Continuing Voyages

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Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Seraphim » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:45 pm

Greetings and Salutations all. Spring Break has come and gone for some or all, and while busy schedules abound it's about time our humble ship made sail to uncharted waters! That is to say, a new Episode.

Before we set off, however, we should take stock of the crew with us.

Also if any have ideas of certain plots that might interest or involve their characters specifically, please comment in the forum or by private message! New voyages present new opportunities.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Dragon » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:10 am

While not a member... I'm still watching from the shadows.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby thepariaheffect » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:38 pm

I'm around, if we start moving again.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby Brett K Reese » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:44 pm

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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby Michael Hill » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:54 pm

I'm lurking!
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Seraphim » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:06 pm

Episode 2 has been posted at S01E02: "Reflections" for your enjoyment!

All are welcome to join us in the adventure.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby Kalquien » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:32 am

Sorry for the delay, I'm still here as well.

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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Sail » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:53 pm

Glad to see you guys are still going, despite my lack of reliability and months long absence. I'd also like to thank, and apologize to, FSF Seraphim for my prolonged radio silence. From what I can see, Seraphim has faithfully hosted and run the sim in style...with the diligence of a Romulan, of course.

Couple things have happened in my life since we last spoke. The first is a significant ramp up at work. Some of my clients have grown dramatically, and increased their demands, resulting in uncommonly heavy travel for Yours Truly. I don't expect this to let up until the end of June.

The second thing is a new direction for what little writing time I have. Despite the brilliance of the company I kept, I found myself simply burned out on the entire Trek genre. Of late, my interest has focused on a solo writing project.

Given those two points, I can't just go on my merry way and leave you guys in doubt. So, I'm going to step down from my position as host for ST: Renaissance, and get out of the way of Seraphim, who's been running this ting without my help since the holidays. I've informed the leadership of our status, and my ultimate intent. I'm not leaving the FSF. I am, however, doing my writing up in the "General Role Play/Writing" topic.

Though I'm making it official and stepping away for now, I'll never say never. I may come join a future voyage as a cameo, a guest villain, or some other role Seraphim dreams up to help the plot along. With the work load, it just won't be in the next few months. Until then, fair winds and following seas!

Bon voyage,
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Seraphim » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:36 pm

Glad to hear from you Sail! Sorry to hear the work load's up and scheduling's tight. Hopefully been some enjoyable trips at least.

Of course, you'd always be welcome back when you can. Always enjoyed posting with you and working on a story together.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby The Gnostic » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:12 pm

Sorry to see you go. It actually hurts more than when Gabe left. Thank you for your time, your characters, and your NPCs. They were more real than any of the characters on Trek, although that's probably due to the nature of the medium we write for.

Live long and prosper. I hope you make it to Sarek's age.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby thepariaheffect » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:12 am

Guys, I feel like this might be a decent time to wrap things up. I love writing for my characters, but membership seems to be kind of down and everything's slowing to a halt. Maybe this is the natural point where things stop. Maybe it's time for an epilogue?

If not, I'm great with that. As soon as someone starts posting, I'll join in.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby The Gnostic » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:06 am

If we continue, I propose we change our name in deference to our newly departed host, to Star Trek: Infinity.

That it evokes the original name, Eternity, is, to me, inspiring of a brand or genre of simming which values character building above all. And where that energy is, we ought to have some forum for in this day & age, where great, public, volunteer science fiction can always happen.

Of course, your concern is more than appropriate. I do love this game though, over-stretched as our lives may be. But I pray it is not yet time to take this game and shoot it out back.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby thepariaheffect » Sun May 07, 2017 9:47 am

Hey folks,

I just wanted to let you know that I'll be back, but not for a bit. We had a death in the family, so we're wrapping some things up.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Seraphim » Sun May 07, 2017 6:39 pm

Condolences for the loss. Please take all the time you need.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby thepariaheffect » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:52 pm

Hey folks,

After what's been a truly stressful month and change, I'm happy to say that I'm going to jump back in. I've just got to, y'know, find a spot.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby The Gnostic » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:22 pm

Welcome back Adam. You were sorely missed.

I love this compilation of TNG stunt doubles. Can honestly say I've never noticed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd7PaNbtWKw
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby FSF Seraphim » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:58 pm

Greetings All. After a bit of self-reflection I've decided to step down as Host and retire as a player. I have enjoyed playing with the many members of the Eternity and Renaissance over the years and the various character relationships that grew over time.

