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November & December 2016 Task Force 93 Simulation of the Month


“I’ve got faith of the heart, I’m going where my heart will take me”

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 across the bow and hell might break lose. Add into that one race that may choose to take advantage of all the chaos and it looks like a recipe for disaster.

The Raeyan Transit Corridor, the buffer zone between two of these races is the only thing that separates them both from all-out battle; add to that tensions and only Bravo Fleet’s Task Force 93 is there to stop these two races from trying to take each other out of the equation. The peace must be kept, not for everyone’s sake but the corridor is simply the only avenue between the sanctuary of the Beta Quadrant and the Raeyan sector, an incredibly varied region of space, boasting a plethora of habitable planets, species, stellar phenomena and a transwarp gate to the Round Table region of the Delta Quadrant.

The USS Excalibur, at last glance, was seen drifting in space, the ship time forgot. The ship almost everyone forgot about. Abandoned when her old crew were captured and assimilated by the Borg, in an attack that still to this day baffles the Federation, only the quick thinking of two passing ships prevented the Excalibur from drifting into a part of space no ship has ever ventured into. Taken back to Utopia Planetia, a four-year rebuild, resupply and refit have brought her back up the standards. The namesake of the whole class is ready to launch back into service.

All she needed was a Commanding Officer. Someone who would have the stamina, the drive, the commitment and the passion to lead her back into the history books…they got Captain Anthony Richardson.

Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur, stands proud and ready to serve Starfleet and the Federation all over again. She stands ready to set out and write the next page in her storied history, to write the next chapter in her life. Her trusted crew stands side by side with Captain Richardson, ready to protect the sovereignty of the land in which she is assigned to. Ready to keep the peace, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where nobody has gone before. The crew stand ready. The Excalibur, a sought after command, she is ready to see what is out there. If you are interested by what you see, then check out our crew manifest, our current mission and maybe; just maybe that has sparked your interest enough that you will want to apply with our very easy application form.

Come and join us on the adventure!


Captain Anthony Richardson
Commanding Officer, USS Excalibur
Task Force 93 “S.E.A.R.C.H.”, Bravo (Fourth) Fleet


Latest News Items

» August 2017 Update

Posted on Monday September 4th, 2017 @ 2:47pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

Captain's Address
Well, we are now building the next phase in the simulation and I want to thank everyone for sticking it out and being proactive in wanting to see this place through it all. I’m so happy that everyone is supportive of what the command team want to do to really move the simulation forward. We want to ensure that we really get back to our core values and make them as important, if not more important than they were before.

We have a few things we are working on, but we also more than appreciate your support and your ideas as well. The pot is always open to ideas, let us know if there are things we are doing right, or need to improve on. No idea is too silly, no idea is too “out there”, let's really boost our numbers and boost the morale, because I do think that morale has been a bit low, but I want to work together to boost that backup.

I do want to add one tiny thing about activity, from now on, there will be a strict understanding from everyone (including myself) about posting. The rule is once every calendar month, but if that begins to get abused then we will return to the once every two weeks posting cycle. I want to ensure that we have the best quality post. With the crew we have, we should all be aiming for a post every two weeks, but the calendar month ensures that if things in RL change that you have some leeway. Please ensure you are posting every month.

So, let’s get into it, let’s see this simulation through this patch and let’s all work together!

Simulation Announcement
I am announcing the first change in the new USS Excalibur, and that is that effective immediately; I am bringing back the use of Personal Logs. Any personal logs that were included in the main mission will stay there, but I am now returning the personal logs to their separate area and as such, you will now be able to re-include them in your posting.

Posting a personal log will clear your name from the activity log on Nova, however, it will not clear you as being active during a calendar month until you have posted at least once in the main mission. Personal Logs should be a minimum of 300 words long as well.

Any questions about it, please speak with me via Discord

Posts In August 2017

Character Rank & Name
Mission PostsExtra Information
Captain Anthony Richardson
0
Lieutenant Commander Christopher Blake
0
(removed on 1 September )
Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter
2
Lieutenant JG Juliette Green
0
(absent from August 15)
Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone
2
Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes
2
Lieutenant JG Michael Dooley
1


These numbers do include posts made by a linked NPC account, but only if the NPC post does not have a primary character, in which case it is counted as one post. It is important that we are all posting each month, and that we are contributing to the storyline, unless on an approved leave of absence from the simulation. It is also important that we are all on the same page when it comes to our posting style and how our posts should look when they go live on the website.

Ship Monthly Awards
I am going to hold off on ship awards for this month, I want to see how things improve over the coming month and then we will have a big announcement on awards when I submit the next monthly report.

