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Announcements / Star Trek Nova Returns
February 27, 2021, 04:03:51 pm
Good Morning Blacksmiths!

After discussions with a few of you, and a brief poll - your voices have been heard, and Nova has returned!

Star Trek Nova takes place in the first days of the Federation. For the next 13 weeks, we'll be the ones exploring the early Federation, dealing with internal political struggles, external threats from previously unseen corners of the galaxy, and may even throw in a small wacky do in honor of April 1st.

Details are still being carved out (And feedback is welcome :) ) - but there is a roster, and a brief introduction to the series, and a teaser for episode 1 currently up on the boards located here and more information will present itself as soon as it becomes available.

I am very excited about this mini-series, and I hope to see you all on March 13th!

Nova is back!
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Announcements / A New RPG-X Series?
February 14, 2021, 09:24:20 pm
Good Day Blacksmiths

*coughs* Spider web! *pfft pfft* *Hairball noise* Sorry - dusty in here.

I wanted to bring to your attention - this: https://www.theforgegaming.net/forum/index.php/topic,258.0.html

A more elaborate explanation. I want to get back into RPG-X. I have a series in my head that I think would be a lot of fun, and very unlike anything we've done before (The only comparable RPG-X series I can think of in my years in RPG-X was Telex Ferra's "First Steps" - both are non-trek, focusing on a more modern, real world motif)

In order to pull off the idea in my head, I need to build some maps - in order to build some maps, I need to make time, and in order to make time - I want to make sure that these maps will see use - so I need to see if there is still any interest in RPG-X.

RPG-X has a lot of life in it - and the biggest issue I see is that everyone looks at it and thinks "Star Trek Game" - but it doesn't have to be! With some guidance, we can make new content, and do new things - and give RPG-X a life outside of Star Trek, molding it into something different.

I'll get off this soap box before I go on too much longer - but the bottom line is, I want to do something different - and create a new world to explore in RPG-X (or explore some old ones while I finish building the new one :P )

The link above leads to three spring mini-series ideas, response to those ideas will tell me how much interest (if any) is out there still for RPG-X. With any luck - We'll run one of those series for 3 months, then come back in the Fall for "From Here to Infinity"

I welcome any and all feedback - even if it's a "Thank you, but no, I'm not interested" I'd love to see you all out there, and helping to rekindle the fun we all once had with RPG-X while working together to give it some new life.
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Early in the week of June 22nd, 2020 - Discussions began between a handful of people about the possibility of migrating RPG-X to a new engine.

Having been in the RPG-X community for more than a decade, I've seen these conversations before come up, and die almost as quickly - three times.

Over the last three days though, we seem to be thinking about something other than just a port of the RPG-X we know, but instead designing something new altogether.

I want to say this right now - we're still in the very early "throwing ideas at the wall and see what sticks" stage, but it's slowly looking like a team is emerging from all of this (as well as some well placed cautious optimism).

This post is intended to kinda help bring folks up to speed, who are not actively participating in our Discord (There's a link to our discord above - the blue circle widget on the end)

Now - all of this is open for debate, and I at least love feedback. We have an opportunity to tailor make a game experience for our community - so take part in helping us build it (even if all you do is Statler and Waldorf heckle us from the balcony :P )

So to start off, I have suggested that in order to avoid a lawsuit, we would need to *officially* avoid building something from any known intellectual property out there, and design something new. (*cough* mods *cough cough*)

Another thought - RPG-X wasn't nearly as polished when it first dropped. it took a number of iterations to get it to how we've known it for the past decade - so don't expect this to be a copy and paste of what you know, it'll take time to get to that.

Lastly, I'm working to compile a list of ideas and suggestions - the most important one right now - we need to create a setting for the base game universe, and roll with that setting in mind. I suggested a couple, but there could be more ideas - so suggest them! On Saturday, June 27th, I'm going to put up a poll here, and we'll vote on a setting and move from that.

Note: This list lives here (I'm a link) and may not be updated regularly on the forums, but will be at this location - so check this link often :)

QuoteA Theme
We need to settle on a setting and theme. In an effort to avoid any known Intellectual Property, it'd be best if we design our own universe (Though, we can take a great deal of inspiration from various Sci-Fi sources...)

