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  1. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Airik Tierney, Martin Oliver, along with returning members Ferier Kian and Paul Sleeford! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. HECATE — The USS Veritas has prevented a mysterious rogue planet from heading to the Sol system, its ultimate purpose still unknown. With Captain Rahman on personal leave and First Officer Sky Blake still recovering from recent surgery, the Starfleet cruiser USS Veritas was placed under temporary command of Second Officer Jansen Orrey. Lt. Commander Orrey and the Veritas crew were tasked with tracking a rogue planet known as Hecate as it was heading from Cardassian space into Federation territory. The rogue planet was somehow warp capable as it slipped in and out of subspace. “Tracking that thing was like a game of cat and mouse,” said Crewman Tasnim Shandres, an engineering technician aboard Veritas. “As soon as we thought we had it, it suddenly jumped into warp. An entire planet gone like that in a flash, if you can believe it!” The crew soon discovered that the ship’s own warp field had attracted the rogue planet towards them. The Veritas crew placed the ship in orbit of the planet. An away team led by acting First Officer Wil Ukinix beamed to the surface to explore the ruins while the crew on the ship analyzed the data. When the planet jumped back into subspace and started heading towards the Sol System, the crew had to quickly find a way to get off the planet. The away team managed to make contact with an alien life form and convince it that they were not a threat. The alien, believed to be Menthar in origin, told the away team to leave as Veritas was decaying in orbit, and it changed the course of the planet away from Sol. They were then retrieved by another team from Veritas who had teamed up with Dr. Renia Lenai, a scientist on a civilian craft that had also been tracking the planet. Records show that a person named Dr. Lenai was previously associated with the terrorist organization known as the Maquis Reborn. “I have no comment on if there is any connection there,” said Commander Jarrus of Starfleet Security. “What I can tell you is that because of the Veritas crew, an emergency was dealt with, and enough data to keep scientists busy for years was brought back.” After the successful completion of her mission, the USS Veritas returned to Cait Spacedock for repair and shore leave. Written by Roshanara Rahman The post Warp-capable rogue planet diverted away from Sol System appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. Resounding congratulations to Brian, the writer behind Geoffrey Teller, for smashing the Writing Challenge 2020 with a superb win! Not only the first entry the challenge received but also a beautifully written story “Lullaby” of an officer facing a difficult situation and a heartwarming encounter to leave a tear in the eye. This is the first Writing Challenge done since 2014, so this is a special congratulations extended to him! Matt, the writer behind Addison MacKenzie, had this to say about the piece: “I’ve served with Teller in various capacities for my entire length of service – as colleagues on the Veritas, as acting first officer on the Diligent, and now as senior officers on the Thor. In that time, I’ve gotten to know the Teller character quite intimately as well as his background – the presumed loss of his parents was initially a small detail to Brian, but it played a major role in one of our missions together on the Veritas when it was actually discovered that his father had survived. Getting to watch Teller work through that realization and then explain it to his sister Sarah (whom I wrote for) made for quite remarkable characterization. Now, in this piece of short writing, its interesting to see how Teller transformed into a wide-eyed, innocent projection of his childhood-self as he interacts with his mother. This piece was a compelling demonstration of the Teller’s humanity as we watch him confront [what he thinks is] his mother, their interactions and attempted reconciliation.” Our runner-up is Quinten, writer for Pholin Duyzer, recently returned to our community following a brief absence and scoops up this badge for his story “Time to Move On”, which sees the Denobulan officer return to his family home and battle through rough waters. A most excellent story and a compelling narrative glimpse into Pholin’s life at home and how his career has faired in between the time away. Well done, Quinten! All entries into the challenge were excellent, and each one deserves a slice of the praise! Thank you for submitting your entries, letting us into the worlds of your characters brought into the spotlight, and for giving us a glimpse of what goes on behind the characters we see. For the winner, runner-up and judges, they are in receipt of one of the following badges! Considering the wild success of this challenge, we plan to continue the tradition in yearly challenges. We look forward to more amazing entries next spring! Please drop by the forums to offer these writers, and all our entrants, your congratulations! The post Winner of Writing Challenge 2020! