Welcome to the USS Excalibur!


“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

» October 2017 Update

Posted on Friday November 3rd, 2017 @ 12:53pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

Captain's Address
We had a relatively good month in October, getting 10 posts and with our numbers, that was just slightly under 1.5 posts per person. The aim is to get that to 2 posts per person, so let’s see what we can do. I do want to use this address to speak about activity and posting.

We all made a commitment to this simulation when we joined (or in my case, when I started it up) to be active. Now, I’ve been quite happy to let little bouts of non-activity go by the wayside in the past, and I’m happy as long as you are posting in a consistent manner to allow the storyline (both the mission and personally) move along at a steady pace, but we cannot let that be an avenue to not posting for months on end. We had a great October, and we need to keep that pace up. I’m not asking for 100+ posts each month, all I’m asking for is commitment to post and to keep the place active.

Our posting standard is very simple. One style, one format and at least one post every month. I don’t want to change that back to one every two weeks, I want to be open to when real life crops up and we need to focus on that, not having to worry about deadlines here, but I do ask that we all work together to post. It’s not that hard to spend 5-10 minutes every couple of days to write a post. Sometimes it takes me a day or two to write a post, and doing joint posts, you can leave multiple TAGs for others to give everyone something to work on.

We work as a team, we win as a team and we succeed as a team. The more we work as a team, the most publicity we garner and the more people become interested in us and want to be part of that team.

Let’s get ready for November, and towards the end of the month, I will release the updated Christmas/New Year policy for this year so you know when we are ending posting for this year and how it will affect the storyline.


Posts In October 2017



Character Rank & Name
Mission PostsExtra Information
Captain Anthony Richardson
2
Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley
2
Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter
1
Lieutenant JG Juliette Green
1
Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone
1
Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes
1
Mason Cohen
2
(joined simulation on 4 October)


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. Any player noted in red has not posted for the calender month.

Ship Monthly Awards
I am going to hold off on the Poster of the Month award, and next month, both myself and Stone will award a Poster of the Month, so there will be two for next month.

I am going to award the Newcomer of the Month award to Mason Cohen for jumping right on into the mission, its not easy to come into a simulation as a new player, or even as a civilian (I’ve tried myself) but Andrew has done so very well and I look forward to seeing what he has planned for his reporting around the ship with what we are going to be doing.

Mission & Department Objectives
Mission Objective(s)start finding out everything that there is to know about each of these houses in the sovereignty of Khaless, we need to be ready for anything and we need to know everything possible about them, and the leaders
be ready for an ambush, just in case one house doesn’t want to agree to the terms we set out
Commandcontact Starfleet Command and the Klingon High Council, let them know what is happening and what we are doing. They need to be aware, we only get one shot at this and it may bring peace
Flight Operationsnormal procedures for the department
also, we need to figure out whether this probe has been damaged or altered and how it can be transported once we are able to take it off the Klingons.
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
IntelligenceN/A
Civilian AffairsN/A


Website Updates
I want to encourage (again) 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.


» Player of the Month Nominations

Posted on Monday October 23rd, 2017 @ 2:09pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Out of Character

As I am sure you know, each month I have to nominate a member of this crew for the Player of the Month, and that goes forward to the Task Force Senior Staff. What I would like to do is open that up to you this month, give you a chance to show me who you think is deserving of this nomination and hopefully; the award itself.

What I would like to happen is that if you have someone on the crew you would like to nominate, is to send through via Private Message a detailed nomination as to why they deserve the nomination. The criteria for your nomination is all up to you, so as long as you make it a detailed nomination and not just one sentence, then I will have a good read of it.

This does need to be done by the end of the month as I have to have my report done and into the Senior Staff by the 4th of November, so it is very important you have this into me (and only me) by the end of the month.

Again, detailed nominations!


» Player of the Month

Posted on Monday October 23rd, 2017 @ 12:54pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in General News

Pretty excited to announce that Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone has been named as the Task Force 93 Player of the Month for September 2017 by the fleet. I want to share what I wrote in the nomination, the full nomination and not the abbreviated version that was given and which you can read at https://forum.bravofleet.com/forum/announcements/award-announcements/28910-september-2017-monthly-awards

I'd like to nominate Glenn (aka Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone) for this award this month, he had really shown that he wants to be here on the Excalibur to see the changes we are making through, and he wants to be part of it all, he has really shown that he can be as active as anybody else and that just the smallest thing can really make a difference, can really shape where the simulation goes forward from here. It was this post http://uss-excalibur.com/index.php/sim/viewpost/239 that really set us on the way to moving forward this month from trying to find a way to incorporate what we are trying to do, to really getting head deep into the storyline for the Task Force, and I think without this post as the beginning step, we would still be trying to find a way to properly integrate our simulation and mission into the canon. Well done Glenn, you deserve this nomination!


