July Communique Released

FSF Communications is pleased to announce the release of the July edition of the FSF Communique. This months issue includes an interview with SOTM host FSF BK and a feature on passed player, Mic Maharaj.

The Communique can be found online or you can now download a barebones PDF copy of this Communiqué in the FSF Library.

Any ideas, suggestions or critiques you might have are more than welcome. Send such suggestions to FSF Trinity.

ShoreLeave Blog Launched

The evidence is finally here! That”s right, you can now see incriminating photos of FSF”ers in action!

FSF is happy to announce the launch of the ShoreLeave blog containing pictures and stories from the annual Baltimore ShoreLeave convention. You can enjoy the pictures by going here

Enjoy!

Beloved Simmer Passes Away

Mic MaharajOn July 19, 2007 the Federation Sim Fleet lost a beloved member of our group. Mic Maharaj, known to many as Trent Ravenwood, lost his 26-year battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A West-Indian first-generation immigrant to the United States, he came to America along with his parents seeking medical care.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy or more simply DMD affects 1 out of every 3,500 to 5,000 boys, rarely effecting females. DMD is incurable and few patients live into their early thirties. Eventually fatal, the disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive muscle weakness and atrophy of muscle tissue starting in the legs and pelvis and later affecting the whole body.

Despite his physical condition, he was able to find freedom in the world of role playing, and enrich the lives of others around him. As his host, FSF Linds noted “Our Mic…loved to game,” she said “[he] couldn”t be gotten down by anything, his favorite thing to do was be with his friends.”

Throughout his long history with the FSF, Mic played on a number of games including Dark Falls, Circus of the Damned, USS John C. Stennis, USS Aquinas, Firefly: Objects in Space, USS Firewall, USS Raptor and most recently the Hornet, leaving a unique impression with everyone who had the pleasure of enjoying his company.

Maharaj”s death serves as a reminder to the entire community of the positive effects we can have on others. He was a son, a brother, and an uncle, most of all, though, he was a friend. And the entire whole of FSF is saddened at his passing.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday night at 8pm EST in “Ten Forward.” Additionally all of his characters on Dark Falls, Circus of Damned and Hornet will be made permanent members of the game, with his Hornet character being promoted posthumously to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

A memoriam for Maharaj will be part of the upcoming issue of the Communique, Editor FSF Trinity has requested anyone wishing to share memories of him to email her with them and they will be part of the feature.

Commander”s Table Released

The newest issue of the Commander”s Table has been released, featuring FSF Immortal. You can read it here

The Commander”s Table is a place for all FSF Hosts to tell their stories. The Commander”s Table spans all time and space and you never know where you may find it or who may be there.

The bartender, Cap,makes sure that only Commanders enter and, somehow, always knows exactly what you want to drink before you even realize it yourself. The bar appears differently to people, drawing from whom and what they are to make a place that is most comfortable to them.

To Klingons it would be just like a place found deep in the cities of the homeworld with weapons abounding on the walls. To the Irishman, it would be an old fashioned Irish pub. Each person sees and experiences exactly what they need to allow them to tell their tales.

There is no monetary exchange here. All drinks, no matter how many you have are all paid for in the form of a story. It doesn”t, necessarily, have to be a story of Command, just a story that means something and, hopefully, all can learn from it.

FSF Conducts Google AD Campaign

If you”ve been browsing the forums, you”ll occasionally see a google ad below a topic and before the quickreply.

Clicking on the google ads will help support the FSF for the coming year”s web costs. Last year it took a little over a month to raise $100. We will be running the Google Ad Campaign from July 12th – August 12th. Once a day we ask that you click on the google ad. It only takes a moment and the ads are targeted to whatever is on the page.. so you may find them useful.

If you”d prefer to donate a few bucks to the FSF fund instead, click here.

Any feedback on this can be sent to Forum Administrator Shuni.

As always we at FSF thank you for your continued support.

New Guild: Shadow Fire

Into a future of love, war and pain, a group of the most elite stand in the way of complete universal domination, this organization’s name is Delta Force. Led by a team of the best, they stand at ease against the power of a new enemy from within themselves.

Join us in the fight for everyone and everything in this multi-part series!

Shadow Fire is a recently welcomed Guild that has been running independently since October 2006. Offering a unique take on the future of the Federation with a wide variety of plots, the group is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Those wishing to join the Shadow Fire should contact the guild”s leader, visit their forums at FSF, request to join the usergroup and add themselves to the guild roster. Look under the Comm Link section of the FSF front page under guild listing.