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  1. HOCKTIN SYSTEM — After a frightening fight against computer malfunctions, the crew of the USS Za, NCC 65305, has managed to repair one of the most unique vessels in the fleet and get back to their mission. When we last heard from the Za, technical difficulties had disabled the entire ship and put the crew in desperate peril. With no other ships in the vicinity to help with repairs, the crew raced against the clock to find a solution that would put them back on course and get systems back online. Members of the senior staff, including Chief Engineer Cmdr. Alex Blair, returned to the Za to find her disabled after their recent away mission. With her chief engineer back onboard – and the members who had been trapped in the holodeck finally freed – repairs were jumpstarted. Multiple members of of the crew had been injured by that holodeck malfunction, and were treated in sickbay, though a new medical officer and her pet – having both arrived with Cmdr. Blair aboard the shuttle, were not a welcome sight among some members of the staff. “That new medical officer brought a filthy dog into sickbay,” complained Chief Medical Examiner Lieutenant Alosia Freymott. “The beast was probably flea-ridden and full of diseases that will require a complete sickbay disinfection.” With the crew on the mend, the computer and engines restarted, an investigation began into the cause of the ship-wide issue. Preliminary reports suggested sabotage, but further analysis determined that specific flaws in the Za’s computer programming were not able to mitigate a series of cascading failures. Starfleet reports that these issues will be cleared up with a scheduled upgrade at a starbase. The post USS Za resumes exploration of the cosmos appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. We successfully raised our full donations amount for 2017 earlier this month and are working toward next year’s goal of $1,455 due in May 2018. Many thanks to Taelon and Trellis Vondaryan, donors who have given multiple times now, for their continued generosity! Can you join these two donors by giving $5, $15, or even $50 to our 2018 website hosting fund? Your donation is processed securely and only takes a few moments. The post Two new more donations – we’re on a roll! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. 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 LtJG. Ishani Kasun playing a El-Aurian/Human female assigned to StarBase 118 Ops. WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? KASUN: I grew up in southeast Washington and I moved to the Portland, Oregon area for my first degree and I’ve been here ever since. Professionally I’m an auditor at a smallish, local CPA firm in the metro area, which means I have to travel quite a bit. I’ve been working there for about ~6 months and haven’t been through our busy travel season yet so it’s an aspect of the job I’m still not certain if I like or not. Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before? I’ve been roleplaying in general for several years but SB118 is my first simming/script style role play. Nearly all the rest of it has been via forums and prose style of RP. What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it? Ishani’s currently the Assistant Chief of Security on Ops, which wasn’t something I had considered when coming up with the character. When I first concepted and applied with Ishani, I had picked counseling (with medical as a secondary choice) as her duty post and had gone through training with her as the counselor. I had a friend on Ops and so I had picked that as my desired posting, but unfortunately in between applying and finishing training the medical/counseling department had filled up. Since counseling/medical wasn’t an option on Ops anymore I was given the option to either stay in counseling and chose a different posting or to stick with Ops and choose another duty post. I wanted to stay on Ops but I also wanted to keep as much of her backstory as possible. After some back and forth the solution we came up with was having her be a security officer in a newly created division that specialized in handling crises which would allow me to use her counseling background in character. In the end, I’ve found I like this duty post better and I feel I get the best of both worlds. Where would you like to be in a few years? Have a taste of command of your own? Or maybe planning on joining one of our great OOC groups? I’d like to get Ishani up to Chief of Security but beyond that don’t know yet where I’d like to go with her quite yet. It will depend on how busy I end up being in real life. I do want to help Ops out as much as I can even if I don’t end up having time to do anything officially. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Give yourself time to get used to the simming format SB118 uses and don’t be afraid of taking chances, especially if this is your first time with this particular kind of role play. Everyone on Ops was helpful and welcoming, but it still took me quite a bit to get the hang of simming, not only in the writing style but also in the underlying expectations of how you move the plot forward. Forum RP from my experience tends to be a lot more rigid than simming on SB118, and it took me a while to relax and realize that I wasn’t committing a great RP sin by saying that someone’s character had moved three feet to the left or assuming that they were going to respond a certain way. Thanks for your time, LtJG. Kasun! You can read more about LtJG. Kasun on the wiki. The post Lower Decks interview: LtJG. Ishani Kasun, SB118 Ops appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. The Captains Council is excited to announce that two new awards have been introduced in the “Special Awards” category for our 2017 ceremony: Trailblazer Award For members who originate a creative and innovative way for the fleet to engage with each other and the Star Trek universe. These participants provide unique opportunities that help to make our game an immersive and unique Star Trek experience. Community Champion Award For members who participate in – or help facilitate – simming community events, representing the best of UFOP: SB118 to other organizations by hosting events, acting as contest judges, or otherwise contributing their expertise in a way that benefits the wider community. You’ll find them posted on the wiki Hall of Honor in the next few days. The post Two new awards for the 2017 ceremony appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then. Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work. Ready to get started? Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions. Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations: Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet. Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony. You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created just last year, so there may be no previous recipients for those awards. Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well! This is your opportunity to recognize your fellow players and the staff that help make this group an amazing community. Awards are only given if a nomination is received and selected, so don’t hesitate to start nominating those you think deserve an award! When a ship has few award recipients it is a direct result of few nominations from that specific crew. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or post in the thread on our forums. Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Sunday, June 11 at 11:59pm Pacific time. The post Award Nominations Open for 2017 Ceremony appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. TRINITY SECTOR — Wanted fugitive, Chennel, believed to be in control of the station. Unconfirmed reports from the Federation Embassy on Raskor I have suggested that the Bolian – considered the most dangerous woman in the galaxy by law enforcement officials – has commandeered the station’s Operations Tower, the nerve centre of the entire facility. Starbase 118 was recently evacuated due to an unusually powerful neutronic storm and it is believed that Chennel used the opportunity to overpower the skeleton crew left behind on the station. Starfleet press liaison Lieutenant Marla Masters refused to comment on the reports, although many take the sudden disappearance of station commander Captain Sal Taybrim as proof. Speaking to the Federation News Service, Professor Sizu Zizehk, a leading expert in stellar meteorology could not offer an explanation as to how Chennel could have braved the storm to board the station, “well, you must understand that a Class 11 storm is extremely rare and extremely powerful. A starship would be easily destroyed even with it’s deflectors running at full. I’m baffled how she did it, if she has done- of course. The storm, which the station is protected against, is expected to pass in the next 24 hours. We will follow this story as it unfolds. The post Starbase 118 commandeered by criminals during evacuation appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Most of us will remember Wesley Crusher’s storyline throughout The Next Generation. A powerful alien, apparently with knowledge about the universe that far exceeded what any human had ever possessed, offered him to leave Starfleet behind and join him in a voyage of discovery like no one had ever imagined. If you don’t know what Wesley decided, I won’t spoil it. But let’s see it from Captain Picard’s perspective. You are the captain of a starship, and one of your crewmembers is offered a choice, by a powerful alien. He could share his powers, learn everything the alien had, but he would have to leave everything behind. And, of course, there is no way to ascertain whether the alien’s words are true. It could as well be a trap, and this choice lead him to a painful death. The crewmember is considering it, and is convinced that the alien is, at least, trustworthy. You are not convinced, and worry about the consequences, but also the moral issues involved. Even if it was grave danger, would you be in a position to stop them? Finally, the crewmember decides to go. What will you do? Head to the forums and vote in this poll of the week! This is a new question from our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet Captain facing a dilemma any of our favorite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know! The post Poll of the Week: Wesley’s captain appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. Our central sims archive is a place to bring together all of the sims that have been submitted to the group, all the way back to the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, while the first iteration of our archive was a great accomplishment, it suffered from compatibility issues with the newest web standards, and died a sudden death last year. Today, we’re very happy to report that the sim archive is now reborn, having been completely re-written from the ground up by Capt. Nugra! Click here to explore our sims archive, version 2.0. The post Check out our new sims archive 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 April. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of April, the fleet saw seven new applications. This number ties with the month of February for the second highest so far this year. It is also a strong increase from the previous month. 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 April. As a fleet, we had only two Academy graduates in April which is our lowest number so far this year. While we had a significantly larger number of applications than graduates, two of the applicants from April did not complete training until after the beginning of May. 