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  1. Raisillius doesn't dance. He might sing, but he wouldn't do any of the dancing. He'd be just as likely to chuck a grenade at the tribbles as his fellow marines at that point...
  2. I pretty much echo Jamie's comments -- the trailer looks horrible, but I'll see it anyway.
  3. Whittaker: ::What harm could several thousand tribbles and their owners do the quadrant's largest starbase?:: One wonders why you tempt fate with such thoughts.
  4. (( Bridge | USS Albion )) Tatash: Well, eliminating the obvious, there are no planet’s nearby within transporter range, and locking through an asteroid field would be challenging from the outside. There’s no bases in the field, nothing but mines and dangerous gasses that wouldn’t be conductive to operations. We’ve also got the fact that the Stormcrow was destroyed by a weapon that wasn’t our own, seemingly by an invisible force. So… ::he glanced at Theo and nodded:: Yeah, you can see where I’m going. ::Theo felt a pall of dread run through him. As a child he had heard stories of how James T. Kirk defeated a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that could fire through a cloaking device. Although that ship had been a prototype that was swiftly outlawed in the first amendment to the 1st Khitomer Accords, the idea that the technology was possible gave him nightmares for months as a child. Nightmares of invisible enemies stalking through Whittaker Manor and striking him down. It was only after his mother had taken him to see her chief medical officer, who was an expert in sleep disorders that the nightmares had ceased. They returned several years later, however, after he read reports of how Captain Jean-Luc Picard had defeated a similarly equipped Reman predator in the Bassen Rift. After another course of treatment, Theo decided that he wanted to join Starfleet to help battle anyone who possessed the technology. He had already become fascinated with machinery- and the upswing of applying for the academy at the age of 16 was that he could anger his father. But that was another story. He knew that when he fell asleep that night- the nightmare would return. But for now, those vivid, terrifying nightmares could wait. He had a job to do. Grateful that the academy had drilled the concept of ‘honour and duty’ into him harder than a Klingon initiate, he found the courage to put his fears to one side and look at Tatash :: Whittaker: A ship that can fire while cloaked. Tatash: It wouldn’t be the first time Starfleet’s seen a ship that fire while cloaked, let alone transport. Theoretically the latter should be easy if they haven’t got shields raised. The former worries me, it worries me a lot. Especially with the firepower they are packing. ::That, Theo decided, was putting it mildly. A cloaked Romulan vessel, capable of what it was capable of with murky intentions at best. If they had fired on one Starfleet vessel, what was to say they wouldn’t fire on another- especially one that was such an easy target as the crippled Albion presented. Theo felt the invisible figure getting ready to haunt his dreams.:: Whittaker: oO Not. Now! Oo Falcon: ::Sighs.:: Why don’t we ever get to use the cool toys? Tatash: I don’t doubt that if whatever is out there wanted us out of the picture we’d be a wreck by now. The Albion’s wounded and wouldn’t stand toe to toe against whatever is out there. Their attack on Stormcrow seems more of an assassination than a sortie, very quick and precise and at just the right moment to make us second guess ourselves. ::Theo stepped closer to Taybrim and dropped his voice into a whisper, as another frightening prospect occurred to him. He might not have been executive officer, but he was the second senior-most officer on the bridge and it was, apparently, his job to offer another opinion. This one, however, nobody but the CO should hear.:: Whittaker: Sir, we have Arrihman on board right now. What is to stop the Romulans from assassinating him by destroying us as well? Taybrim: Very little. ::he paused, brows forming a dark straight line:: Unless they