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OOC: Monthly Report December 2020

Posted on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 @ 2:59pm by Lieutenant Commander Tevek


Welcome to our report for December! Both myself and the team here can't believe another month has gone, another festive season is nearly over and another year is nearly done, and what a year it has been! As we look ahead to 2021 both myself and the crew would like to wish everyone a happy new year with good times ahead in the company of friends and loved ones.


Last month the Tesla began a process of restructuring and rebooting, we needed to change as a game and we did change! From the end of October to the end of November we had a very successful month and even won the UoM. That success has been a massive morale booster to both the command team and players, but it also gave us a solid foundation to build on. We have continued to build on this early success with the recruitment of no less than three new players, a new addition to our command team and we solidified our new sim structure and culture with the publishing of our player charter.


December is usually a hard month for posting and activity so in recognition of this we lifted our posting requirements so everyone had that much needed holiday flexibility! We achieved 60.5 posts this month which is nearly double last month's post count. Not only have our figures gone up, but the quality has too, every crew member has really committed to their posts and we've had some great character development and entertaining reads.




Like our last report there are a lot of positives we can carry forward into the new year. However I've selected our top three.

- Kyle has joined the command team as second officer. I've known Kyle since the first incarnation of the Tesla. He's a good writer who is sociable and has a real drive to develop and make the sim better. With his eyes set on command we were happy to offer him a taster of command here before he applies for his own sim.


- We enjoyed some festive posting challenges. December can be a hard month to post. So to try and keep the creativity going I set some posting challenges with a festive theme. The uptake on these challenges was amazing with great discussions and support to complete them as well as some great posts. There were ribbons on offer to those who have completed the challenges and some of these will be announced below.


- Our first mission is drawing to a close. Our first mission needed to be something that caught imaginations, lifted spirits and was above all fun. It saw the introduction of our own unique brand of Q as well as other new characters. It's been an easy mission to post for but is now nearing a close. After getting input from the crew and command team a new 'Back to the Future' style mission plan is complete. So break out those fishnet tights and neon leg warmers as the Tesla prepares to do the time warp back to the 1980's!




The future is looking good for the Tesla. With the start of the new year I am optimistic but I know we still have much to do. The command team will continue to drive posting while keeping up the quality and momentum from November and December. The crew have also asked for more posting challenges moving forward which I am currently looking at as well as shaking up our reward and recognition scheme. It is also my hope to get the players more involved with the fleet as a whole by submitting their own news and items to comms as well as participating in the fleet Discord. But right now the future is bright, the future is Tesla!





Our first celebration is Kyles promotion to Second Officer. While not a promotion in rank it is a well earned move into the command team. This has seen a switch in characters as Marine Captain Thoran Shon is switched to a PNPC and Lieutenant Alek Jaeger becomes his primary character.



This month we had some issues with the polling for this award. However I received a written nomination for Steve who plays our Chief Engineer Suni Conlon: "He's hit the ground running, his writing is easy to follow. I don't normally like reading engineering posts but I enjoy his."



For the Captains Merit this month I have nominated Nic who plays Ensign Tozavel Prex our Chief Flight Control Officer. New to the Tesla and text based RPGs Nic has talked to the crew on Discord and tried his best to catch up on our story and get involved. I'm looking forward to having more time in future to help Nic develop.



This month we had a really hard time choosing that one stand out post for the report, there were just so many good ones to choose from! But we narrowed it down to two with the help of Becca from the Fleet Council. This month the award goes to Steve and Matt for their posts 'Dark over Light' and 'The only True Christmas Movie'.



This is the first time this award has been given on this sim. But Steve has really earned it! Since coming aboard his character Lt. Conlon has seamlessly joined in with the story and he has produced a good number of great quality posts that are easy to read .



Rob is a player who had a bit of a slow start on the Tesla but has really put a lot of work into the sim this month. He's fully engaged with the Christmas challenges asked the right questions and embraced change in the best way he could.



This month I would like to issue the Good Conduct Award to both my Executive and Second Officer. Both of them have worked hard and equipped themselves well in their roles, they have made the Tesla easier to manage and acted as both my concience and the devil on my shoulder in our development talks.



With December being a hard month for posting I thought it would be a nice idea to reward the crew for their work over the festive period. With this in mind the 'Christmas Decoration' is awarded to all crew members conrtibuting at least 1,000 words before the end of December. Feeling the Christmas spirit I have decided to extend this award to all crew who have posted! We had two late joiners in December who are currently in JP's so may well hit the target. But even if they dont they are valued members of our team and I would love for them to share in our success!



