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Trader to the Stars

Star Trader game 8

This is the eighth 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.

Previous turns: Start-up

Turn 1 report

Sections: Corporation Table, Systems map (separate page), PDF map (150k), News, GM Notes

COSTRA NOSTRA IMPORTERS INC bought a Monopoles Factory at Mu Herculis and 3 Spice Factories at Sigma Draconis, before laying down two Corco Gamma hulls, Bonnie and Clyde, after some hesitation at Beta Hydri Shipyards. They then raised their Political Connections, but failed to load Passengers to Mu Herculis as a competitor had already been there.

WHITE STAR LINE laid down two Corco Zeta hulls as Passenger liners Titanic and Britannic at Tau Ceti and Beta Hydri respectively. After selecting Red Choir as their agent, passengers were loaded for Tau Ceti and Reputation improved. The Cargo pods were disposed of from the Olympic, and more Passenger and Light Weapon pods bought.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS bought 4 Liquor Factories at Alpha Centauri and 4 Isotope Factories at Tau Ceti. Then, with a 122 HT loan over 4 quarters, they increased their Reputation, increased their Business Connections, bought a Warehouse at Tau Ceti, swopped Passenger for Cargo pods and upgraded the ship’s crew, before starting a new (incomplete) Phoenix hull (Tracey) at Tau Ceti.

FOOLS AND HORSES bought 6 Spice Factories, improved their Business Connections and spent to improve their Reputation as well.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET improved their Business Connections and bought 2 Spice Factories. They then laid down two Piccolo hulls with D class crew at Tau Ceti Shipyards, while replacing Passenger with Cargo pods on the Clarinet hull. Very busy this Quarter.

PAVONIS PIONEERS laid down two Phoenix hulls, while upgrading the crews to their existing spaceships. Warehouses were procured at Alpha Centauri and Beta Hydri. They also loaded Passengers to Sigma Draconis.  Political Connections were pushed still higher and they took out a 450 HT loan over 4 Quarters to fund this and their Reputation increase.

TRANSURANIC TRADING bought 3 Monopole Factories at Mu Herculis, 2 Liquor Factories at Alpha Centauri and 2 Spice Factories at Sigma Draconis plus a Warehouse at Alpha Centauri. Their ships loaded Passengers for Delta Pavonis and Gamma Leporis.

FATCAT laid down 3 Corco Zeta hulls – Betley at Tau Ceti, Biddle at Beta Hydri, and Birkin at Epsilon Eridani – and 2 Piccolo hulls: Walwern at Alpha Centauri and Weaver at Beta Hydri at the Quadrant’s Shipyards. This was parleyed into a 640 HT loan over 4 Quarters. Each Corco Zeta was equipped with D class crews and 4 Passenger pods, while the Piccolos got top notch crews. All received Augmented Jump pods to replace the original equipment. Political Connections were raised and a Phoenix hull Gowy was laid down and equipped with Cargo pods and top crew at Tau Ceti Shipyards. Finally, a Warehouse was bought at Mu Herculis.

There was surprisingly little trading this Quarter. At Delta Pavonis, PAVONIS PIONEERS bought 12 Petroleum for 10 HTs each and gained a Dealership. Sigma Draconis was the only other system with trading: PAVONIS PIONEERS bought 12 Spice for 13 HTs each and took a second Dealership this Quarter. Isotopes saw COSTRA NOSTRA buying 4 Isotopes at 5 HTs each after FATCAT had bought 12 for 7 HTs apiece, giving them with a Dealership.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash Rep'n Player
B   4 0 3 N   570 20 Andrew Burgess
C Costa Nostra Importers 4 5 1 0 6th 124 21 Mark Cowper
D Fools And Horses 1 0 7 0 2nd 50 26 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
E FATCAT 1 7 1 7 1st 166 23 Jerry Elsmore
F White Star Line 0 0 7 0 7th 105 25 Paul Evans
G Swiss Mercenary Fleet 1 5 2 0 3rd 186 24 Martin Jennings
H Intersidereal Greenhorns 1 0 7 0 8th 121 25 Mateusz Ochman
J Pavonis Pioneers 2 0 8 5 4th 327 25 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 3 0 4 0 5th 50 20 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated

News

There were five new News chits this turn. The current chits (new ones in bold) are as follows.
Turn 3 B8
Turn 4 P7, C2
Turn 5 P8, C4

(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.)

GM Notes

Paul Appleby (Corp A) has had to drop out because of circumstances and Andrew Burgess NMR’d.

The table at the bottom of page 16 of the rules shows which Spaceports have Shipyards. Legal spaceships can only be laid down in the 4 systems with Spaceports. Damaged hulls can only be repaired at a shipyard.

Legal pods can be bought anywhere, Illegal pods only on planet as the result of an opportunity chit. If you are buying an illegal hull with pods, you do not need to have a spaceship on the planet, but if you are only buying illegal pods you must have a spaceship on the planet.

Illegal hulls, and de-facto hulls with illegal pods can only be repaired at Tau Ceti Spaceport.