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worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
edited May 2015 in Ten Forward
UPDATED: This thread is for idea submission only!

A new Discussion Thread has been posted here for all your conversations about these ideas.

Please keep this thread uncluttered with LC Topic submissions only, to make it easier to find these player submitted ideas for the challenges. There were 23 pages of non-idea-submission posts in here! Lets keep this thread on topic.


As suggested in the LC 57 discussion thread. Post ideas for future LCs here and hope that BranFlakes is paying attention.

I'll start it off:

"When on a standard patrol mission (is there such a thing?), your ship runs afoul of some random wormhole and gets thrown clear to the Andromeda galaxy. Write a log about that you encounter there and how you get back."

Please contribute your ideas; that awesome Mirror Borg prompt was actually community-suggested. If enough of us work together, BranFlakes is sure to notice and consider some of our ideas!

Edit to add: Our new Supreme Overlord, the glorious CaptainSmirk, has decreed that every other LC will be from this thread, with multiples of 10 being reduxes. So LCs 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 72, 74, and so on will be from this thread. Thanks, Smirk! You rock!

#SmirkWin.
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  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "Movie Night"

    "You and your ship has been selected by the hottest film director in 2414 Hollywood to be the muse of his latest movie. He and his film crew have decided to shoot their entire film aboard your vessel and then premiere it on Earth. Is it a documentary? An action film? Romance? Does the entire shoot go smoothly or are there "unexpected cameos" by enemy Klingons or Borg? Write about the experience having someone film you and your crew or write a log about how the premiere went and if your Captain enjoyed the portrayal of themselves or the ship."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • sander233sander233 Member Posts: 3,992 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "The Court Martial" - in which one of your officers (or even the Captain!) must stand trial for their actions.

    "The Officer Exchange" - in which one of your bridge officers is selected to serve a tour on a ship from the opposing faction.

    "Time after Time" - in which you and your ship are caught in a time loop, in which you and your ship are caught in a time loop, in which you and your ship are caught in a time loop...


    [edit](by the way, OP, the LC topics are pulled out of a hat by our PWE community manager Brandon "Branflakes" Felczer, not by any of the Cryptic dev staff.)[/edit]
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  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    New LC ideas.

    "The Captain who would be King"

    "During a routine expedition through the Gamma Quadrant, you discover a planet rich with natural resources. As you beam down to take sample readings, you are spotted by the pre-warp inhabitants, who view you as a god and demand you remain on their planet to serve as their king. How will you get out of this? Write a log detailing your escape or how your reign went."

    "The Next Generation"

    "While exploring in the Azure Nebula, you come across a temporal anomaly. As you are scanning it, the anomaly ruptures and you discover a ship coming through it. The captain opens a hail to you and reveals that they are from the 26th century and that their ship is your ship's successor! Write a log about the experience. What was the future crew like? What has changed aboard the new vessel? What is the same? Are you still aboard it?"

    "Et Q, Brutus?"

    "While you are enjoying a nice shore leave, you are suddenly transported into the realm of the Q Continuum. You find yourself standing between two Q who are having a quarrel over something and they have decided to choose a third party "at random" and that party happens to be you. What are the Q fighting about? How do you resolve this peacefully and without this ending with your being turned into a Tribble?"

    "A Wonderful Life"

    "After a long day on the bridge, you hop into bed. When you awake, however, you find yourself no longer the captain of the ship! In fact, you've never been born at all! What is going on? Who is behind this? What is this reality like to you? Write a log about the events and/or how you solved the problem that led to your "unbeing" and returned to normality."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • lunastolunasto Member Posts: 774 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    I have one!! The Kaizons are in trouble and manage to send a delegate through a prototype slipstream shuttle, to look for Janeway. The technology they have recently acquired manages to gain the attention of a higher level of being, supposedly stolen from them by a Kaizon raid or something or even a by luck chance discovery. Their race is being held for sentencing on forbidden tech and that young Kaizon that helped Janeway before, needs her help now for her people.
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  • jonsillsjonsills Member Posts: 8,024 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "Visit To a Weird Planet, Revisited - Again"

