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  1. Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in November. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. While not as large a number as October, November saw twelve people apply to our fleet. This marks November as the seventh month so far this year with ten or more applications. The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application: This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of November. The fleet saw sight new graduates this month, which includes one applicant who applied during October. We also had four applicants who’s training did not conclude until after the start of December. These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form. The post Applications and Academy Graduates for November 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: Ready for Command

    Captains and first officers all start somewhere – most of the time at the rank of Ensign! With time and experience officers climb up the ranks, and may one day find themselves sitting in the center chair. There are captains who have come from every Starfleet background imaginable. Captain Picard was originally the flight controller aboard his first command, the Stargazer. Before serving on the Enterprise Captain Kirk worked on a phaser crew. Captain Janeway was a science officer during her early Starfleet career. This week’s poll asks for your opinion on which duty post you think would best prepare a person for a command role. Is there a specific duty post that provides unique experience that would be useful to a member of the command department? Maybe experience with multiple departments is better and makes for a more well-rounded skill set? Do you think that no department holds the advantage? Click here to head to the forums and register your vote now. Make sure to leave a comment once you’ve voted! The post Poll of the Week: Ready for Command appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    New Academy Graduates

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Lunara Hol, Quentin Collins, Naktara Nightfur, Cole Maxwell, and Beelam Grog! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles. This month, we’re interviewing Commander Mei’konda, the CO of the USS Montreal, one of two new ships launched last month. WOLF: The last time you were here on the news was June 2017 as part of our First Officer in Focus column – welcome back! How have you been since then? MEI’KONDA: I’ve been very well. I found the role of first officer a fun one to play, especially under Rich (Captain Roshanara Rahman), who was and still is a great mentor to me. You’ve just recently launched the USS Montreal as part of a fleet expansion due to an influx of members. How are you settling in to your new role as commanding officer? And what was it like to launch a new ship under these circumstances? This is the first time I’ve been so involved in the launch of a new vessel, and it was pretty chaotic for the first one or two weeks because it was on short notice. But I welcomed that particular challenge, because I felt that if I could handle such a busy launch, I would be able to handle Captaincy itself. Thus far, I’m enjoying the role of commanding officer. I’ve been lucky enough to have some extremely creative writers on my crew, and I can’t wait to see where they take our stories. What’s been the most surprising thing so far about taking the leadership role of a vessel? I haven’t found anything particularly surprising about it – I think Rich, and the role of first officer, prepared me very well for what I’d be having to deal with when I took command. And what’s been most challenging for you personally as you take command? I think the most challenging part has been keeping players engaged and meeting their numbers. Out-of-character communication is very important in this regard, and the frequency with which I need to keep up with it is definitely higher than when I was a first officer. But it’s a good skill set to have to develop! You’ve been a member for a couple years now – and you were previously a member way back in the late 1990s! – tell us a little about your observations of the fleet from these two very different periods. What feels like it’s changed, or stayed the same? Back in the late nineties, when I was a member the first time around, the overall organization of Starbase 118 was much lighter – ships seemed to operate more or less independently, and even though I made it to Lieutenant Commander at that time, I don’t recall having many additional out-of-character responsibilities, such as serving on task forces, like Lieutenants and Lt. Commanders do now. Simming itself hasn’t changed much – but the opportunities in the fleet to help with the organization and to learn and grow as both a person and a player have expanded significantly. Writing in SB118 has helped me in real life to learn how to handle scheduling and communication much better than I could before. Where do you draw your passion and inspiration from when it comes to writing and contributing to the game? For me, the appeal of Star Trek has always been that humanity will move beyond our differences today and achieve something great in the far future, and I find the idea of life aboard a Starship to be as engaging as an exciting mission can be. I enjoy helping other players develop their own stories, and making the ship itself feel like as much of a character as the crew. Thank you so much for your time! You can read more about Cmdr. Mei’konda on the wiki. The post Captain’s Corner: Mei’konda, CO of the USS Montreal appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. FallFest – an online simming convention with live simming, panels/discussions on simming, and trivia – is happening this coming Sunday, starting at 9am Eastern. Our community has hosted FallFest twice in the past 10 years, but this year we’re supporting another group (The New Universes Project) as they run the event alongside Ongoing Worlds. Join the FallFest Discord to learn more about the schedule and join in on the fun: https://discord.gg/Yk2npE3 The post FallFest, a yearly online simming get together, is this Saturday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, December 9) at Sunday, December 9 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+1 Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.) Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before. Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month! The post Time to party! Join us in the chatroom today for our monthly get-together appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Promotions for November

