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Tau Station Player's Guide

Unofficial player's guide to Tau Station

This page is part of the Unofficial Player’s Guide to Tau Station.

Syndicates

A Syndicate is a group of players with a common agenda teaming up. They are roughly equivalent to guilds or teams of other games.

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Formation Process

To form a syndicate, the designated leader must fulfill these requirements:

Having fulfilled these requirements, a player can go to a government center of the respective government, spend the 100,000 credits, and use this to found the syndicate. It needs a name, a three-letter shorthand (limited to a-z, A-Z, 0-9) and a description (up to 300 characters).

A syndicate can specify a minimal player level and a required genotype for members.

Within the next 5 days, a syndicate needs three more co-signers. The three co-signers need only fulfill the genotype and level requirements of the syndicate (if any), there are no reputation or monetary requirements for the co-signers or other syndicate members.

Membership Management

Once a syndicate has its three co-signers, it is fully formed. The co-signers automatically become applicants at the syndicate.

The owner can then approve or reject applicants, and configure whether the syndicate is recruiting or not. If it is recruiting, players can apply independently of location.

A syndicate starts with slots for 10 members. This limit can be extended by spending bonds:

Extension to Cost in bonds cumulative costs
15 990 990
20 1290 2280
25 1790 4070
30 3090 7160
35 6190 13350
40 13890 27240

A syndicate also earns one slot for each tier-up (so every 5 levels). Membership capacity is limited to 40.

The syndicate founder can approve applicants, kick members, and even ban them from re-applying. They can also give other members the same privilege by applying the Membership Management role.

Banking

Syndicates have a separate bank account. Members can donate bonds and credits to the syndicate.

There is also a 5% tax by default on any credits that members get or deposit into the bank, and this 5% is diverted to the syndicate bank account.

This tax rate can be changed to any integer number between 0 and 100% inclusive by the syndicate members with the “Money management” role.

Communication

Syndicate members are clearly marked on their profile page as being a member of a syndicate, and the chat shows the three-letter shorthand.

Syndicates get a private chat room.

At level 4 Syndicates get a private forum.

Syndicate members can also send broadcast in-game-mails to all members of the syndicate.

Experience

Syndicates gain experience points through member activity, and level up when the experience counter reaches 100%.

So far, it is unclear what syndicate experience or levels are good for, except that syndicate levels are also grouped in tiers, and the syndicate gets another slot when ascending to another tier.

Storage

Each Syndicate automatically gets a shared, insecure storage unit in the Ruins area of the station where it was founded.

It is a small storage with 50 slots, which can be extended to 150 slot for 484 bonds, or to 500 slots for 1209 bonds.

Every member can donate items to the syndicate by putting them into the storage, and members with the Inventory Management role also can take out items.

Campaigns

Every syndicate member with the Campaign management role can start a campaign at the Ruins, in the Wilds sub-area. The campaign manager can select the difficulty, with difficulty availability depending on syndicate level. She can also select among the syndicate member’s tier for opponent tiers. For example if a syndicate contains tier 1 through tier 3 members, any combination of tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 opponents is possible.

Everybody who wants to participate in a campaign must come to the station where the campaign was started.

A campaign consists of several waves of opponents that syndicate members have to defeat in combat. A wave contains roughly equal number of fighters of each selected tier. Defeating all opponents of a wave unlocks the next wave (or for the last wave, successfully terminates the campaign).

Any syndicate member present at the starting station can attack any opponent of the current wave that hasn’t been defeated yet, and that isn’t currently engaged in combat. A syndicate member who attacked an opponent and then fled (or was sent to Sick Bay or Brig) can only attack the same opponent again (and not other opponents), unless another syndicate member continues the attack.

The waves of opponents contain progressively stronger fighters, both in skill level and physical stats.

The number of opponents is based on the number of syndicate members (but assuming at least 5 for small syndicates), multiplied by a factor for the campaign difficulty:

Difficulty Factor Unlocked by level
easy 2  
normal 4  
hard 8 5

Once all opponents are defeated, each syndicate member who participated in the campaigns gets an individual bonus directly into the inventory, and the syndicate gets loot into its (insecure) syndicate storage.

The loot seems to depend on the station on which the campaign ran, and the amount depends on the difficulty.


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