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  1. 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 October. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of October only saw four new applications. This ties September as the month this year with the fewest number of new applicants. 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 October. The fleet saw four graduates during the month of October. This number includes one applicant who applied during the months of September, and we had one applicant from October whose training did not conclude until after the start of November. 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 October 2019 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. Beyond Starfleet and the Federation government, there are plenty of career paths that citizens of the Federation can follow. Entrepreneurs like Quark and Joseph Sisko can start their own businesses and hone their skills in the field of their choice. The galaxy is a big place wand provides opportunities for everyone to partake in what the Ferengi call the Great Material Continuum. Major Federation space stations like Deep Space Nine are a promising site for future business owners of the Federation. Deep Space Nine had the Promenade, home not only to Quark’s bar but also a variety of other stores, dining establishments, and other centers of civilian life on the station. Whether you were looking for a few alterations to your dress uniform or a nice meal at the Replimat, you could find what you were looking for on the Promenade. Our very own Starbase 118 has its own center of commerce and civilian life, the Commercial Sector. This section of the starbase has been well-documented on the wiki, where you can see some of the establishments that have opened on the starbase over the years. It’s always good to have career back-up plans. Perhaps if a career in Starfleet doesn’t work out, your character could try their hand at starting their own business on the starbase. Perhaps your character has always wanted to be a restaurateur or a tailor. What kind of business would your character run in the Starbase 118 Commercial Sector? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Space Entrepreneur appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. As we bid the USS Columbia a fond farewell, we see that our post totals are reflected in this part of the big picture. In October we saw a fleet average of 165 sims per ship, for a total of 1487. These are still strong numbers for this time of year, proving the resilience of our sim family and amazing storylines. This month, the USS Eagle leads the pack with 205 sims written. Following very close, with 203 sims, is Starbase 118 Ops, showing a spike in activity as the crew jumps into their latest story. Right behind them comes the Veritas, maintaining third place for the second month in a row. 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 October 2019 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. Despite some characters’ appearance to the contrary, uniforms can’t stay on forever. At some point, they’ve got to come off, which means, generally, that something else goes on. Some will, of course, value the freedom their off hours permit to express themselves through their attire, or at least enjoy the comfort of less formal clothing. Others prefer the simplistic- why go to such lengths when a t-shirt and jeans would be more efficient? Some my prefer garb of a religious or cultural nature- Vulcans appear to enjoy an affinity for flowing robes and the like. What does your character like to wear off-duty? Click here to go directly to the forums to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment! The post Poll of the Week: Off Duty Wear? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. The pumpkins have been carved, the candy’s been purchased, the orange and purple light strings have been hung by the fire with care. Now all that’s left to do is announce who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest! Just to reiterate how this works: We have one judge from each ship in the fleet review all the entrants, and rank each ship against the others on two metrics: Originality and Design. We add those two scores together and then multiply it by the crew’s participation in the contest – ships with fewer participants are marked down a certain percentage for each player who doesn’t participate. (We did discount players who had accessibility challenges.) I’m very happy to report that six out of our nine installations had 100% participation, and another had 91% participation, so a great year for fleet-wide participation in the contest! Unfortunately for some of the crews that didn’t have full participation, that number did end up affecting their ranking. Keep that in mind for next year! Without further ado, click here to see who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest, and congratulate the winners! The post The 2019 Halloween Avatar Contest award winners are… appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: T’Pam! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Attention all hands! This past July, we announced that the fleet would begin a process towards dropping the use of double colons before narrative text unless it is for actions written within dialogue (“in-line actions”). You can read more about why we are making this change in our previous announcement. Essentially, instead of formatting your narrative text like this: ::Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room.:: Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo ::As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life.:: Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir! You would write it as simply: Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room. Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life. Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir! Four ships in the fleet have already been simming in the new format for the last few months. Today, we are announcing that the fleet as a whole will be moving to the new standard on Friday, November 1, 2019. Your captain and first officer will be able to help guide you through the transition if you have any questions. Again, the heart of the change is simply removing the double colons from narrative text unless it is for in-line actions written in dialogue. With this change, we hope to make our simming format more accessible for both new members and those who may read your sims outside of your daily simming, such as in general RPG simming contests, writing workshops, and other venues where the wonderful writing of our community is showcased. If you have any questions about the format changes, let us know in this forum thread! The post Revised Script Format Begins November 1, 2019 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 Lieutenant Lorian Lovar playing a Vulcan male Science Officer assigned to the USS Embassy. GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? LOVAR: (Writer) Thanks for having me! I’m definitely a huge trekkie, which I’m sure is a surprise to everyone here. I love all kinds of sci-fi stuff just in general actually. I’m also an avid gamer, coder, and dnd player. (Lovar) I’m happy to be here! As you mentioned I’m a Vulcan science officer, but I don’t practice emotional suppression. Not too much anyway. I love cracking jokes with my crewmembers and gardening. I’m a botanist you see, plants are my passion. I’m lucky that I was able to be assigned to the Embassy after my leave, they have such a nice garden. Let’s see, what else… Oh! I have a cat named Captain Patches and I love him. What has been your favorite moment writing with UFOP: StarBase 118? My favourite moment has to be when Lorian found out about his brother’s disappearance. Simming the raw emotion behind his actions, the complete