TLR is offline

I guess the title says it all…

I’ve been told an email has been sent to Ray, so I guess we’re playing the waiting game now 🙂

BTW I’ve reset the data for my online graph of TLR to just before the problem occured. The graph showed that over a 2 hour period the number of users gradually reached over 100. Since nobody was actually able to log in the graph isn’t that useful.


TLR-20070924-6W Rankings

Another round has passed… no teams this round…

BUT, we’ve been promised a return of the game settings that TLR originally had! 1000+ productivity guaranteed in every resort.

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
WYNDROSE                 Explorer+6         [---]   1  JPl   20154184       Io
BULL_831                 Minor Tyrant+4     [---]   2  HFr   14843699  240001s
BATU KHAN                Lord of All Things [---]   3  Fan    7965139       Io
BESTARK                  +Czar+             [---]   4  Spo    6506009  Titania
KRAZY                    +Czar+             [---]   5  Fan    5482269       Io
BABYLON 5                Warlord+0          [---]   6  Fan    5430798       Io
MISDIRECTION             Tourist+0          [---]   7  Fan    5412920       Io
TANADOR                  Tourist+0          [---]   8  Fan    5410756       Io
DAMIAN                   Tourist+0          [---]   9  Fan    5408760       Io
SILVER                   Tourist+0          [---]  10  Fan    5407647       Io

New Game in Town

Looks like the current TLR game will be replaced with a new one. Settings look interesting… hope it will attract some new players or at least bring back some of the old ones. New game will be starting near the end of September according to the message posted by the admin. A test game has also been setup for players to check prior to game start.

Message: 1 Sat Aug 18 16:37:12 2007 (Public)
Subject: New Game Format

Next game will be a 3 month game.
Format will be resort game in a 1.6M sector/room universe and with
the following game settings:
6 days production, 1000 production bonus, 2M fuel allocation
initial base cost 15000, team size 12 and maximum bunker size 15
Those interrested, can check out the 35 day test game which is
configured at the settings of the next game.

TLR-20070813-6W Rankings

Has it been 6 weeks already?

At least we had teams formed this round!

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
GUMBY                    +Czar+             [RDC]   1  CFp   97995300   Bianca
POKEY                    +Czar+             [RDC]   2  CFp   97751086   Bianca
BESTARK                  +Czar+             [RDC]   3  CGa   66813324   Bianca
MISSILERACK              +Czar+             [UEF]   4  JPr   43539993  Umbriel
BLUEREVENGE              Ruffian+1          [UEF]   5  JFp   38494146  Umbriel
DREAMWEAVER              +Czar+             [RFI]   6  CFp   29655391     Rhea
MILES GLORIOSUS          Hunter+8           [UEF]   7  JFp   24124966  Umbriel
AIR FORCE ONE            Scoundrel+9        [---]   8  CGa   23545720  Siarnaq
ARMY ONE                 Hunter+7           [---]   9  CPl   22622255  Titania
SLOW RIDE                Scoundrel+8        [RFI]  10  JPl   22337436    Ariel

______________Gang_Name________________  Abbrev.  Rank   Score (1000s)
Resort Development Cooperative            [RDC]      1        262559
United Earth Federation                   [UEF]      2        128312
Resort Farmers Inc.                       [RFI]      3         85677
Planet Strippers Inc.                     [PSI]      4         58042

SST sites

One of the reasons I wanted to start this site was the slow disappearance of all things SST related.

If you do a web search on the terms SST / TLR / StarshipTraders / IOResort most of the entries returned are links from Web Game directories. After weeding through all these you may (if you’re lucky) find a link to something like The Wog’s old website or similiar.

The only other available sources of content are the two (three?) yahoo groups dedicated to these games… however, due to a lack of moderators, these groups only seem to be an endless source of spam.

So what can we do about this, what are our options?
1) Create new fansites! – Easy to do, however they never seem to last.
2) Get some blogs going – Even easier to do, go to,, and start writing. Blogs don’t have to have a single author/owner, and most can be imported into other blogs if something better comes along.
3) Share information and links – If you’ve got some info, get it posted somewhere!

I did some Web trawling earlier, and found an interesting players guide written by EMPNEFSI about two years ago. The original guide can be found here, but I’ve archived a copy here as well.

The trawling also turned up some blogs… World of Starship Traders, and a couple of old Vet’s appear to have started blogs. One of these vets appears to have had a Nimrod problem as well!

If you know of any fansites I don’t have listed, let me know… If you have any (constructive) ideas for this site, feel free to pass them on.

