Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 9,041
Hello and welcome to another Foundry Challenge! These challenges will be posted every 9-10 weeks, which includes 6 weeks to make your mission, and 3 weeks for the community to play through all of the missions and cast one [1] official vote for a winner. At the end of the 3 weeks of playthrough and voting, a winner, based on a simple majority of votes, will be announced and awarded 1000 STO Promo Points for the C-Store (enough to also purchase additional Foundry slots through the Dilithium exchange, if the winner chooses) and earn a guaranteed spot as a future Foundry Spotlight mission.

Today we start the nine-week run of the sixth Foundry Challenge: Beyond the Web
During the past several weeks, the Tholians have re-emerged and have been spotted in several systems and sectors across the Beta quadrant, including Nukara Prime, Mol'Rihan (New Romulus) and Eta Eridani. While signs point to the Tholians having an interest in advanced technology, particularily anything harnessing interspacial rifts, investigations are still ongoing.

For this Foundry Challenge, create a mission that features the Tholians.

You will have from today, Wednesday January 16th, until Wednesday, February 27th at 10am PST to make your Foundry mission and reply to this thread with its information in the following format:

Mission Title:
Your @Handle:
Level Requirement:
Mission Summary:

NOTE: Please do not publish your mission until the morning of Wednesday, February 27th, as close to 10am PST as possible, but not after***.
NOTE: The above needs to be filled out completely by the due date/ time for your mission to be considered, and your mission must be published in-game at such time to be considered -- unfortunately, any mission that cannot be found in-game by the time the voting starts will be removed from this entry thread.

Starting on Wednesday, February 27th, around 10AM PST, the 3-week playthrough and review stage will begin. Only entries made in this thread prior to 10AM, and are published/ available in-game, on that Wednesday will be eligible to participate in the challenge. Look for a voting thread to be made which will explain the voting process (some info below).

This is the author's thread -- only entries should be made here.
The Discussion Thread can be found HERE.
A Voting Thread will be posted and stickied when that period begins.
We also have an Index of previous challenges HERE.

IMPORTANT: The rules may change from one challenge to another, but I'd like to let everyone know what the base rules are. These may grow as we move on (and have since the 1st challenge), so feel free to give feedback in the discussion thread about what should be added!
  • Each Challenge will run for 9 weeks. For 6 weeks we will sticky the challenge and let you make your entry. After the 6th week, the 7th through 9th week will be the time when the mission is published and reviewed by the community.
  • There is no right or wrong entry.
  • The background story should be the main foundation for your mission. You will put the player into the main role.
  • The missions for these challenges must be in English. Please check out the French and German forums using the flag drop down above to see their Foundry contests.
  • In the spirit of the competition, only maps, missions, stories, dialogue etc. created/ built/ designed during the 6-week creation period should be used.
  • The mission should take only 30 minutes for a player to complete, but MUST not take more than 45 minutes. Error on the side of 30 minutes. This is to allow players to be able to play through all of the missions so they can consider all when voting.
  • In your mission description, opening dialogue, and the last dialogue, please include orange "out-of-character" text that explains that your mission is part of the STO Forums' Foundry Challenge #6 -- do not include a link to this post, but let the player know they can visit the "The Foundry for Star Trek Online " section of the forums for more information.
  • Please keep discussion about the entries in the appropriate Discussion Thread.
  • In the Discussion Thread, feel free to write what inspired you and what your thoughts on the topic are.
  • Once the mission is published, it should not be withdrawn, even temporarily. The only exception to this would be if for some reason players are saying they can't complete it and you need to fix something so they can. If you find spelling mistakes, feel free to fix them only after the competition ends.
  • Regarding Voting:
    • Once you have played through all of the missions during the Playthrough Period, please send me an in-game mail with the mission you feel should win this month's challenge.
    • Unless you play through all of the missions pretty quickly, I should not be getting votes until midway through the 8-9th week.
    • Reviewers can only send one [1] in-game mail to me to act as an official vote for a winner.
    • Reviewers can write reviews of some of the other missions if they wish.
  • A few other important reminders:
    • Please heed the Foundry's EULA when submitting your entry! This applies to any mission made in the foundry. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
    • Each author may only have one entry, no matter how many accounts they have.
    • After nine weeks' time, the thread will be unstickied as we move on to the next challenge.
    • We'll have three threads: One to post the entries in, one to discuss the entries and one with the official entries list for voting.
      Cross-linking between these threads is acceptable for these challenges ONLY!!

***If you are unable to push the "publish" button at this time due to timezones/ work schedules, please wait until the latest possible moment before this day/time. Also, if you need to publish your mission to test things, that is fine too, but please make sure to unpublish after testing is complete.

