Commodity prices are what they are -- the potential profit (their price differences TIMES the amount being carried) is so small that low reputation OR long distance will only make that awful.CmdrLUke wrote:And as for the oxp changes: it just doesn't make sense that newbies have to start with long contracts, and that veterans are "rewarded" with short contracts. It should be the other way around: newbie traders should only be offered short contracts with astronomical down-payments, and veterans should be offered both short and long distance contracts, with much smaller down payments, and much larger rewards for long distances.
That's why the profit difference for varying distance and reputation for "regular" TC contracts in my OXP is noticeable (like 1.1x to 3x difference) but not a magnitude (10x or more) apart.
And why high reputation does not get very long range contracts.
The original doesn't vary the deposit or profit ANY for different reputations, so the only difference is whether you get precious metal contracts.
In the original, Gold/Plat/Gem contracts usually sees max profit bonus. You'll NEVER get max profit bonus on any TC contract hauled by a Boa 2 or smaller.
A large, long distance contract raises your reputation by only 1...so yeah, by the time you've got there your reputation has likely fallen by 1 or more points.CmdrLUke wrote:The reputation scale could probably use an overhaul: short hauls should not be worth the same as long hauls: rep could in fact be directly related to the minimum # of jumps required to satisfy the contract. Long contracts are just death to the reputation as they are now, which makes no sense at all -- there should be some motivation for accepting the long hauls: more Cr, and more rep makes sense.
What if when you complete a contract, you regain all randomly lost reputation along the way as well as gaining 1 reputation point?
This would only occur if you've not failed a contract during that time. If you failed a contract as well, then completing a contract would not regain any randomly lost reputation.