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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: Start-up

Turn 1

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, News, Press, Star Systems map (PDF, 175k)

Shipyards were busy all across the Quadrant, with most Corporations laying down new ships. FEDERATED ASSOCIATION OF TRUCKERS CO-OPERATIVES AND TRADERS were in the lead on this, buying 4 hulls and parlaying that into an extra-large loan, with which they bought 3 further hulls and pods and crews for the large passenger fleet. Betley, Biddle, Berkin and Bullin: Corco Zeta hulls with Augmented Jump and Passenger pods and D class crew were laid down at Beta Hydri, Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti Shipyards. Walwern and Weaver, Corco Zeta’s with 3 Passenger and one Cargo pods were laid down at Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani Shipyard, while Gowy, a Phoenix Hull with 6 Cargo pods and the only A class crew, was laid down at the Tau Ceti Shipyard.

SMITTEN KITTEN (as Lisping Tree will now be known) hired agent JB at Tau Ceti and increased their Business Connections.

COSTRA NOSTRA PIZZA INC bought 4 Spice Factories at Sigma Draconis and 3 Alloy Factories at Gamma Leporis. The crews for the two Corco Zetas were upgraded to A class and Political Connections were increased by one level.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET took out a 250 HT loan over 4 quarters. They laid down a Piccolo Hull with an Augmented Jump Pod and an A class crew and bought 2 Spice Factories at Sigma Draconis.

SOLAR SPICE AND LIQUORS hired agent Dragon at Mu Herculis. Jakarta sold its Passenger Pod and bought a Cargo Pod as replacement before upgrading to an A class crew., A Piccolo Hull, Genever, was laid down at Beta Hydri with A class crew and an Augmented Jump pod. Business Connections were increased and van Rijn’s press conference resulted in a large increase in Reputation. 3 Monopole Factories were bought at Mu Herculis

OXFORDS NOT BROGUES loaded 2 Passengers for Epsilon Eridani. After failing to increase its Reputation, the corporation took out a loan of 150 HT for 8 quarters and increased Business Connections. Warehouses were bought at Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti, along with 2 Petroleum and 2 Monopole factories at Mu Herculis – mining the same seam as SSL – and 2 Liquors factories at Alpha Centauri.

TRANSURANIC TRADING loaded Agent Percent. They bought a Monopoles factory at Mu Herculis and Warehouses at Alpha Centauri, Delta Pavonis, Gamma Leporis and Tau Ceti.

INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES increased their Reputation and their Political Connections. They laid down the Tracey, a Flute Hull, at Tau Ceti Shipyards. Stacey was re-equipped with two Cargo pods, the Battle Comm and Passenger pods being put into store in the Warehouse, and an A class crew.

RED STAR LINES sold the Light Weapons pod from Red One, bought a Cargo pod, hired an A class crew and loaded Passengers for Sigma Draconis. Warehouses were bought at Beta Hydri, Tau Ceti and Mu Herculis. Political Connections were increased and Red Two and Red Three, both Phoenix Hulls, were laid down at Tau Ceti and Alpha Centauri shipyards. Red Four, a Corco Gamma Hull, was laid down at Tau Ceti

At Delta Pavonis, RED STAR LINES bought 12 Petroleum for 9 HTs each and gained a Dealership, while TRANSURANIC bought 6 more using Percent.

FATCAT bought 6 Isotopes for 7 HTs each and INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES bought 4 more at 5 HTs.

TRANSURANIC bought 6 Monopoles for 14 HTs and took a Dealership at Mu Herculis.

TRANSURANIC also bought 6 Spice for 12 HTs apiece at Sigma Draconis, gaining a Dealership here, too.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash  Rep'n Player
A Costra Nostra Pizza Inc 7 0 1 0 4th 85  21 Mark Cowper
B Oxfords not Brogues 1 0 7 0 8th 192  22 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
C FATCAT 0 0 7 0 1st 112  20 Jerry Elsmore
D Solar Spice & Liquors 2 0 6 0 7th 76  27 Paul Evans
E Swiss Mercenary Fleet 2 0 5 0 6th 493  22 Martin Jennings
F Smitten Kitten 4 0 7 0 3rd 400  22 Michael Martinkat
H Intersidereal Novices 0 7 1 0 5th 140  22 Mateusz Ochman
J Red Star Lines 1 7 1 0 2nd 40  23 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 2 0 7 0 9th 130  24 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


There was one new News chits this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 2 C5
Turn 3 B6
Turn 5 P4, B8
(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

If you intend to load Passengers you need to already have Passenger pods on your ship in that turn (buying pods comes after loading passengers).

If you intend to load goods onto a ship after trading, you need to have cargo pods (or enough integral cargo capacity) on your ship in that turn. (Buying pods comes after trading.)

If you put a pod in a warehouse, the crew are lost. This wouldn’t arise if we were paying for crew on a turn by turn basis; we may try a game in future with that modification in to see what effect it has.

I mislaid Michael Martinkat’s orders so SMITTEN KITTEN alliteratively replaces Lisping Tree.

You can only buy ONE level of Connections a turn; from B2-B3 or C5-C6. You cannot buy 2 levels as a double jump or as one level in two types of connection. 3 levels is right out.