Welcome to the USS Merlin!

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

It has been nearly a decade since the Hobus star exploded destroying Romulus and causing various factions, including the Klingons, to prey on the fractured empire. The year is 2393 and the USS Merlin has been launched at a time of great instability. The Merlin is an Excalibur class ship designed as not only a command carrier, but, as a deep space explorer as well (referred to by her crew lovingly as a warp capable starbase). The Merlin has been outfitted with everything she and her crew will need, from defense forces to the latest scientific equipment to the largest diplomatic area that could fit on the ship and even carries a compliment of civilian specialists. This beautiful giant has been given a twofold assignment; the first to protect an unknown area of space at the farthest borders of the Romulan Empire; recently acquired in the Federation treaties. The second to keep the peace, with a renewed focus on exploration and discovery.

Here on the Merlin we strive for 1 thing: to have fun writing. We do this by making sure our stories and writing is the best we can make it. None of us are professional writers, however, we still reach for that excellence. As you look around and think about joining what has become our online family, remember, you won't be joining just the Commanding Officers sim, you'll be joining the crew's sim and it will become your sim too, because it is not just one person who makes a sim, but the simmers who make it a sim. So, look around and read our stories then slip into a uniform and jump in!


Captain John Barstow
Commanding Officer
USS Merlin

Commander Melody Jones
Executive Officer
USS Merlin


Commander Caroline Miller
Chief Medical Officer / Second Officer
USS Merlin


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Latest News Items

» Regrouping

Posted on Thursday 15 June 2017 @ 12:16 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

Hey All,

The last few months have been kind of rocky for the SIM. My RL ganged up on me and caused me to have to step back for a while. That said, Sam and Debs have done an outstanding job keeping things going! And I appreciate all of you that have stayed and kept logging!

Right now we are kind of regrouping after clearing out the roster. We have lost a few players, however, we have kept a strong core of players. Over the next few months we will recruiting for those open positions. So, check out the roster and if you know anyone that would like to join bring them in :).

One other quick thing, due to my hectic RL I have stepped down as TGCO so I can focus on Merlin. So, the SIM does have my full attention (after rl of course ;) ).

The logs y'all have put out have been great, keep up the great logging!


» Mission Update

Posted on Monday 12 June 2017 @ 22:34 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hi Guys

I've extended the completion date for "A Road with no turns" to Friday 16/06/17, but I'll be starting the next JP tomorrow. This will be "The death and birth of a star". This is the next part of the mission.

There will be a group JP for all on the bridge when the ship arrives at the Lazarus star, then some subplots will be running at the same time:-

Petty Officer Burg will be heading up the research on the Lazarus star.

Engineering is running a complete review of all systems onboard.

Operations will be reviewing the data on the derelict Merlin and reporting any findings.

New CFCO :- reviewing Helm and familiarization with new role (With assistant Crewman Rhoderick if required)

Strat Ops, Security and Marine can write JP's and logs at own discretion.

Personal subplots can continue regardless.

Sam :-)

» Rating Change

Posted on Saturday 10 June 2017 @ 16:49 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

Greets All,

I know it's been awhile since you've heard from me, but, I had to be away for some RL issues. I am slowly coming back and getting back in the game, though Melody will continue to head this plot :)

Now, my first announcement is we have gotten our rating change!! Please see below:


The Fleet Council has approved your request to take the Merlin to a 15+ simulation. Please be sure to reflect this clearly on your site and do a quick age check on your players existing to confirm that no one is under 15.

Please let me know if you have any issues.


Iain MacTaryn
Commanding General
Camp Falkirk
Task Force 47 Independent
Task Force 47

Now, with that let me explain what this means. We will be a bit more free with language, blood/violence and some innuendo.

Sexually explicit logs will only be allowed to the point to be shown on screen, anything beyond what has been seen on screen in the series' will not be allowed. We want to maintain the "Trekness" while still allowing for the expanded plot and character exploration.

In regards to language, violence, etc. No f bombs, nothing offensive (and by that I mean any references to anatomy, etc), etc and nothing overly gory. We are a Trek simulation not a slasher film ;P.

We'll be updating things to reflect the rating changes this week :)

And, great job guys, even in my absence I've been watching, keep up the great logs!


» A Sign off of the times

Posted on Tuesday 6 June 2017 @ 16:34 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hi all

You may have notice that on some JP's that are close to being completed, a date for final tags and sign offs has been added.

This is so we don't get stuck waiting for one or two final tags to be completed so the Jp can be posted and we can keep things moving.

Normally, a week should be sufficient for any final tags to be added.

If anyone has not added to the post, a sign off is not required. If someone has added and not had the chance to sign off before the deadline, if there are no major objections, their signature will be added with a * to indicate it was signed off on their behalf.

