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 10
The shipyards are silent this Quarter, with no business. Slack periods occur in all businesses, and this was always forecast to be a slack period. But some star systems are more active. What, for instance, is COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA's ship doing in Mu Herculis System Space? Some hold it is protection, citing the late arrival of its cargo ship, while others have fears, accentuated by guilt, perhaps.
AVERY & SONS bought 5 Alloys on Contract at Gamma Leporis.
At Epsilon Eridani MARATHON MANIACS sold 4 Isotopes for 7 HTs apiece, then sold 6 Spice for 11 HTs each and gained a Contractorship. THE 7 CORPORATION sold their solitary Monopole for 15 HTs.
SAILCAT were selling Alloys on Contract at Tau Ceti, as MARATHON MANIACS sold 2 units for 7 HTs each. Then SAILCAT and AVERY & SONS both bought 5 Isotopes on Contract.
COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA and AVERY & SONS tried to sell Alloys at Mu Herculis, but were undercut by SAILCAT selling 13 for 10 HTs apiece, gaining a Dealership in the process. It was SWISS MERCENARY FLEET undercutting everyone in Isotopes, selling 9 for 9 HTs each to gain a Dealership. AVERY & SONS did manage to sell a single unit at 10 HTs and THE 7 CORPORATION sold one using Agent Crip. SAILCAT were shut out with their bid of 10. AVERY & SONS sold 5 Monopoles on Contract and didn't lose out too much overall.
THE 7 CORPORATION bought 5 Isotopes on Contract at Sigma Draconis and then bought 5 Spice on Contract, possibly at a higher price than expected as AVERY & SONS pushed the price up to 5 HTs by buying 12 units of Spice, gaining a Dealership. SWISS MERCENARY FLEET sold 7 Monopoles for 16 HTs each and also became Dealers.
Finally, at Beta Hydri, THE 7 CORPORATION sold 5 Spice for 15 HTs apiece.
AVERY & SONS did just enough to be able to repay the Federation Bankers and will start the new Quarter debt free. Passengers were loaded for Gamma Leporis. Though a ship was landed at Epsilon Eridani with considerably more ease than SWISS MERCENARY's ship, it was later and the deal had been closed before the Falmouth arrived.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET riskily landed a ship at Epsilon Eridani and loaded 10 units of Weapons (OP23). The Naginata was sold to provide working capital for the Corporation.
COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA loaded passengers for Epsilon Eridani and Beta Hydri and paid to increase Reputation, receiving a small boost to its standing. But questions remain about its ship hanging around Mu Herculis in System Space.
|Corporation letter and name||Connections Bus/Crim/Pol||Init'v Bid||Turn Order||Cash||Rep'n||Player|
|A||Marathon Maniacs||10||0||0||0||5th||553||30||Andrew Burgess|
|B||Costa Nostra Pizza||5||5||2||0||6th||78||28||Mark Cowper|
|D||The 7 Corporation||9||4||5||0||4th||552||40||Paul Evans|
|E||Swiss Mercenary Fleet||8||7||0||5||1st||322||40||Martin Jennings|
|F||Avery & Sons||10||8||1||5||2nd||41||40||Przemek Orwat|
|N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated|
There were two new News chits this turn. The current chits (new ones in bold) are as follows.
Turn 11: P6
Turn 12: B8
Turn 13: B10, C4
Turn 14: P3
(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.)