This is the fifth postal (PBM/PBeM) game of Star Trader GMed by Mike Dommett and published by Pevans in my postal games 'zine, To Win Just Once. This is the web version of the turn. Follow the link for an introduction to Star Trader.
The SMF captain looked out of his bridge at where the hover tanks were being driven into the sandy hills.
At Beta Hydri SUNDOG sold 2 Alloys for 9 HTs each.
Alpha Centauri was fruitful for PUM CORP, as they bought 5 Alloys for 10 HTs each. Selling Isotopes for the same price failed as the market dropped.
TEGWIN TRUCKERS bought 4 Alloys for 6 HTs apiece on Sigma Draconis, cutting out PUM CORP’s bid of 5, and then started the trading in Isotopes. TEGWIN bought 4 at 6 HTs each before running out of money, leaving CIGARETTES and ALCOHOL to buy 8 more at 5 HTs to gain a Dealership. PUM sold 4 Isotopes for 2 HTs each and TRANSURANIC sold 4 at the price of 3 HTs. BULGAKOV dumped 2 Spice for 12 HTs each to finish trading at this System
CAESAR WHOLESALE became Dealers at Mu Herculis, selling 10 Liquors for 10 HTs each, and then became Dealers in Monopoles by buying 10 units for 12 HTs apiece. This boosted SSL’s return as they sold 5 Monopoles on Contract using Crip. LISPING TREE thought to buy at 10 HTs, but were turned away.
Only TEGWIN’s TRUCKERS bought Isotopes in quantity at Tau Ceti, taking 14 at 5 HTs. PUM CORP bought 4 at the same price, but LISPING TREE’s bid of 4 was shut out. Also not finding traders were JANET looking to sell at 10 HTs.
MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION became Dealers in Petroleum at Delta Toucanis, buying 10 units for 9 HTs each.
They also became Dealers at Gamma Leporis, buying 12 Alloys for 5 HTs apiece.
TEGWIN bought a further 4 at the same price. JANET wanted to buy at 4 HTs, but failed.
SUNDOG delivered OP39 to Beta Hydri and used the money generated to buy Warehouses at Gamma Leporis and Tau Ceti and a Petroleum Factory at Delta Toucanis. Political Connections were raised to 4, leaving them well placed.
MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION loaded two passengers to Tau Ceti, bought a Warehouse at Alpha Centauri and then equipped the Manto with Cargo pods, Augmented Jump pod and an A class crew. The Passenger pod at Delta Toucanis Warehouse was added to the Telephos.
LISPING TREE hired agent Fox at Mu Herculis for 50 HTs, bought a Monopole Factory at Mu Herculis and increased their Political Connections.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET jumped to Gamma Leporis planetside, sold 6 units of weapons for 25 HTs each and then increased Reputation very substantially. Obviously, word of their smuggling hadn’t reached the Authorities’ ears.
TEGWIN TRUCKERS bought 3 Cargo pods for Aeron and Drysi, Warehouses at Alpha Centauri and Delta Toucanis and loaded all 6 liners with passengers.
GAMLEPCO was re-born as ASTRADYNE ENTERPRISES and was immediately busy improving their Reputation and Business Connections, laying down 3 ships in the Gamma Leporis Shipyards—a Phoenix, a Monarch and a Clarinet—and buying a Warehouse at Mu Herculis.
TRANSURANIC TRADE CORPORATION looked to transport passengers to Sigma Draconis, bought a Warehouse at Mu Herculis and moved into Factory purchase: 3 Monopoles at Mu Herculis and 3 Liquors at Alpha Centauri. Vland, a new Phoenix Hull, was laid down in the Alpha Centauri Shipyards with B class crew and augmented Jump Pod so far.
JANET sold their Warehouse at Gamma Leporis, bought one at Tau Ceti and equipped the GB Roger with a mix of Cargo and Light Weapon pods and an A class crew.
CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL AND WILD WILD WOMEN increased their Criminal Connections to 2.
Pevans van Rijn, the head of SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS, went to the bank to take out a 260 HT loan over 4 Quarters. Then he spent on: Business Connections, increased Reputation, laying down a Piccolo hull, Ladies, with Augmented Jump and A class crew at Epsilon Eridani and hiring Agent Willy at Mu Herculis.
BULGAKOV LINES bought 2 Monopole Factories at Mu Herculis.
PUM CORP bought a Warehouse at Delta Toucanis, a Warehouse at Sigma Draconis, sold a passenger pod and bought a cargo pod for one ship, and then laid down a Phoenix Hull at Tau Ceti Shipyards.
Two new News chits were drawn this turn. Current News chits (new ones in bold) are: