Will we be able to name our ship in N*

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Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Stryder » Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:29 pm

Will we be able to name our ship in N* or is the name of the ship going to be Northstar? I dunno I for one might want to name my ship Porkstar, or something like that I might even specialize in the meat/pork trade. :)

Edit: Yes this is kind of supposed to be a silly thread.

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Post by Erinys » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:38 pm

Every ship in the Northstar universe will have a name painted on its hull, a black box recorder/distress beacon, a digital registration strip and papers. These three layers of ID identify the ship, and they are the core elements that are checked by any port official, docking authority, law enforcement or automated system that the ship may encounter.

If you want to change the name and registration of a vessel, you can take your paperwork in to a licensed office of the Earth Transport Authority (ETA), prove legal ownership of the vessel, and pay to have all of this altered to reflect the new name. It costs money, it takes time, and it will be just as expensive to change the name back if you don't like it.

There are other ways to "change" the name, registration and papers associated with your ship, but they are not legal and so they carry a certain amount of risk.

Painting a new name on your hull is a minor infraction/annoyance from the ETA's point of view, and will do nothing to change how you are hailed by anyone who is able to read your beacon/communications beam--like other ships, cops and people with a docking computer of any kind. You might be able to fool people whose idea of a "dock" is "a big enough field that the ship won't get hung up in tree branches".

Tampering with your black box and forging papers that change the name and registration of your ship is a more serious infraction. This is the sort of thing that will get you arrested, your cargo confiscated, and your ship impounded if you are caught--how badly that hurts you depends on why you broke the law, what you were carrying, and where you were going. Generally when you falsify your ID and papers, it's because you are trying to go somewhere that you shouldn't, or carry something you shouldn't, or pretending to be someone you aren't. The ETA doesn't care for that sort of thing.

Every ship that flies in the game is legally obligated to register with ETA, including military vessels and diplomatic envoys. There are always a few ships out there, however, that are built from the ground up to fly unregistered. These are called "black ships", and they are very rare--it's extremely difficult to build an entire shipyard that the ETA knows nothing about. Only certain super secret clandestine military/spy organizations and very high-end criminal cartels generally own a black ship. The penalties for a civilian ship that attempts to fly black are brutal and catastrophic; the ship will not only be confiscated but destroyed, and the people will face long term imprisonment (in peace time) or death (in times of war).

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Sevain » Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:03 pm

Sounds like the Earth Transit Authority takes a very dim view of ships that are unaccounted for. Understandable if the ships have engines powerful enough to be used for space craft propulsion.

How foolish does the captain of a black ship need to be in order to get their ship destroyed before anyone on board is arrested? Just how cheap is the life of a star criminal?

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Post by Mecron » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:41 am

Without a powerful patron...very cheap

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Post by Tssha » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:44 am

What I want to know is what manner of badger would be attracted to the idea of operating a black ship's engine? I think the answer would be interesting. :wink:

Well, I think the answer is obvious for engineers hired to work on a black ops black ship. Provided they watched any James Bond as a kid, or something like that. Spies have their own sort of cool factor attached, a certain I don't know what...
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Post by Mecron » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:46 am

its cute when we assume other races don't have their own concepts of ale an sex. :P

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Stryder » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:29 am

I wonder if becoming a Star Criminal is a part of the plot. :P

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Mecron » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:51 am

yes...the part of the plot that has your ship repossesed and you quietly executed.

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Post by long_fella » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:27 am

That was a good update Erinys, thank you, lots of chunky detail :-).

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Tssha » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:09 pm

Wait, what? Where do ale and sex fit into this? I'm talking about firearms and foiling bad guys. :wink:
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Post by fibio » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:46 pm

You may be missing the point of James Bond novels then :P
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Post by Tssha » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:04 pm

If I'm wrong about the point of the bond films being guns and intrigue, I don't want to be right. :P
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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Erinys » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:22 pm

A list of female character names from James Bond movies, in no particular order:

Pussy Galore
Plenty O'Toole
Honey Ryder
Sylvia Trench
Fiona Volpe (Italian for "fox")
Mary Goodnight
Holly Goodhead
Octopussy
Lupe Lamora ("Lupa", "she-wolf" is a synonym for prostitute, l'amor should need no translation)
Elektra King (I assume she likes older men)

Yep. These movies definitely about...uh..."guns". :P

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by Stryder » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:31 pm

Mecron wrote:yes...the part of the plot that has your ship repossesed and you quietly executed.


So no raging against,'The Man" I take it? And also the game will take place during wartime?

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Re: Will we be able to name our ship in N*

Post by fibio » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:53 pm

How often has humanity not been in a state of war?
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