Welcome to the Task Group 47-C Flagship USS Pioneer

"One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not To Yield."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson-
(As inscribed on the dedication plaque of the USS Pioneer NCC-74757)

The year is 2396. In the aftermath of the Cardassian War, the relationship between Cardassia and the Federation has fundamentally shifted. Cardassia rebuilds as the Federation deploys Starfleet to serve and protect Cardassia and its colonies.

However, the crew of the USS Pioneer has learned that within this rebuilding process there are two dark threats. The first comes from colonists being led by a former Starfleet Admiral and calling themselves the New Maquis. The second is from within Cardassia itself. The government led by Elim Garak is tedious at best. A group known as the True Way threatens to topple his government. Both of these dangerous factions, had been running in secret in attempts to bring down the alliance between the Federation and the Cardassian Union. However, now they are out in the open beating the drums of war.

The USS Pioneer enters it's second season attempting to hold the line from these threats on all sides. The Pioneer's Marine Detachment known as "The Cure" is geared and ready to put a stop to the threat. But is it enough? In short, their mission echoes their dedication plaque.

"USS Pioneer, To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not To Yield."

As part of their mission, the USS Pioneer was commissioned to join the USS Shanghai in achieving this goal. Station Empok Nor, was purposely restored to operational status for the task as a base of Starfleet Operations in the sector. Now the station stands as the final hurdle for the New Maquis and the True Way. If you think you have what it takes to face the enemy in these dark times, and NEVER YIELD then join the USS Pioneer as it enters it's second season with the darkest stories we have told to date.

Join Captain Malbrooke as he continues the legacy of the Intrepid Class of ships.

DO YOU HAVE THE PIONEERING SPIRIT

Browse the manifest to see what open positions interest you. Take a read of the crew posts and logs to see what we are made of. If this sounds like something you might be interested in being part of, then feel free to submit an application or alternative contacting Command through the 'Contact Us' button with any questions or queries you may have.

We welcome all writers. It doesn't matter if you have been role-playing in the Star Trek universe for less than a day or you are a veteran. All are welcome!

USS Pioneer is a proud Obsidian Fleet SIM serving in Task Force 47! Join us now.

USS Pioneer is a Star Trek role-playing SIM that is played using Nova, a role-playing system developed by Anodyne Productions. You must be 13 or older to join this SIM!






Latest News Items

» The Sound Of Silence - Episode 8 Wrap Up

Posted on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 @ 10:13pm by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

I loved everything about this mission, from concept to execution it was an great example of what happens when a crew pulls together. First a general idea from Paul Michael sparked a what if kind of story in my head. You all ran with it like a torch and we had a nice spooky storyline for the Halloween season.

This mission saw the crew bond and the Away Teams presented some real Star Trek style scenes. We also introduced a new race, and who knows when The Silence will fall. Once again I feel the need to express how proud I am to have each and every one of you aboard this sim. These stories would not be anywhere near as good as they are if it were not for you all. So thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times thank you. You are my online family...

So without any gilding the lily and no further ado I give you the one, the only, awards... taps mic

Promotions


To start things off we have a few promotions. These are earned through hard work and I am proud to hand out the extra pips when warranted.

Vaebn tr'Hwersuil - Vaebn is one of the original crew members of the Pioneer, he has been here from the beginning. The Science Chief is always a hard role to write in a sim as they can be involved in everything and nothing at the same time. Vaebn's tags are not only filled with interesting science, but they always give us a glimpse into who the man behind the sensors is. This Romulan is an interesting character and I am excited to see what is in store from him. For his great service to the Pioneer and it's story I hereby promote Vaebn tr'Hwersuil to the rank of Lieutenant Commander with all of the rights and privileges therein.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Elen Diari - Elen lends a nice dose of humor to every situation that they are involved in. A sassy technician is something that any Captain would want in their engine room. Diari keeps the Pioneer together and gets us home. I love this character and at times wish that I could read more from them. Diari reminds me of a Star Trek version of Kaylee from Firefly and I love everything about that statement. I hereby promote Elen Diari to the rank of Lieutenant with all of the rights and privileges therein.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Clarissa Rockwell - It is rare that an NPC character gets a promotion. However, when the character steps to the plate and hits a home-run one is deserved. Clarissa is a integral part in bringing the lower decks of the Pioneer to life. A starship is not just the bridge crew and Clarissa gives us that look into what "the other guy" does aboard the ship. I am particularly fond of the nervousness that she exhibits when asked to serve on the bridge. That definitely plays exceptionally well as a new officer. Along with this rank promotion I am proud to appoint Clarissa to the station of Assistant Chief Engineering Officer. I hereby promote Clarissa Rockwell to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade with all of the rights and privileges therein.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Awards


