Welcome to the USS Pandora!

Welcome to the USS Pandora!

Trek Into the Wild

The USS Pandora is a Play By Nova Star Trek Simulation game, where players are thrust into an exciting adventure to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

We are a newly built Luna Class Federation Starship travelling the dangerous and unknown territories of the Inconnu Expanse, as part of Bravo Fleet's 72nd Task Force,in the year 2388. We are a vessel designed for long-term, multipurpose missions into unchartered territory. On our journeys we will contact new species, establish a Federation presence in a hostile region, come into conflict with the known and unknown, investigate and discover spacial anomalies, while unravelling the secrets of the treacherous Inconnu region. As a member of this crew, you are the audience, the writers, and the history-makers of the USS Pandora. Every Player onboard this ship can contribute to our missions, plot discussions, personal stories, and the legacy of this fine vessel.

Sometimes we may know our destination, sometimes just an inkling of a pathway - either way it is up to us as a crew to make this journey together.

Are Your Brave Enough To Join Us?

We require Chief Officers for the following departments:

Stellar Cartography
Civilian Services

We also require Assistant Chiefs and Department Staff for all Departments, as well as our extensive new Recreation Deck facilities.


"We are seeking bold explorers, curious scientists, brave warriors, and dependable officers for a brand new deep-space mission into unchartered and dangerous territory. The Pandora welcomes all willing and passionate writers to join our growing community and contribute to our unique stories." 

- Captain Temple, Commanding Officer

Latest News Items

» Happy Birthday Pandora!

Posted on Sat Dec 9th, 2017 @ 7:09am by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News

Happy Birthday Pandora!

Just a little over one year ago, the USS Pandora was revived from her sleeping state and a new (also some not so new) crew came together to bring life back to this wonderful Luna Class vessel and to start a new journey into the unknown. In that time, we've had our fair share of dicey moments, took a tumble through the dark matter, met a couple new species, thrown some pants around, seen love blossom between officers, blown up a craft or two, and had far, far too many dinner parties. I have enjoyed every moment of the year that's gone and I hope you have too.

I want to thank each and every one of you for being part of this journey, for joining the sim and writing your beautiful, funny, real, and exciting posts. A sim is nothing without a hard working crew sharing their talents and getting involved in the stories of the ship. I am incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and amazing crew, who continue to craft enjoyable and interesting new tales for their characters and for the Pandora. And I also want to thank those who have come and gone for their contributions during their time here throughout our first year.

You're an awesome team of writers and I couldn't be happier to be your Captain. Happy Birthday Pandora, and here's to many more to come.

Of course I made a video!

» Owen Nash - TF72's Player of the Month

Posted on Sun Sep 24th, 2017 @ 1:36pm by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News

That's right folks, another member of the amazing crew of the USS Pandora has been recognised for the outstanding work that you do. More specifically, it is Phil's - aka Lieutenant Commander Owen Nash's - moment to be celebrated for his consistent contributions, team work, and his progress into a leadership role in recent months.

As mentioned in the "New Changes" announcement, Phil has been a reliable and active member of the crew since our very beginning. He has brought professionalism and seasoned experience to the ship and I was very pleased to have him step up into the Executive Officer position for those reasons. Now, it is a tremendous joy to see that Task Force 72's command team has seen fit to recognise his years of simming and fantastic contributions with this award. To receive this commendation is a marvellous credit to the player, and he joins with the other members of the Pandora crew who have been rightfully awarded.

You can read the announcement here.

A very warm congratulations to our XO Nash and thank you for being part of this crew.


» Sim of the Month & Sim of the Quarter

Posted on Fri Jul 21st, 2017 @ 2:36pm by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News

Greetings crew!

I am so thrilled to announce that in the past few days, the USS Pandora has received not one - but two new awards.

First, we received Task Force 72's Sim of the Month Award for June 2017.

Secondly, we have also just been awarded Bravo Fleet's Sim of the Quarter Award for the second quarter of 2017.

In giving the awards, the Pandora was recognised by our peers and Bravo Fleet Admiralty for our work in exploring the Inconnu Expanse, our consistent activity, and fantastic writing.

Now, I wrote a post last week detailing how highly I think of you all, and how bloody lucky I feel to be part of the sim. And it bares repeating again because I will never tire of saying it to you all. You guys 100% deserve it. The energy and quality you constantly bring to this ship has been incredible - and the fact that our peers within Bravo Fleet also recognise your contributions just makes this CO super proud.

I want to also thank Kim for coming onboard with Ensign Fick, and for bringing tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the ship. I can't wait to see what else you'll bring to the Pandora.

