Rebel Squadrons

PBF Newsletter 9-9-02

By FA Tyrell "Spokes" Borran
Unit: Patriot Starfighter Group
Fleet NL, Sep 10, 2002
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Location: Shuttle Dove, Hyperspace Enroute Home
Status: In the green, many injuries aboard
Shipboard Relative Time: 1346 HRS
Coruscant Relative Time: 1046 HRS

Slyder pased throughout the small cramped shuttle. Many sounded soldiers both rebel and imperial lie everywhere. Several wounded were taken on each of the shuttles as the final battle to leave the doomed frigate took place. Slyder moved his left hand to his right arm, passing over a patch of syntheflesh that had coverd a wound he had sufferd.
The fighting had been horrific. As soon as they had left the bridge of the Despoiler II, several White Guard troopers caught them in the hall. Three Katarn Commandos went down when they were caught off guard. Eventualy they had made it to the hanger, only to find at least another 20 in their way. Positions were taken up anywhere there was cover. Slyder and Spokes stood behind Krayt squad or what was lerft of them. The ranking officers picked up blasters that had ben thrown to the floor from falling bodies and proceede to assist in the battle.
Slyder whinced at the memory of beeing shot. One of the remaining WG troopers popped his head out and took a shot, catching Slyder's arm, but falling hard to the floor a shot from GAd riped right between his eyes.
As the rest of the troopers were loading their wounded aboard Dove 1, and any personell they could save on to 2, Slyder and Spokes watched the ensuing battle outside through the hanger opening. An enemy frigate was moving closer, but the Vengance had jumped inbetween the two, buying them a little more time. But at the rate that the torpedoes were pounding into the Despoiler II, that wouldnt be much. However, they managed to load up in time and exit the frigate just as another enemy ship jumped in behind them and began wailing on the Despoiler II. With that, the RS forces withdrew and were now escorting the two shuttles home.

Slyder returned to his makeshift desk on the Dove. With what little light they had, he pulled out his datapad, and began forming a breifing.
Current News:

Well, not a whole lot has happend in the past month. I know it has been that long since a NL was released, and that I appologize for. I was quite busy with school starting again, gotta love college. On top of that, theres work and its football season, and the little league team I coach got under way. As for most of you, August was a time to get ready for the fall scheduel myself. Alas, things are situated and ready to go. The fleet has been pretty quiet lately, no topics were really discussed over August.

1) Paladin Squadron
Well, the first 3 months are up. The top 12 pilots are beeing selected, and if you havnt been notified yet of beeing picked, you will soon. Once I have a formal roster, I will release it here. Untill then, get flying on 407-409. That will determine the next group.

2) New PBF SO needed
Gav has been selected to play soccer at his college, and it has forced him to take a leave from his RS duties. So, the big whole that leaves in is my SO spot. We need someone that will come ready and willing to work as you will definately be dooing stuff here. If you are interested in the position, email myself and Spokes with your application. Give us some BG and tell us why you should get the spot.

-----PBF 406 Mission Standings-----

Top Pilot: Capt. Felipe Zammit 137 94,993 Green Squadron
Top Squad: FireClaw Squadron 577 429,830 7
Top Wing: Hope Wing 1,370 1,047,752 17

-----PBF Medal of Victory-----

The medal awarded for the best overal performance in the current PBF TOD mission.

Capt. Felipe Zammit


-----PBF Activity Medal-----

Given to each member of a squad that reported with 75% of it's pilots for the current mission.



Bonus merit for squads flying or sending in a non-flying MR at 100%:
None at this time

-----PBF "Beyond Belief" Ribbon-----

Awarded only to those Pilots who actually Follow Orders:


(Note: Only given out on missions with specific orders as in Recon types)
-----PBF Mission Info-----

The current Patriot Battle Fleet mission is:

PBF 407

The deadline for the current mission is:

Sunday Sept 30th 11:59 pm EDT

You can download the current mission at:

Send reports with pilot files attached to:

Plus your own squadron CO and/or squadron egroup.

The rules for flying the mission are:

1) You may run this mission as many times as you like but you MUST
get the MISSION COMPLETE message and have a valid *.plt file in order
to be eligible for the PBF Medal of victory. In addition, any score
not accompanied by a pilot file for verification will NOT be counted
by the PBF Command Staff.

2) Run the mission as "defect.xwi" ( this will place it as X-Wing
X-Wing TOD 1 Mission 1 ) so that your stats will be recorded in your
*.plt file.

3) Make a new pilot file to run the mission. If you fail the mission
and wish to run it again make sure to use a new pilot file instead of
re-running it with the same pilot. Any pilot file found to be
"unclean" will result in the score NOT being counted by the PBF
Command Staff.

4) Destroying "Friendly" craft to pad ones stats is strictly
prohibited. *.plt files containing "Rebel" craft kills will be
considered invalid.

5) You should also include a written report with your score laser/ion
shots and hits, missile shots and hits and kill totals in the email.

