Reputation is a measure of The Center's fame and image, influenced by its success and failures, in contracts, in record breaking, and in its general operations. Reputation can be seen as a currency like funds and science, and is mainly spent on instating Strategies in the Administration Facility.
Passively, a high reputation does three things:
- difficult contracts (which typically have better rewards) are offered more frequently
- rewards are improved for all contracts
- Mission Control gets more contract slots.
As such, spending or saving reputation is a strategic decision, that has The Center choosing between specialization of rewards (by having an active Administration), or a more balanced set of rewards with more options (by having a stronger Mission Control).
The upper limit of reputation is 100%. The points actually obtained for a contract decrease exponentially as the level gets nearer to the limit so a player will never reach it.
The graphical gauge makes knowing the exact current amount of reputation difficult, since the numbers are infrequent, difficult to read, and imprecisely placed. The gauge corresponds to the percentage of the maximum possible reputation. For example, when the '25' mark in the first green section is centered within the gauge, reputation will be roughly 25%, corresponding to an unadjusted value of 250 out of the possible 1000.
Reputation percentage is listed in the summaries presented in the Load Game window.
After recovering a vessel, the Mission Summary dialog box presents reputation information at the bottom of the Crew tab. There, the reputation numbers are unadjusted (non-percentage).
- Reputation is no longer awarded for safely recovering Kerbals.
- Initial release
- First Contract Playthrough by Miguel (Maxmaps) uploaded on the official Kerbal Space Program channel