Newsletter for June 2012

Starfleet Command Symbol

Opening
The Admiral’s PADD
Newsbits
Announcements
Fleet Awards
Trekifieds
Trans Warp Book Club
Special Thanks
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Welcome to the
Independence Fleet Newsletter
for the month of June…

Before we forget, let us send out a couple of Happy Birthday’s!
Xavier Cross, XO, Starbase Prime
Lt Mackenzie Matthews, CSec, USS Avalon
Captain Zartog, CO, USS Pioneer
Chief Medical Officer Lieutenant Commander Dr. Larissa Canterbury, USS Chirikov
Chief Warrant Officer Carol Dolton, Mission Operations Officer, USS Chirikov

* If you want to have your birthday added to the list, send a friends request to Admiral Wakeland by visiting www.Facebook.com/CommanderChase

Remember as always if you have news to recommend for the newsletter simply e-mail us at news@independencefleet.com


The Admiral’s PADD

Pioneer

Back in February I issued a challenge to the Captains, and one Captain stood out in his response. We were discussing how to incorporate a musical into a game, and this is what he came up with.   Cool green hills of Earth. A special thanks to Captain Zartog of the USS Pioneer.

This month has been filled with the ins and outs of any Fleet. We continue to grow, and we spent the last 30 days experiencing a few expected growing pains. We try very hard to avoid allowing the stress of managing a large fleet, along with a family, show in any way. But the time comes when every good man falls short in some regard. This happened with me recently and I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. The fleet remains stable, continues to grow, and continues to spread the much needed training throughout our command. It seems that the fleet grew beyond my expectations overnight, and I was not prepared to carry on to the next larger level.

One of the greatest fears we have in the Admiralty is any person ‘burning out’ and while I have never felt tired of the game nor of the people, I think I was starting to feel a bit worn down in the recent weeks. I forgot to take breaks from the administration of the fleet and to allow myself to just sit back and write.  Writing in the game is more than just fun for me; it’s a creative release along with being a therapeutic way for me to simply let go of basic daily frustrations. I forgot that. I think we all do sometimes though, so I don’t feel too bad about it, except to say I robbed myself of valuable ME time.

Anyways, not a lot to report fleet wide. A new ship or two joins us, but we aren’t at the point of announcing names and links just yet. That will be in next month’s issue. I remind everyone to check us out on Facebook.com/IndependenceFleet or on Twitter @IndependenceFLT

Happy Simming
Admiral Wakeland

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Newsbits

Avalon

USS Avalon

The Captain failed to submit update data for the USS Avalon.

Archimedes

USS Archimedes

The ship continues with its mission slowly.

Constellation

USS Constellation

The Doc, XO, Counselor and Security Chief find themselves in a bind when the Doc gets arrested for illegal medical supplies. Meanwhile, the Engineer and new Ensign find themselves trying their best to work together separately. Finally, the Capt finds herself confronting demons in long scarves. All in this and more on the USS Constellation.

Pioneer

USS pioneer

Captain Zartog has just been informed by Starfleet that the ensign missing from Starbase 42 did not actually make it to Starbase 42, and must have never left the ship.

The Pioneer has dropped out of warp and is waiting for the shuttle, which has the XO, the Marine and assistant, the pilot, and the two errant ensigns, both of which are present, and neither of which are the missing ones.

Constellation

USS washington

The Forge: The crew of the Washington travels to Vulcan for a conference, but trouble is abound when a group of rebels is found to have infiltrated the conference in hopes of assassinating several key ambassadors. Can the crew of the Washington discover the plot and foil the rebels in time?

Star Base Prime

Starbase prime and uss sanctuary

The USS Indomitable prepares to doc at Star Base Prime. They will be our first visitors, but to follow this storyline you will have to watch both games closely :) Check them out at http://ships.independencefleet.com/Indomitable.php

*We have no openings at this time. Please check out the USS Indomitable if you wish to play with SB Prime over the next month or so.

Avalon

STAR TREK: AVALON

The Captain failed to provide a ship update.

Patriot

USS Patriot

The USS Patriot docks at Station 54, a small trade facility hovering on the edge of chaos, in that small empty sector between Breen space and Federation territory. The station serves as a trade route outpost frequented often by the Ferengi. It is here the Patriot will rest and repair the ship while taking on some new recruits.

While docked, an unknown virus has taken hold of people on the station and may be spreading freely. There has also been an attempted assassination on the Commanders life.

Join us today to see what happens next, or to decide where we go for yourself.

Chirikov

USS Chirikov

With the captain away on a diplomatic errand, the USS Chirikov delivers supplies to Gamma Kybari III (B’Len) and finds that the post-Dominion War Klingon occupation of the Cardassian colony has become problematic. Allegations of abuse and corruption have been made and the crew is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Trill operatives plot to steal the Strayer symbionts.

The USS Chirikov can use a few good people, whether it’s long-term or just for one mission. Write for a Starfleet officer, a civilian, or be a guest star. If you’re over 15, are passingly familiar with the genre and enjoy creative writing come check us out: http://ships.independencefleet.com/Chirikov.php/main/join

USS Bonaventure

USS Bonaventure

New Mission: Trade Routes – The Bonaventure is ordered to investigate the distress call of the SS Bombay, a cargo freighter that has been running equipment and personnel for the Federation to multiple outposts near the Orion border. Rumor has it that Nausican raiders have been hired on as additional muscle to push the Federation back from this frontier. What sort of trouble might the intrepid crew of the Bonaventure find as they investigate this issue?

USS Proxima

USS proxima

Welcome to the USS Proxima!

