May 2014 Community Awards

(Belated) Congratulations to the following winners of the May 2014 Community Awards!

Sim of the Month (for June 2014): USS Phoenix
Community Award: USS Firewall
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (for April 2014): Star Trek: Eternity

Excerpt from the Summary:

Discussions are undertaken concerning the approach to the Dyson sphere, versus the ship’s capacity and the risk. LtCdr. Moore arrives on the bridge, her appearance shocking to some. Cdr. Byrne asserts his own presence,a move which prompts speculation, and the potential for ire from his superiors.

Cdr. Byrne’s apparent usurpation of the command chain incites reaction from the captain, and prompts a medical/psych inquiry from the CSEC. Led from the bridge by Cdr. Vreenak, Byrne seizes the opportunity to draw the XO into his plan, with a result beyond surprising. Hope, adjoined to the carrier Rim, goes to warp, leaving LtCdr’s Moore and Hocevar to replenish their dilithium by less than satisfactory means. Lt. Scott mans the TAC, as King Calmest plots within the silence of his mind. In Sickbay, Dr. Reese undergoes a common exam whose nature seems invasive to her heightened sensitivities.

Hope, along with her escorting fleet, journeys toward the Concord System. She drops out of warp to find lifeless planets, and there, at the heart, the Dyson Sphere of the Voth. Barlow, Logan, Vreenak, and Scott all prepare themselves for events yet to come. Ens. Farooqi encounters a Talaxian merchant who piques his curiosity concerning the veracity of the Zahara holomatrix and it’s longterm effects. Cns. James attempts rest in between patients. LtCdr. Moore heads toward her shared quarters, encumbered with worries that likely will interfere with her own need for rest.

A chance encounter in the turbolift sparks both Vreenak and Logan to reappraise one another. On the bridge, Capt. Barlow orders a hail of the Dyson sphere. The cryptic, static laden reply sets their course. Cdr. Vreenak selects his away team. Lt. Scott, having anticipated an away mission order, makes his personnel choices. Cdr. Byrne meets with LtCdr. Hocevar to ascertain her progress, then heads into Sickbay, intent upon putting the next phase of his preparations into action.

April 2014 Community Awards

Congratulations to the following winners of the April 2014 Community Awards!

Sim of the Month (for May 2014): Star Trek: Andromeda
Community Award: Mass Effect: Paradise Lost
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (for March 2014): Star Trek: Eternity

Excerpt from the Summary:

As Hope nears launch, Ens. Farooqi finds time for a meal in the mess. Cdr. Vreenak and Lt. Ambrose consider the Chronitin bridge, as both make preparations for liftoff. Cdr. Byrne has an uneasy conversation with Dr. Reese, who finds some relief in a medical call from Lt. Halvorsson in the Armory. Lt. Scott arrives on the bridge just before launch, as does Capt. Barlow, who gives the order. Lt. Hocevar ponders a favor to ask of Cdr. Vreenak as she oversees Engineering’s support of the ship. Hope lifts off, smoothly breaking orbit, before docking firmly to the side of the carrier “Rim.” Now, as both ships move as one at impulse speed, the repairs can begin in earnest.

Hope, having safely departed the planet under the hand of Ens. Farooqi, now rests, docked alongside the carrier Rim, leader of the patchwork Hirogen fleet. Engineering matters rise to the forefront with the removal of the damaged strut and footpad for recasting. Once the job is done, Lt. Hocevar meets with Lt’s Scott and Halvorsson to discuss security’s needs. In the void, Gabriel “Matrix” Logan practices sword proficiency as he ponders the cost of his aspirations, versus the destruction in his brother’s wake. Lt. Scott considers his station in life versus those of his parents. With counsel by the unseen King Calmest, he successfully marshals his department. Lt. Ambrose finds irritation with Lt. Hocevar, and engineers in general, as he manages Ops. Cdr. Vreenak maintains his position on the bridge, as his mind puts itself toward the detailed review ahead. Captain Barlow holds the command chair, experiencing tiredness, yet driven by an unrelenting need to reclaim Eternity, one way, or another.

2014 SciWorld Online Convention

It’s that time of year again! The 2014 SciWorld Online Convention (SWOC) is taking place this week. Join members from across the role-playing community as we get together for three days of chats, games, and webinars. Whether you run a game or are just a writer, you’ll likely find something of interest in this year’s SciWorld event.

