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  1. STARBASE 118 — Returning from a targ hunt on Tumar II and the timely rescue of Lieutenant Commander Taelon, the crew of StarBase 118 relax and unwind at home. Newly rescued from his long trip into the past, Lt. Commander Taelon, recovered from his stab wound in Sickbay as the crew enjoyed the traditional post-hunt feast hosted by Counsellor Dempok – replete with bloodwine, fresh meat, and literal blood. Upon returning to the station, the crew settled in for shore leave. Taelon took some time to catch up with crewmates new and old, while 1st. Lieutenant Valentino introduced himself to Ensign Poq in his characteristic fashion. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Commander Aitas visited the medics, Ensign Avran and Lieutenant Commander Hael got to know each other over work. The station was quiet and slid back into routine procedures as the cadet vessel USS Reiver docked at the station for upgrades. “No one drinks like a Cadet,” Crewman Mves was overheard stating while walking through the Commercial Sector. “And we’ve got a ship full! Party on deck!” Antero Flynn, Civilian Consultant, naturally saw the opportunity – and the staff of Starbase 118 were once again to hit the beach in the subdistrict of Little Risa for one of his famed beach parties. Written by Elspeth The post StarBase 118 Ops returns from targ hunt on Tumar II and celebrates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. 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 November. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. While not as large a number as October, November saw twelve people apply to our fleet. This marks November as the seventh month so far this year with ten or more 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 November. The fleet saw sight new graduates this month, which includes one applicant who applied during October. We also had four applicants who’s training did not conclude until after the start of December. 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 November 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Ready for Command

    Captains and first officers all start somewhere – most of the time at the rank of Ensign! With time and experience officers climb up the ranks, and may one day find themselves sitting in the center chair. There are captains who have come from every Starfleet background imaginable. Captain Picard was originally the flight controller aboard his first command, the Stargazer. Before serving on the Enterprise Captain Kirk worked on a phaser crew. Captain Janeway was a science officer during her early Starfleet career. This week’s poll asks for your opinion on which duty post you think would best prepare a person for a command role. Is there a specific duty post that provides unique experience that would be useful to a member of the command department? Maybe experience with multiple departments is better and makes for a more well-rounded skill set? Do you think that no department holds the advantage? Click here to head to the forums and register your vote now. Make sure to leave a comment once you’ve voted! The post Poll of the Week: Ready for Command 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: Lunara Hol, Quentin Collins, Naktara Nightfur, Cole Maxwell, and Beelam Grog! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles. This month, we’re interviewing Commander Mei’konda, the CO of the USS Montreal, one of two new ships launched last month. WOLF: The last time you were here on the news was June 2017 as part of our First Officer in Focus column – welcome back! How have you been since then? MEI’KONDA: I’ve been very well. I found the role of first officer a fun one to play, especially under Rich (Captain Roshanara Rahman), who was and still is a great mentor to me. You’ve just recently launched the USS Montreal as part of a fleet expansion due to an influx of members. How are you settling in to your new role as commanding officer? And what was it like to launch a new ship under these circumstances? This is the first time I’ve been so involved in the launch of a new vessel, and it was pretty chaotic for the first one or two weeks because it was on short notice. But I welcomed that particular challenge, because I felt that if I could handle such a busy launch, I would be able to handle Captaincy itself. Thus far, I’m enjoying the role of commanding officer. I’ve been lucky enough to have some extremely creative writers on my crew, and I can’t wait to see where they take our stories. What’s been the most surprising thing so far about taking the leadership role of a vessel? I haven’t found anything particularly surprising about it – I think Rich, and the role of first officer, prepared me very well for what I’d be having to deal with when I took command. And what’s been most challenging for you personally as you take command? I think the most challenging part has been keeping players engaged and meeting their numbers. Out-of-character communication is very important in this regard, and the frequency with which I need to keep up with it is definitely higher than when I was a first officer. But it’s a good skill set to have to develop! You’ve been a member for a couple years now – and you were previously a member way back in the late 1990s! – tell us a little about your observations of the fleet from these two very different periods. What feels like it’s changed, or stayed the same? Back in the late nineties, when I was a member the first time around, the overall organization of Starbase 118 was much lighter – ships seemed to operate more or less independently, and even though I made it to Lieutenant Commander at that time, I don’t recall having many additional out-of-character responsibilities, such as serving on task forces, like Lieutenants and Lt. Commanders do now. Simming itself hasn’t changed much – but the opportunities in the fleet to help with the organization and to learn and grow as both a person and a player have expanded significantly. Writing in SB118 has helped me in real life to learn how to handle scheduling and communication much better than I could before. Where do you draw your passion and inspiration from when it comes to writing and contributing to the game? For me, the appeal of Star Trek has always been that humanity will move beyond our differences today and achieve something great in the far future, and I find the idea of life aboard a Starship to be as engaging as an exciting mission can be. I enjoy helping other players develop their own stories, and making the ship itself feel like as much of a character as the crew. Thank you so much for your time! You can read more about Cmdr. Mei’konda on the wiki. The post Captain’s Corner: Mei’konda, CO of the USS Montreal appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. FallFest – an online simming convention with live simming, panels/discussions on simming, and trivia – is happening this coming Sunday, starting at 9am Eastern. Our community has hosted FallFest twice in the past 10 years, but this year we’re supporting another group (The New Universes Project) as they run the event alongside Ongoing Worlds. Join the FallFest Discord to learn more about the schedule and join in on the fun: https://discord.gg/Yk2npE3 The post FallFest, a yearly online simming get together, is this Saturday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, December 9) at Sunday, December 9 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 Time to party! Join us in the chatroom today for our monthly get-together appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for November

