Status: Success


Fools' Folly Flights: Alphamission '23

Mission Objectives

  1. Assemble at Fort Antwerp, airlocks open at t-minus two-hours: 7:00 pm
  2. Be ready to fly at the sound of the 9 pm Launch klaxon
  3. Visit Dyanna, pick up any Somerville crew who like to rendez-vous
  4. Git Snax
  5. Meander
  6. Orbit the Globe
  7. Get your space legs back
  8. Meander home

Mission Summary

Warm weather, clear skies, a twinkling of Starchasers - why, it's an April Fool's Day miracle! SCUL pilots from far and wide heeded the call of the alphamission subspace transmission and descended upon Fort Antwerp in a giddy hubbub. Ships were dusted off, plasma casings topped up, and maggots scurried around taking care of fleet tasks as preparations were made for the inaugural mission of 2023. Division Admiral Civitron showed up with a mighty battalion of Starchasers, joining forces with Metro Alpha Division to form a super-squadron ready to bust the funk all over again in a new season. Gritty even flew in from the Chicago System for the occasion.

One by one, pilots fell ranks in a semi-circle for the opening remarks. Meownderthal debuted a flashy new ship, Krypteau Abyssmaul, which was christened with gusto. The rest of us oohed and ahhed and tried to remember nav-tail protocol. Our considerable ranks were bookended by able Navigator LordMcFuzz and stalwart Tailgunner Bane Thunderwolf, who shepherded the large mass of blinky ships out into the night.

Syntax Error had returned from the off-season greatly improved with a brand new low frequency life support enhancematron, which boosted the bass and made Dr. Claw's golden ears much happier. We conducted a few tentative zigs and zags in the Allston system before gathering our mighty fleet to cross the hyperspace byway towards Harvard Constellation. Almost immediately we ran into difficulty, with the fleet being split by starpath signalization protocols on multiple occasions and hindered by some quasi-chanicals. We shuffled around and regrouped. Lord McFuzz took us into some squiggly wormhole-adjacent areas behind a notable institute of higher learning, where we halted again to work out a few additional kinks. Pilots took this as an opportunity to eat snax and check their protocol droids for the latest radar updates.

Soon we were off again and we crossed into the familiar Somer Vil territory. Our first scheduled stop of the mission was at Fort Tyler, where we buzzed a brightly lit courtyard to rapturous civilian applause. We alighted to pay homage to robot Dyanna and collect a few additional pilots who joined us for part of the mission. Our next fly-by was Luna Market Basket; pilots zipped through the transport docking yard in search of crunchy cups to flatten - a smorgasbord. Somewhere in the excitement of this stretch of the mission, Starchaser Enola suffered a rare pantsical. Eventually we stopped for Snax. Next, LordMcFuzz set his navigational sights on the Kendall Constellation. The fleet gradually sped up until we realized we were being sucked into the gravitational pull of the Steaming Globe. Gleefully, we orbited again and again, zipping around in a blur of colorful lasers. At this point Cosima intercepted us accompanied by Brosima, who was capably riding Yer Mom.

Civitron gathered everyone around for a knighting ceremony, aided by a little coaching from Skunk and some backup notes on his protocol droid. A rousing three cheers for Bowser, Pilot of SCUL! Everyone mobbed the new pilot, as is tradition, and we spent the rest of the shore leave trying out each other's ships and generally getting our ya-yas out. The final leg of the mission was an easy cruise back to base. We debriefed on the landing pad, patting ourselves on the backs for earning a "satisfactory" rating with a few "needs improvement" here and there. We also hazed a few Starchaser babymaggots and in the excitement, LordMcFuzz almost got hazed again himself. Once back in the fort, Gritty suffered the second pantsical of the evening. Great job everyone!
Pilot Ship Points Promotion
AceHole Temerity 103   Pilot
BaneThunderwolf Bieber Fever 509.463   Aviator
Bowser Goro 82.8916   Pilot
Civitron Starfire 612.304   Aviator First Class
Cosima Yer Mom 258.22   Aviator
Dead Bride Albatross 50   Pilot
Deadblow Civilian Ship 20.6   Pilot
DrClaw Shockwave 294.635   Aviator
Enola Civilian Ship 0  
eXceSs Chutes & Ladders 295.375   Aviator
Gritty Ooh La La 159.549   Pilot
Grog Mary Jane Goodall 80.3855   Pilot
Legehammer Cool Christmas Present 90.4668   Pilot
Lordmcfuzz The Traveler 477.833   Aviator
Mad Owl Doctor Love 135.172   Pilot
Meownderthal Krypteau Abyssmaul 207.635   Pilot
Nebula My F.E.N.Y.S. 0  
Pastry Queen Civilian Ship 20.6   Pilot
Peach Princess Hilarity 0  
Ra Civilian Ship 0  
Skunk Syntax Error 1492.01   Petty Officer Third Class
Snow Deep Blue Dream 150   Pilot
Spin Star Centvrion 58.0646   Pilot
starduck Sloth 45.1465   Pilot
Threespeed Burning Chrome 174.07   Pilot
Wombat Darkendank 199.513   Pilot
Ziqqurat Traffic Control Device 557.443   Aviator
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Taskforce Pilot
Mission Leader Skunk
Deck Officer Ziqqurat
Gate Attendant Snow
Navigator Lordmcfuzz
Tailgunner BaneThunderwolf
Com-Sat 1 Ziqqurat
Com-Sat 2 Threespeed
Com-Sat 3 eXceSs
Tool Bag Meownderthal
Flat Bag Ziqqurat
Medi Bag Cosima
Wookiee Bag Peach
Ambassador Ziqqurat
Chalk Bag Gritty
Still Cam Snow
Life Support 1 Skunk
Life Support 2 DrClaw
Life Support 3 Dead Bride
Life Support 4 eXceSs
Mission Pinner Ziqqurat
Mission Debriefer Wombat
Mission Reporter Dead Bride
Stellar Cartographer BaneThunderwolf
Wingmate 01 Dead Bride

Mission Parameters

Mission LeaderSkunk
Mission Size 27 pilots
OriginFort Antwerp
Destinationtake the ships to space, see what falls off
Light Years9.161
G-Well Activity0.174
Technical Rating2.104