    The staff of UFOP: SB118 would like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month. Please be sure to congratulate these members when you see them around the forums and chat room! APOLLO Conrad Adler Lieutenant JG GORKON Jocelyn Marshall Lt. Commander The post Promotions for November appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. There’s something quintessentially beautiful about Federation starships. Their curves, symmetricality and proud bearing provide a sense of awe. With the exception of a few, special cases (looks furtively at the Yeager class) most of these vessels carry on a long lineage of amazing designs. With that said, Starfleet isn’t the only organization that knows how to sculpt a shapely ship. The Klingons, and their bold, imperious designs have struck fear into the hearts of enemies for centuries. Romulan warbirds dwarf their competition with sweeping wings and imposing, almost beak-like hulls. Even the Borg offer something to the obsessively compulsive- who doesn’t enjoy perfectly geometric shapes? This week’s poll asks you which galactic civilization has the most pleasing ship aesthetic. Do you enjoy the horseshoe shaped crafts of the Ferengi? Or do the jagged, asymmetrical combat barges of the Breen catch your eye? Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll, and be sure to leave a comment in the thread. The post Poll of the Week: Most Aesthetically Pleasing Ship by Species? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    November 2018 post counts

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

    Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kree’Ahk! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, December 9 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+1 Sydney (AUS). Click here to see when the chat starts in your timezone, and add this chat to your calendar with a quick and easy link. Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month! The post Mark your calendar: Fleetwide OOC chat this coming Sunday appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Jarred Thoran promoted to Commander!