    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! APOLLO Conrad Adler Lieutenant JG GORKON Jocelyn Marshall Lt. Commander The post Promotions for November appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. There’s something quintessentially beautiful about Federation starships. Their curves, symmetricality and proud bearing provide a sense of awe. With the exception of a few, special cases (looks furtively at the Yeager class) most of these vessels carry on a long lineage of amazing designs. With that said, Starfleet isn’t the only organization that knows how to sculpt a shapely ship. The Klingons, and their bold, imperious designs have struck fear into the hearts of enemies for centuries. Romulan warbirds dwarf their competition with sweeping wings and imposing, almost beak-like hulls. Even the Borg offer something to the obsessively compulsive- who doesn’t enjoy perfectly geometric shapes? This week’s poll asks you which galactic civilization has the most pleasing ship aesthetic. Do you enjoy the horseshoe shaped crafts of the Ferengi? Or do the jagged, asymmetrical combat barges of the Breen catch your eye? Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll, and be sure to leave a comment in the thread. The post Poll of the Week: Most Aesthetically Pleasing Ship by Species? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    November 2018 post counts

    The UFOP: StarBase 118 Fleet raced into the holiday season with the launch of not one but two new ships! The USS Eagle and USS Montreal completed their first full month of simming in November, bringing the total fleet size to ten ships and installations. Members of UFOP: StarBase 118 wrote a total of 1,825 sims, with a fleet average of 183 sims per ship. The USS Gorkon led the fleet with 253 sims written, followed by the USS Eagle at 246 sims and the StarBase 118 Ops at 231 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 November 2018 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. 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 Vesbrun Vardai, playing a Betazoid male Science Officer assigned to the USS Montreal. GALVEN: First off, thank you for sitting down with me and answering a few questions. Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? VARDAI: Thanks for inviting me. I’m Connor, from the UK. I work in software development, and have liked Star Trek since I was very young. Starbase 118 is my first foray into this format, but I do have a good deal of wider rpg experience. How did you find out about Starbase 118 and what made you ultimately choose our community and stay with us? I saw 118 advertised on Reddit and basically just thought ‘why not’. I found the community highly engaging and welcoming right from the beginning. Being a part of an entirely new crew has been a really great part of the experience so far, and I’m really liking the collaborative development of how the Montreal looks and (mal)functions. Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character? I certainly do. I’d say I have a mixture of influences, but I am trying to give Esbrun’s narration a distinct ‘voice’ that’s sometimes almost mythological in feel. The idea there is to tie into his background – his culture has a long memory and a strong mythic tradition. My major influences outside of Star Trek are probably Tolkien and Battlestar Galactica, but I take little bits of inspiration from all over. Your character is a Betazoid. On your wiki profile it says that he prefers not to talk about his telepathic abilities. How do you plan on expanding that for character development? Esbrun’s rather reserved for a Betazoid, and he doesn’t like making people around him suspicious or uncomfortable, particularly as he can feel those emotions. I do plan for him to open up about it slowly – there are other telepaths on the Montreal, and he might be more inclined to talk to them about it once he knows them better. We’ll see. Choosing a duty post such as science officer can be a difficult task for some. You’ve mentioned IC that he specializes in materials science. Explain to us what does that mean? Materials Science is a real-world hybrid field which basically involves studying all sorts of materials and how they can be used, with a focus on why a particular material is useful for a particular application. In a Star Trek context, it’s a useful specialisation to have for all sorts of reasons, but I see it being particularly useful in analysis and when trying to come up with ad-hoc, unconventional methods of solving problems. 