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Old April 9th, 2005, 08:48 PM
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Trading games can be spiced up by having colorful customs. For instance East Asian gem merchants have a ceremonial drink of tea(some use Pepsi instead-go figure). Coffee merchants always sell bags of beens at a candlelight auction(bid until the flame goes out).
Simmilar things can be thought of for Traveller.
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Will there be different free trader customs for the different kinds of freight arrangements? One for Ex-Works, one for Free Alongside Ship, etc.?

One shot of whisky for Ex-Works, two shots of whisky with dash of Solacola for Free Alongside Ship?

By the time you get down the list to Delivered Free Domicile, it'll be three shots of whisky, the first with a dash of mint julip, the second with orange juice, and the third on the rocks (using genuine Vlandian Ice™).


Wait a minute! The buyer and seller are on different worlds. Hmm, how to arrange a custom for that? Long range gift giving? White-elphant jokes? Match-Box Futura™ Line of die-cast Free Trader, Fat Trader, Far Trader, and special collectors Lanthanium Petal class vessels?


What were your thougts on the matter, jatay3?
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Old April 10th, 2005, 03:21 AM
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the toast thing would be a good example except whiskey won't work until after the deal is closed for you need to be sharp to deal; though there are advantages in the other guy being drunk(heh,heh). Seriously it's not a bad idea.
There is no reason why there couldn't be customs for the trader in one port to another. I can't think of any for the momment though. Come to think of it exchangeing tiny model starships isn't a bad idea. They could be ornemental pieces of moderate value-silver gilt model starships for that matter.
So joking aside those aren't bad ideas.
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Old April 10th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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The fine art of the haggle comes to mind citizen jatay3...in Arabic cultures, he/she who doesn't haggle deserves to pay Full price. [Note this has basis in reality but aughta transpose into game play fo goof RP-ing play!]

--relationships are important in this setting, if the chap selling knows you, this works in buyer's favor. If you've bought from him before, this eases haggling, but promotes social interaction as well. Stereotyping? Hardly--this holds true even today.

Another SF trader custom, the book it is in escapes my desert-addled brain at present--and forgive my spelling...rishathra. The offer of sex with one of the trader's spouses/ concubines, or herself/ himself depending on gender of buyer.

Okay--maybe not for most PG-13 campaigns, but there it is.

Tamer versions--having dinner at the merchant's domicile, then discuss business afterwards!

Exhanging of gifts is another tradition among merchants

If yer running a trade mainly campaign you'll have more time for RP-ing than shooting and whodunits..but anythig that promotes player interaction with the NPC (mayhap a reoccuring trader him/herself) and moves yer plot is good shtuff.

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Another SF trader custom, the book it is in escapes my desert-addled brain at present--and forgive my spelling...rishathra. The offer of sex with one of the trader's spouses/ concubines, or herself/ himself depending on gender of buyer.
You're remembering Larry Niven's grand masterpiece: Ringworld.
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Old April 10th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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THANK you! I knew I read tht somewhere Good!

/me bows. Appreciate that jog to the grey cells!
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Knowing the culture you are trading with (having history, psychology, xenology, language skills for a species/culture) probably makes a big difference. It is very easy for the uneducated and the ignorant to offend in foreign lands. Liaison looks like a really sweet skill for Traders. So, it is knowing that in some parts of the world, you haggle for items because they *expect* that and if you don't, you are not seen to value the item. In other places, if you haggle, you insult the seller who is only charging you a fair price. You have to know the difference to be a good trader, and that involves education.

But these sorts of situations can make excellent trade-game scenarios.

Also, you can add to that the customs of Free Traders - they cross the stars like our sailors cross the seas, and we have traditions for crossing various Tropics of Latitude and various Meridians of Longitude - the international dateline, the equator, tropic of cancer, tropic of ??? (I forget the other one). Plus there are traditions on doing certain things, like sailing around the Cape of Horn or crossing through certain canals or narrow passages. There is no reason free traders would not have such traditions, and I'd include among them:

First jump
After having engaged a pirate
First landfall
Crossing a rift
Perhaps crossing a sector or subsector boundary
First misjump (if you survive)
Recieving your first bonus (something tells me buying the rest of the crew drinks falls in here)
The end of a loop (arriving back at your home port)(first loop might have an extra special meaning)
Comissioning a new ship
Taking a new ship out the first time
Jumping a new ship the first time
Getting a promotion

These are all the sorts of things which may result in some form of ceremony.

Just as added trader trivia, I'll post a link to something I wrote, some slang and professional attitudes....

Slang
Professional and Cultural Attitudes
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Knowing the culture you are trading with (having history, psychology, xenology, language skills for a species/culture) probably makes a big difference. It is very easy for the uneducated and the ignorant to offend in foreign lands. Liaison looks like a really sweet skill for Traders. So, it is knowing that in some parts of the world, you haggle for items because they *expect* that and if you don't, you are not seen to value the item. In other places, if you haggle, you insult the seller who is only charging you a fair price. You have to know the difference to be a good trader, and that involves education.

But these sorts of situations can make excellent trade-game scenarios.


Excellent examples Marquis kaladorn! My Dad's navy experiences with crossing said things and traditions make good RL examples--TY for reminding us all!

Also, you can add to that the customs of Free Traders - they cross the stars like our sailors cross the seas, and we have traditions for crossing various Tropics of Latitude and various Meridians of Longitude - the international dateline, the equator, tropic of cancer, tropic of ??? (I forget the other one). Plus there are traditions on doing certain things, like sailing around the Cape of Horn or crossing through certain canals or narrow passages. There is no reason free traders would not have such traditions, and I'd include among them:

First jump
After having engaged a pirate
First landfall
Crossing a rift
Perhaps crossing a sector or subsector boundary
First misjump (if you survive)
Recieving your first bonus (something tells me buying the rest of the crew drinks falls in here)
The end of a loop (arriving back at your home port)(first loop might have an extra special meaning)
Comissioning a new ship
Taking a new ship out the first time
Jumping a new ship the first time
Getting a promotion

These are all the sorts of things which may result in some form of ceremony.

Just as added trader trivia, I'll post a link to something I wrote, some slang and professional attitudes....

Slang
Professional and Cultural Attitudes
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Add to this a successful trade deal celebration [Starport bars and the entry point of many a follow on adventure!]

New crew person initiation

Crew person farewell snd off
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Old April 11th, 2005, 12:38 AM
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Thank you for this "thread" I will use several of these suggestions....

MY suggestion is to read ANY and ALL you can find concerning the ancient "Silk Road" its extreamly interesting. you can even bring up a lot on your computer for free!!! just punch in "silk road" for starters...

have fun!!
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OMG..TJ found something useful somewhere besides Random Static! eek!

Just kiddin Jimbo!

Have a great game day!
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