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  1. New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Jacob Horne, Dallas Wolf, and Ezaya K’Ghim! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. De nobis fabula narratur: The Magna Romans

    De nobis fabula narratur: The Magna Romans In the year 2268, the USS Enterprise landed on an M-Class planet, 892-IV, in search of the SS Beagle, a missing survey vessel. The crew found a pre-warp, pre-atomic species with technology and a civilization closely matching 20th-century Terrans. “An amazing example of Hodgkins’s law of Parallel Planet Development,” Captain James T. Kirk logged. “But on this Earth, Rome never fell. A world ruled by emperors who can trace their line back two thousand years to their own Julius and Augustus Caesars.” At the time of first contact, Magna Roma, as it would later be referred to, was controlled by the Magna Roman Empire, a society of conspicuous consumption with heavily industrialized economy and a hierarchical system of rule that relied on a reformed slave system. Slavery had survived for millennia by giving slaves rights under the law such as the right to medicine and old-age pension. Holdovers from the worship of Roman gods made their way into contemporary products, like Mars toothpaste, Neptune bath salts or the Jupiter Eight model conventional internal combustion engine automobile. Popular, televised gladiator matches dominated the imagination of the warrior people. Those convicted of a major crime were sentenced to fight in these matches in arenas, in truth television studios, with sponsored contests where viewers could name the winner. Executions were also televised. A contributing factor to changes in Magna Roman society was credited to the Children of the Son, a religion based around a messianic figure who preached “words of peace and freedom.” This became a rallying point of Senators and slaves alike. By the 24th century, the empire had been replaced with the Republic of Magna Roma, and the Magna Romans had been accepted into the United Federation of Planets. While maintaining no military space fleet, they began to contribute an exceptional number of personnel to Starfleet and the Marine Corp. The Magna Roma were gifted the Constitution-class USS Farragut upon its decommissioning, and they renamed it the USS Centurion, a floating museum and training facility. Ships headed by Magna Roman officers have participated in battles with the Borg and were actively engaged during Dominion War. Read more about this species on the Wiki or on Memory Alpha! The post De nobis fabula narratur: The Magna Romans appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. Three ways you can help the fleet grow

    “How can I help the fleet?” As Facilitator of the Publicity Team, I get this question a lot. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the dedication and love of our members – expressed in questions like this – is what has kept our fleet going for more than 23 years now. So here’s a few quick things that everyone can do to help: Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter Have you been to our Facebook or Twitter pages? We post a lot of content from around the Star Trek world and from our own community. When you see something you like, be sure to click the Like button and – if you’re so inclined – share it or retweet it. Blog about us and share your experience Do you run a blog? Or maybe a Tumblr? Linking back to us with a review of our community, and the game, can have a noticeable impact on our rankings in search engines. Shoot for 400-800 words about your experience. You can talk about how you found us, why you joined, what it was like to start training, and how you’re enjoying your ship. Not only will your post help others find us, but it will validate our community in their eyes when it comes from a personal review! Tell your friends and family about us Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising and one that should not be ignored. You, in person, telling people about our community will inspire and get them curious about what goes on here. Have fun conversing about Star Trek and how you solved an engineering problem aboard your ship or discovered a new form of life. Being able to show your enthusiasm makes it contagious and hard to resist! Can I do more? Yes! UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG has a Publicity Team dedicated to helping new members find our community. Join the team by reaching out and volunteering on our forums. The post Three ways you can help the fleet grow appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. The Podcast Team is proud to present the third podcast of 2394, titled: Starbase 118 — Past, Present, and Future Highlights of this edition include: Welcome new Academy graduates to the fleet – read by Kelrod 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony – read by Kelrod The History of 118, the present, and some hope going forward Exclusive interview with Captain Selene Faranfey of the USS Athena Dramatic reading of a 2016 Top Sim: “Lt. Cmdrs. T’Lea and Rune Jolara: Defying a Direct Order” – read by Alora DeVeau An article on the importance of OOC and IC development – written by Sabrina Holly and read by Lael Rosek Fleet announcements – read by Lael Rosek Click here to listen to this podcast on YouTube. The post New podcast: SB118 Past, present, and future! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. It’s not easy being the captain. Managing the safety of one’s ship, and seeing to the success of important missions without fail is a most trying task. Each decision carries the potential for disaster, and a captain on the fringes of known space must rely on his or her experience and training. However, Star Trek has shown us multiple instances where venerated Starfleet captains have made questionable choices and command decisions. On most occasions, these unusual choices take place in the shadow of desperate circumstances, where lives, planets, even entire civilizations hang in the balance. Examples include Ben Sisko’s three man conspiracy to rid the Romulan Empire of one of its senators, in order to bring them into the war, and Jonathan Archer’s blatant piracy of a warp coil from an innocent and uninvolved vessel. One of the most famous, and controversial decisions ever made in Star Trek, however, is Kathryn Janeway’s alliance with the Borg. In an attempt to make it past Borg space unharmed, Janeway proposes a temporary ceasefire with the Borg, who are locked in a brutal and failing war against interdimensional beings known as Species 8472. Janeway offers the desperate Collective help to defeat their seemingly invincible enemy, despite being fully aware of the consequences that would ensue from supporting the Borg. Many have criticized this course of action harshly, and most Trek fans seem to be in agreement, but there are two sides to every coin. This week’s poll asks you to place yourself in Janeway’s situation. Do you agree with her decision? Given the same circumstances, would you do the same thing? Why or why not? Give us your vote, and explain your reasoning on the forums! The post Poll of the Week: An Alliance with the Borg?! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. Witty Wordsmith: How to Avoid Burnout