6) Pilot files will be manually calculated using the Official PBF
Standard scoring chart for X-wing. Anyone interested in obtaining a
copy of this chart, can email me to do so.

7) No individual scores will be changed after the deadline! If a
report is submitted that is never received at the report address
given above, it will not be added after the deadline. Neither will
the PBF CO accept a late pilot file. The only thing that can be
changed afterwards are errors made by the Command Staff.

8) There is a Fleet Wide competition based on this tour. Every pilot
who sends in a valid report will receive 1 merit point. The pilot
with the best overall score for the mission will be awarded a special
PBF Top Gun medal, along with receiving a 5 point bonus in the PBF
Merit System. In addition participating members from the squadron
with the best overall combined score will receive 5 bonus merit
points in addition to "Top Squadron" bragging rights. Also, the pilot
with the top score for each squadron (excluding the winning squadron,
and Top Gun) will receive 3 bonus PBF merit points. The reporting
members of the Squadrons on 2nd and 3rd places will get 2 bonus PBF
merit points.

*Note* In the even that the Top Pilot for the mission also happens to
be in the Top Squadron he may only receive the 5 bonus Credits for
one or the other. Same thing applies to each squadron Top Pilot and
2nd and 3rd place squadrons.

9) Mail problems including undelivered mail and corrupted *.plt files
are not the responsibility of the PBF command staff. If your *.plt file
becomes corrupted and you do not include a written accounting,
then your score will be counted as "0".

10) If a pilot retires from the PBF at any time during the course of
an active mission after having submitted a report, his report will no
longer count for his former squadron. He will still receive credit
for running the mission, but will be listed as "Inactive".

11) If a pilot transfers from one PBF squadron to another (such as
attaining a squadron CO position) during the course of an active
mission after having submitted a report, his report will will now
count towards the newfound squadron.

12) Flying/Incentives
After a unanimous decision by the PBF Command group (all COs and XOs at every level) I have decided to implement an incentives program. This was prompted
by the overwhelming number (percentage wise) of reports on 312. The new incentives are as follows:

A) For every squad that reports at 75%, a ribbon will be awarded for that mission. This ribbon will be a small graphic that can be added to pilot uniforms. I haven't
created it yet...but I will be talking to those I need to shortly.

B) For every squad that reports at 100%, the same mission ribbon will be offered, as well as an additional merit point for the mission (not counting top ace, or squad

You may ask, "What is required for the reporting.

1) A valid mission file and physical report (same as normal)
2) We know some people can't report in some instances. This will not be held against squads. If it comes to pass that you could not report for any reason, such as
computer issues, you were gone...A properly written narrative will suffice for the flying report. This does not cover, "Oh, I forgot to fly" Or, "I didn't want to fly."
These narratives are for the use of people who cannot fly the mission, and need another method of counting a report.

Guidelines for narratives:
The narrative needs to be more then "I got in my ship, launched, flew around, shot this and this up, went home and drank beers." A quality written narrative (Under
the discretion of PBF command staff looking at reports) needs to consist of some bulk. It can be, however, a report of anything. Since by using this method of
reporting, you weren't able to fly for whatever reason, the narrative DOES NOT have to be about the mission directly. You could write a substantial narrative about
since your hip was damaged, you stuck back to make repairs to join the second wave. Or, since you couldn't fly, you volunteered to join the rescue shuttle to help an
EVA pilot. What you write about is up to you. However, we have command people watching these reports, and they need to be involved, decent reports, or they
will not be counted to the squad total.

Also note: If a squad is at say 10 pilots....the 75% rule would apply to 7 pilots minimum...the 12 pilots per squadron will have no effect. The 75% and 100%
requirements will be based off of the current squad roster...for those that were curious about that.

-----PBF Information-----

1) IRC---

I'd like to invite all pilots, new and old, to take part in whatever
activities they have running in the Rebel Squadron's Bar and Grill,
on the Undernet IRC network; #RS_Bar_and_Grill is the name of the
channel. The Patriot Battle Fleet has it's own channel as well, #PBF.
I spend a lot of time on these channels, and it's a good way to
contact me if you have problems. It's also a good way to meet new
people and gather information about the RS. Make sure you're
connected to an Undernet server, and if you have trouble connecting
to the Undernet, visit the Undernet homepage at:

To download an IRC program for Windows PCs, and also learn a lot about
how IRC works, visit the homepage of the program mIRC at:

To download an IRC program for macintosh, visit the ircle homepage at:

2) Masters of Combat Tactics---
Do you think you're the best? If so, then ComTac might be for you!
ComTac is a set of missions that you can run to increase your ability
level and gain fame! You can download the ComTac missions at:

3) Operation Lanvarok---
For anyone who wants to fly a bit more than you are now, there's a
group for you. It's called Operation Lanvarok. This group flies the
Academy missions weekly in a storyline. If you're interested in
joining, contact Gabrich Varmer at:

4) X-Wing Mission Building Academy---
If you would like to learn how to build missions for the game this
fleet is based on, join the X-wing Mission Building Academy You can
find more information at:

MGN Slyder McGrath

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