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When is the inventory of a Store set?

  • at the beginning of the sector
  • right before the store is visited
  • some other time

Will visiting the same store multiple times offer different buy options or more fuel/missles/drones?

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    Store inventory is locked once visited, I haven't done enough save-scumming to know about when the inventory is generated, but it is likely on store creation. (Entering the sector, or completing the quest that creates it.)
    – Sconibulus
    Dec 18, 2013 at 19:13
  • @Sconibulus Save-scumming? Why not virtual-machine-state-snapshot-scumming? Dec 18, 2013 at 22:30

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Inventory is determined when you first arrive at the store node

The store inventory is generated when you jump to the store node on the map. Revisiting a store node that you've already visited will not change the inventory of that store.

I tested this by doing the following

  • Start the game
  • Proceed until you see a "store" node
  • Save and exit
  • Go to My Documents\My Games\fasterthanlight and make a copy of continue.sav
  • Start the game
  • Visit the store
  • Exit the game
  • Restore continue.sav
  • Start the game
  • Visit the store

On the first visit I got a store containing the following;

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On the second visit I got a store containing the following;

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Since these two inventories are different, and my save was from before visiting the node, the store must be generated as you visit the node.

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  • Are the store contents at all dependent on the state of your ship? (Current weapons, crew, etc.)
    – Guillochon
    Dec 29, 2014 at 17:39
  • That's a completely different question that would require a significant amount of testing to confirm but based on what we know already a good assumption would be that everything is random.
    – kalina
    Dec 29, 2014 at 17:42
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    I am not an alot.
    – kalina
    Feb 1, 2015 at 22:37
  • No you are not , you're kalina. Feb 1, 2015 at 22:38
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It can be implied that the store's inventory is set a the beginning of the sector since that is when the game generates all the nodes for that sector. Although it can be when you are entering a store node, it's hard to say for sure.

Edit: See kalina's answer

Visiting the same store multiple times will not yield different items.

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  • Not all stores are necessarily generated when the nodes are - some stores can be created by events.
    – Brilliand
    Apr 10, 2014 at 17:54

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