This year’s events are taking place Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3. That’s this week! Check out the schedule at SciWorldOnline.com to see what events are happening when.

If interested in hosting an event, go to this page and follow the directions to reserve a particular time slot. Those in Hawaii, New Zealand, or other time zones in that region are welcome to host an event better suited to your local time. This year’s SciWorld will hopefully cover the most time zones it ever has.

We hope to see you all with us at SciWorld 2014!

March 2014 Community Awards

Congratulations to the following winners of the March 2014 Community Awards!

Sim of the Month (for April 2014): USS Atlantis
Community Award: USS Firewall
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (for February 2014): USS Phoenix

Excerpt from the Summary:

The USS Phoenix is in a perilous situation. . . Again.

Just after establishing orbit around a Class G Planet for investigation as to its viablity for terraforming, it was reported the long range sensors were picking up incoming ships yet to be identified. In short order, all chaos broke loose on the ship.

The main computer core and auxiliary core started not responding to commands as entered. Communications started to fail along with engines and almost every other critical system on the ship. The ships orbit started to decay because of the planets gravitational pull, now with the ship in a bow down attitude.

Just before the Blue Screen of death was displayed on the main viewer, it was noted that the world was getting bigger in the window.

As the approaching ships got closer, they were identified as Gorn before the long range and short range sensor systems went down.

As the mayhem ensued a rapid transport arrived depositing a new crew member on the ship. A new security officer. Being the Phoenix was short a chief medical officer, the ship’s counselor took on the duties of administering the inbound physical and evaluation only to be interrupted by intruder alerts.

Now with no gravity and things floating about, the captain took it in stride and started issuing orders to all the departments as he hung around the center seat, literally. All of a sudden a new chief medical officer appeared on the ship and at the Captain’s chair.

After introductions, the Chief Science Officer and Helmsman went to work on on fixing the computer cores as the Captain suited up and headed out into the ship to assist with eradicating it of their unwanted visitors.

Will the Crew of the USS Phoenix survive the onslaught of Gorn? What are the Gorn after? Or will the Phoenix kill her crew and visitors?

The Latest Hot Topics!

We’ve had some interesting conversations on our forums. Are you an active participant? If not, you might be missing out! Here are some of the hot topics on our forums.

FSF Radio 2 – Post of the Week – See excerpts of excellent logs and stories and submit a nominee for Post of the Week to be featured on FSF Radio 2.

Star Trek Continues – Discuss a fan created continuation of the original series that will blow you away!

What to write? – Ever hit a break wall when writing? You’re not alone! Write about your writing problems with others.

Community Events forum – Join chats about FSF Trivia Master, FSF Radio Live, and FSF’s Minecraft night events!

Board Game Forum – In the age of modern technology, we might forget about the fun we would have playing board games. Discuss your favorites and learn about new ones here!

Sim Resource Forum – Discuss writing and simming across a variety of topics.

2014 Sochi Olympics – The Olympics may be over as quickly as they seemed to start, but there were plenty of highlights. Share your favorite moments with us!

 

January 2014 Community Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the January 2014 Community Awards, our first monthly awards of the year!

Sim of the Month (for February 2014): Mass Effect: Paradise Lost
Community Award: USS Ghost Rider
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award (for December 2013): USS Cadecus

Excerpt from the Summary:

The Federation is at war and the USS Cadecus:M*A*S*H has been deployed to the site of a fierce battle between the Federation allies and the Breen and Cardassians. Having been ordered to remain outside the battle and give aid to the wounded, Captain Dreia Frej-Gonzalez has positioned the Cadecus and has sent the elite ParaRescue teams into the hot zone to recover life pods and survivors amid the debris of what were once proud ships from both sides of the engagement. Pvts Wade and Wells have been navigating the battlefield amid phaser fire, explosions and the detrius of war to locate and rescue any life signs they find on their Marine drop ship’s scanner, with the help of MSGT Jamie Stathem coordinating their efforts from the Cadecus’ Marine flight deck’s wider range scanners for areas to survey for survivors. Those being transferred to the Cadecus’ many medical bays for treatment via the main triage bay. Dr Clarice Gibbons has her hands full in the trauma wards as it quickly fills with those wounded in explosions on the various ships they came from. Despite the excellent medical care, not all patients will survive. A Fact That Gibbons soon learns as the patient she is treating fades before her treatment can have an affect.

