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

» Tetraball

Posted on Sat Jul 29th, 2017 @ 5:09pm by Jade Lantz in General News

If you've been wondering about this Tetraball thing, I've added a page in LCARS for you!

Going to the Category page and scrolling to the bottom, you will now find Sports & Games. If you click on that, there is a page on Tetraball. Andrew and I are making up most of the rules as we go! The information there is a combination of what we've made up and what was published in a Federation News Service article a while back.

You can access the FNS articles right on our own MAIN page by scrolling down under all our MANY awards and the description of our current mission. Two ideas have already come out of FNS articles, and I don't doubt there will be more!

Jade Lantz, aka Susan

» 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.


Latest Mission Posts

» Holodeck Problems: Part 1

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Sun Aug 6th, 2017 @ 9:48pm by Lieutenant Thomas Maynard & Captain Gunnar

Upon entering holodeck two, Gunnar, went over and activated a custom program he brought with him from his previous assignment and soon the holodeck changed to a plains landscape and upon it had numerous obstacles that normally a human would be unable to train on, or most anyone as he…

» What Lurks in the Shadows Pt.2

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Fri Aug 4th, 2017 @ 1:18am by Leah Jamison & Lieutenant Commander Solan Jekkar

Leah's mouth was throbbing with pain from where the Orion had struck her as she sat on the edge of her desk. But her mind was too busy racing over what had just occurred and who could be behind it. Yet she knew it could be several agencies behind the…

» Failure to Compute

Mission: For The Uniform
Posted on Wed Aug 2nd, 2017 @ 11:03am by Colonel Horatio Drake & Commander Zachary Hunt

"Right, that's environmental controls coming back online in three... two... one" Drake could feel the pull of the artificial gravity as his body, already lying on the floor, got sucked downwards.

"Environmentals?" He asked.

"20.5% Oxygen, 79% Nitrogen. Pretty similar to normal air, should be alright. Unless it's wrong again,"…

» TBC: Shakedown

Mission: For The Uniform
Posted on Wed Aug 2nd, 2017 @ 12:03am by Captain Brooklyn Wellington & Lieutenant Colonel Leland Lemar

Leland Lemar had just dropped Drake and Hunt off at the Bretagne and in effect turned the Warspite around back towards Vanguard. Before that though, some key tests were required before this ship would go out again. "Lemar to Wellington," He said over the comms.

"Wellington here," came the reply…

» Phạm's Etude

Mission: Unity Week
Posted on Tue Aug 1st, 2017 @ 7:22pm by Lieutenant Commander Chlamydia Addams

On that evening, as the holographic sun neared the landscaped horizon, were you to take a walk through the Queen Anne Villas, you would see a group of children playing squareball in the street, an older woman weeding her garden by hand, a young couple strolling hand-in-hand and talking about…

Latest Personal Logs

» Something In The Air

Posted on Wed Jul 26th, 2017 @ 8:12am by Colonel Horatio Drake

Drake left Hunt under a terminal playing with some wires and took a few steps towards the back of the section. He pressed a button to cut the open comm. channel between them.

Commanding Officer's Log - Supplemental - Stardate 47634.44

After boarding the Bretagne it wasn't long until Commander…

» 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…