Welcome to the USS Shanghai!



Exploration is the driving force of Starfleet, the core and ever-present principle born into every Starfleet Officer. To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before – that is what we are driven to do.

The USS Shanghai-A was chosen to lead a group of explorers beyond deep space and to a new, unexplored section of the galaxy far rim-ward from Federation lines and the Reayan Transit Corridor. With fresh retrofits and a new crew she set out on a mission of exploration with little more than a small cadre of ships in tow. Deep in the Auriga Perseus section of the galaxy, the Shanghai watched over the early stages of the colony efforts. While exploring this new world something happened, though - a local power known as the Protectorate, a union of numerous species from the region with a reckless use of technologies such as chroniton weaponry and nanotech, set upon the Federation explorers with no obvious provocation. The ensuing battle was quick, but it had lasting implications and would end with stranding the explorers. Now, with only a trickle of reinforcements from the Fleet, Shanghai and her crew has a clear path laid out before it: protect the fledgling Golovin Colony, explore the region, repair the damage dealt to the region, and try to find common ground with the peoples they find there.

The USS Shanghai is an exploration focused sim, set just beyond the known galaxy. The sim hopes to foster an environment where players can help build our little section of the world, from helping design alien worlds and phenomena, to the civilizations and technologies they’ve discovered, and the exploration of characters within that setting. The Shanghai was founded in 2009 and has a dedicated crew with a long history. We are always looking for new members, so if you find yourself interested in the simm, send us a message or application!



The Command Team
USS Shanghai NCC-82941 – Task Force 93, Task Group 86



::: Upcoming Mission :::
“To Be Announced”






Latest News Items

» Upcoming Changes to BFMS

Posted on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 @ 1:48am by Captain Sun Mei Xiang in General News

Hey all - I borrowed this from another CO in the Fleet (our very own Sinclair),
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Some of you may have seen the recent notice about a change coming up in Bravofleet. If you haven't, I encourage you to check out this announcement (https://bravofleet.com/group_news/bravo-fleet-2020-roadmap/)

Basically, there is a plan to transition Bravofleet into something beyond its current model as a simming network. It will enable players to write larger stories collectively, as well as participate in simms.

The initial request that the announcement is making is that all players register with BFMS, the Bravofleet Management System. You can register by clicking here (https://bravofleet.com/wp-login.php?action=register). When you have done so, please send me a message, because I will want to link you in BFMS to Shanghai.

I would like at least a few of you to register, so we have a fairly accurate participant's list on the Bravofleet website. We have a few, but the more we can get the better advertising we get from being out and about on the fleet main page.

What does this mean within Shanghai:

Nothing much. Shanghai won't require you to join BF to simm with us. Consider yourselves grandfathered in. But, the Fleet is trying some new things, and there may be some bonuses down the line to having good representation there.

The Fleet is also jumping to 2399. We'll be moving forward there as well - but we'll be doing it a lot differently than other simms. We're going to be doing it Yesterday's Enterprise style. Basically, what this means is that the current Shanghai timeline will be treated as the 'created' timeline, with the 2399 being the 'real' timeline. But, it will be designed to leave the option to change your character in a lot of ways, or none at all. If you want to step through to 2399 with zero changes (except being outside your timeline), you can. If you want to rewrite your entire character, you can. The fact is, Shanghai was actively being played before the Hobus Supernova, so we have a lot of little changes to make and a few giant changes to make. We'll be working on that, but the Spoiler Policy still counts, and we'll try to keep it active - but, expect to see a new mission soon that is titled and marked for spoilers.

There are some big ideas I've been toying with too. We'll need to revisit Golovin and Seppala with the changes, and even Shanghai herself. So if you would be interested in joining that conversation, hop on over to Discord, or send me a message.

What does this mean outside the Shanghai:

Whatever you want. If you have a BFMS account, you can participate as much -- or as little -- as you want in other initiatives. But I'd suggest you check them out. Some of them could be quite a lot of fun.

If you choose not to register, you may be ineligible for awards at the Task Force level, but I suspect that those who do not wish to register will not be put off by that.

Other:

If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please bring them to me.

