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  • Birthday 06/01/1994

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  1. Huge appreciation to the members who joined in donating in the past few weeks to help us reach our 2018 fundraising goal: Quinn Reynolds, Alex Blair, Mei’konda, Rune Jolara, Thayon Jann, Randal Shayne, and Ferier Lanta! Thanks to their help, we’re able to fully fund our website, domain names, and software licenses through April 2019. Our community has always been incredibly generous in ensuring that we have the resources necessary to maintain our extensive wiki, website, and active forums – we’re so grateful for all their support. If you can join these and our other donors in jump-starting our 2019 fundraising, click here to contribute. It only takes a few minutes and we never see your credit card information. The post With a donor avalanche, we crushed our 2018 fundraising goal! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. Poll of the Week: Unforgivably Villainous

    In Star Trek the various crews are often challenged by various enemies from across the galaxy. However, these antagonists are rarely seen beyond a single episode once our heroes defeat them. Sometimes we barely know anything about their personalities beyond what we can guess based on their actions. Their primary purpose is to provide conflict for our heroes to overcome in that episode or movie. While these foes of the week work well we sometimes get to meet a villain again and again over multiple stories. They could only show up in a few episodes scattered through the series or be one of the central antagonists for the entire series, but we really get to know them and learn about their personality and their background. Sometimes this information can put their actions into context and help us understand why they do the evil things that they do. The Vorta encountered during the Dominion War aren’t completely loyal to the Founders by choice. They have been genetically engineered to view the Founders as gods. While he’s certainly no hero, Khan is similarly dealing with the extreme ambition that his augmentation has left him with. This by no means forgives them of any wrongdoing but it might make us see these villains in a slightly better light. This week’s poll asks you which villain you feel the least sorry for. Who do you feel has the least going for them in your eyes? Which Star Trek villain do you find the least sympathetic? Be sure to cast your vote! The post Poll of the Week: Unforgivably Villainous appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. Promotions for February

    The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officer on his recent promotions! Please be sure to say congratulations if you see him around the forums! ANDARIS TASK FORCE Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant Commander The post Promotions for February appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. February 2018 post counts

    In the second month of 2018 (2395 for our characters), members of the StarBase 118 Fleet wrote a total of 1,173 sims across seven ships/installations. Leading the fleet in sim numbers for February was the Embassy of Duronis II with 218 sims. Next came the Andaris Task Force at 206 sims followed by the USS Constitution with 176 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 February 2018 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. Join us in the fleetwide OOC chat today

    Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, March 11) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm London / 4am+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
  6. From the archive: Writing Challenge 2009

    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 Jan/Feb 2009. The challenge was simple: “Inheritance” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced! “Only One Constant” by Nemitor A glimpse into everyday life in the Federation that shows its citizens in a more rounded, less idealistic way. It starts off murky, giving little detail into when the story takes place, is it prior to the Federations founding? As the story continues, more is revealed and towards the end provides an excellent commentary about the cost of life in the Federation, the sacrifices those on the frontier make for society to enjoy its standard of living. “A Viking’s Call” by Toni Turner A tale that thrusts you into the heart of the action. A pitched battle against sword wielding Jem’Hadar using bows and swords. The story gives little background on what is going on, are they on the holodeck, is it a dream or an actual battle, which rather than detract from the story actually helps instil a sense of mystery and helps draw the reader in, leaving them wanting to know more. Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2009 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here. The post From the archive: Writing Challenge 2009 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Poll of the Week: What a Novel Idea!