Speaking of ideas… I’m considering writing a Bunker Buster plugin for TLF. The idea is that a random bunker location will be revealed once a week… what happens to the bunker then is anyones guess. To be fair, all bunkers will be included, no Team or player favourism. No details of who the bunker belongs to, or the strength of the defences will be revealed by the plugin. Readers will be able to submit new bunker locations. 😀

TLR-20070702-6W Rankings

Nice quiet round… couple of returning players have hinted that they’re going to kick butt next round! 😀

Oh, and it’s not a mistake, there were no teams at the end of this round?

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
BESTARK                  Gambler's Anonymous[---]   1  CFp   61780626  Umbriel
QUIETLY                  Shhhh!             [---]   2  CFp   54686457  Titania
POKEY                    Try Space Tyrant!  [---]   3  CFp   49811249  Ophelia
FELYZA                   Space Tyrant+3     [---]   4  SCr   34447605  368001s
DRYLAR                   Lieutenant+1       [---]   5  SFr   25822667  272001s
BULL_831                 Commander+4        [---]   6  HFr   25063259       1s
SLOW RIDE                Voyager+9          [---]   7  Fpa   22038719  Miranda
REDWOLF                  Mercenary+1        [---]   8  SLi   19562737  272001s
BLOOD HUNTER             Ensign+8           [---]   9  HFr   12043902  160001s
KORIAND'R                +Tamaranian+       [---]  10  HCr   11618050  112001s

TLR/TLF/SpaceTyrant game client

I’ve been promising this for awhile now. A few players have been running the client on window systems. One on Windows 2000 and another on XP. There’s a link at the bottom of this article, to download the client. Nothing fancy like the installer for Art’s client and not much eye candy either. I’m more interested in what you can do with client than how it looks. Also, it’s not nearly as automated as some of the other players clients/bots, except for score collecting which I occasionally do. I’ve retired my bots more than 2 years ago. You’ll need to unzip the files into whatever directory you wish to play from and do a full install of mono from the Novell website Just select the appropriate stable release for the OS you’re running. Works on any OS, as long as you’re running Windows 2000 or above, or a Linux distribution on which you can install mono 😉

Once the client and mono are installed, on windows start the mono dos box and switch to the directory where you’ve unzipped the client files. Type “mono GameClient.exe” to run, and that’s it. No instructions are included to run client. Anyone out there care to write a client manual? For Linux, consult your distribution’s help for how to run mono.

Online graphs problem

Something strange is happening over at ELF… the number of logged in users is jumping all over the place which makes the graphs look very strange.

I’ve done a quick workaround with the graphs, so they look a little saner.

Sane Graph
Sane graph
Crazy Graph
Crazy graph

I’ve sent Dragelet an email about the strange figures, as I think it’s something that should be investigated.

If (and when) the figures come good, I’ll restore the ELF data from a backup, which will remove the bogus data…

TLR/TLF Hotel/Galaxy Structures

When I first started playing starship traders, there was an active yahoo group with much advice and other interesting postings. Among those post, and which I was fortunate enough to have saved, (somewhere along the way, the posts just got deleted) a post explained the structures of the galaxies. I’ve updated the content and used for training new captains and just recently added the equivalent hotel structures for resort worlds in the last resort.

Continue reading “TLR/TLF Hotel/Galaxy Structures”

TLR-20070521-6W Rankings

Newsflash, new player wins round at TLR!

Bot Collector must have dozed off this round 😛

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
FELYZA                   Commodore+7        [---]   1  SDe   41510934  384001s
BESTARK                  +Czar+             [---]   2  CFp   35233785   Nereid
POKEY                    Try Space Tyrant ;)[---]   3  CFp   35124343   Nereid
THE BOT COLLECTOR        I want my client ;([TF3]   4  SFr   30962503  320001s
UBERTRADER               +Czar+             [TF3]   5  SFr   30498489   32001s
SHADOWS                  Minor Tyrant+3     [---]   6  HLi   25313590  336001s
MARCO_JEEZ               Back in black!     [ROA]   7  HLi   21874856  384001s
RAVEN                    The Morrigan       [---]   8  CFp   21113864   Nereid
MR. JERK                 +Czar+             [ROA]   9  HLi   20319301  176001s
CHAMPION WOMBAT          +Czar+             [TF3]  10  CGa   18658911  Miranda

______________Gang_Name________________  Abbrev.  Rank   Score (1000s)
The Fabulous Fig Fighters                 [TF3]      1         97021
Return of the Ancients                    [ROA]      2         75897