It doesn’t blacklist under all circumstances / instantly, just FYI. Especially in the latest update we’re testing.
It basically just reduces your standing with the faction.
Thing is if you’re already at low (entry) level standing, that will result in a suspension (we’re not calling it a blacklist any more).
So if you’re internally at faction tier 4, for instance, failing a contract will drop that a bit, but if you’re in fairly good stead you shouldn’t get suspended right away for it.
That’s an interesting idea. A sort of space-based Interpol, so that folk who choose a hardcore piracy path and get caught for it may not be trusted with contracts from that point on.
We actually had this type of contract in Alpha.
That is, “we have too much of X at this station, and will pay you a bonus to take a bunch of it”.
We found the biggest problem was communicating this to the player - despite numerous re-wordings, we found testers were pretty consistently confused by it.
However, we do have the capacity to do sudden and temporary price drops, gluts, etc. It’s something we’ll have in the final release, we think.
So, if you watch the news and see that something has dropped the price of, say, Hydrogen on Lago Gas Port, you can travel there and pick up a bunch on the cheap.