After an extensive 18 month refit, the USS Proxima is about to embark on the next phase of her journey. The new Refit-Constitution class ship is more advanced in every way than the standard Constitution class ships, but it is still a dangerous time for the Federation. The Klingons have rolled out their answer to this new starship with their K’Tinga class battle cruiser, and Romulans lurk behind asteroids shielded from our sensors by their cloaking devices. Proxima has been directed to take command as the lead ship in Crossroads Sector.
Operating primarily in the vicinity of the Federation, Klingon and Gorn borders, the Proxima now monitors the ever evolving situation in the Gorn Hegemony, as well as Imperial Klingon Empire. Ever ready to respond to trouble in either region, the Proxima now stands a constant vigil, in the hope that one day their presence will no longer be required.
The Proxima will always need men and women of honor, and integrity to maintain their vigil. Will you join this noble crew?

Alamo Station

Alamo Station

GAME DAY approaches! The station is abuzz with excitement over the Wadi (game obsessed race in the Gamma Quadrant) asking the Federation to host their biggest holiday which includes an interstellar star ship race. The prize, a peek at Wadi Chula technology more than one government would kill to see! The Dominion, Federation, Romulan and Cardassians have already entered ships and now it is up the the crew of Alamo Station to make sure the race does not turn into another war.

USS Nova

USS Nova

The USS Nova has gone into dry dock due to a lack of interest by its players. We hope to see the ship return this winter if possible.

Nibiru Station

nibiru station

Welcome to the Nibiru Station!  Nibiru Station is a Nor class space station in orbit of the once lush M-Class planet Nyrruh located in the Inferna Sector midway point between Beta Veldana (Betazed) and Sol (Earth), as well as the midway point between the Cardassian Empire (what’s left of it anyway) and the Klingon Empire. It’s mission is to aid in stabilizing the planet below after a series of natural disasters have shaken it’s society to it’s very core. This mission is aided by the trade route that goes through the sector bringing new life and new business.

However all is not well. With a near constant threat of more disasters the planet is uneasy and with the new traffic through the system crime is on the rise.
Nibiru Station is a forum based Roll Playing Simulation game set in the world of Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry.

Events aboard Nibiru Station take place in the year 2388, approximately 10 years after the events that took place in Star Trek: Nemesis and only a year after the massive supernova that destroyed the Romulan Star Empire.
Our focus is on the characters and how they fit in the story, from the day to day to the extreme moments when the heat is on.
We encourage people to take on the roles of multiple characters, but it is not required.

USS Sunfire

USS Sunfire D

Waters of Coralee – Once home to a thriving populace, Nigelis IV had a history of decadent lifestyles and careless abandon. It’s population had no idea that Nigelis IV was slowly and inexorably in revolt. The main land was no longer pure and pristine as it had once had been. The water had long ceased to be fit for use in its natural form, now needing to be filtered and re-filtered to be able to make it potable. The atmosphere had lost its teal-blue luster, instead taking on the heavy gray-green hue of the mountains, not a bad color unless you knew what color it should be. And the land. The land could not sustain flora and fauna, its soil having long since given way to mounds of man-made, man-manipulated refuse which in turn leaked such highly toxic fluids that the soil had no mineral or bacteriological base any longer.

So now, the planet was revolting – quaking, shaking, blowing and inundating as its weather patterns hurled out of control. What remained of the population were divided into two groups, the half that struggled and toiled to survive on the land, and the rich who lived far out to sea on man-made islands made of dredged sand and concrete supported by a system of hydraulic tethers larger than many of the buildings the islands supported. Those who lived on the islands felt no quakes, smelled only the clean salty sea air and enjoyed the sunshine and shopping as they went about their lives, oblivious as to the problems not only around them, but also beneath their feet

Challenger

USS Challenger

We’ve had two players on LOA and two with no internet for awhile, so four of members were inactive for quite some time. Therefore, there are currently no updates for the ship. However, everything is back up and running so expect an update in another week or two!

Indomitable

USS Indomitable

We’re recruiting! Click the image above!
Chuck Norris

USS chuck norris

And our new mission, “Not Where I Belong,” has begun!

The Chuck Norris is assigned to investigate an anomaly on the planet Varek 3, where the culture is about to develop warp drive. As the Chuck Norris leaves Space Dock, however, the crew mysterious switches places with each other, unbeknownst to everyone except for the new Chief Engineer.

LibertyB

USS liberty B

The USS Liberty has been destroyed and the crew is stranded on a mostly water planet. The crew has started a mutiny against the fair captain and have put there XO in command locking up the captain as they survive and wait for rescue. Join the fun.
Malinche

USS Malinche

The Malinche Is Still On Its “Maiden Voyage” mission. Its very slow going at the moment. It maybe placed on hold and return to dock.

Rioja

USS rioja

The Captain has retaken command as of this date and things are running smoothly, the new mission has begun; A Cardassian ship made it’s way through federation defences and was destroyed mysteriously leaving nothing but a Cardassian survivor and a Bajoran artefact.

Liberty Belle

USS Liberty Belle

It is with great happiness that I bid welcome to yet another new player to the Liberty Belle, in a more unique – but nevertheless essential – position on board.

Playing a darker character with a grimmer past (which fits in rather well with many of our current characters!) will be Wai Kiat as the ship’s chief of the boat and master-at-arms, Master Chief Petty Officer Liu Ming, with a back story that ties perfectly into the timeline of Task Force Omega, chock-a-block with survivor’s guilt from the Borg Invasion and relevant experiences following that dark time in the Federation’s history.