That said, I have two suggestions from my portfolio - and one from the modern world.


Suggestion 1 - Beyond Infinity: BI was a series I ran many many moons ago, set in a universe where gods, and mythological creatures roamed free. Zeus was the king of the planet Olympus and ruled the Alliance of Light for millenia, protecting it from the Shadow of Hades, and the shadow (literal shadow people) of the Hadin.

Suggestion 2 - A world I'm currently writing a book about: I'm writing a Novel based in a Tolkein-like fantasy world, but some 400 years in the future. So it's Lord of the Rings, in space.

Suggestion 3 - Space Force: We can use the modern world as a template, keep things Human within the base game, and explore the militarization of space some 80 years or so from now.

Personally, I feel Suggestion 3 is the most scalable canvas of the three suggestions, allowing for the most modability, without stepping on any possible IP's toes. - but, I'm open to other suggestions and ideas :)

Bottom line, we need a theme!

I am very enthusiastic about this, and I truly hope we can pull this off, but I know the only way we will is by the support of the community, so keep in the conversation! Lend a hand if you're willing/able (if I can learn Unreal, anyone can - I'm a computer hardware guy professionally, not a programmer - and I'm trying to learn this). I suspect over the course of next week, things will start to move into some form of real organization, so stay tuned :)
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Retirement
March 18, 2020, 02:33:23 am
This isn't easy for me, so I'm going to make this short.

effectively immediately, I am stepping back from The Forge, RPG-X, all of this. After a couple of months of trying just get a discussion going about a future RPG-X series, a failed attempt to get an Orville SRP rebooted - and just the general sense of apathy in the community, I know I can't fix it.

So like that, I say goodbye.

I'll talk with Scott in the coming days, as he is still interim Ops Team head - and work out the financial situation of the community with him. In the meantime, if it's working now, it'll continue to work.

See you all out there.

Klaw
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I can't speak for anyone but myself here, but this is where I am.

So, back in late January, I took a small step back to try to get my head on straight for about a month. (Post is here: https://www.theforgegaming.net/forum/index.php/topic,256.msg923.html#new)

During that time I started out strong in an effort to create some new items for RPG-X, and shared my progress with the community, mostly to the sound of chirping crickets. From my perspective, nobody cared. On the 11th of February, I notified the Interim Ops Team leader of my intention to retire, and he convinced me to hold on, and see what the next month brings.

We are about to enter that next month.

At this point right now, I am still on the brink of retirement. Our Discord is silent, and the forum posts that I've made over the last month have gone unanswered. It very much appears that nobody wants to be here anymore, and that's a sentiment that deeply saddens me.

For my part, I made this known privately, I'm really only around because of RPG-X - and if RPG-X is done, so am I. That's not to say I won't drop in to do a GTA heist, or help the Hawking Squad take on the Foxian Republic in our long overdue SE rematch... but, I have no vision for leading those games - or for creating/designing exciting content with them.

In my mind, when we created The Forge, I had hoped that we would all take on the mantle of leadership, explore new games and ideas, and use this as a venue for is to express our passions - all of them! We're not a Star Trek branded group - we're as far from any branding that I can think of. The Forge is intended to be a place of creativity, and comradery; and whether I am an active part of it or not, it should endure on that basis.

I know I can be a little overzealous, and maybe overbearing when it comes to my excitement for an RPG-X series, or a new map, or something that strikes my interest - and I have tried to tone that down. Please help me keep The Forge going, even if we no longer choose to support RPG-X - come and tell us what YOU want to play - organize your own games - take part in our Picard Discussions - let's spend the next month tempering our bond once more.
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Announcements / Website Registration Technical Issues
February 28, 2020, 03:18:10 am
it has come to my attention that we're still having issues with our mail server. As a result, Newly registered members are NOT receiving e-mails to finish the registration process.

As a result, if you've come here, and do not receive a message from us to finish the registration, please reach out to me at doktor_klawktopus@hotmail.com, I will try to be prompt in responding, and should be able to get you setup quickly.

