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  1. The Executive Council is very happy to announce the promotions of several staff members: Quinn Reynolds, commanding officer of USS Gorkon & StarBase 118 Academy Commandant, has been promoted to Vice Admiral. Jalana Rajel, commanding officer of USS Constitution-B, has been promoted to Fleet Captain. Sal Taybrim, commanding officer of StarBase 118 Ops, has been promoted to Fleet Captain. Roshanara Rahman, commanding officer of USS Veritas, has been promoted to Fleet Captain. Emma, the writer for Vice Admiral Reynolds, has been with the fleet for 12 years now and has been a steady hand, an incredibly capable simmer, and the consummate leader in her time with the fleet. Before her last promotion, Rear Admiral Renos described her as a tremendous force for good, stating, “As a writer, she has gained recognition through the top sims competition and the writing challenges. She is much loved by the crew she leads with a fair and even hand. She is dedicated, passionate about the fleet and generous with her time. She has worked in many roles including Captain’s Council Magistrate, Captain at Large, EC member, Cadet Steward and Deputy Commandant for the Academy to name a few and has excelled in them all.” Today, she continues to lead the USS Gorkon as its captain and serves as the Academy Commandant. Her incredible service to the fleet shows the kind of dedication Emma has to making the fleet work. —Written by Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf Jess, the writer for Fleet Captain Rajel, is a stalwart member of the Starbase 118 staff, running her ship with tremendous care, dedication and an even hand. Under her leadership, the Constitution is approaching its fourth year of service — a fantastic achievement for any CO — and is well-regarded around the fleet as a stable, successful ship that’s a lot of fun to be aboard. That’s not her only involvement in the fleet — who could overlook what she’s done leading the Image Collective? The work this team does is so integral to our fleet, and brings a huge amount of joy to our members when they see their characters realised in a picture. Not to mention all the contributions Jalana has personally made, from ship banners and logos to many of our awards and service ribbons. For all these reasons, a promotion to the rank of Fleet Captain is a well-deserved recognition of all the time, effort and devotion that she has poured into our fleet. —Written by Vice Admiral Quinn Reynolds Jamie, the writer for Fleet Captain Taybrim, has been the CO of Starbase 118 Operations for closing on three years, and its First Officer prior to that. As a fixed installation, Ops sometimes requires a little thinking outside the box to keep missions fresh and interesting in the long term, and Jamie has proven more than up to the task, bringing excitement, flair and fun in equal measure to our namesake sim. That’s not all she does. The fleet chats are a hugely popular event that run so well and so smoothly because of Jamie’s efforts in organising and moderating them. She’s a valuable voice on the EC, bringing her leadership experience in other RP mediums to any discussion, often providing a unique and useful point of view because of it. It was just last year that Sal was awarded the Staff Member of the Year. All of this speaks highly of Jamie, and clearly demonstrates someone who is well-deserving of a promotion to Fleet Captain. —Written by Vice Admiral Quinn Reynolds Rich, the writer for Fleet Captain Rahman, has changed our group for the better many times over. From his early days simply improving the wiki with a host of new images and templates, to where he stands now as the outgoing Captain at Large, commanding officer of the Veritas, Deputy Commandant of the Academy, facilitator and founder of the Federation News Service team and spinoff website, and my own personal Jiminy Cricket, he’s shown us time and again how dedicated he is to the success of our community and to our members, who have a loyal advocate in this staff member. For all these reasons, Rich deserves the promotion to the rank of Fleet Captain as recognition for all his hard work, and to place him in an honored position in our fleet as one of our highest ranking members and leaders. —Written by Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf Head to our forums now to join us in congratulating these fine members of our fleet! The post Quinn Reynolds promoted to Vice Admiral; Jalana Rajel, Sal Taybrim, and Roshanara Rahman promoted to Fleet Captain appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. Of all the famous Starfleet captains, there are few who have made as many controversial decisions as Captain Jonathan Archer of the NX-01. Archer’s Enterprise was the first warp five starship built by Humans. It was Earth’s first deep space explorer, and Starfleet itself was still a fairly new and inexperienced organization. Captain Archer did not have any of the benefits that future Starfleet captains enjoyed. He had access to less data, was a member of Starfleet when the organization was relatively weak, and didn’t have the experience of previous Starfleet captains to call on as he was the first to go out into the unexplored reaches of space. Archer would eventually serve as a role model for his successors, teaching them both what to do and what not to do. Mistakes, even major mistakes, have happened with every captain. Some have even acted in a criminal manner. Some of Captain Archer’s decisions do make some sense given the lack of precedent and his limited experience. However, there are some decisions that seem to indicate a simple lack of good command skills. The use of an airlock to torture a prisoner is just one example. We’d like to know what you think of the command decisions of one of Starfleet’s earliest captains. What do you think is the worst thing that Captain Archer did? Click here to head to the forums and register your vote in the poll. And be sure to leave a comment below the poll! The post Poll of the Week: It’s Been a Long Road… 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: Ben Burns, Ben Garcia, Addison MacKenzie, Steven Matrix, M’Wash, and Carmen Tis! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    January 2019 Post Counts

    The UFOP: StarBase 118 Fleet started 2019 with 1712 sims total, meaning a fleet average of 171 sims per ship. The USS Montreal edged out the USS Gorkon for the lead, with 247 sims written. The Gorkon was close behind though, with 241 sims written. Following the pack leaders, the USS Veritas clocked 221 sims for the month of January, and the USS Eagle came in with 176. 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 January 2019 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Best Shore Leave Episode?

