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  1. Writer’s Workshop: 20 Writing Podcasts

    Tired of listening to the same dull radio stations on the tiresome commutes? Perhaps you have an upcoming vacation and you want something to do other than reading all the way there? Well, why not check out one of these fantastic writing related podcasts? Brianne Bell over at The Write Life has put together a comprehensive list of 20 inspiring podcasts, to help alleviate the boredom. And if you happen to come across a helpful tip or three, why not share it on the forums? The post Writer’s Workshop: 20 Writing Podcasts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. Poll of the Week: Self-defense in Starfleet

    Starfleet officers are prepared for their roles in every way possible. Endless classes, lectures, and hands-on learning opportunities form the education of the cadet. Rigorous technical instruction allow a prospective officer to function, work, and maintain the equipment they will encounter. History, astronomy, history, basic first aid…the sheer amount of knowledge is overwhelming. However, in addition to all of these courses, each cadet is also required to pass a self-defense course. The career path a cadet wishes to take will affect how much training they receive in this regard. As one might imagine, individuals such as science officers are provided the basic skills necessary to cope with bodily attack, while those pursuing a security role are, naturally, required to master far more intensive techniques for all situations. We all know that Starfleet officers embrace life, and do not injure without cause, or when peace might prevail. However, ten different officers might have ten different ways of approaching the question of self-defense. Some might prefer to attack and disable, while others might choose to focus almost exclusively on defending against blows. Personality, position, and mindset all play a part in one’s attitude. This week’s poll asks you to think about your character, and to consider their approach to self defense. Are they generally more aggressive, seeking to give as good as they get, and not hesitating to injure assailants? Or do they prefer more peaceful forms like aikido and judo-disciplines focused on disarming and disabling an opponent without injuring him or her? Or perhaps they experience some sort of middle ground – a midway between offensive and defensive techniques that suit any situation. Head to the forums now and give us your take on self-defense principles of Starfleet officers. Let us know your thoughts in the comment below the poll! The post Poll of the Week: Self-defense in Starfleet appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. USS ATLANTIS – Robotic hacking device discovered attempting to steal sensitive data during routine diagnostics. After detecting a systems-related security breach, the investigating team aboard the USS Atlantis, NCC-74682, found not a person but a robot hidden inside a container that was leaching data directly from the Atlantis’ data grid. As the four men approached the robot, an explosion of sound and movement followed by an avalanche of falling cargo containers. LtCmdr Shayne, LtJG Jarred Thoran and Ensign Vito Jiace were unharmed, however Ensign Oswald’s leg was pinned underneath a fallen container and in the confusion, the robot fled. Shayne ordered Thoran to pursue the robot, while he and Jiace stayed to assist Oswald. As Oswald fell into delirium Shane called for a medic. Once medics arrived on the scene, and the hazard was removed, a second robot emerged from the shadows, violently attaching itself to a medic. Shayne managed to pull the robot off, but too attempted to flee the scene. In the struggle that followed, Shayne was able to shott and disable the robot, which was then suspended in the ship’s transporter buffer and held there in stasis. Meanwhile, Thoran and Jiace, responding to a security alert from deflector control, finally caught up to the first robot. Readying his weapon Jiace charged into the room, with Jarred following behind. Jiace ducked behind the main console while Jarred ducked behind a canister. The robot flung itself, cannonball style, into Jiace, bringing him to the ground. With effort, Jiace managed to keep the robot at arm’s length while Jarred attempted to find a clear shot with his phaser. Unfortunately, the pair were so intertwined, Jarred could not risk firing at the robot without also risking hitting Jiace. As a security team arrived, Jiace ordered them to hold fire as he continued to struggle with the robot. The stalemate ended when the robot leapt from Jiace to deflector control’s main console, hammering at the controls. With Jaice no longer in the line of fire, Jarred and the security team opened fire, but their effors were blocked by a force field. Moments later, the robot exploded just as Shayne and another security contingent arrived. The crisis was over. Crewman Douglas remarked, “Taventa Robotics sure have a lot to answer for. The blood spilled today is on their hands.” Written by Merrick R’Ven The post Taventa Robotics hacking robot breaches Atlantis’ systems, steals critical data appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. New Academy Graduate

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: V’Rall! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. Our yearly Halloween Avatar Contest is off to a scary start, with five crews already well on their way to full participation with themes like Norse gods, Westworld and Game of Thrones characters, and a tarot deck! We’re entering the home stretch of the opt-in portion of this contest, with our deadline of Sunday, October 22 approaching quickly. Anyone who hasn’t donned their costume avatar by then won’t be eligible to count toward their crew’s participation score. Head to the forums now to get your avatar on and check-in to your ship’s thread. Click here now. If you’re not sure how to change your avatar, check out the “Rules & Announcements” thread in the forum linked-to above – it has a tutorial that explains with screenshots how to make it happen. And, of course, other members of your crew are always happy to help! The post Don your Halloween avatar before the contest closes this weekend appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. Civilian starliner damaged by animal waste