I am grateful that our crew had the opportunity to brave the depths of the Delta Quadrant together and manage to find a new chapters in their lives following the wild ride at the height of that journey. I appreciate all the hard work Gabe and Sail put into the sim for such an extended period. Likewise, the many players that joined us over the years contributed a diverse crew with new perspectives and personal stories that at times must have made running the sim a challenge, but one they always described as a joy (shame there was no video camera watching a table or two flip with some player-led surprises, heh).

With no remaining host it appear the sim would be suspended, but I am open to passing on alternative proposals to the FSF Leadership. Otherwise, I can provide an open-ended fade out for the sim for continuation at a later date, or at least head canon that the ship's mission continued to its fullest -- there are no limits to the adventures such a valiant crew.

Best Wishes and Bold Tales.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby The Gnostic » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:44 pm

Hey all,

I highly reccommend the Sci Fi channel series The Expanse. Mind blowing , based on the books by James Corey. But it takes place 200 years in the future, where humans have colonized Mars and the asteroid belt, but already our space colonies are grumbling for independence. Alot of political intrigue (like good old TNG) and early solar system tensions (even better than the last season of Enterprise).

I was watching the Orville too, but while FSF is still around, I wanted to let you guys know this is the best sci fi show since at least DS9.

Thanks for indulging my imagination for the past few years.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby Brett K Reese » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:14 pm

I knew when Sail quit that would be the death of the sim. I now have nothing but tv for entertainment. I wish you all the best.
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Re: Continuing Voyages

Postby The Gnostic » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:34 pm

I actually just gave you a great book series.

But given that I don't feeling like paying , ahem, being extorted $6.99/mo to watch half a season of Star Trek Discovery-- although it is nice to have a black female lead, whose half-Vulcan character may make her too flat for primetime-- I've been catching up on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda on Amazon Prime.

Andromeda is about the collapse of the Systems Commonwealth (read: Federation), 300 years after its prime, and a lone ship that became stuck on the event horizon of a black hole, becomes in charge of leading the mission to resurrect the noble principles of the dead Commonwealth. -- Considering that the Federation is at its peak, at the end of the TNG movies; the Klingons are pacified, Cardassians defeated, Romulans and Vulcans beginning their outreach towards reunification; I found Andromeda to be a refreshing post-apocalyptic version of Star Trek. (Given that our own society feels as though it is, like the price of Bitcoin, coming off its peak.)

(I watched some Earth: Final Conflict, which was another tentative Roddenberry plot later produced for syndication by his wife, Majel Barrett, as I grew up in the 1990s.)

My hunger for sci-fi, the most expansive of genres on the human condition, was re-ignited by the aformentioned The Expanse, and I've always dismissed junior franchises like Andromeda and Babylon 5. (It's really funny actually, Andromeda was spearheaded by former DS9 writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, but he was pushed out for writing plots that Kevin Sorbo [Hercules turned sci-fi captain] described as "too complicated.")

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hewitt_Wolfe

So while consuming all this sci-fi, so I could avoid watching/paying for ST: Discovery, I finally turned to Babylon 5. I always thought it was the least credible of the sci-fi franchises, and as a teenager, I would troll the AOL chat rooms with "B5 sucks!" and "B5 copied Star Trek" (as though Star Trek invented the idea of sci-fi... little did I know as a child, that sci-fi might have possibly begun with Jules Vernes' Journey to the Center of the Earth, which I have loved since age 10.)

https://www.go90.com/shows/babylon5

Just like DS9, or any mega-franchise, a set of the DVD's can set you back $100 or more. And while I happily plunked it down for DS9, I can't do that without knowing what I was jumping in to. So would you believe it, it's streaming for free? And not some Chinese piracy site streaming, but a free, legitimate US-based site which has the rights to the content? Owned by Verizon Wireless, no less. All 5 seasons, all episodes.

I don't know how long it will last, and while the production value of the first few episodes is so low, the camera is frequently out of focus for intro/establishment shots -- but it showcases what can happen if you let a writer have his/her way for 5 seasons, and let them weave a story for once. I guess it helped not to have Kevin Sorbo giving input on the details of the plot, but now I have to make up for my days as a teenage troll, raining invective on Babylon 5 fans.

So while I would rather someone read books, if you need a new sci-fi show to snack on, and you don't feel like jumping over a paywall, please catch up on this brilliant series I wish I had watched at that tender young age when I needed guidance on my place in the universe-- not that Star Trek didn't nudge me to a pretty good place.

PS. Happy MLK Day. Star Trek came right out of that era of the 1960s, and its vision for a colorblind society, which we have still not yet achieved.
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