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  2. Each month we interview a member of the Academy Training Team for insight on how our training works, and as recognition for all the hard work that goes into training new members each and every week of the year! This month, we’re sitting down with Nikki Ryan, a Lieutenant playing the CMO of the Veritas. WOLF: Hello LtCmdr. Ryan! Can you tell us a little about yourself for the folks who may not know you? RYAN: First, thank you for having me here. I think most members of the Fleet know me as Rune Jolara but I’ve recently made a switch to playing Dr. Nikki Ryan. In real life, I’m a professional visual artist and freelance graphic designer working towards becoming a front end web developer. I’ve loved Star Trek and anything sci-fi since the beginning of time. I’m also (slowly, very slowly) working on a sci-fi/supernatural novel. You’ve been with the community for a long time! Do you remember how you found us, and what motivated you to join? Yes, a very long time indeed. A friend originally introduced me to the group way back in 2005. I needed to take an extended LOA. I came back a couple of other times but each time RL happened. Then in 2012, I came back to stay. My motivation was simple, this group combined two things I loved the most, writing and Star Trek. As a bonus, I’ve met some pretty incredible people and made some lasting friendships… really they’re like a second family. I wouldn’t trade my time here for the world. What’s been your favorite part about training so far? It’s hard to really say what my favorite part is. One is getting to work with and sim with members from other ships. Teamwork is such an important part of making us successful and the training program is a good reminder of that. Another big favorite is, the chance to give potential new members their first glimpse of our corner of the universe. How do you approach the role of CO of a training class – what’s going through your head as you’re simming? I think one of the most prominent things going through my head is, am I making the class interesting and fun while still teaching the cadets what they need to know about how our game works? What advice would give to those who are coming up through the ranks and headed toward the Training Team? Don’t look at it as a required step in advancing. It’s your chance to work with other members of our group and help guide new members in their first step to becoming active and productive officers in our fleet. Have you used any techniques you learned as a member of the Training Team in your real life? Of course. One of the most important being patience. You can’t always predict or know how things will go. Sometimes they don’t go the way you hoped but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and go with the flow. Thank you so much for your time — we’ll let you get back to training! You can read more about Lt. Ryan on the wiki, and learn more about joining the Academy Training Team on this page. The post Trained by the best: Nikki Ryan appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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  4. The Borg probe proceeds onwards, unaware that you have laid a trap for it. As it crosses your weapon’s crosshairs, you give the order. Your ship decloaks, unleashes a fusillade of fire, and renders the cybernetic horrors inert. Now imagine the tables are turned. Your vessel is in desperate straights. The pirates are closing fast, and you’ve already suffered damage. Even with your superior weapons, the fight would be theirs in a matter of moments. Instead, you activate your handy-dandy cloak, and try not to smile as you imagine the confused looks on the faces of your pursuers. Or perhaps a more subtle application is required. Sneaking behind enemy lines is made far easier when the enemy has no idea you are there. With the proper care and patience, war-ending intelligence could be gathered, simply by staring through a viewscreen. We’ve all seen instances where cloaking devices have been used to great effect. However, countless dangerous situations encountered by Starfleet crews throughout the ages might have been mitigated, or completely avoided, if the Federation had continued to pursue cloaking technology. Instead, the Federation signed the Treaty of Algeron in 2311, effectively promising the Romulans that cloaking technology would not be implemented on any Starfleet vessel. Cloaking technology certainly has it’s advantages, and their use would solve a great many problems faced by Starfleet. However, would it have been in the Federation’s best interest to employ cloaking devices on ships? In the wrong hands, it could wreak devastating havoc. Additionally, the moral implications of its use are less than clear. This week’s poll asks you for your input on this difficult subject. Would you approve of the Federation using cloaking technology (of its own), or would you eschew it, preferring more traditional methods? Submit your vote here, and explain it in the comments section, if you have the inclination. The post Poll of the Week: Cloaked Intentions appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    I see an upcoming Security Officer. Welcome Cadet. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ensign Hunter Caminos Security Officer Embassy Duronis II/USS Thunder-A E239406HC0 Only from personal experience can a human being take the necessary measures without a preliminary process of trial and error. - Karl Dönitz Wiki: https://wiki.starbase118.net/wiki/index.php/Hunter_Caminos
  6. Have you come across a great character biography on the wiki? Been working on your own bio for a while now and want to show it off to the fleet? Looking for pointers on how to improve your own bio? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then head on over to the Featured Bio Contest’s forum and check out what we have to offer! This round of the Featured Bio Contest closes Saturday, July 1, so if you have seen a great bio on the wiki submit your nomination today! You can see a list of all our previous winners and featured nominees at the contest’s wiki site as well as an overview of the judging criteria that the Featured Bio Contest Team uses to vote for a winner. The post Featured Bio Contest Round 4 closing soon appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail. This month, we’re interviewing the new First Officer of the USS Veritas, LtCmdr. Mei’konda, a Caitian male. Let’s get started! WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind Mei’konda. