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  1. STARBASE 104 — Having sustained significant damage requiring her to be towed from the Shahar Nebula, the USS Constitution (NCC-9012-B) puts in for extensive repairs whilst the crew recuperate. It is a very rare occurrence for a Starfleet vessel to lose a warp nacelle, and to survive the situation that caused its loss. The Constitution not only did in both her battle with two Orion Syndicate ships, but the crew utilised the severed nacelle as a weapon to destroy one of the pirate ships. All of this created a challenge for the engineers of Starbase 104 dry dock, where the Constitution awaits extensive repairs. “There’s so much to do here, she’s in a bit of a mess,” commented the ship’s Chief Engineer. With the Immense-Class starbase fully equipped, such repairs should be easy to handle. Being the Federation’s major starbase in the Marchlands and its southern-most station in Federation Territory, it serves an extensive region of frontier space. In addition to the damaged vessel, several badly injured crewmembers needed medical treatment. The ship, on arrival at the station, also offloaded several deceased personnel, so their next of kin could retrieve their lost loved ones. Numerous captured Orion pirates also disembarked, immediately taken into custody by security alongside personnel coming from the Dilithium Mine located in the Shahar Nebula. The Constitution will also receive standard upgrades to her computer software, medical facilities and science laboratories, as well as the installation of the experimental ‘holo chair’ — software designed by the Constitution’s engineers and intended to increase accessibility for all crewmembers. Written by Saveron The post USS Constitution in shipyard following encounter with Orion Syndicate appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=gyA-4BJoJO8:y4rNkjbjDu8:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/gyA-4BJoJO8View the full article
  2. PAR’THA EXPANSE — After arriving at Oscion, the USS Chin’toka dispatched a team to assist a freighter in distress even as envoys began talks with the representatives of the Caraadian Houses. Upon arrival in the Oscion system, the crew of the USS Chin’toka discovered that a large super freighter — identified as the RTT Titan and belonging to House Rettaan — was in distress. Reported sources indicate overcrowded spaceport facilities, due to the pending talks on Lastelle Island, prevented timely assistance to the floundering freighter. Shortly thereafter, a team from the USS Chin’toka was dispatched to assist the super freighter. A large fire onboard caused several issues and risked many lives. Efforts are underway to contain the situation, and unconfirmed reports suggest this might be the work of a possible saboteur — news that is most concerning in light of the Council Session about to begin. Not to be deterred by this situation, however, Capt. Mei’konda Delano led his diplomatic team down to Lastelle Island where High Lady Jurnir of House Lanaxa greeted them, who is to act as the host to the Federation representatives during the talks. Among the Great Houses represented are House Tadere, House Rettaan represented by High Lord Vannel, and House Larokon represented by Lady Sheyl Drentana, a war hero from the recent Caraadian-Valcarian war. Following a welcome dinner, wherein the houses treated the crew of the Chin’toka to various dishes, the representatives retired to the Council Chambers where the talks began in earnest. Reports from the inside are barred from the actual proceedings; however, leaked information confirms the Federation seeks to obtain a suitable location from which to begin the construction of a colony. Unsure what the Federation is willing to offer in exchange, certain technologies such as transporters, replicators and weapons will not be on the negotiating table due to Starfleet regulations. “The Federation has had a presence in the Expanse for some time now, and we would not be opposed to them building a colony,” explained Marchionessa Samra, the representative of House Tadere. “However, we need to be sure that their presence is going to benefit the Houses as well, especially in light of their repeated interactions with the Valcarian Imperial Republic.” When pressed on how she could make such a statement in light of her House’s open affiliation with the Valcarian Empire, the High Ambassador refused further comment. Further coverage of the talks, and news of the super freighter, to follow. Written by Serala The post Talks begin on Oscion as USS Chin’toka races to save Rettaani freighter appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=Qw6g5VCaudo:fLNUWPj_1WQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/Qw6g5VCaudoView the full article
