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  1. StarBase 118 Staff

    Poll of the Week: One More Season

    Due to declining ratings for season two of the original Star Trek, it was rumored that NBC was planning to cancel the series. This prompted a letter-writing campaign that kept the show on the air for one more season. While not every Star Trek series was faced with such an early ending, no television show can go on forever. One by one each new Star Trek series told its story, aired its final episode, and the franchise moved on to new things. The staff behind these shows did their best to wrap things up well. However, that doesn’t stop us from asking what they would do with another season on the air. The upcoming Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind hopes to share the original plan for the story of a hypothetical season eight. For the most part it is up to the imaginations of fans to guess how future seasons of Star Trek could have unfolded. We may never know for sure what any particular series would have done if it stayed on the air longer, but it is interesting to envision what could have been nonetheless. We want to know which main Star Trek series you would have most liked to see be given a little more time to tell its stories. The possibilities are endless. Deep Space Nine left the galaxy recovering from an incredibly destructive war with all the possible stories that situation could spawn. Enterprise could have gone on to give us our first real look at the war between the Romulan Star Empire and humanity. Which series do you think had more incredible tales to tell? Which Star Trek series would you want to see have one more season? Head to the forums and register your vote, and then tell us more in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: One More Season appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Evan Delano promoted to Commander

    The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Evan Delano, Operations Officer and Second Officer of the USS Veritas, has been promoted to the rank of Commander! Commander Delano joined the fleet in 2013 and started aboard the USS Tiger-A as a security officer and later became chief of security. He then served aboard the USS Garuda and the USS Invicta before coming to the USS Veritas. Besides serving on the command staff and as a mentor aboard Veritas, he is an academy instructor on the Training Team, an editor for the Federation News Service team, and a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Advanced Starship Design Bureau teams. Commander Delano has been recognized for both his simming and writing and his contributions out of character. He’s been awarded numerous times, including the Order of Starfleet Merit and Achievement, Sheathed Sword, Nebula Bar, and the Khan Award. He was a runner-up in the Writing Challenge, a Top Sims judge, and a Featured Bio winner. The promotion to the rank of commander is a joyous occasion in our community – the result of years of writing, mentoring, and learning the ropes. The multi-step process in a promotion to Commander starts with a nomination from two members of the fleet at or above the rank of Commander, followed by an initial vote from the Captains Council to allow the examination process to begin. Then, the member must pass both a written exam, and a practical exam. Finally, another vote by the Captains Council confirms the promotion. Candidates must show that they have great simming skills, strong knowledge of Star Trek, and the foundations of leadership and teaching skills. Head to the forums now to congratulate Commander Delano on his well-earned promotion! The post Evan Delano promoted to Commander appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for August