    TRINITY SECTOR – The starliner Meridia was playing host to a murder mystery themed event when targ urine found its way into the vessel’s propulsion system – effecting a complete shutdown. Captain Elana Doreln, Meridia’s captain, petitioned Starbase 118 for assistance. Following a rescue effort, the vessel is now docked. It is not known at this time how a targ was introduced to an area of the ship usually off limits to unauthorised crew. “Yes I can confirm that a repair crew has been assigned to… ‘degunk’ the Meridia,” said Starfleet press liaison Lieutenant Annnabeth Hooper, “It has been a quiet week and we were only happy to render assistance. Captain Doreln has expressed her heartfelt gratitude and invited Captain Taybrim and the Operations Tower’s senior staff to a formal dinner this evening.” The Meridia has been coined by several FNS travel writers as “a playground for those with far too much latinum” and has a waiting list of prospective guests of two years. The vessel is especially unusual for it’s heavy use of holography, utilising the technology to quickly change interior design specifications to match the themed cruises as well create ‘murder victims’ and to bolster the vessel’s already large hospitality staff. It has come under fire from advocates for hologram rights on a number of occasions, although Dr. Isabellzia Zantos, the owner of the Meridia, has refuted any such involvement of these activists on this occasion. Written by Chalan Fuliar The post Civilian starliner damaged by animal waste appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. We have a winner: The Top Sim of 2017 is…

    After winning the member run-off in Set 1 of 2017, and now the final run-off for the final Top Sims Contest, we’re very excited to announce the winner(s) of this year’s title: Jalana Rajel & Sal Taybrim, “Captain to Captain“ This well-crafted sim displays all the marks of great writing, between expressive language, beautiful characterization, and Federation politics! If you haven’t had a chance to read it, be sure to click the link above now and give it a few minutes. Click here to head to the forums and congratulate the winners of this year’s title. This is the last Top Sim title as we retire the contest. If you have sims you want to highlight, you can still use the “Appreciations” forum. The post We have a winner: The Top Sim of 2017 is… appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. 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 July/August 2004. The challenge was simple: Write about academy memories. Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced! “Windows To The Past” by Tyr Waltas Academy life is something that is often overlooked. This story provides a unique insight into pivotal moments during a cadet’s time at the Academy: leaving home, hijinx with friends, the one class you never seem good at and finally the much dreaded psych exam. Each stage is excellent characterised, leaving you wanting to know more about the cadet’s life after the academy. “Memories of Change” by Solan From the start we are thrown into an action packed ride, the story of the first Changeling to join Starfleet. This story does a wonderful job of letting us see inside the character’s head, as they deal with situations ranging from an engagement with the Caradssians to an encounter with the all too familiar playground bully. Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2004 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here. The post From the Archive: A look back at the 2004 Writing Challenge appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. As players in any roleplaying game we’re drawn to certain character classes and types. Some like the strong fighter-type, some like the sneaky information handler. In this feature, we highlight different players around the fleet in various positions to show how they approach their particular duty post. What drives them? What do they like most about the post? Have they discovered anything interesting in their duty? This month we turn our attention to Medicine, with Lieutenant JG Anath G’Renn of the Andaris Task Force ship USS Blackwell. Trellis Vondaryan: To start, tell us a little about the writer behind the character — what is your name and where do you hail from? Anath G’Renn: I normally just go by my first initial, J, and I am from Northeast Texas. What first drew you to the Medical post? I’ve always loved the sciences and was originally considering between science and medical. I generally tend to enjoy writing and reading about science, so I wanted to give the other blue shirt duty post a try and give myself a little extra challenge. On a more personal note, I have always found the medical officers on Star Trek to be some of my favorite characters in each series. What is your favorite thing about the post? I really appreciate the versatility in the duties of a medical officer. There is of course the obvious specific objectives required of medical by the mission, but that only scratches the surface of duties in and out of sickbay. Routine physicals, follow-up appointments, and of course paperwork are all things that will have to be done at some point. There is also the option to read (or write for) the Starfleet Medical Journal or take part in medical research while not on duty in sickbay. There’s so much flexibility in what you can use to fill your character’s work time. How do you play your character (quirks, ideals, drawbacks, etc.)? I like to play Anath as a character of conflicting natures and influences being held together by her desire to help other people. In my mind her chaotic and emotional nature combined with all the Vulcan discipline and ideals she grew up with are constantly in turmoil. In terms of her medical duties, this is often expressed as either retreating deeper into her work as an escape from personal conflict or through the stresses of the medical world ever so slightly interrupting the carefully balanced system of emotional control. Any interesting medical issues you’ve encountered in the game? With the unique nature of the USS Blackwell as a hospital ship not only have I gotten to encounter a mysterious new illness while on a mission, but I have also simmed through a medical triage scenario during my first mission. Just the sheer scale of such an operation provides unique challenges to work with like interesting medical conditions do. Have you managed to do anything with those issues, or do you plan to in the future? I really enjoyed using the chaotic nature and lack of closure in a triage situation to impact Anath’s thoughts in the aftermath. I always think that showing the cumulative effects of the events in sickbay grants those events more meaning in the long run. Any advice to new players interested in this position? The job of doctor is a very stressful one, so I would advise that anyone interested in being a medical officer considers carefully why their character chose to be a doctor. Between long hours, unpleasant duties, and the loss of patients there are many things about the medical department that could make it an unappealing career path. For that reason I think it is vitally important to understand why a character decided to pursue such a stressful occupation. Have you seen (or written) any sims that highlight a good Medical officer? I think that it is hard to point to a single sim that is a highlight of a good medical officer given that there are so many parts of the job. There are great sims that show a good grasp on Trek medicine or a comforting bedside manner or other individual components of being a medical officer. I think that the duty post is just so expansive in terms of its responsibilities that one sim can’t really highlight all that there is to doing the post justice. Thanks again for your time. Join the discussion in our Medical duty post forum, or learn more about the Medical position on the wiki. The post Duty Post Spotlight: Medical with LtJG Anath G’Renn appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. We’re in the final days of our final Top Sims Contest! Now’s your last chance to vote to help crown the writers of the Top Sim of 2017. Participating is simple: Just read the sims below to get started. Set 1 winner: Jalana Rajel & Sal Taybrim, “Captain to Captain“ Set 2 winner: Kamela Allison-Parker and T’Lea, “The Gloves are OFF!“ Set 3 winner: T’Lea and Della Vetri, “Seven Year Itch“ Once you’ve read the sims, head to the forums to register your vote. But don’t delay: Voting closes on Sunday, October 15 at 11:59pm Pacific time. The post Last chance to vote on the final Top Sims Contest appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kyso Nohx, T’Bel, Rev’ya Ward-T’vete, and Baylen Anders! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Two members have donated in the past week – Trel’lis and Baylen Anders – and many thanks to them for their contributions! We’re only able to maintain our website, wiki, and forum costs with the love and support of members like them – and you. Can you join these donors to help us hit our 2018 website funding goal? Your donation is processed securely and only takes a few moments. The post Two more donors helping to reach our goal: Trel’lis and Baylen Anders! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. Poll of the Week: Jolan Tru!