Anyway, enough gushing from me. Congratulations everybody. You're all mother-flippin rock stars.


» The Pandora receives more recognition!

Posted on Sat Jul 8th, 2017 @ 8:20am by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News


Bravo Fleet has revealed it's new list of recipients into the Hall of Honor and I am extremely proud to announce that the Pandora has been awarded the Medal of Collaboration. This award has actually been given to the whole crew for our collective contributions to Task Force canon involving the Tzenkethi, Talarians, and the Inconnu Expanse; in addition to our excellent story telling.

We took a significant detour during our first mission to involve two of the major powers in this region, the Tzenkethi and the Talarians - two species who had very little actual screentime during the Trek series - and this provided a marvellous opportunity for us to create our own unique mission and actually advance the canon of the Task Force. Everyone on the ship stepped up to meet that challenge, and the mission posts of "New Moon Rising" speak for themselves.

In addition, we are starting to create new scenarios and information on the Inconnu Expanse, especially with our current situation with the Dark Matter. We will continue to grow and build on this foundation to blaze our own path through the Expanse and once again, create new canon for the Task Force and Fleet. This is an awesome opportunity and responsibility on our shoulders but I know we have the talent and capability to pull it off.

When designing this sim, I wanted to create a platform for us as writers to not only delve into new storylines and situations, but to establish an exciting new path into the Star Trek universe - much in the same way that Voyager was able to explore an entirely different quadrant of the galaxy. But at the same time, maintaining the outlook of pioneers and discovery that made ToS and TNG so good. I believe this award shows we are not only pursuing that goal, but exceeding it.

However, great story telling isn't just about missions. It's about characters and personal posts as well.

I have been amazed by the fantastic individual and relationship based stories we've had. The ever-complicated romance of Griffin and Brennan - with the unexpected intervention of Mindo - has been intriguing, funny, touching, and real in every post. I always look forward to reading the next installment and I'm so impressed with the very authentic and fearless narrative they have developed. The way in which you also intertwine your distinct character's storylines around and within your relationship storyline, as two complicated officers with difficult histories trying to come together, has been fantastic. I enjoy interacting with both characters seperately and together. I hope there's more drama and romance to come.

And we have great moments of individual development and contributions.

Odin came on board recently and his introductory posts have been detailed and researched, with fragrant touches of the personal sacrifice Torres has made for a life of service. Wakefield has been an impressively unique character, so far from a Mary Sue, and her on-going progress to cope with the loss of her child has been heartbreaking and tense. Smith is also on a path to recovery and healing, and you always get the sense of his tragedies informing his character's motives. Mindo has been a colourful and honest addition as well, his posts are always filled with a little bit of mirth and a whole lot of individuality.

Meanwhile, Nash continues to provide some of the best Trek techno-babble I've seen, and he's always handled our various curve balls with aptitude and intelligence, bringing a level of savvy starship knowledge that is absolutely on-par with the Trek series and movies. Machwen has received both a rank and title promotion in the last few months and that has been entirely down to his ability to deal with our various crisis with skill and professionalism, his character's growth has been remarkable. Finally, Major Halliwell has brought some moments of the tense yet cunning Marine CO, and I look forward to seeing more from him and everyone else in the future.

We've been sailing now for over 7 months and I am only ever impressed and awed by the talents contained within this sim. You have continued to contribute, forge, and create a very special journey into the Trek universe and I am thankful every day for your presence here. Thank you for joining the Pandora and thank you for staying with us. You all deserve this award so much and I am so pleased that Bravo Fleet has seen fit to recognise your contributions.

One final note, I want to give a special thanks to Ray, aka Janet Glyndar. Without his tutelage, advice, encouragement, and support there would not be a USS Pandora. I know he's been busy in real life lately and hasn't had the time to write, but I am so darn grateful for his presence regardless, and I'm confident we'll find a way to keep him as part of the family for as long as I can. :D :D :D

Cheers everybody.

You can view the award announcement here.

» Cailus Griffin - Bravo Fleet Player of the Quarter

Posted on Fri May 19th, 2017 @ 4:27pm by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News

This is a really big deal folks. Our Suliac, aka Lt Cailus Griffin, has been awarded Bravo Fleet's Player of the Quarter Award for 2017's first quarter.

The PoTQ award is voted on by Bravo Fleet Admirality, from all players given the Player of the Month award during the previous three month period. Unlike Player of the Month, this is awarded to one singular player out of the whole of Bravo Fleet, and is voted on by a majority of the BFA - not just the CO or the TFCO but the very senior brass of Bravo Fleet - in recognition of that one player who has performed excellently over those three months.

