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  3. STARBASE 281 – In the aftermath of the disastrous first contact with the social group known as The People, the USS Eagle (NCC-74659) returned to Starbase 281 for a much-needed period of shore leave. Despite, or indeed because of, the dangerous and stressful conditions of their previous engagement, most of the crew were especially receptive to the downtime. Some of the staff elected to return home, such as Commander Oddas Aria, who visited her world of Bajor to participate in a lightship race. Others chose to investigate the amenities offered by Starbase 281. The rest (primarily engineering staff) remained aboard the Eagle to conduct relevant repairs, but mainly to assist in the installation of a prototype Warp XV core, a process primarily executed by members of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau. “I love having these guys around — they really know their stuff!” Petty Officer C’Nuris gushed, before turning away and rolling his eyes toward the ceiling. Though still in the experimental stages, the Warp XV engine is expected to surpass the current capabilities of the standard Class 9 core the Eagle was commissioned with by several orders of magnitude. Meanwhile, as shore leave concluded, the senior staff gathered in one of the Eagle’s holodecks for a celebration and promotion ceremony. Several members of the Admiralty were also in attendance, made possible through two-way holographic synchronicity. After crews were introduced to one another, the primary festivities began with the promotion of Aria to the rank of Captain. Other members of the crew were called forward in quick succession, leading to the promotion of three officers to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. A variety of ribbons were dispensed as appropriate. The Eagle is scheduled to depart Starbase 281 within the next few days and will be on manoeuvres for the foreseeable future, testing the practicality of the new core. Written by Randal Shayne The post USS Eagle Crew Enjoys Shore Leave, Promotion Of Officers appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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  5. Today, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of our community! In that time, families have been formed as members become friends, and then partners, and then parents. Other members have joined as teens and then departed, to return years later as adults who had fond memories of simming in their youth. Some have found the opportunity to write for a character a way of understanding themselves in a new light, allowing them to become their true selves. And many who’ve been here have become better writers, have learned about leadership, and have honed communication skills that helped build their careers in real life. Through all these years, there has been great stories told. There have been fights about community policies. There have been many people who’ve come and gone. What remains is the fellowship, the idea that we can come together for a common purpose and find solace, find laughter, find joy. What do you love about our community? What have you learned? What keeps you here? Click here to head to the forums to tell us all about it. See also: “20 Years of Star Trek Simming,” published June 15, 2014. The post UFOP: SB118 was founded 25 years ago appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. SAGITTARIUS REACH — Strange happenings have been reported aboard the USS Columbia in the aftermath of uncovering energy readings emanating from a recently discovered planet. The USS Columbia (NCC-85279) has spent the past few weeks beyond Losarian space investigating a newly discovered class-M world. The planet, which as of writing remains unnamed, was identified by a long-range probe after detecting intermittent energy readings. “As attentive readers may recall that we previously stated there were reports of ruins on the surface of the planet. We are able to confirm that there were, indeed, ruins located on the surface,” explained Lieutenant Bilfoy Gr’Nart, an archaeologist, who went on to say, “Unsubstantiated reports from the surface team have indicated the presence of an ancient alien starship beneath the surface.” When asked for a comment on the reports, both Starfleet Command and the Federation Science Council refused to comment, adding fuelling to the speculations. It is also understood the Columbia suffered a series of malfunctions whilst in orbit, including the loss of power. The cause of the malfunctions has not been revealed, although there are conflicting reports the malfunctions are due to either the Columbia’s proximity to the ruins or the presence of an artefact recovered in the pursuit of the Losarian outlaw Tarius Kaironn. Whilst only speculations can be made as to the events during the Columbia’s latest mission, confirmation is received of the return of the three officers and several enlisted crewmen from their exchange program with the Royal Court of the Imperial Losarian Commonwealth. “It was a privilege and an honour to serve aboard the Illrith, alongside Commander Ellin Marayn,” explained Commander Jarred Thoran, the senior officer in the exchange. “We were able to learn a great deal from each other, and I’m confident we can continue to foster friendly relations with Losaria.” When pressed for further comments as to the nature of their mission, Thoran declined to comment. The secrecy surrounding recent events on the Columbia have led many to speculate what Starfleet’s