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The Black Fleet Report

January 2021

The Black Fleet Report - December 2020

USS Constellation

Commanding Officer: No report submitted


Executive Officer: Melissa Aragon

Crew Posting Level: 9
Senior Staff Posting Level: 9
Overall Ship Health: 9

Ship Status: How are DH/JOs doing?
Everyone seems to be doing great. Coming out of holidays and finding our groove once more and even have a couple new folks.

Spotlight: Is everyone active and in the Sims?
Far as I can tell, everyone’s posting well. Again, coming out of holidays so a lot of catching up happening right now.

Who is shining star this month?
I hate to say it, but I don’t have an answer. I have been slightly distracted with holidays and personal matters (see below) but will be back in full swing soon as I’m caught up this weekend.

Vacancies: 1 each JO (eng, med, sec, sci) to round out the 1/1 DH/JO ratio.


Gamemaster: Russell Watt

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 5

Sim Overview: Basically this hasn’t progressed from last month. I did spend some of my holiday time ‘enhancing’ plans for the ship … and I even discovered that Monty Python was on tv again … so that further assisted with the planning … so from last month …

Sim Overview: To the new crew of the Connie - welcome, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that you are on Black Fleet HQ (aka Black Rock) and not the USS Connie. It seems that a big foot (and by big I mean astronomically big, not bigfoot big) has kicked the Connie your way. Most of the crew on board (with the exception of the XO, CEs, COS, CSO and CMO) have all fallen unconscious and these six individuals have to somehow regain control … or at least slow it down somehow. https://www.star-fleet.com/core/stf6/constellation/posts/111346/ Anyone pickup the song I reference?

But you guys aren’t out of the wood … a highly panicked official Starfleet voice has ordered people NOT TO PANIC but to quickly and quietly get to the designated emergency positions, and for Captain Xitt and for Counselor Dell to head to the transporters for transport onto their ship when it hits transporter range, for a highly experimental, but ‘not at all dangerous’ transport onto the Connie. As this is happening, Assistant Fleet Commander AJ is in his dress uniform and shepherding a group of Make A Wish Kids around Black Rock. They are somewhat nervous and their designated area is near the transporters, in case emergency evacuation is needed. AJ is looking frazzled and calls on help from the Bolian Captain Xitt. https://www.star-fleet.com/core/stf6/constellation/posts/111347/

Please note the advertisement for Risa: {Original Voice} There is nothing to be worried about, absolutely nothing, I’m a Starfleet Officer and well … you can trust me. Have you thought of going to beautiful Risa? The Norwegian Blues flock there this time of year, I believe they prefer kipping on their back even while they are pining for the fjords back in their home. Risa, beautiful one day, covered by Norwegian Blues the next. The Norwegian Blues aren’t dead either, just sleeping. I think I covered our backs.”

All of this, and beyond a brief mention, the ministry of silly walks haven’t even appeared yet. :)

And never forget if you need to identify a tree from very far away, here’s Number 1 - The Larch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larch

Biggest Contributor: I’d say everyone has contributed equally to the mission. We are a small crew, Brian has updated our position titles somewhat and I know we’d all like some JOs on board. So please check us out. We may be few, but laughs, especially this past year are a good thing.

Spotlight: I’ll have some for this next month. Though our new Chief of Pets (played by Jennifer Ward) has certainly hit the decks running … so if anyone has a Targ they wanna play, come join us and YOU TOO can get a physical …


FComm’s Comments: With the holidays now coming to an end, I’m excited to see what Russ has in store for the Connie!


USS Europa

Commanding Officer: No report submitted


Executive Officer: No report submitted


Gamemaster: Matt Evans

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 5

Sim Overview: With the holiday season taking up a good part of the month of December not a lot of progress with the sim has been made. Most recently a bit of an exposition post was done to sync up two main plot threads so that everything can move at pace with each other.

Spotlight:


FComm’s Comments: The Europa appears to be rebounding from the holidays!


USS Genesis

Commanding Officer: Luke Hung

Crew Posting Level: 8
Senior Staff Posting Level: 8
Overall Ship Health: 9

Ship Status: If I would curve for the holidays the Genesis would absolutely hit 10s. In comparison to all the other ships I’m on, and we’ve had a GM leave, we are crushing the posting. I’m sending a subliminal signal… ship of the year baby.

Spotlight:

Vacancies:


Executive Officer: No report submitted


Gamemaster: Kenson Koh

Crew Posting Level: 9
Senior Staff Posting Level: 9
Overall Ship Health: 9

Sim Overview: The Genesis discovers a relatively new pulsar and nebula, within which a creature had hatched and is moving into uncharted space towards a spatial anomaly. It was accelerating, reaching light speed. The Genesis are pursuing it, trying to study this newly discovered creature. An away team has left the ship to study the nebula. In the process, the sensors reveal that the creature disappears and then reappears a short moment later one light year nearer the anomaly. This means that the creature is travelling faster than warp 9 during the ‘jumps’ even though it does not seem to be travelling using warp. On trying to communicate with the creature using a carrier wave, the creature suddenly speeds up but the crew discovers that it was possibly creating temporary wormholes to move so quickly in space. So far the creature is trailing behind the Genesis. In the meantime, the away team discovers that the creature may have subspace origins and is concluding its survey of the nebula. The Genesis is just hours away from the anomaly but at the next ‘jump’, the creature will be ahead of the Genesis.

