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Star Trader game 9

This is the web version of the latest turn in the ninth 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 8 Turn 7 Turn 6 Turn 5 Turn 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 9

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, News, Press, Star Systems map (PDF, 220k)

A new planet was discovered to have viable resources in the Mu Herculis System and there was a big boost to commodity prices. It can be assumed that SWISS MERCENARY FLEET was unaware of this when it purchased Monopole Factories and INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES would have bid higher to purchase Monopoles and Petroleum.

Still at Mu Herculis, TRANSURANIC TRADERS sold 5 Monopoles on Contract and 6 Alloys with the aid of Percent. INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES sold 9 Alloys for 11 HTs each to gain a Contractor's position. OXFORDS NOT BROGUES sold 6 Isotopes for 8 HTs each and took a Contractor's position as well.

At Tau Ceti OXFORDS NOT BROGUES sold 4 Alloys on Contract. COSTRA NOSTRA PIZZA INC sold 12 Petroleum for 8 HTs each and gained a Dealership, whereas RED STAR LINES, who sold 6 units at the same price, went without further reward. RED STAR LINES did buy 11 Isotopes for 5 HTs each, taking a Dealership, as well as shutting out attempts to buy from INTERSIDEREAL, OXFORDS and TRANSURANIC.

FATCATS sold 2 Alloys for 11 HTs each at Delta Pavonis. COSTRA NOSTRA sold one Isotope for 6 HTs as RED STAR LINES sold on Contract. FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS bought 19 Petroleum for 8 HTs each and acquired a Dealership. Private arrangements had to be made with other Corporations to store some of the goods. COSTRA NOSTRA then sold 9 Petroleum for 3 HTs apiece, bringing the price back down, but TRANSURANIC TRADING bought 2 units at 5 HTs each, raising the price slightly and RED STAR LINES bought on Contract.

INTERSIDERAL NOVICES were the only Corporation trading at Epsilon Eridani, selling 4 Isotopes at a price of 8 HTs and 4 Petroleum for 9 HTs each.

TRANSURANIC TRADERS sold Isotopes at 7 HTs at Beta Hydri. They then sold 6 Spice for 11 HTs apiece and a Dealership. COSTRA NOSTRA PIZZA INC sold 4 Petroleum for 8 HTs each and TRANSURANIC sold 3 more at this price. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold 9 Monopoles for 15 HTs each and took a Dealership.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS were dealing at Alpha Centauri: Liquors were bought on Contract and, at the same time, they sold Spice on Contract

At Sigma Draconis TRANSURANIC TRADING bought 6 isotopes for 3 HTs each and were granted a Contractor's position. They also cut COSTRA NOSTRA out of the market as they only bid 1 HT. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold Monopoles on Contract, but it was RED STAR LINES who sold 6 units for 15 HTs each and were made a Dealer. Finally, SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS bought Spice on Contract as the price dropped, undercutting COSTRA NOSTRA's sell bid.

FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS were re-equipping some of their ships. Four of their passenger liners , Betley, Biddle, Walwern and Bollin sold all their Passenger pods and bought Cargo pods instead, along with A class crews. The 15 Petroleum Factories were sold at a profit and 16 Isotope factories were bought at Sigma Draconis instead. Apparently there is also a verbal agreement with another Corporation, as part of the Petroleum output was wheeled into COSTA NOSTRA's Warehouse.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS' van Rijn had his ear to the ground and the Java was sent to Gamma Leporis where it snatched OP 9.

TRANSURANIC TRADERS had a profitable Quarter and bought a Spice Factory at Sigma Draconis.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET's Charismatic Chairman, le Grande Fromage, bought as many Monopole Factories at Mu Herculis as finances could stand.

OXFORDS NOT BROGUES bought two Isotope Factories at Tau Ceti, sold cargo pods from Bodkin and bought cargo pods instead whilst upgrading the crew.

COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA INC bought an Isotope Factory at Sigma Draconis and a Warehouse to match.

INTERSIDEREAL GREENHORNS delivered OP 28 and then took OP 48, re-equipping the cargo podded ship with an A class crew and renaming it as Kris - the Passenger podded ship became Terry.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash  Rep'n Player
A Costra Nostra Pizza Inc 10 0 2 6 4th 246 37 Mark Cowper
B Oxfords not Brogues 6 0 7 0 6th 207 40 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
C FATCAT 9 0 7 12 1st 325 38 Jerry Elsmore
D Solar Spice & Liquors 10 0 6 5+4 2nd 237 40 Paul Evans
E Swiss Mercenary Fleet 8 0 5 0 7th 90 40 Martin Jennings
F Smitten Kitten 4 0 7 0 N 66 22  
G Intersidereal Novices 10 7 5 12 3rd 356 40 Mateusz Ochman
H Red Star Lines 10 7 3 5 5th 348 40 Przemek Orwat
J Transuranic Trading 10 0 7 0 8th 499 40 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


Event 6 (new colony at Mu Herculis) took place this turn.

SSL took OP 9 from Turn 12. INTERSIDEREAL took OP 48 from Turn 11.

There was one new News chit this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 10 C4, P5, B6
Turn 11 C3
Turn 12 B6
Turn 13 B10
(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.)

GM Notes

Better Market Manager Orders this turn, thank you.

If someone tells you about an Opportunity, you cannot take that chit unless you have read it yourself.

If you then read the OP chit, you cannot take the OP on the same turn (you could write conditional orders for every OP chit).

You can send in conditional orders about hyperjumps: "if SSL has a ship in system space, jump to EE instead" sort of thing. However, you can't put in conditional orders about OP chits.

Please separate actions in the Opportunity Phase from actions in the Investment Phase. One comes before the other. It matters. In future if you order an Investment phase action all Opportunity Phase actions following will not take place.

There is always a Jump pod on every ship. It can be upgraded to an Augmented Jump pod, which does not count against the number of pods allowed on a ship.

A warehouse can take 10 units of Alloys/Isotopes/Petroleum. It can ALSO take an unlimited quantity of Spice, Liquors and Monopoles.

Orders for the next turn to Mike Dommett, 119 Victoria Road,
Alton GU34 2DD or by e-mail to
by Friday, 2nd November 2018