    As your away team materializes on the transporter pad, you realize that you don't recognize the place, or the people in it. A large crane swings away, as a man shouts, "Dammit, what's wrong with those lights? Okay, everybody, break for lunch while we figure this out!" You realize that the room lacks some walls - and a roof. Outside a window, you can see what turns out to be early-21st-century Earth, and not the one from your history books, either. You're in a movie set, and everyone thinks you're actors portraying yourselves as fictional characters!

    What do you do now? How do you get back home? Or do you?
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  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    I so wanna put one out now, as well as suggest this thread should be stickied for future ideas, if only for the players:

    #1 "Showtime": A group of your finest officers from the whole ship approached you wishing to authorize a play for off-duty officers to enjoy. Was it a traditional Klingon Opera? A comedy, musical, or something entirely different? Did tragedy strike at the last minute and cause your captain to have to fill in? Write a log or viewpoint of your captain on how it went, and if you'll schedule another play anytime soon.

    #2 "Poker Night": It's poker night for your Senior Officers, and they have decided to ask you, their Captain, to join their game for the night. Did you play the game, or were you the dealer? Did you win or lose? What kind of rumors did you hear or dispel? Did you enjoy the game or go to get to know your crew better?

    #3 "The Brig": While using a shuttle to get to the contested portion of the sphere, your shuttle was ambushed and taken captive by a Voth Palisade Frigate. You were thrown into the enemies brig, along with the shuttles other occupants. What happened on the ship? Were you confronted by the Voth, interrogated, or questioned? How did you escape? Were you the only one to escape, or did your crew come and rescue everyone?
  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    Another idea:

    Trouble in Paradise.

    Your ship is thrown headlong through a negative space wedgie, crash-landing dramatically on a strange planet. It is paradise; lots of edible plants, many small, fuzzy animals, and fresh, clean water. It is pleasantly temperate and sunny, and all of the crew soon find that they are growing and/or staying younger, and their injuries heal incredibly quickly.

    Except for one person.

    For whatever reason, some aspect of the local environment is highly toxic to one member of your crew (or the Captain). He, she, intersex, or it suffers from physical and mental degradation, starting slowly but rapidly worsening.

    What do you do now?
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  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    Jut came to me while cross referencing "Jane T. Kirk"...

    #1 "Djinn in a Bottle": Stardate 6618.4, James T. Kirk, met a most malevolent entity calling itself the Djinn, who killed a whole colony to keep its power ahead of mankinds. Now, you too have come across the Djinn, and now make a report to Starfleet about the event. What happened? Was it the same Djinn, or a new entity? Was he/she friendly, or as malevolent as before? Write a captain's log on how you dealt with this being, and your experience.

    #2 "Gender Swap": On a routine exploration mission to an unknown planet, a spacial anomaly forms near your ship, causing emergency beam-outs back to the ship. As the last person to beam out, your captain has accidentally been swapped out and into a gender bent universe! Nothing is the same and hilarity ensues, until the opposites say they can send your captain back through an identical spacial anomaly. How did your gender opposites react to you? How did you return home? Did your perspectives on your crew change in this universe? Write a captain's log to describe your hilarious misadventure!
  • red01999red01999 Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "The Obvious Weakness"

    Warp field physics makes most ships to known Alpha and Beta Quadrant races extend their warp nacelles. This carries a number of advantages such as efficiency and speed - and disadvantages such as battle damage. In a harrowing battle with the Borg you barely survived, one or more of your ship's nacelles were sheared off, rendering warp drive inoperative and damaging power systems throughout your ship. Omega Force reinforcements will arrive in 48 hours... and Borg reinforcements will arrive in 24. Does your crew try to effect repairs? If so, how? If not, how does your crew prepare for the battle ahead with a badly crippled ship?
  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    I don't know, but this one seems to be something everyone's sorta done informally, in freeform or stray stories. Alternatively named Section 31 files, or Crew Files.