I apologize for any inconvenience, This e-mail requirement was put in place to curb spam accounts, and has so far been fairly successful, Just looking for some verification that you're not a spammer :P
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Serial Roleplays / Klaw's Last SRP
February 10, 2020, 03:03:13 pm
I was talking to Scott this afternoon, and he brought up that he was missing an old Nova character of his.

I mentioned that I was thinking about Nova just a few days ago, and suggested he take the character to my current idea "From here to Infinity"

long story short-ish.

I think I want to run a spring mini-series to give me some more time and motivation to map, and to see if there's enough interest to do so anyway.

So, a few off the cuff ideas include:

Quote from: undefinedOption One:
Nova

In 2161: Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar and a series of lesser known worlds came together from the ashes of a brutal war and forged an unprecedented alliance that would go on to encompass thousands of planets across lightyears of space.

The United Federation of Planets became a beacon for law and order, peace and prosperity throughout the Alpha and Beta quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy, but things were not always as utopic as they seemed.

The early days of bringing law and order to the galaxy came in a lawless mess of disorder. The Federation found itself in a long up hill struggle to not only find its footing in this new galactic order, but to also bind the wounds from the Earth-Romulan war and years of conflicts between the peoples in this new alliance.

Nova tells the tale of The Federation's first year from the point of view of the crew of a mid-level, Intrepid Type Starfleet ship. We'll be present as the Federation builds outposts along the newly established Romulan Neutral Zone, we'll witness as the last remnants of the Vulcan High Command are absorbed into Starfleet, or the Vulcan Science Academy. We'll be present at the swearing in of the First Official President of the Federation, and witness the signing of the Charter that starts it all.

Come experience the rough first days of the Federation...

This is a loose continuation of the first iteration, but I've been led to believe it could be a load of fun :P

QuoteOption Two:
From Here to Infinity - Victory

If you have followed any of this Google Docs file, then you'll have some idea of the setting - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O4m9bR2-9Ijs3ak7wTfcDxrtG5W5kGi-0o6O6B-mrxY/edit?usp=sharing

From Here to Infinity - Victory will focus on the long range stealth and recon ship Victory

Where the Explorer Class Galileo (The intended main ship of the full series) is sent out to meet and greet the universe, Victory's mission is one of reconnaissance. The Ship is sent out in advance of all the other ships in the IPP* (Name still not finalized) to investigate the threat that our allies, The Greys, are currently fighting.

The journey leads to a number of adventures, each serving as a constant reminder of the dangers of space travel.

QuoteOption Three:
Prequel to New Orleans

So another series I have in my head follows the 2350's - 2360's of Trek. The Ship is the USS New Orleans, a New Orleans Class ship, named in honor of her predecessor - the Excelsior Class USS New Orleans, Who's heroic adventures turned a young NCO into the master of the vessel in a very short time.

This mini-series would tell that tale - An adventure with mystery, intrigue, lots of space combat, and a secret doctor? We'll explore space, like we haven't seen it explored before.
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RPG-X / Klaw's RPG-X Overhaul Initiative
January 29, 2020, 12:24:08 am
So, the longer I remain unemployed, the more bored I get...

last night, I had an idea about writing a script (which I hope to eventually turn into a full blown GUI loader) that will allow players to select their own rankest (Meaning, we have a blank rankest on the server, then load one of our choosing locally of the same name as the server one, so we can more easily cater an RP to the era it's based on without the need for admin interference/server reboot - assuming it works)

I've spent the last couple of evenings puttering with this, and the idea has expanded a bit to also include:

1.Combadge choices
2.Phaser/Phaser Rifle/Tricorder Choices
3.A Secondary rankest (for example, if you're doing a DS9 RP, you can select the appropriate Starfleet Rankset, and the Bajoran ranks - or run the TNG and Voy set together - etc etc)
4.Other ideas may come to me...

The benefits here can ideally allow for us to more easily tailor the RPG-X experience to the players. Whether or not I can achieve all if this remains to be seen, but in the simplest terms, I believe it's quite possible, and I've already gone to work to make it happen - laying out the graphics for 5 new rank sets.