Thanks,


» Simm Report January 2020

Posted on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 @ 12:26am by Captain Sun Mei Xiang in General News

Crew

Total Crew - 15 (13 Active, 2 ELOA) (With one new player coming in right at the end of the month)

Active Characters
Captain Sun Mei Xiang - Commanding Officer
Commander Karsel’lyn Lylyl’Llytheraias - Commander, Air Group
Lieutenant Commander James Barnes - Chief Intelligence Officer
Lieutenant Commander Christine Descharmes - Second Officer
Lieutenant Commander Wale Scholl - Chief Science Officer
Lieutenant Limmi Ovim - Chief Tactical Officer
Lieutenant Gavin Ross - Chief Medical Officer
Lieutenant Junior Grade Isabelle Veran - Chief Counselor
1st Lieutenant Lisa Jones - Marine Commanding Officer
Ensign Jane Sinclair - Chief Flight Control Officer
Ensign Eleanor Alexander - Diplomatic Officer
Ensign Iria Taltos - Damage Control Specialist
Rana Jennar - Civilian Dependent

Leave
Lieutenant Commander Dastan Alexander - Executive Officer
Staff Sergeant Kyle Walken - Scout/Sniper Team Leader

Inactive


Removed
Lieutenant Noah Slater


Top Open Positions
Chief Security Officer
Chief Strategic Operations Officer

Sim Changes
Numerous Crew Changes and reorganization.

Total Posts
Manual Count: 19
Nova Count: 48

Awards

Player of the Month
This month, I chose Ensign Taltos. After a time away from us, she not only jumped back into the posts with a flash but rejoined group discussions and the community as a whole. There is little more one could hope for when a player comes back to the simm. The writing is on point, the character is an interesting and unique one, and the choice in position gives an interesting look into the ship as a whole - though likely we'll be looking to her to help hold up the Engineering department more and more.

Post of the Month
This month I'm nominating Jane Sinclair's (and guests) "Temporal Knowledge" series and the first part in particular. It is a great look into the dangers and pitfalls of looking into the future before you should. As always, it is well written and an interesting look into a character that has become a mainstay on the ship. It's given some interesting insights into things to come and lays a great groundwork for stories to come in the future.


Final Notes
Picard is out! Avoid spoilers - but we are having a discussion on the Discord channel over whether or not Shanghai should move to the 2399 timeline after the first season ends. If you aren't on Discord and you have an opinion, let me know, and we'll throw it into the mix. Don't worry, the change isn't coming until Late March or April at the earliest.


» A Quick Note on PNPCs

Posted on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 @ 11:32pm by Captain Sun Mei Xiang in General News

Quick note.

Earlier today, just pulled down and modified, and put back up a post. Just a reminder, PNPCs are protected and can only be used by their owners in posts. If you want to use one, be sure to get the primary player's permission. Or ask them to join the post Mentions and short cameos are generally exempted from that, but only if the reference is in passing. (For example, I saw Cai coming out of Sun's office is fine. Writing a post with a conversation with her needs the primary player's permission). If in doubt, add the NPC used to the list of characters and it'll automatically pull the player in if it's connected. Thanks, that's all. If you have any questions let me know

Oh, and if you'd like an NPC added as a PNPC to your account, just let me know here, or post it in the discord discussion!

- N /Sun


» Happy Holidays!

Posted on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 @ 7:18pm by Captain Sun Mei Xiang in General News

Hello All!

As you might be aware, holidays are nearly upon us! I just wanted to give you all a quick Happy Holidays (if you're celebrating any), and let you know that activity won't be counted for the next couple of weeks. It's a busy time for most people, so feel free to hop in and play as you can, but don't worry about staying active. After the New Year, I'll check in to get us started back up. Until then, I'll post a quick bridge post for launching the probes, and a post returning to Golovin. Feel free to write solo and joint posts for character exploration and day to day things. We'll meet with the Cyen in the new year!

Thanks all, and have a good few weeks!

