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Topic: Star Trek: the Cassius Incident
Subject: and Avanti

Stardate: 2368.07.08
USS Discovery, Ten Forward Lounge – 0300

Avanti sipped his drink and read the spec on a prototype ship that an associate had sent him for his thoughts and critique. The ship was designed for deep space exploration and was about to be presented to Starfleet for consideration before the end of the year. If approved, and Avanti had heard there was some interest in DS exploration on the council, it would be at least 5 years before it would be made. If he was an ambitious man, that would fit well into a plan to be its captain but the commander didn’t think in those terms. When he joined Starfleet, he would have been happy as an engineer for the rest of his career. But life had a way of changing plans and he found himself in command positions time and time again and here he was – first officer of a galaxy class starship.

There were obvious design flaws in the warp drive of this plan that only a seasoned engineer would spot and Avanti quickly noted them all. He also wrote a “short note” (7 pages) on the importance of harmonic resonance in the entire ship and not just the warp core. Too many engineers design the engines and then the ship and never think on how the two should work together. Balance was key, and he added another short note on the flow and ebbs of warp travel and the wear and tear on the engines. However he was very pleased with many of the other aspects of the design. It was a sleek ship, with nice lines and long legs and that red hair that came down to her ...

He shook his head and took another drink. He was thinking about Ensign Natasha Keebler again. He berated himself silently for letting her get back on his mind. Avanti had been in a relationship before that didn’t work out as he had wanted. Besides, as first officer he had a duty to the ship first and that fact that she was an ensign only complicated things. But still here he was thinking about her again.

Suddenly, Avanti was on the floor. The deck had pitched wildly and everyone in the room had been thrown asunder. Out of the corner of his eye he saw Lt. Teir on his feet with phasers out and Lt. N’Doog using his PADD to no doubt connect with the ship’s computer.

Shock was no a feeling that Avanti was used to felling. His sensitivity to harmonics always gave him a clue when there was something bad happening. But this time, her was completed unprepared. That stuck him to his soul but he didn’t have time for self-doubt and wonder right now. He got up and ran for the exit and the nearest turbo lift.

“Bridge!” he said as the doors closed. If it was an attack, why did I not feel something?

Posted on 2012-10-25 at 12:52:31.
Edited on 2012-10-25 at 12:54:43 by Alacrity

Topic: Star Trek: The Cassius Incident Q&A
Subject: Time stamp

Yep I copied and pasted but did not go back and edit. Will do that tomorrow.

Posted on 2012-10-25 at 03:40:06.

Topic: Star Trek: The Cassius Incident Q&A
Subject: gokk bonking and the dude

A post from two of my fave junior officers.

Posted on 2012-10-25 at 03:18:18.

Topic: Star Trek: the Cassius Incident
Subject: Two friends

Stardate: 2368.07.08
USS Discovery, Ten Forward - 0300

Night and day were mostly an artificial construct when you were abroad a space ship. No matter when you looked out the window, it seemed like night time. The time of day was an accepted constant that was agreed upon by Federation regulations so that most ships were following the same schedules.

So it was that at this time in the “morning”, Ten-Forward was mostly empty. A few tables were occupied by those races that did not work on long stretches of sleep, and the few late-nighters who were young enough to handle less than optimal sleep time.

Lt. Steward Tier was sitting across the table from Lt. “Bob” N’Doog. Steward was dressed in a security officer uniform and although not necessary when off shift, he worn two phasers on his belt, one on each side. Bob - a yellow skin, blue hair Catullan, had the engineering uniform and wore no weapons, but carried a PADD on him that he typed into often despite talking to his companion.

“You’re gokk-bonking joking.” Steward said in shock.

“No bonking, no gokking and no joking dude.” Bob replied in his rhythmic patter, “I’m just not into violence. I don’t just give peace a chance, I ask it to dance.”

“Gokk-bonking hell! So you are one of those cowardly objectors?” Steward asked.