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming? MEI’KONDA: My name is Aaron, and I’ve lived in a lot of different places across the USA! I grew up in Maine originally, spent some time in New Hampshire, a decade in California, and now I’ve bought my first house in Colorado. Other than work, which for me is Massage Therapy, I enjoy playing computer and pen & paper RPGs with local friends, motorcycling, and exercise. How’d you choose this character species, and what do you find compelling about playing a Caitian? When I create new characters for roleplay in communities, I tend to take a look at what’s out there already and then find something a little different. I decided that I wanted to play one of the core members of the Federation, but one that’s a little less common. The ways that Caitians could be written appealed to me as well, such as expressing themselves through different sorts of body language and the way that their voices might sound different when they speak languages designed around human like mouths. What ships have you served on and what duty posts have you played so far in your Starfleet career? I started my career on the USS Mercury as a helmsman, and stuck with that crew as they transitioned to the USS Garuda and then the USS Invicta. I took a leave of absence shortly after the Invicta was commissioned, and returned to join the crew of the Veritas. Shortly into my career, I transitioned into the Chief of Operations role, where I remained until my recent shift over to First Officer. What’s your favorite, and least favorite!, parts about playing a First Officer? Though I’m still very new to the role, I enjoy the versatile aspect of being a First Officer, with the ability to play a role in nearly any scenario as a supervisor. On a more OOC level, I particularly enjoy the ability to help more junior players learn to push the story forward and really find the joy in the role they’re playing. Tell us more about your writing style. What’s your process for putting together a sim? What I do first is ensure I’ve read through all of the details written by other players, particularly ones that pertain to my character so I can ensure I’m responding to every tag that’s been left for me, and find a good way to help push the story forward. I always try to ensure that I’ve left some new tags and advanced the story so that I’m not just reacting to what other people have written, but that I’ve given them something to react to as well. I find it very important for my own enjoyment of simming to ensure that I’m writing physical aspects to my characters that other people can react to as well as their internal thought process as things occur around them and they make decisions that affect other people. I find the environment around my character to be essential to my ability to picture the scene and what’s happening in it, as if it were a real episode of Star Trek taking place on a TV in front of me. If I can find a way to use most of a character’s senses to describe what’s happening around them, I integrate that as well. On the more technical side of writing sims, I try to have each of mine have a consistent look, so when I’ve finished writing, particularly if I’ve copied aspects of other peoples’ writing that may be using different fonts or font sizes, I’ll highlight the entire sim and ensure that the spacing, font style, and font size are all consistent, so that it has a good, smooth, easy to read look to it. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to others on how to be a successful First Officer? Make sure you and your Captain are working as a team and that you’re on the same page. Ensure that you know and are living up to your Captain’s expectations. The additional duties you have as a First Officer are going to take more time than your prior simming did, so do your best to find a good, comfortable time in your schedule to do them, rather than waiting until the last minute and trying to squeeze everything in. Is there a particular aspect of your role of First Officer that motivates you in your position? I’ve always liked the relationships between the Captain and First officers on the shows. Friends? Maybe, but close and professional associates first, with both a great respect between them and, sometimes, philosophical differences. I find potential disagreements between Captain and First Officer to add a lot of richness to the relationship, particularly when the FO has figured out when they need to back off and start supporting the Captain’s decision. Thanks so much for your time! You can read more about LtCmdr. Mei’konda on the wiki. The post First Officers in Focus – Mei’konda, Veritas appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. Mattheus Fullus looked around as he stepped off the transport. The time was drawing near when he would graduate and officially become a part of the fleet. This was what he had always wanted but not to be a pilot or captain or something like that. His idea of serving in the fleet was to be a grunt, to serve as the first line of defense or offense when needed to protect those higher ups on missions. Standing at 6ft4 with a slim build he didn't look like a typical grunt but he knew he could handle it. His brown eyes searched his surroundings looking for somewhere to eat. As he pushed his shoulder length dark brown wavy hair out of his eyes (maybe a haircut at some stage) he saw what looked like a cafe nearby. Striding over he mentally prepared himself for the training to come.
  9. Earlier
  10. Freshly promoted Lieutenant (JG) Choi Ji-hu needed a confidence booster. The challenge of writing a character with general anxiety and low self-esteem is answering the question: what would get them to take up a position of command or authority? In Ji-hu’s case, he had the mantle of provisional office head of the Engineering Systems Programming Office (ESPO) thrust upon him by veteran Constitution engineer Lieutenant Dag Sindri. I envisioned the ESPO as a team of eccentric, forgotten misfits, computer nerds–think The IT Crowd–relegated to the bowels of the Constitution, wedged between an Engineering support office and the Main Impulse engine. I dreamed up Operation Overclocking as a means of having them wreak havoc on the ship, which includes, but is not limited to, titling Jalana Rajel “Captain Cactus,” frightening an Emergency Medical Hologram, giving two shipboard holographic beings unimagined raw power and increasing computational efficiency aboard the Constitution by an astounding 0.015%. Read it now: “Operation Overclocking: Computational Retrofitting To Galaxy-Class Vessel” The post New journal article: “Operation Overclocking: Computational Retrofitting To Galaxy-Class Vessel” appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. Today, June 15, marks the 23rd anniversary of our founding in 1994! Thanks to all of our members, whose fellowship has given our community the stability and longevity we enjoy. Join the dance party on the forums! The post Happy 23rd anniversary! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Congratulations guys!
