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BorrowedTune’s latest action packed, story driven adventure is now live on holodeck.

Title: Starfleet: Section X
Author: BorrowedTune
ID: ST-HDGCZ9P32
Language: English
Level: 16+
Allegiance: Starfleet
Starting Location: Delta Volanis Cluster (Sirius Sector Block)

A chance meeting, while attending a conference on a Federation colony, leads your ship and crew to an investigation into the bizarre realm of fringe science. Yet not all questionable scientific study can be so easily dismissed and soon the fate of the entire universe rests solely upon your shoulders as ghosts from the past return to wreak havoc on the present.

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New bannerIf you missed us live, you’re in luck. We record the show so you may view on your own schedule.

Amazing. BorrowedTune joined us to review his mission and discuss the TNG episode

“The Survivors”.

 

 

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Join us at our new time, 9:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Pacific as we host Pax Federatica.

We’ve reviewed his Ghosts of War series, and we all watched Voyager’s Tuvix.

We shall discuss it for your listening pleasure over at Twitch. Don’t forget.

That’s 9:00pm EDT/6:00pm PDT. We want to see you in the chat…….or else.

Next week, we’ll settle in at 8:00pm Eastern, unless something comes up.

outpost2The Author’s Outpost – Episode 3 is up and ready for your consideration. Now that tech bugs

have been exterminated,we were able to bring our first recorded broadcast to a Foundry

loving public. Enjoy the show, as Aleniskendra joins Castmodean and CaptPFDennis in

reviewing The Wounded Wolf by Akrilon and the TOS episode Whom Gods Destroy.

 

Contact us at mailbag@theauthorsoutpost.com

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That’s right! The, as yet to be heard podcast (except for Elijah Thomas and Aleniskendra) will be

back on March 17,2015, at 7:00pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific. This week’s mission review will be

The Wounded Wolf by Akrilon. Our guest will be Aleniskendra.  We thought it only fair for

people to actually hear her this time. We’ll be going over the STO news of the day and discussing

this week’s Trek episode Whom Gods Destroy. So, join us live!!!

You never know what might happen to the recording.

Don’t forget to tune in to episode 2(actually, it’ll be the first real episode, but don’t tell anyone)
of the Author’s Outpost. You will find us on Twitch at 7:00pm Eastern and 4:00pm Pacific
every single Tuesday unless something crazy comes up to prevent it. So join me, CaptPFDennis and Castmodean, the two most experienced foundry podcast hosts(when it comes to
myocardial infarction) in all of Star Trek Online.

Our weekly guest will be Aleniskendra. We’ll be reviewing a Fed mission called Time’s Razor: Part 1 by captainazzarano, and discussing Star Trek: Enterprise episodes Borderland, Cold Station 12, and The Augments. We’ll even demonstrate any technique a new author would like to see, live at the end of our show. It’s going to be wicked fun. See you then.

You may contact us through our site, http://www.theauthorsoutpost.com/ , or directly at mailbag@theauthorsoutpost.com. We also have Tweet thingies @AuthorsOutpost.

Hello everyone;

For those people that are not aware I’ve within the past few months published an eBook. The eBook is called Karver: Failed Expectations and is available here as well as all go online eBook retailers. Since it’s been out for so long I thought it was time for for me to do an Author Interview and well here it is.

Essentially ask myself some questions and let you guys in on who I am, how I write and what I think’s important. I’ve put the link below so if you’re interested in getting a little insight into me and my writing please watch!

 

Castmodean and CaptPFDennis will be co-hosting a new live audio podcast on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm EST.

We’re calling it “The Author’s Outpost”. We’d like to bring you a show dedicated to the writing of

Foundry missions in the words of the authors themselves, as well as the hosts. We hope you’ll

join us each week. A link to our show will be available here at StarbaseUGC on show days.

 

 

Check out our site here

 

 

 

Foundry:
The “Fed Intrepid Class Retrofit 2” is now correctly titled as “Aeroshuttle”.
Removed the rank options for the Hazari upper pieces.
Added the Section 31 upper pieces.
Added the Risian upper and lower pieces.
Added the Khan hairstyle as an option for male characters.
Added the Inmate upper and lower pieces for male characters.
KLG-Allied Federation groups will now properly be eligible for Federation Kill objectives.
Fed-Allied Klingon groups will now properly be eligible for Klingon Kill objectives.

