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  1. 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 Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix playing a Betazoid/Risian male Helms Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? Xerix: My name is Johnny and I write for Ghant Xerix, a young officer from a noble house of Betazed. I’m also an entrepreneur, husband and father of two children. What has been your favorite moment writing for UFOP: StarBase 118? Probably a joint post between myself, Ukinix and Rahman involving some dancing with a Betazoid noblewoman. They are great writers and it was a lot of fun. Do you take any inspiration from movies/TV/books when writing for your character? Lwaxana Troi, rather heavily. She is a wonderful canon resource for the race, and the nobility. I also model Ghant’s love life after hers. Also a book called the Battle of Betazed. Wonderful exposition on the culture, particularly during a dark time. No spoilers, but the decisions they made about fighting the enemy showed such determined compassion in the face of a cruel enemy. Really sets them apart as a race. Out of all the number of duty posts, you chose helms officer. What advice can you give new and older members who want to choose that particular duty post? Do a bit of research on attack patterns. Learn the terms like port, starboard etc. Helm, and especially HCO is a wonderful position. How do you set your writing style and where do you improve most on Xerix’s character development? I have a pretty poor education, so my writing has come via trial and error, and aping better writers than myself. Since I’ve joined the Gorkon, it’s really pushed me to improve my characterization of Ghant. Everything is very well thought out aboard the Admiral’s ship. 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’ve recently written my second article for FNS. I’m also a newbie in the ASDB and I greatly enjoy cross-ship joint posts. SB118 is really one big family. I do have aspirations to make command one day, but I’m just enjoying where I am now. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix! You can read more about Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Junior Grade Ghant Xerix, USS Gorkon appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  2. There’s no getting past it; the United Federation of Planets has got style. Every live-action show has made some change to uniform audiences were introduced to in the 1960s. Often, it’s a complete departure from precidented looks, and other times, its merely a subtle shift, but whether you prefer the utilitarian jumpsuit of Enterprise, or the “Monster Maroons” of Star Treks II-VI, it’s likely that you have a favorite. Which of the uniforms, in your opinion, looks the best? Click here to head to the forums now and cast your vote in this week’s poll! Don’t forget to leave a comment! The post Poll of the Week: Best Looking Uniform? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  3. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kettick! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  4. 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 September. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of September only saw four new applications. This marks September as the month with the lowest number of applicants all year. 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 September. The fleet saw five graduates during the month of September. This is an uncommon phenomenon that occurred because of August graduates who finished training in the beginning of September. We also had one applicant who’s training did not conclude until the beginning of October. 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 September 2019 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  5. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, October 13) 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 Fleetwide OOC chat today – join us to show off your Halloween avatars! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  6. They might be heroes to us, but it’s easy to believe that our characters have dreams just like their writers. It’s not too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that those dreams might take a similar form to common fantasies in our daily lives. Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to fly, or blast away at the bad guys with laser sight? Even with phasers and replicators at their disposal, the occasional dalliance with the impossible is only human. Which superpower would your character like for a day? Click here to head directly to the forums and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Superpower Your Character Would Want For A Day? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  7. 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! EMBASSY Alexander Brodie to Lieutenant Commander Daylan Daroo to Lieutenant JG Quen Deena to Lieutenant Lorian Lovar to Lieutenant Ben Garcia to Lieutenant The post Promotions for September appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  8. This month’s podcast goes into Sickbay with questions for our medical officers: Voiceover and editorial contributions were provided by Lieutenant Junior Grade Groznin Smith, Lt Commanders Genkos Adea, Geoffrey Teller, Solok, and German Galven. Video edited by Lt. Commander German Galven. The post I’m a Doctor, not a video editor… check out the “Ask a Doctor” Podcast! appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  9. Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Saju Uma! The post New Academy Graduate appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  10. Post totals are seeing a slight downturn in sim counts for the month as the touch of Autumn weather signifies the coming of a number of events and holidays. In September we saw a fleet average of 174 sims per ship, for a total of 1563. Historically, this time of year is when many of us are gearing up for the next few months, which can be quite chaotic for some. This month, the USS Atlantis leads the pack with 259 sims written. Following a bit behind, with 200 sims, is the USS Astraeus, making strides to come from only 131 last month. Right behind them comes the Veritas, falling to third from their pretty big lead last month. 