Lieutenant Ameri Ó Flannagáin - Captain's Personal Merit Award - "I have watched this character grow from an NPC concept into a full PC character. This writer balances the subtlety of being a wife and an officer very well. I also enjoy the way she balances being an officer who has to report to her husband. For this mission I would like to recognize Ameri for not only doing what she normally does. But, in the mission posts she added a sense of fear to the post that makes it enjoyable to read."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Executive Officer's Merit Award - "Since coming aboard the sim, this officer has proven her worth to the sim. I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Jayna. She has really helped to progress the story and sub plot stories forward."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-


Lieutenant Elen Diari - Crew's Choice Award - "Lieutenant Diari has interjected an interesting twist on the standard Engineer. Her colorful background allows for compelling stories as she shares her writing skills with all of us."
-Lieutenant Commander Richard Ballston-

"Elen Diari is an interesting and fun character to write with and read about. She is a great writer that can always add a bit of levity to any post. It is also enjoyable to learn when typically happy characters have a darker, seedier side. Besides who doesn't like a leggy blonde."
-Lieutenant Hermia O'Rourke-


Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Intelligence Prowess Award - "I, the Chief Intelligence officer of the USS Pioneer, would like to nominate for this award Warrant Officer Mira Jayna. She has proven to be a valuable asset and brought several intelligence cases to my attention. All that helped me significantly in my own work. I am happy she is on my team."
-Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters-


Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Creativity Award - "I want to nominate Jayna for this award, because of the awesome sub plot story arc regarding the pirates in our holodeck adventure. This idea, has sparked several post entries, cataloging the crews holodeck adventure. This was a great sub plot, that brought the crew together to write."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-


Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin, Captain Cornelius Tremble & Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters - 100 Post Ribbon - "I would like to recognize these three members of the crew for their commitment to the story of the Pioneer. Achieving 100 posts is a great feat indeed. Keep up the great stories and the great writing."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


"Jennifer Masters, is a remarkable writer. Rarely in sims, do you see players that stick around and get up to 100 posts. Not only has she done this, but she continuously impresses me with the level of detail and commitment to this character she writes. I am very happy to nominate Giang for this award."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-


Lieutenant Hermia O'Rourke - Departmental Service Badge: Sciences - "Lieutenant Hermia O'rourke has served faithfully as a member of the medical staff, the right hand as it were to Dr. Richard Ballston, the CMO aboard the USS Pioneer. During the writer’s time here, Hermia has managed to rack up an impressive array of awards. Many of her posts are character building giving us a glimpse into the life of a Starfleet medical officer outside of her regular duties. It is a pleasure having her aboard."
-Lieutenant Commander Richard Ballston-


Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin - Zefram Cochrane Medal of Exploration - "His unique style of writing has pushed the other players, and the plot during the Silence away mission has made a lasting impact on the actions and thoughts of both his fellow players and character."
-Lieutenant Vaebn tr'Hwersuil-

"I would like to add my own reasoning to the Lieutenant's. Commander O Flannagain exemplifies a First Officer with his writing. His commitment to every mission and every plot point is fantastic to read. Moreover it makes running a sim not only easier, but more fun. With every post one can see the lasting impact that he makes on other characters. Bravo!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Captain Cornelius Tremble - Teamwork Ribbon - "Captain Tremble aka Shane is a phenomenal writers and a team player. Both writer and character are team work driven. They are both shining examples, of what it means to be a team work. You can always count on them to help move the story forward, and to close any loose ends. As of this nomination, Shane had over 136 posts, and I guarantee you, in the majority of them, he has shown his level of commitment and dedication to team work and to this sim as a whole."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-


Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Teamwork Ribbon - "For her NPC, Mignon Mejia, keeping everyone involved in our group JPs in the silence mission- sometimes writers can "disappear" almost in big group JPs over numerous Posts, but in this case, made sure we were all in and part of it."
-Lieutenant Elen Diari-


Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin - Recruitment Award - "Awarded for his recruitment of Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain. The addition of Ameri was a great boon to the Pioneer and as CO I am overjoyed that they are part of this sim and this community. None of that would have been possible if not for the Commander's recruitment. So on the six month anniversary of Ameri's joining the Pioneer I would like to recognize the person who brought her here."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Paul Michael - Most Improved Player - "Lieutenant Michael has taken a vested interest in the sim over the past mission. Not only adding to the main plot line in a considerable way, but adding his own unique spin on a side plot. I have enjoyed reading these additions, and watching the Lieutenant begin to grow. I look forward to seeing where the character goes from here. Keep up the good work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


To sum this mission up I would like to say that I am exceptionally proud of you all. You took a very abstract concept for a race and helped turn it into something viable in the Star Trek universe. So viable in fact that you can expect to see The Silence return for another episode down the road. I also love that that this mission revealed some interesting points on the various characters that were assigned to the mission. Tremble was great creating something interesting for our Marines to do that tied in with the general storyline.

You should all be proud and happy about this mission. Keep up the great work and Happy New Year! Let's make next years stories even better.

Here's to the never ending horizon...

For Now,
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer


» September Was A Very Good Month Indeed

Posted on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 @ 2:31am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Well September ends and here on the east coast of the US we break into the dog days of autumn. My favorite season and the time when everything is the best it could be. So as we begin October I look forward to how the month unfolds in this little community of ours.

September 2019 Report

Enjoy the update and keep the thrilling suspense coming until the conclusion of The Silence.

Until next month my friends...

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer


» It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Posted on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 @ 5:16am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

When most people hear that line they think of the Yuletide season. Not me, I think of the fall. Crisp leaves under foot. A cool crispness to the air. And Halloween...

Obsidian Fleet is celebrating Halloween with a contest. The Golden Pumpkin Competition. For more information click the link below. I encourage everyone to enter, it is a lot of fun.

The Golden Pumpkin Competition

Good Luck, and good writing...


For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer


» There's No Place Like Home Episode 7 Wrap Up

Posted on Thu Aug 15th, 2019 @ 4:43am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

WOW! Just WOW! You all really amazed me this episode. Not only did we get some good character development, but a very interesting side plot was held during the shore leave. On top of all of that headway was made on the over arc plot. We now have three separate investigatory teams looking into our friends from Cardassia. Will they put it all together in time, meh who knows. For now we have exploring to do.

On a personal note I wanted to say how happy and proud I am of all of you. It is a rare treat to find a crew that can create character development on a mission driven sim. You all get it done with aplomb. So thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times thank you. You are my online family...

Now that the mushy stuff is out of the way on to the recognition. I am proud to say we have some award to give out.

So without any gilding the lily and no further ado I give you the one, the only, awards... taps mic

The Entire Crew - Silver Unit of Merit (Unit Award) - “Normally, I’m not one for giving awards to Task Group Flagships. In fact, often times I actively avoid it as I feel to take on a Task Force Command role is to forfeit those types of awards to the sims you are the TGCO for. However, in this instance, I am awarding the UoM from the month of July to Captain Tyler Malbrooke and the crew of the Pioneer. They consistently put out a high post count while maintaining a brilliant quality, worthy of Flagship status and this award. In July alone, they put out 134 posts, an average of just over 7 posts per player, and are on track for another month that will break that 100 post level, and this isn’t a one off either! Combine that with the additional work Malbrooke does in his capacity as a TGCO and Academy Commandant while also running this great sim and the sheer degree of interaction between these people that demonstrates the kind of creativity and camaraderie this fleet is all about, and you’ll understand why I’m nominating them for this award. So congratulations to the Pioneer and her crew, this award is well earned. Keep it up!”
–Oliver Lancaster, TF47 TFCO-