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. YSDYEN NEBULA — The USS Thor (NCC-82607), now under the command of Fleet Captain Aron Kells, races across the quadrant to investigate a two-hundred-year-old mystery in a momentous change for the officers and enlisted personnel who long called Duronis II their home. “I am honoured to take on the command of the Thor.” Fleet Captain Kells, recently returned to duty, celebrated the successful completion of the Embassy’s mission. “I have long applauded the Federation mission to Duronis II and am delighted that it has resulted in the Laudeans’ conditional approval for Federation membership.” Retasked by Starfleet Command, the crew have transferred to the Thor full time and have already embarked on their first mission to the Ysdyen Nebula, long considered a nearly impassable navigational hazard. The Vesta class Thor is one of the few ships in the fleet capable of withstanding the harsh conditions that the nebula is known for, and the crew is preparing for the difficult environment. “With the help of Major Hannibal Parker, we have prepared the shields to adjust to the frequencies of the major ion distortions so that we can pass through them.” Reached for comment in Main Engineering, newly minted Acting Chief Engineer Ensign Sirok explained, visibly holding back emotion. “To improve the speed of frequency change during this time the tactical computer has been dedicated exclusively to this task. In addition, to reduce the shocks caused by the distortions, simulations have been made to carry out a controlled overload on the inertial dampers.” The Thor is now responding to reports of a faint subspace distress call, picked up by long-range Federation monitoring stations. There is a strong belief that the distress call originates from the Vel Maijan colony, lost over 200 years ago in 2159. The colony’s disappearance, along with that of its entire solar system, is a mystery that has long puzzled everyone from sex investigators to the Federation’s top minds. More on this story as it develops. Written by Geoffrey Teller The post Under New Command, USS Thor Investigates Ysdyen Nebula appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. 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. We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community: the writer behind Ensign Alieth, who is playing a Vulcan female medical officer assigned to the USS Thor. SHAYNE: Tell us a little bit about the writer behind the character- where in the world do you hail from? ALIETH: Hi, Shayne! I greet you from a small town in the Spanish mountains! My name is Andrea and I’m a little more expressive than my character (laughs). In real life I’m a freelancer and I work mostly in design and illustration. You play a medical officer- a role I’ve always found a bit tricky! What drew you to that profession? In fact, when I applied to join the 118, I tried to assume the role of science officer. However, there was another colleague at the Academy who was applying for the same position, so I was re-assigned as a doctor. Actually, I had a lot of fun with that, since the combination of Vulcan stoicism and a doctor’s concern for her patients is such a wonderful balance to portray. So, once I graduated from the Academy, I was encouraged to adopt the medical career and I was happy to accept it. I must also admit that I’ve always loved medical shows and that the EMH and McCoy are two of my favourite characters on Star Trek, so it’s certainly a position I’ve embraced with enthusiasm. Who doesn’t want the chance to say “I’m a doctor, not a…” from time to time? What would you say are the most challenging and rewarding parts of playing a medical officer? In my personal case, writing a Doctor and a Vulcan at the same time, the challenges are double. On the one hand, maintaining convenient bedside manners with the blunt Vulcan honesty is a real challenge. Vulcans are tough characters to interact with, as they can easily be read as unfriendly and not very cooperative. Couple that with someone who really WANTS to help (as a doctor) and you have an interesting but tricky mix. However, I’ve always liked challenges, so that’s something that makes the character and the narrative more appealing for me. On the other hand, as I said, I am not a doctor, and although I have relatives that are doctors and an interest in fiction on the subject, many times I find myself researching things I have little idea about, such as internal anatomy, chemistry, surgical techniques, etc. This increases the time it usually takes me to write a SIM. Couple that with the fact that I write in a language that is different from my native one, and the increase in time per SIM can be exponential! However, this also allows me to learn many different subjects which gives an added value to the whole experience. Many of our members have certain goals in the group; some even aim for the captaincy some day! Do you have any goals you’re looking to achieve? Who doesn’t ever dream of being the captain of their own ship? (laughs) However, it is something I still see quite far away and my main goal consists in telling stories with my fellow writers and helping others to tell theirs in this utopian future we all share. If that leads me to the captaincy… it will be quite welcomed! Nevertheless, I haven’t set any real goals for the moment, just have fun. On the other hand, Starbase 118 offers me the opportunity to be creative on a visual level in different ways than I am in my job, which is always a plus for me. I would like to continue exploring this facet with all the colleagues of the Image Collective Is this your first collaborative writing experience? Not at all! I have been in several collaborative writing environments, mainly in Spanish and closer to role-playing. I think this has given me several useful skills that I am using in the 118. Especially an interest in moving the plot as a group, not as an individual. Lastly, you’ve been with the group for a few months now- if you could give advice to yourself when you were just starting out, what would it be? My main recommendation is that they should not be