This is a Random Event. Occurs when you are out of Fuel with your distress beacon OFF.

The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:

  • A merchant ship jumps into the sector and you quickly hail them asking for help. They respond, "Perhaps we could work out an exchange..."
  • A number of ships pass through the sector. You relay your message to each, and one finally responds. "I can't help much right now but perhaps we can trade."
  • A nearby settlement sends a small ship in your direction. It keeps its distance and hails you, "We can give you fuel for a price. Just don't even think of doing anything rash. We've got a teleporter at our base and a squad ready to defend us.
  • A large caravan of merchant ships jumps to a location near your position. Sensing an opportunity, one ship breaks off from the fleet to offer you an exchange.
  • A modified YT-1300 freighter jumps to an area near your sector. Your gut tells you these people are smugglers, but they seem to be feeling altruistic and present an offer of assistance.
    1. Gladly trade.
    2. Respectfully decline.
      • They respond: "Seeing that you're in need, is this trade acceptable?"
        1. Accept the offer.
        2. Decline again.
          • They take pity on you and offer you some fuel free of charge.
            • You receive 1-6 fuel.
          • They end the discussion and prepare to jump away.
            • Nothing happens.
      • "I'm not doing this for charity, you know," says their captain. "This is the only other way I'll part with my fuel."
        1. Accept the offer.
        2. Decline again.
          • Their captain disconnects from the channel and without another word their ship prepares to jumps away.
            • Nothing happens.
      • Before they jump away, their captain says, "I'm sorry, but we are unable to help in any other way."
        • Nothing happens.


This event is called "FUEL_TRADER" in the datafiles and is the normal equivalent of the Fuel Trader (Distress) event.

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