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.
“Right we have an announcement to make.” The room went quiet, the solidos were aimed, the tapechecks in a line.
At Gamma Leporis PERF bought 12 Alloys for 4 HTs each and gained a Dealership. CAESAR WHOLESALE and MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT bought 5 each on Contracts
CAESAR WHOLESALE sold 4 Petroleum for 9 HTs apiece at Epsilon Eridani. TRANSURANIC TRADE CORPORATION sold 12 Monopoles for 11 HTs each, gained a Dealership and then got a second one when they sold 9 Liquors for 13 HTs apiece. They failed to make the hat trick when selling 6 Isotopes at the price of 6 HTs.
SUNDOG didn’t sell Isotopes at Delta Toucanis as the price fell, but PUM CORP sold 5 on Contracts. TEGWIN TRUCKERS bought 18 Isotopes for 8 HTs each and gained a Contractorship, shutting out PERF’s bid of 4. The Isotopes were distributed between the group of liners after they had unloaded the colonists.
Tau Ceti had PUM CORP selling 14 Petroleum for 5 HTs each and gaining a Contractorship. PERF bought 9 Isotopes for 5 HTs as well.
CAESAR WHOLESALE sold 5 Alloys on Contract. PERF sold 6 Isotopes for 10 HTs each and were made Dealers. They sold 3 Liquors at 11 HTs as well and then bought 1 Monopole for 6 HTs. PERF finally finished by buying 12 Petroleum for 6 HTs each, becoming Dealers, while SUNDOG sold 2 Petroleum at 5 HTs.
Sigma Draconis was busy. PERF bought 1 Alloy for 5 HTs, but were outbid, along with PUM CORP, by MU HERCULIS on Isotopes: they bought 12 for 5 HTs each and obtained a Dealership. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold 15 Monopoles for 11 HTs each, leaving MU HERCULIS’s bid of 12 selling nothing. MU HERCULIS did sell 5 Petroleum on Contracts. TEGWIN made another big purchase – 19 Spice for 9 HTs each and a Dealership. PERF bid 6 and got nothing, but SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS and MU HERCULIS both bought 5 more on Contract.
JANET sold 6 Isotopes for 8 HTs each, gaining a Dealership, and were also awarded a Dealership for buying 6 Liquor for 7 HTs apiece. After which, PERF bought 2 more for 6 HTs each. LISPING TREE sold 11 Monopoles for 12 HTs each and collected a Dealership.
Beta Hydri had TEGWIN selling 8 Alloys for 9 HTs each and a Dealership. MU HERCULIS sold 9 Monopoles for 9 HTs each and LISPING TREE sold 3 on Contract. BULGAKOV’s bid of 9 failed to find any takers. Finally, SSL sold 12 Spice for 13 HTs each and were made Contractors.
PUM CORP were repaying their loan – having to sell 4 Warehouses and a factory to raise the cash. They were back in through the doors at once for a 120 HT loan over 4 Quarters. Selling another factory, they bought back all their sold warehouses and 2 Monopole Factories as well.
TEGWIN TRUCKERS delivered the emigrants to Epsilon Eridani’s outlying forest planet, increased their Reputation a little and bought a Passenger Pod for the Betrys.
CAESAR WHOLESALE bought a Warehouse at Sigma Draconis and 2 Liquor Factories at Alpha Centauri.
SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold OP 3 on Planet at Gamma Leporis at a good price using agent Willy, and then repaid their Loan to the Fed.
TRANSURANIC embarked Passengers and bought a Warehouse at Epsilon Eridani.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET sold OP 33 at Mu Herculis for an average haul on Weapons and laid down a new Corco Gamma hull at Alpha Centauri, the Guisarme, with LW pods and A class crew.
LISPING TREE also paid off their loan and took out a new one for 421 HTs. They bought 4 Monopole Factories at Mu Herculis and a Warehouse at Alpha Centauri and improved their Political Connections.
PERF improved their Reputation slightly and bought A crew for their ship, which was equipped with cargo pods and augmented jump. A new Corco Gamma Hull, the ‘Alice’, was laid down at Alpha Centauri.
MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION bought an Augmented Jump pod and 6 cargo pods for their new ship.
JANET loaded Passengers and bought a Petroleum Factory at Delta Toucanis.
SUNDOG took OP 36 and bought an Arsenal Pod. They then spent so that their Reputation was increased a bit.
That’s more like it, by damn! A good, honest, hard day’s work: buy a little, sell a little and ... er ... smuggle a little.
EV 8 took place – an artificial Spice has been developed and all S/D markers have been reduced by 2: -4 is now -2, -8 is now -6 and so forth.
SUNDOG took OP 36 from Turn 11 (B5) and bought an Arsenal Pod.
No new News chits were drawn this turn. Current News chits (new ones in bold) are:
A ship that fails its Hyperjump cannot do anything else that turn.