Please give Wai Kiat a warm welcome, but Chief Ming will be joining the crew during the next mission, when the crew becomes embroiled in a new Dominion plot. In the meantime, Wai Kiat is happy to have Ming do some back posts, particularly with plots pertaining to the Andorian Schism and other cold war themes.

Regards,

Chris
Captain Caleb Virgil

Eridani

Eridani Station

The Station Eridani needs you! Join the world conspiracies and espionage in the Star Trek Universe:

We’re currently in need:

Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer
Infiltration Specialist
Investigative Profiling Officer/Counselor
Deputy Head of Security/Team XO
Assistant Chief Operations Officer
Project Lead Researcher/Chief Engineer
Chief Medical Officer
Diplomatic Officer
Klingon Imperial Intelligence Liaison
Marine CO/Alpha Squad Leader
Marine Wing Commander.

As you notice, there are several opportunities for complex and darker characters.

IKS Koloth

I.K.S. Koloth

No news is bad news…Eridani

USS Spartan

Welcome to the USS Spartan, a ship with a long history and an incredible tale…

Spartan’s journey began decades ago in a galaxy very much like the one he, and his crew, find themselves in now. It’s just not the same reality you see and therein lays the rub.

Spartan’s path began as an NX-class Nautilus spaceframe with an experimental AI in the late 2360′s. His journey and that of the crew spanned three different service groups, four fleets and forty years as he and his crew hopped from one spaceframe to another.

Spartan fought wars, saved worlds, deposed despotic rulers and ferried dignitaries to highly secret locations for discussions that were so far beyond normal clearance it might as well have been down a singularity. Spartan was central in expanding the membership of the Alliance (his reality’s version of the Khittomer Accords Allies), adding to the roster of worlds the Romulan Republic, the Rihan Convergence, the Cardassian Union, the Ferengi Alliance, the Q’lrn Unity, the Consensus, the Klingon Imperium, the Sinari and the Ico.

Spartan hosted some of the most decorated officers in all of Starfleet and the most dedicated and when a new threat, the Anazi attacked, Spartan led the way into the fight. In five years of brutal war the Anazi and their Syndicate allies nearly wiped out the Alliance. Spartan and his crew stood fast and fought back against a foe that blew away lesser crews as so much dust before a squall. In the end the Anazi mysteriously vanished, leaving their allies to fall before the combined might of Spartan and the Alliance. Though victorious, the Alliance suffered a heavy cost.

The aftermath of the Anazi War left the Alliance held together with wishes and the strings of friendship and mutual need. Each species and civilization brought forward the best skills of its people to help repair the damage wrought by the amazingly ruthless and devastating Anazi.

For nearly twenty more years, the crew of the Spartan worked tirelessly to rebuild their civilization while Spartan and other powerful Interdiction Cruisers sat inactive in mothball fleets, since there weren’t enough resources to maintain them. Spartan slept in the cold darkness of space, dreaming of the day he’d fly again.

When that day came, nothing went as planned.

A new crew arrived to launch the new “Outward Project,” a bold endeavor by the still battered Core Worlds to make contact with colonies and outposts lost behind the Anazi line during the war. The children of Spartan’s original crew and some of their youngest relatives came to shake Spartan awake and found… well, not exactly what they were expecting.

At some point, when Spartan was being shut down, the Unity and the Federation had pooled resources and implanted Spartan’s worn and damaged spaceframe with organic components such as their living ships, the Vitaki, were made from. Spartan was now cybernetic, partially organic and alive, partially inorganic and nonliving. And what they found in place of a normal Starfleet computer core was instead… a massive biocrystalline core, a living brain, of a Vitaki.

And this new hybrid ship was asleep and quite comfortably so.

Eventually Spartan’s new crew shook him awake and he met his new captain. They formed a rapport but before they could get underway the real troubles began, with sabotage as they prepared to depart, then a mine that had been hidden and was inaccessible where it was, and then the original NX-Spartan Nautilus class was used to attack them. They fled, the mine was handled in a desperate maneuver involving transporters as an Imperium ship got in the way of the NX and took it out by sacrificing itself.

Spartan, in his first jump in two-and-a-half decades, blew out a whole deck and several sections along one side as his matter buffers imploded, ripping open a hole into subspace through which they plummeted.

After many harrowing misadventures across a variety of sidereal realities, Spartan found a new “home”, one that he and his crew were closely modulated to and one that while several decades less advanced then they were, it was still remarkably similar to the universe they left behind.

Spartan and his crew now rest in the David Mack version of the Destiny novels and the Typhon Pact circa 2380. We begin in this timeline and follow significant events in the series closely while allowing for original content. Spartan is an advanced ship designed primarily for combat and intelligence. His technology, while organic and strange to this timeline is familiar enough that Starfleet from any era can pick up his systems quickly. Spartan is currently looking for crew who are willing to make a new home, a crew that sometimes does bad things to do the right thing and a crew that isn’t normal under any circumstances. If you feel up for a creative challenge set in an original and dynamic setting staged in the Star Trek universe, then apply today.

Find Spartan at
http://ships.independencefleet.com/Spartan.php/main/index

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Announcements

Will Catwoman please report to the parking lot, you’ve left your lights on.

Welcome to the USS Phoenix! – IDFs newest addition

Nebula Class
Welcome to the USS Phoenix! The year is 2401. We’re a Nebula Class cruiser/explorer and we’ve been given two missions- enter into uncharted territories and scope them out and perform rescue missions and planetary colonization. With our new transwarp drive, the Federation is able to colonize further out than ever thought possible. Do you have what it takes to be a great explorer? If you do, join today, we can’t do it without you!

We are an 18+ Star Trek simulation that is played by web/email
We are currently seeking all positions except Command.
Department heads starting rank is Lieutenant and we promote based on activity during missions.

