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    Maxwell Traenor promoted to Commander

    The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Maxwell Traenor, First Officer of the USS Constitution, has been promoted to the rank of Commander! Cheers to Commander Traenor, and here’s to many more years of simming with UFOP: SB118! Click here to head to the forums and add your congratulations on this promotion. Traenor first joined the fleet in 2014, and was assigned the Apollo as a science officer, and later the Chief Science Officer. He served as the first officer of the Darwin for a period of time, and has also played aboard the Za before ending up on the Constitution as her First Officer. The writer behind Traenor, Jason, has been highly decorated in our community, having received the TOSMA Award, Neelix Award, B-Plot Award, Pathfinder Award, Cochrane Award, Silver Palm, Khan Award, Strange Medallion, and Boothby Award! In addition, he has received the Excellence in Training badge and Commendant’s Citation badge for his work in the Academy Training program. He was both a Top Sims Contest Round Winner, as well as a Top Sims Contest Set Winner, was also a Writing Challenge Runner-Up, and a Featured Bio Winner. As mentioned, he’s an active participant in our Academy Training program, but he also manages our vital Community News program with aplomb. Before that, he ran the Top Sims Contest (after his various wins in the contest, of course!) for many years with precision. You can read more about him in these interviews: FIRST OFFICERS IN FOCUS – MAXWELL TRAENOR, CONSTITUTION TRAINED BY THE BEST: MAXWELL TRAENOR THE LOWER DECKS: LT JG MAXWELL TRAENOR 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. The post Maxwell Traenor promoted to Commander 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: Angelo Valentino, Bran Maro, and Stephanie Thibodeaux! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    From the archive: Writing Challenge 2012

    Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced. While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from August 2012. The challenge was simple: “A Moment In The Life Of…” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced! “The Life in a Moment” by Velana At first glance, The Life in a Moment is one of the shorter entries in the writing challenge; however don’t let that deceive you. This is a short story, so well written that it really does tug at the heartstrings with its intensity, leaving you almost breathless. You may want to keep a tissue handy – it really is that good. As if that wasn’t enough, the writer also does an excellent job of tying the ending straight back to the beginning. “A Moment in the life of a miracle worker” by Jorus Cogud This entry is probably one of the most unique stories entered into the writing challenge. Correction – this poem. That’s right, this writer chose to break from the norm, creating a poem rather than the usual short story. And what a job they did! As you read over the lines, you can really envisage the scene, the chaos surrounding the character, almost as if it had been pulled directly from a scene in Star Trek. Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2012 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here. The post From the archive: Writing Challenge 2012 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Happy 24th anniversary!

    Today, June 15, marks the 24th anniversary of our founding in 1994. That makes us older than Google, Star Trek Enterprise, and lots of our own members! Huge thanks to everyone who’s been a member over the years, helping to build this beloved community of friends, writers, and Star Trek fans. Click here to head to the forums to tell us what your favorite part of being a member has been. The post Happy 24th anniversary! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Design a Starship

    Starfleet has a wide range of vessel classes at their disposal. There are large, top-of-the-line ships like Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class vessels. The Intrepid-class is a lighter long-range explorer. When going into battle a Prometheus-class or Defiant-class ship would be a welcome addition to any fleet. If you are on a scientific mission to investigate some strange phenomena you’d want to bring a Horizon-class, and an Olympic-class flying hospital is the go-to ship for a medical emergency. The Starfleet ship class lineup can adapt to a wide range of situations, but it won’t stay the same forever. Technology is always improving both for the Federation and other states. What was the newest technology available a decade before could already be surpassed by new technology. As the current ship classes go the way of the Miranda-class or Constitution-class new ship classes will need to take their place. If Starfleet came to you and put you in charge of designing the newest addition to Starfleet’s vessel classes what kind of ship would you bring back to them? Perhaps you think there’s a shortage of ships built to defend the Federation. Others could favor smaller ships as opposed to building larger and larger explorers that outclass the current flagships. If given the chance to design a new class of starship, what kind of ship would you design? The post Poll of the Week: Design a Starship appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    May 2018 post counts

    In May, the members of UFOP: StarBase 118 wrote a total of 1,285 sims across seven ships and installations. The average number of sims per ship for the month was 184. Duronis II Embassy led the pack with 230 sims followed closely by USS Constitution at 224 sims. USS Gorkon produced the third most number of sims with 214. 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 2018 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. This is your last shot to nominate someone for an award in the upcoming 2018 Awards Ceremony. It only takes a couple minutes, so don’t leave it to anyone else to make a nomination happen. Here’s how: 1. Figure out who you want to nominate – Consider anyone on your crew who’s made you laugh, smile, or cry with a sim, or who has helped you be a better simmer through OOC mentoring. Don’t forget about your ship’s staff, who work hard all year long to make sure things go smoothly! 2. Check the Hall of Honor – Use this list to make sure the person you want to nominate hasn’t received the award before. 3. Open the award nomination form – The form will guide you through each step in the process. Want to learn what a good nomination looks like? Check out this collection of past winning nominations. Now’s not the time to be timid! There’s no penalty for submitting a nomination that doesn’t win, so why not make sure you’re nominating everyone whose work or help you enjoyed or appreciated? Nominations close at 11:59pm Pacific today (Monday, June 11). HUGE thanks to everyone who’s taken part in this process so far. The time you’ve spent putting in nominations has been noticed and appreciated. Your consideration will help all the people who deserve awards to be recognized! The post Award nominations closing today for 2018 ceremony appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Join us in the fleetwide OOC chat today

    Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, June 10) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.) Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before. 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 Join us in the fleetwide OOC chat today appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. 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 saw six new applications, tying March for the third highest number so far 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 May. The fleet saw four new applications in May. This number includes one graduate who applied at the end of April. We also had three applicants, representing half of our new applicants, who started training during the month of May, but that training did not conclude until the beginning 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 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for May

    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 TASK FORCE Na’Lae Mandak to Lieutenant JG CONSTITUTION Yito Seja to Lieutenant Dave ‘Raven’ Young to Lieutenant JG The post Promotions for May appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Klingon? Or Klingoff?

    No one can deny that the Klingons have come a long way from their original form. Back in the 1960s, the Klingons were used as an allegory for Communist Russia. The foes that Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the Enterprise faced were treacherous, violent, dictators, unafraid of taking advantage of any opportunity, and content to live in a society nearly as oppressed as the ones they so ruthlessly conquered. Women were not considered equals – indeed, they were forbidden from a seat on the High Council, leading a Great House, or ascending to the Chancellorship, save for certain extenuating circumstances. Honor was a small consideration, and trust in short supply throughout. In the years – nay, centuries – between the 2260s and the 2390s, Klingon society has changed drastically. Women are now considered as adept as men and permitted to hold any station, office, or position available to males. Honor has now become a societal imperative, reversing decades, even centuries, of previous conduct. The totalitarian, “Big Brother”-esque nature of the Empire has give way to a freer, though somewhat more chaotic, oligarchy. Along with this change, the relationship between the Empire and the Federation has moved from a constant state of hostility to a rapidly and wildly fluctuating political climate. Alliances have been broken and forged in mere moments, spurned by events that neither side could contain or survive alone. From the Organian Peace Treaty to both Khitomer Accords, the Federation has struggled with and benefitted from a complicated and tenuous peace, only notably broken for a brief spat during the earlier half of the Dominion War. While most in the Federation would rather embrace the Empire as an ally than an enemy, still plainly aware of the Klingon’s military might, some might question the Federation’s policy in this regard. Despite its many social advances throughout the decades, the Klingon Empire still exercises a variety of behaviors antithetical to Federation values, most notable of which is the continued annexation and subsequent oppression of worlds which the Empire feels would be beneficial to its continued existence. Entire planets are stripped bare, and are deemed “protectorates”. Members of these unfortunate worlds are turned into second class citizens of the Empire. Even so, the Federation seeks every opportunity to associate and diplomatically interact with this expanding threat to civilization. This week’s poll question is, undoubtedly and intentionally, somewhat contentious: Should the Federation continue to associate with the Empire? Is it still a good idea? Or is it folly and inappropriate, given the Empire’s long history of abuses against sentient life? Perhaps you’re of a different mind? Give us your vote, and let us know in the comments section below! The post Poll of the Week: Klingon? Or Klingoff? 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: Harry Zhou! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Donation thanks to Edward Spears