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 April 2017 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. The Tournament of Simulations (ToS), now in its 12th year, is an annual award of best organizations across the Star Trek simming community, as judged by simmers. Previously, two UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG ships/bases have won honors: Duronis II Embassy in 2011, and the USS Vigilant in 2013. This year, we’re very excited to announce that our Andaris Task Force, led by RAdml. Renos, has been honored in the “Great Star Trek” category! Congratulations to the Commanding Officer and crew of that sim for their dedication and creativity. Learn more about the Tournament of Simulation and see the full list of winners at the Ongoing Worlds website. The post Andaris Task Force honored in 2016 Tournament of Simulations appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. The StarBase 118 Fleet finished April with an average of 183 sims, and in total, 1,463 sims were written by the members of UFOP: StarBase 118. Leading the fleet in sim numbers was the Duronis II Embassy with 212 sims. Andaris Task Force finished with the second highest number of sims at 209. Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through the Top Sims Contest to see the sims you and your fellow members nominated and don’t forget to nominate great sims from your ship for this month! The post April 2017 post counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Starfleet’s primary mission has always been to explore uncharted worlds and civilizations. Over time, however, it became obvious that the Federation was faced with a great number of threats. When phasers and torpedoes don’t work, Starfleet crews must find unconventional strategies in order to defend themselves and the Federation as a whole. Adversity breeds innovation, and flexibility has been shown to be more of an asset than firepower. Throughout six series, numerous examples of this theme have been enjoyed. From the technologically sophisticated tactics of Voyager’s outboard holographic imagers, to the simplicity of latching onto a chunk of the opponent’s hull and pulling, as seen in Enterprise, there has been no shortage of brilliant maneuvers and awe-inspiring creativity. This week’s poll asks you to give your favorite examples of unconventional tactics in starship combat. Did the artificial solar flare in “Shadows and Symbols” capture your imagination? Or did you find the extensively modified deflector dish of “The Best of Both Worlds” more to your liking? The post Poll of the Week: Not-so-normal tactics appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. Many thanks to four more donors: Sal Taybrim, Trel’lis (first-time donor!), Mirra Ezo, and Antero Flynn! Donations from members like you help to keep our website online. It costs about $1,400 a year to ensure our wiki, forums, and main website have the resources they need. And every dollar we spend on our web hosting is 100% community funded. Can you join them by donating $5, $15, or even $50 to our 2018 donation drive? Donating only takes a few minutes and everything is processed securely. The post Four new donors help continue our 2018 donation drive appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Congratulations to Featured Bio Contest winner Randal Shayne and this round’s Feature Nominee Oddas Aria! Randal Shayne was born in Chicago, Illinois on Earth, however most of his childhood was spent on Starbase 912. Both his parents, Eric and Heidi Shayne, were high ranking Starfleet officers. His mother was the station’s CMO and his father would eventually become its Commanding Officer. Both of his parents made Randal and his brother, Zak, a priority and neither child was left wanting for attention. Randal decided to follow in his parents footsteps and was accepted into Starfleet Academy at age 18 as a medical cadet. Randal was intent on helping people the way his mother had done for her whole career. Unfortunately, the pre-med curriculum proved incomprehensible for him and he was far to squeamish around the injured and sick. After his first year he transferred to the Engineering program. During this time Randal had very few friends and focused on his studies. Randal was on track to become a decent engineer, until an instructor noted his above average reflexes and decisiveness. The instructor suggested that he would better serve a ship behind the helm. This led Randal to reluctantly enrol in the flight team. It was during this time that Randal began to make friends, felt the strong camaraderie among his fellow flight team members and came into his own as an officer. Randal was assigned to the USS Gemini right out of the academy as its helmsman and has made his career behind the helm of a variety of ships. Randal Shayne has made his way up the ranks to Lt. Commander and now serves aboard the USS Atlantis as part of the Andaris Taskforce as its Chief Helmsman. The current round of nominations for the Featured Bio Contest closes July. 1st, 2017 so head over to the forums and nominate someone today! You can find out more about the Featured Bio Contest at its wiki page or in its forum. The post Featured Bio Contest Winner for May: LtCmdr. Randal Shayne appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers – please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them around the fleet! ATHENA Frank Hawkins to Lieutenant Commander CONSTITUTION Choi Ji-hu to Lieutenant JG Solaris McLaren to Lieutenant DURONIS II EMBASSY Brayden Jorey to Commander The post Promotions for April appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article