USS Excalibur


Welcome to the USS Excalibur!

The current sim year is 2389

In a world where one species has been rocked to their very core, another has lost everything they ever held dear to them, and both are bent on showing that they can recover in vastly different ways. All it takes is one shot to the bow and hell might break loose. Add into that one race that may choose to take advantage of all the chaos and it looks like a recipe for disaster.

Task Force 99 provides writers with an inventive spirit and the opportunity to explore, re-live, and create their own niche in the Star Trek universe. By focusing on extraordinary in both Trek and other genres, the games of 99 are unique and exciting. The universe’s infinite possibilities provide viewers with an opportunity to dream. Task Force 99 brings together stories from all genres to explore new possibilities and gather the hidden treasure.


The USS Excalibur, an Ascension-class starship is currently assigned to Bravo Fleet serves as a carrier with weapons systems dwarfing even the strongest foes while being able to carry the same amount of fighters as the Concorde-class. Currently, the ship is assigned to Task Force 99. The Ascension-class starship is one of the most advanced and most powerful vessels ever built by Starfleet. Rated for combat, exploration, scientific, diplomatic, and logistics missions, the 1,600 member crew is dedicated to serving at the forefront of Starfleet and the Federation.

As part of Task Force 99, we are under no Task Force canon storyline, our missions are our storyline, our canon. Task Force 99 provides writers with an inventive spirit and the opportunity to explore, re-live, and create their own niche in the Star Trek universe. By focusing on extraordinary in both Trek and other genres, the games of 99 are unique and exciting.

We still do follow main canon requirements from a range of sources, up to an including the most recent movies, but we do not have a set linear timeline of a canon plot to follow. We focus on our writing and doing so as a team. That is our focus. We may not post 100+ posts a month, but we write our posts with care and quality in mind.

We welcome all visitors to our website, our little piece of the galaxy. Please enjoy our website, have a look around and if you are interested in becoming part of the USS Excalibur crew, please join us by applying through our application form and feel free to join our Discord server if you have any questions and to meet our crew once your application is accepted.

We also have some frequently asked questions that will help you in your journey with us here on the USS Excalibur. I look forward to seeing you soon as a crewmember on our simulation!

Current Command Team

Commanding Officer, Game Master & Webmaster
Executive Officer & Assistant Game Master
Captain Anthony Richardson
Lieutenant Commander Ryan Murphy


Latest News Items

» New Task Force

Posted on Thu Aug 15, 2019 @ 11:51pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

As I am sure you can see, there has been a change in where we are. We are now part of Task Force 99. As it states on the Bravo Fleet website about Task Force 99, Task Force 99 provides writers with an inventive spirit and the opportunity to explore, re-live, and create their own niche in the Star Trek universe. By focusing on extraordinary in both Trek and other genres, the games of 99 are unique and exciting. The universe’s infinite possibilities provide viewers with an opportunity to dream. Task Force 99 brings together stories from all genres to explore new possibilities and gather the hidden treasure.

I think that is pretty neat and really fits into what we all want from this simulation moving forward, a place where we can be free to do our writing as we want to, not be shackled by any number of canon storylines, or be forced into situations that we don't feel are right for our simulation. This also opens up the chance for us to really take our time with the fleet timeline jump that is meant to occur at some point next year, we can focus on the missions and really ensure that we detail our adventures in our very own way.

I have already spoken to the Task Force 99 Commanding Officer and the leadership here are so pleased to have us join the Task Force. As it was put to me, we "have the freedom to write as you see fit" and as long as I submit a monthly report each month, then we are part of the Task Force 99 family, which is what I wanted for the simulation and why we have made the move from our old Task Force.

I've already made changes to the website to reflect the changes, but if you see any others, please let me know.


» July Monthly Update

Posted on Sun Aug 4, 2019 @ 2:16pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Monthly Update

I want to get back to these monthly updates for the simulation, something that I hope will help you all with what is going on around the simulation, and help you in your posting and activity on the simulation. Feel free to discuss what is in here on our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V.

Crew
We have welcomed Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien and Lieutenant JG Canaan Serine join the sim in July, as members of our senior staff in Flight Control and Science, respectively. This brings us to a grand total of 6 crew.

I also want to remind everyone that you are welcome to have up to three protected NPCs (PNPCs) linked to your account, this does not include family members if you wish to have a profile for them so you can write with and about your family onboard the ship/simulation.

Posting & Activity
Another great month, we reached 15 posts this month. We do need to work on some more interaction and joint posts across the simulation but to reach this total is an increase from June’s figures, which is great. This represented 2.5 posts/player onboard over the month. As always, our goal is 2 post per player each month, so we should have no trouble reaching 12 posts for the month. I will be monitoring this each month, and from next month; I will send this out to you all about a week before the end of the month. It won't show in this report, as they are set to public and I don't think it is fair to make that public at the moment.

Mission Recap (so far)
posts are to be set between 1200hrs on MD02 until the end of MD04

We are currently with a skeleton crew on the ship itself, which is docked at Starbase 11 and transporting the colonists and personnel back to the base, with our new crew who have opted to join the ship at the base to begin their arrivals and boarding the ship. The ship will leave the base at MD03 0050 hours and arrive back at the planet at MD03 0630 hours.