    "Redacted": Every Section 31 operative, when being trained, read up on the current ships that roam space, both friendly and enemy files are open to agents to read. From Breen ships to the elusive Tholians, every ship is known. Special attention is put on your ship, for your many deeds for or against the Federation. What does Section 31 files say about your ship? What do they say about your Captain, or your crew? What is your greatest triumph, or failure, recorded in these blacklisted files? Are you friendly, or a threat to the security of the Federation?
  • marcusdkanemarcusdkane Member Posts: 7,439 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "The Imposter": Your ship was recently engaged in combat by Orion pirates. During a critical moment, a member of your crew -- someone you have served with for several years -- was inexplicably unable to perform adequately, leading to a loss of life, but not costing you the battle. After the battle, your investigation discovers that their entire Starfleet resume is a fabrication by a capable, but unqualified civilian who failed to be accepted to the Academy for any number of reasons. Write a Captain's Log detailing the depths of your investigation into your former colleague's true identity, and the subsequent action you must take.
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  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "Prisoner 47047"

    "You receive a hail from Starfleet Facility 4028 asking you to come to their facility. Apparently, one of the prison's inmates has asked to speak to you by name. Who is this prisoner? What do they want from you? Is it an old enemy seeking your forgiveness? Is it an old Starfleet ally undercover and requiring your assistance in escaping? Write a log about these events and the aftermath."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "Sick Day"

    "Your Captain seems to have contracted a minor illness and cannot perform their duties on the bridge. They has been confined to their quarters for the next 48 hours to allow the sickness to pass. Write a log describing how they pass the time."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    Thought of this one and wondered, why don't we have one of these already? I felt inspired by that one Riker episode, as well as the DS9 two.


    "Psychotic Episode": You got to sleep in your quarters one night and wake up in an alien like mental hospital, where you see a man in a white coat. "Hello Captain, it seem we've finally hit a break. You've been suffering from severe delusions for the past four years."
  • markhawkmanmarkhawkman Member Posts: 32,762 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    I like this idea: http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?p=14707501&posted=1#post14707501

    write out how Trill came to be a Joined race. :D
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  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    Ok, ok, I just have to do this for fun, but.....

    #1 "Khan!!!!!!": You have been called back by the Guardian of Forever to observe a point of history that the Federation has forgotten. A ripple effect occurs when you arrive within the planet's atmosphere, and the Guardian sends you back to where a Child of Khan has traveled back to change history. Write a log about what happened, and how you restored the timeline.

    #2 "Dyson Technologies": With the Alliance working to convert Dyson sphere and Solangae technologies into usable components on Starships; write a log about your captains reactions to the new Hybrid Dyson Ships being commissioned, and whether or not they would want pilot such an advanced starship.
  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    "The Anniversary"

    "Four years ago, you stepped foot aboard your vessel as it's Captain. You've battled the Borg, Dominion, Undine, Voth, Romulans and the KDF/Federation. You've traveled through time, met your Terran counterpart, explored the Delta Quadrant and met many new friends and enemies. Write a log entry about how you and your crew celebrate this day."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • sevenatsevenat Member Posts: 34 Arc User
    edited January 2014
    Two worlds:

    One player is trying to prevent an asteroid from crashing into a planet, the other has come back in time to save the asteroid from destruction. (and to find another way to save the planet if possible)

    - Some kind of time paradox, like how in VOY in the Year of Hell, when Chakotay takes out the comet and causes another series of paradoxes in the simulation.

    Let them have a sort of back and forth, in terms of hailing eachother and clicking response buttons.
  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    Just in time for Valentine's Day!