plans for the region are. The Sagittarius Reach is a region of space located along the Galactic Barrier, an area that until recent years was off limits. The Columbia also received its newest transfers fresh from the academy. These included Ensigns Gervan Bollore, Tesan Aeryn, Rebecca Owens and K’Nori as engineering, medical, science and helm officers respectively. We wish them well in their careers aboard the Columbia. Written by Jarred Thoran The post Ancient ruins discovered by USS Columbia appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Congratulations! Starfleet Command has seen fit to request and require you to take command of the illustrious USS Insert-Overly-Used-Starship-Name-Here. This is a proud moment for us all, but the challenges are just beginning. Your first command decision must be the selection of a crew from scratch, and what crew selection could begin without bringing on an executive officer? You have a variety to choose from; each is willing to serve under you. Spock, a half Vulcan, is renowned for his effective performance and coldly logical approach. Will Riker maintains that devotion to duty, but appreciates much more informal surroundings. Kira Nerys, a former Bajoran freedom fighter, is known for her quick temper and tough-as-nails constitution. Chakotay, though having resigned previously from Starfleet to fight with the Maquis, is a kind soul wrapped in a stern countenance. T’Pol, a Vulcan woman, has begun to explore her emotions, and attempts to integrate them into her otherwise uninhibited reasoning. This week’s poll asks you to name your choice. It should be a decision that reflects your personal idea of what a first officer should be, and how you’d want yours to behave and look at situations. Head to the forums now to vote in this week’s poll, and be sure to comment in the thread below the poll! The post Poll of the Week: Pick Your First Officer! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in May. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of May brought in slightly fewer applications than the fleet saw in April, but it was still the third highest number so far this year. We finished the month with eleven new applications. The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application: This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of May. The fleet saw twelve new graduations in May, ending with the second highest total number of graduates so far this year. This includes four applicants who applied during the month of April and three applications who did not graduate until the start of June. These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form. The post Applications and Academy Graduates for May 2019 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Molko Trevinien! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. Well sure, but the ceremony happened in June. We're not all outside the flow of time and space, you know, Admiral.
  11. That happened back in April technically
  12. PAR’THA EXPANSE — A flotilla of allied ships has established at the former coordinates of Deep Space 26 to broker association between the parties involved. Ships from the Federation, Freeworlds and the Caraadian Houses have come together at the former site of DS26 in the spirit of cooperation. Investigations into the theft of the station have, as of yet, failed to yield any clue as to where in subspace the station was taken to, even with the joint efforts of the Flotilla’s various Astrometrics Labs. “Somehow the data will give us what we need to find it,” said Lieutenant Commander Udro Nepra, the USS Atlantis’ Astrometrics officer. “It’s out there somewhere.” After the arrival of the Starliner, Astral Paradise, Captain Brell arranged for a treat. The entire crew would be granted leave and use of the Starliner facilities. To celebrate the occasion, an organised Crew Appreciation Day allowed for a collective recognition among the crew. During this day-long event, Brell first showered the enlisted and junior officers with long overdue praise, and honour for their accomplishments. Later on, the senior officers had their turn and many received promotions, and appreciation for their heroism in the rescue of Lieutenant Commander Toryn Raga from the Consortium. The event was also the choice time and place for Lieutenant Maddi Hyden and Lieutenant JG Esa Darkkdust to announce their intent to marry, accompanied by the cheers of their crew. Reports that the Consortium has seen setbacks in their business dealings across the Expanse is in large thanks to Atlantis’ efforts to discredit the criminal organization. Written by Brell The post Crew of USS Atlantis takes a break on Astral Paradise amid ongoing theft investigation appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. Also @Oddas Aria to Captain! (USS Eagle)