    For all the work they do exploring and saving the Federation from endless threats, it seems our beloved crews don’t get anywhere near enough shore leave. But when it is shown, the results is excellent television. With the first episode to fit this bill – aptly titled “Shore Leave” – a precedent was set. “Shore Leave” itself is often lauded by fans as a fun romp, and a standout of TOS’ first season. “Captain’s Holiday” features uptight and work-addicted Jean-Luc Picard become embroiled in a time-bending adventure on Risa. “Family” from TNG’s fourth season, follows the events of “The Best of Both Worlds”, and gives the audience a rare and cherished glimpse of characters dealing with the consequences of previous events. Incidentally, this is the only episode in all of Star Trek canon that does not include a scene on the bridge. Enterprise follows this trend twice – once with the episode entitled “Two Days and Two Nights” in its first season, and another entitled “Home”, which features Enterprise crew members dealing with the personal issues following the conclusion of the Xindi conflict. While there are other episodes that mention or feature shore leave, these are those predicated around it. With that in mind, which shore leave episode is your favorite? Head to the forums now to register your vote. Be sure to drop a comment in the thread below the poll! The post Poll of the Week: Best Shore Leave Episode? 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: Ronen Arth and Vel Careno! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. The third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season revisit threads from last season while continuing the overall return to more traditional Trek storytelling. (Red Alert! Spoilers below.) Episode 2×03: “Point of Light” I originally hadn’t planned to wait until the fourth episode had also aired before writing my thoughts on Discovery’s third episode “Point of Light” in its sophomore season, but in many ways, “Point of Light” works better when viewed as just the first part in the longer story that continues into “An Obol for Charon,” specifically regarding the Tilly/May plot. The main story for “Point of Light” itself concerns the Klingons, which we see for the first time since last year. The episode’s title refers to the point of light that Kahless promises to return to, which the Klingons later understood to be Boreth and built a monastery that Worf went to in the following century. In this episode, however, Boreth is only seen at the end as the location Tyler/Voq and L’Rell’s baby is sent to for safekeeping. While the reveal of the child in this episode is sudden to the audience (and to Tyler), the point is to both force L’Rell to make yet another sacrifice and to give Tyler a new reason to rekindle whatever feelings he might have had with L’Rell. On the latter, I didn’t feel it was as effective, but both Tyler’s relationship with L’Rell and Burnham were never that convincing to me, a victim of the show’s fast pace and shortened seasons compared to previous Treks. For L’Rell herself, I could see this as being another slight that will ultimately come back to bite the Federation and Section 31 in particular if L’Rell decides to rebel against her Section 31 masters. If it weren’t for the trailer reveal for the fifth episode coming up, I might have thought this episode overall was more of a backdoor pilot for the upcoming Section 31/Georgiou show, and some part of me would be fine with that honestly. While overall I found this episode’s examination of Klingon politics more interesting than last season (and pretty on par with the kind of internal Klingon court intrigue we saw in TNG and DS9), Discovery has shown in these first few episodes of the second season that it doesn’t really need the Klingons, which were where the most controversial creative decisions were made in the first season. This episode’s attempt to walk back many of those decisions, from the retcon of the D7 identified by Lorca’s shuttle computer to the overall bald look, are okay, but when the show has the characters explicitly reference these changes rather than just let them be seen and understood by the viewer, it feels like the show is writing too clearly towards the loudest critics on social media and YouTube. The worst of fan fiction and even published Trek novels are those that try to explain everything too clearly and make all the connections explicit. While fans enjoy debating on forums for pages on the significance of a costuming change or an error by the art department (see discussions of Commander Chakotay’s rank or the registry of the USS Yamato), giving all the answers actually makes the universe feel more artificial. When Pike tells Number One in the next episode to rip out all of the holocommunicators, we the audience know that the only reason that line is in there is because of the complaints from some fans over the lack of seeing holocommunicators in TOS (nevermind that someone from the 19th century might find it odd to learn that 21st century humans often send text communication akin to modern telegrams more frequently on their phones than make video calls). The Klingon storyline for “Point of Light” is overall a pretty complete episode, even with the appearance of Georgiou and Section 31 at the end. The other two storylines, however, feel a bit too hollow. They both are clearly setting things up for subsequent episodes, but they could have used a bit more plot over exposition, particularly the Burnham/Amanda story. Episode 2×04: “An Obol for Charon” While I enjoyed Discovery’s first season for the most part, my one personal misgivings about it was the move to total serialization. While I understand modern television has moved to that model of storytelling, it makes it harder to go back and rewatch Discovery if you can’t commit to several hours or consecutive nights. As one friend put it, sometimes you just want to put on an hour of Trek for a bit. In this regard, I’m liking the approach of the second season where there is an overall arc for the season–the Red Angels–but that each episode so far could be seen by itself on a rewatch. I can describe “New Eden” as “the one with the pre-warp humans” or “An Obol for Charon” as “the one with the dying organic library.” Only a few such episodes like the Mudd episode from season one can similarly be described so distinctly. Much like “New Eden,” “An Obol for Charon” reintroduces many