By the end of the week, I hope to test the rankest theory with the server, and get started on swapping the combadge and weapons.

I'm also working on a script that should *hopefully* make it easier for me to automatically assign uniform types to individual character models - making it a much simpler process to design, and deploy new uniforms to character models.

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions about any of this (or if you want to help!) Please let me know!
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Good Day

I wanted to take a moment and welcome String back to the fold. He signaled to me via discord that he's back, and ready to take his seat again.

I have however asked Dendo to stay at the table, as I am taking a month long LoA (At least).

For this time, the Ops Team will consist of Scott Archer, Stringtheorist, and Dendo.

Scott has agreed to serve as interim Chairperson during my LoA.

I won't be 100% gone, I'm just trying to get re-centered. If anyone looks around, you'll see me *trying* to get some things going - 2 SRPs spring to mind. With any luck, those will take off (they won't happen, unless you take part!) and I'll be able to come back in a stronger place than I am currently in.

If you have any questions about the changes listed above, please feel free to reach out to either Scott Archer or Myself.

Thank you
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Serial Roleplays / Star Trek Renegade Pilot - CANCELLED
January 26, 2020, 04:41:32 am
Star Trek: Renegade
Episode 0 - Into The Black
Stardate: 55288 (April, 2378)
Airdate: TBD

On a backwater world deep inside Klingon space:

Captain Thomas Winters has been hired by a local Medical Facility to acquire a dose of an experimental new drug that is being tested by the Federation. This medicine is allegedly a cure for a new malady afflicting dilithium miners. The Federation has kept the formula under lock and key for unknown reasons, and all direct attempts to attain the medication have been met with a hard "no".

Feeling the job is worth the hassle, Winters has taken it on - but to pull it off, he's going to need some reliable, and trustworthy assistance...
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Serial Roleplays / Star Trek: Renegade - Any Interest?
January 23, 2020, 03:41:28 pm
So, I was looking through old story ideas, and since I have a LOT of time on my hands right now, I'd like to run a series while I work on another :P

With that said, would anyone be interested in a non-traditional Star Trek serial based loosely on Joss Whedon's 'Firefly'?

The premise is as follows:

Quote
Star Trek: Renegade
    The Dominion war was a time of great hardship and strife for all Federation citizens across the quadrant. Some of these citizens decided in the days before the war, that if their government wasn't going to do anything, they would take care of their own. Some joined the Maquis, some formed militias and others were simply caught, and thrown into prison under charges of espionage. Times were dark, and when the war hit, they only got darker...

    The Federation was greatly outnumbered as a result of the Cardassians joining the Dominion, and Deep Space Nine's lack of intervention as Dominion Ships entered the Alpha Quadrant. Federation Officials went on a recruitment drive throughout planets within their control. But all of this was for scraps, and the war went into full gear.

On a Federation border planet near Cardassian Space, A young Starfleet Lieutenant was sent with a small security force to attempt to amalgamate a new-found militia into the Federation Ranks - when the Cardassians attacked... The battle was a slaughter, three divisions of Cardassian Troops swept through the settlements across the planet, murdering the thousands who tried to stand against them. The young Lieutenant did what he could, but when reinforcements were denied... The Young Officer grabbed what people he could fit in his shuttle, and made a daring escape...

It's been nearly three years since the war ended, and "Captain" Thomas Winters has made a name for himself as a smuggler, gun for hire, thief and problem solver. Aboard his ship, the Renegade, Winters sets out on his own, looking for work, avoiding the Federation when possible, and with a single goal in mind: keep flying.
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Information / Job Posting - Community Media Manager
January 13, 2020, 02:28:27 pm
The Forge is currently looking for an Active, engaging spirit to serve as a Community Media Manager.

the CMM is responsible for overseeing and maintaining community media and marketing initiatives including


-Social Media Profiles - Posting regular content on our SM profiles, advertising Events, engaging the greater communities of Facebook, Twitter etc.

