Your ship is really the "character" you'll develop, by equipping
it with armament and other gear. Concentrate upon learning to fly the
ship first, for which a joystick is essential.
Use the QUERY option to pick up messages and detect other
Forget playing Hive, which takes too long to make credits. For
trading, outfit the ship with four cargo pods then load some cargo
aboard. The best trade route is to/from Denebprime, Deneb and Free
The cargo lists and prices change every 24 hours at each Station,
generally fluctuating four to eight credits either way.
At Free Traders, buy forged CRs, Explosives and X-Rated Holos to
sell at Denebprime. At Denebprime, buy Brandy, Exotic Pets, Videogames
and Souvenirs to sell at Free Traders.
You can often get better prices on all items elsewhere, but these
are the most efficient trade routes for making money in a hurry. To
sell contraband, you need Forged Cargo Papers from Robocrook.
If planning a life of piracy, pick a Scow for your first target.
Pack at least ten plasma torpedoes and three SM-1 and two Nova
missiles. A particle beam laser is also handy. When firing missiles,
be sure your opponent has an inactive counter measure and isn't in an
As you make more credits invest in Turbo-thrusters, more
shielding and a 75% ECM unit (By completing certain missions, you'll
get more gear).
ROBOCROOK & OTHER CHARACTERS
Robocrook appears randomly in bars across the quadrants. Keep
offering cash, and he may sell you some useful items: Forged Cargo
Papers, Keycards, the Ruby Cube. Other randomly appearing characters
to seek out are Ilricki (for useful information on Black Hand and the
Manchi), Wandering Spaceman, Veda the Ursellus (sells Amoebic Lenses),
One-eyed Pirate, and the Merchant. Bartenders always have current
information and tips, and you should talk to everyone you meet for
It's possible to steal from safes, but expect to pay a fine and
get kicked off the base or planet if caught!
Most of these may be completed in any order, though a few require
items from other missions. Each mission's starting point is noted
after its name.
STEALTH BOX: MICON I
Talk to Sir Eld on Micon I, Karonus. He'll give you a Statuette
to deliver to Orellian at Hiathra Starbase. Do so, saying it is not a
bribe. Return to Eld, who'll give you some valuable information and a
Stealth Box, which reduces the chances of detection by enemy ships.
PILOT'S LICENSE: HIATHRA
This is obtained by answering multiple-choice questions when you
meet Orellian on Hiathra, Karonus. Ask him for the CRC-07 Form, used
to visit Koth Carrier.
CEBOK'S SISTER: KARONUS
Cebok tells you to find his sister on Lagrange for information on
Hive. Then deliver the letter to Cebok for more tips.
BEAM LOCK: DENEBPRIME
See Felsane on Denebprime for a quest to find the Beam Lock,
which makes it easier to target ships with your laser.
After meeting the Pirate in a bar and accepting the job, take the
microchip to Chisa at Free Guild.
NULL DAMPER: ARCTURUS
After finding Veda the Ursellus (who appears randomly in bars)
and buying the Amoebic Lenses for 250 CR, head for the ISS Koth,
Arcturus. Use a keycard to open the door to the restricted area, then
go through and immediately go to the left (to avoid the hidden floor
alarm). Examine the Power Generator in the back of the room and get
the Transmutation Coil. Take it to Professor Prosk on Micon IV, ZED
N27. Accept the Null Damper when offered.
REPAIR DROID: RANDOM
Eventually you'll encounter a Droid named LUX 23A, who wants you
to look for his Droid friend MAID. MAID is hiding at Free Trader's
under the name of CHISHA. Mention LUX and she'll come with you as a
Repair Droid. Return her to LUX, and you'll get no reward beyond a
good conscience. Keep her and you've got a very valuable Repair Droid
for your ship!
DUCHESS AVENSTAR: DENEBPRIME
After fifteen to twenty cargo runs between Denebprime and Free
Trader's, you should have enough credits to fully outfit your ship,
assuming you've been adding equipment all along. You'll need at least
500 Armour, some missiles, good Shields and a Particle Beam. Before
you can successfully communicate with Duchess Avenstar on Denebprime,
you must prove yourself by killing a few Manchi in space. (Destroying
Vultures will help. After doing so, she'll tell you about General
Targon, AKA Rayson, and his mission's code name....MAKE A CAREFUL NOTE
TARGON: MICON II, ARCTURUS
Though you can find him here, Targon is insane and needs an
injection of NSB before he can reveal anything to you. The NSB is at
Bassruti Mining, guarded by a mutant monster. To get it, land at
Bassruti, walk around the front of your ship to the left and down.
