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This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Pirate Controlled Sector
  5. Rebel Controlled Sector
  6. Rebel Stronghold
  7. Mantis Controlled Sector
  8. Mantis Homeworlds
  9. Rock Controlled Sector
  10. Rock Homeworlds
  11. Uncharted Nebula
  12. Slug Controlled Nebula
  13. Slug Home Nebula
    Can also occur at an exit beacon.

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

  • This Beacon seems to serve as meeting place for local traffic. It seems you can find crew willing to fight on your ship here... for a price.
  • You find a space station set up for travelers. Browsing through its listings, you find a tavern full of mercenaries for hire. You look for potential crewmembers.
  • There are a number of ships stationed around a rest stop. You immediately receive a message saying, "If you're looking for some bodies to fill your ship, you've come to the right place!"
    1. Hire a crewmember.
    2. Hire a crewmember.
    3. Don't hire anyone.
      • Nothing happens.


This event is called "TAVERN_HIRE" in the datafiles.

If you have a full crew complement, additional text will display, warning that you will have to dismiss a crewmember to receive a new one.