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I've run into this event a few times. There's an engi ship that automatically surrenders without a fight, saying something like "transfer of goods acceptable?" There are two choices, 1) to accept the surrendered goods, 2) to assure them that you mean no harm.

Every time this happens, I can't bring myself to take their stuff, so I choose the second option and they take off without another word.

Is there anything more to this event, or is the optimal choice always to accept their stuff?

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I don't have any statistics, but I have had them been surprised by my graciousness to let them leave, and they paid me anyway. I'm guessing it's 50/50 that they'll pay either zero or +50% over their original offer. – Hand-E-Food Sep 24 '12 at 20:36
Ok. I figured there had to be at least a chance of good things happening, but was surprised when they never happened to me. I was actually originally hoping for a silent diplomatic affect to engi events for the rest of the game/sector. – tugs Sep 24 '12 at 22:09
up vote 11 down vote accepted

It's always better to accept the surrendered goods.

If you accept the surrendered goods, you get a standard reward of random level.

If you don't accept the goods, there's a 50% chance you get a standard reward of random level (i.e. the same thing), and a 50% chance they just leave.

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Can you cite a source for this information? It seems weird to me that they'd give you a choice where there was a clear, and 100% true, better choice. That's not really much of a choice. – aslum Sep 25 '12 at 18:42
@aslum: The game data; the event is named ENGI_SURRENDER. – user2640 Sep 25 '12 at 19:42
But those poor engis! – Mauricio Pasquier Juan Dec 11 '14 at 19:37

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