Meanwhile, on the surface, there are several things going on, with the medical teams working on treating the sick and injured, and Commander Murphy heading out to go and find the missing base commander and his security team (there is an update coming this week on them). Other than that, we should also have other security teams heading out to other towns and cities to see what is needed (the major incident is in the capital, that was where the most damage was done).

Player of the Month
I am going to award this award next month. I know we don’t have awards added to the site at the moment, but over the coming weeks, this will be changed. I am just waiting on the final approval to the fleet awards that are being discussed and once they go live, then we can begin adding those awards as well as awards that I want for just our simulation, and one of them will be this award.

Fleet News & Updates
The big news is that technically, the USS Excalibur is a flagship again, as I took on the role as Task Force 93 Commanding Officer (with a different character), who has been in our storyline a few times now. Other than that, new policies has been implemented across the fleet, one of them is the operational policy, which has a section that we need to be monitoring, and that is activity requirements.

I can report that our activity requirements are in line with the fleet, so there is no change. All players are still required to post at least two posts a month to be considered active, and that will apply at the Task Force level as well (while not each player checked, the sim needs to be posting at a level of 2 posts/player each month)

Final Thoughts...
Don’t forget our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V and when you are on there, let me know your username so I can set the right permissions for you. In summary, we had a great month, an amazing month!!!! It was such a bigger positive to see where the simulation has come in such a short space of time, and I think with the same level of effort from everyone, we will see even bigger things over the rest of this year


» A New Player

Posted on Fri Jul 26, 2019 @ 10:20am by Captain Anthony Richardson in New Players

Please join with me in welcoming Michael to our simulation as Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien, our brand new Chief Flight Control Officer.


» Fleet Changes

Posted on Fri Jun 14, 2019 @ 1:27pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Fleet Announcement

Firstly, I encourage you to read through this announcement (https://fns.bravofleet.com/the-phoenix-rises/) to understand a bit more about what I am going to say...

Over the last few weeks, there has been a small group of members in the fleet who have been working on the reformation of the fleet structure, including the administration of the fleet. This was due to a long avenue of disagreements with the old administration and its running of the fleet. That has now concluded and as of today, Bravo Fleet is led by an Administrative Council, led by a Chairman, who is the voice of the fleet. We also now have moved away from a Fleet Constitution to a Bravo Fleet Charter. I'll ensure there is a link to the charter on the site this weekend.

This new administrative council, after the reforming of the fleet, has determined that my role on the council of Community Relations Officer is now to be split into three areas; that of the Chief of Staff, Academy Officer, and Communications Officer. I have since been asked to take on the role of Task Force 93 Administrator, which I have accepted.

This does mean that OOC, the USS Excalibur is a Task Force Flagship. IC, it means very little. We may see, from time to time, an appearance by one of my old characters who I have opted to use in the role, but the overall picture for the simulation will stay the same, I won't be changing characters or ranks; you will still have me and Captain Richardson in command (isn't that fun).

It won't change the day to day running of the simulation, we will still be pushing forward with our storylines, but I wanted you to all know what is going on in the fleet.


» Chief Science Officer

Posted on Wed May 15, 2019 @ 6:09pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in New Players

... and as if one new crewmember wasn't enough, we are welcoming Chris to the Excalibur family, our brand new Chief Science Officer Ensign Geran Demar. With Chris joining the family, we now have a crew of 6, which is great news and really shows the hard work, dedication and effort that has gone into this simulation over the last few months, please keep up the great work!


Latest Mission Posts

» A Security Check

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Posted on Tue Aug 20, 2019 @ 11:42am by Ensign Noah Maritz & Captain Anthony Richardson

The look on Siku's face when Noah said that he was leaving to meet the Captain said it all: utter betrayal and astonishment. She was laying on his bed and let out a low grumble at the massive inconvenience and looked at him with her massive eyes.

"Come on girl,…


» Another New One, Part Two

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Posted on Tue Aug 20, 2019 @ 10:34am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant JG Canaan Serine

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"At the moment, there isn't much to do in the way of science, but you are welcome to undertake your own experiments when the time is like this, and I am sure our Chief Medical Officer, when we get to the planet again will want to catch up and…


» Another New One, Part One

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Posted on Tue Aug 20, 2019 @ 10:32am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant JG Canaan Serine

After meeting his new conn officer, he had hoped to finally get some shut-eye, but that would not be for another twenty minutes, maybe…

He took another drink of the juice that he had when he was talking to Lieutenant S'harien, and just hoped to get through to the end…


» Some Final Checks

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Posted on Sun Aug 18, 2019 @ 9:00pm by Lieutenant JG Cassandra Rae

Cassandra was about to continue discussing the potential near-fatal error made by the EMH. The CMO was tempted to start reviewing the playback herself with Dr Acklom right now. However, their meeting was interrupted by a rather bleary-eyed Dr Leman who entered looking like he had just rolled out of…


» Catching Up

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Posted on Sun Aug 18, 2019 @ 7:42pm by Lieutenant JG Cassandra Rae

Dr Acklom crossed one leg over another and brushed a non-existent piece of lint off one uniformed leg before settling back in his chair and studying his Chief Medical Officer. Cassandra looked tired. Really tired. Dark smudges under her eyes testified to the long hours she had worked and her…