"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-


The year is 2397. 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. Along with this rebuilding, came The New Maquis, and the Obsidian Order. These groups sought to destroy the peace in the sector.

Captain Tyler Malbrooke and the crew of the USS Pioneer have spent the past two years risking life and limb for this peace. They have travelled through time and back again. They have fought and bled for the preservation of their home, Empok Nor. Ultimately, the Pioneer emerged victorious. The Obsidian Order has fallen and the New Maquis has all but disbanded. That is when the new threat to Starfleet arose.

An old enemy begins to rumble. For quite some time the thought was that, the Romulans were no longer a threat. Since the Hobus star exploded the Romulan, empire has been in shambles. However, now they work on something they call the artifact, now they want to talk and now they come to the Federation open handed and for peace. What has changed? That is what the Pioneer is tasked with finding out.

This intrepid crew will learn all they can about the oldest and deadliest of enemies. The Pioneer finds itself in a battle between duty and honor. Exploration built the Pioneer, and molded the crew. However, the Federation and Starfleet wish to become more isolated to pull in on itself. This crew will have to prove to everyone what it means to seek out new lives, and civilizations. In short, their mission echoes their dedication plaque.

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


Can Tyler and the crew prove that there are more friends than foes out here or will Starfleet pull them and the rest of the fleet back to Earth? 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 its third season with the darkest stories we have told to date.

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

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» The Wheel Keeps on Turning - End of Year 2022

Posted on Tue Jan 3rd, 2023 @ 12:06am by Commodore Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Well here we are and we made it through, 2022 comes to close. Another year over and a new one begins. As always lets hope that the next one is better than the last. As I look back at the last year I see a world coming out of the darkness that was quarantine. I see relationships born and reborn. Along with the rebirth comes births new little ones coming into the world in the past year and to come in the next year. I credit this community to helping us get through these doldrums. Your creative stories have always kept my mind looking to a better tomorrow.

As the year comes to close we look at the great things that we have all accomplished. I was blessed to have a baby on the way. I know that one of our community started a new and great job. This year saw a return of some of our old friends while we continue to remain as close as we are. As for myself this year started out difficult and finishes with greatness. It is my greatest hope that 2023 is better than the last year. The we continue to grow and learn.

So that is enough of the misty eyed adoration. Suffice to say 2022 had its ups and its downs. But the Pioneer is always one of the ups...

So without any gilding the lily and no further ado I would like to present a few end of year/beginning of year awards and promotions.

Promotions


To start things off the Command Team and myself felt that a couple of promotions were in order.

Tyler Malbrooke - It has been five years since Tyler took command of the Pioneer, and what a five years it has been. Since taking command of Task Group Titan Tyler has proven his leadership skills and has been recognized for promotion by the fleet to the rank of Commodore. He knows that he could not have gotten to where he is without the efforts of this great crew.

Mira Jayna - Since joining the Pioneer Mira has become an intrical part of the sim, its workings and the storyline as whole. Add to that the Intelligence Department is growing. Thank you for your great service to the Pioneer.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Ja'sol H'ros Re Seva - Ja'sol joined the Pioneer and hit the ground running. He made quick work of some major Security and Tactical plot points during the latest mission. I am looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us in the future. Keep up the great work.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Edmund Merrick - It’s my pleasure to recommend and award 1st Lt. Ed Merrick the rank of Captain of Marines. Since they joined Pioneer as a dedicated Marine writer (a rarity), they’ve been an active part of the crew and are always ready and willing to write. I have no doubt that as we progress, they’ll continue to do the Pioneer and Corp proud, especially leading the Cure on all manner of interesting missions.
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Awards