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  15. The staff of UFOP: SB118 would like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month. Please be sure to congratulate these members when you see them around the forums and chat room! ATLANTIS Maddi Hyden to Lieutenant Esa Darkkdust to Lieutenant JG Kiliak Jo to Lieutenant Alexander Williams to Commander COLUMBIA Jona ch’Ranni to Lieutenant EAGLE Quentin Collins to Lieutenant JG Chloe Waters to Lieutenant JG Blaidd Vescori to Lieutenant JG VERITAS Jansen Orrey to Lt. Commander Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant Addison MacKenzie to Lieutenant JG The post Promotions for June appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  16. Logan is certifiably insane and that's what makes this all the better it's been fun to write this with him, but I have concluded he's insane 100% @Kurt Logan ((Beta Quadrant, Par'tha Expanse, USS Atlantis, Deck 11, Main Engineering, Main Level)) Logan oO Coma or caught in headlights ???? I'm not sure but being of Russian decent judging by the accent, well the tiny bit of soft accent that floats along it could be Vodka. But I'm not brave enough to mention that Oo Koerner: I don’t understand what is even going on. I won’t lie you have me confused Captain, but then again that could happen to any of us. ::Seeming to ignore the Engineers comments Kurt carried on :: Logan: This ball of yours, how small could you make it without it losing any power? Koerner: I have been dabbling in making a smaller version of it and according to all my test it could be about the size of a pea, but I am not hugely confident in the model as of the current time. Logan: Intriguing, very pretty numbers tell me can they change color to say a sparkly.........red ::Her maybe but not mentioned clear alcofrolic beverage that isn't Vodka- stupified coma'd rabbit look became if possible more blank faced:: Koerner: I mean I could if I so desired, but why would I? Logan: Because you could, and if you could then I might well be interested in one :: Natalya visibly shook her head the remark made her chuckle. :: Koerner: My biggest question is why would you want one? Logan: A disco ball, maybe with claws on to anchor it to the ceiling. ::Kurt looked at her as if to say what else ?. Her response was to blink at him ....twice:: Koerner: I don’t know if what you want it for can be considered practical Sir, but just to humor your question. Yes, I could do it, however, I see no practical applications in your design. Logan: Of it could move as well then .... oh my moving numbers Koerner: Well Sir, if you can get someone to sign off on the idea I might help you with it, but until then I can’t see the reasoning in it. Logan: Just like that Jazz festival disco light that shone of Eagles head Koerner: Well he did like music so I could see him at a recital, but I do not ever recall this event and I was with him for quite a while. Logan: He was a man of hidden feathers...... ::A sudden thought washed across his face, then Kurt started to giggle:: Logan: Feathers ha ha ha, I'm so sorry Jazz was Douglas half a mohican haircut. Eagle was a Blues man ha ha Koerner: Response Logan: He stood on the Disco ball. Anyway as you were talking about shuttle craft... ::Kurt looked at her waiting for an answer:: Koerner: Response Logan: Engine over pressure. How far can you take a shuttles engine 150 percent, 200 percent ?
  17. GRASSH COLONY — While engaged in diplomatic negotiations with the Gorn Hegemony, the crew of Starbase 118 Ops discovered the next target of the murderous Cult of Molor. Armed with information about the dangerous activities of the Cult of Molor, the crew of StarBase 118 Ops travelled aboard the USS Narendra (NCC-26595) to the Grassh Colony to meet with the Gorn Subcommander Krassh. Fleet Captain Sal Taybrim and crew possessed information indicating the Cult of Molor intended to strike at a strategic Gorn target in order to incite war between the Gorn Hegemony and the Klingon Empire. The Cult of Molor, a conglomeration of a radical Klingon religious cult and violent extremists, has sought to defeat the Klingon High Council by destabilizing the non-aggression treaties in the Trinity Sector. Recent run-ins with the Cult found the Narendra locked in battle in the Azure Nebula in the midst of Zeta Iomis IV, facing off against suspected cult leader K’Nubis, who drove his ship at the Narendra before initiating the self-destruct sequence. A diplomatic team, led by Lieutenant JG Reema Poq and Lieutenant JG Malko, advised the Gorn about the biochemical threat the Cult’s weapons posed. Meanwhile, the tactical teams onboard the USS Narendra located a warp trail they could trace back to a cloaked B’Rel class bird-of-prey – a type of vessel well represented within the cult. Analysis of the warp trail revealed the cult’s destination was the Ishnag System, a lightly defended section of Hegemony territory that boasts a large youth training camp for Gorn children. “Those monsters,” Gorn medic Ommant commented. “They would bypass our military and strike at our children and they talk of honour? They know not the word.” Upon discovering the location of the cult’s next strike the Narendra immediately mobilized, working in tandem with the Gorn military, they are in a race against time to save the Ishnag Encampment. This story is ongoing. Written by Sal Taybrim The post Starbase 118 Forges Alliance With Gorn To Combat Homicidal Cult appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  18. There are only a few days left to nominate your fellow crew members and ship’s staff for the 2019 Awards Ceremony. Nominating is simple and only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is follow the link below, enter a few details about yourself, the information of the person you’re nominating and provide a brief explanation for your nomination. All the information you need and links to the awards are available on the nomination panel. Still not sure on who to nominate? Reach out to your fellow players and ship’s staff – who knows, discussing the nominations with others could be the spark you need! You can also find examples of previous nominations here And even more here! Don’t wait too long though, because the awards are only open until Monday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific Time. Ready to get started? 