Editor's Message

Article by Richard Smith

Hello Everyone,

I had planned a grand return to my video editor’s message, but it wasn’t meant to be this month. Maybe next month. Anyway, we have a lot to offer with this month’s Blue Report. We get caught up on all the promotions and most of the awards conferred during the Anniversary last month; Cameron sits down with me to talk about being the new SM of Communications, T’Pel recaps what happened in the first live Simm, make sure to look at the classifieds and see what’s open around the Outpost.

We are looking to expand our offering over the next few months and if you want to try your hand at something, please let me know. Thanks for reading this month!

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To CL10:

  • Tanya
  • To CL9:

  • Ohm
  • To CL8:

  • Zildjian
  • To CL6:

  • Hydra
  • Robert Werner
  • To CL5:

  • Cameron
  • Kikopolis
  • To CL4:

  • Mela
  • JakeBlues
  • Q of the Q
  • To CL3:

  • Admiral Kast
  • Cognizance
  • Darth Jadus
  • Eric Footman
  • Gonar
  • hunterben der
  • Jayde*+*
  • Kendrik D'Mer
  • OceansandStreams
  • Saden Kota
  • Ser Hunter
  • solar_flare
  • Teal'c

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    Select Awards

    Article by Richard Smith

    During the Anniversary the following people received Select Medals for services rendered to Outpost 10F.

    Bronze Award

  • Majin Kaze (CL8)
  • Tycho (CL7)
  • JD (CL6)
  • Kaela L. Donos (CL6)
  • Naberrie (CL6)
  • Phill (CL6)
  • Soran!! (CL5)
  • Chris (CL5)
  • Deus the Driver of Many Miles (CL5)
  • Jarek (CL5)
  • Kikopolis (CL5)
  • Party Watson (CL5)
  • Robert Atkins (CL5)
  • Sarek (CL5)
  • Shannon (CL5)
  • Sloppy (CL5)
  • StarFinder Warp (CL5)
  • SyNii (CL5)
  • Darth_Dad (CL4)
  • Devin (CL4)
  • James G (CL4)
  • Mackenzie Soul (CL4)
  • Mela (CL4)
  • Sirch (CL4)
  • T'Pel Kestra (CL4)
  • Thrawn376 (CL4)
  • Trekkey (CL4)

  • Silver Avard

  • Zildjian (CL8)
  • Lunatic, XgermZ (CL7)
  • Mezoti (CL7)
  • Navi (CL7)
  • Richard Smith (CL7)
  • Soka (CL7)
  • Hydra (CL6)
  • Lzrman (CL6)
  • Mr Numbahs (CL6)
  • Cameron (CL5)
  • DeBoe (CL5)
  • Darth Sidious (CL4)

  • Gold Award

  • Hobbie (CL9)
  • AJ (CL9)
  • Michiel (CL7)
  • Trinity (CL6)
  • Platinum Award

  • Tanya (CL10)
  • ohm (CL9)

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    Star Trek Renegades: An Overview

    Article by Cameron

    It is ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing this to happen. This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it – at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

    Renegades will perhaps show the dark side of Star Trek. It will feature a combination of familiar Star Trek faces, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors.

    Some of the Actors you may know which will be appearing in ST: Renegades:

  • Walter Koenig
  • Tim Russ
  • Robert Picardo
  • Gary Graham
  • Garret Wang
  • Richard Herd
  • J.G. Hertzler li>
  • Corin Nemic
  • For Full Information, check out Star Trek Renegades.

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    A View from Engineering

    Article by Mr Numbahs

    OTF's Engineering Department has been very busy over the last year and the Blue Report's Cmdr. Robert Werner decided to Interview Trinity, a Large part of thier success and the new Assistant Manager of Engineering 1) How did it first feel when you were told about being the new AM of Engineering?

    I thought I read it wrong. *LOL*
    Then I bounced up and down on the sofa and squealed to Hydra. :D
    I always wanted to be in ENG when I was younger in OTF, so it was kinda surreal to be one of the top dogs.

    2) What are your new duties as AM?