  3. GENTII – Following a successful promotion ceremony and accompanying celebration, the Arrow set off to the planet of the Gentii, where, to the surprise of none, an unexpected occurrence threw the mission into jeopardy. ”What? It’s me. Am I dreaming?” summed up the ship’s Chief of Security, LtCmdr. Artinus Serinus, upon finding that he was no longer in his own body. Trade relations with the neutral worlds of the Alpha Isles has long been a focus of the diplomatic branches of both Starfleet and the Federation. The USS Arrow, being one of the starships assigned to the region, had been tasked with making diplomatic overtures to the Gentii; a secretive, highly intelligent and organized civilization whose world was situated upon a natural trade route. In light of recent, chaotic and violent patrols in the Isles, most of the crew was looking forward to a straightforward diplomatic mission as they entered orbit above the planet and established contact with the Gentii. Following rigorous, and esoteric, opening overtures, an unidentified probe began sending powerful sensor beams towards the ship. Shortly after this, the entire crew was knocked unconscious, and when they awoke, the majority of the senior staff found themselves inexplicably transplanted into the wrong bodies. Beyond the conventional shock and surprise, the exchange in bodies introduced physical, as well as psychological, problems. Mission specialist LtJG Charlotte DeBarres and Engineer LtJG Hayley Caden were forced to contend with the sudden presence and absence of empathic abilities respectively. Captain Randal Shayne, switched with helm officer Lt. Chloe Waters, found significant difficulties in adapting to his new stature and technologically assisted speech. The situation worsened as the crew was forced to put forward an illusion of normality in order to continue the negotiations. Ill-prepared officers took to command roles as the plans for the delegation proceeded in shambles. The delegation has not claimed responsibility for the shift, but there are certain indications that they might be behind the changes. More as this story develops. Written by Charlotte DeBarres The post Body swaps plague Arrow crew during diplomatic overtures appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=qF9Nb0d34zM:a5S_6AEn-1o:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/qF9Nb0d34zMView the full article
  4. What with July 14th being Bastille Day, we here at the Poll of the Month have decided to examine the history of France in regards to Star Trek. Where should we begin? Well, the most obvious place would be with Jean-Luc Picard, the most English Frenchman to have ever have existed. He’s up there in the list of most popular Star Trek characters of all time, is the only one to have his own spin-off show (so far, come on Star Trek: My People Have a Saying), and is one of the highest-ranking leads. But, without leaning into stereotypes, how much “Frenchness” does Jean-Luc really display? Sure, in both The Next Generation and his own eponymous show, we see plenty of the family chateau and vineyard, but the majority of the literature he engages with tends to be skewed to the English speaking world. Why doesn’t he try to teach Data about Moliere in the holodeck rather than Shakespeare, par exemple? Obviously, the out of character reason for this is that you don’t cast famed classical actor Patrick Stewart and not get him to whip out his Prospero… So, what other examples are there that flit to mind? For me, the most obvious examples come from Voyager (and I don’t just mean Tom PARIS). The first, Chez Sandrine, is the holodeck bar that features fairly heavily in the show, it’s almost their Ten-Forward if you will. The Doctor teaches Seven how to dance there (although she does break that poor man’s arm) and the crew are trapped in there when the ship goes all curly-whirly (Twisted), to name but a few. Complete with pool hustlers and slightly dodgy accents, is this a fun representation of France? The other obvious Voyager example is La Coeur de Lion and the Resistance movement from the (frankly brilliant) episodes “The Killing Game, Part One and Two”. Complete with Janeway in a white tuxedo and Mademoiselle de Neuf (plus, who isn’t a fan of French peasant Neelix, the best Neelix), this cell helps to take down the Nazi Hirogen (subtlety is not necessarily Voyager’s strong suit) but this does a really good job of displaying the gallic grit and valour that the Resistance movement showed during the Second World War. As a final aside, the Federation President’s office is shown to be in Paris (well, unless they moved the Eiffel Tower) in Deep Space Nine’s Homefront. That’s fun. ​What’s your favourite display of French culture in Trek? Is it one of these, or perhaps another? Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll on which you would choose, or let us know your own! Be sure to leave a comment in the thread! The post Poll of the Month – Bastille Day Blues appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/UGEYxHi_BmwView the full article