    Books. You can’t escape them, and in this poll-poser’s opinion, that’s a fantastic state of affairs! That said, it can be surprising to realize just how prevalent books seem to be in the universe of Star Trek. Picard obviously took great pride and joy in his substantial collection of literature, and we have witnessed a variety of other characters reading classic novels, Shakespearean works, and other leisure texts. Fiction, in some form or fashion, is an indelible part of our lives, and the same goes for the characters we write for. This week’s poll asks you to share your character’s favorite type of story or book. Is your character more drawn to action and adventure, or maybe they’re more fond of romantic or dramatic works? Perhaps they share an appreciation for tales or legends from their own cultural heritage. Or do they not enjoy any sort of fiction whatsoever? Give us your vote, and if you’re feeling brave, let us know the specific story or book, and explain what significance it has for your character in the comments section! The post Poll of the Week: What a Novel Idea! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Dante Termine, Sotak, and Walt Thompson! The post New Academy Graduates 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 February This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. After our huge number of recruits in January, we put a pause on our campaigns to give our training team a little break, and opportunity to work through the backlog: 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 February. As a fleet, we had nine Academy graduates in February. This number includes eight graduates who applied in January. Three of our four new applicants started their training in February but their training did not conclude until the beginning of March. 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 February 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening! You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions. Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator. Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion. Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next! Your preferred email address* Your primary character name* Your current ship*Please choose... USS Atlantis USS Constitution-B USS Gorkon USS Veritas Andaris Task Force Duronis II Embassy StarBase 118 Ops Comments This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. The post The News Team is looking for creative writers appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, March 11 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm London / 4am+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, March 11 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail. This month, we’re interviewing the First Officer of Starbase 118 Ops, Lieutenant Commander Taelon, an El-Aurian male. Let’s get started! TRAENOR: Tell us a little about the writer behind Taelon. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming? TAELON: I’m a 30-something web designer for the northwestern USA. My hobbies outside of simming are programming, digital art (and photoshopping) and other escapist hobbies. El-Aurians are not a common species seen around the fleet. What is it about these long-lived people that made you want to try your hand at playing as one? The El-Aurians are a race that has a very vague but traumatic backstory – with their planet and most of their species taken by the Borg, I thought it’d be interesting to try my hand at a ‘young’ El-Aurian, one who was born after the loss of the homeworld and the loss of the majority of their population. The canonical vagueness about their culture also left things about various ethnic groups open for invention, which has been a lot of fun. What ships have you served on and what duty posts have you played so far in your Starfleet career? Just Ops (and the Connie through my secondary character). I’ve primarily served as a science officer, which I’ve found is quite a free position. Tell us more about your writing style. What’s your process for putting together a sim? Honestly, it’s pretty simple – I do my best to read over all the other sims relating to my scene (provided my inbox filters don’t fail me!) and then have Taelon react to circumstances in character. Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming? I don’t know if I’d say I enjoy it, as such, but my character and I share a major anxiety disorder – and it’s been interesting showing my own experiences through the very different lens of a spacefaring alien while still trying to keep his experiences his own. What has been the greatest challenge, in character and out of character, with the command experience? I have a fair amount of OOC experience at RP admin/GMing, but in character…let’s just say there’s reason the IC promotion hasn’t happened yet! OOC it’s been fine and fun, but Taelon doesn’t have a very huge sense of self-worth, so he needs a bit of work before the promotion will make sense. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Join the Science department! I’m not entirely kidding – there’s often the assumption that Starfleet scientists must be devoted to ‘dull’ sciences like weather patterns or geology (which aren’t dull, dangit!), but in reality, science can be anything. Want to play a forensic ballistics expert? Science! A cybernetics mad scientist? Science! A designer of huge [...] bombs? Also science! Thanks so much for your time! You can read more about LtCmdr Taelon on the wiki. The post First Officers in Focus – Taelon, Starbase 118 Ops appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. First, huge thanks to the following folks who contributed since January: Oddas Arias, Jocelyn Marshall, Avarin, Cory Stoyer, and Trel’lis! Their generosity helped pushed us up over 90% of the way to our donation goal. Now we’re into the final stretch of the donations fundraising drive for 2018. You can help us retire the goal for this year, pay our hosting fees, and cover our costs until next May! If you’re enjoying the experience with us, click here to donate now. We’ll never see your credit card information, your transaction will be processed securely, and it only takes a few moments to complete. The post So close to our funding goal for 2018 – can you take us over the finish line? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Poll of the Week: Dinner is Served

    Whether attending a formal banquet or having a quick bite to eat before a duty shift, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to food. One common issue with food in the 24th century seems to be the inferior taste some people feel replicated food has. At first glance it would seem that there wouldn’t be any noticeable difference between the two. This doesn’t stop some people from replacing replicated meals with dishes made from authentic ingredients whenever they can. On the other hand others couldn’t even tell the difference between two dishes, one fresh and one replicated. A topic of even more debate seems to be synthehol. While it is supposed to mimic the taste of alcohol without any of the downsides, others find its taste unpleasant. The question of real or replicated often comes down to a simple matter of taste. Either the difference makes the extra effort worth it or the convenience of a replicator wins out over any potential difference in quality. Where does your character stand on this issue? Can they even tell the difference or would they prefer the real stuff every time? Does your character prefer food and drinks made fresh or replicated? The post Poll of the Week: Dinner is Served appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Wiki highlight: Loads of writing tutorials

    We first brought our wiki online in 2004 and since then have been building out a vast store of knowledge both about the In Character universe we write, but also about the Out Of Character community that we’re building. Nearly any question you have about how our group works can be answered somewhere on the wiki, as long as you know where to find it! In this month’s wiki highlight column, we’re focusing on the Writing Improvement Team area. Click here to open this area on the wiki and take a look. Over the years, we’ve amassed a tutorial library of writing tips that can help you improve your skills. Some tips even come from published Star Trek writers who have made guest appearances at our special events! These tutorials range from information about proofreading to writing alien species in a fun and realistic way. Check out the wiki area to learn more and read through at your leisure. The post Wiki highlight: Loads of writing tutorials appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article