 

 

Welcome to the Foundry Roundtable, a weekly podcast dedicated to Foundry missions, mission building and other UGC issues starring Foundry authors Drogyn1701, Markhawkman and Greendragoon, with special guests Castmodean and CaptPFDennis.

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— FOUNDRY NEWS ——————————————————

The Foundry is fully back online
Clarifications from Tumerboy from last week
Foundry Bug: Map Preview Failure

— REVIEWS —————————————————————-

Reunion from Delta Rising

— DISCUSSION ————————————————————

What voice actors would we like to see?
Drogyn talks about recent inspiration behind-the-scenes movie features.
Tech topic: Creating a combination puzzle
We explore the character development arc.
Has Delta Rising inspired us to do any Delta Quadrant Foundry missions?
How do we prepare to make a Foundry series?

— LINKS ———————————————————————-

Example of a mission outline: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iWZvORdr4j0tEopZ7Z5zZORy-ZuS4ugGWs5-8QvXfkM/edit

Join us live Wednesdays at 7:30PM EST/4:30PM PST on twitch.tv/thefoundryroundtable

If you have a topic you’d like to see us cover, have a mission you want promoted, or would like to be a guest-host, e-mail us at FoundryRoundtable@live.com or follow us on Twitter: @FoundryRoundtab

We’re back with an additional new host and a new look. Same old format. We review

Shore Leave Under Siege by JohnnySnowball.

 

 

NEW MISSION still in review sectionDelta Volanis: Starchaser by johnnysnowball

 

Delta Volanis: Starchaser

By johnnysnowball

A Delta Volanis Exploration Mission

Boldly go to the Delta Volanis Cluster to seek out new life & new civilizations.
*Non-combat roleplay.
*Single Fed player/ANY LEVEL
*20-30 mins
* Have environment suits ready for you and your away team. (EVA suits are not required to play the mission)

This is an expansion of a review I recently wrote regarding a recent mission I played. I did enjoy the mission but there were time paradoxes that, in my opinion, would be generated and other events that needed to be addressed. The goal of this post is to provide a few things for any author who wishes to create a time traveling mission to think about. To that end I have some suggestions on how to avoid those paradoxes and other issues associated with these types of missions.

One of the first issues most authors do not deal with is the changing of the timeline. Now if it is the player traveling back in time then you would affect the timeline but can also ensure it is preserved. When an adversary travels back in and alters history no one in the current timeline would know the difference. The exception to this would be time travelers, temporal agents and certain species. Without the aid of those types of beings the only other way to avoid this issue is to have the player shielded from the changes in the timeline. This can best be demonstrated in the TOS episode “City on the edge of forever” or the TNG movie “First contact”. In both those examples the characters who maintained knowledge of their timeline and therefore the ability to repair it were shielded from the changes. In the case of the “City on the edge of forever” they were shielded by the emanations from the device on the planet when Doctor McCoy went through. In “First contact” they were caught in the temporal flux of the Borg time portal they created. Deep Space Nine also did an episode where the crew traveled back in time to stop a plot to change the outcome of the mission in the “Trouble with Tribbles” episode. In the DS9 episode they got away with it because of the cloaked ship and no overt contact with the TOS characters. Yes, Captain Sisko interacted with Kirk but only in a passing manner that had no actual affect on the timeline. Therefore it would not be an overt interaction and affect the timeline.

How do avoid these issues? Your mission could start with either a player being intercepted by a time traveler, a species who can detect these changes, temporal agent or a device similar to the Guardian in the TOS “City on the edge of forever” episode. This individual or device shields the player from, either deliberate or accidental, changes to the timeline. From here the player can be briefed or decide as part of the story on how to address the changes made in the timeline from this point. The time paradoxes mentioned at the beginning of this post would be mitigated by this process in the story. How you address the mitigation is your choice but remember the player should not directly interact with people in the original timeline without addressing the concerns of altering the past. The way around this would to write the story so the player was actually part of the historical events that occurred.

That should cover most aspects of time travel missions you create within the Foundry. If you have any questions please let me know and we can discuss them.