- N / Sun


» November Report

Posted on Wed Dec 4th, 2019 @ 11:58pm by Captain Sun Mei Xiang in General News

Crew

Total Crew - 16 (13 Active, 2 ELOA, 1 Inactive)

Active Characters
Captain Sun Mei Xiang - Commanding Officer
Commander Karsel’lyn Lylyl’Llytheraias - Commander, Air Group
Lieutenant Commander James Barnes - Chief Intelligence Officer
Lieutenant Christine Descharmes - Chief Counselor (Medical Leave)
Lieutenant Wale Scholl - Chief Science Officer
Lieutenant Noah Slater - Chief Engineering Officer
Lieutenant Calvin Kennedy - Chief Security Officer
Lieutenant Junior Grade Isabelle Veran - Acting Chief Counselor
1st Lieutenant Lisa Jones - Marine Commanding Officer
Ensign Jane Sinclair - Chief Flight Control Officer
Ensign Eleanor Alexander - Diplomatic Officer
Ensign Iria Taltos - Damage Control Specialist
Rana Jennar - Civilian Dependent

Leave
Lieutenant Commander Dastan Alexander - Executive Officer
Lieutenant Limmi Ovim - Chief Tactical Officer

Inactive


Removed


Top Open Positions
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Strategic Operations Officer

Website
None, but we did try to get the templates working better on the database. It didn’t work as smoothly as planned, though.

Sim Changes
None, but a few coming. Stay tuned.


Mission Recap
The Time that is Given Us
The Battle of New Anchorage is over. The Klingon raiding task force was pushed back and out of the system, and their flagship destroyed. Starfleet’s losses were not light, though. The USS Warspite, a Sovereign Class vessel, was lost - but much of its crew was rescued by Shanghai, and more drastically the New Anchorage system itself was lost. Due to the battle, subspace tears began to appear in the system, and temporal eddies from a distant but massive object began to ripple through the region. This has rendered the system unsafe, and as such the Shanghai ordered the evacuation of the system. The USS Glenn and USS Gagarin arrived as support, and after the situation was assessed, they helped evacuate the mining colony. Sensitive Starfleet information, such as the whereabouts of the Golovin Colony and other strategic intelligence had been housed in New Anchorage but was destroyed.

At the Hour of Sanctification
After the colony and system of New Anchorage was evacuated, the Shanghai set about basic repairs and preparing to return to dark space. Strangely, it seemed as if the timeline had shifted, and at the same time, all across the Auriga-Perseus sectors, the Protectorate species stopped and held vigil for the so-called Rite of Sanctification. Unnerved, the mystery of the massive object discovered between the two galactic arms has clearly become more involved.

Total Posts
Manual Count: 17 (+3 from the previous month)
Nova Count: 47 (+1 from the previous month)

Awards
There were no crew nominations this month, but I wanted to post the couple I chose for the TF Monthly Report. That’s my fault for not being able to give you all enough time. I’ll try to make sure to post that request a week in advance next month.

Player of the Month
This month, I chose Rana Jennar. His posts haven't been as prolific as some members, but they are always of good quality and his character is not one that would be easy to put in on any given ship. Still, he has tried to add to every major post with his character and often reaches out behind the scenes to see what ways we might be able to integrate him. I hope soon that we'll be able to fully integrate the character into the ship and story, to see him take front and center a few more posts. Until then, it is interesting to see the additions he has added to his character, and I hope the crew and I can find more ways to bring him into the fold.


Post of the Month
For post of the month, I am nominating "Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey," by 1st Lieutenant Lisa Jones - which can be found here http://shanghai.akiyaone.com/index.php/sim/viewpost/1467 -

This post was a brilliant introduction to a character who was joining the sim in the middle of a pitched battle with temporal anomalies all over the place. It's that ingenious jumping off point that I think is worthy of a nod for the title of post of the month. It may be early in her time with the Shanghai, but starting off with such a bang is a great foot to start on, and led to even more mysteries for the next mission. I, personally, love when players inject that bit of extra into the missions as it gives them an extra bit of lifeblood that one person leading them just cannot do. It was a great first post, and I expect to see the player on my lists more often.


Commendations
None, but there are some coming.


Final Notes
It was a holiday month for us Americans, and with winter rolling in, it's time we generally start to see a slowdown. So I wasn’t presently surprised with our numbers. You guys have done excellent, and hopefully, the new mission gives us some good new avenues for writing.