actually cannot fire while cloaked - they may be hiding and waiting for the right opportunity when our back is turned. ::He paused, looking towards the engineer for answers:: Can we get any sort of tracking on them in that asteroid field? Tatash: That I don’t know. :: he motioned towards Nira :: Any ideas on how we can tag it? I’d strongly urge if we can act as passive as possible, if they get wind we can track them… well let’s keep our distance, but don’t look like we’re trying to keep our distance. Falcon: And how, pray tell, would you suggest accomplishing that? Tatash: I don’t know, fly casual? Falcon: Ah. ::Smiles.:: How appropriately vague. I think I can manage that. Whittaker: There may be another solution. ::He wished he had not spoken because the plan was only just beginning to form in his mind. Once again, every set of eyes on the bridge seemed to be directly staring at him with great expectations.:: Taybrim: What's your idea? Whittaker: We don’t necessarily have to be able to track her, :: he motioned to Nira :: Although if we can that would be an absolute advantage. :: beat, looking at Taybrim :: We just have to look like we. :: beat :: I may have only been in Starfleet for nine months as an officer, but I’ve grown to learn that Romulans are extremely cautious unless they have to be. The cloaking device is their greatest advantage because it allows them to silently analyse and strategize before taking definitive action. :: beat, he looked at Taybrim :: I say we call their bluff. That way we’ll avoid a confrontation with them and it’ll give the diplomatic team more time with whatever they need to do. Taybrim: I say that's pretty solid plan. ::He turned towards those on the bridge:: The question is how do we startle them without spooking them into another dogfight? Tatash: Anyone ever play battleships? ::he muttered, before turning to look at some of the others on the bridge giving him a curious look:: It's a game, you have a grid, each player takes a turn firing a shot into a grid not knowing where the enemy ships are, you aim towards the place most likely to have a concentration of ships in. It's guesswork, but you can at least feign a look of confidence if you're methodical. Vondaryan: ::[...]ing his head, smiling:: Sounds... tactical. I shall look forward to playing that back on the base. ::beat:: This Romulan ship, if it does exist, must be somewhere in this minefield, then. Falcon: Certainly not wrong. Given the make-up of this field, the mines floating around, there’s only so many places they could hide. Especially if they had the power to punch through Stormcrow’s shields and cripple them; you’d need a decent sized cruiser, at least. If we make some educated guesses, we could probably pull something like that off. Taybrim: Well, we did plan a whole bunch of countermeasures to deal with the Stormcrow - can we turn any of those into a way to flush Romulans from a bush. Asteroid field. You know. ::hand wave:: Falcon: Don’t worry about where the ship needs to be. You tell me a place, I can put her there. Impulse drive is still ready, and the thrusters are hot. TBC
  5. I laughed when I read that part of the sim. I love combining the two franchises.
  6. Lt. Cmdr Baylen Anders - Vulcan Love Slave Number 5
  7. Hi Kris! English may not be your native language, but you're writing it fantastically so far. You probably write it better than some people I knew in high school and university. Welcome; hope you like it here.
  8. That was the exact quote I was going to post, when I had a chance. You beat me to it.
  9. I also liked the "Moron" part. But I truly appreciated the fact that Taybrim waited until all the communications were off and the screen had gone black for a few seconds.
  10. Like Shakespeare (perhaps even in the original Klingon), Trek has given us more than its fair share of sayings. All of the above are fantastic (and I'd forgotten that revenge is a dish best served cold came from Trek, that's how ingrained it is), I went with 'Other'. I think 'I'm a doctor, not a [insert profession here]' is still wildly popular, and one of my favourites.
