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The Operations Team / Disclosure of Temporary Person...
Last post by Klaw - January 28, 2020, 10:14:15 pm
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
Serial Roleplays / Star Trek Renegade Pilot - CAN...
Last post by Klaw - 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...
Serial Roleplays / Re: Star Trek: Renegade - Any ...
Last post by StringTheorist - January 24, 2020, 01:52:45 am
I would definitely be interested.
Serial Roleplays / Star Trek: Renegade - Any Inte...
Last post by Klaw - 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:

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.
Information / Job Posting - Community Media ...
Last post by Klaw - 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.

The Operations Team / Re: Operations Meeting - 1/12/...
Last post by Dendo - January 12, 2020, 02:52:52 pm
That works for me.
The Operations Team / Disclosure of Temporary Person...
Last post by Klaw - January 10, 2020, 03:48:11 pm
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.
Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 09, 2020, 06:49:28 pm
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

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

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')


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)
Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Daily post of useless n...
Last post by Klaw - January 08, 2020, 06:51:08 pm
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

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)

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.


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.
Serial Roleplays / Re: Star Trek: North Star
Last post by Klaw - January 08, 2020, 05:06:43 pm
Construction of the LC Class began days after the Xindi attack of earth.

Following Admiral Forrest sending Enterprise out alone into the Delphic Expanse, a conference was called in Paris with United Earth Officials, and Starfleet Brass. Captain Vasili Koslov was included, as head of the Siberian Ship Works (Or 'The Domes' as they're known colloquially)

A series of plans were introduced, ranging from overhauling the old Daedalus Class starships, to starting Warp 7 trials with the Intrepid class ships. Koslov proposed being able to quickly build a quick, versatile warship which he believed his team could get off the yard, and into space by the end of the year.

Koslov showed off an array of advanced weapon prototypes, and defensive shield generator sketches that caught the attention of the UE government, but angered the brass of Starfleet.

With a green light, Koslov returned to The Domes, and got his team into Overdrive, but delay after delay - bump after bump and Admiral after Admiral forced the design further and further away from what he originally envisioned. the LC class was a shell of what she was meant to be, instead of a Warp 5 Engine, she was fitted with a Warp 3 - Instead of being allowed the time to harden the new metallic alloys for the hull crossbeams, Koslov was forced to use older metals, comparable to the Intrepid and Neptune Classes...

Finally, though - he stayed true to his word, and at the dawn of 2154, the first LC Class Starship was born.

Koslov christened it Polaris, as a comment that no matter the storm you face, keeping your bearing on an unyielding star will always get you where you need to go...
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