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I don't respect anyone, including myself.

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I would never throw a book out...

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Molten Dragon wrote:
What did they do to the TT version to kill it? Last time I played TT Warhammer was in the mid 1990s.

Let's see. First thing first. A unit does not need to touch base anymore. A lot of other horrible things after that one. Streamlining the game too much.

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They were bound to.

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A gameplay display

It is a scripted battle. Still it shows awesomeness.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

She seems taken aback for a moment.
"Yes, of course, sir. Follow me."
She takes him to her office and offers him a seat. She heaves herself into her chair with a heavy sigh.
"One posting that had everything in working order. Just one. I assume you are here to tell me what I did wrong?"

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

I'm sorry to hear that :(
If yor schedule permits in the future, you can.always come back. There will be a spot waiting for you.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Well Bah forgot to put in brackets. Now try.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Computer beeps and whirrs.
Science labs have been having various issues from power failures to equipment malfunctions and workplace accidents starting at 0800 hours today. Reports stopped at the chief science officer."

Main science lab, dubbed D-17 is in turmoil. People of various races, almost all dressed in science green and a few in engineering gold milling about ignoring him. Hands full of various equipment. Just as he enters, a panel falls of a wall and sparks come out.

"Oh DAMN IT!" he can hear an irritated cry. Unmistakeably the voice from the comm.
A tall, beautiful woman walks towards him, holding a handfull of padds and rapidly giving orders to people.

"Lieutenant Kara Andros, sir. How may I help you. As you can see, I've got my hands full. And two thirds of my staff are not here yet. And Engineering has sent only a few people. I'm getting less and less hopeful about this mission."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

I hope you like who I've put as the face of our chief science officer. She deserves a human role :D

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Veradiran hears a very subdued "Sorry, sir." before the comm badge cuts off.

O'Brien briefly looks to the side from the screen and murmurs something inaudible. A PADD is handed to him and he looks at it pressing a few buttons. His stern expression softens a bit.

"Well, Lieutenant Commander, it seems that we can help each other. Captain Sisko insisted on some replacement parts for our fighters and roundabouts, and it is such a drag to manufacture them. And we also happen to have a large stockpile of raw metals and rare earths you might need to manufacture those parts.
So, any excess parts you have, I'd be happy to take them off your hands. And, of course, fill that empty cargo space with raw materials you might need on your voyage."

He presses a few more buttons and raises an eybebrow.

"Curious. USS Miyazaki, most of the information is classified. Something we can discuss over a pint of Romulan ale when you arrive here?"

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

No problem. Are you ok?

EDIT: Facepalm.
Is everything going to be ok?

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

@Katelnye

Katelnye's comm badge beeps. "Ensign Sciller, report to the science lab D-17 immediately" in a loud, annoyed female voice.

@Veradiran

His comm badge beeps.
"Sir, this is lieutenant Kara Andros chief science officer. One of my ensigns is late. Shall I proceed with the usual disciplinary action or shall we renege it in lieu of all the trouble we've been having in the science labs as of this morning?"

@Martine

Comm badge. Beep.
"Maam, this is en. Azatok. We're getting power fluctuations all over the ship, they are still not in the red, but we might be having a lot of problems in an hour or two. I don't understand what's wrong. I know this ship has been modified, but I thought that the engineers who worked on it also worked out all the kinks, but it seems they up and left us with half a ship done. I'm not sure that we'll be able to disembark at 1900 hours as predicted. Thank the Taan that the warp core is in tip top shape. Few other systems are. I'd chalk it up to these new gel packs, but I've seen them work."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

It's NCC-421987 , my birthday :D

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

The ferengi, a bewildered look on his face nods and presses a few buttons. His face gets replaced by the face of a surly man in his fourties, with golden shoulder pads.

"This is O'Brien. How may I assist you Lt. Commander?"

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Turin the Mad wrote:
erm ... are we talking "transgender" or "transformed" humans? Very different topics.

As in transformed humans. Becoming more than human.

LazarX wrote:

I generally consider Transhumanism a fantasy trip for immature technogeeks who aren't willing to accept the fact that everything dies at some point.