shy, that they engage in the community with enthusiasm, that they would not be afraid to ask questions, that they would interact with their mentors, with their senior officers and with older members of the group. The best thing I have found so far is the tightly knitted community and being involved in it and meeting all its members, newcomers or veterans alike and learning from them makes the experience incredible. Eventually we are people from all over the world connecting behind our screens with each other and it is wonderful that this allows us to get closer to very different worlds thanks to a common interest. Thank you for your time, Ensign! You can find more about Ensign Alieth on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ens. Alieth, Thor appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. When you mention ships of the Trekverse, the one everyone remembers is the Enterprise; the beautiful vessel that has captured the hearts and imaginations of the audience and the crew through years of successive storytelling. In the series, where space flight could be perilous, encounters with enemies more so, and hosting everyday life on board, the ships of the line became as recognisable in the shows as the characters themselves. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Star Trek fan who can’t identify the sleek lines of the Galaxy class on sight, or punch the air when the Sovereign class makes that famed strafing run against the Borg. However, there are the unsung heroes of the Starfleet ship catalogue in the smaller ships; those with a smaller crew, designed for a specific purpose, and perform their role within the universe perfectly. This broad range of starships includes vessels designed for war the Federation didn’t plan for, scientific vessels with limited weapons capabilities, ships solely for transport and supply, or for scouting in areas larger ships would be detected. In a universe where space vessels make up the primary settings for our characters, encounters, and stories, having a ship which suits the tale you want to tell is paramount. So, this week, we want to know if any of these ships have captured your interest and your imagination. Have you had dreams of sailing around the galaxy doing all the science in your Oberth class, opted for the cloak and dagger aspects of a Saber class, or would you be interested in running search and rescue missions in a Defiant? Which of these smaller ship classes has ever piqued your interest? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Small Ships Packing a Punch appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. Featured articles are considered the best our community’s wiki has to offer, as determined by our editors. We use them as examples for writing other articles. Our featured article system is returning after inactivity since 2010, and we are pleased to bring fantastic pages created by our user base to the attention of the wider community. The system is loosely based on Wikipedia Featured Articles, where users support, oppose, and comment on nominations. You can nominate any page on 118Wiki — including pages you’ve created yourself! The content of a featured article should be of a standard where it can be displayed as high quality examples for other users developing articles of a similar theme. They should be: Well-written, comprehensive and accurate. Have images, and other media where they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions. Include links to other articles where appropriate. Be of appropriate length, staying focused on the primary topic without going into unnecessary detail. Nominations for featured articles are open indefinitely, and can be promoted to featured article status when three wiki users (including yourself!) support the article. Do you know of an article that deserves more attention? Nominate your favourite articles here! The post Nominate a featured article on the wiki appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. RINGWORLD, AAVARO WILDS — After a difficult and somewhat unorthodox mission to repair the structure known as Ringworld, the starship Eagle has been decommissioned. Efforts to repair the enormous Nivian Ring were complicated by an array of unusual and remarkable occurrences, culminating in the realization that Starfleet vessels had been in the area before. A disguised first contact exploration team beamed to the surface quickly discovered the remains of an Oberth class ship, which had been converted into a temple or holy ground by the nearby inhabitants. Power signatures from within the temple began to disrupt the entire habitable section of the Ring, leading to ground tremors that caused considerable damage to the Ring itself, and its inhabitants. Fortunately, however, repairs were completed as suggested by the Eagle’s chief science officer, Lieutenant Commander Quentin Collins, and the away team was able to secure the area while reducing the unnecessary loss of life. Data taken from the tricorders of the away team and the sensors of the USS Eagle (NCC-74659) is still under investigation. In light of these events, Rear Admiral Mary Christopher of Starfleet Command has proposed an investigation into the incident. “While the command staff of the Eagle has Starfleet’s full support, discrepancies in the conduct of certain officers is concerning. I hope to commission a board of inquiry regarding this matter so that the full picture may be presented.” Amidst efforts to repair the native inhabitants’ village and rescue its people without the use of modern medical or mechanical equipment, the newly commissioned Federation starship USS Juneau (NX-99801), under the provisional command of Ambassador Kalianna Nicholotti, set a course for the Nivian Ring to meet with the Eagle. The Eagle’s captain, senior staff and crew will move to the Regent-class Juneau and will be supplemented by nearly six hundred other crew members. Now entering a period of rest and reorganization, the new crew of the Juneau is looking forward to a camping trip on Ringworld and an awards ceremony. Written by Randal Shayne The post Eagle Crew Transitions To New Starship In Wake Of Unusual Rescue Mission appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. 