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  1. Emblems, flags and symbols are ubiquitous in the universe of “Star Trek.” Civilizations across the galaxy, be they powerful empires or miniscule entities, are easily identified by their particular sigil of identity. These designs are generally eye-catching, descriptive and easily discerned from one another. The Federation’s has undergone several changes over the shows and movies, but all have maintained the peaceful colors, olive branches and starfield that exude an air of serenity and cooperation. The brazen, barren trefoil design of the Klingon Empire strikes perhaps the opposite note, effectively displaying their imperial approach and aggressive stance to their allies and enemies alike. The Romulans employ a wide-winged raptor, announcing their commitment to their roots and a desire to dominate. The list goes on and on, and for the eagle-eyed viewer, it can provide a seemingly endless source of interest and world-building potential. This week’s poll asks you to tell us what your favorite civilization emblem is. Consider aesthetics, effectiveness and uniqueness in your answer, then vote in the poll and be sure to comment on your favorite! The post Poll of the Week: Which civilization had the best emblem? 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: Stennin! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border. Today, we’re sitting down with Ensign Reema Poq, a Trill medical officer aboard Starbase 118. SHAYNE: Tell us a little about yourself- where in the world do you hail from? POQ: Short answer: SoCal. Long answer: I was born in Montreal, QC. When I was 10 my family moved to the States, where I swapped primary and secondary language. Then I moved to San Francisco for college, and now I live in LA. Trills are an especially interesting species to play, and a popular choice in the fleet. Is there a reason you chose that race in particular? When I first found out about SB118, I was directed to the Discord, and the lobby happened to be talking about how more trill were needed. I prefer to build my characters by randomization usually, and the needs of the team were randomizer enough, so I picked Trill, and here Poq is. Is this your first PBEM/roleplaying game, or do you have more experience in that realm? Hahaaa not even slightly. I started RPing on forums in 2000- then livejournal, then gaia, more forums, anyone else remember those terrible myspace-era make-your-own-website servers? Angelsomething? Yeah. So it’s been about 18 years for me, and I’ve covered everything from original fiction to horses (yep you heard me, I was 11 what do you want) to fandoms including Star Trek. And that’s just online text rp! I also play TTRPGs like D&D, and I do long and short form improvisation on stage. If a version of RPing exists, I’ve probably tried it. Except LARPing. …LARPing is next. Your wiki page for Poq indicates that Poq is in her first joined life- why did you chose this characteristic for them? Whenever I start creating an original character, I ask myself what’s different from the norm about them, and how can it feed my story. Like I said I’ve been doing it a long time, so I don’t tend to think big trauma anymore, and instead the everyday little things that differentiate us. Internal conflict is important to me as a writer and an actor, so I thought- what kind of arc could I give her immediately to worth through as well as the usual trials and tribulations of being a Trill officer? Since joining is such a huge thing on Trill, and receiving the past life memories the sold ‘benefit’ of joining, I thought it’d be fun for her to have to struggle with getting what she wants (joining) without getting what she expected out of it (past life knowledge/experience), and Reema having to come to terms with it. Eventually I hope that Reema will be excited and proud to be Poq’s first lifetime, but she’s certainly not there yet! Do you have any thoughts on what you’d like to aim for in terms of development and growth for Poq? Any goals in mind, or are you looking to go more with the flow? Oops did I answer this too early? That’s just one of her things though! She also spent all her time in academia, and now has to deal with (a version of) the real world. Having her deal with socializing in a less structured environment, especially in one that has so many divergent personalities, species and situations, and being forced to expand her horizons should be really fun, so– I’m happy to see what she gets handed and to see how we can learn from there. The joy of RPing for me is not planning more than a vague direction and seeing what happens. I plan on Reema growing, but the direction in which she grows is up to SB118 and its wonderful denizens. Where do you see yourself in a few years- would you like to move into a command role in time? We’ll see how much free time I have in a few years… but tbh I always want power Nah, meaning, RPing is a very important hobby for me and I want to spread it to others. It helps with writing skills and communication skills as well as empathy, and it builds such magical relationships, I’d love to assist the community. And if that means taking a command role? I’m there. Do you have a favorite episode or movie of Star Trek? Favorite episode? I can’t even pick a favorite series. Hmm…. Maybe “The Ship” from DS9. It has two fantastic one-time characters, great moments for many of the main cast, Miles especially. I definitely feel like the script was written with Munez intended to be early 20s while the actor seemed more like 30s, but the actor did such a terrific job I’m eh about it. “A Year In Hell” deserved way more time than it got, and would kill it in today’s serialized tv system, rather than the episodic programs we had before. Oh, and “City on the Edge of Forever” is a classic. Thank you very much, Ensign Poq! You can read more about Ensign Poq on the Wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ensign Reema Poq, Starbase 118 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. 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 December. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. December saw thirteen new applicants, which marks it as the eighth month in 2018 with ten or more applicants. Throughout the course of 2018, the fleet saw one hundred fifty five 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 December. The fleet saw nine new graduates this month, which included four applicants who applied during November. We also had eight applicants who’s training did not conclude until after the start of the new year. The fleet saw one hundred four new academy graduates in 2018! 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 December 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Woohoo! It’s monthly fleetwide chat time!

    Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, January 13) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+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 Woohoo! It’s monthly fleetwide chat time! 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: Solok, Chloe Waters, and Sakira P’au! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. No matter what ship you write on, what position your character fulfills, or what department they’re attached to, he, she or ner has an important role in the smooth operation of the vessel. We’d not get far without helmsmen or engineers, exploration would be a drag without our scientists and specialists, and the crew would certainly falter without the skills of the medical and counseling staff. The shared usefulness of these departments, however, is where their similarities end. Each has a different expectation, a different goal, and different challenges when it comes to simming for them. Finding a way to engage an engineer in the plot without having something break can often be something of a struggle. Coming up with a way to keep a counselor relevant in a given story is another often-cited problem. A medical officer needs some degree of understanding when it comes to the art of healing- not exactly an easy prospect when a writer’s only aid is a knowledge of biology, and a few loose threads shown in canon. The same might be said for a science officer. The rest have their own obstacles. With these limitations in mind (and others that you’ve encountered in simming for a duty post) which department is the most difficult to sim for? Give us your vote, and let us know your reasons in the comments section below! The post Poll of the Week: Most Challenging Position to Sim? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border. This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Pholin Duyzer playing a Denobulan Male Science Officer assigned to the USS Columbia. GALVEN: First off, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? DUYZER: Thank you for inviting me! I am Quinten; I come from the Netherlands and was born and raised in the Hague. I love watching and reading science-fiction, which all started with Star Trek. I have a Goldendoodle named Silke and taking long walks with her is another hobby of mine. How did you find out about Starbase 118 and what made you ultimately choose our community and stay with us? Lately I’ve become what some would say obsessed with Star Trek, and I really wanted to be part of it. After realising I had to wait until 2063 for First Contact, I opted for the next best thing. I browsed around multiple different groups. Most websites looked like they were last updated in the zero’s. I chose SB118 for the great looking website and the extensive wiki. Of course, I stayed for the active community in the group and forums, and the quality of writing in all the sims. There’s quite a few species here. Not that I’m complaining, but why did you choose Denobulan? Smart choice by the way! One of the first things I decided when developing Pholin (although he was yet to be named) was that he would be from a relatively minor species. I browsed the ILI and quickly found the Denobulans to be allowed. I really liked Phlox in Enterprise. I binge-readed all the Memory Alpha pages about the species and decided very quickly. I liked the smile and the pufferfish, and stayed for the interesting culture. Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character? I liked Phlox and Neelix (I know: controversial) in their shows and take some but not many aspects from them. I like how Phlox is a bit socially awkward but still very friendly, and the fact that Neelix is so open and warm. I imagine Pholin to be a socially awkward extravert, and I try to embrace that in my writing. Most of all, however, it is inspired by me and my experiences. I first think of how I would respond, and then morph it into Pholin and the Trek universe before writing it down. I am trying to balance between alien and relatable when I’m writing. On your wiki, your family tree is linked to quite an extensive family history. How did you come up with that and is there room for more character development? When I do something, I like to do it … extensively. I was thinking about Pholin’s backstory during the training class, and I just got in the flow. I started with his age, and I wanted to make him more “seasoned”; so I figured he would at least be married once. I believe there is certainly more room for development. Pholin is married twice, and as we know Denobulans marry three times. So for all those lovely aliens in the fleet, please do come. Seriously though, I have some things in my head for his family that will impact Pholin whether he likes it or not. And lastly, do you personally have aspirations in the fleet? Are there any OOC activities you’re associated with, or any you’d like to join? Lots of things. I’m looking forward to developing Pholin most of all, and I hope to see him progress through the ranks over the next years. I definitely want Pholin to become captain eventually, since as we all know scientists make the best captains. Out of character, I have recently joined the Advanced Starship Design Bureau, and look forward to helping out with all the geeky ship statistics. I hope to join the Academy Training team once I can. I loved my experience in the training class and want to help the awesome people who already do it. If I’ll ever get more time on my hands than I have now, I’d love to write for the FNS since I enjoy reading their articles. Thanks for your time, Ensign Pholin Duyzer! You can read more about Ensign Pholin Duyzer on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ensign Pholin Duyzer, USS Columbia appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for December