“Whoa. Dude. Conscientious Objector. The mouth engaged warp while the brain was in impulse. I don’t shiv Stewie.” Bob retorted but the smile remained on his face. “You are one with the gun and I am one with the fun. Way I see it, Universe be a lot better if we all took the time and made it all rhyme, dig?”

“No. I don’t gokk-bonking dig. How can you be in Starfleet and not be willing to fight? What if a Gokk-bonker was about to kill me? You’d let him?”

“Whoa! Major bummer dude. All the whatif and whenthis and whatabouts don’t do anything but clog the karma. You gotta be one with the spirit in the sky dude.” Bob looked over at the bartender across the way and held up two fingers to signal for another round. “Besides, there are non-violent ways to deal with things.”

Steward snorted derisively, “Gokk-bonk me to hell and back. Oh yeah!” he made a flexing finger move with his right hand.”You can do the vulcan pinch thing!”

"Not the same though results are similar. Still not what I meant."

"Can you show me how?"

"Stick to the ray guns, Stewie." Bob looked up as the waiter brought over their two drinks.

"That's another Shin Fitz for Lt. Tier and another fruit smoothie for the Bob dude."

Bob smile broadened, "Thanks Issac dude." and looked around. Over at the far end of the lounge sat Commander Avanti, alone, reading. "See the big commanderdude? He gets it. More in tune than attitude if you get my tune. "

"I've seen Avanti fight. The man is a gokk-bonking force to be reckoned with, let me tell you. The man ripped a gokk-bonking captain's chair out of its gokk-bonking mooring with a gokk-bonking ambassador still in the gokk bonking chair! "



"When you were a little dude, did your mom ever wash your mouth out with soap?"

"All the gokk-bonking time. Didn't do a gokk-bonking thing."

Bob laughed loudly, "Dude, you are an original. Oh hey, I got something for you."

"Yeah? What?"

Bob touched his PADD and a small memory card slipped out of the unit. he passed it to Tier with a flourish, " None other than the holodeck game of nest year - Zombies in Chicago II."

"Gokk-bonk me with a stick! How did you get that? It isn't due out for another gokk-bonking month or two?"

"Yeah well I know a dude who knows a dude who is sleeping with a dudette who knows another dude."

"Thanks. I will ....

Suddenly the deck pitched wildly. Tier fell to the floor, rolled and came up with a phaser in both hands. Bob managed to stay in his chair barely but both of them knew at this was trouble. Avanti was already charging through the doorway probably to the bridge when the second one was hit.

"What in gokk-bonking hell?"

Bob grabbed his PADD and typed something so fast that his fingers seen to blurr. "Sheila! Sitc? Warp it." His eyes moved rapidly as cope flowed across his screen. "Wow dude. This is bad, very bad. Damage reports coming in. Sheila needs me. I gotta fly."

Tier followed as his friend ran out the doorway and headed down the corridor all the while typing into the PADD and dodging people. "Lifts are gonna be full dude. I'm gonna surf the jefferies. Stay frosty dude."

Tier nodded and ran off in the other direction while tapping his comm. =/\\= Lt. John Reid. this is Lt. Teir reporting near ten -forward. Are we gokk-bonking under attack? If there is trouble I can be there on the double. =/\\=

Did I just gokk-bonking rhyme? I'm hanging out with N'doog too much

Posted on 2012-10-25 at 03:17:16.
Edited on 2012-10-25 at 12:19:20 by Alacrity

Topic: Star Trek: The Cassius Incident Q&A
Subject: okay

So it would make sense if two officers were finished their beta shift and enjoying a drink at Ten-Forward when the 3am boom boom occurred. Okay. Great.

Posted on 2012-10-24 at 19:54:08.

Topic: Star Trek: The Cassius Incident Q&A
Subject: wise

A good plan.

Tell me, how do shifts run on a starship? I seem to remember that you had it posted once.

Posted on 2012-10-24 at 18:55:47.