At 12:32 pm EST, on July 18, 2012, Liam Patrick Carroll came into the world. He is 9 lbs 9 oz, 21 in long, with a 15 in head. We send our biggest CONGRATULATIONS to Admiral Joseph Carroll

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Fleet Awards for June:

No ImageGenesis Post: Not where I belong - http://ships.independencefleet.com/ChuckNorris.php/sim/viewpost/217

by Captain Dick Sprague

 

 

Best Post: Breakfast Battle - http://ships.independencefleet.com/Bonaventure.php/sim/viewpost/134

by Lieutenant Fiona McCray & Lieutenant Commander Charybdis & Lieutenant Yuna Celes

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Funniest Post: Comedy of Errors –  http://ships.independencefleet.com/Bonaventure.php/sim/viewpost/64

by Captain Patrick O’Connor & Lieutenant Commander Charybdis

 

 

Most Valuable Player: Lt Charybdis – USS Bonaventure

 

 

Most Improved Player: Lieutenant Humaira Syed – USS Sunfire D

 

 

Rookie of the Month: Lieutenant JG Lanazir “Zira” Sevim – USS Liberty Belle

 

 

 

    Most Posts: Lt Charybdis, 66 – USS Bonaventure

Recruitment Award: Lt Charybdis, 2 – USS Bonaventure


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Trekifieds

Star Trek Deep Space Nine #1-6 (Malibu Comics 1993-96) NM!!

http://yardsellr.com/for_sale/#!/star-trek-deep-space-nine-1-6-malibu-comics-1993-96-nm-4703078

Description

Star Trek Deep Space Nine #1-6From Malibu Comics of 1993..Comics are in NM condition, poly bagged with white backer boards..Will be packaged with extreme care and fast $0.99 priority shipping..Free tracking and confirmation..

1999 Franklin Mint Star Trek Talking Collector Plate

http://yardsellr.com/for_sale/#!/1999-franklin-mint-star-trek-talking-collector-plate-rare-4672387

DESCRIPTION

1999 Franklin Mint Star Trek Talking Collector Plate. Take a look at the pictures to see the exact item you will receive.


Star Trek Square Tin Tote, Multicolored

http://yardsellr.com/for_sale/#!/star-trek-square-tin-tote-multicolored-4659937

  • Perfect gift for Star Trek fans
  • Great for storing and toting schools supplies, CDs, snacks, and much more
  • Bold, colorful image design
  • Molded plastic handle
  • Metal latch closure

1999 Hallmark “Star Trek” U.S.S. Enterprise Ornament!

http://yardsellr.com/for_sale/#!/1999-hallmark-star-trek-uss-enterprise-ornament-4642214

DESCRIPTION

Selling this 1999 Hallmark STAR TREK “U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701″ Stamp ornament! It still sealed in box, mint condition! Free Shipping!

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Trans Warp Book Club   https://www.facebook.com/TransWarpIDF

You can find all of our previous and future book listings at TransWarp

Everyone is welcome to join us, it does not matter what Fleet you play in, or if you play in one at all.

Thanks,
Vice Admiral Joseph Carroll
Independence Fleet Inspector General
TransWarpIDF Administrator

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Special Thanks

This month I want to join together in thanking Dennis Archer for hosting the roast of our CNC, Admiral Wheeler. Not only did he take a commanding role in gathering ammunition to bring the Chief Admiral down a notch, but he also was more than capable when it came to dealing with the fallout of hurt feelings and scarred friendships.

Also thank you to Robert Aaron for once again staying on top of ships’ Captains to ensure that we have up to date and valid information in regards to each and every ship within our mighty fleet.

And this month we want to thank Yardseller for the opportunity to get the word out for our sim. They have offered a trade off, we run a few Star Trek related listings in the newsletter and they run our newsletter for their members to see. Nice trade off if you ask me.

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Closing

From Happy Birthdays to selling stuff on Yardseller, this month’s newsletter was packed full of goodies. Every month we join together as friends and fellow writers to create stories that can stretch the imagination or provide a release from our regular lives. Whatever the reason you are part of the team, I call you brother, sister, friend and I am glad you are a part of the story.

Keep writing and keep promoting your ship. Fill them with new writers, new characters and guide them through the cycle that is the writing experience. Teach them to be better writers so that they can teach the next generation and may we hope that we never forget how to tell a good story.

Commodore Robert McHenry

Marketing Director
IndependenceFleet.com

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Newsletter for April 2012

Featured

Starfleet Command Symbol

Opening
The Admiral’s PADD
Newsbits
Interview with Danielle Raver
Announcements
Fleet Awards
Trans Warp Book Club
Special Thanks
Closing


Welcome to the
Independence Fleet Newsletter
for the month of April…

I am your host Fleet Admiral AJ Wheeler. The Fleet continues to accept new ships as we expand to record levels. This is your April edition as we begin to roll these out on a monthly basis once again. Things are happening so quick that we will be spending far more time trying to keep you all up to date. Remember as always if you have news to recommend for the newsletter simply e-mail us @ news@independencefleet.com


The Admiral’s PADD

 A secret look into the life of our CnC Fleet Admiral AJ Wheeler

Welcome to the Admiral’s Padd, I am of course your host, Fleet Admiral AJ Wheeler… But please, call me AJ. This is a new section of the newsletter that we are just rolling out this month, my intention is to use this section to discuss what is going on in the fleet, the projects we are working on, our goals, our progress, and a little bit of everything else. This section will be authored by either myself or Vice Admiral Wakeland. This month, I’m sorry to report that you got stuck with me, simply because Vice Admiral Wakeland is too busy trying to sell the fleet on ebay.  Track the sale in live time at ebay.com .