familiar Trek tropes from previous Trek series. We get an actual briefing scene with the senior staff (and a clever introduction of the universal translator with Linus the Saurian before the subsequent novel scene on the bridge where we see it malfunctioning completely). There’s a bit of “Disaster” (TNG) and other “the ship has been disabled” tropes as well with the Stamets/Reno/Tilly scenes, and they really work here now that we know more about these characters to care. Also, Reno needs to be made chief engineer of Discovery, so we can enjoy more Reno/Stamets banter. In contrast to last season’s overall grim tone from the war with the Klingons that culminates in an unearned speech in the finale that attempts to recast the season’s message as one of ironically not taking shortcuts on the path to righteousness, stories like “An Obol for Charon,” where Captain Pike must show faith in the beliefs and values he swore to uphold (as well as show faith in his officers’ assessment that the unknown out there means no harm), do far more to illustrate Star Trek’s overall message of hope and faith in our ability to overcome our fears and baser instincts. In other words, “show, don’t tell,” and this last episode shows it quite well. Click here to head to the forums for more notes about each episode and join in the discussion with your thoughts on the latest episodes of Discovery! The post Rahman Reviews: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 – “Point of Light” & “An Obol for Charon” appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. 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 January. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. January saw seven new applications. This demonstrates a strong start to 2019! 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 January. The fleet saw nine new graduates this month, which included three applicants who applied during December. We also had one applicant who’s training did not conclude until after the start of February. 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 January 2019 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for January

    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! ATLANTIS Maddi Hyden to Lieutenant JG Kiliak Jo to Lieutenant JG Trelissa Maeli to Lieutenant David Knight to Lieutenant Serala to Lieutenant Commander COLUMBIA Anath G’Renn to Lieutenant Commander EAGLE Kayla Drex to Lieutenant JG GORKON Emilia Krugol to Lieutenant JG Samira Neathler to Lieutenant JG Genkos Sim to Lieutenant The post Promotions for January appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: À la carte

    If you are looking for something to eat on a ship with replicators there is no shortage of options. Starfleet replicators have a massive library of recipes from across the Federation and beyond. It doesn’t matter what a Starfleet officer could want. Whether as simple as a piece of toast for breakfast or catering a dinner party for members of a dozen alien species, the replicator can provide. Simply push a button and ask for whatever dish is desired. And if on the off chance there is a food not already in the database the replicator pattern can be created and uploaded to the database. However, everyone has their own preferences for food. Everyone has foods that they prefer not to eat if they can at all avoid it. It is unlikely that many people could go through the entire replicator database and not find some foods that they would dislike. This week’s poll asks you what dishes would not be found on your character’s table. What types of food can your character not stand? Click here to head to the forums and register your vote in the poll now. Be sure to comment when you’re done! The post Poll of the Week: À la carte 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 LTJG. Edward Spears, playing a human male medical officer assigned to the Constitution-B. YITO: We spoke to you a few months ago after you won duty post ribbon. Do you want to tell us a little more about the writer behind the character — and remind us where in the world do you hail from? SPEARS: Thanks for having me for another interview. It’s always a pleasure to chat about my experiences with the fleet so far. As I have mentioned before; I live in the chilly northern reaches of Canada and tend to move around the country quite a lot as a serving military officer. Beyond that, I’m a father, science fiction fanatic, and of course a Trekkie. Living in a country filled with diverse landscapes, climates, cultures, people, and traditions have really informed my view of the world at large. I also hold a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology, which has helped me cultivate an endless desire to learn more about the way other people live. I think my early love of Trek might have helped push me in that direction during my university studies. Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before? I’ve had the pleasure of roleplaying in a wide variety of formats and settings. I started with Dungeons and Dragons when I was in 6th grade, and haven’t really looked back since then. I’ve been involved with other Star Trek roleplaying groups in the past as well but had to take a break from my writing and from roleplaying in general thanks to that pesky thing we call real life. How did you find out about Starbase 118 and what made you ultimately choose our community and stay with us? I was feeling the urge to get back into roleplaying via writing but wanted to keep an open mind about my options. A few Google searches brought me here to SB118 and I’m so glad that this is where I decided to pick up my proverbial pen again. Creative writing has always been a passion, and doing so collaboratively is still my favourite way to keep the inspiration flowing. To get with a group of people as passionate as this, and to watch the ideas and the enthusiasm flow so easily is exactly what is keeping me engaged in this community. Everyone from the upper echelon on down shows time and again how committed they are to not just the fun side of writing characters and having adventures, but also to the business of managing a growing community of talented people. A lot of personal work goes into keeping this community afloat and feeling the way that it does and that work by those tireless enthusiasts is really what helps keep players around, so a big shout out to everyone committing their time to the fleet’s continued mission! When