no set time limit. As long as the ship survives, we want it to press on, even if it leaves Phong space.

I can't afford to build a new scout ship at the moment for this contract. Hopefully it will be possible in the future.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well. The details seem pretty straight-forward. I will draft up the contract as soon as I can. Due to time constraints, I will not be able to do it in time for signing this galactic month. Look for it in the Lawyer's Office early next month.

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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contract up for signing.. finally.

http://home.spaceempires.net/ftopicp-37906.html


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CEO Prophet

Unfortunately, the Nova Hawk has been destroyed. I have asked for the contract to be terminated.

I notice that the DES Pioneer is in Kartogia. If this ship is available, we would like to contract it to finish the survey that the Nova Hawk started.

Since our financial situation has improved, I can pay a monthly rate of 125/100/125, plus a 200/0/0 bounty for a scan report. I would also be open to adding additional ships to this contract, so we won't need a new contract if th Pioneer is destroyed.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is sad to see the Nova Hawk go. Her crew knew the risk involved. But her loss diminishes us all nonetheless. It is a particularly sad day for Dragonstar; Nova Hawk is the first ship we have lost. Or at least it has been a very long time.

I am more than happy to provide the DES Pioneer for military exploration. She stands ready and able. Though I am sure you would rather have the DES Philistine, since the Pioneer is in Obotron. Both are available for you if you want. (We can also re-deploy the DES Indian to your area; nobody in the west seems interested in her recon skills.)

By "open to adding additional ships" are you saying we would be able to send in more ships to explore? Like the Philistine AND the Pioneer?
Or do you mean other ships coming in to replace the Philistine, should it be lost?

As far as the monthly payment, I foresee no problem with it. Though I would like to ask for something else as well. Given the loss of the Nova Hawk and the high probability of additional losses, I ask that you consider giving a modest compensation whenever we lose a scout. A one-time sum of resources to me, to help me pay for a replacement ship. You can either make it a flat cost or base it on the lost ship's build/maintenance cost. Would you be willing to do this for me?


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not mind having two ships operating at the same time, as long as they were not exploring the same locations together. For two ships I would also double the monthly payment. No more than two ships at the same time, however. One ship could explore the east, and one the central region. I have observed Phong ships in Synth. I have no holdings or interests in the west, and no desire to fund any missions there.

Since you are providing the ships, I would be willing to provide a death benefit of 40% of the ship's build cost. If the monthly payment is reduced to 100/75/100(per ship), I can provide a life insurance policy of 100% of the ship's build cost.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ships would most certainly operate separately. I believe the edge of Phong space is two systems from Obotron.

Skyburn wrote:
I have no holdings or interests in the west, and no desire to fund any missions there.

Nor was I suggesting you do. What I meant is I could take the DES Indian, currently in the west, and bring her back to the east to help search for more Phong colonies. She's just sitting idle because the Navy is doing all the recon work out there.

I will probably bring her back anyways. She can sit on standby if I lose any other scouts.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
What I meant is I could take the DES Indian, currently in the west, and bring her back to the east to help search for more Phong colonies. She's just sitting idle because the Navy is doing all the recon work out there.

I will probably bring her back anyways. She can sit on standby if I lose any other scouts.


I have no problem with that.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, here is the latest draft of the contract. Let me know what you think:
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House Bifrost has come to an agreement with Dragonstar Industries for an exploration mission.
The terms are as follows:

1) Dragonstar Industries is to conduct reconnaissance missions into unexplored territory along the Federation-Phong border. House Bifrost specifically requests information on Phong systems.

2) Dragonstar Industries will devote two ships to this operation, starting with the DES Philistine and DES Pioneer. Only two ships will be allowed to operate under this contract at any time. Dragonstar agrees to replace any ship lost or removed.

3) House Bifrost will pay DI 250 Min / 200 Org / 250 Rad per month for the duration of the contract.

4) House Bifrost will pay a bounty of 200 Minerals for each new star system explored by either scout ship devoted to this contract.

5) Should any scout be destroyed in the course of this mission, House Bifrost will pay a death benefit to Dragonstar Industries of 40% the ship's build cost.

6) This contract will expire in 2 years? Indefinitely? Either party may announce an expiration date with at least 1.0 year notice.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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6) This contract will expire in 2 years? Indefinitely? Either party may announce an expiration date with at least 1.0 year notice.


Two years is best. We can always renegotiate a new contract/extention later.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okie doke. Contract is ready and up for you signature.

http://home.spaceempires.net/ftopicp-39861.html

In anticipation, I have already ordered the Philistine and Pioneer to advance to the Phong border. They will move into hostile territory as soon as the deal is signed.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CEO Prophet,

I note with regret the loss of the DES Pioneer. Please extend my condolences to the crew's families. As per the contract, I will pay 40% of the build cost via my orders this month.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it is a tragedy to lose such a fine ship and crew. Sadly due to the heavy Phong traffic in Neckron, backing out of Yoshri appeared unlikely. We considered the unknown warp point less risky because one of the two ships was identified as a repair vessel. We hoped this meant the other ship was crippled and would be little trouble regardless of weaponry. That did not appear to be the case.

The DES Voyeur will be ordered into Phong territory and take the Pioneer's place. She will be entering Mveloem next month.

Dragonstar Industries will be looking for another Tracker-class scout to be built soon. I like having a backup scout ship, for these very situations. Will House Bifrost have any shipyards available next month?


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My shipyard at Kartogia IX will be available next month. I can build your ship there for 105% of cost, with payments spread over build time. It will take 3 months to complete. I can build it faster, if necessary.

FYI, my design bureau informs me that an upgrade to the Tracker class would be possible. It would take advantage of the latest in Automation technology, which would reduce the design's rads cost.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skyburn wrote:
My shipyard at Kartogia IX will be available next month. I can build your ship there for 105% of cost, with payments spread over build time. It will take 3 months to complete. I can build it faster, if necessary.


Three turns is no problem. There is no rush since the scout will be sitting on stand-by anyways. The price you quoted is also acceptable.

Quote:
FYI, my design bureau informs me that an upgrade to the Tracker class would be possible. It would take advantage of the latest in Automation technology, which would reduce the design's rads cost.


That is not necessary, though I thank your design bureau for their insightful information. The Tracker-class scout is fine the way it is.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prophet earlier wrote:
The DES Voyeur will be ordered into Phong territory and take the Pioneer's place.


Correction. The DES Frosty will be taking over the Pioneer's former role. The DES Voyeur will take over surveillance of the Cretirk system. By rotating the ship roles this way we can get a new scout deeper into Phong space sooner.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I apologize for my late response, I overlooked your last post.

Thank you for the notification.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, we must report the loss of the DES Philistine. This fine ship and crew were intercepted by a Viking warship. There may never be such an illustrious explorer as the Philistine.

The DES Seer will be taking over exploratory duties, assuming we can get her past one of the battle lines.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though the Philistine has been destroyed, the memory of the crew's contribution will live forever. I will transfer the life insurance money this turn.

We wish the DES Seer luck on its new mission.


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Skyburn
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CEO Prophet, House Bifrost does not intend to renew this contract. We consider your exploration mission to be a great success, but it has reached its natural end.

We will waive the requirement that two scouts must be active on this contract. That will hopefully enable the DES Seer to survey that one last system in the upper right corner and safely return to Federation space.


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Prophet
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well then. Thank you for notifying us of your intent.

We hope DES Seer is able to penetrate the elusive system you mention. Two times we have sent expeditions there. None have been able to reach it.


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