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 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.

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.

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.

USS Cadecus – Summary Submission – December 2013

*Hear the Battle Cry*

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.

Meanwhile, The rescure of the USS Harding’s surviving crew has not gone as smoothly as Commander Anvarthiu K’Xiks could have hoped. He and Ens Valkyrie, while successfully beaming the survivors off the doomed ship, have run in problems of their own. After being hit by some debris, the Runabout is starting to suffer hull micro-fissures and the power systems have begun to fail. Explosions in the rear have sent the runabout tumbling on a collision course with the Cadecus.

Mia is able to transport almost everyone off the Runabout.. All the survivors from the Harding… But she was not able to lock on to K’xiks or Valkyrie and they are still on the runabout. She can’t get a tractor on the runabout because there is too much other debris in the path that would cause severe damage to both the Runabout and the Cadecus.

MSGT Stathem decides to assist with the rescue of the Commander and takes flight in one of the Marine fighters. Maneuvering her ship into a parallel course with the tumbling craft as the two men inside are attempting to bring it back to life. Just as Stathem thinks she’s got a lock, a second explosion amid decks in the Runabout changes the speed and trajectory, causing the MSGT to veer away and her first attempt to tractor the runabout fails.

Stathem quickly circles around and knowing that if this attempt fails she will have to shoot the runabout to prevent the collision with the Cadecus has her nerves heightened. Attempting to contact the Runabout and let them know her plans and not getting more than a broken response of static she sets her sights on the Runabout and targets it once more. The Tractor locks on and she goes to full reverse and feels the tug of the added weight. On the runabout, they also feel the sudden stop and have been able to get just enough power restored to know that, with the core damaged beyond repair, now is the time to eject it. Anvar hits the eject and the area of space where the Fighter and the Runabout are locked together lights up with a blue-white glow.

Stathem doesn’t waste any time and vectors the Runabout towards the Cadecus lower shuttlebay, where Mia has been sent to grab hold of the ship when Stathem releases her tractor. Mia follows the flight of the runabout, keeping the tractor targeted on it but not engaged until the Fighter signals the hand-off. After a quick but successful hand-off from the fighter and Stathem veering off and nearly scraping the hull. Cummings managed to bring the runabout into the shuttlebay ans halt it’s momentum 5 feet from the inner hull. K’xiks and Valkyrie are now safely back on board, although a little worse for wear.

And there are still people out amongst the field of battle damaged vessels in desperate situations, some praying for a miracle and some resigned that this is the end of their lives.. but will that be their fate?

FSF Sims Among 14 Winners of the Tournament of Sims

Every year, the Tournament of Simulations competition chooses the best sims in various categories as the top of their genre. Over the past six weeks, a dozen judges reviewed nearly 50 games and simulations submitted for this year’s tournament. The winners have finally been announced, and the list includes several games from the Federation Sim Fleet.

In the Play-By-Post Games category, the forum sim Star Wars: Shadow Squadron came away with the Best Star Wars Sim award. The FSF dominated in the Chat Games category, taking home each of the awards offered. SG-10 took home the Best Stargate Sim award, USS Exeter grabbed the Best Star Trek Sim award, and Star Wars: Paragon was named Best Star Wars Sim in the Chat Games category.

Congratulations to each winning game, its hosts, and players! Ongoing Worlds has the entire list of winners of this year’s tournament.