we spoke last you were the second medical officer on the Constitution, now that officer has transfer to one of the new ships, how are you finding having sickbay to yourself? Well as we know in this fleet nothing stays the same forever. The formation of several new ships just goes to show how active this community is, and that’s how we all get opportunities to try new things, whether that’s new duty posts or new ships. At the time of writing this interview, I’m already back to being part of an outstanding team in the Constitution’s sickbay, but with a different dynamic from before. I’m beyond excited at the prospects these new character relationships are going to bring for my character, and to continue adding to the overall story of our ship. Do you personally have aspirations in the fleet? Are there any OOC activities you’re associated with, or any you’d like to join? My aspiration is to be the best writer I can be and to be an integral piece of telling the stories of whichever group of other writers I’m with at any given time. As to the opportunities that such continued involvement might bring; I am always excited to take on new challenges and responsibilities. My current OOC activities include volunteering as a wiki-helper for the Constitution and continuing to work on a journal article for Starfleet Medical (It’s coming, I swear!). What I’m most looking forward to in the future is the chance to become a mentor, and to help new members of the fleet fit in and thrive as they find their feet here. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Can I only give one? Take advantage of the experience of all the other amazing writers you’re going to work with. Read their sims, learn how they tell stories from the perspectives of their characters, and then use that to help you develop your own unique storytelling style and to truly bring your character to life. It will help you feel connected to and inspired by your character, and will easily integrate you into the crew. Once that happens you’ll be at the centre of the action no matter what duty post you’re holding down. Bonus advice! Don’t be afraid to take some risks in developing your character. Add some drama in your backstory, form a rivalry with a PNPC, or throw in a quirk of your character that both adds to your story, and sets you apart as unique. This roleplaying format is like a huge blank canvas for you to play with. Take advantage! Thanks for your time, LTJG. Spears! You can read more about LTJG. Edward Spears on the wiki. You can also read his interview duty post. The post Lower Decks interview: LtJG. Edward Spears, USS Constitution-B 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: Arika Jojovich-Collins! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room this coming Sunday, for our regularly scheduled get-together, where we’ll talk about what’s happening around the fleet, learn more about each other, and discuss Star Trek! The chat starts this Sunday, February 10 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC. 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 this coming Sunday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2018 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters. This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Commander Mirra Ezo playing a Betazoid female diplomatic officer assigned to the USS Columbia. She won the Lwaxana Troi Medallion: “This award is given to a member who takes on a unique and non-traditional role outside of the normal Starfleet positions, while creating a colorful and engaging character such as, but not limited to: diplomat, civilian or mission specialist.” GALVEN: First off, thank you for taking the time with me and answering a few questions! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? EZO: Thank you for having me! I’ve been a member of the fleet for about 3 years now, I live in Ohio with my two daughters, and I work in the healthcare field. Pretty much very un-Mirra like. Winning such a distinguished award in our community must be a great feeling! Congratulations by the way! The award is given to a member who’s character is colorful and engaging outside of normal Starfleet positions. Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character and her actions? Thank you very much, I was honored. Honestly Mirra just kind of lives in my head. I had an idea of what I wanted to play, and she kind of just became this larger than life little creation. I primarily played her as a doctor, so I did indeed take inspiration from TV and books for someone in that high pressure type role. And if I found something funny, I went with it. Captain Theo Whittaker mentioned in his presentation that Mirra has a larger than life personality and is known for her sassy mouth. Could you explain more what he means by that and how has it improved her character development? Actually it’s funny you should mention that, I never really thought of Mirra as all that sassy until she met Theo, and by proxy his creation Chennel, may she rest in infamy. I would find myself saying out loud the sarcastic responses to the outlandish villain and decided to write them in. It feel more natural, writing Mirra saying things I myself would say. Although, she is far less tactful than I try to be in my everyday life. She’s kind of my guilty pleasure outlet, able to say all the sassy quips at will. Although she isn’t mean about it, unless she’s shot at. Your character has had three different duty post assignments in her career. Which one has been your favorite to sim so far? I actually started in Science, and hats off to the amazing writers who play science officers, I was absolutely abysmal at it. I then moved to medical, which was my prime choice and by far my favorite. I enjoyed writing her as a doctor, as well as taking a very protective, almost maternal role in her duties, which made for some fun writing. However, in diplomacy I started it as a long running joke, considering her mouth, she shouldn’t be in peace talks, but as time progresses I’m actually really enjoying it and having to navigate the duty post right along with her. I’m really having fun with it and am enjoying it immensely. Captain Whittaker also mentioned that from the moment Mirra confronted the Hur’Q leader on Arndall, he knew that they were in for something very special. What kind of diplomatic examples does Mirra use? I kind of invision her as the reverse diplomat. Most of