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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 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 4 report

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

    "Ok, we've landed. What are our orders?"
    "We've got Isotopes to sell."
    "Isotopes?"
    "Yes, the orders are quite clear."
    "We're at Gamma Leporis."
    "And?"
    "They don't buy Isotopes."

FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS offered Isotopes at Gamma Leporis for 1 HT each, but found no interest. There is no Market for Isotopes at Gamma Leporis. Newspaper speculation generally saw it as a move to disconcert FATCAT's rivals.

FATCAT was also selling 2 Isotopes for 5 HTs each at Epsilon Eridani, after which INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS sold 8 more at 9 HTs, profiting from the demand, and became Dealers. INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS sold 8 Liquors for 17 HTs each to gain a second Dealership and there was enough demand for TRANSURANIC TRADERS to sell 2 more at 18 HTs. FATCAT sold 10 Monopoles for 15 HTs each, taking a Dealership, and then 10 Petroleum for 11 HTs apiece and a second Dealership as well. COSTA NOSTRA IMPORTERS INC sold 6 Spice for 15 HTs each and also became Dealers.

PAVONIS PIONEERS were at Delta Pavonis, buying 4 Petroleum on Contracts as the price dropped.

PAVONIS PIONEERS sold 10 Alloys at 9 HTs each and gained a Dealership at Tau Ceti. They immediately loaded 11 Isotopes to replace the ship's cargo, these being bought at 4 HTs apiece and bringing the corporation a second Dealership as well

Mu Herculis saw COSTA NOSTRA IMPORTERS INC. selling 2 Monopoles for 10 HTs each and PAVONIS PIONEERS buying 8 at a price of 14 HTs to get a Dealership.

PAVONIS PIONEERS were selling Petroleum at Sigma Draconis - 8 at 14 HTs each. They were buying: 12 Isotopes for 5 HTs each and a Contractors position; 7 Spice for 13 HTs each.

WHITE STAR LINE bought 4 Liquors for 12 HTs each at Alpha Centauri.

PAVONIS PIONEERS sold 11 Petroleum for 13 HTs and a Dealership, and FATCAT sold 7 Spice for 17, followed by TRANSURANIC TRADERS who sold 2 more Spice for 18 HTs.

Passenger carrying was affected by the competition. At least 3 Corporations ended up with empty Passenger capacity. Rumours though that a Corporation was considering lowering its ticket prices were firmly denied by all Corporations.

WHITE STAR LINE loaded Passengers for Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti and increased its Reputation slightly.

COSTA NOSTRA IMPORTERS INC loaded Passengers for Mu Herculis and Beta Hydri and repaid their loan when they visited the Sector Bankers.

FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS raised their Political Connections to 4. Taking advantage of low prices, they bought 6 more Alloy Factories at Gamma Leporis and 2 more Warehouses. Passengers were loaded for Beta Hydri, though one ship is flying half empty. They also received a 20 HT gift from Pavonis Pioneers for some private deal.

FOOLS AND HORSES raised their Reputation and bought a Spice Factory at Sigma Draconis.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET finally got a ship to jump from Tau Ceti to Mu Herculis and sold it for 170% of list price. They laid down yet another of the basic level Piccolo with D class crew. One Spice Factory was bought at Sigma Draconis.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS laid down a new Phoenix hull, Alex, in the Alpha Centauri shipyards and added 3 Cargo pods and a Light Weapon pod. They still had more than enough funds to go down to the banks and repay their loan and add a Cargo pod to the Tracy. They announced that Agent Eleanor is available for hire to other Corporations.

PAVONIS PIONEERS bought a Warehouse at Epsilon Eridani.

TRANSURANIC TRADING bought two Warehouses, one at Beta Hydri and one at Alpha Centauri. They also embarked Passengers to Alpha Centauri and one of their ships is travelling empty too.

Press

Intersidereal Greenhorns proudly announces that we added a new service this Quarter: it is now possible to hire Eleanor. Any interested Corporations should send their propositions on our E-Mail: mat@fapr.com

Any Pirate can expect no mercy, especially Swiss ones.

Want to bid without competition? Pay me to go somewhere else!

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash Rep'n Player
C Costa Nostra II 4 5 1 10 2nd 35 23 Mark Cowper
D Fools & Horses 2 0 7 0 4th 85 35 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
E FATCAT 7 7 4 12 3rd 326 40 Jerry Elsmore
F White Star Line 0 0 7 10 1st 182 36 Paul Evans
G Swiss Mercenary Fleet 2 5 2 0 5th 208 30 Martin Jennings
H Intersidereal Greenhorns 5 0 7 0 7th 41 37 Mateusz Ochman
J Pavonis Pioneers 10 0 8 5 6th 136 40 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 3 0 4 0 8th 128 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 5 C4
Turn 6 B3, P2, P7
Turn 7 B4, B3, P4
Turn 8 C10
(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

Thank you everyone for sending in orders by the deadline.

Players have every right to make private arrangements between each other as long as I am notified first, AND both players agree to do it.