    This month we’re happy to report a new donor: Edward Spears of the Constitution! Many thanks to him for contributing to our 2019 fundraising goal. Our community is only able to maintain our robust website architecture – which includes an incredibly large wiki, our forums, website, and a number of domain names – with the help of members like you, who donate small amounts a few times a year to get us to minimum cost. We’re all very appreciative of the continued support! 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 Donation thanks to Edward Spears appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, June 10 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 on Sunday, June 10 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. If you’re wanting to maximize the number of award winners on your ship, you’ll need to write some good nominations for your fellow crew mates. But we know if you’re new, that can feel a little daunting! That’s why Cmdr. Maxwell Traenor and Capt. Theo Whittaker have combed through past nominations to find the really good ones that led to an award win, to provide you with a little inspiration. Read through some of the nominations below to get an idea of the type of things people said about their nominees to help push them over the line for a successful award win. Community Champion Award nomination for Mirra Ezo When I think of our 118 community I think of the personalities that are often found in our chat area, and chief among those individuals is Mirra Ezo, always available for advice, feedback, and a laugh. Her warmth and charm have become a staple of our community. Examples of her involvement do not end with her chat presence but have to include her activity on our forum. Always eager to encourage others, she is a top champion for keeping our forum active and acknowledging others, making a habit of shining the spotlight of recognition in the form of quotes, top sim nominations, and so much more. Adding chat team member to her list of credentials, she was an eager facilitator and judge of our trivia contest and has been a strong supporter of our fleet chats in general, I cannot think of a single one she has missed in her years of membership. Great Bird nomination for Renos The Great Bird of the Galaxy Award has only been received by one person of this illustrious group, and for good reason. It is the pinnacle, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member. I can think of no one more deserving of this than Renos. Ne has been with and served SB118 for nearly a decade, in various capacities. He has commanded multiple ships and instillations, and is recognized as an expert in both simming and leadership. Nes crew will testify to the skill and mind-boggling dedication ne has shown in nes interaction with every facet of the group’s operation. Most relevant to this discussion, however, is nes contributions to the Star Trek universe. Ne has opened eyes with incredibly compelling characters, drawing upon personal and painful experiences to give them substance and meaning. Ne has pioneered new simming endeavors that have never been attempted, such as the creation of a hospital ship, and the commissioning of a permanent, multi-sim community (the Andaris Task Force). Ne has ushered in countless new ensigns, and has seen them grow into strong members of this community. Khan Award nomination for Rustyy Hael Since joining Ops, we have yet to see a mission where this writer did not provide us an unforgettable villain. This writer has come up with so many characters that we all just love to hate. From the grotesque Yridian dealer, to the despicable eye roll inducing traitor scientist. I could nominate this simmer for each and every bad guy as they have all been unique staples and the topic of many ooc discussion and laughs. Hael paints a very vivid picture of each antagonist and gives us a unique look at the criminal mind. These are characters with thoughts, feelings, motivations and depth. When it comes to bad guys, Ops has a known specialist: Rustyy Hael. Laudean Commendation nomination for Brell There are many, many species in Star Trek. Only a few of this vast number receive any sort of in-depth discussion regarding their society, psychology, and other important characteristics of their existence. As such, it is usually an enjoyable challenge for a writer to develop a character’s society on their own, if it has not already been laid out by generations of Star Trek. One such example of a writer building around his character is Brell, played by Lee. As the only writer currently simming a Bolian in the fleet, Brell has shown himself to be a veritable powerhouse of creative output. He has, almost single-handedly, painted an entire world, through the eyes of well-developed, well-written characters. Lee’s sims are engaging, and it seems that almost every one contains some previously unheard-of tidbit of cultural background, whether it be psychological, social, or culinary. Indeed, I feel that he deserves this award for his unfailing, unwavering ability to add relevance behind a fictional universe so as to make it almost indistinguishable from a first-person account. For this reason, I believe Brell would be an excellent candidate for the Laudean Commendation. Nebula Bar nomination for Sal Taybrim When it comes to imagination, one can always rely on Sal Taybrim. When writing a new species as an MSNPC, Taybrim’s writer has a demonstrated ability to give them the differences that separate species, not only in terms of anatomy but in culture, in attitude, an in psychology. There is always depth, not a two-dimensional version of a character. As a science officer, Taybrim made huge contributions to the descriptions of new areas and planets, and gave each a unique feel (or unique “problems”) without indicating that they were the sole feature of interest. Despite everything he has contributed, Sal always leaves plenty of room for other writers to work, even setting them up to make such contributions. Neelix Award nomination for Anora Manar “As always, if you (or anyone else) ever need help with anything, never hesitate to ask. I’ll gladly lend a hand.” Often we hear these words, but when they come from someone who truly means them, and proactively seeks out ways to help you and your crew, you are very fortunate indeed. Lt. Commander Anora Manar (Jers) is one of those people who means what he says, and whether it’s helping with the wiki, helping new crew members find their way around the Thunder or the Embassy, or simply offering words of encouragement, we can count on him to do it to perfection, often without prompt. Phoenix Award nomination for Varaan Varaan is everything you would expect from a Vulcan – stoic, professional, organised, intelligent and logical. All these qualities and more make him an astonishingly good engineer. At the same time we are able to see that the Vulcan is not infallible and are given glimpses into what lies behind the facade. Along with some subtle humour, Varaan is much more than a hyperspanner wielding, treknobabbling drone. He brings the duty post to life in a way that is truly remarkable and has kept the sturdy Horizon class ship from falling apart in the face of attack from superior forces on numerous occasions. Not one to be easily defeated by difficult problems he has worked diligently with the science department to investigate a power problem that has been plaguing the ship since it relaunched. It is suspected to be a design flaw and though the problem remains unresolved for now, the subplot has taken a problem introduced by another player (that shouldn’t have existed) and turned it into an interesting story that will lead to a satisfactory resolution. Other highlights include helping to ensure a Borg device being studied by the science department does not overtax the Darwin’s systems and remains safely quarantined. TOSMA nomination for Choi Ji-hu Though only with us for a matter of months, Choi Ji-hu has already been established as one of the stronger simmers aboard the Constitution. Using a deft touch to convey humor, gravitas, or any other number of emotions, he thrills us with masterful writing and engaging plotlines. The writer behind Choi Ji-hu goes out of his way to ensure inclusiveness by tagging and writing joint posts with anyone and everyone, and can be counted on to push the plot and provide solid worldbuilding and character building threads in his work. On top of this, he is very active on the OOC side of the Constitution’s presence, with solid wiki contributions, frequent forum additions, and a staple on both the Constitution’s and the fleet’s Discord chat channels. The post Need help with your award nominations? Check this out. appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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