-Web Advertising - finding places outside SM to promote the community

-Stream Service Content - Working with our friends at EE to coordinate Stream efforts, ensuring maximum outreach of all of our streamed content

-Forge Art work is a plus, but not required (Signature creation, slider banners, etc)

To Apply, please shoot a private message to Klaw with a simple explanation of why you feel you're up to the task.

Interviews will be scheduled for each applicant

I promise, this will be a very painless process, I just want a chance to talk to everyone one on one to see who's the best fit.


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String approached me a few days back and signaled his desire to take a brief LoA. After some discussion between String, Scott, Callum and Myself, we determined that the best course of action would be to appoint an Interim on the Ops Team.

It was decided, based on the election last year, that the clearest choice was Dendo.

As such, Dendo will be filling in for StringTheorist for the duration of String's LoA.

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I wish them both the best of luck.
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Archives / Series Closure
January 10, 2020, 09:22:31 am
Due to a lack of upcoming attendance, this week's episode has been cancelled.

Upon reflection of the roster and the Timeslot Discussion post, it does not appear that we have the support to continue.

I want to thank everyone who came along for the ride. I had a lot of story to tell, and I'm mostly upset that I couldn't get It all out.

Stay Tuned for North Star!
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Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

We pray to our feline gods
Stinky way to "pee"r into the future
I have a business opportunity for us...




The Funnies:



(The saga continues)

And New! by request from Chrisom:






Recipe for the day:

as previously stated, I'm a 'bit o this, bit o that' type of cook. I rarely use precise measurements, and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen to create new, and unique meals.

In short, I like my cooking like I like my jazz, one of a kind, and impossible to replicate.

With that said, my chili is a fair bit different than this chili recipe, but this still sounds tasty all the same: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/78299/boilermaker-tailgate-chili/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=12&isMetric=false

Chili
QuoteIngredients
2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon bacon bits
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos(R)
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions
Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.
To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.

now, You can skip the chips and cheese (I do) and instead serve with a side of Peanut Butter Sandwiches. I know, it sounds odd, but it offers a nice blend of sweet and spicy combo between the chili and the sandwhich - without going too far in either direction.




Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:



I've not seen much of anno78's work, but this image spoke to me as a fan of The Last Ship, and the Ent Era (It's titled 'USS Nathan James NCC-479')



Inspirobot:



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Current Forge Discussions and Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X)

Need Timeslot Feedback ASAP! For Nova too... (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (Time still TBD - though I may set one, and just pray it works for everyone who wants/needs to be there) (General)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)
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Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

Not to dampen the mood, but as I'm sure you all know -
Australia is on fire
. I just want to take a moment and send my love to the people of Australia, and wish them safety, and a quick peace. The link here offers a list of charitable organizations that are collecting for fire relief, if you want to offer any amount of help.



The Funnies:



(A Continuation of Yesterday's)




Recipe for the day:

After today's cookie (YES Cookie) fiasco, I can't get COOKIES off my brain.

This is the recipe I use, when I bake my favorite cookie: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/174864/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Chocolate Chip Cookies

QuoteIngredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups NESTLE(R) TOLL HOUSE(R) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (I use the Milk Chocolate (full sweet) Morsels - it's better this way - I also don't put as many in. 2 cups is about a full 12oz bag and half of another one - I only use about half a bag)
1 cup chopped nuts - (I also DON'T add these, as they're optional, and I'm nutty enough)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Apart from the tips I added in the ingredients section, I like big cookies.... really big cookies so cookies of this size tend to take about 15 minutes or so to bake clear through. (I'll add a picture on my next baking night - possibly tonight :P )

Serve warm, with a tall glass of milk, and you have a happy Klingon!



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

Went looking for cool pictures online, and decided that you can't get much cooler than an Ice Cube... :P



This actually reminds me of a story from my days working at a Movie Theatre. Ride Along was just coming out, and we had two cardboard standees for the movie, one with Ice Cube, and one with Kevin Hart. One day, the Ice Cube standee fell, and without missing a beat, I walked over to it with a broom, Dustpan and Wet floor sign, and placed the sign on top of the standee and started sweeping around it.

