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Announcements / Previous Presidential Ponderings
July 17, 2020, 12:36:56 am
Hello everyone! As part of the milestone 10th anniversary, I have been collecting some thoughts from the previous Presidents of The Last Outpost. Please find their remarks below. For my part, I just want to say that I have been here for almost the full 10 years of TLO's history and I am proud to have been part of some amazing moments here. We've had our fair share of ups and downs but I simply would not be the same person that I am today if not for the many people and games that have shaped me here. I joined during Ulysses entirely by accident, and I've been here ever since. RPG-X shaped me through my teenage and early adult years and I can't even begin to imagine what life might have looked like had I not decided to randomly log back in to RPG-X years after the shutdown of my former group, PulseFusion. Thank you to everyone and now, without further ado, please read the Ponderings below:

==============Serris==============

My time at The Last Outpost has been equal parts rewarding and equal parts challenging, both personally and professionally. Likewise, I've invested a lot into this community, and hope to see its continued growth beyond the ten year anniversary this month.

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==============Veritas==============

It's deeply gratifying to see that a community I helped create ten years ago is still kicking. For me, leading TLO was a formative experience - I was sixteen when it was started, and twenty when I stepped down. The friendships I made here, and the challenges we worked to overcome together, have made an enormous, positive mark on my life, even now. (In fact, the work I did at TLO may have helped me get into college *and* my current job.)

I think the values TLO was founded on - transparency, equity, and community - are even more important now than they were when this place was created. I didn't always live up to them as well as I could have, but I hope that I did so often enough to have made a positive difference. I hope that TLO is, and continues to be, a home for you as much as it was for me. It's not my ship, anymore, but its mission is the same.

Thank you all for being a part of TLO's story.

Veritas

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==============Jenson==============

As we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the founding of TLO. It's amazing to see how far our little group has come over the past decade, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to develop in the decade to come. As I've said each anniversary: the growth and success of TLO is thanks to you all, the members, and it has been a pleasure to see this group grow and develop. TLO has played an important part in my life and, I know, in the lives of many of our members. We have also served an important function with keeping RPG-X developed and alive, and I look forward to seeing what opportunities the next decade will present for both TLO and RPG-X. It will forever be my greatest honor to have served as the first President of TLO, and I look forward to seeing how its leaders--present and future--will continue to guide the community in the years to come.

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Announcements / Happy 10th Anniversary TLO!
July 12, 2020, 12:57:24 pm
Hello TLO! Today marks the 10th anniversary of The Last Outpost. If you had asked a decade ago whether or not the group would still be around in 10 years, I'm very confident that the original founding members would have said only that they hope so. Throughout our 10-year history, we've encountered a number of ups and downs. RPG-X has been the source of imagination for an incredibly long time. I know that for many of us, the software which would seem simple today carried us through our teenage years. So many stories have been told through RPG-X and so many characters have developed. A lot of these characters have not just been conduits for roleplaying. A lot of these characters have been extensions of ourselves. I already know that this message is going to be very long but I will try to keep it as brief as possible.

I remember my first day at TLO. The group that I had been with previously had dissolved several years proir and I was still crushed. I was 14 and I genuinely didn't know how I was going to spend my Summers. I was always on the server RPing to the point where my mother would be frustrated and say that we should stop being on the server and go outside. One day when I was 17, just for fun, I decided to hop back on to that old game which brought me so much joy for over a year. I saw that there was a server that had almost a dozen people on it and I was shocked. I jumped in and immediately started to play a character. That was Ulysses. Somebody dropped the link to the TLO website and I've been here ever since. TLO is more than just another place on the Internet for me. I've watched this place change so many times, I've watched faces come and go. To me, TLO is truly a community and it's one that I hope to be a part of for many years to come.

There are several people without whom TLO would not have made it this long. First, I would like to thank the founders (not the Dominion ones) for actually founding this place. Born from the strife of other groups, The Last Outpost remains a group where anyone is welcome and free to join and participate. I'd also like to thank Jenson, the very first President of The Last Outpost. His bounding enthusiasm and seemingly unending patience has allowed the group to grow and thrive over the last 10 years. On top of Jenson I'd like to recognize Veritas and Klaw as well for their roles in co-founding TLO as well as their extensive leadership participation which has left unmistakable marks across the entire group. Additionally I'd like to extend a thank you to everyone who has served in a leadership role at TLO, helping to shape it into a group that has endured and will hopefully continue to do so.

Together we have laughed and cried, we have been through so much in the stories that we have participated in. We've built monumental things in Minecraft and we've shared in the experiences brought by Star Trek Online. We've played all of the Star Trek games old and new and in general we've just had a good time together. Activity may be relatively low right now but I'm familiar with this community and I've seen the spark over the last few days that reminds me of the reason I joined in the first place. TLO is a special place and I know that we will continue to share in these experiences for as long as it is around.