    Ooooo! This is a fun question. Well, I don't know that I have new "duties" so much as I have a bit more freedom, if that makes sense.
    For example, once we get some Halloween stuff figured out, and I'm using this as kinda an opportunity to train people how to make quality avatars, I'm heading up a project where all of OTF's 9,000+ avatars are being refit. On top of that, the Firefly room is being worked on again, and after that Dr Who.
    As ASM, I don't have to lead these projects, thank God :P
    Rather, I can take some time and train other people to do the work, and multiply how effectively things get done.
    So, using Halloween stuff as a training ground, I'm working with several individuals on the avatars. I'm planning on forming a team for the avatar refit, though right now its a few brave souls who have just been helping me get some bases covered. Katrina, Trekky, and Thrawny have been a huge help. Sarek is very eager to help too. I'm very blessed to have so many able bodied people who are excited about things.
    The Firefly Project is going to be my training ground for Trekky, who will be taking over the Dr Who room, since she's already taken a huge initiative on it.
    The Firefly Project is going to be my training ground for Trekky, who will be taking over the Dr Who room, since she's already taken a huge initiative on it.
    So my Fantastic Four, Trekky, Katrina, Sarek, Thrawny, are kinda the baseline for what is the future of ENG. Especially since we have Ohm and XgermZ work work working away at a lot of site stuff in InDev. And, of course, the fantastic Michiel who is always helping out.
    So I kinda have license to have my hands in everything, and help others have a greater opportunity to contribute to the site.
    ….BUUUUT…..I think I only got the job so that Tanya doesn't have to clean the break room anymore.
    But I'm not complaining. I get a bigger discount at the bar now.
    3) How much fun is it to work with Tanya?

    Tanya's delightful! Very easy to talk to. We don't always agree, but we're both very passionate about things being, "just right." Also very clear that your thoughts and feelings matter to her, because she's such a people-person. Only downside is you have to sing lullaby's to Hannah, or she cries. Hannah, that is. Not Tanya.
    4) Has this new position affected your capabilites as Manager of avatars? If so, good or bad way?

    Oh it has! I can now work on the developer space of the site! A lot of the avatar reboot won't even be seen by OTF. I've got a lot of cleaning up to do with how all the files are organized. But now I can do it, rather than asking someone else with higher clearance to do it fore me. YAY!
    5) What would you say to the silly people that think they need to be masters of code to join Engineering?

    That's just silly. I would very much like it if people who were able and willing could come with their good ideas and strong effort and be trained to do what we do.

    6) If you could qoute your work in Engineering with one qoute,what would it be?

    "Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?"~ Steve Jobs
    7) Any last words for the people of OTF?

    Run your idea up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it!

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    USS Pulsar Update

    Article by T'Pel Kestra

    I am pleased to announce that the first Star Trek Sim for OTF in quite a while was a success. I had the pleasure of running the game as Captain of the USS Pulsar. It is not something I had expected or even wanted when I first joined up with the Simming team. However I am very happy that I had the opportunity to do it. I had never run a game session like that before and had my worries about doing it, but the players and Simming team made it quite easy.

    Just in case some of you missed our cast of players, here is a list of who all participated:

    Captain: T'Pel Kestra – played by T'Pel Kestra
    First Officer: Carrie Anne Keeler -Stephi Soul
    Chief Tactical Officer: Thelin Shran -Played by Cameron
    Chief of Medical: Mark Harris -played by Cognizance
    Vulcan Ambassador: V'Lar -played by Rezal
    Communications Officer: N'k Tarrine
    Chief Science Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Ryan
    Science Officer: Lt. Alex Erikson -played by Majin
    Random Red Shirt: D.E. Adman -played by Sarek
    Admiral: Solok -played by T'Pel Kestra
    (All other spot fills were done by Rezal)

    I am hoping I did not leave out anyone. If I did, please let me know and I shall have the issue corrected.

    The USS Pulsar was able to make it to Vulcan on its mission to pick up the Ambassador, V'Lar. Where they promptly, but not completely without issue, made their way to where the Test Ship Nisa would make her test run.

    Curing the Voyage there was the murder of the first officer, Commander Keeler, much to T'Pel’s disappointment as she also learned that there may be a saboteur on board. The crew went into action to either uncover or assist the acts of sabotage and as the story progresses we may find out who is really behind it.

    All during the action our wonderful Red Shirt played by Sarek was the Comedy relief that Star Trek has always had an element of and had most people sides in stiches with his comedic brilliance.

    I also want to give a shout out to our adorable Vulcan Comms Officer N'k Tarrine who did her best to keep the ships communications working while “answering the phone” and “putting it on speaker”. She was in her own right another one of the comedic geniuses on board. I also want to thank her for her pre-sim efforts in System editing everyone with ranks and some (mainly me) with avatars. It made the whole game play experience that much more enjoyable.

    Not to leave out my Chief of Tactical who performed his duties admirably but not without some chagrin toward his Captain and took orders and followed through with them. His bravery in stepping up to the spot of First officer after the demise of Commander Carrie Anna Keeler did not go unnoticed and was a great help.

