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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 6 Turn 5 Turn 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 7 report (with revisions)

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, News, Press, Systems map (separate page), PDF map (170k)

    "I've got an idea to grow Market Share."
    "Do tell."
    "How about if we sell the same product but for a lower price than our competitors?"
    "Do you know, I think you may have an idea there."

TRANSURANIC TRADING bought 6 Alloys for 2 HTs each at Gamma Leporis and this sufficed to gain the Corporation a Dealership.

It was TRANSURANIC TRADING who were trading at Epsilon Eridani, too, selling 2 units of Liquors for 16 HTs each.

PAVONIS PIONEERS monopolised trading at Delta Pavonis, selling 11 Isotopes for 9 HTs apiece to become Contractors, and then buying 7 Petroleum for 8 HTs each to gain a Market Managership.

Tau Ceti saw PAVONIS PIONEERS buy 5 Isotopes on Contract. COSTRA NOSTRA IMPORTERS, INC sold 5 Petroleum for 13 HTs each.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS were the only active trader at Mu Herculis, selling a single Isotope for 8 HTs.

Sigma Draconis was a lot more active with INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS and PAVONIS PIONEERS competing. PAVONIS PIONEERS bought 5 Isotopes on Contract and sold 5 Monopoles for 16 HTs each. INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS sold 9 Petroleum for 13 HTs each, gaining a Dealership, and left PAVONIS only able to sell 2 units at 13 HTs apiece. However, PAVONIS bought 12 Spice at 13 HTs each and got a Contractorship, while INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS' bid of 12 HTs to buy brought them nothing.

At Alpha Centauri, WHITE STAR LINE bought 6 Liquors at 13 HTs/unit. FATCAT sold 9 Alloys for 10 HTs each and gained a Dealership.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS sold 10 Petroleum at Beta Hydri for 14 HTS each and were made Dealers. This thwarted PAVONIS PIONEERS, who failed to sell any at 15 HTs. SWISS MERCENARY FLEET tried to sell Spice at 16 HTs but were undercut by FOOLS AND HORSES using their Market Manager position to dispose of 16 units.

FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS bought Light Weapon pods for the Alice at Tau Ceti and the ship is now equipped for bear. The CEO refused to explain the intended use apart from muttering 'pirates' and later issuing a press release. Passengers are being taken to Beta Hydri, Alpha Centauri and Tau Ceti. Finally, FATCAT laid down a Phoenix Hull at the Epsilon Eridani Shipyards.

WHITE STAR LINE loaded Passengers for Tau Ceti and Alpha Centauri.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS laid down a Corco Mu Hull at Alpha Centauri Shipyards, equipping it with A class crew and a selection of Cargo and Light Weapon pods.

TRANSURANIC TRADING loaded Passengers for Beta Hydri and Epsilon Eridani and bought additional Factories at Mu Herculis, Alpha Centauri and Sigma Draconis.

COSTRA NOSTRA IMPORTERS, INC took Passengers for Sigma Draconis, Epsilon Eridani and Beta Hydri. Cargo, Passenger and Light Weapon pods were bought for the Kelly and the John Dillinger, together with A class crews. Political Connections were increased to 2.

FOOLS AND HORSES added a 10th Spice Factory to their production capacity.

And SWISS MERCENARY FLEET sold Naginta at Mu Herculis for 150% of list, only to lay down two more Piccolo Hulls.

Press

The Federated Association of Trucker Co-Operatives and Traders confirm that their bespoke Pirate Protection Service is up and running. Corporations wishing to take advantage of the introductory offers should contact us before they have a problem...

Intersidereal Greenhorns proudly announces that we continue with our service this Quarter: it is still possible to hire Eleanor. Any interested Corporations should send their propositions on our E-Mail.

New Fashions for Crew clothing. Visit the display at Gamma Leporis and buy at a discount for early purchasers.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash Rep'n Player
C Costa Nostra II 5 5 2 0 6th 88 24 Mark Cowper
D Fools & Horses 3 0 7 0 3rd 276 40 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
E FATCAT 10 7 5 12 1st 64 38 Jerry Elsmore
F White Star Line 1 0 7 11+1 2nd 309 40 Paul Evans
G Swiss Mercenary Fleet 2 5 3 0 7th 179 37 Martin Jennings
H Intersidereal Greenhorns 10 0 7 7 8th (3rd I) 134 40 Mateusz Ochman
J Pavonis Pioneers 10 0 8 5 5th 76 40 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 6 0 5 0 4th 115 32 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated

News

EV 16 took place this turn.

Note that IG's bid put them 3rd in Initiative order and they chose to go 8th in Turn order.

There were five new News chits this turn. The current chits (new ones in bold) are as follows.
Turn 8 C10, P6
Turn 9 C2, B6
Turn 10 P3, C4
Turn 11 B8, B4, P7

(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

Yes, you can specify alternative jumps for your ships, should an opponent's ship be in System Space where you intended to jump. Thus, "Jump to TC; if Spear in TC SS, jump to EE" would be valid. However, failing to deliver Passengers, by taking them to the wrong Star System, would leave you liable for the penalty. Passengers want to be delivered the next turn, so sitting tight for a Turn and hoping the blockade will be lifted will cost you.

If you have no combat orders, your ship will just surrender. It might be worth looking at what you ordered.

You can only buy 1 level of connection increases in any given turn.

If you're going to write orders with conditional elements in them, it helps me if it's not a solid block of text. Leave a space between each conditional order.