Lieutenant Junior Grade Ja'sol H'ros Re Seva - Captain's Personal Merit Award -"Since joining the Pioneer Ja'sol has been a breath of fresh air in the Security Department. He demonstrates both the hard nosed battle hardened security officer and the softer more protective aspect as well. Add to that his willingness to lay it all on the line for the story. Keep up the great work Lieutenant. Thank you for being an intrical part of this crew."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr - Executive Officer's Merit Award - "It's a tough field because we have great writers, but when I thought about what I was most appreciative of at this point in time was a strong Command Staff (because they've been carrying some of my load). Command does a lot because we enjoy it. In this instance, I want to recognize our Chief of the Boat and thank them for their hard work, time and attention to the SIM."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Ensign Rachel Sinclair - Second Officer's Award of Merit - "After much consideration and debate with me, myself, I and more we have decided to award this months Second Officer's Award of Merit to Ensign Rachel Sinclair. For I found them to be very active and open from the day they joined our sim. For being a part of its crew and bringing them together with your ideas. You bring your own story to the table and let it live among the crew. You have been with us not that long, but it feels like you have been with us a long time. A well earned merit."
-Lieutenant Commander Rowena McGowen-


Staff Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Enlisted Award of Merit - "I feel Jayna to be a prime candidate for this award. Their contribution to the current mission aside they have been a joy to write with and this character has been a part of the Pioneer for many year. I hope for many more to come."
-Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr-


Chief Petty Officer Sha’Zen D'Tem - Departmental Service Badge: Science - "Sha'Zen has been invaluable during the current mission. She gets involved in every post and finds ways to show her character's distinct personality. You never know what to expect from Sha'Zen, but it's always fun to play off."
-Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Maren-


Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr - Departmental Service Badge: Marine - "For doing an outstanding job in keeping the movement of the stories flowing, and he has had a dedicated spirit and passion in his writing."
-First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick-


Warrant Officer Mercy Ryan - Departmental Service Badge: Marine - "For the outstanding work you have done in the story."
-First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick


Corporal Sina Ravenna - Departmental Service Badge: Marine - "For the outstanding writing, and helping to keep the mission forward. Many thanks."
-First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick-


Lieutenant Paul Michael - Air Medal - "A pilot is expected to fly a ship through space and do it well. However, they are not expected to fly a ship under water. Paul handled the curve ball of piloting a submarine with the aplomb we have come to expect from him. Much like the pilots we have come to see on the screen in Star Trek Paul is earning his place among their names."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Ensign Paisley F'rar - Meritorious Newcomer Award - "The Ensign came aboard and got themselves involved in everything. A Cardassian/Bajoran is not an easy character to play when the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor and their siding with the Dominion are still in living memory."
-Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke-


Ensign Rachel Sinclair - Meritorious Newcomer Award - "Ensign Sinclair joined the sim with a very interesting backstory. They have only been with us for a short time and already the backstory is taking hold and finding a place within the greater story. This character came aboard and was thrown directly into the fire. They handled it as if it were just another balmy day. Already I cannot picture the Pioneer without them. Thank you for your wonderful stories and keep up the great work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Ja'sol H'ros Re Seva - Whoopi Goldberg Diversity Ribbon - "In the short time that Ja'sol has been with the sim he has made his race known. The Eldoran race is a little known race from a very little part of the Trek story. He brings this race to life with what seems like little effort."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Chief Petty Officer Sha’Zen D'Tem - George S Patton Jr Memorial Award - "The Dark Shores series of posts began with a scientific expedition that got raided. Simple enough right, wrong... The writers on this team rolled with every punch I gave them and kept me guessing with the strategy they developed to overcome the attackers. With this being the lynchpin of the overall plot they made it exciting and showed brilliant tactics. Great work!!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Ensign Mignon Mejia - George S Patton Jr Memorial Award - "The Dark Shores series of posts began with a scientific expedition that got raided. Simple enough right, wrong... The writers on this team rolled with every punch I gave them and kept me guessing with the strategy they developed to overcome the attackers. With this being the lynchpin of the overall plot they made it exciting and showed brilliant tactics. Great work!!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Sergeant Shayla Kunadt - George S Patton Jr Memorial Award - "The Dark Shores series of posts began with a scientific expedition that got raided. Simple enough right, wrong... The writers on this team rolled with every punch I gave them and kept me guessing with the strategy they developed to overcome the attackers. With this being the lynchpin of the overall plot they made it exciting and showed brilliant tactics. Great work!!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Maren - George S Patton Jr Memorial Award - "The Dark Shores series of posts began with a scientific expedition that got raided. Simple enough right, wrong... The writers on this team rolled with every punch I gave them and kept me guessing with the strategy they developed to overcome the attackers. With this being the lynchpin of the overall plot they made it exciting and showed brilliant tactics. Great work!!"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Mr Tumnus - Non-Player Character Award - "Mr Tumnus gets everywhere. Most departments are familiar with the ship cat, including the Marines. The adventures of the cat are a delight to read."
-Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Maren-