    I would also like to thank Trinity as Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Ryan as she had done research in her efforts to play her character as needed for plot twists. It was a blast to have her aboard.

    In all honesty I really want to thank everyone for turning out and showing their support and playing. I know I am not the only one who had a blast with this and it is very rewarding to see the Simming Teams hard work come to life, which was BECAUSE OF YOU! The players are why we do it and are the reason it works.

    Please look for our next game coming up soon. I am sure there will be a notice tacked onto the Departments Announcement Board and I am looking forward to everyone returning for some more fun and drama!

    And again...THANK YOU!

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    Interview with Communications Senior Manager, Captain Richard Smith

    Article by Cameron

    Cameron: Well first of all let me give you a belated Congratulations for becoming the new Senior Manager of Communications, Have you had this position before, or is it a bit new?

    Richard Smith: Thanks! Being an SM is a bit new. I've been a Division and Team Leader, but never lead a department. I've jumped in with both feet and we are getting things done.

    Cameron: Are there any changes planned for the Communications Department?

    Richard Smith: Well we've kickstarted the Unions Team again and the Blue Report is in dire need up being redesigned, and we are working on that. I'm also looking to foster leadership in the junior officers. I want Communications to have an abundance of qualified people who can do just about anything and have some fun doing it.

    Cameron: Excellent. What new things will be added to the Blue Report after it's redesign?

    Richard Smith: My vision is for the Blue Report to become a legit sci-fi news source. I'd like to see us with Interviews from Actors and those behind the scenes, we are going to have movie, book, and game reviews. The normal news from around the Outpost will still be there. The fun stuff will still be around too. The site will be totally be redesigned to b more user friendly. I'm really looking forward to see it done.

    Cameron: Who will be working on this Project?

    Richard Smith: Well truthfully I've been trying to get the project off the ground for almost 2 years. We've had a number of people interested, but we haven't had all the skill sets available at the same time. Lzrman and I did the original concept work way back when and he's still my go to guy when I have questions. I am looking for a coder and someone for the back end stuff right now. We had a couple guys ready but then real life got in the way. Come hell or high water though, the new Blue Report will become a reality.

    Cameron: Do you have plans for any changes in the Blue Report Team Itself?

    Richard Smith: I'd definitely like to hire some more writers. I'd like to find some more Outpost patrons interested in writing. I'd like for them to get experience with the publication and be able to use it as a resume point. I'd also like to add some more people familiar with HTML to do some of the clean up work. I've been doing a majority of that myself.

    Cameron: So you intend to stay Blue Report Editor?

    Richard Smith:Yes I do. Actually I'd like to see the Editor's job aligned with the Senior Manager. I think that the SM should have a job beside making sure things run smoothly and making sure the public face of the Outpost is published regularly and has good content seem the right job to me. I enjoy both putting it together and writing for it.

    Cameron: Are there any other new Projects that Communications may be starting?

    Richard Smith:Not at present, we have our hands full at the moment, but I'll entertain any ideas anyone has for growth.

    Cameron: Thank you for the Interview, and all the best with your new position!

    Richard Smith: Thanks!
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    Outpost 10F Classifieds

    Article by Sarek

    Outpost 10F Classifieds [by CL5 Sarek]

    Team Members - The Marketing Team is looking for members to help promote OTF to outside sources. Preferable, but not required, skills include: knowledge of Photoshop (or similar programs), HTML, musical talent, writing experience, and recruiting experience. Interested persons should contact the team leader, CL5 Cameron Brown.

    Team Members - The Unions Team is looking for members to help plan, organize, and promote the 2014 Philadelphia Union. Union attendance is not required, but highly encouraged. Interested persons should contact the team leader, CL6 Numbahs.

    Blue Report
    Entertainment Writer - The Blue Report seeks someone to write reviews of movie and DVD releases. Interested persons should contact the team leader, CL7 Richard Smith.

    Team Members - The Simming Team is looking for members to fill out the creative and simming divisions. Any experience in sim writing, leading, moderating, or simply a desire to learn is all you need. Interested persons should contact the team leader, CL4 Darth Sidious.

    Team Members - The Avatar Project Manager is looking for persons to help locate raw, unedited images from TNG, VOY, DS9, ENT, LOTR, and SW. Interested persons should contact the project manager, CL6 Trinity.
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    Seems Like Only Yesterday

    Article by R. K. Wigal

    The captain sat in his ready room, staring at the delicately wrapped package on his lap. It was his birthday and he reflected on his life; a life that began as a 17 year-old enlistee and progressed to the captaincy. He remembered that first assignment aboard tbe USS Eclipse. He couldn't help smiling as he did so.