Ensign Dana Wakefield - Captain's Personal Merit Award - "The story they constructed and kept relatively secret from us all was one that was compelling, and something not often seen in Star Trek. It is rare that a story is told about how the stresses of starship life can effect a person. I enjoyed reading this series, and I am glad to have been a writer in it. So for her fall from grace I would like to give Dana Wakefield the Captain's Personal Merit Award. Now keep up the great work..."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Ameri Ó Flannagáin - Executive Officer's Merit Award - "What a great addition to the fleet. This writer and the character herself, is a fun read. I love how Ameri has come to life. First being an npc, to becoming a playable character. She personality traits are wonderful, and so is her sassy irish humor. I have enjoyed watching this character develop."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-


Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters - Crew's Choice Award - "Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters, has become very active within the sim. I am very impressed with her posting levels. Glad to see her posting on a regular basis. Really enjoying the sub story arc. Can not wait to see what comes next."
-Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin-

"Masters is always up for writing with anyone and it is a pleasure to do so."
-Lieutenant Commander Richard Ballston-

"Masters is someone that you can depend on both in character and out. She has become and invaluable member of this community, always saying hello and chatting on the Discord Channel. There have been some big things out of our Intel Department, and I expect even bigger things to come. Her willingness to assist in any plot line makes her a resource like no other in a sim."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-



Lieutenant Ameri Ó Flannagáin
- Meritorious Newcomer Award - "Ameri has been with the sim for a short time now. In that time they have made the character so much more than the original "this is the XO's wife". She is always willing to jump in on a post and lend a hand to telling a great story both in the main plot arc, and with character's personal arcs. One of my favorite exchanges in this sim came with Ameri and so for that and much more I grant this award."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

"Ameri was a joy to write with, and has jumped into every position with both feet."
-Lieutenant Vaebn tr'Hwersuil-



Lieutenant Ingrid Hollister
- Departmental Service Badge: Command - "Every post that the Lieutenant submits is a joy to read. I love to read about the hidden agenda of this pilot. When they joined the Pioneer their character background lent itself to assist in furthering the over arc of the sim. Hollister was more than willing to throw their character out there for a unique introduction. I find myself rereading their introduction ever so often, simply because it is a good read. I award this badge for their commitment to the Command Department of this vessel."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-



Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters
- Friendship Ribbon - "Without Jen, Dana would be up s&*t creek without a paddle, I know I can always rely on Jen and she always has my back, what are friends for after all."
-Ensign Dana Wakefield-



Ensign Dana Wakefield
- Friendship Ribbon - "Without Jen, Dana would be up s&*t creek without a paddle, I know I can always rely on Jen and she always has my back, what are friends for after all."
-Ensign Dana Wakefield-



Ensign Dana Wakefield
- Outstanding Post Ribbon - "I'm putting Lieutenant Dana Wakefield and Warrant Jennifer Masters up for this award. The post, What are Friends For is a compelling post about two characters each dealing with trauma in their lives and leaning on one another to try and get through it. This post helped pave the way to more drama throughout Episode 7: Home Again and it's been a lot of fun to read."
-Captain Cornelius Tremble-



Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters
- Outstanding Post Ribbon - "I'm putting Lieutenant Dana Wakefield and Warrant Jennifer Masters up for this award. The post, What are Friends For is a compelling post about two characters each dealing with trauma in their lives and leaning on one another to try and get through it. This post helped pave the way to more drama throughout Episode 7: Home Again and it's been a lot of fun to read."
-Captain Cornelius Tremble-



Captain Tyler Malbrooke
- 100 Post Ribbon - "Awarded for completing 150 posts. Well done!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


The story of this ship continues in ways that I never thought possible. When I created this sim I set out to tell the stories that you did not see on television with the series. Home Again will stick out in my mind as the mission when that became possible and more. Within this writing is a court martial, three romantic relationships, two married couples and whole lot more. If this is the beginning I can't wait to see what happens next.

Here is to the tip of the iceberg...

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer


» The Pioneer Sets The Bar Yet Again

Posted on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 @ 11:56pm by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

I am floored, amazed, flabbergasted even, and other signs of bewilderment as well. You faboulous writers, greatest crew, and merry few have done it again. We have gained the Unit of Merit Award for this month. This award is for all of you and how hard you write. If you would like to see what our Task Group Commanding Officer Admiral Oliver Lancaster had to say click the link below.

Task Group 47 Report

As for me all I can say is thank you. Thank you for being a part of this community and for telling some great stories. Here is to the undiscovered country and the heights that we are going to hit in the years to come.

So Congratulations everyone!

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer