Welcome to the USS Excalibur!
A 22nd Fleet simulation!

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

» November Monthly Update

Posted on Tue Dec 3, 2019 @ 12:38pm by Captain Anthony Richardson in Monthly Update

COMMANDING OFFICER’S OOC ADDRESS
OK, we had a great month, almost hit 40 posts! What an effort by everyone. I don’t think, roughly looking, that nobody didn’t post under 3 posts all month, so well done. To reach that amount of posts, was an effort that you should all be proud of, even if we only have 6 crew, we are working as hard as we have seen before. The last four months have been amazing and I want to cap this year off with another big push of posts. I want to go through that a little later on but I want to spend this address talking about what is going to happen around Christmas and New Year.

Posting will be as normal between now and December 20th. For reference, when I refer to a date, that will be for Sydney, Australia so you may need to look at the time difference to work it out for your time zone (that gives me an idea???). By normal posting, that means that all the rules of the simulation still apply and we are still working on the mission. Mission Days 3 & 4 are based on the ship (with MD04 from about 1200hrs and 1400hrs on a base for a little rest), but other than that, there is heaps to be worked on around the ship.

From December 20th until January 4th, so for 15 days, there will be a “suspension” of posting, that means that if you want to post, that you can and are welcome to do so, but you won’t be booted if you don’t post. During this time, updates will still go out as will recruitment and we will still use our Discord server to chat and make sure we all don’t go dark on the simulation.

Between January 4th, 2020 and January 7th, I will send an email out to you all to get you back into posting with a solo mission post (remember, we are running essentially a 1:1 ratio, so you can use that post to talk about what your character did on Christmas). After January 7th, anybody who does not respond to the roll call will be removed.

I’ll put all of this onto the database this afternoon, so it will be there to have a read through and will explain everything in a lot more details.

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

CREW CHANGES
Great news! Nobody has left the sim, and we welcomed Nathan to the simulation as Lieutenant Amelia Wilson, our new Wing Commander and Second Executive Officer. Welcome to Nathan!!!

This leaves us with 6 crew, and currently we are equal 7th crewed simulation in Task Force 99. I want to see that we build this number up to double digits in 2020, and I will be really pushing to make sure that we can be recognised with some exposure for all the efforts we are doing compared to other sims that aren’t pulling their weight.

POSTING & ACTIVITY UPDATE
We reached 39 posts in November, that is an amazing effort. I know it was only 1 post short of our target, but still an amazing effort by you all. I will send out a message to you all via the website with your monthly posting numbers, so you can see your contributions to the simulation over November.

NOVEMBER POSTING CHALLENGE
The challenge for December is 30 posts. That should not be hard, that is 5 posts per person. I think in the next 17 days, we can achieve that (only 1.7 posts a day from now). Let’s go out and shame that target before we slow down for the holidays!

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 is now closed, MD02 closes on December 10th, MD03 and MD04 are now open for all hours

Our focus for December is to spend MD03 and MD04 travelling to our location, MD04 between 1200hrs and 1400hrs, we will be docked at SFI Delphi for a short break, so there is plenty of time to work on posts and things with your department, get some testing, research, drills done with your teams and get things moving and ready for anything that might be coming. If you want details on what to expect, then set up a joint post with me and we can work on something. Don’t forget there is also the 50 Things to post about database file, which gives you a whole bunch of posts to write when you have nothing to post about. Let’s see who can get as many of that list done..

AWARDS TIME
We were so pleased to again receive a fleet-level award, with our Chief Security/Tactical Officer receiving the Post of the Month award, so I won’t be awarding that on the ship level for October. I have submitted the post of the month nominee for the next report (that being November’s).

The Player of the Month award is being awarded to our Executive Officer. It was an important posting month but with my own website troubles, our Executive Officer was kind enough to keep things moving as much as possible. He encouraged (and still does) players to keep posting and kept me aware of how the site was functioning, I was able to send through posts when I could either via the website or via him and get them to put onto the website so that I could maintain my activity. There was a lot of discussions that we had regarding our new mission and little plotlines throughout the opening parts of this mission to allow for our storyline to not just be an A to B story but to have a wide range of drama and action throughout it. He has really made the position his own and I am very proud to have him as the Executive Officer on board the simulation.

I am also awarding the Newcomer of the Month award to Lieutenant Amelia Wilson for an amazing introduction to the sim and to the storyline. I have been quite impressed with Nathan, since he joined the sim, he has been very active and has made a name for himself, even after being out of writing for a few years now, he has jumped right back in where he left and like he was never gone. Well done Nathan!!!

FLEET NEWS & UPDATES
We did receive an email from the Task Force Senior Staff which I am going through and discussing and will respond on behalf of the whole crew.

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.

Keep up the great work!!!


» 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.


Latest Mission Posts

» Buzz The... Flight Deck???, Part Three

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 27, 2019 @ 2:08am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant Amelia Wilson

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Anthony was still amazed by it all, he gingerly made his way over to this large aircraft, in awe at its size. That possibility was getting more and more closer to actually having a go sooner rather than later

“Captain Richardson, Lieutenant Amelia Wilson,” Petty Officer Daniels introduced, the…


» Buzz The... Flight Deck???, Part Two

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 27, 2019 @ 2:06am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant Amelia Wilson

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“As a matter of fact, there she is now!” Daniels announced loudly, indicating towards the sky in the distance over the stern of the Kitty Hawk. There, a small black dot with a faint exhaust trail following it was growing larger and larger as it approached the carrier. Flying…


» Buzz The... Flight Deck???, Part One

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Wed Nov 27, 2019 @ 2:03am by Captain Anthony Richardson & Lieutenant Amelia Wilson

The air was thick with the smell of saltwater and steam, along with an overpowering odour of jet fuel. The high-grip deck pitched back and forth slowly, a mild sea making little trouble for the aircraft carrier as it made its way across the Pacific. On the deck it was…


» A Whirlwind Arrival, Part Two

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2019 @ 4:31pm by Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein & Lieutenant Amelia Wilson

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There was a frantic buzz within deck control as the doors opened to reveal Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein. A lieutenant in red was still attempting to raise the Valkyrie on subspace even as it was landing; several crewman in yellow were beneath the row of consoles overlooking the hangar,…


» A Whirlwind Arrival, Part One

Mission: Do You Remember?
Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2019 @ 4:30pm by Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein & Lieutenant Amelia Wilson

With her fighter flying itself towards the rendezvous coordinates she was given before leaving the USS Pioneer, Amelia was relaxing while she had the chance. Stretched out in the pilot’s seat she had drifted off to sleep hours ago to the hum of the Valkyrie’s warp core, warp four having…