Latest Mission Posts

» A Much Needed Talk

Mission: At the Hour of Sanctification
Posted on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 @ 1:17pm by Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Commander Karsel`lyn Lylyl-Llytherraias & Captain Sun Mei Xiang

After the last of the guests left, Kachiko gave Hiroko a hug and kissed her cheek.

Karsel'lyn popped her head in, "Reiko is heading home with your lady, Chiko."

The Marine turned and kissed Lyn's cheek, "Thanks babe. Where's your lady?"

"On the back patio," Lyn poked her sisters ribs…


» Premonitions

Mission: Neither Past nor Future
Posted on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 @ 8:28am by Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Commander Karsel`lyn Lylyl-Llytherraias & Captain Sun Mei Xiang

Kachiko awoke with a start, thankfully not waking Limmi up. She paused briefly to admire her lover's long and lean form, nude atop the sheets like the little Marine still was.

Then she felt it again, a pang of hurt, deep in her core. She doubled over, nearly retching at…


» Ploumari

Mission: At the Hour of Sanctification
Posted on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 @ 12:10am by Captain Sun Mei Xiang & Lieutenant Alexander Kolokotronis

[Captain's Ready Room, USS Shanghai]

"About time," Mei spoke quietly as she looked over the jacket of her newest crewmember. Finally, someone to take over Ops that wasn't fresh out of the academy, though she doubted anyone would be able to be truly prepared for the weirdness that was out…


» Doppelgänger

Mission: Between the Pages
Posted on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 @ 6:35am by Lieutenant JG Isabelle Veran PhD & Lieutenant Alexander Kolokotronis

{ON}

Isabelle was settled down in her office going through the piles of PADDs that had seemed to have grown exponentially since she was last in. Now she understood why being Chief of a department was so much hard work, even though she was just acting Chief at the moment.…


» Kindred thinking

Mission: At the Hour of Sanctification
Posted on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 @ 2:21am by Lieutenant Limmi Ovim & Ensign Jane Sinclair

Jane and Limmi walked quietly outside the house where the Chief Tactical Officer and her daughter lived with Kachiko and Reiko Bayushi. The night air was quiet and peaceful, and after the wonderful chaos that was dinner at Chez Captain Sun, it was nice to enjoy the silence with one…


Latest Personal Logs

» An Overdue Letter

Posted on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 @ 3:05am by Lieutenant Alexander Kolokotronis

--START PERSONAL LOG--

TO: Commander Demetrios Alexander Kolokotronis, Executive Officer, USS Portland

Dear Uncle Demetrios,

Δόξα τω θεώ! Congratulations on your promotion! I've missed you my Uncle. I apologize for me being unable to reach out to you earlier.

Things have been improving, overall. My anxiety has definitely lessened over…


» Something From The Road

Posted on Mon Apr 7th, 2014 @ 10:20pm by Lieutenant JG Dominic Delaney Jr.

Computer, begin recording.

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Hey dad!

It's been a long time since I've chatted with you, and I'm sorry that I haven't been as active as I have been in writing you lately. I was able to get transferred to another ship after my medical leave was up. She's a…


» Recovery

Posted on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 @ 12:09am by 2nd Lieutenant Zak Keevon

Well, it had to happen eventually. Getting wounded, that is. Actually, it's amazing I avoided it as long as I did, given that I get shot at for a living. The crazy part is that it was all because of a traitor. Not crazy that it happened, but crazy that…


» Where to begin...

Posted on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 @ 2:12pm by Ensign Aaron Markus

Ensign Aaron Markus, Personal Log, Supplemental: I have arrived onboard the USS Shanghai and will be assuming the position of Chief of Operations. I'm hoping my tenure here will be long and full of adventure. Seeing as how we're pretty much in the middle of nowhere, there should be plenty…


» Points of Order

Posted on Wed Jul 18th, 2012 @ 10:48pm by Lieutenant Martin Smith

Vulcan is an elegant language. Economy of style, logical progressions of etymology, and contrary to popular belief, only one word for "heat". Felek, for reference. However, oddly enough, I'm not reading much about heat in the context of temperature. The Vulcan summary of the events surrounding the Reformation and the…