Thanks for authoring,
Brian
(AKA: Evil70th)

oundry:

  • The Foundry is now back on for Tribble.
  • Addition of a number of new Foundry Objects:
    • New Romulus Trees, Plants, Rocks, Waterfalls, Ruins, Props and various other details from New Romulus.
    • Glass Walls/Floors:
      • Federation ESD, Romulan Embassy,and Klingon Starbase.
    • Specialty Volumes:
      • Low Gravity, Floater, EV Suit Required
    • Invisible Floors to match up with the Invisible Walls that are already available.
    • Benches from Earth Spacedock, both Sittable and Non-Sittable versions, and their respective cushions

Greetings True Believers! I wanted to share with you my plans for a new foundry contest I am calling “Secret Agents“!

 

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The dates have not yet been finalized, but I wanted to go ahead and let you know about it early so you could start formulating ideas and even building parts of the mission as you see fit.

 

The premise: In the Romulan Republic mission named “Mind Game“, you are captured by the Tal Shiar and they try to brainwash/recruit you into their ranks. The official story is that you resist and escape. But what if the official story was a lie? What if their brainwashing actually worked, or you willingly agreed to join their ranks? This is the premise of the “Secret Agents” contest. You create a story where you are playing as secret agent of the Tal Shiar in the Romulan Republic.

 

Of course every great contest has a great reward, and in case fame and foundry tips arent enough, the winner will also get a vintage 1997 Playmates Romulan Bird of Prey!

 

romulan bird of prey

*Please note this is a stock photo.

 

Now as mentioned above, the contest dates are not yet finalized. This is mainly due to an upcoming update of many new costumes, which I’m sure people will want to use in their missions. There was also recently a community map poll that resulted in several Romulan maps in the top 10 results, and Tumerboy/Tacofangs will hopefully be adding many of these in the near future. Due to this I do not yet want to put a hard date on when this contest will end, although I’m currently thinking towards the end of this year.

 

If you have any questions please reply to this post and look forward to more details in the future. In the mean time, start forming ideas for your mission, and lets all thank Zeroniusrex for the new costumes and Tumerboy/Tacofangs for the upcoming map additions!

 

PS: if anyone from Cryptic is reading this, please consider this humble request; since we cannot create official “romulan faction” foundry missions, please add a “Romulan” tag. That way people can at least easily search for any missions that were created specifically for Romulan players, such as this contests’s missions. Thanks =)

Have you heard about the STO Player Housing Project? If not, read about it here:

 

http://starbaseugc.com/index.php/trailers/essential-viewing/the-sto-player-housing-project/

 

And now we have an important update: Zeroniusrex has added the QUARTERS tag to the mission search tool(currently on Tribble test server), which will make it much easier to search specifically for(or exclude) player housing projects from the normal mission list.

So once this tag makes it to holodeck, if you create a housing project map be sure to ask your friends to TAG it with the new QUARTERS tag.

 

Thank you to Zeroniusrex for adding this feature!

If you are new to the foundry, here is a brief tutorial that well help you create your own house for the STO Player Housing Project. This may look complicated, but just take 1 step at a time and you will be done in less than 15 minutes.

1) At the character select screen, click the “Create Content” on top of the character list.

2) Create your foundry character.

3) Once in the foundry editor, click the “New Project” button at the top

4) Name your project(and remember to include “Player Housing Project” in the title).

5) Once your project has loaded, click the “Maps” button on the left side.

6) Click the “create map” button at the top.

7) Name your map, and select map type. For the purpose of this tutorial select “indoor” from the drop down menu, and select “Federation” on the faction drop down menu.

8) For the purpose of this tutorial select the map named “Federation Interior 2” and click the “create” button in the bottom right corner.

9) Now that you have a map to work on, click the “Story” tab on the top left menu.

10) From the story screen you will see your map listed on the right side menu. Click and drag your map below the “Grant Mission Dialog” box.

11) Choose where your mission starts by clicking the button “Whole Map” on the gray box and selecting the start point you want. For the purpose of this tutorial select “Earth Spacedock” on the left.

12) Now select the specific door on ESD that will go to your mission. For the purpose of this tutorial click “Ops Door – North”, which will appear underneath the Transporter Icon on the map legend. Click “OK” in the bottom corner.

13) Add an objective to your map. For the purpose of this tutorial click and drag the “Interact with Object” icon on the right menu into the green “Project Map” box.

14) Go back to your map by clicking the “Maps” tab on the left side menu. On the top right corner of the screen you should see a tab named “Unplaced” with a little alert icon. Click this tab, click on the default object listed in the menu and drag it to the center room on your map.

