All-Con is a great convention held in Dallas every year in March. It’s a bit different from most Sci-Fi and Comic Cons. It’s a smaller venue than some of the more prominent ones. Without question, the greatest feature of this convention is always the community. For many who attend, All-Con is one big weekend-long family reunion. Back in 2007, All-Con was my first convention, so I was very excited about returning this year.
Saturday was the busiest day of the convention where most of the incredible artisans, cosplayers, and other enthusiastic and talented folks have the opportunity to share their passion through panels, competitions, and other events. Fleet 31’s Lizzie Lynch, who is a talented makeup artist, presented an excellent panel about sci-fi, cosplay, and special effects makeup. Lt. Commander Zander Price and his lovely wife Moogle had a booth running the whole weekend where they sold hand crafted bead artwork. Also, several members attended an enormously fun session of Star Trek Jeopardy. The end of the day was filled with some of the best photoshoot experiences we’ve had yet, so stay tuned for updates as the best of these pictures come through.
All-in-all, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend full of unforgettable memories and lifelong friends. Here’s looking forward to another great one next year!
This past weekend Fleet 31 attended Dallas Comic Con’s annual Sci-Fi Expo at the Irving Convention Center. Some of the crew have attended this convention for years, and it’s always a weekend well spent. This year, the Star Trek guest of honor was Avery Brooks, the great Benjamin Sisko himself.
In addition to meeting Mr. Brooks and other renowned sci-fi actors (including Edward James Olmos and Christopher Lloyd), we made some great new friends. The officers and crew of Fleet 31 extend a warm welcome to all of the new recruits we met this weekend, and we look forward seeing them join us in future events and adventures.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and helped make this another great convention weekend!
The bridge of a ship is the control center, where every aspect of the ship can be collected and assessed easily. In an attempt to bring this website closer to that ideal, I’ve been spending a little time here and there over the last week or two adding a few small functions to the site.
Furthermore, the “Events” portion of the top menu has been replaced by a drop-down menu featuring a list of upcoming events and information, as well as a list of post-event reports.
Next up, the Memory Core is now receiving its first two articles, including one covering the details of the Fleet 31 uniform design, dubbed the Monster Grays. These articles will take some time to complete, though, considering the level of detail they will represent.
That’s all for now, so let me know what you think of the changes, and what you’d like to see changed!
Capt. Cam Wilkinson
This past Saturday, January 26th, we attended an Annual Charity Ball hosted by the local Klingon group IKV Melota. The event was a gathering of Star Trek fans who came together to have fun and most importantly, give back to the community by supporting a great charity. The beneficiary was SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an agency that works to prevent domestic violence and help victims rebuild and recover their lives. It’s truly a wonderful organization. More information about SafeHaven can be found at their website, at http://www.safehaventc.org/
A Star Trek collector donated her entire collection of memorabilia for the event, so these items were auctioned and raffled away to guests with all the money going directly to SafeHaven. Fleet 31 acquired some cool Star Trek items and supported a great cause in the process. Additionally, each guest donated 5lbs of food to the shelter – reaching a total of over 600lbs. Overall, the event was very successful. Many thanks go out to the IKV Melota for hosting it. Qapla!
But the away team’s mission was still not over. Following the charity event we set course for a local bowling alley for a very different kind of ball. We played a few games and had an absolute blast! It was a foggy night, so that only meant one thing: there’s coffee in that nebula. To close out the great night of festivities, we went to IHOP for food, friendship, and coffee.
The First Annual Fleet 31 Dinner and War Games took place last Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. After about 3 years as a loosely associated social group, we’re retasking the fleet to serve as something much greater. We’ll be focusing on more community outreach now, from charities and fundraisers to community service days. That said, we still have high priorities on making quality uniforms and props more affordable, but those announcements will come later.
The event consisted of a mostly casual dinner at Applebee’s in Carrollton, filled with thoughtful chatter and philosophical banter, followed by a few group photos and migration to Main Event in Plano for a few rounds of laser tag.
For outstanding and continuing time, effort, and skill rendered for the good of the fleet, Zander Price (Chief Engineer) and Redux Chen (Chief Science Officer), both from the USS Transcendent, have each been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with all the rights and privileges afforded by that rank.
Thanks to everyone who made the event a success, and I hope to see you all again soon!
Capt. Cam Wilkinson
You see this? This is you. I’m serious! Right here, life is about to form on this planet for the very first time. A group of amino acids are about to combine to form the first protein. The building blocks [laughs] of what you call “life.” Strange, isn’t it? Everything you know, your entire civilization, it all begins right here in this little pond of goo. Appropriate somehow, isn’t it? Too bad you didn’t bring your microscope; it’s really quite fascinating. Oh, look! There they go. The amino-acids are moving closer, and closer, and closer.”
– Q, “All Good Things” (TNG S7E25-26)
Welcome to the new Fleet 31 blog. This is where we’ll be posting about news and events of the Fleet, as well as updates on running projects, from costumes and props to charities and fundraisers. Contributions will be made by local captains and other field experts, so check back from time to time for the latest!