Basically, out of all the players in Bravo Fleet, the Admiralty has chosen our Suliac as the best player and I couldn't agree more.

Thank you Suliac for all your hard work, new ideas, constant contributions, and fascinating writing that you bring to the Pandora. We're so lucky to have you with us and I always look forward to reading a post from you.

Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition of your talent.

You can view the announcement here:

Latest Mission Posts

» [BACKPOST] A New Manhattan

Mission: Into The Wild
Posted on Sun Dec 10th, 2017 @ 1:16am by Lieutenant JG Cailus Griffin & Lieutenant Commander Owen Nash & Lieutenant K'Laus & Lieutenant Kalin 'Shae' Brennan PhD & Lieutenant Katniss Wakefield & Janet Glyndar

Why did I ever think blonde was going to be good on me? thought Janet as she walked from the Briefing Room to the nearest turbolift with the most direct route to Torpedo Bay on Deck 12. Her hair had a nice shine to it, black pearl was the colour…

» Surprise Package

Mission: Into The Wild
Posted on Sat Nov 25th, 2017 @ 12:30am by Emilie Temple & Lieutenant JG Machwen Adaestron


Emilie paused a little before going into Sickbay. Even with the lights back on and apparitions long behind them, she still felt a bout of nervous panic walking down these corridors by herself. It was also made worse by the unsettling nausea in her stomach; she was still feeling…

» Game of Barstools

Mission: Into The Wild
Posted on Fri Nov 24th, 2017 @ 11:39pm by Captain Nycolas Temple & Ensign John Logann


Nycolas Temple liked to play a certain game. He would stroll into the Pandora's bar and lounge, find the newest or youngest officer around, and make friends with them. It was so uncommon for a Captain to socialise with junior officers in this way, and a part of him…

» ... and now what?

Mission: Into The Wild
Posted on Fri Nov 24th, 2017 @ 10:55pm by Ensign Vecon Fick & Lieutenant Mera Richmond MD

Fick threw himself down on Mera's couch with the attitude of a petulant teenager. He crossed his arms over his chest and heaved a sigh, then looked down the length of the couch and decided he would rather stretch out on it. He was short enough to fit almost perfectly…

» Face to Face

Mission: Into The Wild
Posted on Fri Nov 24th, 2017 @ 1:55pm by Captain Nycolas Temple & Lieutenant K'Laus

Lieutenant K'Laus had been whisked away by a devious trick, a cowardly one that his Klingon philosophy would easily discredit as being very Romulan like. He had been scooped up by the Pandora's transporters and dropped off right into an awaiting holding cell in the Brig with a moderately high…

Latest Personal Logs

» Off duty time

Posted on Sat Oct 21st, 2017 @ 8:57pm by Ensign John Logann

Ensign John Loganns quarters
Morning, several days before the main storyline starts
Into the wild
Ensign John Logann

Ensign John Logann took a deep breath as he stepped into his new quarters.

~It's amazing really.~ he thought as he looked around. ~You can step into new quarters on a Miranda-class,…

» Personal Log 002 - USS Palatine

Posted on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 @ 12:49am by Crewman Kyper T'voren

I've been working in a temporary capacity as a Weapons researcher aboard the USS Palatine. The assignment came down from the Research/Science Departments on board the USS Pandora.

Apparently they had a team dedicated to researching the possibility of a new kind of torpedo. I don't do teams.

I decided…

» Personal Log 001 - USS Palatine

Posted on Tue Oct 17th, 2017 @ 1:18am by Crewman Kyper T'voren

First official day as a Crewman aboard a Starfleet vessel. Can't say I'm too impressed. First off, I was introduced to the research team aboard this ship as a way of familiarizing myself with a typical Starfleet research laboratory and group setting.

Idiots. Most of the 'team' wouldn't know the…

» Contemplating

Posted on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 @ 3:36am by Lieutenant James Smith

Personal Log-Encrypted Entry

Since coming on board things have been going smoothly. I’ve enjoyed meeting the crew and catching up with Nye and his family. However, their are times that I feel alone, I don’t sleep well. I also have noticed that my nightmares are coming back. The meditation techniques…

» Settling in

Posted on Wed Apr 5th, 2017 @ 12:10pm by Lieutenant Katniss Wakefield

Personal Log - Encrypted Entry

I seem to be adapting to my life aboard. At first I was disturbed at the presence of a child on board, who I later found out belongs to the CSO. I still maintain that a ship is not the place for children. However the…