» September 2017 Update

Posted on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 @ 11:26am by Captain Anthony Richardson in Sim Announcement

Captain's Address
Thank you to everyone who has been part of this revamp of the simulation, we really have wanted to get the ball rolling and you have shown myself and Stone that when we stick together, we can achieve anything. Months ago, we were suffering, we were very low on activity and it was hard to get things moving, but now we have moved the storyline forward so much that we have gotten right into the thick of the Task Force canon storyline, and now we are posting even more. Our posts have improved, and the feeling around the simulation has improved. Well done to everyone!

We still have a long way to go, we still have many more weeks of rebuilding the trust in you, in our simulation, but with each passing day, we build that trust, we build the simulation back to where it should be, at the top... I am setting myself a challenge to post at least once every 5 days this month, to not only move the storyline forward but to show that all of this is not just a pipe dream, but that the command team are serious about these changes, that we are part of them as well.

I’m looking forward to October and the next few months, we are really making changes... positive changes to this simulation, and I hope you will stay on for that ride.

Posts In September 2017

Character Rank & Name
Mission PostsExtra Information
Captain Anthony Richardson
4
Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley
6
Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter
2
Lieutenant JG Juliette Green
1
Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone
2
Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes
3


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 be awarding the Most Improved of the Month award to Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes this month. He has really shown to the command team that he is proud to be a member of this simulation and that he wants to be part of the future, that he wants to make a difference and a change in the simulation. I’m very proud to see the improvements and I can’t wait to see even more from not just him but from everyone.

I am also awarding the Commanding Officer’s Poster of the Month award to every single crewmember this month, you have all really shown me what this crew means to me, and to this simulation. We are all in this together, we are all one team, we are one family. We fight together, we survive together, we win together and we lose together. I know the previous months were not the best for the simulation, but we will pick ourselves up together and we will bring this simulation back to its glory days... together. Thank You everyone.

Mission & Department Objectives
Mission Objective(s)start finding out everything that there is to know about each of these houses in the sovereignty of Khaless, we need to be ready for anything and we need to know everything possible about them, and the leaders
be ready for an ambush, just in case one house doesn’t want to agree to the terms we set out
Commandcontact Starfleet Command and the Klingon High Council, let them know what is happening and what we are doing. They need to be aware, we only get one shot at this and it may bring peace
Flight Operationsnormal procedures for the department
also, we need to figure out whether this probe has been damaged or altered and how it can be transported once we are able to take it off the Klingons.
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
IntelligenceN/A
Civilian AffairsN/A


Website Updates
I want to encourage (again) 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.


» Civilians Joining The Ranks

Posted on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 @ 11:11am by Captain Anthony Richardson in General News



In the midst of me writing up my monthly update/report to you all, we have a new crewmember joining us. He is a reporter (well, we have him down as a journalist) in Mason Cohen. I hope you will treat him with the same respect that everyone else has been given when they have joined. It is great to have a civilian join us and I look forward to seeing what he gets up to with reporting on what we are doing as part of the Task Force canon storyline we are now a part of.


Latest Mission Posts

» Modify The Shuttle

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Friday November 17th, 2017 @ 4:22am by Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes & Lieutenant JG Juliette Green

Juliette sat at the workbench in her quarters and worked nervously with an assortment of small robot parts spread out across the entire surface, the fruits of the last two hours' labour. for the last hour now she'd been getting nowhere, fidgeting with this part and that, but unable to…


» Bristol Fashion

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Friday November 17th, 2017 @ 4:21am by Lieutenant JG Juliette Green

Juliette Paced the upper level of Main Engineering, nervously calibrating and re-calibrating the tool in her hands. She was tense, like many of the other engineers busily at work around her. as she walked, Juliette's eyes darted around restlessly, taking in everything that was happening and everything that was being…


» Calm Before The Storm

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Sunday November 12th, 2017 @ 12:05pm by Captain Anthony Richardson

It had been fifteen minutes or so since Anthony had come back to his quarters and he was still sitting on the floor beside his door. He was exhausted. He had just finished another briefing and now the parameters had changed. It was a bit too much right now, but…


» Yet Another Briefing

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Thursday October 26th, 2017 @ 10:07am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Petty Officer 1st Class Isabelle Wentworth & Lieutenant Commander Michael Dooley & Lieutenant JG Kyle Rhodes & Lieutenant JG Juliette Green & Lieutenant JG Jesse Stone & Lieutenant JG Gillian Carter & Mason Cohen

[OLD]

He tapped the commlink again, and Commander Krang appeared again; "Commander, I apologise for the delay. You have your wish, on one condition. If I don't like what I see, then we are out. We will come and speak with the leaders of this group, and hear what you…


» A Big Ship

Mission: Mission 2: Wild Goose Chase?
Posted on Monday October 9th, 2017 @ 12:58pm by Mason Cohen

"It's big." Mason remarks as the shuttle approaches the USS Excalibur. The vessel grows larger and larger in the view screen, filling up it's edges and completely blocking the surrounding star field from view.

"It's a starship...." the shuttle pilot remarks back, his tone conveying more distaste for his passenger…