Chief Petty Officer Sha'Zen D'Tem - Non-Player Character Award - "Sha'Zen has been involved in all aspects of the science portion of this mission. She's great to write with and has some...unique responses to situations that really enhance posts."
-Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Maren-


Staff Sergeant Gaagii - Non-Player Character Award - "NPC's give us an opportunity to try different voices and maybe take a break from the same old same old. For GM's, it's a little different as they help fill out the rosters of away teams and mission profiles where you need a choir to tell the right story. And it's nice to get them out and learn more about them. We don't often get to hear from our Recon guru, but he's a very cool character and I want to think the boss for airing him out lately."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Zhara Rynn - Outstanding Post Ribbon - " For the post titled "Dream, Nightmare, or Guilt" It has been quite a long time since we had a real counseling post and this one suits that bill. It also gives us a great look into the character that is Edmund Merrick. Thank you to both Merrick and Rynn for this wonderful piece of writing."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick - Outstanding Post Ribbon - " For the post titled "Dream, Nightmare, or Guilt" It has been quite a long time since we had a real counseling post and this one suits that bill. It also gives us a great look into the character that is Edmund Merrick. Thank you to both Merrick and Rynn for this wonderful piece of writing."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr - Support Character of The Month - "Lachlan has served as the Chief of the Boat for some time now. In that capacity he is one hell of an asset. However, in the past month he has stepped up his support. Making sure the plot moved along when needed and keeping conversation on the Discord going. Thank you for everything that you do."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick - Character of The Month - "It is always helpful when a player steps up to help keep a post going when it stalls out, and to keep the plot flowing. Merrick has done all of that and more in the past month. They always pop on the Discord channel to say hello and even ask after someone if they have not signed on in a while. Thank you for being the beacon this award exemplifies."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Captain Tyler Malbrooke - Professional Merit Award - "The captain makes every player on the ship feel welcome and important. He is a generous writer who is supportive in and out of posts. He's a great team player who makes sure other characters are involved and frequently uses his NPCs to interact with others."
-Lieutenant Commander Alyssa Maren-


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke - Outstanding Character Award - "Our Doc has her hands in literally everything this sim does. They also has the distinction of having the most NPCs on the sim. Their efforts to keep the story of the Pioneer going has been recognized in some fashion by every member of the Command Team. It is for all of these reasons and more that we award the Outstanding Character Award to Hermia O'Rourke."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Major Cornelius Tremble - Outstanding Executive Officer Award - "In the five short years that the Pioneer has been around I have gone through a few Executive Officers. However, this sim would not be where it is if it was not for Major Tremble. When my life gets in the way of running the sim he is always there to pick up the slack and help out. Ever ready with a great story to write or something to keep his Marines busy. I am forever in your debt. Thank you for being part of this community and for being a dear friend."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

"I would like to make this nomination to our outstanding Major Cornelius Tremble. He probably thinks he doesn't deserve this award, but I am sorry, Major, I disagree. Your input and effort in your function since the day you took up the position has been top notch. You have ideas, your are very involved in all the intricacies of this ship and it's crew. You are honest yet open and even if you think you failed because of our shortcomings as the crew, you haven't, they are our shortcomings and you did what you should as an executive officer and some of us, myself included, may have come over as not interested due to our inactivity, but from my personal experience, this is not the case. Please continue what you're doing and thank you for being our first officer."
-Lieutenant Commander Rowena McGowen-


"Tremble has been an outstanding figure not only in character but out. On Discord is always chips in with words and conversation and has been guiding us on the current mission at hand. They are a joy to write with and always an incredibly insightful and wise member of the command team. I truly believe we are in a far better place with him as the XO and hope he is at the helm (second seat) for many years to come :)"
-Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr-


"I'd like to recognize Tremble for being an outstanding XO of the USS Pioneer. He has been actively helping to move stories along, and providing some humorous aspects as well."
-First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick-


Captain Tyler Malbrooke - Outstanding Commanding Officer Award - "For the time I have been a part of the USS Pioneer, I have seen a great passion and love for his ship and his crew. Captain Tyler Malbrooke is someone I can call a friend, and when we speak of the USS Pioneer his voice virtually glows as to how much he is invested in the sim. Thank you, it has been a great honor to be on this ship with you."
-First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick-


I would like to add that I am proud of each and every one of you. Your writing and your friendship never ceases to amaze me. You all have taken a small idea that I had and turned it into this amazing world that we all get to run around in. Keep up the great work. Here is to an amazing year. Let's make 2023 even more amazing.