It's also kind of ironic that science has killed the concept of a mind separate from the brain as mainly a religious artifact, that transhumanists have revived it without any real scientific basis for doing so, only the same primitive fear of dying.

I think you're going a little overboard with that. After all there are levels of transhumanism. From technological augmentation of physical selves to uploading to a computer to a singluarity.

When I say transhumanism I usually mean technological enhancements to the human body and how humanity treats them.

JohnGarrett wrote:

Like most things, it can be a great plotline and plothook - the potential for a more techy character to achieve a form of immortality, of an alternative way for a bad guy to end up being 'eternal' beyond the usual 'I'm a Lich now!' trick.

It takes a little finesse and technobabble to make it work out, though.

And you need to think of a different term if you're playing in a typical fantasy setting or something close, 'cos Dwarfs aren't going to be transhuman for any amount of shaving.

It's a catchall term. Transhumanoidism if it makes you feel better about it. But I'm not necessarily talking about achieving immortality. There is a ways to go before achieving it that is very interesting to explore.

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LazarX wrote:
Hama wrote:
How do you approach it?
About as much as I approach other forms of masturbation. In other words, I don't.

I'm sorry what?

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Civillian

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

A face of a ferengi appears in on Veradiran's screen, his grin apparent.
"Greetings member of Starfleet" he says in a gravelly voice "What can this humble servant do for you today?"

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How do you approach it?

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Veradiran's com badge beeps. "Stoval to Veradiran"

"Sir we've done a preliminary sweep with a handheld tricorder. Everything seems in order. Bloodwine. Twenty years old. no toxins or explosives. Do you want to do a full diagnostic?"

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Should I type something? Are you waiting on me?

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By the man's performance. Movies were ok.

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Aquaman appears in the trailer?

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ShinHakkaider wrote:
Hama wrote:

And they could have gotten Idris Elba.

I don't think that Tyrese can pull off John Stewart. Doesn't have the acting chops.

Granted, Tyrese doesn't have the resume but then again super hero movies are not Shakespeare (maybe with the exception of the THOR movies...).

As for not having the acting chops? See John Singleton's BABY BOY (2011) and ANNAPOLIS (2006) where he plays a Naval Officer who clashes with James Franco's trainee character.

Does he have what it take to play a hard nosed military type? Absolutely. Hell I think his character in the movie was Marine before he came to Annapolis. I might be misremembering thought so dont quote me on that one.

Honestly i'm fine with Tyrese as that would bring some name recognition to the movie. While Idris Elba is well known, MILLIONS of people know who Tyrese is because of the Fast and Furious movies.

My pic though would probably be THIS d00d: NATE PARKER

While he hasnt been in anything of note, he has the presence and the acting chops (particualrly in BEYOND THE LIGHTS and RED TAILS).

Seen those. Wasn't impressed at all.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Suddenly there is a shower of sparks a scream and an acrid smell of ozone.
Flores gets up, face a little covered in soot but no worse for wear.

Three panels stand ajar, smoke pouring from them isolinear chips broken and charred spilled everywhere on the floor. Suddenly, an alarm sounds and the sprinkler system activates, pouring fire retardant everywhere. Green foam covering anything.

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I treat all my NPCs orientation as completely and utterly unimportant unless a PC wants to know. And then I roll percentile.

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To OP

Like it's a no big deal to some people, a terrible affront to nature to some other people. Although I make sure to point out that they are terrible bigoted bastards.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1
Captain Sanron Cahr wrote:
TS fan film

This....this is freaking awesome. Is there more of this?

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Of course. Feel free

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Feel better soon :)

Sure, take over science if you wish.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Computer chirps for a brief moment and then responds "The klingon bloodwine was forgotten on the roundabout which was then reassigned to USS Miyazaki before it could be cleaned." some more chirping "As of now it belongs to nobody"

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

That's why Veradiran wants raw materials instead of parts.

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

@ Martine

An ensign with the golden shirt approaches her holding a PADD.
"Ma'am, I need you to look at this. I've checked it several times but it reads the same. The lattices in the dilithium crystals are poorly formed. They'll do the job while we're at warp 3 or less, but if we go higher, I cannot guarantee a stable warp field, or a stable matter-antimatter reaction. I just checked. Of six crates of dilithium, four are like this. Inferior stock, meant for cargo trawlers who go warp 2.5. Somebody's made a mistake."