The last thing i want is for people to feel That this is meant in anyway to pressure people or take the fun out of simming, just to keep the simm moving forward so we don't end up stagnating waiting for tags or sign offs

If anyone has any problems, or questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Commander Melody Jones
Executive Officer

» Mission Update

Posted on Monday 5 June 2017 @ 20:50 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hey Guys.

The current Mission JP is coming along really well.

After the JP "A Road with no turns" The Merlin will be en route to the Lazarus Star, the next point of interest on the itinerary. This will give the opportunity for people to get some personal JP's and logs posted.

Also a new Chief Engineer, Lieutenant Sardon is joining us. Please join me in welcoming him aboard.

The next mission JP (The death and birth of a star) will begin in 1 week (12/06/17). If anyone would like to head the research and investigation of the Lazarus Star (One which has gone out and re-ignited) please let me know.

Lieutenant Commander Melody Jones
Executive Officer
USS Merlin

Latest Mission Posts

» All out in the open

Mission: The Perez Nebula
Posted on Friday 23 June 2017 @ 06:33 by Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Melody Jones & Lieutenant JG David Scarlet


Melody walked into the security office hoping to find Lieutenant Scarlet there. She and David need to talk about his feeling towards her and the possibly of feeling towards Save'ena. The fact the she was in Save'ena's body was going to make this an........ interesting conversation. She did not…

» Life's a Test to Dream

Mission: The Perez Nebula
Posted on Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 20:50 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan & Civilian Mackenzie Tan & Commander Melody Jones


1800 Hrs:

Melody pressed the door chime at the Tan's quaters and waited.

... They had just finished their evening meal and the girls were in their bedroom, Mackenzie doing her homework, and Mia doing her best to get her not to. David approached the door.

"Hello David. I…

» A new arrival

Mission: The Perez Nebula
Posted on Friday 16 June 2017 @ 14:34 by Commander Melody Jones & Lieutenant JG Sardon


Melody was reviewing the repair logs when the comm system beeped. "Go ahead."

Lieutenant Peterson's voice came from the bridge. "Commander, the shuttle with our new chief engineer is on final approach."

"Very good. Send him into see me straight away."

"Aye Sir."

=====Shuttle 03======

Lieutenant Junior Grade Sardon…

» Changing responsibilities

Mission: The Perez Nebula
Posted on Friday 16 June 2017 @ 14:31 by Commander Melody Jones & Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


Melody had taken some time to reflect on the loss of the 8 crew during the Perez nebula incident. She had also personally contacted the family's of all 8 to express her condolences and tell them how bravely they had served and met their end.

This was the first…

» A Road With No Turns

Mission: The Perez Nebula
Posted on Friday 16 June 2017 @ 14:30 by Commander Melody Jones & Civilian Jacob Carson PhD & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant Commander David Tan & Lieutenant JG Martin Landau & Lieutenant JG David Scarlet & Lieutenant JG Lysia T'Seng


Melody sat at the head of the table as the rest of the officers came into the room and took their seats.

... == Sick-bay ==

David lay patently while a seemingly endless battery of tests were run, but finally he was cleared to return to duty ...


Latest Personal Logs

» Proud

Posted on Sunday 18 June 2017 @ 15:44 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239406.18 - 14:20 hrs ...

A couple of hours ago my Daughter, Mackenzie, told me about her dream from the night before:

I was absolutely astonished to hear she had carried out a landing of an Intrepid Class Starship, not only once but twice, then carried…

» A new beggining

Posted on Saturday 17 June 2017 @ 12:02 by Commander Melody Jones


It's with mixed feelings I start this.....

Begin Commanders Personal log Stardate 239406.5

Someone once told me "You're used to winning, and you're not truly a leader till you've lost."

Well, today I feel like a leader. I've personally contacted the families of all eight who lost their lives.…

» Dreams and Promotions

Posted on Sunday 11 June 2017 @ 21:59 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239406.11 - 16:00 hrs ...

Following our return from the derelict, now confirmed to be the USS Merlin ... 'Our Merlin' ... Shortly before a self-destruct was accidentally activated, unfortunately resulting in loss of life, I had been suffering from, hallucinations, for want of a better…

» A glimpse of things to come

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017 @ 14:20 by Commander Melody Jones


Personal log Stardate 239406.02

The Captain has been called back to Starbase 306 leaving me in temporary command and so far it's turning out to be a very unusual experience. The Merlin entered the Perez nebula several hours ago to begin charting this previously unexplored phenomenon only to find…

» Phantoms ?

Posted on Sunday 4 June 2017 @ 22:21 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239406.04 - 21:30 hrs ...

I'm on my way to the Bridge after returning from my visit to the derelict. I experienced something over there that in truth I would like not to experience again.

I was attacked by 'something' aboard the derelict, which we have…