  5. STARBASE 118 OPS — After returning from restful and fun shore leave, the Ops crew are honoured in a Klingon ceremony for their assistance with defeating the Cult of Molor. Upon their return, they honoured many of the crew with awards celebrating their service on the mission. Later, however, they held another ceremony — one hosted by the Klingon Empire upon embassy grounds. Each officer received honours from Klingon house, Kravzo’ch, as well as awards from the Empire itself. Commodore Sal Taybrim was given the Sword of Kahless for extraordinary service to the Empire, the highest honour given by the High Council. Duktak Firaqu, recently appointed as the Assistant to the Chancellor, stated; “Commodore Taybrim has the heart and soul of a Klingon and now stands with us as a brother.” After their battle with the Cult of Molor, time at the resort was just what they needed. “Vacationing at the resort was a great way to relax,” Petty Officer Lorise Asani said. “Having cabins was perfect for those that have little skill at camping and there was plenty to do throughout the day, from swimming, lounging on the beach to hiking. Coming to the resort was the perfect vacation for the whole family.” Sources say they spent their leave time on an unknown planet that offered a wide variety of relaxing activities to do and was resplendent with beautiful beaches, forest getaways, and a city complete with an opera house. Reporters spotted Taybrim attending the classic Klingon opera “Aktuh and Maylota” with First Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Alora DeVeau. Few officers embarked on a ‘food heist’, dressing up as workers at a restaurant and sneaking into the food storage to appropriate items for a massive barbecue which was subsequently held that night. “Well, I’d just like to say that it’s important to separate known facts from rumours and speculation.” Ensign Isaiah Andrews commented when asked about his involvement. “Was there a large-scale barbecue that night? I can confirm that much is true. Was the meat of particularly delectable cut and quality? Again, I can confirm the truth of that.” Andrews continued, “Now, as to the acquisition of said meats, and whether it was actually ‘heisted’ or perhaps just ‘procured before official permission’, all I can say is that there’s just not enough evidence to confirm or deny any such claims, but I will go on record to say that the net result was such a resounding success that whoever masterminded such an event ought to be commended for his initiative. Uh, or her initiative. Obviously, we don’t know who it was, do we?” As the crew and the base settle back into a routine, not much has changed. However, Taybrim is conspicuously absent, though no one will reveal why he has suddenly become so reclusive. More details as they come. Written by Alora DeVeau The post Ops crew returns from shore leave, honoured in a Klingon ceremony appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=Uh1btTgJFS8:5isMto6QZI0:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/Uh1btTgJFS8View the full article
  6. BRIAR PATCH — The USS Resolution (NCC-78145) engaged in a search and rescue operation to locate the crew of the USS Hanno, an Oberth-class vessel feared lost in the Briar Patch. The Resolution discovered that the Hanno had crashed on a planet in the Briar Patch along with two Romulan vessels. When they moved closer to the planet to investigate, an unknown energy source forced the Resolution down to the surface as well. “It was an incredibly dangerous situation,” Commander Addison MacKenzie said. “We had massive power outages and unresponsive systems. Without the quick thinking of our helmsman, Yogan Yalu, we would have likely suffered the same fate as the Hanno.” Lt. Yalu landed safely the Resolution on the planet with no loss of life. While engineering crews worked to repair the ship, an away team searched for survivors from the Hanno. About half their crew survived their crash landing, as did several Romulans from the two downed warbirds. The away team also established contact with the Skarn–telepathic beings whose primary form is as a small ball of light, but who manipulate the planet’s rocks to appear in more familiar, corporeal forms. The Skarn leader revealed they disabled the ships. With the help of several sympathetic Skarn, the crew of the Resolution overthrew the Skarn leader, which simultaneously restored power to the ship. Engineering crews made temporary repairs to the ship’s engines, thanks to the added efforts of the Hanno and Romulan survivors, and the Resolution returned to Deep Space 224 without further incident. As the Resolution underwent repairs at Deep Space 224, members of their senior staff joined the crew of the USS Gemini in relocating the Romulan survivors to a settlement on Oreen V. While there, they also assisted the colonists in performing upgrades to their infrastructure and medical facilities. Written by Addison MacKenzie The post USS Resolution rescues crew of downed science vessel appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=RKpGccB-PSI:u_MCG1EhQfo:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/RKpGccB-PSIView the full article
  7. Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, July 11th) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am, July 12th, Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.) This month is our Annual Fleetwide Trivia Challenge. Have you ever wanted to show off that Trek Lore just floating around in your head? Well here’s the perfect opportunity! Come on by and show everyone how much you know about the show we all know and love! 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. The post It’s time to chat! Join us today for our monthly fleetwide party. appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=emVI92Pzm7w:fiF8sMX-Vsk:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/emVI92Pzm7wView the full article