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

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

    The Kobayashi Maru Scenario is the most notorious test at Starfleet Academy. This test is the famous no-win scenario that tests the character of a Starfleet officer as much as it tests the technical skills of command – not to mention that no matter what course of action you take, the outcome is always the same. Only one Starfleet officer ever beat the Kobayashi Maru, and it’s only because he cheated. While the exact elements of the simulation have changed from era to era the basic setup remains the same. The version that we are most familiar with strands the civilian freighter Kobayashi Maru in the Klingon Neutral Zone after striking a mine. Once the cadet’s ship enters the Neutral Zone multiple Klingon battle cruisers converge on them and attack. It’s considered impossible to both survive the attack still intact and save the crew of the Kobayashi Maru. In a possible variant in the 24th century, a Ferengi transport and an ambush by Romulan warbirds are used in place of an attack by the Klingons. It is obvious that there is no “right” answer when it comes to facing the infamous scenario. That’s why it is considered unwinnable, and what makes it an excellent tool for teaching command-track cadets. How the cadet chooses to proceed is more important than finding a path to a complete victory. This week, we’d like to know what you think is the best answer to the no-win scenario, if there is one. While you might not be able to win, do you see a strategy that is superior to the others? Click here to head to the forums now and register your entry in the poll. And be sure to comment in the thread on what you think is the best approach to the Kobayashi Maru scenario! The post Poll of the Week: Kobayashi Maru scenario appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  16. The Federation News Service is a spinoff of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens, along with other reader-submitted stories from other RPGs and fan works. Here are the latest stories published by the FNS: Starfleet relaunches USS Columbia after major refit – Stardate 239510.04 STARBASE 118 — After an extensive retrofit, the venerable starship USS Columbia was reactivated under the command of newly promoted Captain Theo Whittaker. Reconstruction within Cardassian Union surges ahead of expected timetable – Stardate 239510.08 CARDASSIA IV — A recent report compiled by a variety of Federation scientists and xenocultural experts found that the Cardassian Union is rebuilding its architecture and infrastructure with surprising speed. Tellarite Debate Championship Final enters fourth week – Stardate 239510.10 TELLAR PRIME — Following three months of quarter-finals and semi-finals, two teams in the Tellarite Debate Championship remain. Hopes mounting as Starfleet responds to commercial quantum slipstream liner disappearance – Stardate 239510.16 SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — With the quantum slipstream liner Red Star still missing, a press conference was called at Starfleet headquarters spearheaded by Starfleet officials alongside Red Carrier, the owner of the commercial passenger liner at the center of the media storm. Federation Council announces sanctions against Romulan Star Empire for failed Duronis invasion – Stardate 239510.18 PARIS, EARTH — The Federation Council voted today to impose sanctions against the Romulan Star Empire for its invasion attempt of Duronis II earlier this year. Colonization efforts halted by outbreak of Anchilles fever – Stardate 239510.22 VURAL IX — Federation efforts to establish a colony on Vural III have suffered a major setback as the construction team slowly recovers from an outbreak of Anchilles fever. Romulan Star Empire withdraws support from Astrofori One in response to Federation sanctions – Stardate 239510.24 RATOR III — The Imperial Senate of the Romulan Star Empire declared it was withdrawing all Romulan support immediately from the joint operations of the interstellar station Astrofori One in the Menthar Corridor. Original Nanpart Malor artwork sells for two thousand bricks of latinum – Stardate 239510.27 VOLCHOK PRIME — A small art auction held by a Ferengi trader quickly became a bidding war after bidders learned that an ink brush drawing by famed Cardassian artist Nanpart Malor was available. Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions. Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the entertainment world of the Federation? What’s happening back home on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and beyond? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fns.news. The post Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239511 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  17. We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border. This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Kayla Drex playing a Human female science officer assigned to the USS Eagle. TAYBRIM: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? DREX: I’ve lived in Virginia essentially my whole life. I’m currently in the Richmond area. I moved up here to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (go Rams!), where I studied history. What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it? I’m playing a science officer. Honestly, the creation of Kayla’s character came first. Who is she and what makes her tick? What made her start ticking that way? Once I felt like I knew her, I just asked her what made most sense. IC, her father is a theoretical quantum physicist and her mother is an artist. The balance of the two grew in her an unusual lens through which she sees the world. OOC, after graduating from VCU I taught high school at a REALLY small school. They needed teachers to take on multiple subjects. I’ve always loved and had a knack for science, so I was landed with Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World History, and US History. All that coupled with my love of creating things … yeah, I guess I’m Kayla IRL. What’s been your favorite part of being with the community so far? The love. That’s the simplest answer. I have been absolutely astounded by the love and support of this community. I’ve been poking my way around the Internet for a long time now, and have NEVER experienced a group of people that are so quick to welcome, eager to help, and slow to judge. I have spoken with a great many players both in the Forums and on Discord, and have been incredibly supportive. I was going through a bit of a rough patch when I first joined SB118, but because of the way I saw everyone interacting so freely and without judgement, I felt I would share a bit. The response brought me to tears. Literally. I can’t emphasize strongly enough how much I love this community. Kayla’s bio indicates she has a vibrant family back home on Earth. How does her family play a role in her character? As I mentioned, her mother and father were huge influences in forming her life-view. Her dad would tell her bedtime stories about quantum phenomena, and her mama had a beautiful singing voice and could do things with paint that seemed to stretch the realm of possibility. Kayla has four older brothers, each of whom has a unique place in her heart. They were always protective but supportive of her – watching out for her, but from enough of a distance to where she learned to take care of herself. I’ve actually just started working on a flashback of Kayla as a little girl. It’s the moment a kind word from her mama caused her energetic spirit to crystallize and make her who she is today. You’ll have to wait for that though. The time has to be right. Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming? Oh absolutely! Kayla is all the best parts of me gathered together, amplified, with the benefit of time to think before I speak. The way I’ve always written any fictional character is to find some aspect of my personality and dig as deep as I can into that aspect. (It makes the character less fictional) This makes writing easier for me, and makes the character more believable/relatable. With Kayla, it’s her curiosity, lust for life, and love of people. I am an avid learner, constantly researching one topic or another, and I firmly believe that life is too short to let yourself get bored. In regards to people, everybody has stories you don’t know yet, and that can give you a fuller perspective of the world and our existence in it. It should be a beautiful blending of stories when you get to spend even a tiny portion of your life interacting with another person. Their life touches yours, and your life touches theirs. Kayla and I try to make our impact on those we meet a positive one. Where would you like to be in a few years? Have a taste of command of your own? Or maybe planning on joining one of our great OOC groups? Well, Kayla is extremely ambitious. Her biggest current aspiration is to develop and apply a few theories that would not only revolutionize the very concept of space travel, but make quantum theory and application principles understandable to even grade-school children. She was thrilled to get posted to the Eagle. Both the region of space she’s in and the upgrades to the ship are perfect for Kayla’s research. There are really good things in store. Out of character I would like to get involved with the Image Collective, but I’m holding off until I’m sure my sim writing wouldn’t suffer from splitting my time before committing. I studied graphic design, and worked as a graphic designer while I was at VCU, so that would be a fun way to contribute. As far as command goes … Captain Kayla Drex does have a nice ring. But first things first! Thanks for your time, Ensign Drex! You can read more about Ensign Drex on the wiki. The post Lower Decks interview: Ensign Kayla Drex, USS Eagle appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  18. Embracing others, despite cultural differences, is a key aspect of Star Trek’s message and enduring legacy. Though Gene Roddenberry was loathe to include any sort of strife, negativity, or conflict among crew members in his scripts, there have nonetheless been some superior character relationships that blossom from early dislike. In The Original Series, Spock and McCoy quickly despised one another’s perspectives and mentality, but over time, despite (or because of) the many arguments between them, mutual admiration and respect starts to underpin their association. Julian Bashir and Miles O’Brien are good examples of this phenomenon as well. The grizzled, business-like chief found Bashir’s outgoing and excitable nature almost intolerable, but sharing in danger and serving together for a period of time sees them grow into acquaintances, than friends, then inseparable brothers. Which friendship started through adversity did you find most enjoyable and compelling? Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll and be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Best Friendship Started From Adversity? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Species Closeup: Lorillian

