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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: Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 2 report

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

    "OK, clean out the Passenger Pods once this lot are offship."
    "Sir."
    "I'll stroll down the port offices and see what self-loading freight awaits."
The officer oozed down the plates to the business district.
    "None?"
    "None, I'm afraid. FATCAT were here with their liners."
    "What are we doing about it?"
    "Well we started a whispering campaign but that's going to take time to have much effect..."

TRANSURANIC TRADERS bought 4 Alloys for 1 HT each at Gamma Leporis.

At Epsilon Eridani, COSTA NOSTRA 2 sold 4 Isotopes for 12 HTs each.

Tau Ceti saw a Dealership for FATCAT as they bought 12 Isotopes for 6 HTs apiece.

FATCAT also gained a Dealership at Mu Herculis buying 10 Petroleum for 11 HTs each. They also sold 6 Isotopes for 8 HTs apiece.

PAVONIS PIONEERS bought 12 Isotopes for 6 HTs each, and a Dealership, at Sigma Draconis, and sold 4 Petroleum at a price of 16 HTs/unit as well

On Alpha Centauri PAVONIS PIONEERS outbid WHITE STAR LINE'S bid of 11 to buy Liquors, bidding 12 and collecting 3 units. PAVONIS PIONEERS sold 11 Spice at 14 HTs each and a second Dealership.

COSTA NOSTRA 2 bought Passenger pods and B class crew for his two ships as they were launched.

FOOLS AND HORSES raised Business Connections.

FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS bought 5 Alloy Factories at Gamma Leporis and Warehouses at Alpha Centauri and Gamma Leporis. The Ashbrook was sold on its arrival at Mu Herculis for list, and its fleet of 6 ships were launched. Passengers have been loaded to Tau Ceti and Beta Hydri to the annoyance of at least two other Corporations. Political Connections were raised, but when Reputation was pushed there was a surprise nil result.

WHITE STAR LINE bought Warehouses at Mu Herculis and Sigma Draconis and raised their Reputation. Otherwise they were outmanoeuvred this Quarter, judging by the dental work their CEO required.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET took OP3 and loaded weapons at Tau Ceti. A further basic level Piccolo was laid down at Tau Ceti, probably to be Naginta 3 as the other two have been imaginatively named. Business Connections were improved.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS loaded an A class crew, Augmented Jump and Light Weapon pods on their new ship before it was launched this Quarter. Reputation rose strongly.

PAVONIS PIONEERS bought Warehouses at Tau Ceti and Mu Herculis. The Phoenix Hulls were equipped with cargo pods as bulk carriers.

TRANSURANIC TRADING expected to load up four Passengers and found 1. There was no comment.

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 II 4 5 1 0 7th 26 21 Mark Cowper
D Fools & Horses 2 0 7 0 8th 25 32 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
E FATCAT 3 7 2 7 1st 168 28 Jerry Elsmore
F White Star Line 0 0 7 3 6th 47 29 Paul Evans
G Swiss Mercenary Fleet 2 5 2 0 2nd 29 28 Martin Jennings
H Intersidereal Greenhorns 2 0 7 0 3rd 30 31 Mateusz Ochman
J Pavonis Pioneers 4 0 8 0 5th 283 28 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 3 0 4 0 4th 66 20 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated

News

OP3 was taken by SMF.

There were two new News chits this turn. The current chits (new ones in bold) are as follows.
Turn 3 B8
Turn 4 P7
Turn 5 P8, C4
Turn 6 B3, P2

(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

Passenger Pods all require the same grade of crew as the main hull. Some Corporations forgot.

If Red Choir sees a chit, it may take advantage of the chit, yes.

Once a chit has been seen it remains seen, you only pay the first time you see a chit

Inter-player deals are acceptable. Please run things past me, especially if you think you have found a loophole in the rules, to avoid disappointment.

If your standing orders don't say 'read News chits' and your turn orders don't say anything, then you won't see any new News chits.

Ships are assumed to avoid interception if an opposing ship is in system space and, if they are intercepted, to attempt an emergency hyperjump, UNLESS orders exist saying something different.

Some Corporations found that they were unable to load passengers as an earlier company had already taken all that were available.