the time, when you picture a diplomat you see a very formal, albeit stuffy type person. That is far from Mirra. She is passionate, she is endearing, she is genuine, what she isn’t, is placid and fake. She can get heated, she can get frightened, and she can make things an actual conversation, and less like a “Terms of agreement” letter. Although, in the case of the Hur’Q leader, she was mainly trying to be a distraction in a “Let’s avoid getting blown up” sort of way. And finally, what advice can you give the readers in creating a larger than life character and want to take on a unique role outside of the normal Starfleet positions such as diplomatic officer? My biggest policy has always been: Don’t take it too seriously. It’s fun, it’s fluid. Yes, we all put in a lot of work and effort into our little fictional beings, but don’t forget to have fun. Laugh once and awhile, make them look awkward and a bit silly, let them be more three dimensional. One of my favorite things to write is Mirra failing at something and trying her very best to make the most of it. No one being is perfect all the time, which is why each person is unique. So have fun, if it sounds good to you (and it’s plausible) just go with it. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Commander Mirra Ezo! You can read more about Lieutenant Commander Mirra Ezo on the wiki. The post Duty Post Award Winner – Mirra Ezo, USS Columbia (Lwaxana Troi Medallion) appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Our yearly donation drive stretches from May to April each year, as our hosting bill – the largest ticket item we pay – comes due in early May. As we rush forward into February, the shortest month of the year, we’re just $253 away from our $1,455 goal – 83% of the way there. Many thanks to these donors who contributed this month: Maddi Hyden, Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, and Ferier Kian! Can you join them by contributing $15, $25, or more to our goal to get us over the finish line by May 1? It only takes a few moments to donate and your card is processed securely by Stripe. Every dime of our donations go toward keeping our website online and paying for the various software required to run our community. You can read more about the total bill of costs on the donations page above, and see how much we pay for everything. The post We nearing the end of our 2019 donation drive – can you help? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  16. Let’s face it: Space travel is a risky business. Swimming through a void specifically designed to kill any organic life as we understand it is no mean feat, and that’s not even mentioning the various dangers that the political climate can bring to bear. If the vacuum doesn’t boil your character’s blood, the Romulan disruptors pointed at them will. If the hostile natives don’t run a spear through their body, the flesh-consuming bacteria they picked up will finish the job quick enough. No matter what position and department they fill on a ship or a station, there is always immense risk. But while some of that risk is universal, others are more specialized. A security officer is the first line of defense against enemy incursions. A doctor runs the greatest risk of infection by plagues, due to their exposure to them. Engineers constantly effect repairs in dangerous and less than ideal circumstances. Counselors deal with potentially violent or disturbed patients. This poll asks you which duty post/department carries the most risk overall. Head to the forums to vote now! The post Poll of the Week: Which Position Carries the Most Risk? 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: Darian Vol, Wiar Sh’zatrahr, Blaidd Vescori, and Stephen Chase! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  18. The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season show a new direction for the series. (Red Alert! Spoilers below.) Episode 2×01: “Brother” The second season premiere is called “Brother,” but it’s really all about the man pictured above: Pike. As in Captain Christoper Pike, second captain of the original USS Enterprise and Kirk’s immediate predecessor. Previously portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter in the first TOS pilot “The Cage” (and then Sean Kenney as the disfigured Pike in “The Menagerie”) and then more recently by Bruce Greenwood in the Kelvin Timeline films, Discovery’s iteration sees Anson Mount donning the captain’s uniform, which as Pike notes, is of the “new” design that the Constitution class crews get first dibs on. In a nutshell, Pike is the anti-Lorca. When Pike arrives aboard Discovery to take command because of an emergency, Acting Captain Saru informs him that a DNA test is necessary to confirm his identity, a new Starfleet security measure evidently in place because of Lorca’s deception from last season. In doing so, Pike takes the time to explain to his new bridge crew who he is and takes the time to get to know them, which means for the audience, we actually get to feel like the rest of the bridge crew is more than just glorified extras, with an entire sequence just having them give their names to their new captain (and us as an audience for the first time). Despite only being an hour long, the premiere takes time throughout the episode to give us these little moments that seem to acknowledge some of the criticisms of last season, and a conversation between Tilly and Stamets discussing his requested transfer off of Discovery is a hopeful sign that this second season won’t be shy about focusing on quieter character moments among the crew in between the larger action set pieces. Still, there will be action. The episode primarily deals with the Discovery crew trying to rescue survivors of a crashed Starfleet vessel found on an asteroid that’s about to slam into a pulsar, and in a sequence reminiscent of the Kirk/Khan EVA jump in Into Darkness, Michael and Pike along with a couple of Enterprise officers need to get to the crashed ship from Discovery without the help of a transporter or shuttle. It’s an exciting sequence with effects worthy of any big screen Trek feature and perhaps even a bit of a misdirection/nod to the 2009 film’s similar skydiving sequence (as soon as you see the suit colors, you’ll know what I’m talking about), although I have to admit it still felt I’d seen it before with the aforementioned Kelvin film sequences. Conversely, I thought the escape sequence