This is the seventh postal (PBM/PBeM) game of Star Trader GMed by Mike Dommett and published by Pevans in my games magazine, To Win Just Once. This is the web version of the turn. Follow the link for an introduction to Star Trader.
Star Trader game 7 – Turn 6
"We nearly caught him."
"I know. We were almost on him."
The officers of the Corvette were discussing their pursuit of the streamlined hull that had come so close to success.
A klaxon sounded as another ship popped into System Space at Beta Hydri.
"He's going to planetfall as well!"
"Well, he's not going to get away: we have vector on him."
At Epsilon Eridani AVERY & SON sold 6 Alloys for 8 HTs each, undercutting COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA's bid of 10. AVERY & SON then sold 4 Isotopes for 6 HTs, while Avon, acting for THE 7 CORPORATION, sold 5 Monopoles on Contract. THE 7 also sold 10 Spice for 13 HTs each and gained a Dealership
AVERY & SON were active at Tau Ceti, buying 6 Isotopes for 4 HTs each, though not gaining a Market Position.
SAILCAT sold 5 Isotopes on Contract at Mu Herculis, making a profit as the price rose.
Finally, THE 7 CORPORATION bought 5 Spice on Contract at Sigma Draconis and stored it in their Warehouse.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET attempted to land a bulk cargo carrier On Planet at Beta Hydri in front of Planetary Defence Forces already on alert after a previous unsuccessful attempt to intercept a streamlined hull with electronic countermeasures in operation. This did not help their Reputation. They did sell OP 2 for rather a lot of money, enabling them to buy a Warehouse at Sigma Draconis and a Monopole Factory at Mu Herculis.
MARATHON MANIACS launched their new ship and equipped it with top class crew and a mixture of Cargo Passengers and Light Weapon pods.
SAILCAT delivered OP 8 and spent the cash boost very quickly. Two Warehouses were bought at Gamma Leporis, and Six Isotope Factories were bought at Tau Ceti. The Gloria, a bulk cargo carrier Phoenix Hull, was laid down at Tau Ceti
COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA loaded passengers for Epsilon Eridani, Mu Herculis and Beta Hydri. A Cargo pod was sold from L Bob Rife and a new passenger pod bought. Cash flow problems prevented them repaying their loan.
THE 7 CORPORATION hired Agent Badger.
AVERY & SONS landed a ship on Planet at Beta Hydri despite nearly being intercepted and bought, it is rumoured, 10 units of Tempus with OP 7. Cash flow problems then meant they failed to meet their debt interest payments and their Reputation and loan suffered accordingly
|Corporation letter and name||Connections Bus/Crim/Pol||Init'v Bid||Turn Order||Cash||Rep'n||Player|
|A||Marathon Maniacs||9||0||0||0||2nd||56||24||Andrew Burgess|
|B||Costa Nostra Pizza||4||5||1||0||4th||97||25||Mark Cowper|
|D||The 7 Corporation||7||4||5||0||3rd||360||40||Paul Evans|
|E||Swiss Mercenary Fleet||5||7||0||0||6th||372||34||Martin Jennings|
|F||Avery & Sons||5||8||0||10||1st||11||27||Prezemek Orwat|
|N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated|
There were three new News chits this turn. The current chits (new ones in bold) are as follows.
Turn 8: B4
Turn 9: B8, P5
Turn 10: C3
(Chits are identified by the Connection type and level required to see them and disappear/take effect in the News Phase of the turn listed.)
Warehouses sell for 10 HTs, not 20. (rule 15.7)
Passenger pods require a crew unit each, paid for at the same rate as the remainder of the crew.
Smuggling: Rule 17. Sometimes the luck runs out.