X Rebirth now features several methods to make trading easier and faster. Trading in X Rebirth is done with NPC ships added to your squad. These can be ships of every size, but ships best suited for serious trading are capital transporter ships.
The new X Rebirth 2.0 “Argon Merchant” gamestart gives the player two large transporter ships, which are even partially filled with goods.
For the player the main act of trading now consists of finding good matching offers: Places where a ware is bought at a high and sold nearby at a lower price.
Trade offers are normally collected automatically when flying near stations. Every time the player approaches trade locations, offers are added to the ship's computer, and will be listed in the trade menu (Shift T)
as long as the offer is valid. The trade ship selection area, in which you can select any ship from the player squad, now also shows the most important wares currently loaded. Text filtering in the trade menu:
The trade menu can be sorted and filtered by clicking on the category icons above the ware list. In addition X Rebirth now also has a text filter box in the top right corner of the trade menu. The player can click this box or activate it with the "0" key and then enter any partial string. It is possible to filter not only for the ware name, but also for zone names. Typing a substring like “ener” will not just show wares like energy, but also offers from zones that have the string “ener” in their name.Trade computer extension:
Now this is where the trade computer extension comes in handy. Install this on your ship (or start the game as Argon Merchant) and you will immediately get ALL available offers from nearby stations.Trade agents:
You can take this one step further and get an NPC aboard a station to work as a trade agent for you. He or she will now send live updates of all trade offers on that station to you. To hire a trade agent, the player can enter into a smalltalk conversation with NPCs aboard a platform (possible whenever there is a “…” bubble over their head).
Stations with trade agents that send live updates are marked with an “eye” symbol in the zone map.Discounts and the smalltalk minigame:
Playing the smalltalk mini game successfully is also a good method of unlocking additional discounts on stations. Once the player has mastered the little minigame, the NPC lets him choose one of four possible rewards:- Station discounts and commissions:
Influential NPCs offer a high discount on all trade offers of a station. The discount (for buying) or commission (for selling) will help greatly in getting better deals and is automatically listed in the trade menu (Shift T)
Station discounts (and commissions) can also be randomly unlocked when scanning a station.- Info on best person to hire:(“Ask about: Job applicant”)
NPC will give you help to find the best qualified NPC of a category you are interested in. Better managers for example can improve the quality of the production of your station.- Work as a Trade agent:(“Ask for: Trade offer updates”)
The NPC will send permanent trade offer updates to your ship (see Trade agents above)- Trader discounts:
A trader can be asked to sell cheaper or pay more when buying.