Mission & Department Objectives
Mission Objective(s)begin scanning the vorder for the Klingon ship that will be escorting us through some areas of the region so that we can start searching for this lost probe
start planning for any issues that might happen if the Klingon vessel attacks us, which we hope doesn't happen, but we just can't be too sure
Commandbegin discussions about the search for the lost probe and how this will happen, how it is going to be done. The duration should be about a month or so, but there will be some things happening so be ready for that one
start some research with the help of the Intelligence department into the Klingon Civil War and how the probe fits into the ongoing issues. Could the lost probe be a part of the ongoing problems?
Flight Operationsnormal procedures for the department, also have a look at ways that we can move the probe as the probe (if we find it) has been deemed by Starfleet Science as too important to the community and it is not allowed to be sent through the transporters, and it must be moved by shuttles only
look at anybody who is not flight certified and have them undertake the training
Security/Tacticalinternal security tests, you should also be able to spend time on the Klingon ship to get some ideas about secuirity procedures there as well if you wish, it may help with finding out what is causing the civil war
OperationsN/A
Engineeringwork with the Executive Officer to fix and rectify any issues that have come out of the space trials testing from the last mission
ScienceN/A
Medical
& Counseling
work on finishing off any medicals that have not been completed, Richardson is about to have words about that one
discussions with the command team about how to look into opening up the probe, should we find it, as Starfleet Science have allowed us to take some look into it if we retreive it, this will be something to add Science to it once we have a replacement there
Intelligencework with command team on research into the civil war and also this probe, something seems funny about this probe and the willingness of the Klingons to provide us with an escort


Website Updates
Website is looking amazing!

I want to encourage everyone to be on Discord, it is much easier for us to have crew discussions, to be able to present ideas to you and for you to present ideas, and chat to both myself and Stone through Discord. Emails and PM’s are fine as well, but they take time and they require other things to be done, like logging into the site for PM’s. Both Stone and I have access to Discord most of the day, it is quite easy for me to just tap on the app on my phone or iPad and chat with you. Please join us on Discord to really be involved in the future of the simulation.


» Some Changes Needed

Posted on Thursday August 31st, 2017 @ 8:06am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

OK, everyone. I know the past couple of weeks have not been the best, and I'm sorry for that. Simulations do go through rough patches, and I intend on sticking this one out and bring things on the Excalibur back to where they should be, back to where you deserve that they should be. I have tried my best to keep you aware of my activity and other areas, and now that I have them under control, we can really push forward in getting this simulation back to its former glory.

That being said, there needs to be a command team; both in character and out of character, that can make those changes and make the hard choices to return the simulation to where it should be. Many of you have been concerned with that, and you have every right to be, and it needs to begin from the top. Sadly, this means that with the lack of activity, I have made the decision to remove Edward (aka Christopher Blake) from the simulation. I hold the Executive Officer to the higher standard that I set for myself, but for the period of time he has been absent, and with some of you asking about his absence, I needed to act now.

I am promoting from within, I feel that an internal promotion at this point in time is the only fair, sensible and the right option to take. I am promoting Michael Dooley (aka Stone) to the position of Executive Officer with immediate effect. He will begin his OOC part of the role now, but we will work the IC transition over the coming posts.

As for the vacant OOC AGM role that I spoke to most of you about over Discord, that is still open and if you wish to talk to me about it, please speak with me. I want someone in this role who can be as active as myself and Stone, but there is also the desire from both of us to build up the Discord channel, so Discord within the role will now be a must.

If you have any questions about these changes, which are just the first set, please speak with me and we can discuss your questions.


» An Update, Very Important To Read

Posted on Monday August 21st, 2017 @ 4:33am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

Hey Crew,

I wanted to email you (and our visitors) just to give you an update on what has been going on and why it may seem like things are slow or dying. I want to ensure everyone that nothing is further from that, and no, the simulation is not shutting down.

For those that don't know, I recently (and I mean in the last two months) finished ,y training program to be a suburban train guard here in Sydney, where I live. Now, I work very odd hours across a rolling fortnight roster, so one fortnight may be early mornings and then the next will be day work, it changes each fortnight. The other aspect to this is that I am based in the city depot, so it takes an hour (sometimes more) to get into my depot, but because I am based there, I can be sent out to any other depot in that fortnight, so travel is always different for me. Until I can get a permanent spot at a depot closer to home, that is the best that I can do. It does mean that I am sometimes in bed very early, or I don't get home until very early in the morning, and that there are days when I am travelling around 240kms (approx. 150miles) and that is excluding travel to and from work.