Topic: Star Trek: The Cassius Incident Q&A
Subject: Can I just say

Very nice start. Immediate action, no time for chit-chat. I like that. I almost started writng a post immediately.

Posted on 2012-10-24 at 18:32:27.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: point for teller

Yes that is the cruise ship from fifth element. Suited my needs for the game. Are we green?

For more views and pics, look up "fhloston paradise" on google images.

Posted on 2012-10-23 at 12:10:42.
Edited on 2012-10-23 at 13:00:22 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: the Star

This is in atmo of course.

Posted on 2012-10-23 at 02:46:28.
Edited on 2012-10-23 at 02:46:59 by Alacrity

Topic: A Star Trek Question
Subject: thanks

More thinking aloud than planning to change Bob. Heck, I can't change Bob. He is the dude's dude.

I agree with the no command and such though - makes sense.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 18:05:54.

Topic: A Star Trek Question
Subject: earrings

Apparently there are a couple of references to the Bajoran earing as a holy symbol and starfeet regulations stating you could not wear them. I think that the rest may have been inferred.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 17:52:23.

Topic: A Star Trek Question
Subject: A Star Trek Question

"While Starfleet has always been respectful of other culture's religions, it has never been respectful toward religious symbols or practices of its own members. Once you join Starfleet, you are expected to drop all religious practices." - Memory Alpha Wiki

I have often played a character (Bob) who is a conscientious objector. But it has been suggested to me that Starfeet would not allow such a person to be in starfleet.

Thoughts from those into star trek on the concept of religion and the Federation?

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 17:33:16.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: not reading my post

I can understand "John's" concern as you have him being played as the doom and gloom character right now. However when you put a theory in the Q&A and the GM says no, the ship can take it - don't keep arguing the point. Unless you really want me to put into the game the decision to let people die. Not part of my plan but if it is really what you want you may wish to find another GM.

Otherwise, as I have said, you have no idea what you are facing, the ship can handle what I send to you and things will not go smoothly. Communication will be key and player skills will be tested. The big damn hero of the next few hours of the game could easily be Wolf as scrubbers and algae tanks are mechanical challenges.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 14:47:38.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: uh huh

Tension is great but I don't want y'all to plan on forty, get the cots out and then be hit with 300 Twilight moms coming rushing in looking for Robert Patterson.

Bad scene.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 13:08:02.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Numbers

For the record, all posted numbers of passengers you are about to receive are conjecture. I have not said to anyone how many people ae coming. Smith said he had 40 casualities reported so far but some or all of them could be in escape pods.

Really, until that door drops, you have no idea what you are facing. Could be a brass band for all you know.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 12:49:22.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Well, here is a hint

The cargo bay is about 35x55 feet (it is early and I could not find precise measurements). The average person requires 2 sq feet. So if my high school math is correct, that would be 1925 sq feet or room for 962 people. Now there are stairs, you do have cargo and a hovermule but I think it is safe to say that you can put a large number of people in a mid-bulk transport.

The challenges will come to your life support. It is not set to deal with that many people so the carbon dioxide scrubbers will need adjusting, the algae tanks that produce oxygen will need adjusting and air flow will need adjusting. If you say, have 100 people, then the inner temp will go up fast so you need to turn up the AC as well. These are all complex actions and will take time.

But if Wolf and Asher are in engineering, then they have no idea how many people are coming abroad so they can not make the adjustments.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 12:39:10.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: posted

Enjoy. smoke'em if you got em.

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 00:53:30.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Here we go

Rocinante Bridge, 8:05 pm ST
The radio signal is getting stronger as the ship moves to intercept the cruise liner. John follows the captain's orders and stays on the radio with the Captain Edward Smith. “This is John Ryan of the firefly transport Rocinante, we have received your mayday call and are inbound. Over.”

"Thank the lords above, This is Captain Edward Smith of the Five Star Cruise Line, are you close by? We have sustain serious damage and the starboard has suffered a cascade integrity failure. Can you take on survivors as the explosions has wrecked so many escape pods that we no longer have enough for all the passengers?" There was relief in the man's voice but fear as well.

