Got a couple of hours of the old X3 in last night and after spending one of those hours remapping the controls I was pleasantly surprised how much I was enjoying it .
Using some of points raised in the guides I even started to make a bit of money using the following technique:
- Put the trading software on my fighter and freighter.
- Upgraded the trading command software on the freighter.
- Parked my fighter in the home of light.
- Sent the freighter to the Ore belt.
With all that set up I instructed the freighter to buy some cheap energy cells from the massive power plant in the ore belt.
Note: This is all done from the fighter parked in the home of light.
To ascertain the best price you open the sector map, then go to the ‘stations’ tab. By clicking on each factory in turn then pressing ‘U’ the price and stock of the crap they need and sell is displayed.
For some reason the little power station was always full of cells and the big station was about half full. This leads to the price of the cells from the smaller station being dropped as they have a surplus of stock. For example:
Big power station > half full > 14 credits per unit.
Small power station > completely full > 11 credits per unit.
So you then tell the freighter to dock with the pertinent station and fill up on the energy cells.
Meanwhile back in the fighter………..there are some factories in the home of light that use the power cells. Again open up the sector map and click on each factory in turn and see if any are low on cells. If a factory is full they will only pay the standard value for the cells; however if a particular factory is empty, they will pay top dollar.
So I find the space bakery (???) has no cells so, open the map and tell your freighter to lumber to either your location or the factory in question. Keep an eye on the price as if some mother gets there before you and restocks the factory before your freighter gets there, you are Donald ducked.
So I picked up about 2000 cells from the factory at 11 credits per unit = 22000 credits.
I sell the crap to the stricken space bakery for 24 credits per unit = 48000 credits.
So I invest 22000, make 48000giving a nice 26000 profit.
I then treat myself to a space bun and cup of space tea.
One thiing that did piss me off is that the freighter is so god dam slow that normally by the time it arrived some SOB had already dumped off a load of stock. I got a bit pissed off with this so just decided to blow up anyone that looked like they were going to resupply the factory.