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 relatively recently, so there may be only a few 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! We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award. If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or head into the chatroom’s #awards2020 channel to ask other members. Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Wednesday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific time. The post Award nominations open for 2020 ceremony appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, May 17th) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+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 It’s time to chat! Join us today for our monthly fleetwide party appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. Star Trek fans (including members of UFOP: StarBase 118) rejoiced after CBS officially announced the upcoming series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will feature the adventures of Captain Pike, Number One, and Mr. Spock aboard the USS Enterprise. Strange New Worlds is the latest addition to the expanding library of new Trek shows on the network’s streaming service CBS All Access. In a video released on Twitter yesterday, actors Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, and Ethan Peck expressed their gratitude to the outpouring of fan support and demand for a new series based on their characters after their popular reception on season two of Star Trek: Discovery. “You asked, we listened. It’s happening,” said Peck, who plays a younger iteration of Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer aboard the USS Enterprise. While reception to the newest shows Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard has varied widely among fans, the reintroduction of the Captain Pike character on Discovery was met with overwhelming praise. Paralleling the efforts of fans half a century ago to avert the threat of the original series’ cancellation with a massive letter-writing campaign to the network, the possibility of a new Pike-centered series was energized from enthusiastic fan response, with executive producer Alex Kurtzman telling The Hollywood Reporter in April 2019 that “the fans have been heard.” “We’re gonna get to work on a classic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future,” promised Anson Mount in yesterday’s video announcement. Mount, most well-known previously for his role as Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama Hell on Wheels, will return in Strange New Worlds as Captain Christopher Pike, the man who commanded the Enterprise a decade before Captain Kirk of the original 1960s Star Trek television series. Anson Mount made a lasting impression on fans with his portrayal of Captain Pike in Star Trek: Discovery. Describing the upcoming show as “classic Star Trek” could be a clue, along with its title, that it will return to a more episodic style of storytelling and morality plays familiar to those who grew up on the original series or the Star Trek: The Next Generation era of spinoffs. However, no further details about Strange New Worlds or when it will go into production have been announced yet. Still, immediate fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive, including among the members of the UFOP: StarBase 118 RPG community from across the globe. “Am I excited?” responded Deliera, a member from Australia who writes for Sky Blake, first officer of the USS Veritas. “You bet your Vulcan mind I’m excited!” “OHMAGAWD,” said Nathaniel, a member from the United Kingdom who writes for Thalas th’Koro on the USS Atlantis, before his universal translator exploded. “A series with Captain Pike? Yes, please,” said Andrea, a member from Spain who writes for Alieth on the USS Thor. “How the writers have scripted the character for Anson so far and how much the actor has invested in the character makes me 100% confident that I will enjoy the new series.” UFOP: StarBase 118 founder Jordan, better known to many in the community as Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf, echoed the sentiment. “It’s so gratifying to see the powers that be making a Captain Pike show – his commitment to the ideals of Starfleet are an inspiring return to the utopian Roddenberry vision of TNG,” he said. In the midst of these difficult and uncertain times from a global pandemic that has affected millions, yesterday’s announcement indeed proved that even before its premiere, Strange New Worlds has already helped bring a little bit of that Trek optimism back to its fans and a promise of a great future to come. The post New Captain Pike series ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ announced appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. PALDOR SYSTEM — While conducting training exercises in the asteroid belt around the Paldor System, USS Atlantis has been boarded by several intruders. “Intruder Alert! Breen have boarded the ship. Repeat, we have had contact with a Breen warrior on Deck 13!” “Contact! We’re taking fire from Romulans now!” Warnings issued