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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 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 5

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, News, Press, Star Systems map (PDF, 180k)

At Alpha Centauri SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold 8 Spice for 14 HTs each and gained a Dealership.

SSL was trying to sell Monopoles on Beta Hydri, but had no ship there. RED STAR LINE sold 14 units at 17 HTs each and was granted a Dealership. TRANSURANIC TRADING used Agent Percent to sell 6 Monopoles at the closing price. TRANSURANIC then sold 6 Petroleum for 13 HTs each and there was enough demand for COSTA NOSTRA INC to sell 4 more at the same price.

COSTA NOSTRA INC sold 6 Spice for 10 HTs each to take a Dealership at Sigma Draconis, as the price held up. SSL considered buying on Contract but changed their mind.

Corporations were steering clear of Gamma Leporis, despite the restoration of order. TRANSURANIC bought a Warehouse, possibly as earnest of more in the future.

OXFORDS NOT BROUGUES bought 4 Alloys at Epsilon Eridani.

RED STAR LINE sold 11 Isotopes for 7 HTs each at Delta Toucanis, gaining a Contractorship, and also bought 5 Petroleum on Contract.

At Tau Ceti it was FATCATS buying 12 Isotopes for 7 HTs each who got a Dealership. TRANSURANIC picked up 4 more at 6 HTs apiece while OXFORD's bid of 4 was too low. FATCATS then laid down a new ship at Tau Ceti and, for reasons unknown, gave it the same name as one laid down last Quarter.

 Mu Herculis saw INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES selling 9 Alloys for 10 HTs each and gaining a Dealership. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold 9 Liquors for 12 HTs apiece and took a Contractor's position. Finally, INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES, judging their bank balance, bought 5 Petroleum for 8 HTs each and loaded it onto their ship.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS used their Agent Ferret to land their streamlined Piccolo on Planet at Epsilon Eridani, where they are reputed to have loaded a shed load of Tempus. With Agent Willy also in the Dutchman's entourage, this could be a profitable venture.

COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA bought a Warehouse at Delta Toucanis and two Petroleum facilities to fill it. To replace their lost ship they laid down a new Phoenix hull at Tau Ceti Spaceport, the 'THIN CRUST SEAFOOD DELUXE', which may or may not contain Anchovies.

OXFORDS NOT BROGUES decided to pay to increase Reputation and gained a substantial boost to their standings with a rebranding exercise.

SWISS MERCENARY FLEET had a loan to repay, and just managed to meet the deadline. They start the next Quarter with a clean sheet.

TRANSURANIC TRADERS became the first Corporation to hold the lot when it bought a new Warehouse at Beta Hydri as well this Quarter, and has storage facilities everywhere.

RED STAR LINES was shuffling pods between its ships, and now has the Passenger capacity on RedTwo.

FATCAT laid down Ashbrook Two, possibly intending to rename on launch, and bought first one, and then a second Warehouse at Gamma Leporis.

INTERSIDERAL NOVICES bought a new Passenger pod for the Tracey and loaded the pod from the Warehouse as well. The two Cargo pods were stored in their place. A new Phoenix Hull was laid down at Tau Ceti. Money then ran out.

And the effect of the technical breakthrough in alcohol production will slowly reduce the Liquor prices Quadrant wide.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash  Rep'n Player
A Costra Nostra Pizza Inc 9 0 2 0 7th 187  29 Mark Cowper
B Oxfords not Brogues 1 0 7 0 6th 74  27 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
C FATCAT 4 0 7 7 2nd 154  28 Jerry Elsmore
D Solar Spice & Liquors 10 0 6 6+4 1st 195  40 Paul Evans
E Swiss Mercenary Fleet 4 0 5 0 5th 27  34 Martin Jennings
F Smitten Kitten 4 0 7 N 9th 180  22 Michael Martinkat
H Intersidereal Novices 7 7 3 0 8th 45  40 Mateusz Ochman
J Red Star Lines 9 7 2 3 3rd 422  40 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 6 0 7 0 4th 235  32 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated

News

EV 18 (Liquor production breakthrough) took place this turn and SSL took OP 12.

There were four new News chits this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 7 B1, C3, P2, C7
Turn 8 B1, B6, C6, B4
Turn 9 C6, P6
(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

Anyone wish to play SMITTEN KITTEN for the rest of the game? It appears Mike Martinkat has dropped out.

I am allowing the storage of Cargo Pods containing contents in Warehouses for the moment.