What does this mean for the simulation? Well, it does mean that we are going to keep working as a team to support each other. I have always said that real life comes before the sim, and that is more true now. We will continue to work as a team to support each other, to support the mission, and our writing. I hope that the improvements to the monthly update will help to build more posts and greater writing amongst the crew and that more of you will offer and want to take the lead in different aspects of the mission.

I do want to finish by saying that I am still here, I'm not giving up, this was a project I wanted to do right, and it would not be fair to just let it fail. If I don't respond to JPs, or emails or PM's then just let me know and I'll try and sort it out. If you want to talk about this or anything else, just hit me up via email or Discord. I do have my mobile and iPad with me with access to both so you can get a response.

I hope this helps alleviate any concerns you might have. The USS Excalibur is far from dying, we are just getting started.


» July 2017 Update

Posted on Saturday August 5th, 2017 @ 5:34pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

Captain's Address
Again, apologies not just for the delay in this report but also for not getting one out last month, just had some busy times with getting settled into my work now that I am doing my job all on my own (training finished, passed the course). As I’m only a month into doing my job all on my own now, and with me loving doing early morning starts, I am still trying to build myself into a routine that I can be happy with. I know this month has been quite an interesting one and I thank you all for sticking around. I do think that the changes we are slowly making and the progress we are making is a good steady pace to be working on, as changes only come from your feedback and your suggestions. Both Edward and I don’t make changes because we can, we do them because you suggest things that make your experience more enjoyable.

As with the storyline, we like to ensure we go at a pace that is not too fast, but also not too slow. To ensure we go at a steady pace, that is why we implemented the “minimum one post per month” standard, to ensure that we do have active players on-board, but also to ensure that sometimes real life can get in the way and may need to be a priority over the simulation, and then to also ensure that we are moving the storyline forward so that we aren’t just sitting around twiddling our thumbs.

It has been a great seven months this year and I look forward to getting this mission completed so we can press on with our next mission. I will outline what each department can be working on this month so that we all have an idea of where we are going from now on. I hope this minor change to these reports really helps everyone to know what they can be working on and brings about more collaboration and discussions.

Posts In July 2017

Character Rank & Name
Mission PostsExtra Information
Captain Anthony Richardson
6
Lieutenant Commander Christopher Blake
2
Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter
5
Lieutenant JG Juliette Green
2
Lieutenant JG Tyler Ransolm Stone
2
(left simulation on 27 July)
Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone
8
Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes
7
Lieutenant JG Michael Dooley
10
Ensign Hayley Smythe Dooley
9
(left simulation on 27 July)


These numbers do include posts made by a linked NPC account, but only if the NPC post does not have a primary character, in which case it is counted as one post. It is important that we are all posting each month, and that we are contributing to the storyline, unless on an approved leave of absence from the simulation. It is also important that we are all on the same page when it comes to our posting style and how our posts should look when they go live on the website.

Ship Monthly Awards
I am going to hold off on the Newcomer and Most Improved awards this month, but I will be giving the Poster of the Month award to Lieutenant Kyle Rhodes this month. I have personally seen how hard he, along with everyone else, has been working on really making improvements to the simulation and to their posting to really show that we are all committed to the simulation.

I am also awarding a brand-new award, named the Captain’s Personal Ribbon award to Lieutenant JG Michael Dooley. He has shown over countless months since he joined how dedicated he is to the simulation and how much he wants to just jump straight into the missions and how he wants to play his part in building the simulation into the canon storyline and I think that he more than deserves this award.

There might be more awards, but I also want to again congratulate our three new Lieutenant JG members, in Michael Dooley, Kyle Rhodes and Jesse Stone on their promotions. You have shown how dedicated you are to the simulations and to your characters. Keep up the great work!

Mission & Department Objectives
This is the new part of the report, where each month we will keep updated with what objectives are being worked on and either completed or no longer needed. Once an objective is completed, we will work on something new to add to that department or the mission. It is hoped that this will make it easier to know what can be worked on and what you can be posting about when you feel things might be slow. Any mid-month changes will be communicated to you.

Just a quick side-note, Flight Control is having a slight name change effective immediately and will be known from now on as Flight Operations. The colouring for the ranks and whatnot will remain the same, as will all positions within the department, it is just a simple name change.


