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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 seventh Foundry Challenge: Small Craft Escapades
For this Foundry Challenge, create a mission that features content designed for and around a player being in a small craft (shuttle, fighter, etc). There is no background story you must build off of, so feel free to get as creative as you'd like.

NOTE: While there is no way to force a player to be in a shuttle for your mission, please add gold/yellow (OOC) text to the opening dialogue that asks players to switch into their small craft. You may also have ground content, if you'd like.

You will have from today, Wednesday, March 27th, until Wednesday, May 8th at 10am PDT 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NOTE: Please do not publish your mission until the morning of Wednesday, May 8th, as close to 10am PDT as possible, but not after***.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, May 8th, around 10AM PDT, 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 #7 -- 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; 03-27-2013 at 04:57 PM.
Survivor of Romulus
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,213
# 2
03-27-2013, 02:31 PM
Mission Title: Beneath the Skin
@Handle: @P_Sutherland
Faction: Fed
Level Requirement: 16+

Mission Summary: While your ship is in port being repaired and upgraded. Starfleet wants you to re-chart a system inside the Delta Volanis Cluster. The last ship to visit the system was a colony freighter in 2398. Since then the Federation colony has received few guests. Head into the Delta Volanis Cluster to begin your mission.

A routine assignment. What could go wrong?

Note: This mission is designed for a single player

Last edited by thay8472; 05-06-2013 at 07:47 PM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 403
# 3
03-27-2013, 02:41 PM
Mission Title: Inner Space
Your @Handle: @rsmudger
Faction: Federation (& Klingon if winner)
Level Requirement: 31+
Mission Summary: A huge Zone of Darkness has been detected deep within Cardassian Space on a direct course that intercepts many highly populated planets from Cardassia Prime to New Romulas.
It is so vast it shifts the gravity-well of local stars and can block out all sensor readings in and around entire star systems.
Visual recordings of the engulfed star have revealed there IS a body at the center of this veil and several Cardassian ships have gone missing attempting to intercept it.
Now Starfleet has made it 'your turn' to face this Goliath, What lies at the center of this blackness, why is it destroying life and are you ready to go where no man has gone before?

Entry will be for the Federation. If I win, I will also release a Klingon version called qoD’ logh.
Related TOS Episode. - Takes place after the events of the Undine Mission in 2413, related to 2800 & T.E missions and setting the stage/linking to the upcoming series Dark Frontiers.
Pictures: Pitch Black, Inner-Space, Coming Sandstorm, Iberium.

Last edited by rickysmith1; 05-04-2013 at 07:18 AM.
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
# 4
03-28-2013, 04:24 PM
Mission Title: Protector

Your @Handle: @terinvorta

Faction: Starfleet

Level Requirement: None

Mission Summary: A temporal anomaly has appeared on the edge of Sector 001, broadcasting a distress call.Your mission? Find and save the originator of the distress call. But all is not as it appears...

Edited, because I somehow deleted my notes I had on what I was going to do for the last one, and couldn't get it to work properly. So i made a new one...

Last edited by terinvorta; 05-07-2013 at 01:10 PM.
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 40
# 5
03-30-2013, 11:04 AM
Mission Title: You don't know when it's real (working title)
Your @Handle: Cipher@Ciphertuesday
Faction: federation
Level Requirement:31+
Mission Summary: After a tough mission in which you cooperated with the Enterprise-F, you and your crew go back to earth for a shore leave. Since you have no specific plan for the holiday, when your bridge officers invite you to join a hologram small craft racing game, you accept their offer. It was all enjoyable at first, but then it goes wrong and you suddenly realize that you are now in something more than a simulation...

Status: published

Damn I forgot to add the text of reminding the player to switch to shuttle, hold on just give me a second.

Edit: Okey fixed. publishing now. Sorry for that.

Last edited by ciphertuesday; 05-08-2013 at 07:12 AM.
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 44
# 6
04-07-2013, 06:35 AM
Mission Title: Alpha Flight
Your @Handle: @RemairTamec
Faction: Federation
Level Requirement: 31+
Mission Summary: You have been selected for the prestigious Alpha Flight course, the Federation's most elite pilot training program. Drawn from around the Federation and it's allies, Alpha Flight pushes the quadrant's best pilots to their limits. As stakes rise, egos clash and safety protocols are pushed to the wayside you realise not everyone is cut out for the course, and only a handful will graduate to receive the golden wings. Will you be another dropout, a line on a memorial plaque or will you meet the challenge and prove that you are the best pilot the Federation has to offer?

Click for more details

Last edited by remairtamec; 05-07-2013 at 10:57 AM.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,071
# 7
04-08-2013, 04:45 PM
Mission Title: Waiting for the Light
Your @Handle: Kirkfat
Faction: Federation
Lvl Req: 31+
Mission Summary: Mining Outpost 47 is requesting your assistance. What you discover may have far-reaching implications.

Last edited by kirksplat; 05-06-2013 at 01:12 PM.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 221
# 8 entry into challenge #7
04-28-2013, 09:16 AM
Mission Title: Sarita

Mission ID (ST-HDM55HO4S)

Your @Handle: @T1N1

Faction: FED

Level Requirement: Any

Authors notes** any shuttle or non fighter type small craft for Role Playing purposes.
**optional / recommended: to have done "Mine Enemy" and "Mine Trap"

Mission Summary: Humanitarian / Diplomatic type mission

starts off with a prologue.

Last edited by i8472; 05-07-2013 at 11:58 PM. Reason: more info
Career Officer
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 681
# 9
05-05-2013, 06:08 PM
Mission Title: "Uninvited Guests"
Your @Handle: @ sirboulevard
Faction: FED
Level Requirement: 16+ (Prefer Lv 23 in-story, probably best at Lv. 50)
Mission Summary: Stardate: 86569.42
Earth Date: July 27, 2409

The incident with Admiral Zelle has left the Federation on a precarious edge with the Romulan Star Empire. With a rising rebellion in the form of the Romulan Republic and the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two nations, forces in the shadows may try to stop it before it gets too far.

Last edited by sirboulevard; 05-05-2013 at 06:12 PM.
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
# 10
05-06-2013, 01:46 AM
Title: Shadows of Omega

Handle: fnordbear

Faction: Fed

Level requirement: 16+


While on a standard patrol an eyes-only message is received by the Captain. The Omega Protocol has been activated. You are to travel to the Pilatus system and from there rendezvous with the U.S.S Ursa Major for further orders.
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