  8. 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 JG Jehe Saja playing a Female Bajoran Intelligence Officer assigned to the USS Thor. DeVeau: First of, would you be willing to share a little about your real self? Where you’re from and anything else you’d like to share? Jehe: Right well, Around the interwebs I go by Brutus, and as I jokingly like to say, I live just outside the nuclear fallout radius for Washington DC (the western suburbs of Virginia). I’m a glorified IT middle man who’s been a fan of Star Trek since he was about 9 months old. (Yes, really: there’s a photo of me in my Dad’s lap, both of us watching the tv just out of the frame, enraptured. It was the primer of Encounter at Farpoint, back in Sep. 87). What first got you into roleplaying and writing? Unsurprisingly, Star Trek. I branched out very quickly but the first concentrated RP effort I can remember was a Star Trek RP back when I was in High School on some messaging boards. I was doing this sort of thing before I even got into DND. What is it about Star Trek that inspires you? Aside from a childhood addiction? Even in the darkest of Trek stories and episodes, there is this underlying theme of hope for the future. Treks consistent reflection of the times that we live in, the social commentary, that’s what draws me in. Plus I just love a good sci-fi story, and Trek does that very well. What made you decide to join Starbase 118? Alieth. It’s their fault. All their fault. We used to write together on another SIMM and I missed that so I decided to check this place out on her recommendation. Why did you choose to write a Bajoran character? I’ve had the character of Jehe Saja for a while now, and tried to play them on three other boards that all fell apart fairly early on. So part of it was sheer stubbornness. As for a Bajoran specifically, I like the respectful way the species was portrayed in Trek, while being very religious. I thought that was very well done and I wanted to see if I could explore that in my writing. Intelligence is one of those duty posts I personally find very challenging. What are your thoughts on this particular duty post? How do you bring it to life? Honestly I put in for it on a whim expecting to get slotted into Security, and was super pleased when I got the go ahead for intel. It’s a very neat little position, and I’m trying to approach it from the point of view of someone that feels like they might be in over their head but doing better than they thought. A lot of intel work is analysis, not super secret spy stuff, and Saja is having to adjust to that. How do you hope to see your character grow in the future? I hope to see her come into her own. She recently got a surprise in that area (and so did I!) by getting a bump up in rank. At some point I would like to drop her into one of those James Bond/Tom Clancy novel type scenarios, where she actually has to do some behind the lines super secret spy stuff, and sweat through all of that, but for the moment, she’s still sowing her oats at running a department on a starship Thanks for your time, Lieutenant JG Jehe! You can read more about Lieutenant JG Jehe on the wiki. The post Lower Decks: Lt. JG. Jehe Saja, USS Thor appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=CS9IHvZsRV0:mViedD4cZjM:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/CS9IHvZsRV0View the full article
  9. July is trivia month for StarBase 118 and our Fleetwide chat on Sunday, July 11th 2021 will feature our annual trivia contest! Here’s a quick rundown of the rules and FAQs for players new and old: Trivia will run a minimum of 60 questions. To earn the participant badge you must answer at least 1 question (even if answered incorrectly) or cheer on a friend who is playing. Badges are awarded for camaraderie, but not idling. The winner badge will be awarded to the person with the most points First correct answer is awarded 1 point. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses. Some questions may be worth multiple points for multiple answers. Questions will clarify whether they have multiple answers or require specific answers – read the questions carefully! Anyone can join in at any time Please limit chatter until after the trivia is done Discord will be set to a 15 second slow-mode to prevent spamming answers Any putting down of other players or unsportsmanlike conduct will earn a play a kick for the remaining time of the Trivia game and a forfeiture of any badges earned. Cheering and good humor is always welcome. Google searching is allowed, but most questions are set up so that a participant who knows the answer off the top of their head will have an advantage over those using search engines to get the answers up faster. New this year we will feature a selection of questions from the newest series in Star