When asked what I was doing, I replied - Trying to keep people from slipping right here, I'll get a mop once the bigger chunks are out of the way...

it was a good time.



Inspirobot:

I'm just guessing that Inspirobot wants us to destroy ourselves?



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Current Forge Discussions and Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X)

Need Timeslot Feedback ASAP! For Nova too... (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (Time still TBD - though I may set one, and just pray it works for everyone who wants/needs to be there) (General)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)



Last thing, I've been feeling very discouraged lately, and I need your help to shake me out of this. Post things on the forum! - Join in the discussions (especially if they concern a series that you're signed up for) - even if it's a just fun gif as a reaction to these daily posts - share it. Help shake me out of this cloud, and help me feel like I'm *actually* reaching you.
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Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

No News Today - Instead, I want to share a random blast from the past:


(Strongbad was/is one of my favorite Web things)





The Funnies:








Recipe for the day:

I was scrolling though, looking for dinner ideas for some Chicken I had - and this sounded *really* good: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/178809/southern-style-buttermilk-fried-chicken/?internalSource=previously%20viewed&referringContentType=Homepage

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

QuoteIngredients
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
5 cups vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, salt and pepper, and cayenne in a bowl, and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.

When you are ready to cook the chicken, combine the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in the other plastic bag. Shake to mix thoroughly. Transfer one marinated chicken piece at a time into the dry ingredient bag, and shake well to ensure complete coverage. After all chicken pieces are coated, repeat the process by dipping them in the buttermilk marinade and shaking in the dry coating again.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, making sure not to burn the oil. When oil is hot, fry chicken in batches until golden brown and juices run clear, turning chicken to brown evenly.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

I was just scrolling Deviantart, and found this new one. I'm excited for Nova this week - please help me make it happen!



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)




Inspirobot:



Generated by Inspirobot, "an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."



Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns Saturday (Maybe - go confirm your attendance/absence) (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (General)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)
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Good Morning Blacksmiths! Sorry I'm late today, I woke up under the weather and stayed hom from work. Still feel like crap, but alas...

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

Pauley Want Attention
Bye Bye Squat and Surf breaks
My cat would do this too...



The Funnies:







Recipe for the day:

Pork Chops, the Klaw Way

So, today I couldn't think of anything fancy to share, as far as recipes - so I figured I'd share a simple, quick-fix meal that I enjoy: Porkchops, the Klaw Way!

Quote from: undefinedIngredients

1lb Thick Center Cut Pork Chops
1 Tbps Butter
Seasoned Salt
Garlic Powder
Pepper

Directions

In a large frying pan, melt butter on medium heat, lining the pan in the hot buttery goodness.
Place Porkchops in the hot, buttered pan.
Season with Seasoned Salt, Garlic Powder, and Pepper to taste (or however you want to season them - depending on the veggies you choose to serve these with)
Cook covered, rotating as needed for about 15- 20 minutes (or until yout meat thermometer says it's safe)

Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and a bit of gravy.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

I was looking through my desktop backgrounds today, and came across this one. There are days that I feel Daedalus is my white whale... but, we'll see what happens in the future :)



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by Euderion on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/euderion (I'm a big fan of his work too)



Inspirobot:





Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X) (Don't forget to confirm your attendance - I'm about to crack down on the roster)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th at 13:30 EST (18:30 GMT) All are welcome to attend - This is a great time to take part in our effort to improve The Forge, come let your voice be heard! (General)

Pegasus Reboot *still* needs you! (Orville)
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Happy New Year, Blacksmiths!

Time to shake off our Post-Holiday Blues and get back in our Gaming Routine! Here's a look at what's coming up this week!



RPG-X News:

Star Trek Nova Returns! After a long voyage, Nova and the Cargo Convoy have arrived at the rendezvous with the Xindi Aquatic ship to make their aid delivery. Be sure to confirm your attendance in the episode thread (I explained it last night, it's easier for me to keep track of who's coming if it's posted there then if it's on Discord or elsewhere - please oblige me, it only takes a minute :) )

I'm under the impression that Brand New Day will not be starting this month as originally planned, An official launch time for that series will be announced when it becomes available, however I am going to be working with another member about reviving an old series of theirs for a modern audience... we'll see what happens

If you have any interest in running your own SRP - that road is open to you! This thread details how to go about getting yourself set up: https://www.theforgegaming.net/forum/index.php/topic,19.0.html



Space Engineers News:

Server is live, we haven't done much recently there (I still want to gut and overhaul my starbase...)