Anyways, I wanted to touch on where we are today versus where we have been previously. The fleet is in an exceedingly good place right now, we have a diverse variety of sims covering a wide array of genres and timelines.  We have 27 sims spanning 5 Task Forces, with approximately 300 members fleetwide.  I’m pleased to report that, this is the largest the fleet has ever been, and based on current recruitment levels, we are trending to hit 30+ sims by the end of the year, with 400 members.  None of this would be possible without the excellent members that we have today. As we approach our 11th anniversary on July 4th of this year – I couldn’t be prouder of where we are and what we’ve accomplished… and all of that is because of YOU the members.

Last month our website had almost a quarter of a million hits, with 2500 unique visitors combing our pages… These results are directly related to the vast social media presence that our own Vice Admiral Wakeland has established. Every ship in the fleet has it’s own Facebook Page, the fleet has a presence on 20+ social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, TrekSpace, Tumblr, and many many more. Every mission post in the fleet is published to Facebook and Twitter, news items are pushed daily, recruitment ads are dispersed to keep people coming back and checking us out… As a result of our social media presence we’ve been able to leverage friendships and relationships with dozens of Star Trek and Science Fiction authors, actors and production staff.

Our fleet is truly shining as a result of this hard work, and ultimately as a result of the quality writings that are being generated here. Never before have we been in this kind of situation, where our exposure is so vast and far reaching. I encourage each of you to like us on Facebook and spread the word to all of your friends. Word of mouth advertising is truly the best form of advertisement we have!

In closing, I’d just like to take a moment to thank each and every member of our staff, and you the members for all of the hard work and dedication that you put into this fleet. Together, we have continued to foster a fun, enjoyable and drama free niche here on the net for Star Trek writers and enthusiasts around the world. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful organization, and I hope that you are too!

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Newsbits

Avalon

USS Avalon

Hope in the Darkness
The Breen, the Borg and Species 8472 have all returned…will the UFP survive this?
The Dominion War has been over for quite sometime now and the Federation and Starfleet have been rebuilding rapidly and expanding their influence back into the void. The newest Nebula-class starship to roll out of McKinley Station is the USS Avalon. She has undergone massive refits to aid her in her mission: to protect the Federation from the Borg at all costs. She is armed to the teeth and has the TIC formerly exclusive to the Akira-class. The USS Avalon is sitting in drydock at McKinley Station awaiting her crew to accompany her on her journey. Avalon has been assigned to deep space out past the Delta Quadrant boundaries to keep an eye out for Borg-related activities.
I am Commander Jan Arrah, Commanding Officer of the Avalon and I invite you to take a look around my ship and join, if you feel so inclined. All senior and junior officer positions are available so take a look and if you don’t find the position you desire simply email me and I will add it. The USS Avalon will be a character-driven ship with ample opportunity to develop your character. So have a look-see around, if you will. We are looking forward to hearing from and writing with you.

Archimedes

USS Archimedes

“Below the Surface” a new original USS Archimedes adventure will begin on May 1st, 2012.
“The Compound Cascade is a vast area of unexplored space perfect for any Starfleet explorer. With the unexplored comes the unknown but the USS Archimedes is up for anything that is thrown at her.
Narath is a small Class O planet that is completely covered in oceans. Deep below the surface lies a sprawling city known as Salac, home to the Narathians. For more than a millennia their society has been one that has thrived and prospered but now something has gone terribly wrong. Their oceans are dying and so are the Narathians. With very little hope, they reach out in hopes someone, somewhere will help them. However, things are not what they seem and the small water world is caught in the middle!

A distress call…
A underwater city…
A dying race…
A double cross…
All in a days work for the crew of the Archimedes!

Again – and I can’t say this enough – I want to thank you all for standing by the sim and keeping me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. It really means a lot to me and really I couldn’t ask for a better group of writers. You guys are all truly the best! With the Hearing Part II being completed, that officially ends the starbase shoreleave. The subplot as well, for the most part has ended though I do have some follow up jp’s that I want to write but they won’t be the main focus of a subplot.
Also, please welcome Robert who will be playing Kevin Quinn, the Archimedes chef. Can’t have an Intrepid class starship without a chef right :) Robert is just here part time as he is WAY busy helping our Commander in Chief run the fleet ;)
Again, thank you sooo much again for all that you do.
Questions, comments, or concerns please let me know.

Captain Noah Mitchell, PhD
Commanding Officer

Constellation

USS Constellation

The USS Constellation is in orbit around a planet while it’s crew is going through strange nightmarish realities. The Captain and the Chief are on their way to the towering communications relay. What will happen to our valiant crew? Click here to find out now!

Patriot

USS Patriot

The Breen are gone from the J’Larre system, monitoring buoys are in place just in case they decide to come back. The Patriot, hurt and limping rejoins with her saucer section and her family before setting a course for starbase 54. There, they will repair and take on new crew, and allow the departing members to leave in peace after a mission that frayed many nerves. From here the story goes wherever you want it to go. Join us now to find out what’s in store for the valiant crew of the USS Patriot.

Chirikov

USS Chirikov

Three Starfleet officers from the 24th century have found themselves in 19th century New England. Stealing clothes from steamer trunks on a train bound for Baltimore, MD, they begin seeking out their missing captain.
Back in the future, the search for the missing away team continues on the surface of Ultima Thule, despite the Chirikov’s chief engineer has landed in sickbay. Join now, and lend a hand!