Spotlight: I cannot really say who has contributed the most to the advance of the sim as this month’s posting requirements are relaxed and with the exception of a few crew members, the rest of the crew have been pitching in to the sim. If I really had to choose, it would be a tie among four individuals: Luke Hung, Hjortur Ingi, Gene Gibbs and Melissa Aragon.


FComm’s Comments: The Genesis continued strong during the recent weeks! Besides a few AWOLS, the ship is in the right track.


USS Merrimack

Commanding Officer: David Fergusson

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 5

Ship Status: The Merrimack has managed to repair the engine of the Alstair ship and we have exchanged information about their society and the UFP. Relations are very friendly and we have agreed to escort them back to Alstair. This will take some time at Warp 1, possibly 8 days, so plenty of time for more interaction. It was suggested that a formal dinner could be laid on but we know little about their nutritionary requirements and diet. It may be better to replicate their own foods. What this also means is that the Merrimack cannot go off in search of the three sleeper ships, which was the original mission of the Alstair ship. The injured Alstair crew have been transported to the Merrimack Sickbay for treatment.

Posting aboard the Merrimack during the holiday season and this pandemic has fallen dramatically. There are several AWOL and LOAs and the Sim has ground to a halt. We also lost two players earlier in December. However, I’m confident that the players we have are all still keen and we can pick it up again, and I hope I can get everyone active and participating once more. My wish for January would be that everyone make a longer and more descriptive post, including some hook that requires a further reply.

Spotlight:

Vacancies:


Executive Officer: No report submitted


Gamemaster: Robert Archer

Crew Posting Level: 7
Senior Staff Posting Level: 7
Overall Ship Health: 7

Sim Overview: Let me just say first, sorry I lost the questions that we were expected to answer with from the previous months and my efforts to email for help have born no fruit. So my report will not be in line with that. Sorry!

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That said the Merrimack has plugged along slowly but surely as it has normally around this time of year, getting their new alien friend’s ship back up and running. Currently both ships are traveling at warp 1 back to Alstair Prime three days away

Spotlight:


FComm’s Comments: The Merri can use some fresh blood :)

A message from David: Contact the Captain directly about vacancies on the USS Merrimack. The ship is 90% Human, although TOS Movie-era aliens are allowed. You can play a Junior Officer, or your pick of any custom character you can think of - Nurse, Yeoman, Navigator, Helm, Captain’s Chef, Ship’s Historian, Ship’s Physicist, and Transporter Chief.


Oed V

Commanding Officer: Russell Watt

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 5

Ship Status: How is Oed V at the moment
Very slow at the moment, but we have just celebrated Christmas, Summer Holidays and the New Year in Australia, so that is not at all surprising. I’ve been offline myself and down at the beach from the 29th December to the 4th of January and enjoyed the relaxing break from computers. I gave the crew the leave that was permitted by the President and VeeP. Governor Gavroche took part in the holiday ship in the relevant Discord Server Channel and it helped me enormously with him.

Favourite Moment/Thread during December
This is an OOC moment, but during December, Tony Findora (long term Oed V/club member, former CO of Oed V, and STF’s tiger) and his wife welcomed a daughter by the name of Eowyn Valancy Findora to their growing family, on the 8th of December. The birth occurred 3 weeks early. Tony’s had leave from work until the 4th of January 2021. https://www.star-fleet.com/core/stf6/oedv/posts/115011/ is the link to the thread and the congrats from members from Oed V. Tony’s on various ships around the club, and also in Discord where he’s known as FCapt Tiger, so if you see him, and haven’t done so yet, pass on your congratulations to the Tiger … as they say in the classics … He’s Grrrrrreat.

Things for improvement
Posting, both individually and collectively - with the holiday leave period over, we need to see how we bounce back
Resources page - working on the updates, not yet ready to go live, should be ready soon
Recruitment - I need to focus on this
Longer Term - Storylines/Calendar of events
Thought Bubble - Opportunity for some kind of IC posting on the Oed V ship channel in Discord?

Spotlight: All those posting somewhat, especially at this time deserves spotlighting

Vacancies:


Executive Officer: Sidney Parker

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 5

Ship Status: Oed is treading water as I must admit is a normal state of affairs. I am kinda left with the impression after all these years Oed is just like this. Hot for a short time, cooling and then dead with the cycle repeating.

Spotlight: Easy one here. James Sinclair as the Klingon Urg. Great writing so far.

Vacancies:


Gamemaster: No report submitted


FComm’s Comments: It definitely takes a lot of effort to run a self sim environment! The number of AWOLs have decreased a lot since last month, and OED V could use some more faces to fill those vacancies. Contact Russ if interested!


USS Olympic

Commanding Officer: No report submitted


Executive Officer: No report submitted


Gamemaster: No report submitted


USS Wolverine

Commanding Officer: No report submitted


Executive Officer: No report submitted


Gamemaster: No report submitted


FComm’s Comments: A few AWOLs, but doesn’t appear to be impacting the sim right now. The Wolverine is also rebounding from the past few weeks, and I can already see more progress being made on the boards.


FComm Overall Comments: I’m really surprised at the lack of reports this time around, and the amount of AWOLs as well. While I don’t see any sims being disrupted by this, I can only imagine if there’s a more in-depth reasoning behind this trend.

-Ray

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