Welcome to the USS Columbus!

A prototype Galaxy-class Refit, the Columbus was originally scheduled for a ten year mission of exploration in the Delta Quadrant by way of the rediscovered Barzan wormhole. With this mission in mind, the ship had been rebuilt from the space-frame up: Bio-neural processors and circuitry, redesigned warp core and power distribution systems, prototype independent transwarp drive, state-of-the-art sensors, upgraded weapons, and an experimental axial phaser cannon. Near the end of her shakedown cruise, however, elements of Task Force 38 made contact with Starfleet Command via the Fourth of July nebula terminus of the wormhole known as the Epatha Gateway. Subsequently, Starfleet has a new task for the Columbus: resupply and reinforce Task Force 38. Now it's a race against time to complete her shakedown, test her prototype transwarp drive, resupply for her mission, and pick up the supplies and personnel for Task Force 38, all before the next 15 minute transit window to the Delta Quadrant.

Latest News Items

» Upcoming Changes

Posted on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 @ 9:26pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

A series of events are unfolding that will lead to a change of ship class for the USS Columbus. The new vessel, the USS Columbus-A, will be Titan Class (very very new), a mobile command base. At a time when Starbase 900 lies in ruins, destroyed in the Borg attack, the need for a base that can move/defend itself has never been more necessary.

The Columbus will serve as a platform for the stories of three ships -- the USS Columbus-A and the two ships that use the Columbus as their home port, the USS Pearl (Diligent Class) and the USS Mako (Defiant Class). Three crews that will write on one platform, sometimes together and sometimes apart.

Their mission will be pursuing Orion Syndicate/Cartel operations in the Delta Quadrant (and discovering its connections back to the Alpha Quadrant) and will focus on the same region of space where the USS Steadfast currently is.

Essentially, two NOVA sims - one for the USS Columbus-A, Pearl, and Mako together, and the other, for the USS Steadfast. What happens on one sim, will have effects that are felt on the other.

To facilitate interactions between the crews, we have set up a separate Discord channel, Joint Operations - Task Force 38A - so that everyone can share information/chat/etc. If you're interested in joining the channel, please let us know.

Cmdr. Lucien St. Cyr, commanding the USS Steadfast
Cmdr. Milo Tora, commanding the USS Columbus
Ronan Channe will be commanding the USS Pearl (once events unfold); the Captain of the USS Mako has yet to be determined.

» MISSION UPDATE: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...

Posted on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 @ 3:11pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

An explosion rocked the ship just before midnight, Dec. 14th, 2388 and triggered Red Alert! Word spread quickly that several people were injured or possibly even killed, but reliable information is scarce. We encourage everyone to write a post about what their character was doing when the explosion happened and how they reacted afterwards.


» MISSION UPDATE: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...

Posted on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 @ 2:11pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

MISSION UPDATE: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...

We will be wrapping up "And We're Off!" shortly. There are a number of minor malfunctions plaguing the ship, including doors not working right, the turbolifts going to the wrong deck, replicators producing the wrong things, etc. We encourage everyone to write a post about their character encountering one or more of these malfunctions.

The malfunctions may only effect secondary, non-critical functions and may not permanently damage the ship or seriously injure anyone.

» Episode 1 is Active

Posted on Fri May 11th, 2018 @ 9:36am by Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D. in Sim Announcement

We're about to get under way at last! With final preparations for departure completed, the Pilot (Change of Plans) is now closed for posting. And as will be our custom at mission's end, we have handed out awards. In this case, the Plank Owner award given to members in good standing who are present at the time of the ship's launch.

Congratulations to Captain Milo Tora, Lt. Kevin Kilbane, Lt. Marcus Alexander, M.D., Captain Roland Hallowes, Ensign Jonathan Hollander, and Ensign Trey Landon. To see your awards, go to your bio and click on the link, See All Awards, located under your bio photo.

» Mission Update

Posted on Tue May 1st, 2018 @ 1:22pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

Due to my unexpected and unavoidable absence this weekend, there will be a slight change of plans. We will continue with the new mission as planned, but the current mission, Change of Plans, will remain open until Friday, May 4th. Please complete any open JPs in this mission by then. Any incomplete JPs remaining on Saturday will be labeled as Part I and posted as is and the remaining parts of the JP can be posted to the new mission. All new posts and JPs should be started in the new mission once it's up.


Latest Mission Posts

» Autopsy Results

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Thu Jul 19th, 2018 @ 9:04am by Lieutenant Ronan Channe & Lieutenant Marcus Alexander, MD

Dr. Alexander exited the turbolift door and made his way over to the chief of Security‚Äôs office door. The computer had told him that Lieutenant Channe had been located there. So many events had transpired over the past few hours. Marcus had in his hand a PADD with the results…

» Button ... Button ... (Part 3/End)

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Wed Jul 18th, 2018 @ 10:04am by Lieutenant Ronan Channe & Lieutenant Ba'zra Jennings


"Release Poe?!" Ba'zra stormed. "How do we know that she was not involved? I do not believe in convenience or coincidence." She took out her Daqtagh and started to flip it at her side. After several flips, she concluded. "This is your order. I will follow it, even if…

» Button ... Button ... (Part 2)

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Wed Jul 18th, 2018 @ 10:03am by Lieutenant Ronan Channe & Lieutenant Ba'zra Jennings


"Sir, we're on Deck 42 and I think you'd better get down here. We've found something."

"On my way." Ronan signaled for a security officer to take his position and then gestured for Ba'zra to join him as, together, the security officers headed for the turbolift.


They had…

» Button ... Button ... (Part 1)

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Wed Jul 18th, 2018 @ 9:55am by Lieutenant Ronan Channe & Lieutenant Ba'zra Jennings

Science was working on an analysis of the debris and Engineering was besieged by anomalies though they had promised to make the internal sensors a priority as soon as they could. Because clearly, something was wrong. And now, with everything else that was going on, all of security that could…

» Unexpected (but Welcome) Guest

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Tue Jul 17th, 2018 @ 9:56am by Civilian Emerson Poe & Commander Milo Tora

Milo silently entered the Brig through a Jefferies tube, having used his command codes to override the security lockouts, and moved to stand in front of the only occupied cell. He stood for a moment, quietly watching the occupant of the cell as she sat in the middle of the…