    The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officers on their recent promotions! Please be sure to say congratulations if you see them around the forums! ATLANTIS Serala to Lieutenant Valin Dermont to Lieutenant Kurt Logan to Marine Captain David Knight to Lieutenant J.G. Dante Termine to Lieutenant J.G. GORKON Ferier Lanta to Lieutenant JG Genkos Sim to Lieutenant JG Groznin Smith to Lieutenant JG Jocelyn Marshall to Lieutenant Tasha MacFarlane to Lieutenant Yiggtissi to Lieutenant VERITAS Evan Delano to Commander The post Promotions for August appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. The “Lower Decks” interview series is meant to highlight the newer members of our community. Named after the infamous episode of The Next Generation, this segment helps the fleet learn more about the new blood we bring into our community. Today’s interview is with Ensign Emilia Krugol, a joint security/tactical officer aboard the starship Gorkon. SHAYNE: Thank you for sitting down with me today! Why don’t we start off with a little about the mind behind Krugol. Where in the world do you hail from? KRUGOL: Thank you so much for having me! I’m currently a student living in the suburban outskirts of Melbourne Australia. I’m studying in my eleventh year of schooling, and I’m about a year and a half away from graduating and going to university. Outside of schooling, I’m an on and off artist and an ameteur dressmaker, that specialises in costume making. Both security and tactical positions are highly sought after amongst new recruits especially, for a variety of different reasons. What drew you to the role? When I did my training, I was stuck between the sciences or security, since I’m quite a fan of both roles, it was quite a difficult decision to make. But eventually, I settled for security. I wanted explore how someone as a security officer dealt with being responsible for the welfare of an entire away team, or even an entire ship. I wanted to investigate how conflict and the fate of her fellow crewmates could affect a demure and gentle character like Krugol. I also just really love writing about elaborate fight scenes. Holding two officer positions at once is not uncommon in the fleet, but it does pose some interesting challenges and opportunities. How are you finding that? I’m finding it very interesting. Holding two positions allows me to expand Krugol beyond that of a classic “Red Shirt”. It gives me a bit more space as a writer to make tactical decisions in the heat of a battle, as well as have some competence with technology, allowing Krugol to be less of a liability in technological based challenges that the crew/away team may face. Although, sometimes i do run out of ideas during an intense moment. It seems that every writer has a process for creating sims and developing a character. How do you go about crafting your writing? As a theatre student, I use elements of method acting when it comes to writing. I tend to ‘get into character’ so to speak and channel those feelings into my writing. I feel that it makes my writing much more authentic and believable if I’m incorporating realistic feelings into a piece, and allows me to express myself a little better through writing. I also like to play music appropriate for the overall mood of a sim, which makes the experience a little more immersive for me as a writer. Do you personally have aspirations in the fleet? Are there any OOC activities you’re associated with, or any you’d like to join? I’m currently not associated with any OOC activities. But I would be interested in joining the Advanced Starship Design Bureau, the FNS or even the Writing Improvement Team. I’d love to get more involved in the community OOC. What’s your favorite part about simming? It would have to be how immersive the whole experience is. In a way, Simming is a lot like acting, which allows me to explore parts of myself I’ve never even had the chance to touch on irl, not to mention, most of the time I feel like I’m actually acting in a Star Trek episode. Simming also gives me an opportunity to talk, and socialize to those with similar interests. Which leads to some really fun, and or interesting conversations with the fleet. If you could tell an incoming ensign one thing, what would it be? I guess I’d have to say, have fun! Be yourself! It’s a good community we’ve got here, full of amazing people. Even if you don’t fit in right away, just give it a little bit of time and you’ll feel right at home in a snap. Thank you very much for your time, Ensign! You can learn more about Ens. Krugol on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview with Ensign Emilia Krugol appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. There’s no shortage of starship classes within the fleet – it seems that almost every mission has the perfect vehicle to achieve it! Operations that necessitate tactical ability can look to the nimble firepower of the Defiant class. Long forays into the depths of uncharted space are ideal for the massive explorers of the Federation like the Galaxy and Odyssey classes. Science and medical ships abound like the Olympic class medical cruiser, or the Nova class planetary surveyor. Given the opportunity to choose, which type of starship would your character command? Are they more of a fighter, befitting a posting to a combat-oriented vessel, would they thrive as the CO of a deep space explorer, or would they more enjoy a medical ship or even a starbase? Head to the forums now to register your vote. Be sure to add your comments below the poll to let us know what you think! The post Poll of the Week: What type of ship would your character command? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    New Academy Graduate

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Pholin! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. 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 August. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of August saw twelve new applicants. This is double the number from July and ties June as the third largest number of new applicant this year! 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 August. The fleet saw eight new graduates in August, which twice as many as we saw in July! This number includes three graduates who applied at the end of July and whose training did not conclude until the beginning of August. We also had three applicants whose training did not conclude until the beginning of September. 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 August 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    August 2018 post counts

    In August, the members of UFOP: StarBase 118 wrote a total of 1,446 sims across seven ships and installations, with a fleet average of 207 sims per ship. USS Veritas led the charge with 243 sims. Next was USS Gorkon at 239 sims, followed by Duronis II Embassy at 223 sims. 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 August 2018 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Star Trek is…