    “The Borg came and our world died in flames. Lost beyond recovery our past must make way for our future or all will have been lost.” The Lorillians are a humanoid species who are distinguishable from humans by the vertical cleft between their brow. Approximately 15 years ago in 2381 their homeworld was destroyed by the Borg and about three-quarters of their population was lost. The survivors lived off-world in Lorillian colonies, ships or on other worlds. The two main Lorillian colonies have established their own unique self-governments since the destruction of their homeworld. Their species have subsequently undergone massive social change with each colony developing its own culture and smaller groups integrating with other species. Over half their remaining population has abandoned their traditional beliefs and there has been a large increase in mental illness. The Lorillians have an unusual aspect to their development in that up until the age of 4 they can only breathe methyl oxide and must be gradually weaned onto oxygen. Lorillians can also breathe methylacetylene. As the Lorillians are a playable species, there are lots of opportunities to grow and explore the interactions of the two main colonies now that their homeworld is gone. Learn more about this species from their wiki page. The post Species Closeup: Lorillian 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: Maddi Hyden, Esa Darkkdust, Je’Valak, and Gema Alken! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Poll of the Week: United We Stand

    The United Federation of Planets is a union made up of hundreds of member worlds. Starting as an alliance between Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites, the Federation grew outward as more and more worlds joined. Planet by planet and sector by sector the United Federation of Planets expanded its reach across the Alpha Quadrant. Hundreds of species live in harmony and cooperate together to operate the Federation and its military arm, Starfleet. Many governments of varying attitudes and governing styles call the Federation home. But some governments aren’t well-suited to giving up their autonomy and becoming just one part of a larger whole. They may be too paranoid to give up their power to a higher organization. Others might consider some of the core ideals of the Federation too restrictive. Joining the post-scarcity Federation without a strong unified currency would be a hard sell for the business-friendly Ferengi. Many of the enemies and allies of the Federation probably wouldn’t smoothly transition from autonomous government to Federation member. This week’s poll asks you which government you think could make the change easiest. Would the Klingon Empire be able to set aside their more aggressive military policies and merge together with Starfleet? How much work would have to be done to reform Cardassia’s government until it could be accepted? The change would be difficult for any of them, and some might not be able to do it. Which government do you think would make the easiest transition into Federation membership? Click here to head to the forums now and respond to this poll of the week. The post Poll of the Week: United We Stand 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: Wil Ukinix and Thomas Rygen! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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    Join us in the fleetwide OOC chat today

    Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, November 11) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+1 Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.) Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before. Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month! The post Join us in the fleetwide OOC chat today appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. 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 October. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. Thanks to another post on Reddit, October brought in twenty-nine new applicants! This marks October as the month with the highest number of applicants this year and represents our third consecutive month with an increasing number of applicants. 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 October. The fleet saw nineteen new graduates this month, which includes four applicants who applied during September, and marks October as the month with the highest number of graduates this year. It is also marks October as the third consecutive month with an increase in the number of graduates. Having nineteen new applicants helped provide the fleet with the surge in numbers to launch two new ships, The USS Eagle and the USS Montreal. 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 October 2018 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  25. The worst has finally happened – the alternate future seen in The Next Generation episode “Parallels” has come to pass. The Federation is no more, the Borg are swarming the Alpha Quadrant, and the only thing holding them at bay is Riker’s uncontrollable beard. Amidst this madness, you are determined to survive at any cost. But you can’t do it alone! In this desperate hour, you need a security officer by your side that you can trust, someone who has served Starfleet faithfully. The list is long and varied, and you may use any canon security officer from any time period. With that in mind, who would you pick? The disciplined yet somewhat trigger happy Malcolm Reed? Worf, who’s hand to hand skills might be extremely useful? Maybe a Changeling might be your style – Odo would be a formidable ally. Or perhaps you’d prefer a random redshirt from The Original Series? Hey, if they’re focused on him, they’re not focused on you! This week’s poll asks you which security officer you’d want at your side the most in an apocalypse. Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll, and let us know your rational in the thread. The post Poll of the Week: Security Officer You’d Want The Most? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
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