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


» Some Well Deserved Awards

Posted on Tue Sep 13th, 2022 @ 6:03am by Commodore Tyler Malbrooke in General News

As we reach what could be the midway point of our mission "Crooked River" there are a few awards that are deserved.

I am hoping to award the Character of the Month, and Support Character of the Month on an actual monthly basis. I have been bad on staying on top of that and I am sorry. But stay tuned...

Lieutenant Paul Michael - Character of the Month -"For the month of August we would like to give Paul Michael Character of the Month. He has definitely stepped up his activity and keeps pushing the story along in his piloting of the Marines during the mission. As the mission progresses I look forward to seeing what he comes up with. Keep up the great work."
-USS Pioneer Command Team-


Ensign Rachel Sinclair - Support Character of the Month -"The Ensign just joined the ship and yet their arrival posts were some of the funniest that we have seen. The awkward anxiousness of a new Ensign meeting the Captain is just something I have not seen and in the post you can feel it coming off the page. Thank you for adding a Lower Decks kind of feel to your arrival. Keep up the great work."
-USS Pioneer Command Team-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Ja'sol H'ros Re Seva - Service Citation Six Months - "Times flies when you are having fun. Has it been six months already. With the additions that Ja'sol makes to the story it seems like he was always here. He is a wonderful addition to the story and to the community as a whole. Thanks for being a part of this community and I look forward to what comes next."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


First Lieutenant Edmond Merrick - Recruitment Award - "Awarded for their recruitment of Lieutenant Junior Grade Ja'sol H'ros Re Seva. The addition of Ja'sol was a great boon to the Pioneer and as CO I am overjoyed that they are part of this sim and this community. There is a distinct sense of mystery and suspense to the security posts from Ja'sol. None of that would have been possible if not for the First Lieutenant's recruitment. So on the six month anniversary of Ja'sol's joining the Pioneer I would like to recognize the person who brought them here."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


I would like to add that I am proud of each and every one of you. The Pioneer has returned to the posting levels it has enjoyed for the most of the time that the sim has been around. For that I have you all to thank for your talent and your imagination. Thanks for making these stories some of the best and most believable.

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


» The Party's Over - Risin To Risa Wrap up - Episode 12

Posted on Tue May 3rd, 2022 @ 3:44am by Commodore Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Well I hope everyone had fun and achieved Jamaharon... Remember what happens on Risa stays on Risa lol...

This was just the mission that the Pioneer needed as we came out of the darkness that was the pandemic. In many ways we are still in that craziness, but at least on the Pioneer there is a return to some great writing and stories.

It seems that we have learned a lot about not only our characters but ourselves during this mission. Some have taken a step back to lesser roles, which allowed others to come to the forefront and shine. This is not a bad thing in the simming world it is always great to see everyone have a chance to shine.

This mission also saw new friends join the ship. That is always something great and something to be cherished. This ever expanding universe and family of ours. So, to those newcomers welcome aboard and to everyone thanks for being a part of this community and a connection in this ever separating world. Thanks for being a friend.

So that is enough of the misty eyed thank yous and heartfelt adoration. Suffice to say you all rock, but I rock most lol...

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 the Command Team and myself felt that a couple of promotions were in order.

Rowena McGowen - Rowena has been with the Pioneer almost since it started in one position or another. As a member of the command team she has a hand in tempering my off hand reactions. She is one of the many lynchpins that holds this group of ours together, and the Pioneer would not be as good as it is without her. It is for these reasons and many more that I promote her to the rank of Lieutenant Commander with all of the rights and privileges therein.

