Welcome to the Gamma Quadrant

Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity! The USS Franklin has been given orders to be one of the first vessels to explore this, until recently, unreachable and mysterious area known as the Gamma Quadrant. The only data we have so far is the limited amount sent back to Starfleet by a runabout from Deep Space Nine. The USS Franklin will depart from DS9 on September 21st. Make sure you catch a ride! Any questions contact Captain Benjamin Monroe by AIM at capt_ben_monroe. We sim every Saturday 10pm est in the IRC room #USS_Franklin. To join the room, first enter the #FSF channel then in the text bok type /join #USS_Franklin .

A farewell from Admiral Jonathan Shuni

FSF XO, FSF Falk had a chance to talk with Shuni on his final words to the FSF group. It was also recorded and presented on FSF Radio 2

Here is an excerpt to that interview.
JS “Hello, my name is Luke, but you may actually know me better as Jonathan Shuni, or Admiral Shuni for short. I founded the FSF back in 1993 and it’s been a wild ride for the last 20 years. You may or may not know, but I announced my retirement last month. After being the head of FSF for so long and knowing my own personal commitments, I decided to pass the reigns to the next generation of leaders.”

Full interview can be read here. Farewell From Admiral Jonathan Shuni

A farewell from Admiral Jonathan Shuni

An interview conducted by FSF Falk as well as presented on FSF Radio 2

JS “Hello, my name is Luke, but you may actually know me better as Jonathan Shuni, or Admiral Shuni for short. I founded the FSF back in 1993 and it’s been a wild ride for the last 20 years. You may or may not know, but I announced my retirement last month. After being the head of FSF for so long and knowing my own personal commitments, I decided to pass the reigns to the next generation of leaders.”

“So I was given a few questions to answer, so let’s get started:”

FF “What drew you into simming originally, back in ’93?”

JS “I came across role playing on BBS’s back in 1992/1993. I joined a channel and read and read and read. I didn’t participate at first, but eventually like most things I do in life… I decided to start something myself and see where it went. The rest is pretty much history, and over the years FSF has adapted to many forms of writing/role-playing & gaming. I have never shied away from a challenge or change, and adaptation and adoption of ideas has been a cornerstone for me.”

FF “Did you ever expect the FSF to become what it has today?”

JS “Yes, I expected it to become what it is today. I think with most entrepreneurs, and in a way I think you could call FSF an entrepreneurial effort, they have an idea in their heads and they work their way until their vision is a reality. Some bumps are expected along the way, people come and go, but in the end the effort and success is what ultimately satiates my drive. This group has done that for me, which is why I feel comfortable leaving it the way I am.”

FF “What are some of your fondest memories with the group?”

JS “The things that stick with me are mainly the people I’ve met and came to call my friends, and also the triumphs and accomplishments we’ve had. I’ve been lucky enough to call people like Ann, Briton, Joe, Starla, Jay, Gabe, Kent, Melissa, Chas & Seth my friends. Those people stick in my head year after year. With accomplishments, I was entirely pleased with initial successes with migrating from FIDOnet to AOL, to obtaining our first multi-bulletin board on AOL’s Non-Affiliated Gaming Forum service, to leaving AOL and really launching the AMS & forum system we have today, to notable group mergers like Alpha Federation Fleet & Spacefleet Online.”

FF “Who has been your biggest inspiration, overall, for the way you wanted to take the group?”

JS “I never really had an inspiration to guide my plan for the group. I saw the plan in my head and I knew that for me, running the group was just as exciting as actually simming. The interactions that I had day-to-day with people inside and outside the group was stimulating and challenging. I portrayed a role to the online world that in a way was a character living in a story that I helped to craft. Even now, people think back on the good-ol-days, and to me, that is just part of a story that I helped co-write.”

FF Did you have a favorite plotline that you can regale for us?

JS “I’ve always had a penchant for medical-based stories. My favorite role was on a ship in the late 90s where I played the Chief Medical Officer. To me, the thrill wasn’t sitting on the bridge in the midst of battle-actions, but in the trenches where people’s lives hung in the balance. I’m a big fan and witty repartee, you really only get that when you’re the center of the social interaction on a starship. In my opinion, that’s Sickbay. My favorite roles usually tended to be part of the Shuni family line, this character was the Admiral’s grandson. The game came and went, but I loved it while I simmed there.”

FF And, the ultimate question: Do you miss simming?

JS “I miss the people. I don’t miss the reading and writing. For some, their creativity leads to a career of writing novels and short stories. To me, it was an expression of my inner desires. I’ve gotten a lot of those things down on pen and paper, and it felt good. However, I miss the creative outlet that simming and running the group brought me, but I’ve changed and matured as I’ve gotten older. Twenty years is a long time, and FSF will always hold a special place in my heart. But all good things come to an end.”

“It’s been a pleasure, folks. Hope all is well and I’ll see you around.”

September 2013 Scheduled Events

September 5 Open Chat hosted by FSF Margo 8PM ET #FSF Channel.

September 14 FSF Radio LIVE! Hosted by FSF Margo 9pm ET#FSF Channel.

September 18 Open Chat Hosted by FSF Falk 8pm ET#FSF Channel.

September 25 Open Sim hosted by FSF Duke and FSF Margo 8pm ET#FSF Channel.

September 27 FSF Trivia Master hosted by FSF Lynx 9pm ET#FSF Channel.

Dates, Times and events are subject to change.

