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Poll of the Week: STO-king The Flames!

About two years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of playing a game with a number of my friends from the fleet. Though I’d played the game for a number of years, it was the first time I’d actually done it as a group. I had so much fun that it still rings in my mind today, and I long to try it again. The game, as you might have guessed from my oh-so-witty title, was Star Trek Online – a free-to-play MMORG set in a truly chaotic version of our beloved fictional universe. One of the best space combat simulators I’ve come across, STO permits people from around the world to easily find each other, and enjoy some battle together.

Some of you may have seen the hilarity that ensues when a number of our group participate in a round or two of Bridge Crew, and I’d like to see how viable that idea is in regards to STO. We have a fleet, but because there’s been little success in getting a solid presence in game, it hasn’t made much progress.

With that in mind, this week’s poll asks you for your opinion on Star Trek Online! Have you played it and enjoyed it? Never heard of it? Not a fan?

Head to the forums to register your vote in the poll now. And don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Prequel captain?

Prequels are a sensitive subject in many television and literary communities. While some believe them to be generally interesting, positive ideas, the sudden abundance of stories-before-stories has others taking a more cynical viewpoint.

Whatever your stance on this issue, it’s difficult to deny that the Star Trek captains we know and love have had very interesting histories, oftentimes touched on in their respective shows in interesting ways. Kirk’s days at the Academy and his time on the Farragut and Republic had profound effects on his decisions and character years later. Picard’s early command of the Valiant and his background in archaeology have been touched on in novels, and might yield an interesting dive into how he became the man known more commonly to fans. Archer’s time as a test pilot during the race to warp 5, and the resulting tensions and issues with the Vulcan people, might well be a fascinating examination of how Earth grew and changed from war-ravaged hell to peaceful utopia.

This week’s poll asks which captain you’d most like to see a prequel series focus on.

Head to the forums to add your vote in the poll, and don’t forget to leave a comment!


Interview With Fleet Captain Roshanara Rahman

Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles.

This month we’re interviewing recently promoted Flag Officer Fleet Captain Roshanara Rahman – Rich – commanding officer of the USS Veritas. Let’s get started!

SHAYNE: Some time has passed, but it bears repeating – congratulations on your promotion to Fleet Captain!  Last time we had the pleasure of talking with you, you had just launched the USS Veritas. Can you tell us more about how your ship has grown and progressed since launch?

RAHMAN: It’s hard to believe we’re warping off into our fourth year/season! When we originally designed the Shoals campaign region, we wanted to create a more intimate setting to allow us to fully explore the worlds and people within it for the next several years, and we still have places that we haven’t even seen yet! The crew has changed over the last couple of years, most notably when nearly half of them went over to help launch the USS Montreal under then-Commander Mei’konda in 2395 (2018). Since then, the crew has remained pretty much the same, and we have such a great group of talented and strong storytellers, and it’s a joy to lead them as their captain.


Poll of the Week: New Year’s Resolution

Across the world, humans recently took various and generally well-meant oaths to improve themselves in some way or another. These resolutions follow an ancient tradition generally attributed to the Babylonian civilization of some four thousand years ago. Since then, countless resolutions have been started, to varying levels of success.

Most alien characters in Star Trek follow their people’s teachings, faith and customs to some extent, but given the nondenominational nature of this particular tradition, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to think that individuals of any race might find it somewhat appealing.

Does your character have a new year’s resolution?

Click here to head to the forums now and register your vote in the poll. Don’t forget to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Christmas For Your Character!

While many people in the world who celebrate Christmas do so with an active spiritual or religious component, a good number do not. Some have their own traditions, or prefer to approach the holidays from a more familial and traditional standpoint. The only thing more ubiquitous than celebrations on December 25th is the variety of ways in which this is accomplished.

This got me thinking; if humans can choose to observe how they observe Christmas, how would alien species feel about the whole affair? More specifically for our purposes, how would your character approach the holiday? Would they be interested in immersing themselves in the festivities? Perhaps they’d be interested in observing from a distance. Maybe they’re simply not interested in it, or prefer not to involve themselves for spiritual reasons.

Would your character be interested in celebrating some aspect of Christmas?

Head to the forums now to add your vote in the poll. And be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts!


Poll of the Week: Starfleet Concert

Congratulations! You’ve got Beta shift free today. Good thing too – there’s supposed to be a concert aboard. You’re not sure who will be playing, or what they’ll play, but you’ve got high hopes for something good.

If you entered the concert hall, and watched the performer(s) of the evening step onto the stage, who would you be most excited for? Would Data and his violin interest you? Perhaps Harry Kim and his clarinet would earn your applause? Maybe Spock and his famous Vulcan lyre would soothe the nerves of a challenging day? Could Uhura’s famous vocals do the job?

What Starfleet officer’s concert would you most enjoy attending? Click here to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment!


Poll of the Week: Tribble Crossbreeding!

They’re after you! You duck and dodge through the cave system that is your lair, desperate to get to your lab. Once you’re there, you will be safe. But they’re catching up – those confounded Starfleet security people! Why did they care about what you did? Who were they to tell you that your scientific pursuits were illegal? And what did you care about a broken treaty or two? You are on the cusp of greatness!

At last, the neutronium-laced door seals behind you, and you can complete your experimentation intact. You pour the last vial of green, bubbling goop into the vat, wait for the concoction to boil, and then take a single animal of your choice, along with a purring tribble, and throw them in. What comes out is up to you…

This week’s question asks you which Terran animal you’d like to see crossed with a tribble!

Head to the forums now to vote on your favorite. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Off Duty Wear?

Despite some characters’ appearance to the contrary, uniforms can’t stay on forever. At some point, they’ve got to come off, which means, generally, that something else goes on. Some will, of course, value the freedom their off hours permit to express themselves through their attire, or at least enjoy the comfort of less formal clothing. Others prefer the simplistic- why go to such lengths when a t-shirt and jeans would be more efficient? Some my prefer garb of a religious or cultural nature- Vulcans appear to enjoy an affinity for flowing robes and the like.

What does your character like to wear off-duty?

Click here to go directly to the forums to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment! 


Poll of the Week: Best Looking Uniform?

There’s no getting past it; the United Federation of Planets has got style. Every live-action show has made some change to uniform audiences were introduced to in the 1960s. Often, it’s a complete departure from precidented looks, and other times, its merely a subtle shift, but whether you prefer the utilitarian jumpsuit of Enterprise, or the “Monster Maroons” of Star Treks II-VI, it’s likely that you have a favorite.

Which of the uniforms, in your opinion, looks the best?

Click here to head to the forums now and cast your vote in this week’s poll! Don’t forget to leave a comment!


Poll of the Week: Superpower Your Character Would Want For A Day?

They might be heroes to us, but it’s easy to believe that our characters have dreams just like their writers. It’s not too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that those dreams might take a similar form to common fantasies in our daily lives. Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to fly, or blast away at the bad guys with laser sight? Even with phasers and replicators at their disposal, the occasional dalliance with the impossible is only human.

Which superpower would your character like for a day? 

Click here to head directly to the forums and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! 


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