Welcome aboard the USS Portland!
The USS Portland is the proud winner of Obsidian Fleet's Bronze Unit of Merit Award for the month of September 2012!
Almost fifteen years after the end of the Dominion Wars and the Federation is still reeling.
Gone are the days when Starfleet could roam the stars with the simple and overwhelming goals of exploration. Now every corner they turn simply seems to bring them face to face with a new enemy. And even her old allies are beginning to turn. The Klingons, once happy to bridge a relative peace with the Federation, seem ready to gear up for conquest in the wake of the Hobus V incident. The Romulans and Remans, still reeling over the loss of their homeworlds, have fallen into anarchy and civil war. Even the Cardassians, whose last-minute defection ultimately lead to the Dominion's defeat, have little interest in protecting what tentative peace exists with their neighbours.
The Federation stands alone.
But in the face of adversity, Starfleet is bound and determined to hold true to her founding principles. Sending ship after ship out into the endless black, each with the same timeless mission:
To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly go where no one has gone before.
The USS Portland has been in service for 67 years and after numerous rebuilds and refits, it proves that you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks as it retains it's position as one of the most advanced and reliable vessels in it's class. Now a part of the prestigious and front-line branch of Starfleet, Obsidian Fleet, she is sent on missions of diplomacy, escort and patrol, scientific and exploratory natures. Placed under the command of first-time CO, Commander Hitoshi Kaneda, the USS Portland sits in wait for her new mission, crew and destiny.
The USS Portland is a proud member of Obsidian Fleet, Task Force 72: The Peacekeepers, Task Group 1: The Grey Wolves.
Latest News Items
Posted on Thu Apr 25th, 2013 @ 5:14pm by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda in General News
I've just had confirmation from Admiral Sharr, our crew has officially been transferred to the Ticonderoga and all the technical admin-y bits have been sorted out on their end. That means that anyone who hasn't already needs to head over to our new site at http://ticonderoga.utopia-host.com and get their character into the system. Unfortunately there's no way to directly copy characters across, so you'll just have to do it the old fashioned way and submit an application.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to the Portland. She's the ship which saw us through the growing pains of my first year as a CO and will always hold a special place in my heart. I've learned a lot in the last year, made a lot of mistakes which I hopefully won't be repeating and made a lot of friends who I'll hopefully be keeping. Those of you who have been with me the longest (Ish and Penta, I'm looking at you), I thank you for sticking with me through some of the worst times as well as the good ones.
This site will now sit here until the guys from RPGresource come along and re-assign it, so if there's anything on here you desperately want to keep you should have plenty of time to find it and save it somewhere.
Thank you all, and I look forward to many more years of happy simming with you.
Signing off for the last time,
Captain Hitoshi Kaneda
Posted on Tue Apr 23rd, 2013 @ 12:50am by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda in General News
Just to let everyone know what's going on, John and I haven't just been sat our hands for the last couple of days. We've been busy sorting out a new host and a new site for when we're officially handed the keys to our new ship, which should be any day now.
John (Collins) has been a massive help to me in recent months and, alongside taking on duties as our webmaster, I'm happy to announce that he'll be taking over the role of Executive Officer of the sim!
Since he doesn't want to give up his character of John Collins, whose rank is sufficiently low that bumping him up to First Officer would be illogical, we're going to keep the IC position vacant for now while we decide what to do with it. There are a few different options, such as using a stop-gap NPC, partnering the position with one of the Chief of Staff roles, or since our new ship will be a Carrier we could even have the Fighter Wing Commander act as the ship's IC second-in-command. We'll just have to see how things go.
If you have any suggestions, or there's anything any of you wish to discuss with me about the sim, your characters, our ship, the command structure.. anything at all, feel free to ask away in private messages, or email me or find me on Skype at my usual email address of firstname.lastname@example.org
That's all for now, but we'll keep you informed. Watch this space!
Posted on Thu Apr 18th, 2013 @ 10:14am by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda in General News
And the winner is.... Vikrant!
It was a close competition, and since all of you submitted your votes privately I'll assume you want them to stay that way, but I will say that it was very hard fought.
I've asked our TFCO if we can have the USS Ticonderoga and are waiting to hear back from them. For those of you who haven't already, I would suggest heading over to the fleet's Ship Database and familiarizing yourself with the Vikrant-class' characteristics and specifications. She's a large Carrier, about the same length as a Galaxy-class, so quite a bit different to our little Portland.
It's likely that we'll be getting a new URL to go along with our shiny new ship, so stay tuned for that.
Here's hoping you're all (relatively) satisfied with the outcome. Looking forward to continuing to sim with you all!
Posted on Tue Apr 16th, 2013 @ 9:34pm by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda in General News
So, by now, I imagine I've got around to most of you and explained what's happening. For those of you who haven't yet been told, things are going to be a little different from here on.
Basically, my absence has left us quite a few players down and stuck in the middle of a stagnant plotline. Rather than try to kick life into it's carcass, I'm just going to cut the current mission loose and employ a time-skip to get us back on track. This will probably be an IC time-skip of around 3-6 months.
