USS Independence Celebrates 10 Years

The USS Independence (originally formed as the USS Cartier) will be celebrating 10 years in the FSF at the end of June, so they’re throwing a little party with a special 2 hour sim on Sunday, June 28th from 8:00 – 10:00PM EST. The first hour will feature stories and a little trivia, and the second hour will feature a climactic end to Indy’s current plot. Former Indy crew members are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome!

Summary Winner February 2015 – USS Stargazer (SFOL)

Chapter I. Loomings

The crew of the USS Stargazer returned to space dock only to receive word from Starfleet Command that a massive front was being developed and war had once again settled upon the Alpha Quadrant.

The Romulan Empire broke the ceasefire agreement with the Federation and moved ships into Federation space along the Federation side of the neutral zone. Several Star Bases and depots that had been liberated in the first wave of attacks a year previously were once again seized by the Romulans.

The crew were called back to the front. The Federation once again sent a fleet to neutralize the threat. Recently promoted Captain Montgomery Sayre wanted to stay away from the fight and every night since the war had ended he remembered the cries from the battles that had been fought. He remembered his near death experience, and he remembered what it was like seeing many of the brightest and youngest of Federation personal fall at the hands of an enemy so cruel and vengeful that death was of little consequence.

So the Stargazer went back to the front and her crew feared the outcome. When they arrived, they took up shop behind a moon and along with a few other vessels, including the USS Caduceus, the Stargazer became a supply and support vessel. And the battle began.

Little did the Federation know that between the fighting and ceasefire the Romulan Empire had created a much stronger and improved torpedo, capable of crippling a ship in two hits, and destroying a vessel in three. The battle proved to be crippling for the Federation forces. Ship after ship fell victim to the new weapon. Shortly before its destruction, the Stargazer was able to save the crew of the USS Enterprise. For the Caduceus, things weren’t as lucky. The Hermes was destroyed and the Caduceus was left with systems critical and a Captain shot by Romulans during boarding.

Summary Winner January 2015 – Mass Effect: Paradise Lost

The Asari team digs into the stations computer system, attempting to send a message. “We’ve found more than we expected, we’ll need a bigger ship!” that’s the good news. The encrypted transmission also contains the bad news, “The station is crawling with Cerberus troops” so much for being abandoned. The team manages to bring the internal sensors online to track the Cerberus troops, and discover that there are only about 20 on board… and 6 of them are heading right towards the other half of their team.

Down in the lower levels of the station, the Krogan / Human team had just stumbled into a room full of crates, some of which contained combat mechs. Something that might have helped the previous occupants retain possession of their station, had they been activated. Their search was cut short however as a sniper who’d been hidden in the rafters opened fire. The team dove for cover, and had just started the process of flushing him from his perch when the message came in that 6 more enemy troops we’re headed right for them. That left them very limited time to deal with this new threat. The problem with scoped weapons is that it narrows your field of view, thus leaving the Krogan, Urdnot Chatok a chance to get onto the catwalk. Going into a full charge, the 800 pound Krogan slammed into the Sniper, sending him sprawling down to the floor below, where Patrick was able to easily finish him off. All that was left was to prepare for the incoming enemy team…

Back home, the rest of the team works diligently to bring the new power core online. Working together, they managed to dampen ambient vibrations that the core was causing, discover that the station wouldn’t be able to handle the core at full power, and figured out where to throttle it at, and finally start to power it up. 5%… 10… 15… 20… so far so good.

Congratulation to the November 2014 Community winners

Congratulations to the winners for November 2014 Community awards.

Sim of the Month: Star Trek: Eternity – SFOL
Community Activity Award: Shattered Universe – Delta Fleet
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (From October 2014) Star Trek: Eternity

Excerpt from the summary:
The eve of battle finds crisis for new parents Amelia Moore and Rick Barlow. Romance blooms between Crewman Rostham and Dr. Brett Reese, as Cdr. Vreenak and LtCdr Hocevar realize their own needs stifled by duty and urgency. Others, such as Lt. Scott, prepare final messages in vain hope of their eventual receipt.Fleets collide before the timeless backdrop of space. Like chessmen, they move, gambit, risk, and feint all integral parts of the strategies employed. As the principal piece, Eternity herself, is moved onto the board, the “go” order is given for the away team.

