Banu Merchantman

Flipper

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It's an intriguing idea for a ship (the whole vertical thing), but there's a very good chance it'll cost as much as $250. I'd be very surprised if it cost any less than a Constellation, and I'm pretty sure the Starfarer was $250.
 

Wardak

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I'm sure it's going to be a lot after seeing how much people are selling the Scythe on Ebay.
 

Flipper

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Naglfar. So much Naglfar.
 

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To prevent confusion.

The concept art that Flipper posted is is not the Banu Merchantman. Instead it is the new concept art for a Xi'an capital ship. Currently there is no concept art for the Banu Merchantman.
Oh god dammit. This is what I get for posting whilst under the influence of tired.
 

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Came to the conclusion an Idris is out of the question today so the Merchantmen will probably be a nice alternative. Can't really say until I see some specs but I'd like a nice sturdy hauler to supplement the Faction. M50 comes first though!
 

Flipper

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Came to the conclusion an Idris is out of the question today so the Merchantmen will probably be a nice alternative. Can't really say until I see some specs but I'd like a nice sturdy hauler to supplement the Faction. M50 comes first though!
The specs thing is a good point. This far out of alpha, let alone beta, let alone release, aside from initial models and a basic idea of what role the developers want each ship to fill, metagaming should only be done for shits and giggles. That said, it is a little annoying trying to determine if the Gladiator is a good alternative to a Cutlass or not, or if they're even comparable.
 

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Not for me, I was never into vertical ships.
I'm not biased to one style of ship I guess. It's more about functionality at the end of the day. I feel like this ship will do much better with solid goods than the starfarer, possibly with a larger capacity. Seems (if the lore applies) this should be one hardy boat to operate around Vanduul space!
 

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If that picture is accurate, then this thing is way bigger than the Starfarer by several magnitudes!
 

Magnumag

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The picture your referring to is the Xi'an Capital Ship. There isn't any concept art of the Banu merchantman yet. Bated breath

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Flipper

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If that picture is accurate, then this thing is way bigger than the Starfarer by several magnitudes!
Yeah the picture I linked is a Xi'an ship... sorry...

On a related note, the other ships in that picture could be the Xi'an scout ship that is supposed to be released soon or something.
 

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It's an intriguing idea for a ship (the whole vertical thing), but there's a very good chance it'll cost as much as $250. I'd be very surprised if it cost any less than a Constellation, and I'm pretty sure the Starfarer was $250.
At these prices, I'd be up for buying 1/5 of such a ship in exchange for a partial owner's share in profits (either in-game merchanting or out-of-game resell) and the opportunity to occasionally crew or fly the thing. I'd be happy to run escort for such an operation in my Super Hornet.

It might be weird to enter into an out-of-game financial arrangement 15 months before game release, but there's something to be said for having an atypical merchantman. One has to fly in style...
 

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At these prices, I'd be up for buying 1/5 of such a ship in exchange for a partial owner's share in profits
Keep in mind that after a month or two of mission running, you might be able to afford such a ship in-game.

I can see way too many people loading up their credit cards because they want all the ships, but by doing that you are taking away one of the great incentives of the game, to work towards a bigger ship!
 

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Keep in mind that after a month or two of mission running, you might be able to afford such a ship in-game.

I can see way too many people loading up their credit cards because they want all the ships, but by doing that you are taking away one of the great incentives of the game, to work towards a bigger ship!
Understood and agreed, but the Banu is one of those ships that I imagine you'd be unlikely to acquire in-game, unless I've entirely misunderstood things.

Point taken, though. RSI has invented a very good mini-game, though, in this pre-game ship collecting thing they have going.
 
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RSI has invented a very good mini-game, though, in this pre-game ship collecting thing they have going.
LOL you got it absolutely right!

Consider all the positive reinforcement you all get from the community because "you helped develop the game!" and it makes spending $180 feel like you have accomplished something really good!

Meanwhile Im at Walmart and cheaping out on the can of beans that cost 89c because last week it was 72c.
 
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