The other thing is that we have the option to switch ships. And rather than make that decision for you, I figured it made more sense to let you guys vote on it. So, we have our five options laid out in front of us. All you need to do is vote on one of them, and whichever one gets the vote majority is the one we'll go with.
So the ship class options are:
E) Stick with the Portland
If you want to read up on any of these ship classes before making your decision, full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.obsidianfleet.net/index.php?option=shipdb
Looking forward to hearing from you! Feel free to vote any way you like. PM me, email me, IM me, post your vote as a comment on this news item... whatever you want to do. Just don't forget to vote! When's the next chance you'll get to decide something this big?
And for those of you still with us, thanks for sticking around! Here's looking forward to another great year of simming with you guys!
Posted on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 @ 10:25pm by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda in General News
Obsidian Fleet is now accepting applications for the positions of Office of Personnel Management Director.
The duties for this position are as follows:
The role of the Director of the Office of Personnel Management will be:
• Member of the Fleet Council,
• Responsible for the operation of the Office of Personnel Management,
• Responsible for assigning all `any ship' applications and deleting rejected CO applications,
• Responsible for handling any transfer requests made by fleet players,
• Responsible for contacting players of sims who have lost their CO and offer them transfers,
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Joint Fleet Command.
This position is open to any member of the Fleet interested in applying. Applications may be obtained by emailing the Joint Fleet Command at email@example.com
Applications must be completed and returned before Sunday 3 March 2013 1200 UTC, applications turned in after that may not be considered.
Latest Mission Posts
Mission: Future Echoes
Posted on Thu Apr 11th, 2013 @ 9:01pm by Lieutenant Yuan Long & Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Miranda Serrice
Yuan was beginning to regret his decision to accept Captain Kaneda's offer to serve as his sparring partner. His commanding officer severely undersold his skills in hand-to-hand combat and left Yuan with an aching right shoulder. It wasn't terribly painful, but it made crawling through jeffries tubes and service corridors…
Mission: Future Echoes
Posted on Thu Mar 28th, 2013 @ 12:45am by Lieutenant Commander Ishtally Vyrion & Lieutenant JG John Collins & Commander Hitoshi Kaneda & Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ta'Lo
Having plotted a somewhat more roundabout course, which had been updated several times whenever they had received news of the fighting in the area, the last two hours had gone by without any sign of the Cardassians or the Tzenkethi. The silence, however, was too good to last.
Mission: Future Echoes
Posted on Sat Mar 16th, 2013 @ 1:43pm by Lieutenant JG John Collins & Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Miranda Serrice
Miranda was on her way to see the current intel chief. In her welcome aboard package it said she needed to check in with him within 90 days of arriving on board and she had found herself with some free time and decided now was better than later. She reached…
Mission: Future Echoes
Posted on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:35am by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Miranda Serrice & Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ta'Lo
Ta'Lo was in her office after the meeting about the 'time travelers', then she realized she needed to speak with the new CMO to make sure all was well within her mind. =/=Lieutenant Ta'Lo to Lieutenant Miranda, I know we have had our hands full lately, but I feel I…
Mission: Future Echoes
Posted on Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 @ 7:16pm by Lieutenant JG John Collins & Ensign Keval Zarath
It had been a busy few weeks for the Portland's Intelligence Department. Along with the activities related to interrogating -and then transferring off - their Orion guest, there had been crew rotations.
Most annoyingly to John Collins was the loss of his Assistant Chief, an Ensign just about to be…
Latest Personal Logs
Posted on Fri Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:12pm by Lieutenant JG Rokar Quas
Personal Log, stardate 66470.2:
I've been pouring over the logs from the Virgo since returning to the ship, but I haven't been able to find anything to indicate what's happened to the crew. The main problem is that virtually all of the logs between last month and yesterday are either…
Posted on Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 @ 2:09am by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda
Captain's Log, Stardate 66713.2
The USS Portland makes it's way towards Starbase 195 for repairs and resupply, following the end of it's somewhat disastrous testing procedure.
All was going well, the Drive had been performing better than we could have possibly have hoped, but our luck was not to last.…
Posted on Sat Jul 21st, 2012 @ 7:03pm by Commander Hitoshi Kaneda
Today marks my first major achievement in command of my own vessel. The USS Portland may not be the big, glamorous warship that every first time Captain dreams of getting to command, but what I have here is something so much more valuable. I am living the dream, the very…
Posted on Wed May 30th, 2012 @ 1:26am by Lieutenant Commander Jacob Sheppard
First Officer's log...
Well we are finally off. I have to say, waiting all this time is murder, but I can only surmise that waiting was the least of Lieutenant Commander Kaneda's list of things to worry about. When I first saw the Portland, I must admit that I was…
Posted on Fri May 4th, 2012 @ 2:35am by Ensign Curtis Williams
Toady I received my first assignment, I have been assigned to the USS Portland as Assistant Chief Security/Tactial Office, who would have though it would have taken me over 13 years to get through the academy and to receive my first assignment.
I very much look forward to working on…