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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 9 Turn 8 Turn 7 Turn 6 Turn 5 Turn 4 Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 1 Start-up

Turn 10

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

    "We've got Spice..."
    "Yes, Sir." The customs official yawned. The SMF's officers looked at each other.
    "To sell, lots of Spice..."
    "Not much call for it round here, sir."
    "And what is there a call for round here?"
    "Ilchester, sir."
The officers looked at each other again. Le Fromage Gros was not going to be happy.

At Gamma Leporis INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES bought 16 Alloys for 5 HTs each - gaining a Dealership - and loaded them onto their two newly refurbished fire sale ships

At Epsilon Eridani RED STAR LINES sold 4 Liquor for 12 HTs each while OXFORDS NOT BROGUES bought 2 units for 13 HTs apiece. OXFORDS sold 6 Monopoles for 20 HTs each and were made Dealers. TRANSURANIC TRADING sold 6 units at the same price using Percent. SWISS MERCENARY FLEET bid 8 HTs to sell Petroleum, RED STAR LINES bid 7, but it was FATCAT's bid of 5 HTs that sold: 13 units to gain a Contractorship.

FATCAT were selling Petroleum at Delta Pavonis, clearing 5 at a price of 3 HTs. TRANSURANIC then bought 2 for 5 HTs each. RED STAR LINES got rid of 5 Isotopes on Contract.

Tau Ceti saw RED STAR LINES selling 6 Petroleum for 6 HTs each, this time without competition, and gaining a Dealership. Meanwhile INTERSTELLAR NOVICES bought 5 Isotopes on Contract.

Prices rose at Mu Herculis with the news and, apart from SWISS MERCENARY FLEET's attempt to sell Spice ("Not much call for it round here, sir"), RED STAR LINES sold 13 Isotopes for 11 HTs each and gained a Dealer's position. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sold 10 Liquors for 17 HTs apiece and took a Dealer's position. This undercut OXFORDS NOT BROGUES's attempt to sell at 20 HTs. SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS also sold 8 Monopoles for 17 HTs each and gained the Market Manager's Position.

No one was selling at Beta Hydri. However, Alpha Centauri saw SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS sell 5 Spice on Contract and TRANSURANIC TRADING buy 6 Liquors for 13 HTs each.

At Sigma Draconis INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES bought 10 Alloys for 6 HTs each. FATCAT bought 22 Isotopes for 8 HTs apiece to drive the price up and gained a Market Position. TRANSURANIC TRADING then bought 5 units on contract at a rather higher price than they might have liked. COSTRA NOSTRA's bid of 2 and INTERSIDEREAL's bid of 7 to buy were both shut out. RED STAR LINES sold a Monopole for 17 HTs, but TRANSURANIC failed to buy, bidding at 16 HTs. FATCAT were selling Petroleum, getting rid of 14 units for 4 HTs each and getting a Dealer's post. This undercut RED STAR (bidding 6 HTs), TRANSURANIC (8 HTs) and INTERSIDEREAL (also 8). Finally, TRANSURANIC TRADING bought 6 Spice for 10 HTs each and SOLAR SPICE sold 5 on Contracts.

COSTA NOSTRA PIZZA INC embarked passengers for Gamma Leporis and Sigma Draconis and then bought 2 Warehouses at Gamma Leporis. The Petroleum factories at Delta Pavonis were sold and 11 Alloy Factories bought at Gamma Leporis. At this point they ran out of money.

OXFORDS NOT BROGUES bought an additional Cargo pod for the Bodkin.

RED STAR LINES visited the Federation Bankers and repaid their loan on time, while continuing to receive their Factory production.

FATCAT sold their Factories at Sigma Draconis at a profit and bought 17 Alloy Factories and one Warehouse at Gamma Leporis, while loading Passengers for Mu Herculis.

INTERSIDEREAL NOVICES took OP 10, buying all the slaves they could fit into their pods, while willing self-loading freight were embarked for Alpha Centauri.

TRANSURANIC TRADING bought a Monopole Factory at Mu Herculis and a Liquor Factory at Alpha Centauri.

SOLAR SPICE & LIQUORS delivered OP 9, took the money and then sold all of their Monopole Factories at Mu Herculis. This sent them off to the Federation Bankers to repay their loan. Their next action was to sell the Java for 90% of its list price and then the Genever and Jakarta for 110% of list. To this they added the sale of all their Warehouses, taking the Corporation to well over 2100 HTs and a remarkably early win.

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 5th 81  37 Mark Cowper
B Oxfords not Brogues 8 0 7 0 8th 337  40 Mike Clibborn-Dyer
C FATCAT 9 0 7 12 1st 810  38 Jerry Elsmore
D Solar Spice & Liquors 10 0 6 0+4 2nd 2,152  40 Paul Evans
E Swiss Mercenary Fleet 8 0 5 0 7th 130  40 Martin Jennings
F Smitten Kitten 4 0 7 N   66  22  
G Intersidereal Novices 10 7 5 0 6th 237  40 Mateusz Ochman
H Red Star Lines 10 7 3 5 3rd 132  40 Przemek Orwat
J Transuranic Trading 10 0 7 0 4th 341  40 Bob Parkins
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


EV 20 (Shortage of Monopoles) took place this turn.


There was one new News chit this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 11 C3
Turn 12 B6
Turn 13 B10
Turn 14 C4
(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

An early victory in this game. I will start another one but, as I'm moving house, probably not in the next issue. I'd appreciate Game End Statements for the next issue, including how Pevans was lucky and what went right and wrong, And I'd also like everyone to say "yes, we'll play in the next game", as well as any people who want to try the game.