Trek: Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks! Questions will start with the general category, followed by the question. Categories are: TOS: Star Trek the original series TNG: Star Trek The Next Generation DS9: Star Trek Deep Space Nine VOY: Star Trek Voyager ENT: Star Trek Enterprise TAS: Star Trek the Animated Series PIC: Star Trek Picard DIS: Star Trek Discovery LD: Star Trek Lower Decks MOV: Every feature length Star Trek movie, from “The Motion Picture” to Star Trek Beyond SB118: Trivia about StarBase 118’s canon GEN: General Star Trek canon, something that doesn’t fit in any category This year we are joined by last year’s Trivia Master: Geoffrey Teller! Commander Teller has provided a bunch of head scratching questions to tickle your brain for 2398! We hope to see everyone at this year’s trivia, whether you’re cheering on your friends, enjoying the questions or going hear to head for the title of Trivia Master, everyone is welcome! The post Fleetwide Trivia: Rules and FAQs appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=3JugHU9KVt0:TbiEIvV_T6Y:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/3JugHU9KVt0View the full article
  10. 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 June. This first graph depicts the number of applications that the fleet has received each month this year. The month of June saw one application, the lowest month so far 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 June. The fleet saw one graduate during the month, increasing this year’s graduate percentage slightly from 57% to 62%. This is down from the overall graduation rate of 71% in 2020. It is highly likely to shift further as we get deeper into 2021. 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: June 2021 appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=J41QMXCETM0:qfSOfkgVwDQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/J41QMXCETM0View the full article
  11. Every year in June, SB118 celebrates its annual Awards ceremony. But what, exactly, is involved in putting this together? While a good many of us take the time to write up nominations, there’s far more that occurs behind the scenes. Today, we’re going to pull back the curtain and show just how much this exercise is choreographed. The process starts as early as April. The first task is to review the ceremony from the previous year. This includes looking at the suggestions received from the community. Those suggestions are taken and seriously considered as we look forward to the upcoming year. How can we improve? It is these suggestions that help us get a clearer picture of how to do just that, and why they are greatly appreciated. Second, the Captains Council goes through the list of awards. Each year, they are reviewed and refined. Are some of them redundant? Outdated? Unnecessary? Too specific? Too vague? All these things are discussed at length so that we can have a clear direction for what the awards requisites are. Only once that is done can we update the nomination form, go through the awards pages, and prepare the news posts as well as fleetwide emails to finally and officially launch the process. From there it’s a sprint to the finish. Everyone in the fleet is encouraged to participate. This can require uncovering memories from weeks and months ago of ways that people impressed us, reviewing each of our peers and trying to understand the impact they’ve made on our community. All the while, our staff is ensuring that every angle is covered in nominations and that each person who has met the prerequisites for an award gets nominated. Once nominations close, things pick up even more speed. The Awards facilitator (Jo Marshall for 2021) then picks an Awards Committee and they start collating the nominations. From start to finish, there are dozens of tasks that must be done in a specific order, and that is all before the actual ceremony itself. Every member of the command staff gets involved, and some are so piled with work, it’s very much like the scene in Star Trek: The Original Series where Captain Kirk opens an overhead compartment only to be buried in thousands of tribbles. Afterwards, however, while those who take on a bulk of this work are tired, there’s a sense of satisfaction. The command team goes to great lengths throughout the year in order to help each of you understand how much we value your contributions to the fleet and the careful time and effort you expend to write the perfect sims. We also know the magic of coming together for this recognition – to write down in the annals of our history that “this person was amazing for this reason, and we want to thank them for that.” While it may seem simple and easy, this is no trivial effort. We hope that those of you who have earned awards can take some time to look back over the history of the award you won, perhaps read some of the presentations from those past ceremonies, and know that someday someone else will be doing the same with your name. The post What It Takes: Awards Ceremony appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=ZEjY9jUC_BM:ZGuaf3_QA3Y:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/ZEjY9jUC_BMView the full article