from the asteroid was a bit more novel and sets up Michael’s encounter with the mysterious “Red Angel.” We’re teased with the Enterprise at the start of the episode, but the only part we see is Spock’s quarters, which are in the style of the Discovery-era interior design. While there are elements of the TOS design in it along with a few familiar props, purists who were upset by Discovery’s “visual reboot” are likely to still find issue with it. At this point, I think it’s basically going to be one of those unsaid things like the makeup changes of aliens from TOS to TNG that fans will either accept or never reconcile with. The episode ultimately ends without an actual appearance by the (adult) Spock that the title refers to, but it sets the stage for his inevitable reunion with Michael. In this regard, I liked that the episode felt complete enough on its own even though it promises a larger serial story arc. My preference would be for this to be the model they go with so that more of Discovery’s episodes can stand on their own like previous Treks rather than be just a mere chapter, which makes it more difficult to just put on for a rewatch. This episode didn’t show us the Klingon characters or Emperor Georgiou from last season, but the trailer promises they’ll be back. I’m more or less ambivalent about seeing their return, but I’ll hold judgment until I see how they are affected by the new tone and direction Discovery has promised both off camera and on. When Pike tells Michael they’ll have “fun” along the way, you can’t help but feel that’s the writers also promising that to the audience. Episode 2×02: “New Eden” If last week’s opener was still a bit too action-heavy of a blockbuster, then “New Eden” marks a return to the classic Trek “planet of the week,” in this case a settlement of humans on a distant planet that wouldn’t feel out of place as the starting point for one of Kirk’s adventures in TOS. From mentions of Starfleet General Order 1 (aka the Prime Directive) and an away team sent incognito to learn what’s going on among the locals, it’s both comforting to see these familiar tropes yet also still feel we’re watching something new by learning more about Captain Pike’s style of command and how the rest of the crew handle the challenges thrown at them. For those left on Discovery, we get a return to the A/B story type format, or in this case, perhaps the surface vs space sides of the same overall plot dealing with the human settlement. On the surface, operations officer Joann Owosekun is recommended to join the away team by Michael. We’re told she was raised in a Luddite collective so she’d be good for this mission, and while she does get a small moment to shine in helping the away team out of a locked cellar, it’s a shame she’s still basically treated the same as an extra. While Discovery was envisioned with Michael taking on the central role, if the show is trying to change into a more ensemble-driven series, then an easy way to have developed Owosekun further would have been to let her become a voice for the humans on New Eden rather than keeping it mainly still focused on Pike and Burnham’s different views on how to handle the settlement (namely, whether the prime directive still applies). On the ship, Ensign Tilly gets to be the hero seemingly once again, and while I personally find her an endearing enough character, again, the writers should be willing to let the other bridge crew step up and contribute to the overall plan. Rather than have Tilly explain for instance what Detmer the helmswoman would need to do, it would have been just as easy to have Detmer understand what she needed to do on her own and likewise have the rest of the bridge crew figuring out what else they needed to do rather than being one step behind Tilly. Still, these are just a few criticisms in what is overall an enjoyable episode and an encouraging sign that Discovery is getting its footing. That said, I suspect next week’s episode revisiting the Klingons will really be the test of whether Discovery can avoid some of its less successful tendencies from last season. Click here to head to the forums for more notes about each episode and join in the discussion with your thoughts on this episode of Discovery! The post Rahman Reviews: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 – “Brother” & “New Eden” appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Reunification

    In the distant past, Romulans and Vulcans were one. Romulans did not exist for centuries of Vulcan history. Only during the Age of Surak did the Romulans begin as their own people. They refused to adopt Surak’s philosophies about logic and emotion. These Vulcans who “marched beneath the raptor’s wings” left the planet on a long odyssey. Eventually, these wayward Vulcans would find their way to Romulus and form the Romulan Star Empire. For the longest time Vulcan and Romulus remained separate. They went on divergent paths of history and developed their own unique cultures. The Vulcans joined the Federation and continued to follow the logical path of Surak’s teachings. Meanwhile, the Romulans became an expansionist military power built on extreme paranoia and mistrust. Despite their common roots the two civilizations didn’t seem to have much in common. This hasn’t kept people on both sides from desiring a unification between the Vulcans and Romulans. What form would this reunification take? For most Vulcans, the idea was to have peaceful diplomatic discussions with the Romulans. The Romulan Star Empire saw the goal of reunification as the conquest of Vulcan. Reunification remains a dream for many Romulans and Vulcans despite the barriers to unification. What do you think about the prospects of a reunion for the two powers? Could Vulcan-Romulan Reunification work? Click here to head to the forums now and vote for your choice. The post Poll of the Week: Reunification appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  20. 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 Ens. Geoffrey Teller playing a Human engineer assigned to the Veritas. THORAN: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? TELLER: I’m originally from Brooklyn, New York but for the last several years I’ve lived in Seattle, Washington with my wife and, most recently, our wonderful 5 month old son. Were you a Star Trek fan before joining UFOP: StarBase 118? If so, what were your favourite shows and/or movies? Indeed I was – I’ve watched every series, including the Animated one, and read a number of the EU books. As far as favorites, it’s difficult to choose but overall it has to be The Original Series as my favorite, with TNG a close second. Best movies are Wrath of Khan and First Contact, respectively. Favorite episode actually comes from DS9 – In the Pale Moonlight. That single episode added so much depth and texture to the ST universe I think it should be on a little pedestal by itself. Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming? Since I started with Teller I’ve been trying to add elements to build depth into the character so I’ve given him two hobbies – coffee and sea shanties. In the case of the first, this lead (after a conversation with my Captain and some crew members in Discord) to the creation of a coffee bar for the Veritas called ‘The Brew Continimum.’ It was created just in time to serve as the setting of a going away party for members of the Veritas crew that recently transferred to our new ship, the USS Montreal. The sea shanties idea came out of the Next Gen episode ‘Allegiance’ where Picard is replaced by an alien. During the course of the episode, Fake-Picard leads Ten Forward in a rousing chorus of ‘Heart of Oak,’ the traditional anthem of the British Royal Navy. That lead me down a research rabbit hole where I found a bunch of very interesting old tunes which each had rich stories behind them, like the tale of the first clash between a wooden sailing ship and an iron-clad steamship during the American Civil War. Both elements have rounded out Teller in interesting directions and have become a narrative talking point for several other characters, which is an absolute joy to see. What’s been your favorite part of being with the community so far? It may sound cliche, but the people are far and away the soul of the community and my favorite part of SB118 – they’ve been kind, welcoming, patient and fun to talk with both in and out of character. The people make the experience of being ‘part of a crew’ a reality. What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it? Teller’s an Engineer who started life working in the shipyards around Archer IV. Based partially on what roles were being asked for when I joined the fleet and in part my own background, Engineering was a great fit for me and it’s been a blast to play so far. I don’t think I’ve gotten to reverse the polarity of anything quite yet but I’m sure the day is coming soon. Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Try to avoid overloading your characters bio and background on the way into the Academy – it may seem like a good idea if you’ve got a character in mind but an overly elaborate backstory can end up cumbersome and difficult to integrate into the larger narrative. Try to stay flexible and develop your character organically. And have fun. Try getting your crew to sing a sea shanty! Thanks for your time, Ens. Teller! You can read more about Ens. Teller on the wiki. The post Lower Decks interview: Ens. Geoffrey Teller, Veritas appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  21. StarBase 118 Staff

    How you can help us grow

    The more people who join our community, the more ships we can launch and the stronger our community becomes, as well as providing exciting opportunities for our players. But spreading the word about our community to prospective members can be challenging when there’s so many other things vying for peoples’ attention, which is why we need your help! JOIN THE PUBLICITY TEAM On the Publicity Team we share ideas on how to advertise our community, and then put those ideas into action. You don’t need to be a marketing whiz to join, and participation on the team can be as simple as finding content to share on our social media channels. Most other tasks take no more than an hour or two a month. Not only that, but there is no commitment, so you can join now and step back later if it doesn’t fit your schedule. What’s to lose? Click here to join the team. You’ll be added to the team’s email list, introduced to the others and then be able to jump right in. SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA We’re really active on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr? We post a variety of content, from Star Trek to writing, so there is something for everybody. If you see something you like, make sure to like it, and if you want, why not give it a share or a retweet or even post a comment? Found something interesting, why not share it with us? It could be an article relating to space exploration, an updated on an upcoming Star Trek project or even an image related to writing. If you liked it, it’s guaranteed someone else will. If you have a great idea for something we should post on social media, use the submission box – it only takes a moment! BLOG ABOUT US AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE Do you write a blog? Providing a link back to us along with a review of our community and game can have an impact on how we rank in search engines, meaning we are easier to find. Between 400 & 800 words about your experience with us will help us, and a personal review really helps validate our community. You could talk about what brought you to us, what has kept you here and how you’re enjoying your time with us. If you happen to write a blog post about us, please let us know, we’d love to share it our social media channels. TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS Word of mouth is still one of the greatest forms of advertising. By sharing your love of our community with others, you can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what happens here. Let people know how you having discovered new life forms, or have managed to outwit an old Star Trek foe, such as the Tholians. You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be! The post How you can help us grow appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  22. Emblems, flags and symbols are ubiquitous in the universe of “Star Trek.” Civilizations across the galaxy, be they powerful empires or miniscule entities, are easily identified by their particular sigil of identity. These designs are generally eye-catching, descriptive and easily discerned from one another. The Federation’s has undergone several changes over the shows and movies, but all have maintained the peaceful colors, olive branches and starfield that exude an air of serenity and cooperation. The brazen, barren trefoil design of the Klingon Empire strikes perhaps the opposite note, effectively displaying their imperial approach and aggressive stance to their allies and enemies alike. The Romulans employ a wide-winged raptor, announcing their commitment to their roots and a desire to dominate. The list goes on and on, and for the eagle-eyed viewer, it can provide a seemingly endless source of interest and world-building potential. This week’s poll asks you to tell us what your favorite civilization emblem is. Consider aesthetics, effectiveness and uniqueness in your answer, then vote in the poll and be sure to comment on your favorite! The post Poll of the Week: Which civilization had the best emblem? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  23. StarBase 118 Staff