    On September 8th, 1966 the original series of Star Trek premiered on NBC. Despite being intended as a later episode in the series, the episode “The Man Trap” was chosen to be the premiere episode for its horror-like plot. As the anniversary of Star Trek’s US premiere approaches, we reflected on how much the franchise has grown over the past fifty-one (a few days away from fifty-two) years. Star Trek has expanded to include a handful of television series, fourteen movies, and countless other spin-off works. The franchise has many fans across the world, presumably including the members of this group. Each of us got our love of Star Trek from somewhere, and we all have our own reasons for liking it so much. Why anyone is a fan of a particular series is a matter of personal feelings and how they look at the series. We want to hear from you about why you love Star Trek. Given how personal the answer to that question will be for everyone, this week’s poll is going to be a bit different. There are no answer choices. There is only the question. What is Star Trek to you? Click here to head to the forums and let us know what the series means to you and why you love! The post Poll of the Week: Star Trek is… appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, September 9 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). Click here to see when the chat starts in your timezone, and add this chat to your calendar with a quick and easy link. Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month! The post Mark your calendar: Fleetwide OOC chat this Sunday, September 9 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Thalas th’Koro and Eleanor Alexander! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Big thanks to the following people who kicked in toward our 2019 fundraising goal: Valin Dermont, Quinn Friedl, Valoru, Oddas Aria, and Jo Marshall! If you’re enjoying your time with our community, please consider helping us maintain our website, which includes an incredibly large wiki, our forums, website, and a number of domain names. It costs about $1,500 a year to pay for everything we need, and it’s all supported by members like you who donate small amounts. Click here to join these members in donating to our 2019 goal. It only takes a few minutes and we never see your credit card information. The post Five donors this month helping us reach our goal appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Faith and Your Character

    Faith has always been a delicate question, one that Star Trek often enjoys examining. It’s no secret that Gene Roddenberry, creator of the idea for Star Trek, found religions to be undesirable, and this fact reflected quite clearly in many of the episodes produced under his tenure. That said, there have been a variety of installments that discuss the topic of faith in a balanced matter. Deep Space 9’s Kira Nerys proudly proclaims a spiritual relationship, and there have been other characters, both in Starfleet and elsewhere, that live similarly. On a starship or starbase, teeming with hundreds or thousands of people, cultural differences are unavoidably abundant, and part of what makes Starfleet such an incredible organization. That said, from a writer’s perspective, the storytelling and character development possibilities that stem from imbuing one’s character with religious leanings are boundless. On the other hand, a lack of religion can be just as influential for a character, helping to shape their worldview and their priorities. Does your character follow a set religion or faith? Give us your vote, and if you’re feeling generous, offer a bit of explanation in the comments section! The post Poll of the Week: Faith and Your Character appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. The Federation News Service is a spinoff of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens, along with other reader-submitted stories from other RPGs and fan works. Here are the latest stories published by the FNS: Pre-warp species resettled after 22nd-century Starfleet crew rescued – Stardate 239507.17 PLANET TE-965-2035 — While rescuing officers from the 22nd-century Starfleet vessel Columbia, the crew of the USS Thor helped a pre-warp species find a new home in the Typhon Expanse. Targ numbers dwindle as concern for species grows – Stardate 239507.18 QO’NOS — The Qo’nos Wildlife Organisation has officially declared the targ an “at risk” species. Wedding party denied boarding at Lunaport after binging on Romulan Ale – Stardate 239507.28 LUNAR ONE COLONY — A wedding party was denied boarding onto a transport from Lunaport space station after reportedly drinking four cases of Romulan Ale in fifteen minutes in response to being informed that they could not take thirty-five cases of the substance as hand luggage. Risa-bound starliner disappears carrying 2,400 passengers – Stardate 239508.13 BAJOR – The Red Star, the flagship quantum slipstream starliner of Red Carrier, has disappeared during a routine transport to Risa. Court martial set to begin in aftermath of USS Astraeus disaster – Stardate 239508.23 STARBASE 74 – The court-martial proceedings against Commander Victor Yaeger, previously the commanding officer of the USS Astraeus, are scheduled to begin today. Tellarite mythology undergoes a reawakening in contemporary art culture – Stardate 239508.28 BETAZED – Rich and intriguing fables and myths passed down through generations for thousands of years have now found a new home in the contemporary art scene of the Federation. Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions. Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the entertainment world of the Federation? What’s happening back home on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and beyond? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fns.news. The post Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239508 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Tejinder Solani, Trelissa Maeli, Samira Neathler, and Saden Lor! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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