Alyssa Maren - Alyssa has been with the Pioneer for some time now. Since joining she has proven herself a fantastic writer and excellent addition to the Pioneer family. Since taking over the Science Department she has hit the ground running, and in the short time revealed a number of great additions to Pioneer's Science Labs and to the Pioneer as whole. Her writing is always interesting to read, and heartfelt. It is for these reasons and many more that I hereby promote her to the rank of Lieutenant Commander with all the rights and privileges therein.

Awards


Lieutenant Alyssa Maren - Captain's Personal Merit Award -"During this past mission we have learned more about Alyssa than almost any other character. She came aboard the Pioneer, refit a cargo bay, and rekindled a lost love. If this were not enough she also has completed a post with almost every member of the crew in this time. A true force to be reckoned with. Keep up the great work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke - Executive Officer's Merit Award - "Aboard Pioneer, there's always plenty of reasons to hand out recognition. I'm proffering this award for the writer not only stepping up to take on Department Head for medical, but for the many voices they've brought to Pioneer over the years. Even though it's an XO's merit, I think I can also speak for the crew in thanking you."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke - Second Officer's Award of Merit - "I would like to comment the good doctor for her involvement and commitment in this crew. She is always open to jump in where needed and always open for a talk. Thank you for being our doctor."
-Lieutenant Rowena McGowen-


First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick - Crew's Choice Award - "Edmund has been involved in a number of posts since joining the sim, getting to know the crew and the ship. The posts have been a lot of fun to read, too."
-Lieutenant Alyssa Maren-

"Their posts are always well written and engaging. I believe them to be a vital part of the sim and story telling process on board. I am also a good friend of this person and believe their personality and nature bring positivity to the game. They have also brought in their partner to the game ;) even though it's too early for a Recruitment Award... they do deserve recognition for that."
-Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr-

"I love how they came in hit the ground running. They are active all around the crew and are an example of marines mingle with fleeters. We are seeing more and more of that. There has always been a bad rep between Marines and fleets. Many sims are in the process of breaking and love how this crew member is doing their best to give their contribution. With a marine as a First officer, his work is now more needed than ever to help run the marines. Thank you for your service!"
-Lieutenant Rowena McGowen-


First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick - Meritorious Newcomer Award - "For their willingness to jump into posts and get to know the rest of the crew. And for the great writing."
-Lieutenant Alyssa Maren-

"Merrick's writer has really made themselves active since their arrival aboard Pioneer. They've written with most if not all of the crew and really introduced us to his character. I look forward to seeing how the character grows."
-Major Corenlius Tremble-

"The Marine XO joined the sim and hit ground running. They have made their presence known with a number of posts with most of the crew. As well as within the Discord channel. A great addition to our Pioneer family and a great writer. Thanks for joining the sim and keep up the great work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Commander Katherine Malbrooke - Non-Player Character Award - "Focusing on Even Captain's Need Shore Leave, I'm nominating K. Malbrooke in this because developing characters is always more fun when you have someone else to write with. In this case, Katherine's write worked with the Captain in writing a really good post that opened up the relationship between the two characters in an environment away from the ship. NPC's are an important part of a SIM in adding more voices, differing points of view and even some drama. Nicely done."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Major Cornelius Tremble & Staff Warrant Officer Mira Jayna - Friendship Ribbon - "For the great series of posts that built a friendship with our XO. Who knew that much could happen on Risa... LOL"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

"For a creative and entertaining friendship built during shore leave on Risa. The island retreat was well-designed as the backdrop to the series of posts."
-Lieutenant Alyssa Maren-


Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr - Departmental Service Badge: Command - "This is being awarded for all the work that they have done behind the scenes. As a member of the Command Team of the Pioneer Lachlan helps keep the sim moving and sheds some light in areas that we may not normally see in a story. Thanks for keeping me sane..."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke


Sergeant Azure Thompson - Departmental Service Badge: Science - "Azure was instrumental in helping keep the vegetables separated while putting together the garden cube--and instructing the others on proper gardening techniques when planting vegetables and medicinal plants. The new garden will flourish because of her watchful care. She also helpled make the post interesting and informative."
-Lieutenant Alyssa Maren-


