The Undeterrable & Ever Vigilant Vanguard

'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably' - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

One year into the Dominion War, Starfleet handed Starbase Vanguard over to the Federation Civilian Defense Authority to look after her until the war ended. Over two decades later... after being all but abandoned... Starfleet has returned to reclaim her. A base was needed for the SFMC and Vanguard was the perfect location.

SB Vanguard is a simulation in Theta Fleet that explores the darker, edgier sides to Star Trek that aren't very often touched upon. If you're new to simming or a veteran Trekkie... come along and join us for a journey through a different side of Star Trek!

Latest News Items

» June Awards

Posted on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 @ 10:19am by Colonel Horatio Drake in Sim Announcement

So, a relatively quiet month this time around but still with some remarkable posts being put out there!

Silver Unit of Distinction - this month saw us achieve the silver UoD for TF23. Considering it's been such a quiet month I think we should be really happy with this! We can't always get gold! Well done, all!

James filled in the monthly report this month and has sneakily nominated me for Writer of the Month which, for some bizarre reason, I won! He had this to say:
Writer of the Month:
Task Force 23 (tie):
Vanguard: Colonel Horatio Drake played by Jamie. The XO said: I have decided to complete the Monthly Report myself this month so we can recognize Jamie for how in depth and how good his posts are as Horatio Drake. This month he is running a mission to explore the USS Bretagne, whilst contending with a betrayal that happened at the previous mission with his XO and Drake's own hate for Starfleet. Jamie consistently shows Drake's state of mind in all his posts and ensures all posts are as highly detailed as possible.

Lastly, and a surprising one, is CO of the Quarter.
CO of the Quarter:
Task Force 23: Horatio Drake, Starbase Vanguard
This quarter, Starbase Vanguard has been at the top of its game. Much of this is due to its Commanding Officer. Not only is there a lot of mission-related posting going on, there is also a thriving civilian sector on the Starbase. There are some great writers and great posts on the sim as well.

Whilst this is very kind of them, I disagree with the fact that the success of this sim has more to do with me than anyone else on this sim and it's something that I talk about all the time. I was asked the other day by a new CO to the fleet, 'how have you made Vanguard so successful?'. My response was that I haven't done anything. I had an idea for a Marine Starbase years ago which turned into Protector... this is just an evolution of that. What makes this sim so utterly amazing and unique and brilliant is the incredible writers we have on board. The writers who talk about intricate details, the writers who have created merchants and shops and gardens, who run bars, who run infirmaries, who write posts with the biggest range of original ideas and exciting stories that I have ever seen in 14 years of simming. It is truly you who have made this sim what it is... I'm just glad to be a part of it!

Everyone will be receiving the Silver UoD this month on their service records as well as the CO's Merit award.

Cheers everyone,

» Saluting - Verdict

Posted on Fri Jul 7th, 2017 @ 2:10pm by Colonel Horatio Drake in Out of Character


So, thanks for the recent debate on saluting - I found it interesting and a bit of an eye opener getting other viewpoints on it. Going forward, I think we'll drop Google Group and it clearly just doesn't work properly! We'll find a new forum for any further discussions.

I think the consensus was a NO to saluting but a YES to standing to attention, given the proper occasion. I think we'll probably be doing it less than the modern day military do, but using it nevertheless.

Thanks again,

» New Player

Posted on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 @ 5:19pm by Colonel Horatio Drake in Sim Announcement

Welcome to Captain Gunnar (played by David) who joins us as our new Brigade Commanding Officer, leading up the Marine Detachment on board. David comes with a wealth of experience and has a rather interesting character!


» News and Absent this Weekend

Posted on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 @ 4:22am by Lieutenant Commander Paul Graves PsyD in General News

Hello, all--Just letting you know that, my second short story publication appeared in a YA fantasy anthology called Dragons and Witches: Fairy-Tale Villains Reimagined. It's available on Amazon. No real dragons were harmed during the writing of this book, but I did mess with my fictional dragon some...

I was also installed as Worthy Matron of my Eastern Star chapter on June 10 and have already presided over my first meeting. Only 11 more to go! This is why I've been a bit scarce lately.


» May Awards

Posted on Sun Jun 18th, 2017 @ 10:13am by Colonel Horatio Drake in Sim Announcement

Apologies the awards are a bit late this month!

Once again, Vanguard is bursting at the seams with awards! Some of you will remember the days of SB Protector and the fun we had on it. When I came back to simming, those funs times were what I was determined to recreate, I wanted to make that diverse starbase simming environment once again. I knew it wouldn't be possible without a few individuals and I was lucky enough to have another opportunity to write with these remarkable players who took Vanguard and effortlessly breathed life into her. We have surpassed what we had on Protector to the power of, at least, ten. This is only made possible because of all of you. The only reason we keep getting awards is because of you. All I can say is keep it up and I hope you're having as much fun as I am!

So, onto the awards!

I am so proud to announce that, once again, we have received the Gold Unit of Distinction for Task Force 23!!! Award image is already up.

We are also lucky enough to have, within our midst, the successful winner of Writer of the Month! Well done to Tom!
Writer of the Month
Task Force 23 (tie):
Vanguard: I think this has to go to Lieutenant Thomas Maynard, played by Tom. Tom has come out with some really good introduction posts this month, being new to the sim, in a fairly difficult department to play. He's established the character and started to hint at his past, all with well written and interesting posts!