December 2013 Community Winners

Editor: This post didn’t seem to publish earlier. It is being posted now so the December awards are publicly known.

Congratulations to the following winners of the December 2013 Community Awards!

Sim of the Month (for January 2014): USS John C. Stennis
Community Award: USS Ghost Rider
Fleet Activity Award: Delta Fleet
Summary Award: (for November 2013) USS Ghost Rider

Excerpt from the Summary:
Amidst the quiet on the Ghost Rider, tension still remains constant. Things in space have calmed down, but the battle still rages on the surface. But are things as safe in space as it seems? The ships A.I. works tirelessly trying to identify something at the extreme edge of sensor range… it was too big to be a ship… but the sensor resolution, or lack thereof, wasn’t allowing her to see what it was… Inspiration… what if it wasn’t a single object, but multiple objects flying close together… she compared parts of the edges to known Terran ship profiles, and quickly began to spot identifiable areas. It was an Armada… soon a second group appeared… then another… The counter-attack was coming…

November 2013 Game Summary Award

Congratulations to the USS Ghost Rider for winning the November 2013 Game Summary Award. What exciting things happened on that game during November? Read below:

Amidst the quiet on the Ghost Rider, tension still remains constant. Things in space have calmed down, but the battle still rages on the surface. But are things as safe in space as it seems? The ships A.I. works tirelessly trying to identify something at the extreme edge of sensor range… it was too big to be a ship… but the sensor resolution, or lack thereof, wasn’t allowing her to see what it was… Inspiration… what if it wasn’t a single object, but multiple objects flying close together… she compared parts of the edges to known Terran ship profiles, and quickly began to spot identifiable areas. It was an Armada… soon a second group appeared… then another… The counter-attack was coming…

On the surface below them, the Search and Rescue team has met up with the down flyboy, and is working their way towards the LZ. After a few close run ins with the enemy, they finally arrive, but find that the Terrans have already found where they were headed. Fortunately, the 452d was still in the area. General Abaddon called in an airstrike and soon after, the LZ was clear. They got on board the Hopper and headed back to the HQ.

On the Terran Station, the Marines cornered a group of Terrans that had managed to get out of the safety of the hardened center area. The Marines set an ambush for them, and soon after forced them into a deadly crossfire. However the Terrans seemed to get the last laugh, as the team had apparently been planting explosives. The device detonated, destroying a plasma line, and starting plasma fires all around the area. The Marine Executive Officer was down beyond the blaze, and Hopkins knew he had no way to get to him… his irrational mind demanded he try to save his XO, but his rational mind, and his team won out, and they moved out of the area, vowing to return.

Share Your 2013 Role-Playing Memories

It can be hard to believe that we’re already into another new year. While we have much to look forward to in 2014, we no doubt have some great memories from 2013. What stood out to you? What were some of your favorite role-playing experiences and memories? We’d love to hear them! Share them with us on our Facebook page or direct them to us on Twitter using the hashtag #BestSimMemory2013. We’ll be sharing your highlights and memories at a later date.

Upcoming Events: December/January

While it is the holiday season, don’t think that the FSF is lacking in special events. Here’s a taste of what is coming up.

On December 21st at 9PM ET, join FSF Margo and FSF Radio Live! ’tis the season for a holiday themed show, and FSF Radio Live will never disappoint. Join Margo and company on IRC tonight in the #FSF chat room.

December 24th will showcase a special FSF Radio presentation: “An FSF Carol”. This is being presented by the FSF Radio 2 team. You can enjoy this at 9PM ET. While it will be a special broadcast, you can always join in the chat room, as well.

If you’re into Minecraft, join FSF Falk and other friends of the FSF as we build, mine, and survive in the popular block world. The group will be meeting both December 28th and January 11th at 9PM ET. Contact FSF Falk for server information.

Once we’re into 2014, we kick off the new year right with another live radio event, FSF Radio-Good Riddance 2013. This live radio/chat event will be brought to you by FSF Margo and FSF Sail. They’ll begin this special event at 3PM ET on January 1st. Be sure to tune in!

And on January 4th, join Margo again for a regular showing of FSF Radio Live. Meanwhile, FSF Radio 2 will return on January 11th with their next installment, Epsilon Fleet Special, brought to you by FSF Radio 2 host FSF Sail.

What a way to kick off the new year! Join us for our special events and help us bring in 2014 with fun.