I like this idea alot from an immersion view point its excellent and realistic, and heck its just plain old neato!
Though i'd suggest you can call for aid from the first/ possibly second time you die but obviously would then be able to continue the mission until you complete it or help arrives to help you complete it.
Also i'd add in few extra accolades just for a fun little thing ( I Do love me some accolades xD)
Accolade 1: My Hero - Respond to 10 Distress Calls
Accolade 2: Your not a ferengi are you? - Send 10 Distress Calls
Accolade 3: Space is a lonely place - Have 5 Distress calls ignored (I.E no player comes to help you)
Accolade 1: "Fly her apart then!" - 10 distress calls
Accolade 2: "The Line must be drawn here!" - Send 10 Distress Calls
Accolade 3: Kobayashi Maru - 5 Calls ignored
Great idea Omega_Glory. Let's hope this post keeps growing.
I have another suggestion however. Rather than clicking an icon, Captain's would receive subspace messages from Star Fleet that would allow you to accept a mission to answer some predetermined number of "Distress Calls". You could then pull up a queue that would allow you to chose an instance in a specific sector or mission. After completing the mission you get SP, Badges, or Emblems.
Imagine what sector space would like if you had to look at all the "Distress Call" icons all the time.
At the risk of being accused of resurrecting a dead thread (this one is too good an idea to let go)...
First...*signed*. I LOVE this idea! I'm so tired of that gang of hyper level ships corpse camping (well, at least sitting over the spawn in point) in DSEs. Having a the ability to call for help would balance that back out nicely.
Second, new accolades:
"Risk is part of the business" - Respond to xx distress calls
"Some days the bear gets you" - Issue xx distress calls
Sir, we're the only ship in range - xx distress calls ignored
"Fortune favors the bold" - Complete distress call response matching to a higher level that yours.
"Temper, temper mon capitan" - Complete distress call response matching to a lower level than yours
Thoughts? (Again, sorry for proverbially grave digging this thread, but considering the lack of Cryptic notice and it's merit I felt it deserved a second chance.)