Alamo Station

Alamo Station

The current mission for Alamo Station continues this month with the discovery of a new race of parasitic lifeforms known to the Dominion as the “Infestation”. Knowledge of this race was not disclosed to the Federation and the crew now face a difficult situation. Several deaths have occurred abord the station linked to this alien race. The search for the missing Bajoran Transport ship NODARR has resulted in the crash of a station runabout on a rogue plantetoid that appears to be a nesting ground for this new hostile race.

USS Nova

USS Nova

Esto es lo que sucedió en la USS Nova, éste mes:El Vice Almirante Surok, le dió un set de misiones al capitán, y el comandante Reginald Barkley reveló que era posible traspasar la barrera galáctica de una forma segura.INCREDIBLE!!!Luego de reunirse con sus oficiales principales, el capitán reveló que la misión contínua y principal de la nave era el explorar OTRAS galaxias, llegando asi A DONDE NINGUN HOMBRE HA LLEGADO ANTES!Viaje a las Estrellas: Nova. PROXIMAMENTE POR TELEMUNDO!

This is what happened on the USS Nova, this month: Vice Admiral Surok, gave a set of missions to the Captain, and Commander Reginald Barkley revealed that it was possible to cross the galactic barrier in a segura. INCREDIBLE! Then in the meeting with his principal officers, the captain found that the major and continuing mission of the ship was exploring other galaxies, going where no man has gone before! Star Trek: Nova.
Soon in TELEMUNDO!

USS Sunfire

USS Sunfire

Mission briefing- The USS Sunfire is sent to a planet ravaged by environmental distasters, pollution and badly built man made islands as well as civil unrest. Can the crew save the inhabitants before the planet self destructs.. or the civil unrest turns deadly? To complicate matters this planet has been visited by humans before in a direct violation of the Prime Directive, so now it falls to our vigilant crew to repair any damage caused by our own outside influence.

Challenger

USS Challenger

I would like to join Fleet Admiral Wheeler and Captain Aranan Sesade in thanking Commander Torak Johnson for his first full year of service. He has been a great addition to the fleet and we look forward to many more years of his creative writing.

AJ and I want to let Donna (Lieutenant JG Cassandra Danvers of the USS Challenger)  and Peter ( Captain Kerry Malone of the USS Avalon) know that they are in our prayers.

Indomitable

USS Indomitable

The Second Officer Position and Chief Tactical Officer have come open.
Recruiting anyone would be a bonus. Star Trek Thematic Aliens preferred.
The more exotic the better!

Javelin

USS Javelin

Attention crew of the USS Javelin. You now have a new Captain. I want to thank Michael (former Captain: Commander Cale Tura) for his service and wish him luck in his retirement from Independence Fleet while he pursues endeavors in the real world. Please join me in giving the new Captain: Captain Darvin Sato, a congratulatory Borg invasion… errr pat on the back. From all of us here at Independence Fleet, we wish you and the USS Javelin clear sailing ahead.

Malinche

USS Malinche

Looking For Crew For A Simm In Need Of Crew, The Simm Has Been Operational For Almost And Close To A Year :
Many Positions Are Open And Ready To Filled With Those Individuals Who Seek A New Simm Home With A Dedicated Staff Ready And Able To Assist You. So Join Today, See You On the Malinche!

Liberty Belle

USS Liberty Belle

We have  finished our trial. the away team is close to getting into some major trouble and its only a matter of time before everything hits the fan. Join the fun

Eridani

Eridani Station

Eridani Station: Dive deep into sea of conspiracies and cloak and dagger adventures in the only Starfleet Intelligence Outpost of IDF! We’re currently looking to fill several senior and junior positions. Try your chance in a Galaxy full of dark secrets and lies ready to be uncovered! Visit Eridani Station and join us!

Vice Admiral Landon Wakeland

Chief of Fleet Operations
IndependenceFleet.com

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Interview with Danielle Raver

Danielle Raver

  by Robert McHenry

Danielle Raver grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she was a girl, she and her older brother used to sit at their father’s table and create stories, competing to see who could write the most. Eventually that game evolved into fantasy fiction writing, and Brother, Betrayed was the result.
As she grew up, she continued to write. She spent her free time escaping into Miscia, her fantasy world. She says that her characters were “…a part of my life as my family and friends. I dream of scenes, and they haunt me until I can write them out.”
Danielle is a counselor and the mother of two baby boys. Besides writing, she loves drawing, reading the classics, studying foreign languages, and attempting to garden. She adores romantic paintings, classical and folk music, lasagna, and cheesecake, and she always makes a wish at 11:11. She lives in Alabama with her children and her husband, Jason.

Danielle has been writing for over 16 years. She has cooperated in author critique groups since 2009 including CreateSpace, Critters.org, and Scribophile. She has a Master’s degree in education and has worked as a creative writing teacher. She is interested in well written and original fantasy, science fiction, or out-of-the-box literary fiction. She is also interested in nonfiction related to psychology or social issues.

To start I would like to say Mrs. Raver is a very kind individual to give up some of her valuable time in order to provide me and my fellow writers with some insight into her world, and into her life. Thank you.

Q.

To begin I have to ask this first. Do you like Startrek and if so who is your favorite character and why?

A.

That is such a difficult question! I’ve always been a fan of Startrek. I’d have to say I have two favorites: Captain Kirk and Captain Picard – due to the loyalty they instill in their shipmates. I actually call my son “number one” – but it didn’t take long for my husband to figure out why.

Q.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your published works.

A.

Fantasy has been a part of my life since I was little. My brother and I would act out scenes from the Dragonlance Series, Final Fantasy games, and G.I. Joes (haha). I started writing my first novel Flight Moon, which is still a work in progress, when I was ten. When I started college I decided to write Brother, Betrayed just to prove I could finish a novel. It isn’t a true prequel as it is its own story and all but one of the characters carry over to the next book. It does, however, set up the political environment for the coming books. The human kingdom becomes divided and the warring factions face off in Flight Moon.

