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  1. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kira Pol and John Ferentz! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. A new episode of the Paddcast brings FltCapt. Aron Kells to Captains Corner, with German Galven interviewing. Kells has a long and storied history of leadership here, and we’re interested to hear his take on things! Click here to listen to the interview with Aron Kells on YouTube. The post Today’s Paddcast: Interview with the CO of USS Thor, Aron Kells appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. We’d like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month with a promotion to a higher rank, and we welcome everyone to congratulate these members around the forums and on chat! STARBASE 118 OPS Sheila Bailey to Lieutenant Kudon to Lieutenant JG Romyana Casparian to Lieutenant JG CONSTITUTION-B Ravenna Carter to Lieutenant Lazarus Davis to Lieutenant Jacob Horne to Lieutenant Chip Foley to Ensign JUNEAU Nyka Wyss to Lieutenant JG Noa T’Nessa Levinson to Lieutenant JG VERITAS Charlena Vanlith to Lieutenant Want to learn more about advancing in rank like these hard-working fleet members? Check out our Promotions Guide on the wiki! The post Promotions for July appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. For many of us, summer is a time to consider vacations as a family. And while we may have a plethora of options in real life to visit, imagine all the countless locales that our characters could visit in the Star Trek universe! The pleasure planet of Risa is a popular choice of many Star Trek characters and is featured in three distinct television series. In the episode “Two Days and Two Nights” (ENT), Archer and crew get into unexpected entanglements. “Captain’s Holiday” (TNG) presents us with an exciting, yet laid backside of Captain Picard when he meets the mysterious Vash. “The Game” (TNG) shows us Riker bringing back a dangerous technology to the Enterprise that he was introduced to by a woman he met while vacationing there. “Let He Who Is Without Sin …” (DS9) visits the planet again and Worf becomes involved with a dangerous terrorist group. It is these kinds of secondary planets woven into the fabric of the Star Trek galaxy that gives us a deeply rich place to write and roleplay. Where would your character choose to visit for some extended shore leave away from the ship? Would they eschew the common tourist destinations and pick something a little more out of the way like Bolarus, Andoria, or Betazed? What draws them to these destinations? Where would your character like to visit for some rest and relaxation? 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: Best Planet for Vacation appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. 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 July. This first graph depicts the number of applications that the fleet has received each month this year. The month of July saw sixteen new applications which is a slight decrease from the previous month. Despite the decrease, July stands as the third highest number of applicants in one month 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 July. The fleet saw fourteen new graduates during July, which is our highest number of graduates in a single month so far this year. We also had two applicants who applied during July, but whose training did not finish until after the beginning of August. 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 July 2020 appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. Learn more about how to be a great simmer in this interview with a winner of a Duty Post award from our recent 2020 Awards Ceremony! Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters, and this month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lt. Commander Quentin Collins, playing a Human male science officer assigned to the USS Arrow. He won the Cochrane Award which is 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? COLLINS: THE HONOR IS ALL MINE. As people have surely seen by now on the Discord, I could talk forever, so this is WONDERFUL for me. My name is Justin and I am a full-time/freelance writer from the north of Texas! I’ve been writing full time for a living for about ten years now. Mostly I focus on feature writing and criticism, mainly comics and movies BUT I’ve started to put in a number of pitches for work-for-hire comics and audio scripting. To try and “level up” as it were in my writing career. I found the 118 toward the end of 2018, was given my first posting shortly thereafter, and it’s been just a delight and privilege to get to hone my prose and create here with so many other wonderful writers and creatives. 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? It has been such a whirlwind, to be honest! I try not to get in my head around Awards Season, that way I don’t put any pressure on myself and the work, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a big deal for me. I know it sounds kinda hacky, but it’s just a privilege to be nominated at all. But since then I think I’ve done okay for myself when it comes to “science lore” for the ship and crew. Captain Oddas was always really amazing about allowing each station to really step up when it comes to how to implement their career path into narrative and ongoing action so that was always a neat bit of support I always had on-mission. Better still that she allowed me to be kind of weird with my ideas too. Be it a huge sheet of reflective metals thrown across the prow of the ship to protect us from energy bleeds or magneton pulses collected and dispersed through the ship to purge it of EM interference, Captain Oddas was always there to say “well, just don’t break the ship at least.” OFF-mission as well, I think our format fosters a real sense of creativity and allows us to have the run of