The Christmas Carol Commendation I think has been one of the harder awards to earn on the Tesla. It involved players working some festive magic into their posts for our current mission which had nothing to do with Christmas! But the following players have pulled it off and earned this award: Ian/Lt Cmdr Tevek, Matt/ Ens Remmy Halstein, Quill/Ens Todd Dratt, Steve/Lt Sunni Conlon and Rob/Lt. Tesha.



The Christmas Medal of Honor is an award for players who can hit 12 posts in December. It was an award created to challenge the players to stretch themselves. So far I am pleased to say the following players have achieved this award: Ian/Lt Cdr Tevek, Steve/Lt Sunni Conlon and Rob/Lt Tesha.




TevekCommanding Officer
Illum Vigil First Officer/Chief Science Officer
Alek Jaeger - Principle Support Officer
Tozavel Prex - Chief Flight Control Officer
Tod Dratt
Remmy Halstein Chief of Security
Sunita Conlon - Chief Engineer
Tesha Chief Medical Officer
Open - Counselor


 The only senior staff position currently open is Ships Counselor. If this changes we will of course post a notification on the fleet Discord. Some of our Department Heads have shown an interest in having an assistant or enlisted crewmember to work with. Please check out our website for available positions.




Q The Music


 


With a build up of strange accidents, randomn occurences of christmas cheer and unusual appearances of an enigmatic figure Commander Tevek finds himself instantaneously transported across the quadrant to the USS Eagle.


Working with the Eagles Commanding Officer Ajani Carter the pieces start falling in to place and it becomes evident that a Q has taken interest in the Tesla. To confirm these suspicions Tevek puts his crew on alert and begins to investigate the possibility of a Q being aboard.


His suspicions are provde correct as one of the Q reveals themselves in a potentially deadly encounter with Tevek and Illum in the science lab. Q also caused Vikings to nearly over run security and marine forces near the cargo bay. While his true motives for being on the Tesla remain unclear, Q eventually promises to behave and the Tesla is free to carry on with its patrol mission.


But as the Tesla embarks on its first patrol of the former RNZ theta radiation levels continue to increase. The ongoing threat that is engulfing the border starts to have a detrimental effect on the ship while Q sits back and watches events unfold.





Remmy Halstein


Fresh out of the academy and embarking on his first front line posting Ensign Halstein is our big, strong Nordic Chief of Security and defender of the Tesla.



'Dark Over Light' By Sunni Conlon


It had taken Suni some time to finally find her quarters, having to ask directions from no fewer than three enlisted crew members after the computer seemed to be repeating itself in directing her to walk through walls. All the while she continued to yawn up a storm and haul her luggage around the hallways and turbolifts.

She found her room on deck 4, a little far from the mess but equidistant to the gym, and conveniently close to the holodeck. She was as close to engineering as they would let an officer sleep, which at least was a compromise. She pressed the keypad and was let into the room that would be her inner sanctum for the foreseeable future.

It was simple but it was plenty for now, and she could get it there without too much effort. She locked the door behind her and dropped her things on the floor. She quickly kicked off her boots and unzipped her jacket, flinging it haphazardly onto a chair. She moved toward the bed while simultaneously trying to get out of her pants and flopped onto the bed with them only partially lowered.

The bed was harder than she liked, definitely something to address in the future. She struggled with the pants and eventually managed to kick them off the end of the bed. She clawed the blankets over her and pulled a pillow to her head before immediately starting to drift away.

There was a bright flash. She groaned.


'The Only True Christmas Movie' By Remmy Halstein
Remmy, after dealing with the Orks... Or at least thats what someone on his staff has called them, decided that a nice festive movie night. Die Hard was a classic from Earth 20th century, he had watched this film every year with his parents and when he went off to the academy he had continued the tradition. This year, on his first posting he, was intending to continue to do so.

He ordered the toffee popcorn and hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows from the replicator. He called for the computer to make a holoscreen on the wall before the sofa and to queue up the first Die Hard movie in the original 2D format. Of course he did concede that it needed to be in high definition. Modern computer imaging technology really did give him the chance enhance his films. This would be the first time he would get to watch this one, his family had always watched the 3D version but there was something to be said for a 2D screen.

He dimmed the lights as he carried his snacks to the sofa, as he sat down instead of his bum hitting the firm but giving standard issue starfleet sofa he rested his weight upon a softer chair with arms. He frowned and looked around, all about him were people, human's in odd clothing. Very suspicious now he allowed his eyes to adjust and was kinda shocked to find himself in a movie theater, the large screen at the front was showing... he struggled for the word, advertisements?


 

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