Mission Objective(s)begin scanning the vorder for the Klingon ship that will be escorting us through some areas of the region so that we can start searching for this lost probe
start planning for any issues that might happen if the Klingon vessel attacks us, which we hope doesn't happen, but we just can't be too sure
Commandbegin discussions about the search for the lost probe and how this will happen, how it is going to be done. The duration should be about a month or so, but there will be some things happening so be ready for that one
start some research with the help of the Intelligence department into the Klingon Civil War and how the probe fits into the ongoing issues. Could the lost probe be a part of the ongoing problems?
Flight Operationsnormal procedures for the department, also have a look at ways that we can move the probe as the probe (if we find it) has been deemed by Starfleet Science as too important to the community and it is not allowed to be sent through the transporters, and it must be moved by shuttles only
look at anybody who is not flight certified and have them undertake the training
Security/Tacticalinternal security tests, you should also be able to spend time on the Klingon ship to get some ideas about secuirity procedures there as well if you wish, it may help with finding out what is causing the civil war
OperationsN/A
Engineeringwork with the Executive Officer to fix and rectify any issues that have come out of the space trials testing from the last mission
ScienceN/A
Medical
& Counseling
work on finishing off any medicals that have not been completed, Richardson is about to have words about that one
discussions with the command team about how to look into opening up the probe, should we find it, as Starfleet Science have allowed us to take some look into it if we retreive it, this will be something to add Science to it once we have a replacement there
Intelligencework with command team on research into the civil war and also this probe, something seems funny about this probe and the willingness of the Klingons to provide us with an escort


Website Updates
Website is looking amazing! We haven’t had to touch it in months to make updates, but have done the normal maintenance. The big thing that will be coming shortly is a sister ships page, where I am going to be highlighting some simulations that we will be either in partnership with, or that I (or Edward) are part of within Bravo Fleet. At the moment, it will be just Bravo Fleet simulations, but we may expand it later on. If you are on another Bravo Fleet simulation, and you want to have it included, let me know via Discord or PMs and I’ll have a chat with the Commanding Officer over there.


» Departures & Promotions

Posted on Friday July 28th, 2017 @ 9:00am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

As I already said on Discord, both our Chief Operations Officer (Sarah) and Chief Science Officer (Anthony) have decided that they wish to resign from the simulations for unknown reasons. As both have served for more than six months, they will be more than welcome to rejoin our simulation after 90 days have elapsed from their resignations. I have already wished both of them all the best for their future simming endeavours. I have already begun recruitment for their positions. In the meantime, I will act as an NPC Chief Operations Officer until we have someone fill the position and we will work around the lack of anybody in the Science department.

As with all departures, if you have outstanding joint posts with those two players, you have my authority to either delete the post(s) in question or complete them as you see fit.

As for some good news, I have watched over the last two months as our three Ensigns (that is Rhodes, Stone and Dooley) have worked very hard to incorporate themselves not only into the storyline but into the simulation as a whole and I have been very impressed with that effort and dedication to their characters, this simulation and the storyline that I am promoting all three of them at the same time to the rank of Lieutenant JG.



Well done to the three of you, I will sort out putting your promotions into the storyline.


Latest Mission Posts

» Questions & Answers

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Friday September 22nd, 2017 @ 9:13am by Captain Anthony Richardson

Anthony was in his quarters, reading over countless data. He had finally been able to get a hold of the data that the probe had been sending for some weeks now, and the reason why they were here. The Klingon escort didn’t provide much, from what his new Executive Officer…


» Potatoes with Red Sauce

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Saturday September 16th, 2017 @ 10:09am by Brenton & Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter

[Main Lounge Kitchen]

"A one potato, a two potato, a three potato luck!"

The main lounge kitchen stayed hyper-active with Brent in. The Human/El-Aurian came on-board the Excalibur weeks prior, though he mostly kept to himself in the kitchen working diligently while having fun. He preferred singing and keeping his…


» An Uneasy Feeling

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Saturday September 16th, 2017 @ 7:28am by Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley & Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone

Lieutenant Commander Dooley sat in the main Observation and Conference Room. The impromptu change in roles left him at a loss in many aspects; one of which being an office. While crewman were cleaning out Commander Blake’s personal items and moving Dooley’s into the space, Michael set up refuge in…


» One Can Never Be Too Prepared, Part Two

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Wednesday September 6th, 2017 @ 1:13pm by Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley & Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes

[OLD]

Finally Kyle managed to keep up with the Klingon ship and began to match their moves from behind, "We are on their tail and I don't plan to let them slip away."

Acting on the orders of Dooley the tactical officer fired the phasers and torpedoes at the rear…


» One Can Never Be Too Prepared, Part One

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Wednesday September 6th, 2017 @ 1:13pm by Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley & Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes

[Bridge]

With the Excalibur following the K'latk and still expecting three hours before their arrival at the sector in which Starfleet was receiving data from the probe, Michael stepped up to the conn where Kyle was sitting. "Lieutenant, please join me in holodeck 2 in five minutes. I want to…