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.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 closing soon! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  19. There is no shortage of alien species in Star Trek. However, at times a species can lack a certain level of cultural complexity. Alien races in science fiction tend to become singular, monolithic entities without much variation or development outside of the defining features of their species. The Klingons are warriors obsessed with honor and combat, and this is reflected in almost all aspects of them that we see on screen. Everything on Ferenginar, including ideas of the afterlife, are wrapped up in business and the acquisition of profit. The Vulcans are always collected and logical. Despite this, Star Trek does manage to give its aliens a fair amount of development and worldbuilding to help make them feel more realistic. We learn more about the major players in the Alpha Quadrant and beyond both through storylines featuring them and in how specific characters like Worf grow and develop over time. This weeks’ poll asks which species you think was the best developed, and which was the most monolithic? Click here to head to the forums and vote in the poll now. And be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts! The post Poll of the Week: Species Development appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  20. We’ve seen an uptick in sims throughout the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as we count a total post count of 1,752. The average per ship sim count is 195, just a slight bit away from March’s high. This month, the USS Eagle took the lead with 271 sims written. Following close behind is the Gorkon, with 230 sims. Without too much of a gap after that, the Atlantis clocked 220 sims for the month of May, and the USS Veritas came in with 205. Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy! The post May 2019 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  21. Welcome back @Caitríona Cayne! You were obviously here before my time! Regardless welcome back to the group! Hopefully, Maddi will interact with you at some point. 😁
  22. 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 First Officer of Starbase 118 Ops, Lieutenant Commander Nijil Aehkhifv, a Rekarian Male. Tell us a little about the writer behind Nijil. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming? Well, my name is Noelle and I hail from Michigan, US. There’s not much to tell, I’m not nearly as interesting as my character. I work in a machine shop but have begun adventuring towards self employment. I’m a huge fan of haunted houses, working on them not going through and being scared. And have come to enjoy face painting, as all those doing the scaring need scary face paint. I’ve been doing this for nearly 8 years now and never bore of it. And when I’m not writing or face painting, I’m kept very busy with my toddler! Amazing! Now that you’re a first officer, are you thinking about command at all? It is definitely on my mind, but I’m in no hurry to launch on my own. I’ve enjoyed getting to this point with SB118 and intend to enjoy it. While also learning as much as I can. I can definitely understand that. You’ve accomplished a lot in such short time. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Don’t be afraid! Easier said than done, I know. But truthfully, just be you and jump in with both feet. We like individuals, we like seeing what new people have to bring and offer. We aren’t here to put people down, rather to build them up and make friends from across the world. I agree, that would definitely help out some of our new Ensigns. It can be a little scary entering a new social sphere, but hopefully this will put some fears at ease! Now, let’s step out from the character just a bit. Tell us more about your writing style. What’s your process for putting together a sim? There isn’t anything to fancy about my style. I settle in and try to get into the mind of my character. I write for a variety of characters and find different times of the day or mood writes better for different ones. So my to-chipper, bubbly characters are best written after a hair to much coffee. Or my snarky characters after a long day at work. Either way I find it fun and relaxing to pretend to be someone else. One of the things I enjoy most is trying to outdo myself with every sim. Learn new words, add more description, push the plot further or add creative to twists. This keeps things engaging and challenging and I think shapes my style a bit. I see! I know that sometimes while simming, some players will put little pieces of ‘themselves’ in their character or in how they act. Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming? Oh yes, definitely. While each character are their own, unique personality and vastly different overall, there are some things that I bring into the sim from real life. I like to think it adds to the realism of the game. And really, it depends on the opportunity or character for what I bring in. Sometimes it’s a personal quirk like my old primary character Rustyy Hael, who can’t not tinker and get into things. I’ve never been known to leave things alone. Sometimes I even bring in personalities from people I know. Last question, I swear! And it’s a heavy one: What has been the greatest challenge, in character and out of character, with the command experience? Remembering names! Oh remembering character names is easy enough. And remembering a real person’s name is too. But remembering what character name goes with what real person’s name. Heck that’s confusing just trying to explain it. Especially when you get many new people at once. But, with a little bit of practice and few conversations, it does get easier. Otherwise I’d have to say, so long as it’s something you want to do and are willing to put the time in, it’s not overbearing. Plus there’s lots of fantastic people around to help! Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Commander Nijil! You can read more about Lieutenant Commander Nijil on the wiki. The post First Officer in Focus – Nijil Aehkhifv, Starbase 118 Ops appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  23. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Caitríona Cayne! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. This month’s fleetwide OOC chat will be all about our upcoming annual Awards Ceremony! This is your last chance to ask about award nominations before they close on Monday, and talk with others about the upcoming events. Show off your avatar in progress or let us know how your character will be dressed. This chat will begin on Sunday, June 9 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar. All members of the fleet, and those in training, are welcome to join us in the Discord chat room. See you there! The post June’s fleetwide OOC chat is this Sunday: Ask about the awards! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  25. Awards Ceremony season is upon us, and it’s time to get all dressed up for the big event! As we launch our ceremony, we’ll encourage everyone to change their forum avatar to their character wearing glamorous attire like the kind you’d see on the red carpet. There’s no need to get things perfect – lots of players just find a picture of their character’s actor somewhere on the web and use that, like so: But if you’re looking for something more spiffy, you can also head to the Graphics Requests forum and open a new thread asking for some help. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the team there to help get something that works – best to start earlier than later! Once you have an image you like, you can change your forum avatar by following these instructions. The post Get ready for the Awards Ceremony: Prep your forum avatar! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  26. Hi! My name is Avraham, I live in Petah TIkva, the centre of Israel. I've loved scifi all my life, especially Star Trek and Doctor Who. I've been teaching English, but I'm hoping to go back to study soon. I can't wait to start simming with everyone! :-)
  27. How can you maximise the number of award winners on your ship? Simple! There is a strong correlation between the number of award nominations a ship makes, and the number of award winners. But writing nominations can be daunting, especially if this is your first awards year, or you’re new to the fleet. Never fear, we have collated a selection of nominations from previous years to help provide you with some inspiration. If after reading the below nominations you need more inspiration, you can find even more nominations by following this link. Ready to get started? 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. Semper Fidelis Award Nomination for Kurt Logan Oorah! A sound often heard on any vessel fortunate enough to have these hard as nails men and women serving aboard it. It’s ironic perhaps that green denotes their department as it’s a hue often associated with life. Even though those wearing it are oft called upon to take lives in the protection of others. Some may view them as trigger happy grunts, but the truth could be farther from it. A good day in the corps is one you never have to fire your weapon. But when you do, you do so to ensure that your fellow crew don’t have to. Take the fight hard to the enemy, end the battle quick and clean so peace may prevail sooner than later. Lessen the loss of life. See the mission through. Though those in Security are also protectors, its the Marines who know more than anyone of why they have to fight. And if there’s a Marine who more selflessly puts others above himself it’s Kurt Logan. A Marine with a sly wit and silvered tongue, there’s few better to have watching your six. Especially when he’s the first one to put himself to the hazard to ensure the mission and his crew make it through. Luminary Award Nomination for Delan Han Delan Han has been with us for a short time but has already begun making an indelible mark on the group. Not only has he been participating more than full time, he has done so by creating more than one believable character helping fill out needed holes.Han has not been shy about helping out on the wiki. He has helped update information on the Embassy ranging from the Science departments to information on the ships of the fleet and, more recently, beginning to contribute ideas on Trill. Han has also begun the process of taking on mentoring and staff responsibilities and has been excelling at it. Han will go far in the organization, enriching it and making us all better. Sarek Star Nomination for Jalana Rajel Everyone is different. Everyone has their own needs and struggles and have their own ways. It can be daunting to manage through, teetering on the line of making sure everyone is happy and having fun, and assuring people don’t clash and get out of hand. And anyone who’s dealt with difficult people knows how hard