    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! COLUMBIA Jarred Thoran to Commander Pholin Duyzer to Lieutenant JG Saden Lor to Lieutenant JG MONTREAL Jacob Harkrow to Lieutenant JG German Galven to Lieutenant STARBASE 118 OPS Angelo Valentino to Marine Captain Kalara Avran to Lieutenant JG VERITAS Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant JG G’var to Lieutenant JG Jansen Orrey to Lieutenant The post Promotions for December appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    December 2018 post counts

    The UFOP: StarBase 118 Fleet finished 2018 with 1,598 sims, with a fleet average of 160 sims per ship. The USS Gorkon led the fleet once again with 230 sims written, followed by the StarBase 118 Ops at 200 sims and the USS Eagle at 196 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 December 2018 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Pre-warp nostalgia

    In Star Trek, the characters often reference art from their respective cultures. This could be as simple as a passing reference to a novel or something as complex as playing out scenes from a play on the holodeck. Data was a fan of Sherlock Holmes. Worf was known for being well-versed in all things related to Klingon culture. Multiple members of the Enterprise-D senior staff played parts in classic plays from Earth during their downtime. Star Trek is full of references to classical music, Shakespeare, and literature. However, one aspect of culture seen much less frequently is the modern-day literature, art, and music of the Federation. Whether it be Worf’s Klingon opera or Data and Picard playing out a scene from Henry V, most of the culture from the Federation that we see is historical and not current. With art from Earth it makes sense for producers to reference well-known classics like Shakespeare. But even when dealing with alien art we always seem to see art from that world’s distant past. While a few episodes do give us glimpses into the bestselling holonovels and popular culture of the 24th century, it seems that most people are content to stick with the classics from centuries ago. What do you think about the lack of modern culture in the Star Trek universe? Is it just a trick to limit production costs or a major missed opportunity for worldbuilding? Head to the forums to cast your vote and let us know what you think! The post Poll of the Week: Pre-warp nostalgia appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2018 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters. This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Ensign Sotak playing a Vulcan female science officer assigned to the USS Atlantis. She won the Cochrane Award: “Awarded to those science officers who have contributed greatly to the advance of science in the midst of their Starfleet career, by staying knowledgeable about their field, participating in the community of science, but most importantly, by placing their knowledge at the service of their ship and its mission.” GALVEN: First off, It’s an honor and a privilege that we could sit down together for an interview and answering a few questions. Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? SOTAK: Hello! Thank you for inviting me for this opportunity, I’m greatly honoured as well. I’m from Mexico, and I have a deep love of science and its community, so just like Sotak and other science officers in the fleet, I hope to one day contribute something to the world (or the Federation in our scientists’ case). I began simming in this group back in March of this year, and it is my first simming experience, one which I believe to be unmatchable. It is a wonderful and irreplaceable community, and I have deep appreciation and respect for it. Winning such a distinguished award in our community must be a great feeling! Congratulations by the way! What have you done since then regarding where you’re at now within the science field? Thanks! I was really surprised when I read I had won the award, because I am still just an ensign, so I was quite shocked though deeply moved, especially by Captain Brell’s words in the announcement. Regarding science, while Sotak herself has done what she has always done — continue her language and culture studies and present exams to credit her — she has also been working at the science labs in the Atlantis for different reasons, such as determining whether or not an underwater species was sentient going by the sounds they emit to communicate, analysing shield pulses from the Jenatris Cloud, where the Atlantis is currently headed and which has a gas that can mutate continuously for some as yet undiscovered reason, and saciating her own wish to learn more from her fellow scientists. About that, I really like your “Starfleet Intellectually Minded Scientists Convention”, I think it will prove to be meaningful for each of the scientists participating, and Sotak is no exception by any means. Out of character though, recently I had the pleasure of meeting a new science officer on the Atlantis, Ensign Jhotta, and he asked me IC what my Academy thesis had been, basically, and I found that I had not thought about that until that moment, so I had to focus on that a bit to add to Sotak’s science backstory. It was really interesting. And obviously, if I ever want to become Chief Science Officer, Sotak has to possess a greater knowledge of each of the general sciences, so I am planning on focusing on that for a bit as well. Sotak is a learner and observer at heart, and I think that it legitimately reflects that. Captain Brell mentioned in his presentation that you’ve shown a lot of attention to detail even since your first mission. Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character and her actions? This is a very interesting question, and I am glad you asked it. I think that — especially with an overrepresented species such as Vulcans — not doing so would be humanising my character, which is not my point at all. I want aliens to be alien, and I try to eliminate all human aspects to my writing to make Sotak be, in this case, more Vulcan. And funnily enough, when people think of Vulcans, they would probably compare them all to Spock and base them from him, as even in Star Trek television that’s what used to happen a lot, and I can’t blame them because he truly is a popular image and a starting point for the creation of the species. But personally, whenever I stumble upon an action that I wrote Sotak doing which I find is more human than Vulcan, I try to think back to a book I read some time back where Sarek was narrating. I found a close look at his internal struggles to be quite enlightening concerning the Vulcan mind. Of course, he’s not representative of all Vulcans — in fact there’s quite a diversity in Vulcan culture — but he’s the one I have in mind the most when I write for Sotak. If she does something I think is too human, I think back on that book and ask myself “Is this something I see Sarek doing?” If the answer is yes, then I do it. If it is a no, then I think over if the reason for that is Sotak’s own different life and mind or if it is just something too human for either to do. One difference between the two I am very careful to keep in mind is her age; when we see Sarek the most, he has already lived quite some years and experienced very different contexts from what Sotak has; he’s even more disciplined emotionally speaking than Sotak is at the moment. And in contrast, something they have in common is how they approach other species: Sarek as a diplomat, and Sotak as a xenologist, so they both share some understanding of other species and how to treat them. For Vulcans, I think they are both quite open-minded. The Cochrane Award is awarded to those who show great knowledge and participation within the community of science. Your character majored in Xenology and Linguistics at the academy. What have you expanded on IC in those chosen degrees? My first mission was a great opportunity to show how Sotak handled her majors. Sotak’s mission was to go down to a planet and explore the natives’ community, since they were in an equivalent of a Bronze Age era. I remember writing how she sat down to mentally prepare herself for the mission, and basically her thinking “This is it, this is the reason I came up to space”. Of course the mission ended in disaster with an outside intervention and the Prime Directive broken, but she learned all she could from her visit, and once she was done with the mission, she spent her shore leave analysing all the data she had obtained. And even off-mission, that’s just what she does. When we were stationed in DS26 just before my first mission, she wandered around to observe the locals. I mentioned in a recent sim that she’d worked on a programme for the holodeck where she can interact with different historical versions of a culture to understand them better than with simple words. A feature of the programme is that the simulations can only registers their own language, so she is forced to practise the language as well. She didn’t get the chance to try it during shore leave, but maybe I will write a sim of her using her programme in the future. Captain Brell said that Sotak’s stoic demeanor is treated to the readers with her internal thoughts and they’re anything, but dull. Could you elaborate more on what he means by that and is there room for more character development? Of course there’s room for more character development! Loads of it, and it could come in so many different ways. An example of that is where she had to jump into the sea during the darkness of night, but once she was there she suffered through an old trauma she didn’t even remember having which affected her actions, and filled her of self-doubts as a result. A friend of hers in the Atlantis, Ensign Termine (now in the USS Apollo-A), helped her through this confusing period, and while she still clashed with certain aspects of his way of thinking, she was able to move on from this conflict, though she told herself to never forget it, if only as future reference. Another typical way to push for character development is though pon farr and the conflicts it can create, but I do not feel it is the time to use that resource yet, and I will not until I know perfectly clear how I want to use it. But mostly, in her day to day actions and thoughts, Sotak can seem to be an average Vulcan with more curiosity than one would expect, but only from the outside. In her mind, however, she is not an ice figure; that’s just who she strives to be, compliments of her Vulcan philosophy. It is always interesting to me to write her internal reactions to what she encounters that can clash against her way of thinking and have her barely display it, but more than that, she has many internal conflicts concerning her own person, and she constantly has to meditate on her actions and thoughts to remind herself who she is and why she does what she does. Sometimes she may not even have an answer, but as anyone, her conflicts will change as she grows, and she will gain a different perspective to things in time. What that is exactly is unknown to me, because it is only through her experiences that I can figure out who she will become in the future. And finally, the science duty post is a particularly interesting one to write for given the many possibilities. What advice can you give the readers that choose the duty post? I personally chose the post because science is something I am very passionate