Far Trader

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A Far Trader is a small starship commonly used for interstellar trade and commerce that is capable of Jump-2.

  • Please see the AAB entry for the Beowulf class Free Trader to get representative performance characteristics for this broad supraclass of merchants.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Fat Trader is a disparaging term used to describe a Subsidised Merchant. This is a 400-ton merchant starship of ubiquitous design, generally run under the auspices of a world government (with a subsidy). Only capable of Jump-1, the vessel has a much higher cargo capacity than its independent cousins. Even so, many independent merchants look on these ships with disdain, because they believe that receipt of the subsidy makes their captains and crew lazy. The Craft Type Code assigned to this class is R.

Using a 200-ton TL–10 streamlined hull, the far trader ranges far and wide, and deals with every world it finds. Even amber zones and red zones are not considered off limits by its captains, provided there is profit to be made and the risk of being caught is slight. It has drives capable of Jump-2 and 1-G acceleration. Fuel tankage supports Jump-2 and two months of operation, and the ship incorporates fuel scoops and fuel intakes for wilderness refuelling. The bridge is standard and has a computer Model/1 bis and a basic sensor suite.There are six hardpoints, but no weapons are mounted.

Like the free trader, the far trader is built around its cargo bay, in this case 78.0 tons, plus passenger staterooms. A single air/raft is carried for various ship duties. The ship is streamlined, and can land on uneven terrain. The far trader requires a crew of four: x1 pilot/astrogator, x2 engineers, and x1 steward.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Hundreds of variants exist. The typical size equals 200 tons. A shorter ranged version called a Free Trader.

Basic Supraclass Definition: THE FAR TRADER: The basic ship involved in free trade is called the free trader. Variations on the basic ship have resulted in variations in the name. The subsidized merchant, partly because of its size, and partly because of its subsidy, is called the fat trader. Some well-equipped high-G traders employed beyond the Imperial border are called fast traders. The type A2 far trader derives its name from its jump capability: its drives are capable of Jump-2, twice what the standard free trader can do. The far trader can be encountered anywhere in the Imperium. It ranges far and wide, and deals with every world it finds. Even amber zones and red zones are not considered off limits by its captains, provided there is profit to be made and the risk of being caught is slight. Marc Miller. Traders and Gunboats (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 23.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liner:
Free Trader / Tramp Liner:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Moraine class Free Trader
    5. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    6. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    7. Type A-P class Free Trader

Far Trader:

  1. Type A1 class Far Trader
  2. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Avian class Far Trader
    2. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    3. Garu class Far Trader
    4. Hero class Far Trader
    5. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    6. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    7. Type A2L class Far Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    3. Type A3L class Far Trader

Armored Trader / Frontier Trader:

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Ronkli class Combat Transport
    2. Star class Armored Merchant

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]