Q.

Some people go through a process before writing while others are more organic, which way best suits you and why?

A.

When I’m writing a scene I play it over and over in my head until I can find the right words to explain what I see. I used to write on a whim, but had to reign my ideas in a bit so the story story would actually get somewhere.

Q.

How do you deal with distractions that may potentially interfere with your writing process?

A.

Hahahaha, I have two young boys – there’s no avoiding distractions to the writing process. However, I’ve found that lately I can only write in a notebook in another room because the internet and its plethora of information is too engaging.

Q.

Have you ever done collaborative works, and if so how do you handle working with someone else’s ideas while still balancing a good working relationship?

A.

I tried it once with my brother and it was fun. I think for collaborative writing to work the two people would have to know each other pretty well in order to play off of each others’ strengths.

Q.

We all write for a variety of reasons, what reason(s) lead you to become a writer and what advice from your journey to be an author would you most like to pass on to others?

A.

I write for the experience. The characters are as real to me as real life people I meet. I live their lives, I experience their dreams. My advice to authors is to not let the process or trying to get published impede you from your vision, and your true love for the craft.

Q.

What are your recommendations concerning getting published?

A.

Every author needs to decide what his or her goal is. Do they want to become rich and famous through their works? Do they want to share their work with others – and if so on what scale? After this goal is set, aspire to reach the means that would allow them to meet it. Rich and famous? Traditional publisher. Lots of people read it? Vanity, independent, or very involved self-publishing. Just to share with friends and family? Still self publish, but don’t invest a lot of money into it.

Q.

What is the one most valuable lesson you’ve learned about writing and when in your writing career did you learn it?

A.

I’d say the most valuable lesson I learned was to be flexible when accepting the criticism of others, but still hold on to your unique voice. You can’t please everyone, and there will always be something that beta readers or editors will think you need to change. Ask yourself, would it make my writing more clear to change it, or would the change sacrifice that which makes my writing special?

Danielle Raver is the first author I have met that involved her readers in her everyday life. She is constantly talking to us all on Facebook and Twitter. You can find her Book at Amazon.
Synopsis: Three princes receive a prophecy that all three of them will become kings, and the youngest brother Syah is pinpointed as the one that will betray the others. It’s set in a kingdom surrounded by barbarians, and borders the forbidden lands of the dwarves and elves.

Thanks to Commodore Robert McHenry for his hard work on this article.

- Vice Admiral Landon Wakeland -


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Announcements

Star Trek Avalon comes into IDF

Previously independent simm Star Trek Avalon featuring yet another USS Avalon has come into IDF, under the command of Commander Jan Arrah, we welcome Captain Arrah and the crew of the Avalon to Independence Fleet, and look forward to the wonderful things they are sure to accomplish.

USS PROXIMA

Announcing the launch of the new USS Proxima, a Motion Picture era sim set between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. If you would like to join in the telling of a wonderful story from a historical yet still futuristic time period, click the link to get started today.

Starbase Valkyrie

Also previously independent sim Starbase Valkyrie is joining Independence Fleet this month under the command of Captain John Vail, we also welcome Captain Vail and his crew to Independence Fleet and look forward to the great things to come from them!

Director of Fleet Personnel and Recruitment

We are currently looking for a Director of Fleet Personnel and Recruitment, this person’s primary job responsibility will be to monitor all of the sims in the fleet for open positions, and actively advertise and recruit for those positions. This person will also be responsible for keeping some records up to date as it pertains to Personnel and ship needs.  If you are interested, or know someone that might be, please feel free to e-mail Fleet Admiral Wheeler.

Calling all Klingon Warriors!

Are you an honorable and worthy klingon warrior seeking a new home? The IKS Koloth is in need of you! If you feel drawn to the battle, and would like more information visit IKS Koloth or e-mail Commodore Morgan for more information.

Facebook / Twitter Contest!

Over the next 30 days, everyone who goes and likes our facebook page or follows us on Twitter will be entered into a drawing for a prize! So make sure that you like us and/or follow us on twitter. You can be entered once for liking us on FB and then once more for following us on Twitter, so make sure to hit both!  We really want to see as many people in the fleet following us on Facebook as possible!

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Fleet Awards

Most ‘Vile Villain’ Award goes to… Joseph Carroll for his portrayal of  Iago Don’John on the USS Constellation. Congratulations Joe, you are well hated.

February:

Genesis Post: Captain Jim Rogers & Commander Wesley Chase of the USS Liberty for their post: Burning down the house.

Best Post: Lieutenant Alexander Bakura & Lieutenant JG Jeremy Ezio of the USS Archimedes for their post: A Counselor’s Counselor.

Funniest Post:  Lieutenant Jericho Vin of the USS Constellation for his joint post with Captain Ena Robi: In which the Chief and the Captain get plastered…

  Most Valuable Player: Lt. Jericho Vin of the USS Constellation:  He’s been completely invaluable. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better person to write with! Always down to do a joint post and armed with a quick witted humor. He’s definitely in a class of his own.

  Most Improved Player: Lieutenant Colonel Flynn Taggart Flynn of the USS Liberty-B stepped up and made some major character developments starting JP’s with the counselor and diving deeper into the story. His improvements have shown that he truly is a valuable member of the crew.

  Rookie of the Month: Crewman Aure of the USS Liberty Belle for her wide variety of fantastic NPCs, many well-written posts already under her belt, and her infectious enthusiasm.