    Crewman Sam Draco, aced his preenlistment exams, both mental and physical, and he finished first in both Basic and Advanced Specialty Training. So he was given the posting of his choice. Starfleet ordinarily places enlistees where Starfleet feels they are needed. Sam chose assignment as science tech aboard the Eclipse, and he took to the labs like a Kirk takes to a Galaxy class star ship. He decided to enlist rather than to enter Starfleet Academy simply because he wanted to "get out there and explore now!"

    He didn't have long to wait. Eclipse was ordered to the planet Brax in the Gamma Quadrant, via the worm hole at Deep space 9. Brax had been visited earlier by a free lance archeologist named Vash. This piqued the interest of Starfleet Science. Sam Draco's interest was piqued as well.

    Soon, Eclipse was orbiting Brax over a suitable survey location. Captain Artemio Bonafacio appointed an away team, among whom were First Officer, Commander Viktor Lentz; Science Officer, Lieutenant Murak (Draco's immediate superior, a Vulcan); Sam Draco; several other science techs, including an attractive young Crewman named Ruth Bonner; and two Security personnel.

    The survey site where the away team beamed down was a veritable treasure trove, despite being overgrown with foliage. In front of them stood ruins of buildings built thousands of years in the past by a civilization quite advanced even then. There were myriad artifacts within the ruins. Outside were mineral specimens of every sort.

    Commander Lentz spoke, "This is far better than Starfleet anticipated. Our primary task will be to gather artifacts. That should just about fill the three days we've been allotted. I'd like to bring back some minerals as well. Any formal archeological digging will have to wait for the next mission. So, let's get to it!"

    Crewman Bonner spoke next, "Sir, if you'll allow me to concentrate on mineral gathering, the rest can concentrate on artifacts."

    "Good idea, Crewman," Lentz replied, "But be careful. We don't know what's out there."

    For three days, everyone gathered and catalogued everything they could. Sam Draco had a keen eye for what to collect. Early on the third day, he approached Lieutenant Murak. He held up a small crystal-like skull made of what appeared to be transparent gold. He said, "Sir, I think this will be of intrest to the Bajorans."

    "Indeed, Crewman. That artifact is the primary reason this mission was undertaken. I believe you will go far in Starfleet."

    Just then, a shrill scream shattered the calm. Sam Draco looked around to see Ruth Bonner lying on the ground nearby, struggling against a plant that had tentacled her left leg just above the ankle. He ran to her side and said, "Stay calm. I'll get you out of this." Then, shouting "Security!" A security man's phaser severed the tendril. Still, Sam couldn't remove the thing from her leg and there was raw flesh under the coil. So he cut a length of cord and applied a tourniquet above her knee. He next took two small, garnet-like spheres from Ruth's collection kit and enclosed her fingers around them. "For luck," he said.

    Ruth Bonner was beamed directly to Sick Bay.

    Sam visited Sick Bay as soon as he possibly could. "How is she, Doctor," Sam asked, worried.

    "Son, your tourniquet saved that girl's life!" Then, looking at he floor, Doctor Lazarou continued, "Unfortulately, I had to take her leg just below the knee. Damned poisonous devil plant!"

    Sam looked in on the sleeping girl. His eyes welled with tears.

    Later, sam was given the unique honor of presenting the Golden Skull in person to none other than colonel Kira Narys, Bajoran commander of Deep Space Nine; An honor he would cherish for a lifetime.

    His thoughts returning to the present, Captain Draco gingerly opened the package. Inside was a ring made of transparent gold and set with Bajoran Garnet. The ring fit perfectly. The accompanying note said simply, You are my life! Happy birthday! I love you! Ruth. P.S. And don't call me Peg! *grin*

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    Just for Fun

    Article by R. K. Wigal

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    Just for Laughs

    Article by Cameron

    Ice Ice Baby....

    Snow must mean giving...

    Batt Affleck!

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    Agony Aunt

    Article by Mr Numbahs

    Dear Agony Aunt,

    I've emailed the Executive Council. Still waiting on a reply. I've been told that it's sometimes slow because they obviously discuss things then answer,what should I do in the meantime?

    Regards, Reader

    Dear Reader,

    Well then. Grab the latest Blue Report, enjoy the return of Simming, and a nice cup of awesome, because forget waiting for the email! The Anniversary is here!! HAPPY SWEET 16 OTF!!

    Regards, Agony Aunt

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