Lieutenant Rowena McGowen - Outstanding Volunteer Award - "The past few months have presented some issues for our Second Officer in their personal life. However, they still found time to check in and make sure the sim was doing well. They also hit their tags and managed to participate in posts and on the Discord. Maintaining involvement while your personal life is taking your time is no small feat. So Thank you for being a part of this community."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Lunara Hol - Professional Merit Award - "This interlude on Risa presented a great opportunity for a series of posts where our Counselor did, well, some counseling. From getting a Cadet to start to overcome their brainwashing to helping a crew member interpret a dream. It is enjoyable to see what ticks in the minds of this crew. Keep up the great work Counselor, lord knows we all need some help."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Elen Diari - DeForest Kelly Humor Award - "Our very own blonde bombshell in engineering adds a hefty dose of humor and mirth to their posts. Even serious posts have a small amount of wit and sarcasm. Having someone like this on a sim is extremely important and we can't always have the mood be somber and filled with anxiety. Having someone to lighten the mood and and add some comic relief is always refreshing. Keep up the great work and thank you."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Alyssa Maren - Character Of The Month: April - "For giving us an inside look at her character and the ever expanding Science Department. Great Work and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

"Alyssa's writer has really been active this month. I think we've come to know Alyssa a lot better and they've done an outstanding job speaking the Science department with lots of ideas."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


First Lieutenant Edmund Merrick - Support Character Of The Month: April - "For engaging almost everyone in a post as soon as they arrived. Add to that the assistance in connecting some loose plot points behind the scenes. Equals a person well deserving of this award."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Captain Tyler Malbrooke & Lieutenant Commander Katherine Malbrooke - Outstanding Post Ribbon - "I'm nominating Even Captain's Need Shore Leave for Outstaning Post this time around for several reasons. At it's heart, it's simply a really well written post that opens up more of Tyler's life and builds the characters really well. Because it's a post about Tyler and Katherine, it interweaves their story and helps us know them. Nicely done."
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke, Lieutenant Alyssa Maren, Master Sergeant Lachlan Barr - 100 Post Ribbon - "For achieving the milestone of 100 posts with the Pioneer... Keep up the great work"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Alyssa Maren, Major Cornelius Tremble, Captain Tyler Malbrooke - 200 Post Ribbon - "For achieving the milestone of 200 posts with the sim... Wow great work"
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Risin To Risa has seen more crew changes than any other mission on the Pioneer. We have had some people leave us and others join, and even others simply change positions on the ship. Some may see this as a problem for the sim, but I see it as a great thing. The world is ever changing, people's circumstances are ever changing and so our sim should be ever changing. So to those who have left us I wish a fond farewell, and they should know that the door is always open to return to this community, in fact I hope that they will return. To those who have just joined us welcome to our simming community and family. New friendships lead to newest undiscovered countries.

But that is enough with the sappiness (lol)... Suffice to say that all of you rock out hard, but I rock the hardest. No seriously... You all are fantastic people and I think you for being here.

The next mission takes us back to the ambiguous race that we met: The Jutrai. It seems that a number of feet from various races including human has washed up on the shores of one of their colonies. No one seems to know how or why this is happening, and so the Pioneer is sent to investigate. Our new Security Chief has his work cut out for him as he leads the investigation into this mysterious happening. The game is definitely afoot (see what I did there) in Episode 13 - Crooked River

As always I am humbled by your writing and your faith in my stories.

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


» End of Year Awards

Posted on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 @ 6:43am by Commodore Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Well 2021 came to a close and we all rushed head long into 2022. Here is to hoping that this year is so much better than the last. I think back on 2021 and realize that despite the uncertainty and chaos of the real work it wasn't so bad. I got married to the most wonderful woman in the world, I made new friendships, and the friendships that I have had solidified.

In the Pioneer Community we banned together and leaned on each other to get through all that was happening. I know we saw one of our members move into a wonderful knew home, another had a baby and so despite everything we have friends to lean on. It is my great hope that while the year 2022 be better than last year, none of these great things that have happened change.

So that is enough of the misty eyed adoration. Suffice to say 2021 had its ups and its downs. But the Pioneer is always one of the ups...

So without any gilding the lily and no further ado I would like to present a few end of year/beginning of year awards.

