A coffee-stained typo? <chortles>
The largest cargo space of a ship which can be bought is 250 tonnes, for the Anaconda.
Ah, interesting! That's from the manual for Elite-A
, Andrew Duggan's extended version for the BBC Micro … the original manual
The 750-tonne capacity is also quoted in the "Observer's Guide to Ships in Service", on p. 53 …
It's so hugely out of scale with the other ships, though, that I still think it was a mistake. It might have been a misreading of the designers' notes, caused by coffee-stains, poor handwriting, or both!
<Smivs remembers the time he had the temerity to suggest that this anomaly might be corrected - not a popular suggestion at all
Actually, bringing the Anaconda's capacity down did get the most votes … although reading over the thread again I see that in the end I was convinced by an idea of DaddyHoggy's
to leave it alone:
So how about this - bulk carriers (possibly including the Anaconda) can take a certain number of physical TC cannisters BUT can take very large, bulky items, intact. So, you could limit the Anaconda to, for example, 250TCs for actual trading in TC cannisters - but its equivalent ACTUAL capacity is 750TCs, so contracts could also include genuinely bulky items that only Anacondas (core ship) and Bulk haulers (OXP ships) can carry. This way BULK Hauler would mean something. You would buy an Anaconda (core game) because you wanted to haul actual large items - with the ability to carry large but not silly amounts of TC cannisters for normal trading when no bulk items are available.
It never went anywhere, but it's still a good idea … ultimately, since I don't (and don't intend to) fly an Anaconda, it doesn't matter to me what the cargo capacity says!