    They’re one of the most recognizable species in Star Trek, and one of the most misunderstood. Breaking away from the peaceful, enlightened philosophy that began to sweep through Vulcan a thousand years ago, they founded a new world, upon which an empire would be forged, and begin its growth into a galactic civilization. Despite their commonly shown brutality, xenophobia, and mysterious, overwhelming power, the Romulan people are one of the most diverse, complicated, and iconic parts of the Star Trek universe. It is this diversity that has allowed so many unforgettable Romulan characters to take the stage. Who could forget the unnamed Romulan commander who lead the attacks against Earth Outposts 2, 3, 4, and 8 along the Neutral Zone, and then against the Enterprise herself, in the classic Original Series episode “Balance of Terror”? What of the sinister Commander Tomalak, the sly rival of Captain Picard, played by the famed Andreas Katsulas? And certainly, the treasonous, principled Admiral Alidar Jarok, who sacrificed all that he had on a futile mission in the pursuit of peace, must be mentioned in such an illustrious list. This Poll of the Week asks you to name your favorite Romulan, and to explain why you chose him/her. Did you find the strong female commander Toreth appealing? Or were you more a fan of Sela, the skilled manipulator of entire civilizations, and one of the biggest surprises of The Next Generation? Click here to head to the forums and register your vote. Then reply to the forum thread and let us know your thoughts! The post Poll of the Week: Jolan Tru! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Promotions for September

    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 Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant GORKON Colleen Bancroft to Lieutenant JG Sera zh’Aella to Lieutenant JG The post Promotions for September appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. 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 September. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of September, the fleet saw 12 new applications. This equates to roughly one new application every two and a half days and sets a record for number of applicants in one month for 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 September. As a fleet, we had seven Academy graduates in September which includes one graduate who applied during the month of August. We also had four applicants who applied in September, but whose training did not start until October. 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 September 2017 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article