At some point this month, I would like us to revisit The Battle of Colony Alpha - and see what kind of shenanigans we can get up to there. That poor planet is still under siege - one of our factions needs to claim total victory soon!

I'm contemplating an idea for a Ship Building/design Contest The First week of February. I haven't posted about it yet, but start drawing up ideas in your head for your ships :D



The Orville Interactive Fan Experience

Still looking for suggestions/opinions about rebooting Pegasus With the new updates the've made to the game recently, it's nearly a whole new experience! I don't want to take the time to do it though if there isn't support in the idea, so let me know!

If you're interested in planning an RP Why not drop a thread in the Let's Play board - or if you would like to run your own Serial Roleplay - please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Operations Team. We're always open to new ideas, and would love to help however we can.



We have our first Ops team meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 12th at 13:30 EST (18:30GMT) and it will be wholly open to the public. I want to welcome everyone, from the most active member, to the fresh faced newbie, to come and take part. The hope is that we can work as a community to add some new direction for us, and finalize some business that we've let sit idle for too long. So please drop by discord during this time (Operations Discussion Channel(s) )and let your voice be heard!

Last thing I want to say is Thank you. To everyone who has been patient, kind, generous; to everyone who has endured the hardships of the last year with us here, and have stuck around through them all. Our time is here - and your patience is about to be rewarded.

Let's have a Kick Ass 2020!

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Good Morning Blacksmiths!

Here's today's nonsense!



News stories of the Day:

Wakanda Forever!
Dr. Phil? More like Dr. Shoot-To-Kill
The Police are the real poopers here...



The Funnies:








Recipe for the day:

Country Fried Steak and Eggs

In the spirit of the fact that I slept in until my second alarm (Which is my wrap up whatever I'm doing quickly alarm) and as a result, didn't have an opportunity to make breakfast (Thank you, Drive-Thru window!) I am lamenting over the meal I *could* have had, had I gotten up early to start preparing, and indeed had the ingredients lying around.

Country Fried Steak is an amazingly versatile dish. You can serve it with mashed potatos and veggies for a well balanced, delicious dinner - and warm it up in the morning with a couple of eggs and some toast/biscuits (See the recipe here) for breakfast. Trust me, this is a cardiologist's delight, and as we all know, if Doctor's love it, it must be good eating!: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/150306/the-best-chicken-fried-steak/

QuoteIngredients
4 (1/2 pound) beef cube steaks
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable shortening for deep frying
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.
Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.



Klaw's Cool Image find of the day:

Turned on my laptop this morning when I got in the office, and this was my center monitor's background. I know *technically* Enterprise never saw a refit like this...but, It's still a pretty image...



Check out this and other awesome Trek related images by TheFirstFleet on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/thefirstfleet/gallery (I'm a big fan of his work)



Inspirobot:

(Let's try to break *some* of these, shall we? :P )



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Upcoming Forge Shenanigans:

Nova Returns January 11th (RPG-X)

Ops Team Meeting January 12th (Time still TBD - though I may set one, and just pray it works for everyone who wants/needs to be there) (General)

Brand New Day starts this month! (RPG-X)

Pegasus Reboot needs you! (Orville)



One more final word. Next week, I hope we can start to return to business as usual, as now the holidays are behind us, and our New Year Hangovers are subsiding :P

The meeting on the 14th (whenever we finally get a time set...*hint hint*) will be a bit of a state of the community type event, where I hope we can work together to set a tone for the coming year. I won't go too heavy into it now, but in a few short summer months last year, we built all of this. Now it's time to tend to our garden, and watch it grow - which requires an active approach and a gentle touch.

Let's have a great weekend my friends! Check out the shenanigans above, and don't hesitate to organize your own shenanigans!