by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jenta Solana were among many reports indicating the identities of the various intruders that had boarded the ship while it was conducting a battle exercise in the Paldor System’s asteroid belt. In addition to the intruders, the USS Atlantis (NCC-74682) was also dealing with numerous vessels engaged in what has been described as wolf-pack tactics. The crew had departed Deep Space 26 to conduct their first training exercise in quite some time. They had arrived at the asteroid field on the outer rim of the system. Once in place, Cmdr. Jarred Thoran ordered Lt. Esa Kiax, Assistant Operations Officer for the ship, to begin the simulation. Unbeknownst to the crew, Kiax, with Thoran’s approval, had installed holo-emitters throughout the ship and had interfaced the sensor inputs and inertial dampeners to the computer system to help make the simulation more realistic. Several unidentified ships moved in and began an attack on the Atlantis. Suspecting cloaked vessels, Tactical Officer Lt. David Knight acquired target locks and implemented a program written by ship’s First Officer LtCmdr. Serala during her tenure as the Chief Tactical Officer. The simulation took a rather unexpected turn for most of the crew as intruders began to make it through the shielding. “Hyden to Security. Alright, let’s get this situation contained. I want security on all decks.” Chief of Security, Lt. Maddi Hyden, implemented her new security protocols and teams were scrambled from both Security and the Marines. “If something moves the wrong way I want to be notified immediately.” Some casualties have been reported, including one death, but it was later learned that a subroutine had been included that allow for simulated deaths. Anyone “dying” during the training was beamed to sickbay by the computer where they would remain for the rest of the drill. The most recent development included a rather vicious explosion on deck 12, which created a situation that led to a warp core breach. Damage Control teams have been dispatched and it remains to be seen whether repairs can be completed in time to prevent the breach. All of this excitement came on the heels of a small, awards ceremony where several officers received ribbons for their actions in the previous mission: Serala was named ship’s First Officer, Kiax named Assistant Operations Officer, and Lt. Ishkabelle Journs was promoted to Assistant Chief Medical Officer. Written by Serala The post Crew of Atlantis Fighting Off Intruders During Battle Exercise appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. When it comes to Starfleet ship design, there are always new designs in the works. When it launched, the Galaxy-class was considered the safest, most advanced ship in Starfleet and assignment to one was an honor. Within ten years of its launch, the more powerful Sovereign-class was designed, built, and put into service to take its title as the most advanced class of ship in the fleet. The 2370s also saw new designs tested in the form of the dedicated warship Defiant-class, the Intrepid-class full of new technologies, and the Prometheus-class with an experimental multi-vector assault mode. However, this constant change of what design is the most advanced of the moment doesn’t detract from how dependable Starfleet ships designs can be. Some ships, like the Excelsior-class and Miranda-class, were still seeing regular use a century later. Starfleet ship classes are routinely refitted with new technologies to extend their useful lifespans. Even the Oberth-class remained in regular service for decades. This week, we’d like to know if there are any older models of ship that could be a valuable asset to Starfleet if they were just updated to modern standards with new technology. Do you think that a Constitution-class redesigned and rebuilt from new components could hold its own against modern explorer designs? Would you like to see the Miranda or the Excelsior revisited and retooled to see that they remain on the front lines of the final frontier into the 25th century? Or maybe you think that Starfleet should be trying new designs and new ideas rather than remaking old ships? Which older class of ship would you like to see redesigned and reintroduced into the fleet? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Starfleet Retro Revival appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. The new Star Trek show, Picard, has brought lots of new content into the Trek universe and has potential ramifications for our canon. With that in mind, the Captains Council has convened a committee to review the changes that the show has potentially introduced to our timeline, and provide a report to the council about what we may need to retconn, what we may need to ignore, and what we may need to worry about after coming seasons of the show. This committee is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping review the show’s effects on the fleet and assemble the report. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, you can help out as long as you can be objective about the types of content the Captains Council will need to make a ruling on! Click here to head to the forums to learn more, ask questions, and volunteer right in the announcement thread. The post Join the Star Trek: Picard committee and help us decide how the new show integrates into our universe appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Joshua Sutton! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  16. The Executive Council is our community’s highest decision-making body, comprised of a maximum of five admirals and captains who have more than one year of service at that rank. The EC is endowed with the power to commission and decommission vessels, promote members to the rank of captain or beyond, and generally manage OOC concerns. Appointment to the Executive Council is one of our community’s highest honors, denoting our utmost trust in the leadership and stewardship of each member. Following the retirement of Rear Admiral Toni Turner after a long and fruitful membership on the Executive Council, the EC is pleased to announce that we have filled the fifth seat with a returning leader: Aron Kells (Tony). Tony previously served as both an Executive Council member, and as a Captain-at-Large. You can read more about him in these interviews: Captain’s Corner: Fleet Captain Aron Kells, USS Thor (2020) Captain’s Corner: FltCapt. Zalea Solzano (2016) In Command: Captain Cassandra Egan Manno (2014) Taking Command: Commander Aron Kells, USS Mercury (2012) With this appointment, the EC roster is as follows: Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf Vice Admiral Quinn Reynolds Fleet Captain Roshanara Rahman Fleet Captain Sal Taybrim Fleet Captain Aron Kells Captain Oddas Aria (Captain-at-Large) You can learn more about the Executive Council on the wiki. The post Aron Kells returns to the Executive Council as a full member appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  17. 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, May 17th at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC and Monday, May 18th at 3am for Australia. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar. This chat is open to all and casual, so feel free to come and go as you please. See you there! The post Join us for the fleetwide chat this coming Sunday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  18. 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 Fleet Captain Aron Kells, the CO of the USS Thor, one of two support ships from the Embassy of Duronis II. The crew of the Embassy has transitioned permanently to the Thor and embarked on a new mission. GALVEN: Thank you for agreeing to take a moment and be interviewed! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? KELLS: Sure! My name is Tony, which I use primarily in part because I’ve used half a dozen different characters as PCs since I first joined the fleet back in 2005. Kells is probably the character I’ve simmed for most often, which is one of the reasons I chose him for command this time (but more on that later). A fun fact about me is that I joined 118 when I was still in high school and I’ve just recently finished my PhD, so the group has seen me through my entire higher education journey. You just recently took command of the USS Thor. With your previous command service record, has it been a smooth transition process? Very much so. My first regular command was of the Mercury, almost exactly eight years ago, and that was a more difficult situation. The original CO retired only four months after launching the ship, and his replacement lasted less than a week before he had to take an emergency, long-term LOA. The Mercury’s XO was a real trooper and was a great help to me when I came on as CO, and I knew when I found out what a force Brian (Lt. Cmdr. Teller, the Embassy’s and now the Thor’s XO) had been in helping to keep things together, I knew that the work he and the other great staff members had started put me in a really strong place to come in and help the Embassy crew move to Thor. With such a decorated service record. where and what kind of places do you turn to with that kind of dedication and contribution to 118? I like Trek a lot, first, and that’s part of my persistence. It’s such a rich universe, and there are always more stories to tell. That said, I read and watch very widely, partially just as a lover of sff (science fiction & fantasy) and partially because I co-host a podcast, The Imaginaries, that looks at contemporary sff from a queer perspective. Blatant self-promotion: https://www.imaginaries.net/ Out of the number of years you’ve been with the fleet, is there a specific time that stands out the most for you that’s memorable? I was very, very lucky in that I managed to attract a group of dedicated, devoted simmers, many of whom are still around. Of those, several went on to commands themselves, which makes me very proud. In general, though, I’d say the years that I spent commanding the power trio of Mercury-Garuda-Invicta are some of my very best memories of the fleet. I know that’s a big span, but it was all pretty good. Before you wrote for Aron Kells, you had another character named Niccolo del Vedova. What made you decide to use Kells rather than del Vedova to command the USS Thor? That’s a great question. I do think that I will switch to Nic del Vedova, or Del, as a CO sometime in the future — but I expect that to be more than a year hence, probably. I did consider which character to use as my CO character carefully, and I ended up choosing Kells due to a combination of familiarity (both to me and the fleet), experience (IC and OOC), and story. Del will get there! What kind of advice would you give new and even current members of the fleet? Surround yourself with people who are smarter and more talented than you. Seriously, part of the reason that I remember those Mercury-Garuda-Invicta years so fondly is that I was surrounded by just that caliber of folks. Rich (aka Flt. Capt. Rahman) blew me away from the start, but there are plenty of people who are still around (Mandy, aka Lt. Cmdr. Moonsong — Sarah, aka Cmdr. Saveron — and many, many others) who are just some of the most amazing people. Thank you for your time, Fleet Captain Aron Kells! You can