@Veradiran
A young vulcan ensign with a red shirt approaches him holding a padd.
"Sir, i must inform you that..." he trails off for a moment looking at Veradiran's features and then continues as nothing happened in their familiar, brisk fashion:" Somebody left a crate of klingon bloodwine in the cargo hold of the roundabout. What should I do with it?"

@Grrazz
A human female, dressed in a Starfleet marine's uniform salutes him as he rounds a corner.
"Sir! the company is ready for inspection, sir!"

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And they could have gotten Idris Elba.

I don't think that Tyrese can pull off John Stewart. Doesn't have the acting chops.

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Stane was an awesome villain. Mostly because it was Jeff freaking Bridges.
Justin Hammer was also awesome in his own way.
Schmidt was good. Not enough time to flesh him out properly. Too bad.
Blonsky was awesome.

I love that Marvel doesn't have the qualms to pick amazing actors to be villains, even though it means that they'll usually be killed off. And those actors give awesome performances.

I just regret that they misused Faran Tahir. He should have stayed alive.

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Oh god why

Nononononoooooonononon
Please please
nnononononoon

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

It's ok to have your fave personalized NPCs, I approve :)

Also, now would be a perfect time for ensign Sciller to arrive

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

DuPont hefts the bottle.

"A good year. I'd rather drink it with you. But let's give this lady the honorable departure she deserves, shall we?"

They approach the end of the embarkation tube.

"To Miyazaki and her crew. May their voyage be safe and full of wonder"

He hefts the bottle once more and tosses it through a small hole in the tube, closed with a force field, towards the ship, it making a glittering arc through the air before finally smashing against the hull champagne flying everywhere, turning into glittering crystals making a small rainbow play along the hull. Slowly, the glass and the crystals spread out away from the ship.

"Now where is that plaque?"

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DuPont looks at the ship, smiling gently.
Sanron can feel regret and sadness passing through his mind that was under iron discipline till that moment.

He sighs morosely.

"I wish I was the one being assigned this mission. I miss the captain's chair. A desk job is not all that fancy to be honest. I envy you all. I know you'll make me proud."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

The admiral stands at his desk looking them over.
"Well, I think that we should go look at her. Whoever hasn't arrived yet can join us up there. Please stand up."

He taps his comm badge again

"Chief Suron, six to beam up. Primary observation please."

A cascade of brilliant light starts playing around the admiral and everyone else. The office begins to fade around them and a new location starts to fade in. After a moment they are no longer in the office but standing in a stark room, one wall made of transparent metal, looking over a starship.

It is a beautiful ship, colored a light blue with dark blue highlights, hundreds of lights showing windows.

Both nacelles give off a soft glow and you can see construction crews swarming around the ship, making finishing touches.
A transparent umbilical is connected with the starboard airlock, a throng of people in construction uniforms leaving the ship. On the port side, another umbilical is filled with people of all species wearing Starfleet uniforms, entering the ship.

At the top of the saucer section, you can see a shuttle just flying off after finishing painting a name.

USS MIYAZAKI NCC-421987 can be clearly seen, illuminated by the reflector. Two reflectors illuminate a Starfleet symbol painted on both port and starboard sides.

Admiral looks at the crew, with just a hint of a smile.

"She's brand new. Don't scratch the paint. It's still fresh."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Admiral listens to the exchange frowning slightly.

"USS Miyazaki then. I will instruct the paint crew to begin immediately"

He presses a few buttons and then his com badge.

" Bening, it's DuPont. Yes, the name. Miyazaki. Yes, Japaneze. 20th Century artis I think. Yes. Now."

He turns towards them just as Grrazz enters. His face turns up in a smile.

"Ah, Lt Grazz. I was wondering when you will come. Officers, please welcome Lieutenant Grazz, Federation Marine corps. As you're going into the unknown, we've deemed that a standard security contingent wouldn't be enough, so we decided to send a company of Federation marines with you.
Lieutenant comes highly recommended, and is one of the rare few K'Zint within Starfleet
While on the ship, Marines will do training exercises and complement the security crew. They are fully within your chain of command Captain. As a highly accomplished combatant, Grrazz will join every away mission you do, and if necessary, will bring along a few marines as well."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Anyone else wanna suggest a name?