Lieutenant Alyssa Maren - Support Character of the Month -"For the month of December this award goes to Alyssa Maren. Since taking over at science they have began and/or written a post with almost everyone. This alone shows that they have hit the ground running and are willing to do what it takes to stay involved. Add to that the uptick in activity within the community and you have a recipe for this award. Really well done... Keep up the great work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Junior Grade Lunara Hol - Character of the Month -"For the month of December we would like to award the Ship's Counselor with the Character of the Month. Lunara has been writing a series of interesting posts as she delves into the mind of a kidnapping victim who has been brainwashed. They took a concept from the previous mission and have written and aftermath that is superbly written. It has been done so well that we will revisit the supporting character that was kidnapped at a later date."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Major Cornelius Tremble - Character of the Year -"Simply put Tremble mad 2021 a joy to read. During a harsh time in the real world he composed posts that were both poignant and humorous. Always available to assist with plot ideas and to keep the plot moving when it slows down. There are times when he is more than a right hand, he is the left hand as well. This game is better for his presence. 2021 was better for his writing. Thank you for everything..."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


So here is to everything that 2021 was and to everything that 2022 will be. Lets keep telling the great stories that we want to tell. The Pioneer is more than a fictional ship, it is a community of writers and of friends.

Happy New Year!!!


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


» Family Matters Wrap Up - Episode 11

Posted on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 @ 6:33am by Commodore Tyler Malbrooke in General News

To start off I want to say thank you to all of you. This mission had the unfortunate position of happening when most of us had a chaotic time in our real lives. With everything that has happened in the past year or so. And yet we continued to write, at our own pace mind you but the story got told. For that I am more grateful than ever.

Family Matters was the first of what I hope will become a series. We had a mission that highlighted one of the crew in this case Lieutenant Commander Vaebn tr'Hwersuil. It was a gritty and hard hitting mission that dealt with ties of family vs duty always a good theme to have in Star Trek. Unfortunately at the close of the mission Vaebn's real life commitments has taken him on an ELOA. But we are still amazed by his commitment with this mission and his writing.

As this mission draws to a close the Pioneer returns to the place that it loves the most Empok Nor. The crew goes on Shore Leave on the station and to the planet Risa. New crew comes aboard and old friends reunite at the station. One can only speculate as to the hijinks that our Intrepid Crew (see what I did there) can get into. All this and more in Episode 12 - Risin To Risa.

On a personal note this year has been filled with ups and downs. Being that I work so closely with this pandemic, add to that I bought a house and got married. So I would like to say thank you for your friendship and for being with me through all of this. I am as always humbled by your friendship. Without every single one of you the Pioneer would not be possible.

So that is enough of the misty eyed thank yous and heartfelt adoration. Suffice to say you all rock, but I rock most lol...

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 promotion. This person has earned the extra pips.

Mira Jayna - Mira has been with the Pioneer for a little over two years now and in that time has done a great job in the Intelligence Department. It can be very hard writing a non department head, even harder when that non department head is enlisted. Mira took the proverbial bull by the horns and showed us all how it is done. Especially shining in the last mission, where she helped infiltrate the Romulan base. Great work and I cannot wait to see what our new Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer has in store for us next.

Awards


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke - Captain's Personal Merit Award -This mission Hermia O'Rourke deserves this award. In a mission that centered on a small group of characters, and which unfortunately became stagnant for a time, Hermia generated plotlines to keep things moving. This kind of initiative is something that is a breath of fresh air from a simmer, and I would like to congratulate them. Jumping in to mop up the medical work upon our return was a lot of fun and something that I did not think about when the mission was planned. Great work and keep it up can't wait to see what you have in store for us next.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Vaebn tr'Hwersuil - Executive Officer's Merit Award - I chose Vaebn's writer for this award as he had a hand in both missions (Family Matters & The-Ties-That-Bind), contributing both to the overall SIM as well as pushing character development and letting us all see more of what makes Vaebn tick. Good job.
-Major Cornelius Tremble-


Major Cornelius Tremble - Second Officer's Award of Merit - According to the description it says: "the crew member that the second officer deems worthy." Tremble was the second officer before and is now the first officer. His writing and ideas makes him the most worthy in my eyes. And his promotions to second and later first officer are a testament to his service to this sim.
-Lieutenant Rowena McGowen-