Last edited by pwebranflakes; 02-27-2013 at 12:42 PM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 75
Title: The Friend of My Enemy
Level Requirement: Any Level
Handle: @Q400
Faction: Federation, with KDF later

Description: The Tholians have pressed into the Federation, to no avail. Dronza Station is housing interspatial rift technology, and it must be defended. The Tholians have reapeered, and they are stronger than ever. Admiral Marconi, with unknown intentions, recruits you and your ship to defend Starfleets key systems.

Status: Working out the kinks; adding things; making maps better
" Nature Decays, but latinum lasts forever."
Original Handle: @Q400
Join Date: December 2010

Last edited by pwebranflakes; 02-27-2013 at 10:06 AM. Reason: Added missing description, exactly as it is in-game, including "Dronza station" and "reapeered"
Survivor of Romulus
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,224
# 3
01-16-2013, 03:54 PM
Mission Title: Land of Hope and Glory
Your @Handle: @drogyn1701
Faction: Fed
Level Requirement: 35+
Mission Summary: After participating in a covert buy of a piece of unknown technology, you must make it back to Federation space while under the guns of the Tholians, Tzenkethi and Klingons from the future.
Status: just about ready

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Last edited by drogyn1701; 02-27-2013 at 07:49 AM.
Survivor of Romulus
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,250
# 4
01-16-2013, 04:22 PM
Mission Title: Depths of Nukara Prime
Your @Handle: @P_Sutherland
Faction: Fed
Level Requirement: 31+

Mission Summary: Civilian traffic in the Eta Eridni neutral zone has been caught in the violent clashes with the Tholian Assembly in the Nukara system. When the crew of a freighter abandon ship, their only choice for survival means entering Nukara primes atmosphere, would you expect some to survive in a Class Y environment?

Status: Published

Screenshots: 1 2 3 4 5

Last edited by thay8472; 02-27-2013 at 09:36 AM.
Empire Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2,202
# 5
01-16-2013, 05:03 PM
Mission Title: Demons from the past
Your @Handle: @diogene0
Faction: Federation
Level Requirement: 16+

Mission Summary: Ancient Greeks believed that the destiny of man was ruled by good and evil demons. Both demons were fighting to influence lives through joys and pains. They were guides, inspired good and evil. But what would happen whenever evil wins, if good demons are all gone and left people in an intense, painful feeling of fear and despair?

This mission will take you deep into horror. The theatre? New Romulus. The dreams? A better world. What you will see? Murder, torture, and a people with blood on its hand - against its will. And you, being forced to solve a major crisis which could change forever the face of the quadrant.

Last edited by diogene0; 02-27-2013 at 09:16 AM.
Starfleet Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 69
# 6
01-16-2013, 07:01 PM
Title: Wibbly Wobbly Earth
Handle: @SBCouto
Faction: Federation
Level Requirement: Unknown for now
You are sent to Andoria to investigate an ancient inscription of unknown origin.

This is a continuation of a previous challenge 'A Good Ship Goes To War' which will feature Captain John Smith and his companion.

Last edited by muaren; 01-22-2013 at 07:41 PM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 17,404
# 7
01-17-2013, 08:01 AM
Title: The Beta Rana Incident
handle: @marhawkman
faction: fed
level: tbd

Description: The Tholians have been sighted near Federation space in a system containing a small unstable star. We don't know what the Tholians are up to but the star has become increasingly unstable. We need you to figure out what is going on before the star goes nova or worse.

Status: outlining.

I can haz joystick!
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Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,614
# 8
01-20-2013, 07:17 PM
Mission Title: The Second Light
Handle: @stardestroyer001
Faction: Federation
Level Requirement: 41+
Mission Summary: An emergency mission of a high priority has been assigned to you - a secret meeting with a mysterious admiral is only the beginning for an unprecedented mission, involving a conspicuous cargo box, an inexperienced cadet, and the revelation of the motives of a secluded and aggressive alien race!
Note: Shuttles are mandatory for this mission.
Status: Mission is complete.
Status of mission completion (conservative guess): 100%

Other Info:
Mission code: ST-HNDSILKSR
Mission is a loose prequel to the Darkfrontiers Persistent Foundry Project.
Mission has light combat (space/ground), heavy dialogue, and some easter eggs.

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Last edited by stardestroyer001; 02-27-2013 at 09:27 AM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 44
# 9
01-21-2013, 08:23 AM
Mission Title: Crystallization
Your @Handle: @afalconer
Faction: Fed
Level Requirement: 41+
Mission Summary: Tholians attack a classified research facility. What are they after? Will you be able to stop them? One thing is certain, if they succeed, the Federation will never be the same. Features space & ground combat, career specific paths, branching dialogs, an optional puzzle, and choices that effect the ending.

Last edited by afalconer; 02-26-2013 at 08:59 PM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 57
# 10
01-22-2013, 11:32 AM
Mission Title: Shrouded By Misfortune
Your @Handle: @cyconianlord
Faction: Fed
Level Requirement: Any
Mission Summary: In the wake of calamity in the Dace System, hidden dangers go unseen. Will you discover them in time to terminate plans, already in motion?
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