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 have a few I’m hoping to get in at some point, and a vague idea of how I’d like to advance (I’m interested in the Intelligence Duty Post, for one). As for OOC, I don’t think my schedule would permit it right now, but I’m not ruling it out entirely. Thanks for your time, Ensign Vardai! You can read more about Ensign Vardai on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ensign Esbrun Vardai, USS Montreal 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: Kree’Ahk! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, December 9 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+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 this coming Sunday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Jarred Thoran promoted to Commander!

    The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Jarred Thoran, First Officer of the USS Columbia, has been promoted to the rank of Commander! Cheers to Commander Thoran, and here’s to many more years of simming with UFOP: SB118! Click here to head to the forums and add your congratulations on this promotion. Commander Thoran joined the fleet in April of 2017 and was assigned to the Andaris Task Force as the tactical officer. He later transitioned to the role of Chief of Security, and then to the First Officer position on Andaris TF. The crew of the Andaris TF then moved to the Columbia, where he serves currently. Besides his role on the Columbia, he has also been an active and diligent member of the Academy Training Team, a participant and now the facilitator of the Publicity Team, a member of the Community News Team, and an admin on the Wiki. The writer behind Thoran, Richard, was highly decorated in the last Awards Ceremony receiving the Boothby Award, Locutus Award, Khan Award, Sheathed Sword, and TOSMA. He also received the Neelix Award in 2017. You can read more about him in these interviews: First Officer in Focus: Lieutenant Commander Jarred Thoran, Columbia Lower Decks interview: Lt. Jarred Thoran, Andaris TF The promotion to the rank of commander is a joyous occasion in our community – the result of years of writing, mentoring, and learning the ropes. The multi-step process in a promotion to Commander starts with a nomination from two members of the fleet at or above the rank of Commander, followed by an initial vote from the Captains Council to allow the examination process to begin. Then, the member must pass both a written exam, and a practical exam. Finally, another vote by the Captains Council confirms the promotion. Candidates must show that they have great simming skills, strong knowledge of Star Trek, and the foundations of leadership and teaching skills. The post Jarred Thoran promoted to Commander! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Will you join these donors this month?

    Once again, we’d like to thank the following donors for their generosity: Ari Tullus, Ruq’orb, Oddas Aria, Jo Marshall, and Valoru! And we’d like to ask if you can join in this month to become a donor of $5, $15, or even $25 to help us reach our goal. We’ve just popped over the 50% mark, but we still need to raise about another $700 before the May 2019 deadline – we’re a little behind pace, so now’s a great time to help us catch up if you can. Donating only takes a couple minutes. It’s easy and we never see your credit card information (it’s all handled securely by Stripe). Not only that, but your donation goes 100% toward our web hosting, domain names, and software licenses for the forums and other tools we use to make the community run smoothly. 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 Will you join these donors this month? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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