    "L'amour est parmi les ?toiles"

    "During a quick detour from your duties to watch a rare spacial anomaly of a brand new nebula, your ship is caught within the anomaly! Systems shut down for a few minutes and a strange pink aura fills the ship. Though it seems no permanent damage has been done to the ship and all your crew members seem to be alright, you cannot help but notice everyone is acting rather strangely. Klingon crew members are singing happy songs, Andorians touching feelers, Ferengi giving one another Oomak. For some strange reason, everyone aboard the ship is giving into amorous feelings. Write a log about how you plan to cure this plague of love before it threatens to render your crew useless or worse: before you fall prey to your feelings as well....if you haven't already."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Welcome to the Epsilon Fringe."

    "A strange wormhole has been discovered opening into the Alpha Quadrant. Scans show it is artificial in nature and leads past the Delta Quadrant into the mythical "Epsilon Fringe", a small strip of space between the end of the Delta Quadrant and the vast emptiness of Dark Space. A probe sent into the wormhole reveals that there are M class planets on the other side as well as a few warp capable species. Your faction has ordered you to brave this trek to reach the Epsilon Fringe and make first contact with a species. What kind of species does your Captain meet? Are they friend or foe? Is there a large governing body like Starfleet or the Dominion or is it lawless, with every species for themselves? Write a log detailing this event and the journey itself."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Inconvenient time shenanigans":

    Your ship beams you up from your latest fun-filled away mission (ha, ha) or your well-earned Risa vacation. Unfortunately, something goes wrong. You find yourself in the medieval period of the opposite faction's main base planet (Romulans choose either, just for fun). No supplies. No weapons or clothes other than what you had on. Just yourself and a sneaking suspicion that Q has something to do with this.

    How do you get out of this mess? And who has it tougher, a Klingon on Earth or a Human on Qo'noS? (actually, a Gorn on Earth might have the hardest time...)

    (and yes, I'm thinking Klingon LOTR/Gladiator here)
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  • organicmanfredorganicmanfred Member Posts: 3,236 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "The Ahwahnee-Conspiracy"

    Wolf 359. 39 ships attacked the Borg Cube. All but one ship were destroyed.
    The Ahwahnee, a Cheyenne class ship was heavy damaged with all crew lost.
    She was salvaged and repaired.

    Why did the Ahwahnee withstand full destruction like the other ships?

    Treachery, conspiracy?
  • marcusdkanemarcusdkane Member Posts: 7,439 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Remnants"

    While on a routine patrol, sensors detect abandoned Federation technology, which you decide to investigate...
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  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Holodeck Fantasy"

    "While your ship is undergoing a routine tune up at a starbase, you are informed that the starbase has a large selection of entertainment options including a large holodeck. You have decided to partake of the starbase's holodeck with one of your own personal programs. What program do you take? Write a log about the program and why you choose that particular program."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    In honor of the large amount of snow about to be dumped on the northeastern US:

    "Cold Timeline"

    While fighting a Breen starship in Deferi space, an interaction between your ship's energy weapons and the Breen's torpedoes causes a rip in space-time to open, dumping both ships into the late 19th century, near Luna. With engines offline and suffering from critical damage, your ship is forced to crash-land, taking with it the survivors of the Breen ship, who you beam on-board just before the Confederacy ship explodes. Where are you, how do you survive and avoid explorers, and how do you get home?

    (also, bump for CaptainSmirk's sake)
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  • moonshadowdarkmoonshadowdark Member Posts: 1,899 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Child of Khan"

    "A crewman aboard your vessel has recently been plagued by terrible headaches and bouts of auditory hallucinations. He has declined medical help for weeks and one particularly bad episode has rendered him unconscious. Medical has taken it upon themselves to do a complete diagnostic and found that your crewman has been genetically altered to perfection ala Khan Singh. The crewman has since been revived and begs you to keep his secret. Starfleet clearly states Enhanced Humans are not to be trusted and a part of you worries that your crewman may be on the verge of a complete mental break and could be a danger to himself and your ship. Write a log about the decision you make and an explination for your choice."