Finally, I'd like to thank the members. Without the members on this site we would have died a long time ago. Everyone has worked together to shape the memories that I hold so fondly and I definitely want to see even more memories being crafted and created in the days, weeks, and months ahead. As the weekend starts to draw to a close, we still have the RPG-X event on going. Anyone is welcome to use the servers to role-play at any time and I can't wait to see what comes next! Additionally, we have an event scheduled in Sins of a Solar Empire this afternoon which I invite everyone to check out. On top of all of this, we have just released the updated Holomatch client at holomat.ch so please be sure to check that out (a very special thank you to Serris for his big Marketing push to get this out the door and into the hands of everyone).

It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as the President during the last year and a half and I'm very excited to see where we take things in the future. Today marks 10 years of TLO and hopefully it also marks the start of 10 years to come!

- Andzzy
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Hey Klaw! I wish I had time to continue actively developing this but with my current job and deadlines, I don't personally have that ability. What I can do is polish the documentation for what I was hoping to accomplish in active development and pass it along for everyone to use. I can also step in as a project manager just to make sure things stay organized. Give me a few days and I'll post a link here to the full documentation. Thanks for bringing this back up, it still is something I'd love to see come to fruition!
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Announcements / Re: August Promotions
August 09, 2019, 12:01:27 am
Congratulations everyone!
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Happy belated birthday to criminula! Hopefully the day treated you well!
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Hey guys! Yes Chris sorry I've been delayed there's been some things going on that required my attention while I was working on the documentation I stated I would release last week. Part of the problem is that I want the document to be as complete and concise as possible without overdoing it, so I'm trying to decide on a nice balance. You're right though, I should get it out there soon if I want to start receiving feedback!

As to the legal question, while I don't anticipate issues (particularly not on the scale of Stage 9), I will certainly get in contact with CBS early on to ensure that we'd be alright to keep developing (I'm thinking an early milestone like the Bridge). If they say no we can't continue, I'd be more than happy to take what's been learned from developing the Bridge and turn it into a general roleplay simulator as Radio suggested.

I'm not sure we would cut into Star Trek Online too much, given that the structure of STO is prefab missions with an emphasis on character and vessel customization and RPG-X is more about setting up characters and roleplaying custom RPs. However, if CBS says no, then the answer is obviously no.
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Hey everyone! Today I'm pleased to announce that I'm starting an initiative here at TLO! One of the things I hear the most from people who have been here for a long time and newcomers alike is that RPG-X is in need of an overhaul, so I want to try to make that happen. I'm putting together some documentation that I'd like to share with everyone soon. For the time being, I'm going to answer some basic questions about this initiative.

1) What is the project?

This is an attempt to recreate RPG-X in the Unreal Engine. The purpose is to modernize RPG-X in such a way that new content is easy to add and support. The RPG-X that we know and love has survived for an extremely long time on it's own and I think it will be very exciting to have something brand new.

The first thing I'd like to do is recreate the USS Voyager. It's one of the main series ships that we know the most about and I think it would be fun to demonstrate a number of features on it.

2) Who will be developing this new iteration of RPG-X?

Anyone who wants to be involved! The project is open as a community initiative meaning that anyone is welcome to contribute at any time. Obviously a project of this undertaking is an incredibly massive effort and I would love to see what everyone comes up with.

3) How can I help?

This week, I'll be posting a link to the overall design document where the project will be outlined in much more detail. We're going to need everything from textures to 3D models to character models (as well as code and blueprints for functionality).

If you'd like to get started learning ahead of time, there is a vast library of livestreams and tutorials on the Unreal YouTube channel that cover virtually everything in the engine.

4) What sort of timeline were you thinking about?

I don't want to put any sort of definitive timeline on this, since I don't want anyone to feel rushed. Any contribution made at any time will be greatly appreciated.

I'm really excited to see how this unfolds in the future! I know the details are sparse but there will be much more in the document I release this week. As always if you have any questions/comments you can reach out to me, or comment below here!
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Announcements / Seasons Greetings TLO!
December 18, 2018, 11:20:35 am
Another year has passed us by, and 2018 was certainly an interesting year here at The Last Outpost. We saw nostalgia kick into high gear with the re-introduction of Holomatch into our regular repertoire, along with games on both our Space Engineers and Minecraft servers. I know that I personally very much enjoyed learning just how bad I am at Holomatch as well as learning to appreciate playing on a map that isn't CTF_Bajor. On top of all of this, we continue to support RPG-X as our main roleplaying platform. RPG-X will hold a place in my heart for as long as it exists and I look forward to seeing what 2019 brings for us.

