Welcome to the USS Victory !
The year is 2391, Starfleet is in the midst of exploring parts of the Gamma Quadrant now that it has been over a decade since the Dominion War ended, the Dominion have retreated back into their own Space and very little has been seen of them since then. Starfleet has continued to explore the vastness of the Gamma Quadrant. The fleet has expanded to meet the scientific and exploratory needs of the Federation and maintain Dialogues with the many Allies it has encountered.
Not all is entirely peaceful. As the fleet expands out, exploring new sectors, a signal is detected, determined to originate from a species that records indicate hasn't been seen for centuries. With Starfleet undeterred in their exploration efforts, time will only tell if a confrontation will occur. The only questions that matter: How? When? Where?
USS Victory has become the latest Sovereign Class Starship to be launched into the Fleet and with news of this signal coming to the surface and scattered reports of unidentified Aliens spotted in the outer Colonies it is time to investigate.
Only the best and brightest can solve this mystery, do you think you have what it takes?
Her Motto? "per aspera ad astra" - Through Difficulties to the Stars.......
Latest News Items
Posted on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 @ 12:40am by Commander Bertrand Cuprum in Out of Character
There has been a bit of grumbling about the time taken to complete this mission. "Landfall" was posted Jan 22. So what has taken us 3 and a half months?
Most of these posts involve 6-8 people. We know that not everyone responds every day. Sometimes a week can go by because people are busy. If you have a post with 8 people and each take a week to respond to one particular tag, that post will take two months. That is just the math of it. So do we force everyone to log in daily? Some people haven't logged in for the last 12 days. What do we do about that?
DO we split the party and let the fast writers get out a half dozen posts while the slower ones drag out. At some point, the fast ones have to wait for the other posts.
Add to that, we have some players who start a post and then just drop out of the simm without telling us. It can take up to six weeks to find out. Do we wait for them? Write over them? Leave them out of any posts?
So, given we have, in fact, posted 17 posts in the two and a half months that have passed, we are actually moving VERY fast.
Now some of you may feel frustrated because you are "waiting" in cryo (like Bertrand). There are still opportunities to write NPC back on the ship (let us know and we can add you). Other than that, sit back and enjoy the silver class writing we are doing and be ready to respond when a tag comes.
XO, USS VIctory
Posted on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 @ 2:58am by Commander Bertrand Cuprum in Sim Announcement
Hi all, we are nearly finished Round 1 of the ground combat and will be moving quickly to round two, which has another twist in it. everyone get ready to write again.
Posted on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 @ 9:39am by Commander Bertrand Cuprum in Out of Character
For those of you who were interested in the chance of life according to the Drake equation, here is a little reading on the topic.
The Drake Equation, as it was stated in 1967 goes
R, the average rate of star formations, in our galaxy,
fp, the fraction of formed stars that have planets,
ne for stars that have planets, the average number of planets that can potentially support life,
fl, the fraction of those planets that actually develop life,
fi, the fraction of planets bearing life on which intelligent, civilized life, has developed,
fc, the fraction of these civilizations that have developed communications, i.e., technologies that release detectable signs into space, and
L, the length of time over which such civilizations release detectable signals,
Number = R*fp*ne*fl*fi*fc*L
When we come to look at your sample of 1900 stars it starts out looking REALLY promising.
R = 1900 (for the region we are considering.)
fp = 1 (Current theory is this is almost 1, where every start produces planetary bodies. Lets be generous and agree.)
ne = 0.4 (as of November 2013)
fl = 0.5 (No actual data exists. We have found many earth like planets but there is no way of telling if life has developed there. the only worlds we can study is Earth which has a probability of 1. Mars and Venus, just outside have a probability of 0. So I am going to arbitrarily choose 0.5, though potentially much higher.)
fi = 0.5 (as above, though we don't really have a description of Intelligent yet.)
fc = 0.5 (as above, though probably much lower.)
