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Trader Captains and Merchant Princes was a role-playing game supplement released by FASA, as part of their Star Trek: The Role Playing Game series. Released in 1987, this module was a second edition, following the original Trader Captains and Merchant Princes. Revised with expanded content, this second edition would be released as a two-book set with FASA RPG module: Spacelanes: The Magazine of Interstellar Trade.


This two-book rules supplement for Star Trek: The Role Playing Game includes all the rules and charts needed for creating traders, privateers, merchants, con men, and rogues. A complete system for trading commodities, playing the stock market, procuring a bank loan, and maintaining a starship are all presented in an easy-to-understand format.
Book 1 contains comments and essays on the ups and downs of the merchant's life, written in the form of the Triangle Edition of the Interstellar Trader's Association magazine. Book 2 includes all the information necessary for the gamemaster to play and run characters who buy and sell merchandise, rent, lease, buy or steal a starship, find a cargo for hire, buy and sell on the black market, and many other possibilities.


  • Introduction
  • Creating Trader Characters
  • Training Trader Characters
  • Equipping the Trader Character
    • Starting Savings
    • Starting Cash
    • Guide to Equipment
      • Land Vehicles
      • Water Vehicles
      • Air Vehicles
      • Weapons
      • Medical Equipment
      • Clothing
    • Guide to Services
  • Judging Trade
    • Running the Corporate Bureaucracy
    • Independent Trade
    • Building a Business
    • Judging Spaceport Operations
  • Judging the Merchant Adventure
    • The Character Spokesman
    • Adventure Types
    • Adventure Preparation
    • Creating a Campaign Setting
    • NPCs
    • Establishing the Adventure
  • Judging Illegal Operations
    • Smuggling
  • Judging Finance and Investments
    • Stocks and Securities
    • Playing the Market
    • Bonds
    • Large-Scale Fleet Operations
    • Loans and financial Speculation
  • Appendix A: Travel Time
  • Appendix B: Trade Ships
    • Control Computers
    • Engines



Lawrence JordaineC. Northcote Parkinson
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Starships and vehicles

Four Leaf Clover (Argon-class) • USS John Paul JonesRare Earth (Argon-class) • Baka 'Re-classChameleon-classLiberty-classLotus Flower-classMission-classMokal-classMonarch-classNilron-classZeus-class


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Races and cultures

AndorianCaitianEdoanHumanKatan III nativeKlingonOrionRomulanRRissithTellariteTholianVaradeeVulcan

States and organizations

Bio/Genetic Research IncorporatedChiokis Starship Construction CorporationFederationGorn AllianceGgramphud Histo-Cryogenics, Inc.Klingon EmpireLeeper-Fell Universal, Ltd.Multiplanet Metals IncorporatedNew Amsterdam Gravitics Co.Rantura Shipping LinesRomulan Star EmpireShuvinaaljis Warp Technologies IncorporatedStarfleetTachyon Micromechanics, Ltd.Tholian AssemblyWilson Energies Ltd.Xaxxi Mechanistics Ltd.

Science and classification

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2287 (from reference stardate 2/2308.09)
Current time period.





Star Trek: The Original Series RPG books
FASA The Role Playing Game ("Star Fleet Officer's Manual" • "Cadet's Orientation Sourcebook" • "Adventure Book" • "Game Operations Manual") • The Klingons (The Klingons: Star Fleet Intelligence ManualThe Klingons: Game Operation Manual) • Star Trek II: Starship Combat SimulatorStarship Tactical Combat SimulatorThe Romulans: Starfleet Intelligence ManualThe Romulan Way: Game Operations ManualStar Trek III: Starship Combat GameStar Trek III: Starship UpdateThe TriangleThe Orions: Book of Common KnowledgeThe Orions: Book of Deep KnowledgeThe FederationStar Fleet Intelligence ManualStar Fleet Intelligence Manual: Agent's Orientation SourcebookUSS Enterprise Deck PlansKlingon D-7 Deck PlansThe VanishedWitness for the DefenseTrader Captains and Merchant Princes (2nd edition) • Spacelanes: The Magazine of Interstellar TradeShip Construction ManualDenial of DestinyTermination: 1456Demand of HonorOrion RuseMargin of ProfitThe OutcastsA Matter of PrioritiesA Doomsday Like Any OtherThe Mines of SelkaStar Trek III Sourcebook UpdateThe Triangle CampaignGraduation ExerciseWhere Has All the Glory Gone?Return to AxanarThe Four Years WarDecision at MidnightImbalance of PowerOld Soldiers Never DieThe Romulan WarConflict of InterestsKlingon Intelligence BriefingThe Dixie GambitStar Trek IV Sourcebook UpdateThe White Flame Starship Combat Scenario PackThe Strider IncidentRegula-1 Orbital Station DeckplansShip Recognition Manual: KlingonsShip Recognition Manual: The FederationShip Recognition Manual: Romulans
LUG Core Game BookNarrator's ToolkitThe Andorians: Among the Clans

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