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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
10-16-2010, 04:50 PM

I would actually like to see a 'neutral' merchant faction that crafts and sells to all other factions. Perhaps they could operate from one of the Ferengi stations. Missions could include blockade running and even some piracy and convoy protection for those who are interested in some combat. With the war straining resources, the various governments can't always protect freighters, and so I'd expect to see civilian merchants moderately armed. The merchants might get a bonus to engines to help them escape unwanted combat and run blockades with their illicit goods.

Make it so that merchants are the only ones who can craft blue or purple items, and suddenly you will have a player economy.