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Star Trader game 11

This is the web version of the latest turn in the eleventh 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, PDF map (150k), Press

    "What is it? What's the rush?"
    "Haven't you heard?"
    "COSTA NOSTRA's buying a Spear Military Hull - everyone knows that."
    "No, no, the news at Mu Herculis."
    "Which is?"
    "The 7th planet is being colonised and prices are going through the roof!"
The big event this Quarter was the new colony in the Mu Herculis system and the subsequent jump in all commodity prices, as the informed cashed in.

SIRIUS CYBERNETICS was a lot quieter this quarter, though remains unlikely to successfully compete with TEGWIN on its major system passenger routes.

HAPPY FEATURES did well at Mu Herculis and boosted its Reputation, possibly more successfully as it also announced it was building 6 new Isotope Factories at Sigma Draconis as well as warehousing at Mu Herculis.

HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES loaded a few Passengers.

TRADIAETH A MASNACHWYR TEGWEN suffered when two ships failed to complete their jumps this quarter. Relying on cheap crews has potential drawbacks. Nevertheless they still banked a profit, before spending it on increasing Business Connections, Reputation and laying down another ship, their 11th, comprising a Phoenix Hull, Augmented Jump and 6 Cargo pods - with an A class crew for a change - at Alpha Centauri Shipyards. They bought a Warehouse at Gamma Leporis as well, along with 2 Alloys Factories to load it up.

AMALGAMATED INTERSTELLAR METALS brought their Isotope Factories at Tau Ceti into Production.

COSTA NOSTRA COFFEE INC bought a Spear Hull and have equipped it with A class crew and a selection of pods. It is presumed it will be for hostile use against peaceful shipping.

HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES bought 14 Alloys for 4 HTs each at Gamma Leporis and gained a Dealership as a result, as did COSTA NOSTRA COFFEE INC, selling 6 for 2 HTs each

For a second Quarter no one was trading at Epsilon Eridani.

SIRIUS CYBERNETICS bought Petroleum at Delta Pavonis, 10 for 8 HTs each, and took a Dealership, which meant HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES' bid of 5 failed. PETROLEUM AND OTHER COMMERCIAL GOODS took 5 more on Contract.

At Tau Ceti HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES tried to sell Alloys for 9 HTs but this Quarter COSTA NOSTRA COFFEE bid 6 HTs and sold 10 to get a Contractorship.  MINING & MORE bid 13 HTs to sell Petroleum and gained a Dealership.

Mu Herculis saw HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES selling 11 Alloys for 10 HTs each and acquiring a Dealer's position. MINING & MORE sold 10 Isotopes for 10 HTs each and took a Dealership, while AMALGAMATED INTERSTELLAR METALS sold 5 on Contract. HAPPY FEATURES bid 15 to sell Isotopes and was ignored, but did manage to sell 7 Liquors for 18 HTs apiece, gaining a Dealership into the bargain. COSTA NOSTRA COFFEE INC. Sold 4 Monopoles for 10 HTs apiece, HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES' bid to buy at 12 HTs getting no response, as did its efforts to buy Petroleum at 8 HTs.

At Sigma Draconis, AMALGAMATED INTERSTELLAR METALS bought 9 Alloys for 3 HTs each and got a Dealer's position and then bought Isotopes on Contract - a purchase overshadowed by SIRIUS CYBERNETICS buying 10 for 6 HTs apiece and gaining a Dealership.  HARRIMAN ENTERPRISES sold 4 Petroleum for 13 HTs each as PETROLEUM AND OTHER COMMERCIAL GOODS sold on Contract.

COSTA NOSTRA COFFEE INC sold 2 Liquors at a price of 10 at Alpha Centauri, where SIRIUS CYBER sold 4 Alloys for 11 HTs each.

And, at Beta Hydri, AMALGAMATED INTERSTELLAR METALS sold 5 Isotopes using Agent Ferret, after which PETROLEUM AND OTHER COMMERCIAL GOODS sold 6 Monopoles for 19 HTs each, then 10 Petroleum for 12 HTs apiece to gain a Contractorship and, finally, 3 Spice for 15 HTs apiece.

Corporation table

Corporation letter and name Connections Bus/Crim/Pol Init'v Bid Turn Order Cash  Rep'n Player
A Costa Nostra Coffee, Inc 10 0 1 0 7th 124  32 Mark Cowper
B Tradiaeth a Masnachwyr Tegwen 1 7 0 15 1st 92  25 Jerry Elsmore
C Amalgamated Interstellar Metals 10 0 4 0 5th 168  40 Paul Evans
D Harriman Enterprises 9 4 2 0 4th 317  39 Anthony Gilbert
E Happy Features 8 0 5 0 8th 143  40 Mike Dyer
F Petroleum & other Colonial Goods 10 0 8 5 2nd 373  38 Przemek Orwat
G Sirius Cyber 9 3 1 0 3rd 107  34 Charlie Sundt
H Mining & More 10 0 4 1 6th 334  33 Sergiusz Orwat
N under Initiative Bid means No move received, F indicates the Corp was floated


EV 6 occurred this turn and prices jumped at Mu Herculis.

OP 13 was taken by Costa Nostra.

There are two new News chits this turn. The current list (new chits in bold) is:
Turn 8 P5, C5, C3
Turn 9 B3, B8
Turn 10: P6, 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

You cannot bid to buy/sell AND use contracts unless you have the Market Manager position; I ignore any such bids.

If you don't have a warehouse or a ship at a spaceport, I only purchase one of the commodity for you, unless, and it has happened, you have been specific you are doing it despite knowing it will be lost at once due to lack of storage.

Remember emergency hyperjump does NOT operate in this game.

Questions, ask me; clever ideas, run them past me first.