USS Excalibur


Welcome to the USS Excalibur!
A 4x Bravo Fleet simulation of the month!

August 2016
(Task Force 72)
December 2016
(Task Force 93)
January 2017
(Task Force 93)
August 2019
(Task Force 99)





The current sim year is 2391.

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 Lapzik Ghein


Latest News Items

» Another Post of the Month!

Posted on Thu Nov 21, 2019 @ 3:31pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Ship Awards

https://www.bravofleet.com/group_news/october-2019-monthly-awards/

We have done it again! This just shows how not only everyone who is here is dedicated to the writing we are doing but also that we are seen as a positive addition to the fleet and the Task Force and that what we do is at the highest level possible.

I have once again been pleased to see that one of our posts has been awarded the Task Force Post of the Month award, which I believe is the third month in a row that we have received an award in the fleet, and also as a little bit of trivia, we have received all three awards (Sim, Player & Post of the Month) in a row, so I think this is cause for celebrations!!!

I do want to share the post with you, so have a read of it from our very own Chief Security/Tactical Officer in That New Posting Feeling. What I said about the post was "I quite liked this post from our Chief Security/Tactical Officer, Ensign Noah Maritz. The player, Teresa, had been absent from the sim for a couple of months due to personal commitments and family matters but had been able to return this month once things had settled down and at the moment this post had come out, we were at the beginning of a two-year time jump from 2389 to 2391 and as such, it just made perfect timing for Teresa to jump straight back into writing and the storyline without having to worry about catching up on what she had missed, she was able to just send out this post, not only to get herself back into posting on the simulation but also into the storyline. The way that she has used not only the two-year gap in time to her advantage but also the absence of her character from the storyline has made this post much more than what it was intended to be and the use of an animal throughout the post was a great personal touch.”


» Wing Commander

Posted on Sun Nov 10, 2019 @ 9:31am by Captain Anthony Richardson in New Players

Please join with me in welcoming Nathan to the sim, he is getting back into writing with us, and we are pleased to have someone of his calibre joining us, as Lieutenant Amelia Wilson, our brand new Wing Commander.

I look forward to seeing all that our new Fighter Wing has to offer in our missions moving forward. Welcome Nathan to the simulation!


» October Monthly Update

Posted on Tue Nov 5, 2019 @ 8:53am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Monthly Update

COMMANDING OFFICER’S OOC ADDRESS
I think October can be called another successful month in my eyes, we didn’t achieve our challenge but we still did get 29 posts. Even with my website access issues, we still achieve a great number of posts and really have made strides to open this mission up now as we start in 2391.

One thing with the mission is that I have altered it slightly, I had initially felt that the current parameters were a bit restrictive to only a couple of people and it would make it difficult to get others, or even new players involved, so I have altered the mission and we will now be undertaking a new assignment that I do hope will have more for everyone to do and more to get you all involved. I have already started writing up some posts to get that new assignment into our storyline (and your inboxes) and we have our joint post across the ship that will bring the new orders into the storyline.

Other than that, we have had a good and solid last couple of months, achieving a high number of posts each month and I hope that this keeps going in the last two months of this year. I am currently in the process of working out a date for our traditional Christmas/New Year shutdown and will send that out closer to the end of the month.

Feel free to discuss what is in here on our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V.

CREW CHANGES
We haven’t welcomed or sad goodbye to any crew this month, we have stayed steady again at 5 crew. I am going to be pushing the Task Force Commanding Officer to get some sort of assistance for the simulation to help us bring in new and active players to the simulation as it has been quite a while since we have seen new players and I have noticed that simulations that aren’t posting as much or at all are seeing increases in their players.

POSTING & ACTIVITY UPDATE
As I noted to you all in the private message earlier today, we posted 29 posts in October which was the 4th best in the Task Force last month, and we were the 3rd best averaging posting simulation in the Task Force. We have not slipped any lower than 3rd since we joined Task Force 99, so that deserves a round of applause for the efforts. We also haven’t had less than 5.4 posts/player in those three months, so again another amazing effort from everyone.

NOVEMBER POSTING CHALLENGE
The challenge this month is to post at least 8 posts per player across the board. That means the challenge overall is a minimum of 40 posts. I think it is achievable for everyone, so let’s get beat this challenge.

WEBSITE UPDATE
I haven’t done much across the website this month as I have been having access troubles every single day, where I will lose access to the site after only 5-10 minutes. I am confident that the site is not in any way compromised and it still works fine for everyone else, and I have our server operators looking at it to see what the issue is and how it can be fixed as it seems to be something on my end.

THE MISSION BRIEF
MD01 and MD02 are now open, for all hours. MD03 will open at the end of the month

As I noted, we are changing the parameters of the mission, rather than doing a diplomatic mission, we are now heading back to our old stomping ground of the corridor and going on the search for Commodore Jackson, who we had before in our storylines, and finding him before he causes more damage or worse to the Free Romulan Movement, but also to find his family who were taken by the movement some three years ago. It does have a small personal touch as Commodore Jackson is the brother-in-law of Captain Richardson.

I feel that this mission has a lot more than everyone can do and get involved in, and it will be much better to have as many people, and departments involved, and it will also make it easier for new crew to get stuck in and jump right into the storyline when they join us.

The mission briefing will be up very shortly on the database, but details about the mission can be found on the website here

AWARDS TIME
First award announcement is the announcement again that our very own Chief Flight Control Officer Lieutenant JG Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien was awarded the September 2019 Task Force 99 Player of the Month! Well done on that fine award.