the table when it comes to what we want to develop IC. I haven’t “published” anything just yet, but I’ve absolutely been thinking about how and what I can add to our mythos here. The most tangible thing I can think of right now is the new translation device I got to workshop with Chloe Waters to be able to integrate it into her look and equipment IC. I’m really proud of that in particular as it is the far most “useful” thing I think I’ve done here thus far. Captain Oddas Aria mentioned in his presentation that you’ve told him why a particular piece of a mission needs changed because the science doesn’t work. Could you provide us an example on what they mean by that and why can’t it be whatever it was originally? HA! Well, to be totally honest, I think Captain Oddas is perhaps OVERselling my abilities as a writer a bit here, but I appreciate the compliment all the same. Honestly, I think me coming from a background of playing and running a ton of Table Top Role Playing Games has given me a bit of an edge when it comes to IC “problem solving”. I feel like if I look at a scene long enough, I can find SOME way to make it work or find some kind of way to move us forward to the next problem (as this is often something that comes up in my OWN plotting during deep work). While also keeping in mind our own “rules” and limitations of the format, which I think provides us as players a pretty good rubric of what you can and cannot do in narrative. The best current example I can think of was during a plot where we were having to deal with a duplicitous Fleet Admiral who had designs on framing Captain Oddas for a crime she didn’t commit. We were coming up on Starbase 821 and Shayne had mentioned the threat that came with us fully docking and “handshaking” with the base’s systems into our own computer core, which contained uncontaminated evidence of the Admrial’s crimes. We all panicked! How were we supposed to keep the chain of evidence clear for us to clear Oddas’ name?! But me being the one with the technobabble, I pitched a way we could telegraph a “Warp Core leak” (by charging up a big hunk of radioactive metal we had the in holds and futzing with our own Core a bit), thus giving us a reason to dock OUTSIDE of the base via a telescoping hardline, keeping our core contained, and allowing us a little more time to try and clear our Captain’s name. I am ALL ABOUT trying to find these “outside of the box” ways to tackle problems in narrative. The Cochrane Award is awarded to those who show great knowledge and participation within the community of science. Your character focused on Xenology and Anthropology at the Academy. What have you expanded on IC in those chosen degrees regarding character development? That’s a WONDERFUL question. While again, I haven’t “published” anything here IC just yet, this is absolutely something that I have been thinking about and seeding within sims. Quentin very much is a creature of history. He finds a real power and confidence in learning about cultures and how they influence a society’s behavior. With the transition into First Officer, I’ve let it fall by the wayside a bit (sadly), but it is totally something I want to pick up and run with a bit more when I get the chance. On the Eagle and Juneau, I had started building out a plot in tandem with a PCNPC on Lightside Station (aka The Spike) which found Quentin chasing down leads on an ancient civilization with ties to the Mithgiln Scholar Caste (and maybe something “unexplainable” he saw as a young man at sea!). I had also started to go into a bit more detail regarding the “legends” of Quentin’s hometown, which eagle eyed readers will probably recognize as “one of the most haunted fictional towns in Maine”. I feel like this sort of “history” is another wonderful thing about the process here at the 118. We are given this tremendous canvas to start with and then we are allowed to add to it as we want as we start to build the “lives” of our own PCs and IC careers. It really has reenergized me as a creative and makes me excited to sit down in my office most days to figure out where and what we are going to get up to next. 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? Another WONDERFUL question! I actually have two bits, I think. One was given to me by Captain Oddas and it is “you get out what you put into things here.” Meaning, if there is something you want to see done IC or for your character, make it happen! If there is a plot twist you think will jazz up a mission and get people excited about posting, pitch it! Your Command Staff and mentors are more than happy to listen to your suggestions and will more than likely help you find a way to make it BETTER and even MORE FUN to write through once you kick it off. The same goes for Task Forces and OOC guilds. There is ALWAYS a place for you here as long as you are willing to ask after it. The next one is a bit more Science focused and it’s “don’t be afraid to get weird”. The beauty of a Science posting is that you already have huge and wildly useful tool kits at your disposal. The Periodic Table, our own Wiki’s Science sections, and Memory Alpha just to name a few! The real trick is finding out how to make those tools work for your character and your ship and the ways you can might surprise you, if you are willing to experiment a little. Will it probably be a little silly sometimes? ABSOLUTELY. Will it not be technically “workable” science? Probably. But none of that takes away from how fun it can be to write. And lastly, now that you’re the first officer of the USS Arrow, do you have any more aspirations within the fleet? Are there any OOC activities you’re associated with, or any you’d like to join? BIG TIME. First Officer was something I didn’t even have on my radar until a few years from now, so that was another huge shock and honor for me. But again, I would be lying if I said I HADN’T