Wait a few seconds by the southern door; the monster will be trying to
get to you but will get trapped in a storage compartment. After a few
more seconds, enter the door to your left. Go through the door to the
lower left in the Generator Room. Keep going to the left, and you'll
be in the Inner Office. Head straight for the filing cabinet in the
corner and search it for the NSB. Retrace your path back to the ship.
If this method fails, try again, but wait a little longer for the
monster to get trapped. You have to be careful not to accidentally
lure him out of the compartment. (Another way: lure the monster to the
right side of the room, keeping the trash pile between him and
yourself. Go through the southwest door, use the keycard on the south
door, open the safe, get the NSB and return to your ship).
Now you can head for Micon II, Arcturus, and find Targon rambling
around the halls. Talk to him and give him one credit. When you get an
OTHER option, take it and enter NSB. Then you'll get another OTHER
option, so type in the name of his mission that you should have noted
earlier. He'll spill all he can before going nuts again. Take this
information to the Duchess, who'll send you to find Droughton Gut,
leader of the Scarlet Brotherhood at Free Trader's Outpost.
PSIONIC SHIELD: GRYPHON
You'll need this item, which protects you from the powers of
Vilinie, to complete the final mission. First talk to Omas in the back
room on ConvecEast Mining Station, Gryphon. He'll ask you to rescue
his wife from the Black Hand Cult. She's at the Meditation Room in
Trochal, Sigure. After you talk to her, she'll tell you she's
abandonded Omas. Return to him for the Shield.
DROUGHTON GUT: FREE TRADER'S
Gut won't talk to you until you prove your allegiance to the
Scarlet Brotherhood. To do so, attack a few Tankers or Scows, take
their cargo to Free Trader's and talk to Omar. He'll grant permission
to speak with Droughton. After doing so, he'll help you steal the
Chi-Gonger (Manchi Egg) from Vilinie on Trochal.
MANCHI EGG: TROCHAL, SIGURE
Due to a diversion by the Scarlet Brotherhood, the guards will be
in a state of confusion when you land. Go straight to Vilinie's room.
When she stops and tells you to remove the Psionic Shield, DON'T. The
guards won't respond to her summons. Go to the far right of the room
and pick the lock on the door. Enter, take the Egg and get out of
ICHIKI & THE BAAKILI
After obtaining the Egg, return to Gut. He'll tell you to find a
Baakili trader and ask him about the Manchi. The Baakili also require
payment - some Dilithium Crystals from a trash pile outside the back
door of the bar in the upper corner of Ross Mining Station, Deneb
(keep searching until you find them). Keep searching bars until you
meet Ichiki, then ask about Manchi and pay him with Gems. Write down
the co-ordinates he gives you for the Manchi's home system, Ja-Karn.
Return to Gut and tell him your findings. He'll direct you to Prosk,
the mad scientist from Micon IV.
THE WARP DRIVE & END GAME
Prosk is working on the Warp Drive. When you tell him the
situation this time, Prosk will warp you to the co-ordinates you give
him; enter the ones from Ichiki. You've got to be heavily outfitted
just to reach the Manchi homeworld. Plot a course for the planet, and
SAVE the game frequently. This saves you the trouble of having to
start all over from the far corner when you get blasted by a pack of
Vultures. Once you reach the planet, land.
PLACES & PEOPLE
STAR SYSTEM PLACES PEOPLE
Karonus Hiathra Starbase Orellian, Cebok,
Micon I Outpost Robots, Sir Eld,
Gryphon ConvecEast Mining Omas, Old Miner.
Arcturus Koth Carrier Old Man
Micin II Mining Drak, Targon.
Deneb Denebprime Starbase Princess, Duchess,
Ross Mining Robot LUX, Dr.Farah.
Nar'see Lagrange Mining Tyra(Cebok's sister).
Stiguere Trochal Outpost Omas' wife.
Bassruti Bassruti Mining Monster guarding NSB.
Free Guild Outpost Gut, Cherisa, Omar.
Zed Micon IV Mining Prof. Prosk.
(Random characters:- Robocrook, Ilricki, Wandering Spaceman, Veda
the Ursellus, One-eyed Pirate, Merchant).