  11. I got this in one of my school emails. Any academics out there might find this interesting: Type: Call for PapersDate: November 30, 2015Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Social History / Studies Star Trek: The Next Generation was far more than a simple reboot of Gene Roddenberry’s original sixties television program. A decade after counterculture’s end, the Watergate scandal and American “malaise,” and now in the waning days of the Reagan Administration, the crew of theEnterprise 1701-D addressed the “next generation” of social, political, and cultural shifts in American society. The television show’s phenomenal success not only spawned four feature films and several television spin-offs, but also changed the face of science-fiction in the twenty-first century. Without Star Trek: The Next Generation, the millennial reboot of Star Trek would have looked vastly different, if it occurred at all. From the moment Captain Jean-Luc Picard walked out of the shadows in “Encounter at Farpoint,” Star Trek: The Next Generation has expanded into the cultural consciousness beyond the confines of television screens. Comic book adaptations, video games, and an “expanded universe” in novels, comic books, and video games have extended Gene Roddenberry’s and his successor’s visions of the future. Terms such as “replicators,” “holodecks,” and “resistance is futile” have entered the public lexicon alongside the old terms “warp drive,” “phasers,” and “beam me up.” This anthology is the first book-length study to consider Star Trek: The Next Generation as an exclusive whole, including the television show, movies, non-continuity extensions, and fandom. (The characters from The Next Generation have appeared in other Star Trek spin-offs, and while those appearances can be addressed, the focus should remain on The Next Generation).The show’s rapid ascent from 1987 to its mixed ending in 2002 offers multiple rich readings about its historical and cultural contexts. The anthology will concentrate less of the filmic plots and life in the twenty-fourth century and more on how these various factors reflect the cultural milieus of their origins. Potential topics include but are no means limited to: The Masterpiece Society: Creating the Twenty-Fourth Century in a Revitalized Cold WarHolodecks: Recreating Narratives in Science-Fiction FantasyPicard: Defining Leadership in Reagan’s Cowboy DiplomacyQ v. Guinan: Questioning Mysticism and Godliness in the Age of TechnobabbleDropouts: Childhood Expectations from Alexander to WesleyCrusher, Rozhenko, and Single Parents: The Collapse of the Nuclear Family on the EnterpriseImzadi?: Defining Monogamy in the FutureAssimilating Outcasts: Starfleet-izing Ro, Barclay, Pulaski, and NonconformistsTroi: Expressing Individuality in a Uniformed CrewGreed is Good: The Ferengi as Failed VillainsThe Short-lived Miniskirt and Veiled Queer CultureCrusher: The Cure-All Hypospray and Medical HumanitiesWhy LaForge Can’t Keep a Beard: The (sight) Sensitive Masculine ModelUndiscovered Countries: The Klingon Civil War, “Unification,” and the end of the Cold WarMeasuring Life: Sons of Soong and the Human Question MarkYar’s Fate: Assertive Women in the “Backlash” EraThe High Ground: Militarism in a Mission of ExplorationWorf: Ways of a Warrior in a Pacifist SocietyResistance: The Borg, Transhumanism, and IndividualismNexus of Possibilities: Why Couldn’t Kirk Survive in the 24th Century?A Real Nemesis: The End of Utopianism in a post-9/11 ContextAbstracts should run about 250 words and are due by November 30, 2015. All submissions will be acknowledged. Final papers will run approximately 20-25 pages, reflecting Star Trek’s broad audience of fans and academics alike. Contributors’ first drafts will be due by mid-June 2016 and final drafts by September 1, 2016 with a 2017 publication date. Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Contact Info: Peter W. Lee Drew University plee1@drew.edu
  12. From an OOC perspective, I would take Cardassian. The mix of military, paranoia and work dedication is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm intrigued by the Obsidian Order. And there might be an opportunity to meet Garak. Though I definitely wouldn't appreciate the heat and humidity. From an IC perspective, Trellis would definitely take the Romulans, though. Any chance he could get to study them up close he would find fascinating. There's so much history he would love to learn, as well as culture, society, politics and technology.
  13. Part of me wanted to vote Janeway because she somehow managed to convince her crew not to mutiny and/or settle down in the Delta Quadrant after what should have been an impossible mission. But I think she was also the worst captain who changed her mind about what she wanted each week, too. My least favourite captain, for sure. Archer was good, and Iove Scott Bakula, but he sometimes seemed a bit too heavy-handed to me. Picard was the ultimate diplomat and face of the Federation. He was level-headed and had an open-door policy in regards to listening/taking advice from his crew. Those are fantastic qualities in leader. Sisko was the best character and most complex person, and certainly one of (if not the) best parents in the Trek universe, but leader? I liked that he was willing to do whatever necessary to accomplish the mission, and Avery Brooks was fantastic in his portrayal, but outside of O'Brian and Dax I never felt like he inspired loyalty and bringing out the best in others. Kirk somehow managed to make his crew extremely loyal in an often cavalier way. There's something to be said for leading from the front. He wasn't my favourite captain, but I thought he was the best leader because he always thought of the safety of his crew above anything else, even Starfleet ideals (when necessary).
