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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 6 Turn 5 Turn 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 7

Sections: Corporation Table, GM Notes, News, Press, Star Systems map (PDF, 190k)

It's a busy day in the Federation banking system.
    "People seem to be cutting back on debt."
    "What do they know we haven't heard about?"
This Quarter saw many Corporations trudging to the banks to repay their loans, though FATCAT had to have it pointed out that offering substantially less than what was owed was not considered a sensible approach. The forced sale of a ship and Warehouse bridged the gap, but will not have gladdened the management.

SOLAR SPICE AND LIQUORS bought 4 Monopoles Factories at Mu Herculis and took delivery of their newest ship, the Java.

FATCAT sold all their Alloys Factories at Gamma Leporis, but it wasn't enough to pay off their loan to the Federation Bankers.

RED STAR LINES bought two Warehouses, one at Delta Pavonis and a second at Alpha Centauri.

The SWISS MERCENARY FLEET bought a further Spice Factory at Sigma Draconis.

TRANSURANIC TRADERS swopped a Passenger pod for a cargo pod on the TT Orion and upgraded the crew to A standard.

COSTRA NOSTRA bought another Petroleum Factory and repaid their loan without any problems.

OXFORDS NOT BROGUES increased their Reputation substantially and also repaid their loan in full. On top of this, they bought 2 Petroleum Factories at Mu Herculis and a Liquor Factory at Alpha Centauri.

INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES sold their slaves for top whack, 25 HTs each. They paid off their loan, too, and still had enough to increase their Political Connections.

At Gamma Leporis FATCAT bought 15 Units of Alloys for 6 HTs each and loaded both ships before unloading one and putting it up for auction. They did gain a Market Manager's Position in Alloys, though. Red Star Line's bid of 5 gained no units.

Epsilon Eridani saw OXFORDS NOT BROGUES buying 6 Alloys for 4 HTs each and being made a Dealer. They sold 6 Liquors for 12 HTs apiece, but no further reward than money in the bank. SWISS MERCENARY FLEET sold 9 Spice for 13 HTs each and took a Contractor's position.

At Delta Pavonis RED STAR LINES sold 5 Isotopes on Contract and bought 2 Petroleum on the same. INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES then sold 14 Isotopes for 8 HTs each, to gain a Dealership, and bought 12 Petroleum for 5 HTs each, getting a Dealership here too.

COSTRA NOSTRA PIZZA bought 10 Isotopes for 5 HTs each and took a Dealership, while Transuranic found enough supply to buy 3 more for 4 HTs each.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold a solitary Liquor at Mu Herculis.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS used their Market Manager position at Sigma Draconis to buy 5 Spice at the closing price. TRANSURANIC bought 1 Isotope for 3 HTs which was immediately lost due to lack of storage capacity. RED STAR LINE sold a Petroleum for 10 HTs and bought 6 Isotopes for 2 HTs apiece.

Alpha Centauri had OXFORDS NOT BROGUES selling 3 Isotopes for 9 HTs each and INTERSIDERAL NOVICES selling a further 8 at the same price. TRANSURANIC sold 6 Alloys for 16 HTs each and SOLAR SPICE bought 5 Liquors on Contract. INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES bought 2 Liquors for 11 HTs each as well and then SOLAR SPICE sold 10 Spice for 13 HTs apiece, taking the Contractorship.

Finally at Beta Hydri, RED STAR LINES sold 2 Petroleum for 10 HTs each and TRANSURANIC sold 3 Monopoles for 17 HTs apiece.

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 0 6th 42  31 Mark Cowper
B Oxfords not Brogues 4 0 7 0 7th 143  40 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
C FATCAT 6 0 7 7 3rd 38  32 Jerry Elsmore
D Solar Spice & Liquors 10 0 6 +4 1st 43  40 Paul Evans
E Swiss Mercenary Fleet 6 0 5 0 4th 339  40 Martin Jennings
F Smitten Kitten 4 0 7 0 9th 66  22 Michael Martinkat
H Intersidereal Novices 10 7 4 0 8th 93  40 Mateusz Ochman
J Red Star Lines 9 7 3 8 2nd 240  40 Przemek Orwat
K Transuranic Trading 9 0 7 0 5th 270  38 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


EV 21 (new colony at Alpha Centauri, increasing prices in this system) took place this turn.

There was one new News chit this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 8 B1, B6, C6, B4
Turn 9 P6, P3
Turn 10 C4, P5, B6, C5
(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 have a Market Manager Position and you wish to use it, I need conditional orders from you "bid face value/bid one more than any other bidder to buy/one less than any bidder to sell" or else the only power you use is the subsumed Contractors position.

A dealership grants no powers. It is however needed to gain a Contractorship.

If you order a buy and there's no storage I buy the minimum amount. If you're trying something clever, do let me know clearly.

If you have to repay a loan and have insufficient funds, I will try to sell things sensibly for you.