Special Announcement of Awesome!

Well, the cat is out of the bag and we are finally allowed to talk about it. This year at Nauticon (Sept 13-15, http://nauticons.com/), the UBS Shameless will be the Guest Group of Awesome and will be the official party hosts! We will be throwing events on both Friday and Saturday nights! The details can be found here: http://nauticons.com/events/index

In addition, we are proud to announce that Nauticons Fan Guest of Awesome will be none other than Barfleets own Commodore Erikson! Details: http://nauticons.com/guests/index

What’s that? You want to join us? That sounds like a great plan! See you there!

Why I Love Barfleet

Barfleet can be very subtle in its nuances. For that reason, a lot of people walk away from our parties focused on how fun the party was, and it ends up being their sole takeaway.

And that’s ok. It’s not only understandable, it means we did it right. You had a fun time. But… it does mean a lot of people miss the levels of responsibility and professionalism our members accept and perform (and perform well).

At Arisia this past January, I awarded a commemorative coin to one Shira Lipkin and gave her the honorary title of “Shameless Friend”.  I mentioned lightly that it was because of her unabashed support of the ship, but in the interest of time I didn’t go too far into it. Here’s why:

Shira gets it.

She showed that, without being a part of the inner workings, she really and truly understood why and how we do this. She saw beneath the hood to the inner workings of the engine that is barfleet and recognized the amount of work and effort that we put in to making everone’s visit not just an amazingly fun experience, but that we are ever working hard to make it as safe as can be. There is no perfect level of safety that we can provide, but we will continue to work to improve that level of safety, and do our damndest to make it happen without you having to walk away focused on anything other than having a good time.

Without further ado, and with permission from the author, I present “Why I like Barfleet” by Shira Lipkin, Shameless Friend.

– Captain Rhandom Bhagczech

“Why I Like Barfleet
1. You can buy a cheap souvenir cup or take the plain cup and you get free drinks all night.
2. They actually card and are rigorous about not giving alcohol to minors. (Yes, I greeted the Commander with a hug and we traded stories about our kids. Yes, he still carded me. I have no quarrel with this.)
3. Great music. Okay, sometimes not good music, but fun music.
4. They actually do sexual assault prevention stuff.

Read #4 again.

I KNOW.

The first time I personally noticed this was when I was sitting on the windowsill talking to friends and an adorably-slightly-inebriated [friend] plopped down by my feet, rested his head in my lap like he was a unicorn and I a maiden, and curled a hand around my thigh. Pretty much instantly, Barfleet staff surfaced and asked, “He okay?” In response to my “Yep! He always gets snuggly like this,” the staffer nodded and ninja-vanished, and it only occurred to me a moment later that that was a check-in; it wasn’t “Does he need a barf bag?” it was “Do you need him off of you?”

This wasn’t an isolated incident. Okay, a bunch of us got very snuggly that night, and some of us got a bit more-than, prompting my “we’re putting the whore back in Horta” tweet. And I saw multiple staff members performing multiple checks on multiple groups of people, as general policy. If it looked like there was a little drunk-sexiness going on, Barfleet staff made sure everything was cool. Unobtrusively, but decisively. Pretty much everything we’ve been saying party hosts ought to do for years.

So yeah. Props.”

They’re Going To Have To Invent New Ways To Describe Awesome Now…

So as many of you know, we had a tiny little shindig at Arisia, and it went okay.

CRAZY WICKED STUPID OKAY!!

Seriously, it was a personal best. Records were smashed. Those smashed pieces were then further violated (we’re not allowed to say how, in at least 32 states) and chucked out the window. We raised enough money that even after paying off our room bill and making our charitable donation to the ever-worthy Operation Hammond we still have a bit more money than we had right before our long string of bad luck began. Of course, we’ll need to start buying more cups, and other consumables, but the important part is NOW WE CAN AFFORD TO DO SO! Furthermore, there was so much awesome around that we now have to have command staff meeting tonight for the purpose of inventing whole new ways of properly containing it in the future.

A lot of people worked very hard to make it all come together, but we still couldn’t do it without the support of you, our fanbase, and our fabulous sponsors. Thanks for making it all worthwhile, and we’ll see you soon again!!

Executive Officer Liften “Noodles” Kherry
(Who has a major sad that he was unable to attend)

Party Alert! Party Alert!

We’re well underway getting the ship all set for the mission to Lensmen Patrol Headquarters, known to most sentient beings as Arisia. The crew has been working hard to stock the bar with a wide array of the finest ETOH in the fleet, and stocking the cargo bay full of high quality slack. All was going well until someone had the bright idea to rewire the big red “Engage” button that puts the ship into warp to the primary weapon firing controls. Needless to say, we wiped out an entire moon owned by the Vulcan Temperance Ministry. It was a complete utter accident (Yeah that’s right, an accident…yeeeah) and frankly we’re really very, very sorry. *snicker*

Come join us in little more than a week’s time at Arisia on Saturday Night in what we have been referring to as “Mystery Shadow Lounge 3000″. It’s going to be a blast and full of slack, entertainment and plenty of good cheer!

XO’s note: Dying to find out the location? Either track down a helpful Barfleet member, check out our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed.

Esprit De Corps (Not A Fancy Cocktail)

So the good Padre Xenu (I should just make that his official name: Good Padre Xenu) has come up with a kick-ass fleet banner.

Want to see this baby’s premier? Come and track us down at Arisia on Saturday Night in what I have been referring to as “Mystery Shadow Lounge 3000”. Hope to see you all there, regardless of what new shiny we have to show off…and there is indeed more shiny to show off.

-LNKXO

LBARS Functionality: Restored

We got this thing working!

So I don’t know the entire story…most of it is being kept from me so I can’t be compelled to testify against anybody in case this goes to court (STAAAAR COURT!), but the good Padre Fedora managed to single-handedly storm his way onto a Nova class starship, pirate their copy of LCARS, escape with life and limb intact, and then kitbash it into a usable interface for our needs. So props for that!!

-LNKXO

So We Got This Facebook Thing, See…

The good Padre, Xenu Fedora, continues to drag the ship into something resembling the second decade of the 21st Century, and we are now proud to introduce our Facebook fan site! Find useful news, interesting links, and the latest insider information on our upcoming events. It’s about as close to the Shameless as you can get without having a restraining order levied against you!

UBS Shameless Fan Site on Facebook

 

Still In Drydock…

Hi fans,

As you know, the Shameless is known far and wide for it’s high amounts of relaxation, slack, and general awesomeness. But there is one thing that has always dragged upon our Awesome like a lead weight; our web-site.

We take full responsibility. Actually, as the XO, one of my duties is to act as ships scapegoat. And I always blame the Vulcan Temperance Ministry. Those scoundrels; oooooh I hate them. They’ve managed to have a string of successful skirmishes lately. But thanks to the efforts of the good Padre, Xenu, exciting changes are underway!!

So until that day, a new ship, and a new day are dawning, and we are currently under construction. But check back soon!

Liften “Noodles” Kherry
Executive Officer, UBS Shameless