15) Go back to the “Story” tab and fill in the missing items. Start at the top by selecting a costume for the “Grant Mission Dialog” box. You can simply select the first costume which is an academy cadet. Now type something like “Go visit my house” in the dialog area.

16) Now type something in the dialog section of the grey box below like “Welcome to my house”. Now go below to the green “Project Map” box, and type something simple in each of the lines with the yellow alert next to them.

17) Finally, go back to the “Project” tab on the left side menu and type something for your mission description. Be sure to tell people where to go to start your mission. For this tutorial you would need to tell them to go to Earth Spacedock, then go to the door below the transporter icon on the map legend.

You have now created a simple functional mission that can be published. However, the entire purpose of the Player Housing Project is to actually create your own house! So once you have a basic functional mission, simply go back to the map you created and add any kind of decorations to the room you may want. There are many different kinds of objects to choose from, so there are endless possibilities for creating something unique.

Hopefully this helps you get started =D

As much as I love STO, it is not the only game I play. And as it turns out, another game I play is adding a player housing system. The way their housing system will work is, in a nutshell, you buy a house on the planet you want, you pay to unlock rooms and decoration, and you can list your house in a public directory for other people to come check out whenever they feel like it.

Well, this got me to thinking, and STO’s foundry pretty much offers players that exact same thing, except we dont even have to pay for it! So with all of that in mind, I’d like to start something called The STO Player Housing Project. It works very simply: you create a house for yourself in the foundry, and then you share it with the community!

If you would like to participate in the Player Housing Project, here are the 3 easy steps:

1) Get in the foundry and create your house.

2) Publish the mission.

3) Tell your friends and fleet mates! And be sure to ask them to TAG your mission with the newly added PLAYER QUARTERS tag.

Now, here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your house:

A) make sure you clearly state in your mission description WHERE TO GO to access the house(aka the mission starting point).

B) keep in mind that you are not creating a real “mission”, just a house for people to check out(so no long mission objectives).

C) your project will be under the “review” tab until a certain number of people have “played” the mission(but people can still check it out right away).

Now what would be REALLY great is if some kind soul at Cryptic would add a “player housing” tag to the mission search feature. This would allow people to search exclusively for player houses, or to EXCLUDE them from their search results if they dont want to see them at all.

This has now been done! Thanks to Zeroniusrex!!!

And speaking of REALLY great, wouldnt it be fun if our community manager picked a really cool house to highlight every month? I think so =P

Anyway, thats the basic idea. So go create your house! =D

PS: If you like this idea and would like to see some “official” support like I mentioned above with the foundry tag or house spotlight, tweet this page to @trekonlinegame and @pwecaptainsmirk

 

Federation Pride Flag

Hello everyone,

I’d like to take just a moment of your time and invite all of you to Stonewall Fleet’s Fifth Annual Pride Weekend on July 12th & 13th.  You may remember the event from my guest blog last year, Celebrating Diversity in Star Trek.

Stonewall Fleet is a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally (GLBTA) fleet and this weekend is our annual pride celebrations.  This season is a time of great celebration for the GLBT community as we remember the Stonewall Rebellion, for which Stonewall Fleet is named.  The Stonewall Rebellion were a series of riots 1969 that started the current Gay & Lesbian Rights Movement that not only affected the GLBT community, but the entire world.  Our Pride Weekend is about bringing together all of the STO community and celebrating our diversity; a goal that goes hand in hand with Trek.

Back in 2011, one of our best and more prolific authors, @Alimac30, wrote an impassioned piece on how important the Foundry is to the community. At Stonewall Fleet, we know the value of the Foundry in telling stories.  That’s why every year since the Foundry has been in STO, we’ve featured a mission created by one of our members including The Spirits of Ramok Nor by @Alimac30, The Wounded Wolf by @Akrilon, and Operation Demon Storm by @Eurrsk.  This year, we will be featuring Adrift by @Midnighttlc.

We would be honored for you to join us this weekend in celebrating Pride.  Come PvP with us, run some STFs, or join up for Adrift!  You’d be more than welcome!!  Please check out the entire schedule of events here (http://fleet.stonewallgaming.net/pride) and join the STOPride channel to participate in the events.  Can’t wait to see you there!

@NicholasJohn16
Fleet Admiral
Stonewall Fleet