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Earth, San Francisco, Starfleet HQ

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Ok :)

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Admiral listened to questions and suggestions, smiling slightly. This is why he picked out the crew that he did. They were already good even though nobody worked with one another before.

"What other dangers? I have no idea. It is a completely unexplored part of the galaxy. Use your imagination, and still, your imagination might be found lacking.

As for Project Pathfinder, it is a good idea Lt Commander. I will requisition several relays. You will, of course, still drop comm buoys on designated distances, but keep them inactive, in case that the relays fail.

As for your concerns, Dr Wey. I think I have the solution. It might be a bit expensive for Starfleet, but I honestly don't care when there's safety of my officers involved. You will drop four relays at designated spots, and use one every week. That will fix the problem of waiting a month.

Akira's are tough ships officers. They just rolled off the assembly line and we're giving you one that is very much not like the others. I know why I picked you. I'm sure that you'll make the federation proud."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

The admiral gives off a small smile.

"It's alpha three, son, if you really need to know. You can tell us what's on your mind. Everyone in this room has been checked and re-checked several dozen times. You've all been cleared."

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Admiral listens intently, nodding to himself.

"Your concerns have been noted. We anticipated most, like extra food and spare parts.
Captain, your requests have been accepted and added to the ship.
Two more things are on the line. One, a pretty small matter of naming the ship. We decided to let her crew do the honors of giving her a name."

Kassia enters and announces herself. Admiral apporaches her and greets her warmly.

"Ah the doctor is here. Please, welcome Lt. Commander Wey to our fold. She did a few rounds at starfleet medical and caught the eye of the former chief surgeon there, Dr Crusher with whom you may be familiar with. She recommended Dr. Wey for the mission. Please, Doctor, take a seat."

He turns towards the viewscreen and presses a button on his table. A 3D map of the galaxy appears on-screen. An area encompassing roughly a quarter of the galaxy is highlighted red.

"Gamma quadrant. With all it's wanders and dangers. But you won't be going through the Bajoran wormhole to enter it. It is too dangerous on the other side already. Peace with Cardassians is on a thin thread and we suspect that they are not the only threat.

A small scout vessel discovered what is most probably a stable wormhole, beyond Deep Space 9. Several weeks of warp travel away. You will use that wormhole.
We're pretty certain that it leads to the outer part of the gamma quadrant. Away from known threats, but leading to god knows what unknown ones.

So, first part of your mission is simple. Get to Deep Space 9. Resupply there. You will also get some duty officers and NCOs there, mostly science staff. Then proceed to the new wormhole. We dubbed it wormhole 243. Not inspired I know. But numbers get lost more easily when intercepted by spies.
Along the way to the wormhole, you will start your exploration mission by charting that part of the beta quadrant which is largely unexplored and sending reports via subspace till you reach the wormhole. Then you'll go through it, leaving a subspace bouy at the entrance and the exit of the wormhole. And hope that it is not one-way.
After that I expect a weekly report of your findings and encounters. If you don't report for a month, we'll consider the mission a failure, and send help through the wormhole.

Any questions?"

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Male Dwarf IT Engineer 1

Admiral turns his attention to Veradiran.

"You're right Lt. Commander. I would have been easier to pull out an old constitution class out of mothballs or assign you on a galaxy class starship. Although I thing that the crew of the Enterprise would have fits that we didn't send them"

He chuckles a little

"But, aside from this being a bit on the down low, you're also going into potential enemy territory, and the Enterprise is needed along the neutral zone.
That is why we refitted this Akira for exploration while leaving all the armaments, and upgrading some.
You're the first ship to try out our new quantum torpedos. They have been field tested, don't worry. And you'll be able to fabricate photon torpedos if you so desire.

His face and voice became grim

"And also, since this is potentially a really dangerous mission, a crew complement of 500 compared to 3000 including families...it's really a no brainer."

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I'd be fine with it if you think you can manage it.
Also there'll be some episodic NPCs that you can run if you so desire. With a little instruction.

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