Depressing the call button again John replied. “We will be with you in 20 minutes Captain. How many casualties do you have and where do you advise docking?” Again there was a delay in the reply, slightly longer then before but it still came.

"At least 40 so far, internal comms are patchy and there’s lots of panic. Our upper stern docking station has a flange seal, we’re routing passengers there now.”

“What’s your situation? Were you attacked and do you have a damage report?” John asked.

"No attack as far as I can see. The primary power conduit blew causing a cascade of catastrophic systems failures. The main fuel tanks ignited and the explosions shook us to the core. There is damage to her hull integrity and the starboard escape pods were nearly all destroyed."

"Captain. We are a small ship, we can only take so many. Do you have life support?"

"Life Support? For now but I barely have a hull and no guarantee that something else won't go up like a roman candle!"

"Good, how long will you be able to last out? Once we've taken on as many as we can, will you have time for us to call for help?"

"What the ... Give me your Captain! What do you think I'm gorram doing you Hsiu mu fen tu!? Making gorram tea?" Captain Smith shouts into the mike so loud it feels like he is shouting across space, "Give me someone with some sense and starting clearing room in your cargo bay Zhu toh zhu nao dai shing ren!!!!"

(assuming Wyatt takes the comm away from John as he heads out to help Willow, and introduces himself)

"Captain Sung, things are pretty dire here. I need as much help as you can muster. From what I can see, the leftover passengers are heading towards the stern dock. Please tell me I am not herding them to their deaths Yu gong yi shung."

Rocinante Bridge, 8:15 pm ST

The Rocinante comes within visual range of the cruise liner. It is exactly as Captain Smith had said, the starboard side looks like so much crumbled paper and steel bulkheads. The escape pods have all launched from the port side and the auto-pings of their beacon further mess up your already hashed communications system. Tess looks to Wyatt as they pass by the worst of her damage and shakes her head at him. You don't have much time.

The docking station at the rear of the liner is a standard flange seal, and will mean that you can open up the entire cargo bay once you link up. The Star is currently stable, although listing to the port side slightly. The electrical is intact as the landing guide lights come on as you approach. Tess turns the ship slightly to match the pitch and moves into the docking station.

OOC: Okay - I need to know where everyone is precisely when the ship docks and the cargo bay doors open. (No, you are not going to die - relax) I would believe that everyone would head to the cargo bay to help out but I need to know if that is what your characters do. Trish will be there on the catwalk with hood fully up. Don't post too far in advance because you will be waiting to see what awaits you. (No, not Reavers...)

Posted on 2012-10-22 at 00:49:59.
Edited on 2012-10-22 at 00:52:38 by Alacrity

Topic: My 4-Year Anniversary
Subject: Happy Happy

Happy anniversary! Glad to see you are enjoying it here at the inn.

Posted on 2012-10-20 at 17:38:26.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Note on last adventure

The "dead" of the Yardiff Bey party were Yardiff and the four man crew of the ASREV. I was reading back and noticed some were afraid that innocent people were killed. Certainly the sheriff would have confirmed this over the time that passed between missions.

Posted on 2012-10-17 at 16:17:06.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: relax

Calvary is coming....

Posted on 2012-10-17 at 12:55:37.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Interesting

I have to say it is interesting to have a character inside the ship that is in distress. Gives a different prespective while giving the thread a film like quality to it.

Posted on 2012-10-17 at 12:16:57.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: one more thing

At full burn it will take Rocinante about 15-20 minutes to reach the cruise ship. This gives you an idea of how much time you got until the "full picture" comes into view.

Posted on 2012-10-16 at 16:40:24.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Note

Bromern, Teller and Odyson have all posted. I have chatted now with three people who missed Bro and Teller as the page flipped.

Posted on 2012-10-16 at 16:30:00.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Good post

I needed a cold shower after that one.

Posted on 2012-10-16 at 15:32:31.


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