To the members as well as those on the Cabinet: thank you. Without you, there would be no The Last Outpost. In the beginning, TLO was a place where friends could gather to play games, hang out, and just generally have a good time. TLO is still those things, and it's a spirit I hope we can carry on for many years to come. As always, I welcome feedback from you, the members, and hope to see everyone once again in the New Year as we go through 2019. Let's play some games and make 2019 a fantastic year in The Last Outpost!

Happy Holidays from me to you, TLO. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season filled with joy and I look forward to gaming with you all in January and all throughout 2019!
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Introduce Yourself! / Re: Hi I'm Castle
September 26, 2018, 01:48:42 am
Welcome Castle! We are certainly pleased to have you here and we look forward to RPing with you! :D
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Café Pierce Bar and Grill / Re: Happy Birthday Thread
August 10, 2018, 01:32:56 pm
A very happy birthday to Grizz! :D
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Oooooh no I am definitely not ready for it, but it's a strong possibility. In the meantime, I'm very excited to see him reprise the role! Hopefully there will be a strong personality on the new show which is able to take over and kickstart things in the same way Discovery has.
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Announcements / Happy 8th Anniversary TLO!
July 10, 2018, 03:34:54 pm
Hello everyone! I am very pleased to announce that today is the 8th Anniversary of the founding of The Last Outpost. Eight years ago the community was founded to carry on the legacy of RPG-X, the Star Trek roleplaying modification. The founders of the group believed that everyone should be allowed to participate and feel comfortable within the community. What began as a coalition to build a better and inclusive community continues today as The Last Outpost. Although we've been through several changes over those years and faced varying degrees of challenge, I truly believe we still have a fantastic community and it's certainly one that I'm proud to be a part of.

To celebrate our 8th year, I'd like to do some things with everyone. Join me any time during the following schedule for events planned by the President:

Wednesday July 11th - Space Engineers Buildathon!


Join me as I venture into the center of the galaxy and begin construction on The Last Outpost ... our one and only base of operations in the region! This will be most of the day, but I'll be most active in the AM and early PM Eastern Time.

Thursday July 12th - RPG-X and Holomatch


Join me at 1 PM ET (6 PM GMT) for an impromptu story-driven RP that takes place at Starfleet Command just one year after the explosion of the Hobus star which destroyed both Romulus and Remus and threw the Romulan Star Empire into chaos. At 3 PM ET (8 PM GMT) join me for an hour of revelry in Holomatch where we shall steal all of the flags, assimilate all of the people, and perhaps do less compression rifle sniping.

Friday July 13th - STO marathon


Join me most of the day as I show off my abysmal character and ship in an attempt to run through some dailies and episodic missions. After this, I'll be contributing to some fleet projects and then there shall be a dance party at the Starbase! If you've ever wanted to try STO but don't want to run it alone, this is also the perfect opportunity to get some help! Minimum level requirement not necessary if you're in it to run through some of your content with higher-level characters, otherwise level requirement will depend on missions played.

Thank you to everyone who has made the last eight years so special. I know that we have some extremely imaginative and creative individuals here at The Last Outpost, and I appreciate each and every one of you. I hope to see you at the events and if you have any other suggestions, please let me know and we'll see about setting them up!

- Andzzy
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Character Name: Sarviar Galvano
Character Model: TBD

Preferred Position: CO
Backup Positions: Literally Anything

Skill Sheet:

Constitution: 5
Strength: 5
Dexterity: 5
Presence: 4 (-1)
Intelligence: 5
Luck: 4 (-1)

Traits:
•   Prodigy
•   Inspirational
•   Clarity of Purpose
•   Athletic

Professions:
•   Skill: Diplomacy Training 6/6
•   Skill: Self-Defense Training 6/6
•   Skill: Xenolinguistics 6/6
•   Skill: Starship Weapon Systems 3/6
•   Skill: Helm Control Operation 3/6
•   Skill: Law Education 3/6
•   Skill: Xenopsychology 3/6
•   Skill: First Aid & Triage 3/6
•   Skill: Melee Weapon Proficiency 3/6
•   Skill: Stellar Cartography 3/6
•   Skill: Transporter Systems 3/6
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Announcements / Re: Ex-Astra Mailing List
May 03, 2018, 11:36:43 am
As a note, this is to bring The Last Outpost into line with the new GDPR regulations coming out of Europe in regards to how user data is handled by operators. While we aren't 100% certain that we're subject to the regulation, we're certainly better off safe than sorry.
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Hey everyone! The next Holomatch Extravaganza will take place this Friday, May 4th at the regularly scheduled time! (3-6PM EDT / 8-11PM BST). Unfortunately, I am away for most of the weekend but never fear for the show must go on! I hope everyone enjoys themselves! If there are any suggestions for maps/gamemodes, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Callum. We'll get a running list of things people want to play so we can change the config up from week to week. Don't forget ... set phasers to frag!