  14. Thanks. That was the wiki I was looking through (via the app on my phone, so I didn't have the actual link).
  15. Does anyone have any/much info about games and sports that (still) exist in the Star Trek universe of the late 24th century? I was reading some wiki info about some of the sports that are mentioned at various points, but I can't seem to find a comprehensive list. I'm thinking my character would be a member of a team sport and am trying to find the right one for him. I was thinking of, particularly, team sports, rather than individual martial arts or meditative activities. Baseball has died out, though football (American and European) seem to still exist. Tom Paris and Harry Kim play ice hockey in a holodeck, but I'm not sure if that's Paris' affinity for history or if the sport would still be popular. Captain Archer loved water polo, but that was 22nd century so I have no idea if it would still be around 200 years later. I don't remember hearing anything about basketball, lacross, field hockey or other team activities. I can't think of any alien team sports being seen much, either. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
  16. Like Lupo I also like Lady Gray. I do drink Earl Gray most days, with milk. With lemon and honey is also good, but I usually only do that if I have a cold. Other days I'll drink English Breakfast or Vanilla Rooibos. I'm not a fan of green or iced teas.
  17. It also seems like member planets can have as much or as little support from the Federation government (and Starfleet) as they want. In 'The Ensigns of Command' (TNG, S3.E2), the colonists on the planet just wanted to be left alone, though they were official members of the Federation. Tasha Yar's home planet seems to have at least roving pockets of lawlessness, though the explanation for why was never explicit. The Maquis also presented a strange dilemma, as they seemed to want to be both left alone to govern their own affairs yet have their say in the Federation. Also, Ayiana, fantastic reading, thanks.
  18. Hello all! My name is Collin, an ex-pat American living in England. I'm finishing up the last bits of my PhD and then, well, who knows. I'm a huge nerd in general, meaning I loved sci-fi and fantasy before it was cool. I grew up preferring Star Wars to Trek, but the Lucas prequals put me off and Trek is a more fully realized world I think. Well, it's more hopeful, which I think we need in the world at the moment. Also, for the past few years I've been re-watching all the shows and movies, so getting into the world even more. Anyway, a friend of mine who plays recommended I check out the game, as we've discussed roleplaying and Trek in the past. Really looking forward to building a character and simming with you all soon, as I've just started training.
  19. Trellis Vondaryan stepped off the transport, taking his first steps into Starbase 118. He was excited to be so close to the Romulan Neutral Zone again, even if only for a brief time. Maybe he could put those Romulan language courses he took at the academy to use. If not here, then somewhere, he thought. He looked around the base, heading off in a random direction. So many shops to try, so little time before training began. There was bound to be a pub serving wine and cheese around here somewhere. His powerful Vissian olfactory senses made finding good Human food a challenge, but that was the fun in exploring. How did he know if he liked something unless he tried it? Just like back at the Academy, when Haylie had encouraged him to try coffee for the first time. “You’ll like it,” she had ensured him. Sure, coffee smelled great, but he could not get over the bitter taste, no matter the sweeteners. Just another Human eccentricity he didn’t quite understand. He stopped at a restaurant where the smells wafting from it were enticing. Trellis had not tried much Andorian food, yet. With the open seating he could people watch on the Promenade, too. Or read reports on his PADD. Or maybe chat with a local. Or work on those engine designs. Or fix some of his malfunctioning equipment. The possibilities were nearly endless. He smiled. After feasting on surprisingly aromatic dishes, including a spicy wine, Trellis sighed in contentment. He ran his fingers through his unkempt blonde hair, checking the time. He realized he still had hours left to explore the starbase. Just enough time for a good game of chess. Now, which way to that 8x8 place he’d heard about?
  20. A friend of mine recommended the place to me. I love Star Trek and have been RPing for half my life, but not writing like this.
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