read more about Fleet Captain Aron Kells on the wiki. The post Captain’s Corner: Fleet Captain Aron Kells, USS Thor appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  19. The Executive Council (EC) is constantly evaluating our successes – and debriefing our challenging moments – to determine how we can replicate what works and change what doesn’t. As a result of a recent evaluation of a ship decommissioning, the EC recognized that we had no defined requirements for the selection of First Officers, and ensuring that they were recognized as the second in command of ship. A new bylaw has been created to solve this confusion, with three main points: First, that a Commanding Officer of a vessel must have the appropriate authority to choose the First Officer of the vessel. Second, that a First Officer must be a member in good standing with a minimum of nine months experience since graduating from the Academy, OR six months experience and experience acting as a Training Officer in the Academy. Third, that a First Officer is the ship’s second in command even when other players – who may have a higher rank more experience – is assigned to the ship. As part of drafting this bylaw, the two Councils – in coordination with First Officers from ships in the fleet – has drafted guidance about the rights and responsibilities of First Officers. This guidance is made available to new First Officers upon appointment to the role, in addition to our detailed “Lt. Commanders Training Manual.” Head to the wiki to read Bylaw 9 and see more details. While the UFOP Constitution defines our group’s structure and elements, the bylaws are clarifying additions which help guide our day-to-day work and ensure that important rules have the weight of community law. The post New bylaw codifies First Officer requirements appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  20. A student’s stay at Starfleet Academy can be a lengthy one, spanning four years of intensive training and education, combining multiple disciplines and academic achievements of phenomenal proportions. Many of those who graduate in their fields are the top the academy has to offer, including some with double majors, some cramming in as much study as they can into the brief season until they’re flung off into the wide-open wilds of space. However, outside that realm of high academic achievement and success, like any other college and university, Starfleet Academy provides the students with the opportunity to take part in multiple extracurricular activities. Activities are structured around exercise, learning new skills, socialising with other cadets, becoming self-disciplined, and taking a break from the rigours of their chosen career. With that in mind, our question for this Poll of the Week is: What extracurricular activities at Starfleet Academy did your character find love or loathing for? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Academy Extracurriculars appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  21. Now we’re at the halfway mark, we’ve had some excellent entries submitted so far, and you’ve still got time to get yours in! As a reminder, for this year, following along with the themes of the recent newly released series of Star Trek: Picard, and the current situation many of us are facing at home, the chosen theme is one of Star Trek‘s most beloved storytelling mechanics — Echoes of the Past. “The view screen snaps into focus on an impossible sight, and a voice from your past speaks to you and you alone…” We’ve already had some inspired entries so far — from the perspective of a cat to the wise words of a parent, to a Borg storyline — there’s a wide range of possibilities for everyone and anyone to get stuck into. Let your creative muscles flex and your imagination roam free. You’re not confined For everyone who participates, there’s a Special 2020 Writing Challenge badge up for grabs! To get started and learn more about the rules, click here. All stories must be submitted by Sunday, May 17th. Good luck! The post The 2020 Writing Challenge is still accepting entries appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  22. Enjoy a very special segment by a few members of the Starbase 118 Podcast Team, hosted by Lt Commander German Galven! Content includes a weather report by Lieutenant Lorian Lovar and a special sim read by Lt. Commander Toryn Raga and Lieutenant Ishkabella Journs: Want to read the joint post? Check it out here: part 1, and part 2. The post Listen to a very special sim reading by the StarBase 118 Podcast Team appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  23. 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 the fleet has received each month this year. The month of April saw twelve new applications which is the record high for new applicants so far this year. This is an increase of four new applicants over 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. The fleet saw seven new graduates during April, tying March and February for the highest number of graduates so far this year. We also had two applicants who applied during April, but whose training did not finish 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 2020 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. April 2020 was an exciting month with two crews transferring to new vessels – the Embassy of Duronis II moving to the USS Thor and the USS Eagle moving to the USS Juneau! As a result, sim submissions went up across the fleet in general, averaging 239 posts per ship and 1,675 in total. This month, Ops shot ahead of everyone with 350 posts, followed by the Constitution with 270, then the new ships Thor and Juneau with 237 and 235 sims respectively. The Atlantis followed with 209 posts, just ahead of the Gorkon with 204. The Veritas posted 170 sims for the month. With two new ships and summer approaching, May promises to be a great month, especially with such a great lead-in. Great work and can’t wait to see what May brings the fleet! Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy! The post April 2020 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  25. Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail. This month, we’re interviewing the First Officer of the starship USS Thor, LtCmdr. Geoffrey Teller playing a human male. GARCIA: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? TELLER: My real name is Brian, and my family and I hail from Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest of the US. It’s about a 40 minute ferry trip across the bay to downtown Seattle. Tell us more about your writing style. What’s your process for putting together a sim? How do you keep the story moving and get others involved? Generally speaking, I do my sims in a single sitting and, for the first pass, actually use just plain old Notepad. Got into the habit early in my simming because it was the easiest way to normalise and strip formatting that different mail clients liked to apply. After I’ve got all the tags laid out that I need to respond to, I try to focus on either affirmative or additive statements – agreeing with or praising what has come before (with rare exception) and then encouraging additional conversation with pointed questions or concerns. I find that it’s easy, especially for junior officers who haven’t developed their ‘voice’ yet, to get lost in big scenes – briefings, meetings, etc. I’ll specifically look for those people clinging to the walls and try to drag them in with a question related specifically to their speciality. It’s not a perfect system, but when a shy writer suddenly begins opening up and responding, it’s a great feeling. What’s the biggest obstacle Teller has faced on his journey to becoming First Officer? In Character, the biggest problem Teller has had to face is the fact Shuttles keep falling on or exploding around him. It’s like they’re allergic to the poor guy. Out of Character, the biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is balancing my time – at the Command level, our little game comes with a lot of OOC work that’s vitally important for the long term health and sustainability of a crew. Making certain I could give the time it deserved and required while balancing the responsibilities of being a husband and father has been a tricky thing, but I think I’m managing. Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of coffee on hand. What’s your favourite (and least favourite!) parts about playing a First Officer? XO is an interesting role to develop because instead of having a department that you’re directly engaged with full time, you’re meant to move from place to place, interacting with all of the department heads on a ship, so you can coordinate and report up to the CO. It means your simming has to be especially flexible and inclusive and you should be engaging, on one level or another, with the entire crew. It’s vital training for people pursuing long term command, but there are times when I miss the simplicity and comradery of a smaller setting. Keeps me on my toes, that’s for certain. Do you take inspiration from any of the First Officers featured in Star Trek? For example, are you more of a Riker or Chakotay? I’ve been trying to sit in more chairs backwards, but that’s going about as well as my trombone playing. Tragically, Teller can’t cultivate a majestic beard, nor can he pull off the Mr. T/Burnham flattop, so I think all that’s left is a face tattoo. Only problem there is that anything that would honour Teller’s ancestors would probably get him kicked out of Starfleet. Actually, I’ve heard talk in the mess hall of a tattoo … is there a story to share there?! What started as a bit of a throwaway gag in a shore leave sim has turned into an enduring character trait, and frankly that’s something I love about 118. I introduced the idea of Teller getting a wildly inappropriate tattoo during some early shore leave shenanigans and had fully intended to get rid of it shortly thereafter, but several members of the crew and my CO at the time (who happened to be the subject of said tattoo) prevailed on me to keep it. The tattoo ended up being used in an interesting personal development arc for Teller and has gone on to be a great running joke and a bit of character detail ever since. Lt. Cmdr. Jo Marshall of the Gorkon and Image Collective was kind enough to create some art to bring it to life, and it has since been immortalised on the wiki. Finally, looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined? Trust your fellows! Some of the best times I’ve had in my time with 118 have been the unexpected facets that another writer can bring to your ideas. I once asked the incredibly talented Lt. Wil Ukinix on the Veritas to write a family member NPC for me and gave him few other guidelines – the character he ended up creating was so well liked, he stuck around post mission and was a crew favourite in plot lines for the whole of that shore leave. It’s not how I would’ve done it, and it definitely wasn’t what I expected, but it was fantastic fun. At the end of the day, isn’t that why we’re doing this? Thanks for your time, LtCmdr. Teller! You can read more about Teller on the wiki. The post First Officer in Focus – Geoffrey Teller, USS Thor appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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