grief he faced. I think it was some of the best writing ever I’ve done. Do you take any inspiration from movies/TV/books when writing for your character? Oh absolutely. I use Paul Rudd’s likeness for Lorian so obviously I make the occasion Antman reference. I’m trying to watch [...] his stuff to get a feel for the kind of comedy Rudd does so I can implement but I also like to add in my own stuff. Now Lorian isn’t the typical Vulcan and will use a rather strange emotion that most of his species don’t and that’s a sense of humor. How are you using that for character development? It’s definitely a fun tool to use while writing. Obviously he was never taught how to handle emotion because he grew up on Vulcan, all he knows is suppression. So when something bad or really good happens he’ll often overreact a little. It allows for really emotional dialog and descriptions from the character when the need arises. It can also make for some really comedic scenes. Out of all the number of duty posts, you chose science officer. What advice can you give new and older members who want to choose that particular duty post? Try to specialize in something you aren’t familiar with and learn along the way. I personally have never had an interest in botany but chose it so I could learn something new. It’s been an interesting journey of knowledge for me to be honest. 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? Well I’m secretly planning a coup to take over Star Fleet and install a new Vulcan empire… I’m kidding of course, but I’d definitely like to advance enough to get my own ship. That seems like the end all be all for Lorian. As for OCC activities I’m not in any at the moment but I’d love to join one. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Lorian Lovar! You can read more about Lieutenant Lorian Lovar on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Lorian Lovar, USS Embassy appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. Halloween approaches! The forum is full of Halloween avatars. It’s a great time to watch scary episodes of Star Trek and enjoy all things Halloween. One thing that Halloween and Star Trek have in common is monsters, especially the original series. Whether it be the ghost of Jack the Ripper, the first appearance of the Gorn, or the M-113 creature featured in the very first episode of Star Trek, there is no shortage of monster of the week style aliens. A few of the aliens seem to take some classic Halloween creatures. The M-113 creature is a kind of sci-fi vampire that drains its victims of salt instead of blood. Kirk and his crew faced off against a telepathic ghost of various serial killers throughout the ages. And Voyager had its very own zombie who just couldn’t seem to stay dead, Ensign Harry Kim. Legends of vampires, ghouls, goblins, werewolves and other monsters have been with us for a very long time. Frankenstein arguably created the entire genre of science fiction. Surely there’s inspiration for a new alien of the Trek universe in these classic monster stories. This week, we want to know what you think! Which Halloween monster do you think would inspire an interesting alien? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Monster Mash appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. 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 Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix playing a Betazoid/Risian male Helms Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? Xerix: My name is Johnny and I write for Ghant Xerix, a young officer from a noble house of Betazed. I’m also an entrepreneur, husband and father of two children. What has been your favorite moment writing for UFOP: StarBase 118? Probably a joint post between myself, Ukinix and Rahman involving some dancing with a Betazoid noblewoman. They are great writers and it was a lot of fun. Do you take any inspiration from movies/TV/books when writing for your character? Lwaxana Troi, rather heavily. She is a wonderful canon resource for the race, and the nobility. I also model Ghant’s love life after hers. Also a book called the Battle of Betazed. Wonderful exposition on the culture, particularly during a dark time. No spoilers, but the decisions they made about fighting the enemy showed such determined compassion in the face of a cruel enemy. Really sets them apart as a race. Out of all the number of duty posts, you chose helms officer. What advice can you give new and older members who want to choose that particular duty post? Do a bit of research on attack patterns. Learn the terms like port, starboard etc. Helm, and especially HCO is a wonderful position. How do you set your writing style and where do you improve most on Xerix’s character development? I have a pretty poor education, so my writing has come via trial and error, and aping better writers than myself. Since I’ve joined the Gorkon, it’s really pushed me to improve my characterization of Ghant. Everything is very well thought out aboard the Admiral’s ship. 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? I’ve recently written my second article for FNS. I’m also a newbie in the ASDB and I greatly enjoy cross-ship joint posts. SB118 is really one big family. I do have aspirations to make command one day, but I’m just enjoying where I am now. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix! You can read more about Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix, USS Gorkon appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. There’s no getting past it; the United Federation of Planets has got style. Every live-action show has made some change to uniform audiences were introduced to in the 1960s. Often, it’s a complete departure from precidented looks, and other times, its merely a subtle shift, but whether you prefer the utilitarian jumpsuit of Enterprise, or the “Monster Maroons” of Star Treks II-VI, it’s likely that you have a favorite. Which of the uniforms, in your opinion, looks the best? Click here to head to the forums now and cast your vote in this week’s poll! Don’t forget to leave a comment! The post Poll of the Week: Best Looking Uniform? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kettick! The post New Academy Graduate 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 September. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of September only saw four new applications. This marks September as the month with the lowest number of applicants all 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. The fleet saw five graduates during the month of September. This is an uncommon phenomenon that occurred because of August graduates who finished training in the beginning of September. We also had one applicant who’s training did not conclude until the beginning of 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 2019 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 today (Sunday, October 13) 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 Fleetwide OOC chat today – join us to show off your Halloween avatars! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. They might be heroes to us, but it’s easy to believe that our characters have dreams just like their writers. It’s not too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that those dreams might take a similar form to common fantasies in our daily lives. Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to fly, or blast away at the bad guys with laser sight? Even with phasers and replicators at their disposal, the occasional dalliance with the impossible is only human. Which superpower would your character like for a day? Click here to head directly to the forums and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Superpower Your Character Would Want For A Day? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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