about, and science fiction is just my cup of tea. If everything you write comes out of an actual passion for knowledge, then you’ll do great. It’s not just about technobabble — though if done correctly that can be a useful tool to master — it’s about learning and imagining. And another thing: the science field is not just about physics and chemistry. You’re not a lesser scientist just because you decide to focus on meteorology. Whatever you choose to specialise in, make sure it is something you are passionate about (don’t let Sotak tell you any different). You may find that just by being yourself you can unearth the scientist that has been with you all along. Thanks for your time, Ensign Sotak! You can read more about Ensign Sotak on the wiki. The post Duty Post Award Winner – Ensign Sotak, USS Atlantis (Cochrane Award) appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. It’s a new year – welcome to 2019! And let’s start the year off right by giving thanks to all those people who have helped sustain our community resources in 2018, and contributed to our 2019 fundraising goal. For December, we have the following folks to show gratitude for: Ruq’orb, Samira Neathler, Ferier Kian, Serala, Nic del Vedova, Oddas Aria, Cole Maxwell, and Ari Tullus! You can check out all of our other 2018 donors here. These donors are helping to sustain the web hosting for our website, wiki, and forums; domain names; and software licenses for the tools we use to make the community run smoothly. All these resources are 100% funded by community members. Now we’re entering the final stretch of our 2019 fundraising drive, having raised about 76% of what we need to hit the $1,455 goal. Can you donate $5, $15, or even $25 to help us get over the finish line by May 1? It only takes a couple minutes and we never see your credit card information (it’s all handled securely by Stripe). Click here to donate now. Anything you can give will help us move toward the goal, and you’ll receive a donor badge! The post Today we’re thankful for our December donors – and all those who gave in 2018 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: Garmeus Zxenyon and Tiria Hamasaki (returning member, previously as Zhaiyt Graves/Ceciri Ariadust)! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border. This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Samira Neathler, playing a Human Female Security Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? Neathler: Born and raised in Belgium. A crazy little country in Europe, where the Northern region speaks Dutch (or Flemish) and the Southern region speaks French. Otherwise Belgium is known for its chocolate and beer and probably other crazy things too. Oh and I live in the Flemish part. Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before? I started simming about 12 years ago. Unlike the setup here with Starbase 118, you had to choose your own ship and had to apply. When I got the hang of it, I joined several other ships but none of those lasted as long as the first sim I joined. Seemingly that first sim I choose and the people writing with it, fitted me well, as I remained with that particular ship/station and CO for my whole simming career. We made use of the Yahoo! Groups and later switched to the forum-style. That particular sim closed down about three years ago, mainly because of RL and internet issues. Still, the characters I’ve written for then, are still running around on that ship and station even if it’s only in my head. Anyway a few months ago, for reasons I still don’t know, I decided to give it another go, so a google search lead me to Starbase 118. Followed the training week and a week later I had a new character stepping onboard a starship again. What drew you to our little section of the internet here? The website, the daily updated wiki. I like the updates the FNS gives, so you can keep track of what is happening with the other ships without having to read their sims. Also when people submit ideas they’re listened to and if possible those ideas are implemented. But what caught me the most is the positive vibe that runs through this community. The helpful, supporting people that make Starbase 118 what it is. A place or sanctuary, where people are accepted as they are. Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming? Think it’s more the opposite. At times my job can be rather stressful and draining so I try my best not to have that seep through in my characters. I probably don’t always succeed but one can only try of course. Where would you like to be in a few years? Have a taste of command of your own? Or maybe planning on joining one of our great OOC groups? Although the idea of an own command is tempting, I see myself more in a supporting role than actually leading a ship. For now my first focus is on the writing and getting to know the ship and the crew I’m with. When the time comes, I would like to join the Training Team as it seems an interesting thing to do. And in the meantime I’m gonna get myself more familiar with the wiki and do some stuff in there. The Federation News Service Team seems interesting too but now I’m already getting ahead of myself. Time will tell where I end up. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Focus on the writing and get involved in the great community we have. Also don’t hesitate to ask questions, whether it’s on the forum or on the discord-chat, there’s always someone available to answer. And mainly, remember to have fun. Thanks for your time, Ens. Neathler! You can read more about Ensign Neathler on the wiki The post Lower Decks interview: Ensign Samira Neathler, USS Gorkon appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article

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