The Golden Stars lurked in the shadows. The Consortium destroyed from within. The Dolmoqour used the best parts of yourself to betray your kin.

For the last two years, the crew of the Akira-Class USS Black Hawk-B have been forced through the tumbler where rocks become precious gems. This ship and crew now are among the best and the brightest in the Gamma Quadrant. Some have started families, others have found love, and others find solace in the bottom of a bottle.

The USS Black Hawk is now returning to the unknown, no longer on missions to dig and investigate deep, dark secrets, but to boldly go where no one has gone before. Little do any of them know that what they will soon encounter will be their greatest test of all!

Are you among the brave, bold, and curious in the Federation? Do you want to be a part of a decorated sim that has received multiple accolades from the simming community at large, including being recognized as a 2018 Squiddie recipient? Then the Black Hawk is for you!



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» Onboarding the CEO

Posted on 12 Feb 2024 @ 4:05am by Lieutenant Paisley (mUra) F'rar & Captain Harvey Geisler

Paisley headed for the Ready Room after the meeting. She was the new Chief Engineer, and needed to meet the command staff quickly. It was always hard to join a new crew in the middle of the action, and it wasn't ideal for anyone.

She made sure her uniform was…


» Assessment

Posted on 30 Jan 2024 @ 1:52pm by Captain Harvey Geisler & Commander Terry Walsh & Lieutenant Commander Joey Geisler & Lieutenant Commander Camila Di Pasquale & Lieutenant Commander Theodore Marsh III & Lieutenant Commander Kennedy Monroe M.D. & Lieutenant Paisley (mUra) F'rar & Lieutenant Zayna Ryler & Lieutenant T’Mari Rael & Ensign Kendra Kyle

It may have taken the crew of the Conchos two days to reach Razmena, but it had taken just a few hours to return to the Black Hawk. This was accomplished in no small part during the Conchos' brief report to Captain Geisler in which he had ordered the runabout…


» Tryouts

Posted on 26 Jan 2024 @ 4:33pm by Captain Harvey Geisler & Ensign Kendra Kyle

If there was one thing Harvey hated about being a Captain, it was regulations. It seemed bureaucracy was getting worse in the Gamma Quadrant, if only to account for every jot and tittle. No stone could be left unturned, and vacancies just couldn't be filled. Personnel had to be properly…


» A Tough Decision

Posted on 19 Jan 2024 @ 4:02pm by Captain Harvey Geisler & Commander John Reynolds & Lieutenant Commander Camila Di Pasquale & Ensign Shay Mitchell

The last couple of days had been quite productive. Harvey, for one, was grateful that their shakedown hadn't involved pseudo-sentient avatars that tried to murder the crew, though the squadron did contend with one malfunctioning holoprojector. The crew had been able to dial in the sensors further, as well as…


» Conchos

Posted on 01 Jan 2024 @ 1:38pm by Story Teller & Lieutenant Commander Joey Geisler & Lieutenant Commander Camila Di Pasquale & Lieutenant Commander Kennedy Monroe M.D. & Lieutenant T’Mari Rael

As they approached their destination, Joey began to prepare for landing, checking her personal gear for what felt like the millionth time. Of course, she had all the hope in the universe that she wouldn't need to use any of it, but there was always the possibility. Especially when it…


» Make Us Go

Posted on 22 Jan 2024 @ 1:16am by Captain Harvey Geisler in General News

Please welcome our newest crewmember, Lieutenant Paisley (mUra) F'rar. We have a Chief Engineer at last!


» A Time of Celebration!

Posted on 22 Dec 2023 @ 4:18pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in General News

To all crew members,

Happy Holidays from the USS Black Hawk! We wish you the very best during this holiday season, as well the remainder of 2023. From the bottom of my felted heart, I thank you for joining us to play on the finest sim set in the Gamma Quadrant.

I also have a special announcement for you regarding the state of the Black Hawk. Just a few days ago, the Black Hawk turned 10 years old!

This is a momentous occasion, one that I genuinely thought would never come. For that, I want to offer a few shoutouts to players present and absent...

Thank you to Teix and Jayla. You both were with me on the original Black Hawk, and your mark on this sim transcends space and time. Thank you for your encouragement, and your willingness to reboot and restart when I brought one of the old favorites back to life.

Thank you, Teix, for also continuing to stick it through thick and thin. With you, I have written some of my favorite posts and created an incredible history. The memories that you and I have over the last 20 years are some that I will cherish forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to Camila, Joey, and Walsh. You may have arrived one by one, but your impact on this game is what helped it survive past the first season. Your characters, writing, and ideas continue to prove that the opportunities for this game are limitless and can truly stand the test of time. I always look forward to writing with each of you, whether alone, or as a group.

Thank you to Starduster for being the first real applicant back in 2013. You've continued to come along this sim time and time again because you believe in both it and me, not to mention the writing opportunities that have spun out of that. Thanks to you, I got to write one of the favorite versions of one of my characters.

Thank you to Lori! You are a fantastic writer. We've been through a lot together, and I'm glad you're still with us.

Thank you to Kris, T'Mari and Stephen for your continued patronage. Your characters and writing are top notch!

To Bast, thank you for the beautiful fire you fanned during our second season. I wish we could have written more together, and your contributions still ripple in our pond today. Thank you.

To Adan... My friend, I hope that you are well. It has been years since we heard from you, and while we suspect the worst, we still keep a light on for you. Carry on the good fight.

A very special thank you to Aio. Aside from being our gracious host, who has helped keep this sim afloat in my darkest hour, you and your friendship in Task Force 9 and beyond has sustained me in multiple ways. Your groundbreaking Gamma Quadrant arc gave this sim a spark of creativity that ignited a bonfire.

To all players who have left us, thank you for your part in this sim's gorgeous tapestry.

And finally, thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you! It's because of each of you that we are able to do fantastic things. Thank you all for the beautiful memories, and here's to 10 more years!

~Captain Geisler


» State of the Sim

Posted on 05 Sep 2023 @ 9:52pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Out of Character

For all of you who opened this update and braced for the worst... we're not closing.

The last time I messaged everyone, we were in the heat of the summer. It was a crazy time for many of us, and the GM team made the decision to suspend tagging requirements during that time.

September is here. For some of us, our kids are back in school. And, for many of us, life hasn't stopped being crazy. Our players have navigated deaths in the family, hospital visits, severe medical conditions, and all around crazy life. Some of us are still navigating those things.

As such, tagging requirements remain suspended. Please tag when you can, and thank you for you patience as we work through this slow period.

If you have any questions, or any ideas you'd like to see play out, please ping me directly on the site or on Discord. Thanks all.

- El Cap-i-tan.


» A Bit of Slowness

Posted on 07 Jul 2023 @ 7:51pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Out of Character

Hello everyone,

I wanted to shoot out a quick message. Normally, the summer months are slower than others. This period seems to be exceptional for other reasons.

We have a couple players who have been dealing with some medical issues. We also have a couple players (including myself) who have been slammed with work and other projects.

Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward. As of now, tagging requirements aren't being enforced due to the rise in these unexpected events. I've always declared that real life comes first, and I appreciate everyone's patience as we handle our situations.

Even though requirements are suspended, please do try to hit tags whenever possible. This will help keep us from stalling out and keeping the stories moving.

Thanks!

- Le Frog


» Welcome Back!

Posted on 14 Jun 2023 @ 1:02am by Captain Harvey Geisler in Arrivals

Welcome back to Ensign Kyle, Bravo 3 pilot!