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Star Trader game 10

This is the web version of the latest turn in the tenth postal (PBM/PBeM) game of Star Trader GMed by Mike Dommett and published by Pevans in To Win Just Once, the games magazine. For an introduction to Star Trader follow the link.

Previous turns: Turn 6 Turn 5 Turn 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up Pre-start

Turn 7

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, Map (PDF 27k), News, Press, Report

    "Mr Gates?"
    "How do you see current safety concerns?"
    "My risk analysis suggests a period of reflection."
    "I'll cancel all ship movements."

Gamma Leporis saw QUASAR ENTERPRISES selling 5 Alloys on Contract.

ARCHANGEL LINES wanted to sell Alloys at Epsilon Eridani, but were undercut by GAMLEPCO selling 10 units for 3 HTs each and taking a Dealership. Prices generally rose otherwise in system.

At Tau Ceti, ARCHANGEL LINES bought 4 Isotopes for 6 HTs each, after which GATES-LEARJET bought 7 more for 5 HTs apiece and GAMLEPCO bought 5 on Contracts.

QUASAR ENTERPRISES were very busy at Mu Herculis. Their three Monarch Hulls were unloading and selling. First, 18 Alloys were sold for 10 HTs each and the corporation gained a Contractor's position for future trading. Then QUASAR sold 7 Isotopes for 15 HTs apiece and acquired a Dealership, while GATES-LEARJET sold 5 on Contracts. Finally, GAMLEPCO bought 11 Monopoles for 14 HTs each and obtained a Dealer's position.

Sigma Draconis saw no Monopole sales due to the departure or non-arrival of ships. GAMLEPCO did buy 5 Spice on Contracts, however.

At Beta Hydri, GAMLEPCO sold 7 Isotopes for 9 HTs each and became Dealers. QUASAR sold 6 Monopoles for 20 HTs apiece and gained a Dealer's position. And finally, GAMLEPCO sold 12 Spice for 16 HTs each and the final Dealership gained in this quarter.

ARCHANGEL LINES continued with its policy of transporting people to where they wished to go.

QUASAR ENTERPRISES put its Mu Herculis shipping in safe berth, rather than risk jumping into the difficult psychic jam.

GATES-LEARJET took a similar view and kept their ships in Spaceports. They did pay off their loan from the Federation Bankers, though.

The ASSOCIATION OF INTERSTELLAR ANARCHISTS continued to orbit Sigma Draconis and the lack of success of planetary defence forces in clearing the threat is attributed by many to covert sympathy in sections of the Government.

MONOGRAM jumped again, trying to get its raison d'être to a market to sell, and within hours was limping back into Mu Herculis Spaceport having failed to hyperjump successfully. Company backers are starting to have their concerns.

GAMLEPCO delivered the plants to Epsilon Eridani and decided to review their finances. Repaying their existing 100 HT loan, they took out a new much larger one of 600 HTs over 4 Quarters, paying interest of 28 HTs per Quarter. A Warehouse was bought at Mu Herculis, giving them storage at all systems. But more importantly, the Shipyards at Epsilon Eridani were given a large order, with two Piccolo hulls laid down alongside a cargo-carrying Phoenix. The Light Weapons pod at Sigma Draconis was sold below cost, but added to the company's balances.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash  Rep'n Player
A AIA 0 5 9 11 3rd 45  - Jerry Elsmore
B GamLepCo 10 0 3 0 6th 534  38 Tony Gilbert
C Quasar Enterprises 10 3 5 15 2nd 521  40 Mark Cowper
D Monogram Inds 6 0 4 0 5th 95  40 Mike Dyer
E Gates-Learjet 10 4 3 0 6th 132  40 Paul Evans
F Archangel Lines 4 0 4 15 1st 362  40 Przemek Orwat
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


EV 1 and EV 9 took place this turn with artificial Spice being developed an Isotope Breakthrough (increased demand from now on) and hyperjumps being more difficult for the turn.

There are two new News chits this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 8 B2
Turn 9 P4
Turn 10 C4
Turn 11 B6
(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.)