  No Image  Most Posts: Commander Simorina ka’NiH-Fegad’ii (Fegad’ii) of the USS Liberty-B with 25 posts.


March:

Genesis Post: Captain Dick Sprague of the USS Chuck Norris for his post: Two is Not Better than One 

Best Post:Lieutenant JG T’Sara & Lieutenant Tin Sel Granth & Lieutenant Commander Brul Unger of the USS Liberty Belle for their joint post: [ARMADA] Arbiter of a New Dawn

Funniest Post:   Mabel & Lieutenant Commander Larissa Canterbury M.D. & Lieutenant Ta’Suba M’Rowsh & Ensign Tal’dan Mieral & Petty Officer 1st Class Romy Elessayn Strayer for their joint post: Payback is a B*tch

   Most Valuable Player:  Crewman Second Class Aure of the USS Liberty Belle, played by Allisen, who has really gone above and beyond the call of duty in assisting me with all matters to do with not only the Liberty Belle, but also Task Force Omega, by agreeing to head up the IKS Koloth, and taking part in several of the timelines created the for the “Linearity” mission. She has plunged herself into several key characters across the ship, including scientist, yeoman, operations officer, engineering officer and marine, and I really could not imagine the Belle without her now. A find of pure gold!

No Image  Most Improved Player:  Carol Dolton played by Ayesha Kerr of the USS Chirikov. Ayesha initially found posting to be daunting, and applied to write for an non-com position. Her confidence and her posting are up, and she’s requesting a commission.

No Image  Rookie of the Month: Maj. Sean McKnight, of the USS Washington-B. Our Marine CO came aboard and set up a plan of attack to rescue the captain and others from what looked like a certain death.

  Most Posts:  Jenna Ramthorne of the USS Sunfire with 24 posts.

UME Recruitment: Ume of the USS Patriot.


April:

Genesis Post:Lieutenant Commander Laria Jorel & Jenna Ramthorne of the USS Sunfire D for their joint post Waters of Coralee // GENESIS

Best Post:Lieutenant JG T’Sara & Lieutenant Commander Brul Unger & Lieutenant Tin Sel Granth of the USS Liberty Belle for their joint post: [ARMADA] The Strings of Authority

Funniest Post:  Ensign Maress’Kaan of the USS Challenger for his post: Wherein a Caitian is Befuddled

No Image  Most Valuable Player:  Commander Simorina ka’NiH-Fegad’ii (Fegad’ii) of the USS Liberty B. She has had some bumps along the way but she fell into XO perfectly emailing me weekly to make sure everything is going well and that there isnt anything needing to be done. she has pushed the story forward and told me when she was going to be gone for more than a day or two.

No Image  Most Improved Player:  Marine Captain MayTa Mor’Tag, Second Officer of the USS Chuck Norris. Not only did Mor’Tag increase his monthly posting total from 4 to 14, but his posts were more focused and he significantly contributed to both missions. Involving several other crewmembers, he also introduced several side plots that others picked up on.

No Image  Rookie of the Month: Derek Laughin, who plays Ensign Maress’Kaan on the USS Challenger. Since he joined, he hasn’t stopped amusing us and making the story move forward. This is something usually only seasoned players of the sim do, but I feel he deserves this one.

  Most Posts:  Jenna Ramthorne of the USS Sunfire D with 22 posts

  Recruitment: CLO Hoshia Nakamura of the USS Liberty Belle  for introducing Sarah to the sim.

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Trans Warp Book Club

For those who are not aware of it, Independence Fleet sponsors a Star Trek Book Club which can be found on facebook.
The book list for the year along with the rules and list of recent winners of several different prizes can be found at TransWarp Book Club
Should anyone have any questions about the Book Club can be directed to our esteemed Inspector General who hosts the club jcaroll@independencefleet.com
We welcome all new readers to join us, read along and discuss the books as we go. Its never too late to join in!

Congratulations to Lynzie Austin who won an Autographed copy of Danielle Raver’s book Brother Betrayed which can be found at Amazon.
Thank you Lynzie for continuing to participate in the TransWarpIDF Book Club Sponsored by IndependenceFleet.com

Don’t be like this, join up today.

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Special Thanks

To start I want to thank Fleet Admiral AJ Wheeler for the opportunity to dish out a Newsletter the whole fleet can be proud of. Switching the format to WordPress was a stroke of genius and has granted us more power than ever before, and who doesn’t love more power?

Also I need to thank Vice Admiral Landon Wakeland for keeping us in contact with the outside world. This man pulls newsbits from ships who don’t regularly post to Facebook or other social media sites. Without these newsbits, no one would know these ships existed. He has a tough job monitoring 27+ ships and stations and making sure the news is relevant to each ship. Admiral Wakeland is also responsible for setting up the interviews you see here and in future Newsletters. If he had his way we would already have one lined up for each month through the end of the year.

Thank you to Danielle Raver who not only was a gem to work with during this interview, she also granted us a few hours of her time to chat with whoever wanted to learn more about her and her book.

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Closing

This month has been an awesome month filled with recruitment, new sims joining and winning personalities everywhere. Everyone here is a writer, a reader, a lover, a fighter or at least a fan of Startrek. We come together to produce fan fiction and hone our craft in a world that is turning away from written media in favor of the quick laugh that Youtube provides. And why, because we’re crazy, diluted or otherwise self absorbed… well yes and also because each of us is passionate about that which we have created. We build and sculpt like great painters and artists of the old days as we look to the future and dream of other worlds.

Whatever you passion, keep reading, keep writing and as always happy simming.

 

Commodore Robert McHenry

Marketing Director
IndependenceFleet.com

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