Lieutenant Commander Larim Myles - Crew's Choice Award - For putting up with my erratic tagging schedule.
-Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke-

Larim's been a member of the crew since Pioneer kicked off. He's steady and always willing to get into a JP and write and helps form the backbone of the Pioneer.
-Major Cornelius Temble-

In the last mission he preformed well as interim first officer, leading the crew during the diplomatic tour. For that I nominate Larim for the crew choice award.
-Lieutenant Rowena McGowen-


Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke - Support Character of the Month November - This month we decided to go toward the saying hi part of the award description. Hermia is always popping up on the Discord to say just that "Hi". To see how everyone is doing, and sometimes when one is having a horrible day knowing that there is someone who cares out there can go a long way. Not only that but Hermia contributes to a number of posts and runs Sick Bay superbly. So for November everyone should say hi to Hermia and thanks for being there.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Major Cornelius Tremble - Character of the Month November - The award description says a shining beacon of activity. For this month and for the first granting of this award I can think of no better that Major Tremble. Not only did they assist in getting the last mission buttoned up. But in the month that the new mission has been active they have contributed five posts. All of this while serving as the XO of this ship. A beacon indeed.... Keep up the great work.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Captain Larta Daughter of Shog - Non-Player Character Award - I would like to grant this award to Larta. Having a friend in the Empire is always a benefit. She seems to constantly have the ability to show up right when we need her. She is the consummate Klingon and I am excited to see what happens between her and our XO.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Paul Michael - Departmental Service Badge: Command - Paul really stepped up this mission. He introduced an idea that has become an underlying plot for an entire race. This is something that I as a GM will always appreciate. Great work and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Petty Officer First Class Tobias Beckett - Intelligence Prowess Award - From the desk of Jennifer Masters-Calhoun: As my last act as chief intelligence officer of the USS Pioneer I hereby award the Intelligence Prowess Award to Petty Officer 1st Class Tobias Beckett. I know we haven't always seen eye to eye and your personality always clashed with mine. But despite all that you always had the best interest at heart with the department and I haven't always shown that or acknowledged that, I would like to do so now. You have done an impeccable job during hard times when the department as well as the vault itself. You have taken your job serious and you never failed faltered or were late. Where I was usually the field operative and the street fighter you were the brains. And for that I thank you. I don't know who will replace me, but please take good care of them, as I trust you will. And keep an eye on things as you've always done. Kind regards, Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters-Calhoun.
-Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Master-Calhoun-


Captain Tyler Malbrooke & Petty Officer Third Class Sofia Cipriani - Friendship Ribbon - The friendship that is building between Sofia and Tyler is one that can be cherished. It goes beyond the Captain and Yeoman relationship, it is more brother and sister. This is something that I have cherished as both a player and a reader. It is great to see the Captain in vulnerable moments with the young woman, and her teaching him without knowing it to be strong and lead by example.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Paul Michael - Air Medal - Awarded for his expert piloting demonstrations in the posts titled "Bridging The Gap Parts I, II, and III" Landing safely with no engines is definitely worthy of this award.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


Lieutenant Claire Eriksson - Service Citation 2+ Years - Sammi has held down the Operations Department first as Ameri O Flannagain and then as Claire Eriksson for the past two years. It was said that the Operations Department was created by writers so there was a utility officer. Someone who could do anything that was needed at any time. Sammi fills that position perfectly, she is a great utility writer filling in the gaps whenever needed. Thank you for your friendship and for being a part of this great community.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lunara Hol - Service Citation 1 Year - Lunara joined us a year ago and I am overjoyed that a Counselor has actually lasted that long in this madhouse. But seriously I am amazed by their writing, and their contributions to this sim are refreshing and a joy to read. Thank you for being a part of this great and ever growing community.
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-


I think this mission has taught us all that Family is not just blood. In this mission we saw the crew of the Pioneer risk it all for one of their own. That is pure Trek, and an amazing story. Now that it is over I cannot wait to go back to the beginning and read all in order.

As we begin to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States and then later Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Years. I want say thank you for your time. Time is perhaps our most precious commodity and when you give it to someone through friendship it is perhaps the greatest gift of all. So thank you, thank you a million times thank you.

As always I am humbled by your writing and your faith in my stories.

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