been thinking of what kind of ship Quentin could command. What kind of Captain he could be. It is absolutely something that has been on my mind (for probably longer than I would like to admit, honestly). OOC I definitely would like to be more of a resource for sure. I am already our ship’s Co-Forum Manager which is a real treat for me. I am a big child of the forum dominated internet of the late 90s so I try to stay as active as I can there. I have also had the privilege of starting a regular stint with the Federation News Service which has ALSO been a huge blast. I think the FNS is a vital and very productive arm of our narrative here so it’s been so fun being able to contribute to it and add to the rich texture of the 118. Honestly, I’ll write whatever. I am still just happy to be here. Thanks for your time, Lt. Commander Quentin Collins! You can read more about Lt. Commander Quentin Collins on the wiki. The post Duty Post Award Winner – Quentin Collins, USS Arrow (Cochrane Award) appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. 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  7. In July 2020 the fleet saw an increase in total sims posted, rising from 1665 to 2108, though the addition of two new ships to the monthly reporting meant the average per ship did stay roughly the same at 234. For the second month in the row, Ops led the month with 375 posts, this time with the Constitution just behind them with 355. The Veritas, Juneau, and the Atlantis came in behind them with 267, 247, and 233 posts, respectively. The Gorkon followed with 210, the Thor with 194 and the newcomers of Arrow and Resolution – launching on the 20th – followed with 146 and 81 respectively. The total number of sims overall has gone up and with the launch of two new ships in such a short period time and an increasing number of sims its an exciting time to be part of the fleet! 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 July 2020 Post Counts appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Aeson Del! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room on Saturday, August 8 (US/EU) / Sunday, August 9 (AUS/NZ) when we’ll be meeting at a special time for our players in Australian and New Zealand. As usual, we’ll talk about what’s happening around the fleet, learn more about each other, and discuss Star Trek! The chat starts this Saturday, August 8 at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern, 11:30pm UTC and Sunday, August 9 at 8:30am for Australia. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar. This chat is open to all and casual, so feel free to come and go as you please. See you there! The post Join us for the fleetwide chat at a special time on Saturday, August 8 (US/EU) / Sunday, August 9 (AUS/NZ) appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. A new episode of the Paddcast brings a 118Wiki roundtable Discussion, featuring Roshanara Rahman and Sky Blake with Lazarus Davis and James Colquhoun! And don’t miss the Captain’s Corner featuring Aron Kells (CO of the USS Thor) with German Galven. Click here to listen to the episode on YouTube. The post Today’s Paddcast: Wiki roundtable with our experts! appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. As the new series of Star Trek: Picard hits our screens and disrupts our lives, there’s a new addition to the organisations which has sprouted intrigue amongst fans. The Fenris Rangers — an organization which sprung up after the Federation withdrawal and the Romulan collapse to help bring justice to the oppressed, and to fight the warlordism that the region could descend to without an organization to bring peace to chaos. With its own ships, beacons and well known among people operating in the zone, good people and ne’er do wells. While many say that there is an organization within Starfleet that does a similar job, the Starfleet Rangers, any Fenris Ranger might argue that they’re often too timid to do what must be done, and too bound by the fickle political will of the Federation and restrictive rules of engagement of Starfleet. Some officers left Starfleet to join the Fenris Rangers, such as Icheb and Seven of Nine, and while it has had mixed results, it was undoubtedly a force for stability within the former Romulan Neutral Zone and bordering sectors. For our poll this week, we’re interested to know what you would do. Would you be one of these officers who leave Starfleet? To join an organization attempting to be justice in a dark galaxy by any means necessary? Or do you feel that vigilantism, even well-intentioned, is a danger to people as justice can become vengeance? Would you join the Fenris Rangers? 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: Fenris Rangers appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. SHOALS — USS Veritas is attempting to confiscate a displacement-activated spore hub drive allowing near-instantaneous travel across the galaxy, believed to be held by Henley Marths. Marths, semi-notorious within the region for his “playful” yet brutal character, holds a displacement-activated spore hub drive allowing near-instantaneous travel across the galaxy and quantum realities. Marths has enjoyed a rotating door of prison time for decades, and his more recent conquests include the capture of private science vessel SS Rampart. The Rampart’s capture left one survivor: Elliot Manstead, now working with Marths directly. Three unnamed individuals provided the information to the USS Veritas (NCC-95035) crew, also reported as pirates caught by Starfleet while undergoing their own misdeeds. Starfleet has so far declined to identify the individuals, but FNS sources believe them to be privateer Oliver Zuccaro and Orion Syndicate scoundrel Lena Josett, after the wanted individuals were recently sighted with Starfleet personnel aboard Ashworth Station: a known pirate haven. The news alarmed Shoals