Alpha News

Alpha Fleet News for September 2013

Change of CommandAlpha fleet changing Roles
Alpha Fleet Was sad to see long time Alpha fleet FXO FSF EBK has stepped down from Alpha Fleet in order to pursue his Fleet command Career in Epsilon. Taking with him his long running Game USS Independence.

Alpha fleet would like to congratulate EBK on his new position as FCO of Epsilon Fleet and wish him every success in his future there.

On a more cheerful note
Alpha fleet welcomes it’s new FXO FSF Merlin long standing Second officer of the fleet and Host within FSF and Alpha Fleet has Become the NEW FXO of Alpha. FSF Merlin Joins the command team for Alpha fleet bringing in fresh new exciting ideas for the future of your fleet.

FSF Esrom and FSF Merlin are working on many new Idea’s for your Fleet Please do not forget to Email them with Ideas and suggestions for the future.

FSF Myth Has been asked to step into the role of Alpha fleet second officer. She has some huge boots to fill after all the work Merlin put into things. She will be helping hosts recruit for their sims and Getting the inactive sims going once more
as well as help the active ones keep going by getting new players.

This months Sim Summery award nomination goes to the USS Phoenix

“The Phoenix has arrived at Starbase 35. The needed repairs of the Phoenix have started as the much needed stores that the Phoenix has on board are being off loaded.

Orders have been received and a part of them have been reveled to First Lieutenant Gibbs, Garuda flight that for the next while they are to survey the surrounding area of the station and do high level recon on several planetary bodies in the area.

Meanwhile some of the crew from the Starbase are in the process of trying to find Captain Merlin. Unbenounced to them he has exited the ship and is sitting in the Restaurant at The End of The Universe talking to its proprietor. Retired Captain George Williams is engaging the Captain in conversation. It is not overly apparent, but Mr. Williams seems to know more than he is letting on.

As Captain Merlin sits, converses with George he sips his coffee pondering the current state of affairs.

Come join the USS Phoenix and Starbase 35 as they interact and see what may unfold.”

Taken from The USS Phoenix’s On going Joint plot with Starbase 35
If you have a new item you want to see in Alpha fleet new please send a mail to
FSF Esrom Alpha fleet CO, fsfesrom@simming.net
FSF Merlin Alpha fleet XO, fsfmerlin@simming.net
FSF Myth Office staff, fsfmyth@simming.net

Congratulations to the August 2013 Community winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the August 2013 community awards!

Sim of the Month (for September 2013): Stargate: SG-10
Community Award: USS Ghost Rider
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award: (for July 2013)Space Fleet – Star Trek: Eternity

Excerpt from the Summary:
With Janelle James in the nearby market, Vreenak and Farooqi enter “The Bollard,” and are soon met by Harold Ambrose. Aboard ship, Capt. Barlow checks on Amelia Moore, then surprises Colin Byrne with the reinstatement of his old rank and the post of 2nd Officer. The surprise is then Barlow’s as during his meeting with Dr. Reese, he learns that his new physician has cracked the Gen 7 code, and can reprogram the nanoprobes at will. Marisol Hocevar oversees the patching of Hope’s largest hull breech as she reviews Vreenak’s potential supply purchases on her PADD.

To read the full summary Space Fleet – Star Trek: Eternity Summary

Star Trek: Eternity – Summary of The Month July 2013

With Janelle James in the nearby market, Vreenak and Farooqi enter “The Bollard,” and are soon met by Harold Ambrose. Aboard ship, Capt. Barlow checks on Amelia Moore, then surprises Colin Byrne with the reinstatement of his old rank and the post of 2nd Officer. The surprise is then Barlow’s as during his meeting with Dr. Reese, he learns that his new physician has cracked the Gen 7 code, and can reprogram the nanoprobes at will. Marisol Hocevar oversees the patching of Hope’s largest hull breech as she reviews Vreenak’s potential supply purchases on her PADD.

As time passes, and with no word yet from the Red King, Captain Rick Barlow begins the process of formulating a plan of action against the Borg while bringing crewmen scavenged from the Borderlands, the Resistance, and the Syndicate Refugees into the roster. Ensign Anam Farooqi mingles with the locals, uncovering the assorted history of the Crimson City while Commander Vreenak and Lieutenant Janelle James converse with Harold Ambrose who is revealed to be a former Operations Officer of the Hope. Repairs begin to roll to completion on the Intrepid under guidance of it’s Engineering Chief Marisol Hocevar and newly minted Commander Colin Byrne subjugates himself to better accommodations, wondering to what ends will his new re=instatement bring to the crew that despise him.

Harold Ambrose is recruited into the fold by Commander Vreenak who has attended much of the activities of the Away Team’s venture which nearly draws to conclusion. News of Commander Colin Byrne’s instatement as ship’s Second Officer begins to insight rumors around the mill and appearance to the questionability of Captain Barlow’s decision in this. Meanwhile, the breakthrough reached by Doctor Brett Reese insights the Captain’s venture into an area of research that develops a nanomachine virus; a weapon against the Borg Collective. While the Red King waits, and while crews and supplies are stowed aboard, the U.S.S. Hope readies itself to cast off.

Hope readies for departure. Inthe aftermath of a tense meeting with Lt. Hocevar, Cdr. Byrne faces hard truths, and attempts to understand his new capacities. Dr. Reese chokes down the emotions a chance encounter in her Sickbay brought welling up; she self medicates as memories persist. With departure just a few hours hence, Logan ventures into the Crimson city, intent upon returning the rest of the crew to the ship.