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 September 2019 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  11. Each year, we run a contest to see which crew can come up with the best avatar themes for the forums, like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street.” A set of judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design. This year’s 9th annual contest has already begun, so if you haven’t yet checked-in to your forum thread, be sure to get that doon soon! Click here to learn more and find the instructions on how to change your avatar to your crew’s theme. The post Our 9th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest is underway appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  12. On a Starfleet ship or station – especially in the days before replicators and advanced food synthesizers – one of the most valuable members of the crew is the ship’s chef. The crew works best if there are a variety of quality dishes available in the mess hall. Just take a look at Deep Space Nine: The promenade was full of restaurants for the crew to choose from. Whether you would rather join Bashir and Garak for lunch at the Replimat, visit Quark’s, or make your own meals like Captain Sisko, there is a dining option for you. Even in the age of replicators, creating ready-to-serve meals out of thin air there is still a preference for food made from scratch. People are willing to forgo the convenience of a replicator for a home-cooked meal. A real chef and a dining establishment to supplement a mess hall full of replicators can still benefit a 24th century ship or station. But who would you pick to be your ship’s chef? There are no shortage of chefs with culinary experience, both Starfleet and civilian. Some of them are restaurateurs full-time, while others just see cooking as a hobby or skill. If you had your own ship, who would you ask to keep the galley on your ship running smoothly and producing good food? Do you think that your crew is tough enough to survive Leola Root everything? Maybe you would prefer to see Sisko’s Creole Kitchen open a location on your ship. Who would you choose to run your ship’s mess hall? 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: Bon Appétit appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  13. “Deanna, take the helm!” The four scariest words in Star Trek history. It can be a challenge to master a single position on a starship, both in and out of character. Despite sharing similar uniforms, the engineers, doctors, security officers and other staff have wildly different responsibilities. Nonetheless, an officer may be asked to take over the duties of a fallen comrade or a temporarily unavailable one at any moment. With that in mind, what second duty speciality would you be most interested in having your character try out? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread as well! The post Poll of the Week: Second Duty Post? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  14. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Alastriona DeTroyes and Jon Hawkes! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  15. One of the most impressive things about the Starbase 118 community is the wiki. It provides an extensive record of the group’s history going back years, having been online since early 2004. You can find hundreds of character biographies as well as a list of ships in the fleet, both active and inactive. When it comes to the various classes of ship in the Star Trek universe, everyone has their favorites. Ships range from the pride of the Federation fleet like the Sovereign-class or Galaxy-class to the very fragile Oberth-class. Many of the “official” starship classes have been used for PC vessels in the fleet at one time or another. However, starship classes from sources outside of the main shows have also been used. Simming on a new class of ship provides exciting opportunities to expand on the locations and bring to life ships that we didn’t get to know over several seasons on-screen. This week we’d like to know which of those non-canon ship classes you think deserves a promotion. Information about any of the classes that you haven’t heard of before can be found on the wiki. Which non-canon ship class would you most like to see featured in a future series? Click here to head to the forums and cast your vote now. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Week: Non-Canon Ships appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  16. 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 Esa Darkkdust to Lieutenant COLUMBIA Rebecca Owens to Lieutenant JG James Colquhoun to Lieutenant JG Pholin Duyzer to Lieutenant Commander VERITAS Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant Commander Charlena Vanlith to Lieutenant JG Nabihah El Sayid to Lieutenant JG Addison MacKenzie to Lieutenant Wil Ukinix to Lieutenant Ghant Xerix to Lieutenant JG The post Promotions for August appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  17. In this months show, we’ve got a Lt. Maddi Hyden and Lt. Kayla Drex reading a sim from our appreciations forum, LtCmdr. Toryn Raga has reactions from the winners of our recent Fleetwide Award Ceremony, and Toryn Raga also brings us recent headlines from the FNS: Written by: Lieutenant Junior Grade Groznin Smith, Lieutenant Commander Riley Delar, and Commander Kelrod Edited by: Lieutenant Commander German Galven The post Have you listened to our most recent podcast? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  18. Doctor, doctor, gimme the blues! Medical professionals are steadfast parts of any Star Trek series, Just as captains and first officers have their distinctive personalities, the series’ doctors are a varied and fascinating bunch, each with their own specific skills, weaknesses and quirks. Sometimes even their sense of medical ethics goes against what is generally accepted, such as with Drs. Phlox and Russel. Of course, part of healthcare is choosing which doctor you feel most comfortable with. With that in mind, this week’s poll asks you which Star Trek doctor you’d feel most comfortable being treated by. Assume time differences are not an issue. Would you prefer the irascible but caring Dr. McCoy? Perhaps the enthusiastic Dr. Bashir fits your image of a desirable medical practitioner. Click here to head to the forums and register your vote in the poll now. And be sure to leave a comment! The post Poll of the Week: Doctor You’d Want To Treat You? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  19. 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 August. This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of August saw 12 new applications. This ties July as the third highest number of applications in a single month this year. 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 August. The fleet saw seven graduates during the month of August, which again is an exact tie with July in the number of graduates This includes three applicants who applied during the month of July. We also had four applicants whose training did not conclude until the beginning of September. 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 August 2019 appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  20. Post totals are seeing an uptick across the fleet as school is back in session and the summer days are falling quickly into the past. In August we see a fleet average of 181 sims per ship, for a total of 1631. This actually matches the post count from June, and may signify a return to routine for many ships. This month, the USS Veritas leads the pack with 296 sims written. Following a ways behind, with 235 sims, is the USS Gorkon, falling just slightly from their lead last month. Right behind them comes the Columbia, in third for two months in a row, who has clocked 203 sims in August. 