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 impact of the Viral Infection was devastating. All the crews have effectively been downgraded and this led to many ships failing their hyper jumps this Quarter. The passengers affected were not happy and the company agents without goods to sell were not amused either.
At Gamma Leporis TEGWIN TRUCKERS bought 13 Alloys for 7 HTs each and became Market Manager, after which MU HERCULIS TRADING COMPANY bought 5 more on Contract.
Epsilon Eridani saw JUST ANOTHER NEW ENERGY TRADER selling 2 Petroleum for 9 HTs each.
JANET sold 8 Isotopes at Delta Toucanis for 5 HTs each and gained a Contractorship, after which BULGAKOV LINES sold 2 at 6 HTs and PUM sold 1 on Contract. BULGAKOV then sold 5 Spice for 12 HTs apiece.
PERF sold 8 Alloys for 8 HTs each at Tau Ceti and collected a Dealership.
Mu Herculis was busy. MU HERCULIS bought 12 Monopoles for 9 HTs each, beating CAESAR WHOLESALE to the punch. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS bought 5 on Contract. CAESAR also sold 5 Liquors on Contract. PERF sold 1 Isotope for 6 HTs. LISPING TREE sold 8 Alloys for 9 HTs each and gained a Dealership.
SOLAR SPICE bought 4 Liquors at 9 HTs each on Alpha Centauri, after which MU HERCULIS sold 3 Spice on Contract.
Beta Hydri saw TEGWIN TRUCKERS selling 7 Spice for 11 HTs each. MU HERCULIS sold 7 Petroleum for 6 HTs apiece and TEGWIN sold 3 on Contract. PERF sold 5 Isotopes for 6 HTs each, undercutting SUNDOG and TRANSURANIC. PERF sold 1 Alloy for 12 HTs.
At Sigma Draconis MU HERCULIS bought 12 isotopes for 4 HTs each and obtained a Contract. PERF failed to buy at 2 and CAESAR failed to sell at 6, but PUM bought 5 on Contract. MU HERCULIS sold 1 Monopole for 9, as did PERF and then SSL sold 5 more on Contract. PUM sold 5 Petroleum for 7 HTs each, PERF sold 1 for 8 HTs and MU HERCULIS sold 4 on Contracts. PERF was buying Spice: 13 at 10 HTs to gain a Dealership, with MU HERCULIS and SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS both buying 5 on Contract.
LISPING TREE sold their Tempus for 350 HTs, took OP 20 and bought a Dagger Hull with cargo pods and A crew, and then took OP 12 and bought more Tempus. They hired an Agent and ran out of ready cash to pay interest on their loan, suffering the penalty.
SUNDOG surprisingly managed to sell the Enfya at Mu Herculis having gained its legality. They spent the money improving their Reputation, despite having apparently pirated a ship from MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
MU HERCULIS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION lost a ship and bought Warehouses at Beta Hydri and Gamma Leporis.
SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS took OP 17 on Epsilon Eridani.
TEGWIN TRUCKERS sold three of their ships at Gamma Leporis for 110% of list price, repaid their loan, took out another loan for 300 HTs over 4 Quarters and increased their Criminal Connections.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET increased their Business Connections and upgraded their crew back to A Class.
CAESAR WHOLESALE laid down a new Phoenix hull with Cargo and Light Weapon Pods called the Domitian at Alpha Centauri Shipyards.
TRANSURANIC bought a Warehouse at Sigma Draconis and two Isotope Factories at the same location and loaded passengers on its ships.
PUM CORP sold their Spice Factories at Sigma Draconis and laid down a new Phoenix Hull at Tau Ceti
JANET bought a Warehouse at Delta Toucanis, a Spice Factory at Sigma Draconis and launched the GB Calvin with Cargo, Passenger and Light Weapon Pods and a stuffed Tiger.
Damn fine samples! But I seem to have drunk them all. More Liquors! Pevans van Rijn
LISPING TREE took OP 12 (C6), Tempus, and OP 20 (C1), Dagger Hull.
SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS took OP 17 (B8), Weapons.
EV 27 took place this turn and all ships’ crews were downgraded. (A D class ship keeps its crew.)
Two new News chits were drawn this turn. Current News chits (new ones in bold) are: