Bribes are illicit payments offered to land or dock on forbidden spaceports.
Requesting assistance from a hostile ship may also be a kind of bribe, but works differently.
- Target the spaceport.
Click it, or press Land/Dock key nearby.
- Target no ship.
If you do, press Target Select until interface says No Target.
- Open communication.
Press Communicate Key.
- Click Offer Bribe.
The spaceport may either :
- Refuse and become hostile.
- Offer a price.
- Player may then choose :
- Accept to pay, which allows to land once. (lost if traveling elsewhere)
- Lower Price to ask for a new offer.
This works roughly half of the times, and when it fails it works like a refusal.
Federation and other ordered governments typically always refuse.
Marginal systems dedicated to a faction may be exceptions :
Pirates and other chaotic governments typically accept.
Your standing with a given government influences the price required for a particular bribe.
Also, repeatedly paying bribes seems to eventually raise them a lot.
Having a mission to a forbidden starport grants exceptional access.