Lieutenant Thomas Maynard - Distinguished Newcomer Award
Further to receiving Writer of the Month, I think Tom has really made his mark coming onto Vanguard with his excellent opening posts and willingness to jump into JP's with anyone willing! Keep up the good work!

Commander Zachary Hunt - Matt Jeffries Volunteer Award
Matt Jeffries was, of course, the set designer for ST:TOS, so I think this is an apt award for James. James goes above and beyond with the maintenance and upkeep of the Vanguard website, always looking for ways to improve things or change things up a bit. Without the site, none of what we have would be possible.

Commander Zachary Hunt - 50 Posts
James has now met the 50 post mark on Vanguard

Lieutenant Commander Chlamydia Addams - Department Distinction Award: Science
In all my years of simming I've never known a medical department to be brought so alive! CMO isn't the easiest position to play, but Jenny takes it in her stride throwing in as much true science as possible. She truly owns the medical department on SB Vanguard.

Lieutenant Commander Paul Graves - 100 Posts
Chantal has now met the 100 post mark on Vanguard

Jade Lantz - 100 Posts
Susan has now met the 100 post mark on Vanguard

That wraps up this month, folks! Well done to everyone who received an award this month but also well done to everyone for creating something amazing!


Latest Mission Posts

» A Question to Ask

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Wed Jul 26th, 2017 @ 1:00am by Jade Lantz & Lieutenant Jasmine Collins & Lieutenant Adam Keller

Adam had taken care of everything, down to the last detail. He even had a dress sent to Jasmine that he felt would be perfect for her. Maia had helped him pick the size and color. He'd had it sent to her with a bouquet of pink, peach, and yellow…

» Engineering

Mission: For The Uniform
Posted on Tue Jul 25th, 2017 @ 2:13pm by Colonel Horatio Drake & Commander Zachary Hunt

It had taken the two of them a little over two hours to navigate themselves only a few decks downwards into the bowels of the ship. Journeying through a ship with no power wasn't the easiest of things to do, especially in EVA suits. Halfway into their journey, Hunt has…

» Follow-Up

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Wed Jul 19th, 2017 @ 12:29am by Lieutenant Commander Paul Graves PsyD & Chief Warrant Officer Graham Winchester


Once Captain Gunnar and CWO Winchester had departed, Paul brought Gunnar's personnel file up on the CO's computer screen. He skimmed over the brief history, which was lengthier than normal and contained some surprising information about their new crew member. While fascinating, none of it told Paul what he…

» Rather More Than Less

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Tue Jul 18th, 2017 @ 8:57pm by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jin-Kyung Quinn

"I could have gone out after the concert, you know," Quinn told her house guest, a medium-sized black cat with large green eyes. "It's just that work has been so intense with the ChEng out sick. Besides, the concert was a perfect ending to the evening. Such beautiful music," she…

» Backstage at the Casino

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Tue Jul 18th, 2017 @ 8:11pm by Jade Lantz & Caroline Post & Lieutenant Commander Solan Jekkar & Lieutenant Thomas Maynard & Lieutenant Coco Kiralbi & Lieutenant JG Kellian Michaels & Jonny King & Leah Jamison

Thomas arrived at the casino, a strange place to hold a concert, but it had just celebrated it's opening night yesterday and after speaking to a few people on board Vanguard, it had been considered a success. The casino was home to a very large concert hall which was the…

Latest Personal Logs

» The End Of Leave

Posted on Sat Jun 3rd, 2017 @ 1:47pm by Commander Zachary Hunt

It was a fairly hectic month away from Vanguard, more of a rush than I thought it was. I was supposed to meet my brother, Eddie, aboard his ship, but he managed to waggle out some leave as well, so we returned to Earth for the month and actually met…

» Carlo Rienzi's Personal Log

Posted on Fri May 19th, 2017 @ 4:38am by Carlo Rienzi


Dhuro scared the bejeezus out of me tonight. I've never seen him look like that--kind of sad and sick and furious all at the same time. He told me he wanted to be left alone, so when I brought his Kanar to him I also brought him a glass…

» Primary Source Material

Posted on Wed May 17th, 2017 @ 1:43am by Lieutenant Commander Chlamydia Addams

In the study of history as an academic discipline, a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, a recording, or any other source of information that was created at the time under study.

Chlamydia Addams did not record personal logs. She…

» The Evil Within

Posted on Tue May 16th, 2017 @ 9:39pm by Colonel Horatio Drake

Captain's Log - Supplemental: Stardate 41285.9

When the inhabitants of Earth started space exploration in earnest, they were desperately trying to slowly drag themselves out of a very dark and very violent past. This exploration brought new horizons and perspectives to Earth, within two hundred years the planet would become…

» Rosemary For Remembrance

Posted on Tue May 16th, 2017 @ 12:59am by Jade Lantz

Stardate 70296.2, begin recording.

I'm usually the last one out of Orchids & Jazz at night, tired and often hungry. Tonight, I looked up the circular staircase to the loft area of Orchids & Jazz, the fifth version in only a few years. Who would have imagined that once I…