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 August 2019 Post Counts appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  21. Starfleet is an incredibly large organization with many different branches. Starships, the backbone of Starfleet are, explore the galaxy and serve as the primary line of defense for the Federation. There are also starbases and ground facilities throughout the Federation that often have a similar roster of senior staff as Starfleet ships. Not to mention special branches of Starfleet that are focused on specific issues like legal matters and courts martial, intelligence-gathering, or medicine. And we can’t forget those highest-ranked admirals at Starfleet Command who oversee the entire organization! Each Starfleet officer has their own specializations and their own ambitions for their time in Starfleet. Not everyone wants to be an admiral or rise all the way through the ranks. Every Starfleet officer isn’t in it for the long run. The galaxy offers plenty to see and do beyond Starfleet. Or they might just like what they do and not want to take on different responsibilities. This week we want to know more about your character’s career ambitions in Starfleet. What are your character’s Starfleet career goals? Are they the ambitious type aiming to become an admiral, or are they more than happy where they are now? Or did Michael Eddington get it right when he said, “it’s the captain’s chair that everyone has their eye on”? Click here to head to the forums and vote now in the poll. Be sure to add your comments below the poll if we missed something. The post Poll of the Week: To Captain and Beyond appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  22. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Branna O’Toole and G’Dok! The post New Academy Graduates appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  23. 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 James Colquhoun playing a Human male Tactical Officer assigned to the USS Columbia. GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there? COLQUHOUN: Sure. I’m a Charlotte, NC native but moved to Bloomington, IN about a decade ago for school. I finished my undergrad recently in philosophy and started a masters program in cybersecurity. I work in IT for Indiana University. One thing I will for Bloomington, we embrace the claim to fame of Jameway being born here. There’s a group of people working right now to install a Captain Janeway statue in town. Having joined in November, what has been your favorite moment writing aboard the USS Columbia? Probably our shore leave rotation on the planet Losaria. I think the whole crew enjoyed that, getting to create a whole world and culture as we went. Losaria still comes up in sims as fond memories for everyone. Do you take any inspiration from movies/TV/books when writing for your character? I did a little bit for James, pulling from some Canadian culture, specifically Nova Scotian culture. Though, I really drew much stronger inspiration for my PNPC Tommy Gottci from TV. He’s based on Chris Moltisanti from The Sopranos, and I try to flavor in some NY/NJ Italian slang from the movies and from my childhood, growing up in that kind of household. On your character’s wiki, you wrote that Colquhoun stayed in the Academy for a graduate program in philosophy rather than be assigned directly to a duty post. Was there a specific reason for that? Yeah, a mix of personal ambition and storytelling. I was applying for philosophy PhD programs at the time and thought it would be a fun mirror. Unfortunately, I did not get into any of those programs and got into this cybersecurity program instead. For James, I like the idea of Starfleet offering those kinds of options, and I’ve got planned sims for him interacting with Starfleet professors over writing dissertations and the like. Out of all the number of duty posts, you chose tactical officer. What advice can you give new and older members who want to choose that particular duty post? For new members, don’t be afraid to play the position “close to TV.” Your ship can and should get shot, damaged, and should also be able to do damage. I remember the first time we engaged with an enemy vessel, I was probably a bit too timid in wanting to drive the story with my phasers and photon torpedoes. For older members, it’s fun to be inventive. Using that Treknobabble to do the thing to the phaser banks or deflector dish that helps save the day is very rewarding. 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? You can often find me in the wiki Discord channel, I’m no expert with the wiki markup, but web dev and design are things I’m comfortable with and helping people make the pages they want to see is a ton of fun. Other than that, I’m happy right now to work hard to make the experience on the Columbia a good and fun one and maybe after I finish school I can look at getting more involved in OOC activities. Thanks for your time, Ensign James Colquhoun! You can read more about Ensign James Colquhoun on the wiki. The post Lower Decks Interview: Ensign James Colquhoun, USS Columbia appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  24. New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group. Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community? WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? There are a variety of tasks that anybody can do – whether you are a member of the Publicity Team or not. Here are some ideas: SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA We have an active presence on most social media platforms where we post a variety of content from Star Trek to writing with the aim of providing a broader appeal. If you see something that you like, make sure to give it a like, comment, retweet or even share the content. For those of you on Facebook, they have recently changed the way content is viewed. To make sure you are keeping up to date, visit our Facebook page, hit like and follow, then choose “See First”. You can find us on: Facebook Instagram Tumblr Twitter YouTube Maybe you have found something of interest – perhaps an article related to space exploration, an update on an upcoming Star Trek project, or even an image related to writing. If you liked it that it is guaranteed that someone else will too. Why not share it with us? SHARE YOUR IDEAS Is there a particular forum or website that you visit related to our community? Maybe there is a social media channel/page/group that you follow? The more places that we can advertise and share content with the more visible we are to prospective members. Do you have an idea for how we could reach prospective members? Is there an avenue you think we could utilise? Let us know, we are always happy to try new ideas! Let us know where you hang out or share your ideas. BLOG ABOUT US YOUR EXPERIENCES 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 prospective members are more likely to find us. Between 400 & 800 words about your experience 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 are stuck for ideas then let the Publicity Team know – we are always more than happy to help! If you happen to write a blog post about us then please let us know – we would 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 goes on in our community. 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 can I help find new members? appeared first on UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. View the full article
  25. 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, September 8th 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
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