L = 3 Billion (Originally hypothesized as being 420, based on civilizations like Rome. I am being far more generous)
So our figure comes out to 1900*1*.4*.5*.5*.5*.5*3*10(9) or 142.5 billion. Wait... 142billion life forms on only 1900 planets? Anyone else seeing problems here yet?
SO instead let us REVISE the equation
N being the number of Stars in the region that exist for longer than the 4 Billion years it takes to develop intelligent life. This changes R, but we will expand our area till we have at least 1900 planets available (a much larger area but our values are unchanged).
L to be the Fraction of a planets history in which it can produce signals. Our 3 billion drops to about .4, making our total now 57. We also have to allow for the period of time a civilization can HEAR the signals from another. For us this is less than .0000001, but for a the sake of completeness, lets allow .4, taking our total to 22.8 out of 1900.
This still does not factor in things like distance traveled by the signal.
For some real application:
Let us assume that out there is ET sending a phone number so we can call him direct at the speed of light. Given we have to allow time for the signal and return of any message, no individual would be likely to be able to wait more than 80 years for a reply to anything they sent, even as a very young child. That gives us a maximum range of 40 light years for meaningful communication.
We have been searching for ET signals since the 60s (nearly 8 years now) and have been generating hearable signals since 1900s (close to 120 years). That means it is unlikely there is any life within 0-30 light years of us. There may still be slim hope for a most distant civilization, but given there are only about 1400 star systems inside a 50 ly radius of earth (16 civilizations over the whole area), and we have ruled out the most close systems, our probability drops significantly. at our most generous, the chance of life is less than .007%
Posted on Tue Jan 17th, 2017 @ 12:12pm by Captain Elijah Michaels in Sim Announcement
Great news everyone we have a new player joining us on the Victory.
Reade will be playing Lieutenant Jaxar our new Chief of Intelligence.
Please make him feel at home and help him get stuck in right away.
Posted on Tue Dec 20th, 2016 @ 12:03am by in Out of Character
'Twas the night before Christmas on the Enterprise-D,
On a routine short hop to Starbase 03,
With Data on duty in the command chair,
At Warp 6, the Enterprise soon would be there.
Just for something to do while the other crew slept,
He scanned where historical records were kept --
And with a blink of his eye and a cock of his head,
"Intriguing! Tomorrow is Christmas!" he said.
But no one was stirring, and he sought to find why,
And so he buzzed Geordi, who awoke with a sigh:
"Christmas? It's only an old holiday --
Now just let me get back to sleep, okay?"
"But is to wish Merry Christmas not human to do?"
And so Data wished it -- to the whole ship and crew.
Everyone on the Enterprise awoke from this clatter --
Picard rushed to the bridge to see what was the matter.
"What is the meaning of this noise, Mister Data?"
"Sir, is it not Christmas--?" "We'll discuss it much later!"
Just then Worf said, "Captain -- a Klingon Prey Bird!
Its hull has been damaged -- it's uncloaking, sir."
"On screen," said Picard, as the Klingon ship hailed:
"Federation vessel, our Life Support systems have failed!
A strange ship attacked us, inflicting the worst,
(though naturally, of course, we'd fired on it first)."
The Klingons beamed over, and the senior staff met,
To try and determine the source of the threat.
Said Picard, "Mister Data, an assignment for you:
Give all of these Klingons something to do!
They think it's the Romulans we should look for,
Get them all off the bridge, before there's a war!"
So Data departed, while the rest of the crew
Wondered: Romulans? Ferengi? If not them, then who?
Said Worf, "Sir -- disturbance on Holodeck Three!"
The entire bridge crew ran down there to see.
Roared Picard, "Mister Data, what the devil is this!!"
"Sir, I have taught the Klingons how to celebrate Christmas."
And so there they were -- on holodecks 3, 4 and 5
With synthohol, singing and Rokeg Blood Pie!
Soon the Big E was rocking with holiday cheer
Friend,foe, and family came from both far and near.
The Romulans showed up with some Romulan Ale,
The Ferengi brought goodies for free -- not for sale!
