This is the seventh 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.
Star Trader game 7 – Turn 14
One would have thought an enormous mutant star goat was approaching the Quadrant!
At Gamma Leporis AVERY & SONS sold 5 Alloys on Contract, while MARATHON MANIACS and COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA's offers to sell at 1 failed.
Tau Ceti saw AVERY selling Alloys at 6 HTs each and gaining a Contractorship, while leaving enough demand for COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA to sell a further 4 at the same price. SAILCAT dumped 5 Isotopes on Contract.
AVERY & SONS sold 5 Monopoles on Contract at Mu Herculis, but only after COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA had sold 2 at 11 HTs first. SAILCAT sold 10 Isotopes for 4 HTs each and were awarded the position of Market Manager, leaving SWISS MERCENARY FLEET to sell 3 at a price of 8 HTs, THE 7 CORPORATION to sell 4 on Contract and COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA to be ignored.
MARATHON MANIACS tried to sell Isotopes for 1 HT each at Sigma Draconis to no avail, though THE 7 CORPORATION sold some on Contract. MARATHON MANIACS did sell 7 Spice for 7 HTs each and gained a Dealership, reducing the price AVERY & SONS and THE 7 CORPORATION got for selling on Contract.
At Beta Hydri THE 7 CORPORATION sold Monopoles on Contract. COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA sold 10 Spice for 10 HTs each and took a Dealership, leaving AVERY & SONS to sell their Spice on Contract.
AVERY & SON sold their 6 Warehouses and then sold Falmouth at Mu Herculis for 130% of list, while the Penzance's Phoenix Hull and Coversack's Corco Gamma Hull sold for list, finishing with 1,293 HTs.
MARATHON MANIACS sold their 3 Alloy, 3 Isotope and 5 Spice Factories and their 4 Warehouses, while the Clarinet, Saxon, went for 110% and the Viking Phoenix for 100% of list, finishing on 1,452 HTs.
COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA's ship in blockade at Mu Herculis was an apparent risk, but most Corporations took the chance and anyway the System Defence Forces soon claimed free passage once more. COSTA NOSTRA cleverly jumped their illegal hulls L Bob Rife and Clara to the Planet's surface and sold them. The Corco Iota and Clarinet Hulls went for 160% of list price, while Mouse Army's Corco Zeta Hull raised 110%. Snow Crash, also a Corco Zeta, raised only 50% of list. 4 Warehouses, 3 Alloy Factories, 2 Isotope Factories and 2 Monopole Factories were sold as well leaving their net Assets as 1,468 HTs.
SWISS MERCENARY FLEET had a stash of Weapons (OP 23) which was disposed of for 400 HTs. The Ahlspeiss Corco Gamma and the two Phoenix Hulls, Halberd and Corseque, all went for 140% of list. The two Piccolo Hulls, Naginta II and III, at Tau Ceti only went for 70% though - perhaps the build quality was a little shoddy. They sold their 3 Warehouses and 4 Isotope and 4 Monopole Factories and eventually totalled a surprisingly high 1,791 HTs.
THE 7 CORPORATION had 7 Monopole Factories and a further 7 Spice Factories to sell and 4 Warehouses on top. The Clarinet Blake, Piccolo Jenna, and Corco Zeta Slave all went for 110% of list, leaving them on 2,097 HTs
SAILCAT having sold much of their assets last Quarter, sold their 7 Warehouses with their mountains of stock and the Phoenix hulled Jean went for list price, totalling 2,228 HTs, leaving them as the Corporation with the greatest return on assets in the Quadrant.
|Corporation letter and name||Connections Bus/Crim/Pol||Init'v Bid||Turn Order||Cash||Rep'n||Player|
|A||Marathon Maniacs||10||0||0||0||6th||1,092||34||Andrew Burgess|
|B||Costa Nostra Pizza||6||5||2||0||2nd||1,468||19||Mark Cowper|
|D||The 7 Corporation||9||4||5||0||3rd||2,097||40||Paul Evans|
|E||Swiss Mercenary Fleet||8||7||2||0||4th||1,791||40||Martin Jennings|
|F||Avery & Sons||10||8||2||0||1st||1,239||40||Przemek Orwat|
|N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated|
These are the cash values of the Corporations turn by turn. The figures are approximate at best, assuming that all goods could be sold at best price, that all ships sell at 100% of cost, that Opportunity chits undelivered are worth zero. The figures may be skewed, too, by jumps in commodity prices.
Costa Nostra Pizza Corporation announces to the Interstellar Unitary Planets stock market that it is ceasing trading in the Mu Hercules-Beta Hydra quadrant due to reputational issues arising from the actions of the local management team, who appear to have overstepped their remit, not in keeping with the ethos of the company. The local management team has been dealt with internally. All enquiries to be sent to CNP Corporation, Milan, Federal state of Europe, Terra.
Dwarf Pizzas - a little known form of Battle Bread.
Stabbed in the back! Stabbed in the back! And it was those pasta loving slimebeings!
Mu Herculis Security Consultants rejected all criticism of their performance in the System. A company spokeswoman said it was impossible for them to be held responsible for the failure to intercept and identify the unknown ship orbiting the System for the last Year and pointed out that all their Targets had been met, and Bonuses had to be paid as they were in their staff's contracts.
Unloading team at MH shipyard Supervisor: "Why do CNP suddenly need so much cement? And where are they? I have not seen any of their hoverbikes this week and they are usually always around with their pizzas, Strange..."
And so SAILCAT are the victors after a keen game. No drop outs, only one unavoidable NMR; thank you all Gentlemen. If you would like to send me a missive explaining how you were cheated or what the master plan was and what became of it, I will publish the End of Game Statements in the next issue. Again thank you all for taking part and Congratulations to Mike Dyer for Winning.
If anyone wants to sign on for a new game, please let me or Pevans know. If there are enough players, we'll use the expanded game, which will have some changes in it. Thanks to Daniel U. Thibault, who has done some serious investigation on the suitability of star systems, Delta Toucanis will now be Delta Pavonis.