    “I don’t know what to do next in the story.” “I have writer’s block.” “I’m just not interested in my character anymore.” Have you ever gotten these feelings? Have you had a hard time connecting to the story and the game? Burnout is a natural pitfall of any hobby, especially creative ones. It happens to everyone at some point in their simming career. But there are some tricks to enjoying the game long term, and to rebound from feelings of burnout without quitting the game for long spans of time. At base, burnout is when you don’t know what to do next with your character. This could be because you can’t think of what actions to take next or could be due to a feeling of disconnection from the character where you don’t care about what happens. Either way, the longer it goes on the more likely you’ll stop having fun with the game. So how do you stop this from happening and turn it around? The first step is to evaluate how many scenes you’re currently playing. Are you playing more than just your character, taking on NPC roles or even playing on more than one ship? Consider that you always need time to think about and process the story that you’re participating in to enjoy it and be able to affect it. There’s no need to stretch yourself thin when you’re starting to feel burnout. See if you can talk with your CO or ship’s staff to focus only on your PC if you think you’re stretching yourself over too many scenes and always take some downtime to read and think about what’s going on in the plot before you write. If you’ve already evaluated your commitment and you’re still having trouble connecting with your character there’s a few things you can try. These mental exercises help you reconnect with the reasons you created your character in the first place and give you a plan for how you can return to writing about that character in a way you love. Star by asking yourself why you wanted to play this character when you first created them. Sometimes characters can get pushed around by the overall plot, changing in ways we never expected. While this can bring some great drama to our writing, sometimes we lose the reason we loved the character in the first place. Go back to when you created this character and pick out the important reasons on why you wanted to play them. Did the character originally have similarities to you the player that you enjoyed? Did you have plans for character development that never got realized? What made the character special to you? Answering these questions can help direct where and how you want to move forward with the character. This is especially important if you feel disconnected after a big change in the story line – it can help you focus on what really makes you happy writing about. Another exercise you can try is to describe your character as if you were trying to explain that character to someone who had never heard of SB118 before. When you try to describe something for an outsider you naturally tend to emphasize what is most important to you about that character. If you can’t immediately think of why you loved your character when you created them, then try this exercise to let the important aspects of that character naturally bubble up. The last exercise you can try is to write a sim where you the player have a conversation with your character. You could do this in your head or on paper. If you could talk to your character what would you ask? What would they say? This is a great way to get your brain thinking about the character and making connections with them. If you try these exercises and you still find yourself suffering burnout, the best advice is to talk to your ship’s staff. They can help you take a break or integrate a new character that you’ll be happier playing. Remember that talking through burnout helps get you over it faster and that everyone has struggled with this issue. Fellow players will be happy to help you overcome it! The post Witty Wordsmith: How to Avoid Burnout appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. New Academy Graduate

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: T’Naa Cicoone! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. Join us today for the August fleetwide chat

    Join us in the chat room today (Sunday, August 13) for our monthly OOC chat starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). See your timezone here. This month is a casual chat featuring stories from around the fleet and a chance to get to know new members! Click here to launch the chat room now: https://discord.gg/kVbfqdR The post Join us today for the August fleetwide chat appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. Poll of the Week: Mutiny in the holodeck