officials. “It is no secret the Shoals has a lengthy history of dangerous space-travel, but now Starfleet is ‘teaming up’ with the enemy!” Reported rising Ketar V representative Kalisha Bint. “What next? Will Starfleet begin their own raids on civilian ships?” Captain Roshanara Rahman and her crew intended now to confiscate the spore drive. So far, the chase has led them to a Mutara class nebula, with interference dense enough to leave the ship blind. Regardless, the crew went ahead with plans to infiltrate Marths’ SS Wildfire and SS Rampart. However, one away team was thwarted when their pirate informant transported them back to the Veritas seizing the Rampart. Nearby, Colonial Coalition Marshals have reported the Cygnetian ship The Thunder of Nations has also entered the nebula, sparking theories of Cygnetian collaboration with Operation Safe Harbor within the Shoals. The Cygnetian Council of Matriarchs has not provided comment. The situation is ongoing. Written by Roshanara Rahman The post USS Veritas To Confiscate Spore Drive From Pirate Captain Henley Marths appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. The Federation News Service is a spinoff of the StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens, along with other reader-submitted stories from other RPGs and fan works. Here are the latest stories published by the FNS: Kesprytt III Denied Federation Membership for Second Time – Stardate 239707.24 KESPRYTT III — Following an inability to reach a cohesive stance regarding planetary unity, the mutually hostile nation-states on Kesprytt III have been denied entrance into the Federation for the second time. Strongest Fire Storms on Bersallis III in Recorded History – Stardate 239707.17 AAVARO WILDS, STARBASE 821 — Recent sudden transfers to and from the Federation flagship of the Aavaro Wilds has Starfleet officials on edge this week as drifting wreckage found. Tellarite Debate Championship Final enters fourth week – Stardate 239706.26 BERSALLIS III – The Bersallis III outpost has reported that the most recent firestorm activity is the strongest ever recorded since the outpost was founded. First Galactic Ice Hockey Tournament Kicks Off on Andoria – Stardate 239706.19 ANDORIA – Andorian Aces and Kindred of Kahless meet on the ice in an epic battle for the title of Champion in first Galactic Ice Hockey tournament held on Andoria. Starfleet R&D begins work on Emergency Medical Hologram update – Stardate 239705.22 GALOR IV – Medical and scientific personnel at the Galor IV Annex of the Daystrom Institute announced today that they have begun development on the next major update for Starfleet’s Emergency Medical Holographic (EMH) Program. Twelfth Annual Galactic Regatta Championship to be hosted on Bolarus IX – Stardate 239705.15 BOLARUS IX – For the third year in the event’s history, the Galactic Regatta’s championship leg will be held on Bolarus IX home of the defending cup holder. The event is being touted to run for four days to maximize both fan enjoyment and time for the unique events centred on the Bay of Bolse. Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions. Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the entertainment world of the Federation? What’s happening back home on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and beyond? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fednewsservice.com. The post Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239707 appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. 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 JG Chip Foley, playing a Human male Engineering Officer assigned to the USS Constitution-B. LEPHI: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? FOLEY: I’m from an inconsequential suburb in the United States. Fortunately, I was already accustomed to working from home and rarely going anywhere so the new normal is much like the old one for me. You play an engineering officer. How does it feel to sim such a technical role? It’s by far my favorite role. I’m a technophile by nature so it’s an easy flow of writing to fall into. I especially love all the Treknology I get to play with. What would you say is the most rewarding part of simming as an engineering officer? Oh, expanding my own knowledge to integrate real-world information into the Treknobabble is my favorite thing by far. I find myself looking up metallurgy, quantum physics, neurochemistry and measurements of energy during the course of writing a few sims, and I love that. Being able to make Chip feel like a “real” engineer in this gleaming future is the best thing. Do you have any goals you hope to achieve during your time with Starbase 118? I’m just here to escape the madness of the real world by hanging out in the clean and gleaming future – a place of exploration and unity, two things we’re in short supply on presently. Do you have any advice that you would give to newer arrivals to our community? Don’t be afraid to reach out to other writers or your commanding officers! Everyone I’ve interacted with thus far has been a real pleasure to work with, and collaborating writing only gets better with closer collaboration! What has been the highlight of your time here at Starbase 118? All of it, really! I’ve only been here a little while but I’ve enjoyed everything thus far. I guess my surprisingly rapid promotion to Lt. JG was the most delightful sort of shock thus far! Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Foley! You can read more about Lieutenant JG Foley on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant JG Chip Foley, Constitution appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the StarBase 118 fleet: Emi Daughter of S’ran and Talas Beck, as well as returning members Elizabeth Snow and Antero Flynn! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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