The second award is Post of the Month for October, that was a hard choice but I did submit a post that I wrote last month for the nomination and while it was not chosen, I think that it was a post that as one player put it “very heavy posts there” and I felt that at the moment, while we are in a new timeline and with our new mission, that there were a few little loose ends that weren’t wrapped up from our previous mission, which was partly deliberate to allow a post like this to be written. Have a read of it at http://uss-excalibur.com/index.php/sim/viewpost/119

I am also awarding everyone a Captain’s Personal Merit award for their ongoing and amazing efforts over the last four months. I know things have been crazy and we have had a load of changes happening, but through that, this crew has made it an effort to keep posting and keep showing the fleet that we follow the requirements of the fleet, and that we are not fazed by it, that we might not have a large crew but we still post and still write, the reason we are all here.

FLEET NEWS & UPDATES
No real important fleet updates this month.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
I’m going to again plug the Discord server at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V so that you can be involved in the discussions. It would be great to see more activity and discussions going on. I may start up some discussion topics to get things moving.

In summary, we had a really positive month in September, finally finishing off that last mission and being able to move with some ease to our new simming year, I look forward to the future of the simulation, we have some great things planned and a really positive attitude and outlook is what we should all have. I want you to know that we are a team, and you can always approach me or Stacks about your thoughts or if you want us to consider something for the simulation. I might be the Commanding Officer, but that is just in character. Away from the story, it is our simulation.

Keep up the great work!!!


» Posting In November

Posted on Fri Nov 1, 2019 @ 8:35pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in General News

OK, I want to firstly apologise for the delay in this as I have myself been having website issues and being unable to login to the site for periods of time. That seems to have fixed itself at the moment. I will send out a full monthly update tomorrow at some point while I have a break at work.

In regards to posting, we didn't do too bad in October and I really want to make a push in November to reach the same figures that we reached again. That means at least 6 posts from everyone. It may be a tall order but I think we can all achieve this. If we work together, and really make an effort to be active and posting then we can do so.

There are some who have not logged in or posted in a period of time (myself included) and I would like to ensure that we clear the activity log within the next few days. I will write up a post or two myself tomorrow and I hope to see more from everyone else. As our rules do state, once you've done a mission post in the month, personal logs will count towards your activity, so you have plenty of options to post and write.

I hope my website issues are now fixed and we can get back to a lot of posting in November. Later in the month, I will send out what we plan to do with posting over Christmas/New Year, but for the moment, posting is as it always has been.


» Player of the Month

Posted on Sat Oct 26, 2019 @ 7:34am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Ship Awards

I know things have been quiet of late and we all are pretty busy with things, but that hasn't stopped us from putting our name out there and showing what we can all achieve. I am beyond proud to announce that one of our players was named as the Task Force 99 Player of the Month.

I am so proud of this award, this is (from memory) the fourth player on this simulation to be awarded the Player of the Month award, so it really shows what amazing efforts go on here and how dedicated each and every one of you are to this simulation. Please join with me in congratulating Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien on this fine award. This is what I wrote about Michael...

I am going to nominate Lieutenant JG Atrorius S’harien (aka Michael) for this award. Unlike others who I have nominated, Michael is very much still around and not giving up on being as active as he can be around the simulation in both an In Character and an Out of Character sense. He is always willing to get some writing done and be part of the crew, his additions to joint posts and the mission as a whole are of great improvement from when he first arrived and he has not strayed away from being as much a top poster as anybody else could be. He wants to see the simulation succeed into the future and he has the drive to make those advances and to help push others to keep posting. One perfect example is a joint post I wrote with Michael, we had almost 1000 words written inside 24 hours, which was amazing and it wasn’t just a bunch of one-liners, there was a great deal of detail in the post and it was at a natural conclusion in that time, and rather than having to push him or someone else to add something of substance, it was Michael doing that for me. He brings the best writing out of everyone and it is a pleasure to have him on the simulation.


Latest Mission Posts

» Getting Going... With New Orders, Part Two

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 20, 2019 @ 7:28pm by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein & Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien & Lieutenant JG Cassandra Rae & Ensign Noah Maritz

[OLD]
The pair of blue antennae visibly shifted forward, leading the rest of Ghein’s torso. Along with the frown, it was clear that the now bolt upright Lieutenant Commander was perturbed by the last order, “Sir, that heading brings us deeper into the Beta Quadrant.” There were only a handful…


» Getting Going... With New Orders, Part One

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 20, 2019 @ 7:27pm by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein & Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien & Lieutenant JG Cassandra Rae & Ensign Noah Maritz

“Bridge Crew to stations, departure in 5 minutes”

Anthony walked onto the bridge, having made the call while he was in the turbolift coming back from the meeting. He knew they had 2 hours, but this was just a little too important to waste a minute longer, they needed to…


» Happy In Pictures

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 6, 2019 @ 10:51am by Captain Anthony Richardson

Anthony had sat in his ready room for the last hour, on his own. He had locked the doors and was not letting anybody in. This was not for any other reason, but he needed the time to formulate the plan, how they were going to get this done. They…


» Long, Long Way To Go

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 6, 2019 @ 10:50am by Commodore Nathaniel "Nate" Jackson

How it wasn’t that he was discovered by the Romulans yet, or even the movement, was a miracle for Nate. He had spent the best part of the last three years searching for his wife and daughter and he had them narrowed down to just one system, he knew the…


» Changing Tacts, Part Two

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Mon Nov 4, 2019 @ 10:46am by Captain Anthony Richardson

[OLD]

“Your brother-in-law, Nathaniel Jackson. He has gone off the grid. I have to let you know this… your sister…. They…” Michael had to take a sip of water, this was hard for him. He knew Nate very personally, they worked very closely together for many years. Their careers went…