it can be to keep their cool. Let me tell you, the writer behind Captain Jalana Rajel – Jessica- makes it look easy. She doesn’t just stay cool under pressure. She takes control of any situation and uses it to teach and offer new ideas and new perspectives. A great tool for a leader in a group of differences uniting under a common interest. She takes interacting with people to a whole new level. Not only to settle any complications that might arise. But offering everyone something to contribute. She looks for opportunities to make everyone feel special, useful and most importantly appreciated. Silver Palm Nomination for Kelrod Sergio, Kelrod’s writer, is an active member of the crew when it comes to OOC interactions, always serving as a “cheerleader” of sorts for the crew’s efforts, and he’s quick to encourage others to partake in various fleet activities or recognize the achievements of others. Within his own simming, he makes an effort to make others feel a part of the crew, taking that extra time to tag others in quiet, intimate scenes of coworkers sharing conversation after a mission or when helping his mentees see through their own character arcs. Voyager Medallion Nomination for Randal Shayne Operations might be considered one of the “duller” duty posts, missing out the action and adventure of security, the wonder and exploration of science, or the frustrations of engineering. Regardless, it is one of the most vital. It is the Operations officers who keep the ship running behind the scenes, ensuring the ship is fully stocked, managing schedules and crew rosters, allowing the rest of the crew to focus on their duties. Quinn (Randal Shayne) is one of the most talented writers I’ve had the pleasure of writing with. Each of his sims is expertly crafted and incredibly enjoyable (I almost want to submit each one to the Appreciations thread on the forums) and can make even the most mundane of tasks, such as scheduling repairs with a stations engineer a joy to read. Not content at being an excellent writer, but he also sprinkles his own near encyclopedic knowledge of Trek into sims, giving them a realistic vibrancy rarely seen. Quark’s Bar Nomination for Attikus Rundstrom Attikus Rundstrom – you might know her better as Rustyy Hael or Noelle, is an amazingly creative and energetic simmer, staff member and contributor to StarBase 118. This really shows in her commitment to the forums. She encourages fellow members to use the Species Guild form, sparks quality discussion in the public group topics and is a tireless cheerleader for Ops to get active on the forums. She creates quality topics, encourages people to post and stays positive throughout all of it. I think she’s a great person to honor with this recognition for all her excitement, energy and support. Christopher Pike Pendant Nomination for Roshanara Rahman Roshanara Rahman, or Rich, is a wonderful example of what we as a fleet could hope to see in each of our Commanding Officers. I have been with the fleet for more than five years now, and have served on the Veritas with Rich for about one year. In that time I feel that I have learned from Rich so many good aspects of what a captain can and should be that I hope to carry forward with me if/when I move forward in my own progression within the fleet. Rich has established a great system of on-boarding for the Veritas that fosters a very welcoming environment for all new arrivals. Which has led to a very low turnover rate for the ship. He has also established a great mentoring system not only for the crew at large, but for the staff as well. Rich truly cares for his people and wants to see all of us succeed in out goals. He has shown this by emailing everyone on a regular basis to check-in and offer feedback on how to progress towards our personal goal. The success of this can easily be measured by the recent promotion of our First Officer, Mei’konda, to Commander and the fact that our next mission will serve as a practical exam for our Second Officer, Evan Delano. All this effort that Rich puts forth pays off immensely. Seeing the care and support that comes from Rich encourages each member of our crew to push ourselves further. Because of the environment Rich has created, each member strives to make the Veritas the best it can possibly be. Khan Award Nomination for Ayiana Sevo A very skilled writer, this year Ayiana Sevo seized on the opportunity of the Orion Syndicate attacking a starbase which the crew was investigating to create an Orion crime lord named Leelou. Instead of being portraying a mindless thug or a character that was comically violent character Ayiana simmed Leelou as a smart tactical villain who would use as much or as little violence necessary to meet her goals. At one point the character gave a very refreshing ultimatum, “Give me what I want and I will leave you alone, no one needs to get hurt.” This was followed in a later sim by her gassing a group of PNCPs to the point of unconsciousness before allowing them to breathe to prove that she could be violent and reasonable if her demands were meet. And while Leelou was impressed after that the starbase mission, she has since escaped and will no doubt cross paths with the Gorkon crew in the future. Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Monday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific time. The post Need even more inspiration for writing award nominations? Check these out! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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