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Jo Marshall

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  1. Awards Ceremony season is upon us, and it's time to get all dressed up for the big event! As we launch our ceremony, we encourage everyone to change their forum avatar to their character wearing glamorous attire like the kind you'd see on the red carpet. There's no need to get things perfect โ€“ lots of players just find a picture of their character's actor somewhere on the web and use that, like so: But if you're looking for something more spiffy, you can also head to the Graphics Requests forum and open a new thread asking for some help. Make sure you leave p
  2. Nominations for the 2021 Awards Ceremony will close on Thursday June 10th at 11:45pm Pacific Time. If this is your awards ceremony with us, welcome! This is a tradition that dates back to 1996, wherein we honor the people of the fleet who are simming really well, or contributing OOC. Back in the "old days," we would gather the entire fleet onto one email list (we were a lot smaller then...) and sim together an award presentation; now we do things a bit differently. Here's how it works today: Everyone in the fleet submits nominations for consideration. The group staf
  3. I usually do a roundup of Skarbek good stuff at the end, and post it up here. While that's in progress for our most recent Skarbek adventure (Skarbek III: What Do Boys Dream), the narrative description in this sim really hit home with a golden emotional moment for me. Well done, @Jona ch'Ranni! Keep it up, man!
  4. Over the many years of Star Trek, we've seen multiple Red Shirt deaths to the point it's one of the most popular memes โ€” if not the most popular โ€” in the fandom. Nothing says "you're about to kick it" like being summoned on an Away Team with all the major characters, and you turn up wearing red. Like a flag to a bull, no matter the direction someone fires their phaser in, somehow it's going to end up slap bang in the middle of the Red Shirt. Synonyms for the redshirt include sacrificial lamb and spear-carrier, so you know what conotations are a given. HOWEVER! Someone did the scien
  5. As much as it pains me, I would take the decision of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".
  6. As soon as I posted it, I knew I'd missed one ๐Ÿ˜‚ Beautiful!
  7. Love is in the air since Valentine's Day, every where we look around, and over the vast years since it first aired, this space opera in our hearts has given us plenty of on-screen love to wrap our hearts around. Everyone has their favourite relationship from the series, whether it was Jean-Luc and Beverly who stole your breath away, or you're a niche fan of Archer and Riaan rooting for them, somewhere along the line Star Trek has pulled on your heart strings and warmed you up with the smouldering passions displayed. In First Contact, we're given a glimpse into Data's longing for a relati
  8. Exocomp, Tellarite, Kazleti, Err#1, Err#2, Brikar?
  9. Grappling with an enemy, in one way or another, is a staple of Star Trek. Whether itโ€™s wrestling with Gorn in the middle of the desert, scrimmaging with Q in Quarkโ€™s Bar, or confronting a horror tentacle monster in the Voyager corridors with a phaser rifle, every now and then, a physical contest rises up. Bare knuckles and sharply traded insults could sometimes replace the stoic and reasonable Starfleet Officer, and at some point, every crew has come to the edge of the mat, slipped on those knuckle-dusters, and set about for a good barroom brawl. Weโ€™ve seen some magnificent fight
  10. Gone for "Improve as a writer" for the main one, but some taskforce terrorising is a must this year. Just checking out the SOTFA for this year highlights how much folk do around the Fleet (have a look! https://wiki.starbase118.net/wiki/index.php?title=2021_Address). Amazing stuff.
  11. This is a really nicely written sim JP from @Quinn Reynolds(Commander Valen Carys) and @Alleran Tan (Mikali sh'Shar) concerning his Andorian character coming to terms with her issues. Counselling sessions are never the easiest to write, but when it's done like this, and you can tell the writer has looked into the subject to portray it accurately, it's lovely to see. Well done, guys! Discovering New Oceans, Parts I-V ---- ((Recovery Room, Sickbay, Iana Station, Stardate 239711.25, Day 38 of 365)) After twenty-five days in the recovery room, longer than she had actu
  12. It's really hard to pick just one ๐Ÿ˜„ Weirdly, I've always liked the idea of Officers and Enlisted having a different uniform, because of the difference in duties. If you're in an office all day, no need to wear a jumpsuit to crawl around in the tubes in. Think I'd have to go with the new Picard ones. As much as I love classic Trek uniforms, they say future to me.
  13. Like all military organisations, wearing a uniform shows who you represent, develops a sense of commonality, solidarity and equality. It makes the person wearing it instantly recognisable, stand out in a crowd, distinguish themselves for the service they provide, and has an impact on others, especially those within the Star Trek universe. The same uniform is worn by everyone from the Captain down to the Crewman, the only differences being the pips on the collar and the colour to denote the department. There are some cultural influences on Starfleet uniforms we've seen over the years, incl
  14. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... on the Enterprise-D.
  15. Yeah ๐Ÿ‘€ pretty telling if you're that terrible at being a species. The New Essentialists were the least interesting for me. If they'd come knocking a few years earlier, mayyybe there'd be some mileage in what they were trying to do. But turning up to Risa, of all places, expecting them to be ready for an attack that just wasn't going to happen just... yeah.
  16. Star Trek has a long and torrid love affair with bringing wonderful characters and protagonists to life, presenting a fantastic array of challenging situations, pitting themselves against insurmountable odds and, sometimes, some really cracking villains. Who can forget the golden moments of Gul Dukat in Deep Space Nine as he evolves into a character some of us actually care about? Or the ripping emotional tension we get from Khan Noonian-Singh? We cheered the intelligence and the guile of the Klingon General Chang, sporting his eye-patch of doom (bolted to the face for full metal), and so
  17. I either want Barclay's A-Team because that sounds sublime... or Quark's Cheers.
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