    "Beware False Prophets"

    "The Bajoran wormhole has been displaying strange fluctuations of late. Your ship has been dispatched to DS9 to investigate. When you arrive, Captain Kurland informs you that a Mirror Vessel has recently come through the wormhole. The pilot of the vessel claims to be the Harbinger of the Great Destroyers of the Wormhole. Kurland explains that these Destroyers are actually the Mirror counterparts of the Wormhole Prophets and scans reveal that the Mirror Wormhole has been altered to lead into the Prime Universe. To make matters worse, it seems that the Destroyers are attempting to free themselves from the Wormhole into the Prime Universe. The only person who can help you end this threat is the Harbinger. Write a log detailing the interrogation of the Harbinger or how you managed to stop the Destroyers and end the Mirror threat."
    "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

    -Leonard Nimoy, RIP
  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "Fourth Wall? What's that?"

    After falling through a spatiotemporal anomaly, your ship crash-lands on Earth, in 2014. The Temporal Prime Directive is toast; your crew is rescued from the wreck by the local authorities, and it turns out that there is an entire entertainment franchise in this timeline about...your universe.

    Then, you find out (while on national news) that not only are you fictional, but that the person who writes you in a fanfic wants to meet you (as he/she says while calling in to the show).

    How do you react and how the heck do you get out of THIS one???
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  • aten66aten66 Member Posts: 638 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    Nightmare Anomaly:

    On an exploration mission into unknown space, you and your crew have stumbled upon and been caught in an uncatalogued, unusual anomaly that reaches into a theorized previously unknown layer of subspace that cannot be entered by physical matter. Exposure to this phenomena though has been causing hallucinations and nightmares to occur to your crewmen, with the exception of Photonics and Androids among your crew. Write a log of how your crew dealt with these nightmares, and how you either made this anomaly safe, or possibly closed this anomaly so it would harm no one else.


    Love all the Ideas I've seen since we started this thread.

    Edit:
    worffan101 wrote: »
    I was, to be honest; I just figured, why not a direct 4th wall breach instead of a partial breach?

    And the image of Three punching out of a crashed starship while stunned rescue workers look on was part of it, too.

    CaptainSmirk, please choose either this idea or jonsills's idea for the next LC. PLEASE.


    I agree here, totally, both ideas would be equally crazy.

    @worffan101: I'll take that as a compliment, and possibly plead with Gregs to take me back with him, or at least let me see the holodeck before he leaves. Which I'd probably write about if it gets published. Or do a shameless self insert in jonsills's idea. Either way a win-win. :)
  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    If you like longer LCs:

    "Doomsday"

    A former colleague of yours (a captain in your faction) has apparently gone insane, stealing a prototype battleship equipped with a potential doomsday weapon from Command and racing across the galaxy for a spatiotemporal rift. You are ordered to pursue. When you reach the rift, you arrive just in time to see your fellow Captain use a chroniton burst to travel back in time; unfortunately, you are caught as well.

    Following your ex-comrade into the 23rd century, you realize xir true plan: To use the weapon, a light-focusing device called the "Eye of the Sun", to destroy every planet controlled by an opposing faction. Why is xe doing this? Can you save time itself? Who do you meet, and how do they react?

    (obviously, the exact sort of doomsday device is irrelevant. The important part is that it's a doomsday device)
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  • worffan101worffan101 Member Posts: 9,518 Arc User
    edited February 2014
    "For the sake of the apocalypse"

    A classified hail from your old "friends" in Section 31 warns you of a terrifying threat to the timeline. Someone is planning to use a temporal anomaly to travel back in time to the Permian period of Earth, 250 million years ago, and prevent the apocalyptic mass extinction that led to the rise of the dinosaurs. Xir plan will almost certainly prevent humanity from evolving, meaning that the Federation will never exist. Who is planning to cancel this vital apocalypse, how can you stop them, and how do you survive the brutal, oxygen-deprived landscape of the Permian?
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