To read full summary: Star Trek: Eternity

Summary winner for October 2014 – USS Phoenix

As the USS Phoenix falls apart around the crew from the Gorn attack Captain Merlin and Counselor T’sai transport 30 or so refugees on a now stolen Gorn freighter and head to Starbase 35 with Chief of Science Saint-Clair in close proximity in her fighter keeping a close watch on the situation; thwarting any and all enemy aggressors.

A notification had been sent to Starbase 35 that the USS Phoenix was heading for base in bad shape for repairs and to deliver the refugees to a new life along with asylum if they so wish.

The Starbase had responded to the Phoenix as it continued to fall apart that they were making preparations to receive them. Within a couple of days to everyone’s surprise The USS Piedmont, a floating dry-dock arrived on site and within hours a un-named ship had arrived with Commodore Windsor and minimal crew on board to deliver what is to become the USS Phoenix-B once again.

The Captain beamed over to the Phoenix and Ensign Johnson transported to the Freighter to take over piloting duties.

It was not long till the Old Phoenix and the Freighter collided knocking yet another nacelle off of her superstructure making her virtually dead in space. On the freighter Johnson was knocked unconscious in the collision.

Soon after the collision Master Sergeant Mitchell boarded the now off course freighter with the cockpit filling with smoke. After some work, he was able to get the situation under control and they continued their voyage to the Starbase.

Teams continued to work to the The USS Phoenix when the word was given to abandon her and transported over to the new USS Phoenix-B where they would find a brand new ship with some very unique modifications and improvements. All of which were engineering marvels in their own sense.

Retired Captain Williams was taking time to show Chief Engineer Darnell some of these modifications and informing her that not all of them had been completed before they departed to rescue the crew.

Meanwhile Admiral Esrom was meeting with the Captain, turning over the ship to him and transferring control codes over.

The Piedmont went to work unfolding its docking arms and latching on to the Old Phoenix.

As the last of the crew beamed over to the new ship, Saint-Clair was the last to exit the ship. Upon her exit she took time to pull the commissioning plaque and present it to the Captain as he sat on the bridge.

The temporary crew continued to pilot the ship when the Executive Officer came in and requested leave for a unstated personnel reason. The leave was granted.

The Piedmont parked away from the Starbase upon arrival and waited for further orders as the rest of the rag tag convoy finally docked. Crews went to work to help the refugees and to finish all the new modifications to the New Phoenix.

What will be the Phoenix’s next mission?
What are the other modifications to be done to her?

Come Join the USS Phoenix as she gets re-commissioned and continues her galaxy wide adventure.

Congratulations to the October 2014 Community winners

Congratulations to the winners for October 2014 Community awards.

Sim of the Month: Starbase 35 – Alpha Fleet
Community Activity Award: X-Men: Frontlines – Epsilon Fleet
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (From October 2014) USS Phoenix – Alpha Fleet

Excerpt from the summary:
As the USS Phoenix falls apart around the crew from the Gorn attack Captain Merlin and Counselor T’sai transport 30 or so refugees on a now stolen Gorn freighter and head to Starbase 35 with Chief of Science Saint-Clair in close proximity in her fighter keeping a close watch on the situation; thwarting any and all enemy aggressors.

To read full summary: USS Phoenix

Congratulations to the October 2014 Community winners

Congratulations to the winners for October 2014 Community awards.

Sim of the Month: USS Akira
Community Award: Star Trek: Eternity
Fleet Activity Award: Space Fleet Online
Summary Award (From September 2014) Star Trek: Eternity

Excerpt from the summary:
After attempting to halt the progress of the Kazon, Anam is overtaken by them, before the door to the ready room is cut. Within, Amelia Moore suffers contractions of childbirth, hoping that a security field shall stop the invaders. On the surface, Logan discusses the capabilities of generation 7 nanoprobes, exposing concepts that give the visibly impaired Talla Vrenak and the unaffected Marisol Hocevar cause for more questions. In the scout vessel Ja’Narr, Colin Byrne, having devolved and freed himself of the borg skeletal structure, ponders his surroundings, and his last living companion.