  13. Well done guys!
  14. Pirates. Bandits. A huge galaxy like the one we inhabit must have its share. And rumors say you are headed their way. You are the captain of a starship, and you are patrolling an area where several ships have disappeared in the last months. According to intelligence reports, all ships disappeared while responding to false distress calls, coming from holographically disguised pirate ships. You don’t know what happened after they approached, but they suddenly dropped out of contact. As you patrol the area, you receive a distress call. Coming from one of the ships that disappeared last week. They were effectively attacked, and left adrift. The distress call has been, apparently, on automatic since then. You are eager to help, but then a thought crosses your mind. Could this be one of the fake distress signal? Could you be about to become a new victim? What would you do? Let us know in the forums! This is a new question from our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet Captain facing a dilemma any of our favorite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know! The post Poll of the Week: The fooled Samaritan appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Thank you all for the warmest welcome!
  16. Welcome, Ensigns. Looking forward to seeing great things!
  17. Welcome to the fleet both of you!
  18. Voting has just finished for Set 2 of the Top Sims Contest and a winner has been selected: T’Lea and Hannibal Parker of the Duronis II Embassy for their joint sim “The Gloves are OFF!“! After sims are nominated by our general membership for the contest, a panel of judges reviews the nominations from each Round and selects their favorite to proceed to the corresponding Run-Off Set. The yearly calendar of Rounds is divided into four Sets, with about seven Rounds each. For more information, check out the Top Sims Contest calendar. These officer’s sim now moves on to the final vote of the year in December to compete against the three other Set winners for the title of “Top Sim of 2017.” Many congratulations to T’Lea and Hannibal Parker on this honor. For your win, please display the following Badge (or enhancement) with pride: Everyone is welcome to nominate sims of their fellow crew for the contest. If you think a sim is particularly well-written, be sure to show that writer how much you enjoyed the sim by nominating it! Just head to the Top Sims Contest forum to make your nomination now. The post Top Sims Contest Set 2, 2017 Winners: T’Lea & Hannibal Parker appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  19. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Hunter Caminos and Daruneis! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  20. Some battles are best fought in silence.

  21. Join us today for our monthly fleetwide OOC chat, where we’ll be talking about the upcoming awards ceremony, all the news about Star Trek: Discovery, and much more. Click here to open our Discord chat room now. No special software required – you can chat right from your browser. If it’s your first time in our new Discord server, you’ll need to take a short tutorial and register your username, so you may want to arrive a few minutes early. The chat will begin at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm GMT (London) / 3am+1 Sydney and last for about 90 minutes, but you’re welcome to come-and-go as your schedule requires. The post Don’t miss our fleetwide chat happening today! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  22. This is your last chance to nominate your fellow crewmembers, and your ship’s staff, for the 2017 Awards Ceremony. Nominating is easy and only takes a few minutes. Just head to the form linked-to below, enter your info and the info of the person you’re nominating, and provide a brief explanation for your nomination. Links to the wiki and further instructions are available on the nomination panel. Get started now, because nominations close tomorrow at 11:59pm Pacific Time! Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions. The post Award nominations close tomorrow: Submit yours ASAP! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  23. It has become one of the most universally recognized staples of Star Trek, not to mention the solution to – and cause of – many problems faced by the crews of the Enterprise-D, Voyager, and Deep Space 9. I am, of course, referring to the holodeck! Despite what seems like the incredibly dangers of this device, it seems that a magic room that can accommodate any wish within the blink of an eye is too good of an offer to pass up. From the holographic decoys used by Voyager to escape the Kazon, to the creation of a whole new form of medical instrument (namely the Doctor), to the inadvertent rise of a sentient Professor Moriarty, holodeck technology has provided fantastic material. This week’s poll asks you to choose which usage of holographic technology stood out to you the most! Join us on the forums to mark your favorite, or tell us which ones we missed. Click here. The post Poll of the Week: Holo’d Halls appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. Things aren't always black and white but that doesn't matter.

  25. Very grateful that at we can add two more first-time donors to the roster of those who have contributed to our hosting costs to meet our May, 2018 deadline. We’ve now hit the 25% point of our overall goal! It’s only through the kindness of these community members that we’re able to maintain our website on a yearly basis. Click here to join these and the other generous contributors who have participated in the 2018 donation drive. It only takes a moment and your donation is processed securely. The post Two more donors to thank: Rue Blackwell and Theo Whittaker appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  26. A little crushed...

  27. The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officer on their promotion. Please be sure to say congratulations if you see him around the forums! ANDARIS TF Randall Shayne to Lt Commander The post Promotions for May appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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