    New Academy Graduate

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Stennin! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. 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. Today, we’re sitting down with Ensign Reema Poq, a Trill medical officer aboard Starbase 118. SHAYNE: Tell us a little about yourself- where in the world do you hail from? POQ: Short answer: SoCal. Long answer: I was born in Montreal, QC. When I was 10 my family moved to the States, where I swapped primary and secondary language. Then I moved to San Francisco for college, and now I live in LA. Trills are an especially interesting species to play, and a popular choice in the fleet. Is there a reason you chose that race in particular? When I first found out about SB118, I was directed to the Discord, and the lobby happened to be talking about how more trill were needed. I prefer to build my characters by randomization usually, and the needs of the team were randomizer enough, so I picked Trill, and here Poq is. Is this your first PBEM/roleplaying game, or do you have more experience in that realm? Hahaaa not even slightly. I started RPing on forums in 2000- then livejournal, then gaia, more forums, anyone else remember those terrible myspace-era make-your-own-website servers? Angelsomething? Yeah. So it’s been about 18 years for me, and I’ve covered everything from original fiction to horses (yep you heard me, I was 11 what do you want) to fandoms including Star Trek. And that’s just online text rp! I also play TTRPGs like D&D, and I do long and short form improvisation on stage. If a version of RPing exists, I’ve probably tried it. Except LARPing. …LARPing is next. Your wiki page for Poq indicates that Poq is in her first joined life- why did you chose this characteristic for them? Whenever I start creating an original character, I ask myself what’s different from the norm about them, and how can it feed my story. Like I said I’ve been doing it a long time, so I don’t tend to think big trauma anymore, and instead the everyday little things that differentiate us. Internal conflict is important to me as a writer and an actor, so I thought- what kind of arc could I give her immediately to worth through as well as the usual trials and tribulations of being a Trill officer? Since joining is such a huge thing on Trill, and receiving the past life memories the sold ‘benefit’ of joining, I thought it’d be fun for her to have to struggle with getting what she wants (joining) without getting what she expected out of it (past life knowledge/experience), and Reema having to come to terms with it. Eventually I hope that Reema will be excited and proud to be Poq’s first lifetime, but she’s certainly not there yet! Do you have any thoughts on what you’d like to aim for in terms of development and growth for Poq? Any goals in mind, or are you looking to go more with the flow? Oops did I answer this too early? That’s just one of her things though! She also spent all her time in academia, and now has to deal with (a version of) the real world. Having her deal with socializing in a less structured environment, especially in one that has so many divergent personalities, species and situations, and being forced to expand her horizons should be really fun, so– I’m happy to see what she gets handed and to see how we can learn from there. The joy of RPing for me is not planning more than a vague direction and seeing what happens. I plan on Reema growing, but the direction in which she grows is up to SB118 and its wonderful denizens. Where do you see yourself in a few years- would you like to move into a command role in time? We’ll see how much free time I have in a few years… but tbh I always want power Nah, meaning, RPing is a very important hobby for me and I want to spread it to others. It helps with writing skills and communication skills as well as empathy, and it builds such magical relationships, I’d love to assist the community. And if that means taking a command role? I’m there. Do you have a favorite episode or movie of Star Trek? Favorite episode? I can’t even pick a favorite series. Hmm…. Maybe “The Ship” from DS9. It has two fantastic one-time characters, great moments for many of the main cast, Miles especially. I definitely feel like the script was written with Munez intended to be early 20s while the actor seemed more like 30s, but the actor did such a terrific job I’m eh about it. “A Year In Hell” deserved way more time than it got, and would kill it in today’s serialized tv system, rather than the episodic programs we had before. Oh, and “City on the Edge of Forever” is a classic. Thank you very much, Ensign Poq! You can read more about Ensign Poq on the Wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ensign Reema Poq, Starbase 118 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  25. 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 December. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. December saw thirteen new applicants, which marks it as the eighth month in 2018 with ten or more applicants. Throughout the course of 2018, the fleet saw one hundred fifty five new 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 December. The fleet saw nine new graduates this month, which included four applicants who applied during November. We also had eight applicants who’s training did not conclude until after the start of the new year. The fleet saw one hundred four new academy graduates in 2018! 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 December 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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