    You are the captain of a starship and, while walking through the corridors, you hear a ruckus coming from the holodeck. As you apporoach, you find a couple of engineers trying to reason with a mob, varied in all shapes, species, genders, clothes and ages. And very angry. After trying to understand what was going on, you finally get an odd explanation: These holodeck characters, even though they are not supposedly self-aware, are requesting rights to control the holodeck – who appears or disappears and what their environment is. The engineers look at you for what to do. The characters have taken control of the holodeck, but it could be forcibly deactivated from the outside. Do these characters have rights? Should they be listened to? Your decision could have far-reaching consequences for holograms and Starfleet personnel – what will you do? 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: Mutiny in the holodeck appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. Fellow fleet members, the Executive Council is announcing some changes to our fleet’s OOC activities today. As we evaluate the effectiveness and value of our community activities, we’re constantly thinking about how we can focus on the future of our fleet, to ensure that our community remains stable, and active, for another 10 or even 20 years while hosting the most enjoyable and sustainable list of activities we can create. Right now, that means refocusing ourselves on the things that will help grow our community. As we prepare for the launch of a new Star Trek series, we will be in competition with other RPGs – especially those launched by new fans – to continue finding new members who share the same enthusiasm for the TNG-era shows. To that end, we’re starting the first of two steps to put that focus back on our most important tasks and projects, which means ending two very time-intensive activities that have served their purpose: The Featured Bio Contest, and the Top Sims Contest, which will be closing in the next few weeks. We will post clear timelines for the end of each contest in their respective forums, but please know that we intend to close the Top Sims Contest in a way that ensures the fleet can still vote on this year’s top sim! Coming up in the next two months, we’ll announce a reorganization of fleet activities – and after that, OOC commendations – to prioritize the activities that sustain and grow the fleet: Publicity, News, and Training. We’ll update you with more information as soon as it becomes available. But if you have urgent questions, simply reach out to the Executive Council on our form. Thank you for your membership. We hope you’ve enjoyed these activities and that you’ll find what comes next just as fun and entertaining! Click here to head to your favorite contest’s forums to see more about the schedule of closing. The post The end of the Featured Bio and Top Sims Contests appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. Promotions for July

    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! ANDARIS TF Anath G’Renn to Lieutenant JG Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant JG The post Promotions for July appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, August 13 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: Next fleetwide OOC chat is Sunday, August 13 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. 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 July. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of July, the fleet saw eight new applications. This equates to roughly one new application every four days and coincidentally is the exact same number of applications that the fleet saw during the month of June. 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 July. As a fleet, we had five Academy graduates in July which is an improvement over the month of June. This improvement marks July as our third consecutive month of improvement in the number of graduates. 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 July 2017 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. July 2017 post counts

    Another month brings another round of sim totals! The StarBase 118 Fleet finished last month with an average of 164 sims, and in total, 1,312 sims were written by the members of UFOP: StarBase 118. Of note, the USS Za was decommissioned early in July, so the average across ships actively commissioned in the fleet actually rose to 181 sims from June’s average of 178. Leading the fleet in sim numbers for July was USS Athena with 200 sims. Right behind, the Andaris Task Force and USS Gorkon tied for second highest number of sims at 199, and Embassy of Duronis II finished with 198 sims. Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through the Top Sims Contest to see the sims you and your fellow members nominated and don’t forget to spotlight great sims from your ship for this month! The post July 2017 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Poll of the Week: A Passion for Fashion

    In nearly 250 years of operation, Starfleet has changed its uniform code a great many times. In some eras, the look was utilitarian, and supported operations in the harsh expanse of space. This is seen in Enterprise’s NASA-inspired jump suits, and the fleet’s current outfit, introduced in First Contact. Other times, elegance and refinement was the preferred approach. Such examples include the mandarin collars of The Next Generation‘s season three, and the dignified (though sweltering) double-breasted, blood-red jackets and black pants, seen in five of the six original Star Trek movies. And who could forget the look that started it all: the red, gold, and blue tunics and black pant ensemble from The Original Series? In that time period, each starship and instillation had its own distinctive uniform assignment patch – a reminder of the long-past days when the Starfleet chevron we know today did not apply universally. It seems that everyone has a favorite uniform from the franchise. Each carries such a legacy, and all of them have something to offer the discerning tailor in all of us – well, almost (I’m looking at you, Motion Picture one-piece pajamas!). This week’s poll asks you to name your preferred uniform, and why you prefer it. Are you looking for dignity, or classic style, or functionality? Or something else? Leave your answers there, and explain them in the comments section! The post Poll of the Week: A Passion for Fashion appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article