To read full summary: Star Trek: Eternity

Summary winner for September 2014 – Star Fleet: Eternity

After attempting to halt the progress of the Kazon, Anam is overtaken by them, before the door to the ready room is cut. Within, Amelia Moore suffers contractions of childbirth, hoping that a security field shall stop the invaders. On the surface, Logan discusses the capabilities of generation 7 nanoprobes, exposing concepts that give the visibly impaired Talla Vrenak and the unaffected Marisol Hocevar cause for more questions. In the scout vessel Ja’Narr, Colin Byrne, having devolved and freed himself of the borg skeletal structure, ponders his surroundings, and his last living companion.

Ens. Farooqi makes a final attempt to protect LtCdr. Moore from the invading Kazon, until Gwren, the Voth, shows his true colors and orders her taken to his lab at once. Several teams of Kazon are dispersed to hunt down and capture Hope’s human crew. Their orders regarding the Hirogen are simply “Kill on sight.” On the surface, Cdr. Vreenak is overcome with hallucinations. Cdr. Logan attempts to persuade him that he is, in fact, dying, a prognosis challenged by LtCdr. Hocevar as she attempts to set up a blood test in the field. Somewhere in the vicinity is Lt. Scott, physically devolved, yet possessed of a keen, unfettered intellect to match his predatory stance. He prepares a weapon, and closes in stealthily.

Aboard Hope, Janelle James uses powers of another era to target the Kazon. Ens. Nazir gets a distress call out, before she’s eventually overtaken by the invaders and sent to the ready room to support LtCdr. Moore’s childbirth. Ens. Farooqi now stares at the lethal end of a weapon held by the Voth, Gwren, as he injects a cruel cocktail into Lt. Ambrose. Capt. Rick Barlow has a tense meeting with Jetan Remsen, with a curious result. On the surface, battle met as the devolved Owen Scott attacks the away team. Logan overpowers and “assimilates” him, a process both spiritual and evolutionary for the revived Lt. A hasty transfusion of LtCdr Hocevar’s blood to the dying Talla Vreenak may well prove lethal for Marisol. Revived, Vreenak concurs with Logan’s plan to beam aboard Hope with Lt. Scott, a plan undertaken with force. Aboard the Scout Vessel Janarr, Colin Byrne awakens to find himself restored, yet haunted by a dream as he enlists the aid of an old friend.

A devolved Brett Reese hunts for food, before forcing herself into the crew mess. In a final, heroic effort, Lt. Harold Ambrose attacks Gwren, to find himself dying from a severe knife wound to the back. Jal Korta and his men continue a path of murder through the ship, now indiscriminately targetting Hope’s human population. Janelle James is their next target. Transporter trickery collects Logan, Scott, Farooqi, Moore, Nazir, Vreenak, and Hocevar in the SEC office, with an added bonus of the Voth leader, Gwren. Logan conducts a harsh interrogation as Amelia Moore cries out in pain of her labor. As Marisol Hocevar lays dying of blood loss and fever, an unlikely army rallies to her support with an unorthodox tactic.

Shuni Awards – October 4, 2014

The Shuni Awards will be held on October 4th, 2014 beginning at 7:30 PM EST, with a short “cocktail half-hour” beginning at 7:00. Please come out and show your support for your fellow members and their respective simulations. Category nominations are ongoing, please remember to nominate your fellow members and simulations for categories once they are posted.

New Sim, X-Men: Frontlines, Launching September 25

The FSF is proud to announce the launch of our newest game, X-Men: Frontlines, on September 25, 2014!

Imagine yourself in the middle of an ongoing conflict between Mutants and Humans, with tensions running high. On one side, the Cerebro enhanced Artificial Intelligence known as Maximus searches for a leader. On the other, many unknown threats to the uneasy peace between Mutants and Humans.

If you are a fan of X-Men, then choose a side, and come join FSF’s newest game, X-Men: Frontlines, which will be launching on September 25th as a PBEM game in FSF’s Epsilon Fleet. If you are interested, contact FSF Sovereign on AIM or through email and check out their website at http://frontline.simming.net.