But a strange ship was coming, the captain was told,
With one crew member only, and a huge cargo hold.
Said the Klingons, "It's the strange ship that fought us -- attack!"
Said Picard, "On Christmas? -- Mister Worf, just hold back."
And then as the ship came into view,
Onscreen came its captain -- none other than Q!
He wore a white beard and a suit of deep red...
"Joyeux Noel, mon captain," was what Santa Q said.
"Tell those Klingons next time to not go so berserk.
You need good defense systems in this line of work.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be warping away...
Did you think anyone else could do this job in one day?"
"I'm sensing emotion," said Counselor Troi,
"Peace in the galaxy, Good Will and Joy."
And they stood on the bridge and watched Q take flight,
shouting, "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!"
Latest Mission Posts
The field was clear again when Scotty appeared. All of his colleagues were gone, assumedly in suspended stasis. In front of him was an open field, with no cover or weaponry. his own phaser had gone and he was feeling very exposed when the opponent, the reigning champion, Arkelba, appeared.…
Mission: Of Machines and Men
Posted on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 @ 4:55am by Commander Bertrand Cuprum & Commander Cor Cordale & Lieutenant Commander Alec Wescott & Lieutenant Ishan Satele & Lieutenant Hel Samedi & Lieutenant Sara'draphia T'eseri & Lieutenant JG Scotty Kayne
Sara, Cor, Wescott and Scotty became aware of their surroundings again. They stood equidistant around the arena in a circle. Val was also there, at least one of her, but she was so huddled it was hard to tell what she was aware of.
"Viewers from around the Galaxy," the…
Stevens and Wescott became aware of their surroundings again, the recent combats having passed before them in some coma like state.
"Thank you contestants," The woman spoke to them. "You are progressing to round 2. Only one of you may pass to round 3, however..."
Again the shift in focus,…
Eoin felt his eyes crossing. He’d honestly lost track of how long he’d been sitting cross-legged beneath his usual console to one side of main engineering, lovingly dubbed the Coder’s Cave by the crew because of its traditional association with the computer and AI specialists like himself. And the cave…
Pacing back and forward in Sara's office, Satele was thinking over Sara's proposal. It sounded like a good idea in theory, but she wasn't sure it would work the way Sara thought it would.
Sara sighed before stand up, "come on Satele, you know I am right. You can say…
Latest Personal Logs
Posted on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 @ 10:19pm by Ensign Todd Bailey
Todd sat in his quarters, staring at the computer terminal. His breathing was slightly fast and with an unsteady hand he swept his hair back as he said "Computer, open personal log and record in the event of..." and he stopped talking, feeling the enormity of what came next "...in…
Posted on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 @ 2:01am by Lieutenant Alexander Vickers
Chief Intelligence Officer's Log:
I am logging this as the Victory is barreling towards a rendezvous with the Dalacari and Ts'usugi in order to mediate a dispute. Apparently, a disagreement concerning the possible development and use of an Artificial Intelligence has the two in a quarrel. The use of such…
Posted on Fri May 19th, 2017 @ 3:02pm by Captain Elijah Michaels
Personal Log - Captain Elijah Michaels, USS Victory
It's fair to say that this mission to Niron 5 and the Presidium Shipyards has not gone as we had hoped for. The Station is in complete disarray following the accident in her Engineering Section. Debris is slowly entering the atmosphere and…
Posted on Sun Apr 30th, 2017 @ 12:10pm by
Memories and recollections can be both sweet and sour, causing you to have the extreme feelings of being either totally elated or wishing the universe would end right now so you no longer carry the pain. Over the last few weeks, that's come more and more into focus in my…
Posted on Wed Aug 24th, 2016 @ 6:19am by Lieutenant Mickey McClane
Captain's log, Supplemental.
This is Lieutenant Mickey McClane, recording under my personal log. Heh, i always wanted to say that. I have taken charge of the night shift on the return trip back to federation space. Stress levels are going haywire, and i had to stop Bertrand from making a…