  12. As the Covid-19 pandemic swept throughout the year 2020, it profoundly affected the lives of millions across the globe. Many of our own members suffered from the virus itself, while others experienced the grief of losing friends and loved ones. Persevering through this, our members remained enthusiastic about the fellowship we’ve built here, and found new ways to connect and share our stories through this challenging time. The Captains Council considered, for this Awards Ceremony season, the ways we could recognize the complications and challenges of the past year. We landed on a new type of Community Honor called Commemorative Coins, the first of which will be specifically focused on 2020 and 2021’s events and the way in which we came through them. Commemorative coins, also known as “challenge coins,” are a tradition in many government and military agencies with a history stretching back to the days of the Ancient Romans. These small medallions are bestowed by leaders to signify a job well done, or memorialize participation in an event. As such, everyone who simmed with us during the pandemic will receive the Per Aspera, Ad Astra Commemorative Coin, a digital item that can be displayed on your wiki profile: The coin displays our new logo, to signify the launch of our new brand and recognize that this was an experience that affected our entire community. And, you’ll find on the left of the coin the image of a spiral – representing rebirth, and resilience, while also alluding to the mRNA sequence (which looks similar to a DNA spiral) of the vaccines which are helping to bring us out of this tragedy. On the right-hand side, you’ll find the image of a lily, representing the return to innocence after death and the recognition of grief that touched many of us during this difficult time. And the name, “per aspera, ad astra” translates from Latin to English as, “through difficulties to the stars,” a fitting reminder for us all. Over the coming months, we’ll be transitioning some of our former legacy badges into Commemorative Coins, and we’ll provide more information about that as it becomes available. Sincerest thanks to everyone who participated with us in the last year. We know how hard it’s been for many, and we appreciate all of the good memories we created together. You can find out more about Commemorative Coins on the wiki, including instructions on how to add this one to your profile. The post New Commemorative Coin – Per Aspera, Ad Astra appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=uJRSypqIPCE:e_3qgLg3BoE:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/uJRSypqIPCEView the full article
  13. We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room on Sunday, July 11th at 10:00 am Pacific, 6:00 pm UTC. This month is our Annual Fleetwide Trivia Challenge. Have you ever wanted to show off that Trek Lore just floating around in your head? Well here’s the perfect opportunity! Come on by and show everyone how much you know about the show we all know and love! The chat starts this Sunday, July 11th at 10:00 am Pacific, 6:00 pm 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, July 11th! appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=PGJIqUKXBE8:UN-Ea_ITkLw:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/PGJIqUKXBE8View the full article
  14. The rechristened SB118 podcast – PADDcast – is once again ready for your commlines. PADDcast 005 has hit the airwaves: The content trough that is Star Trek Online “Star Trek games. Are they any good? Well… There’s a lot of them. But the biggest one of all is Star Trek Online. So saddle on up to the content trough, and gorge yourself on some slop. Or maybe it’s more like a buffet. Dip that wet shrimp into the chocolate fountain and have a ball!” Click here to listen to the new PADDcast now. And be sure to subscribe to get notified of new episodes! The post Listen to the New Episode of the StarBase 118 PADDCast! appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=uBXc7bDS31o:zRF7oqVFvIQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/uBXc7bDS31oView the full article
  15. In the month of June the Fleet saw an overall increase of sims to 1,635, and average of 182 posts per ship – up from 1436 last month. The Gorkon led the month with 231 sims, followed closely by Ops with 230 and the Veritas with 212 rounding out the top three. Following the Veritas was the Resolution with 205, the Juneau with 170, and the Thor with 163. The rest of the fleet came in with the Constitution at 137, the Chin’toka at 130, and the Arrow at 127. The Awards Ceremony has finished up, which prompted some great writing and great adventure. Can’t wait to see the new writing all the new Awards inspire! 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 June 2021 Post Counts appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=NdAMVuZoKh8:CnZuLerHukQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/NdAMVuZoKh8View the full article
  16. The rechristened SB118 podcast – PADDcast – is once again ready for your commlines and this time it’s a very special interview edition! Field correspondent Alora DeVeau was able to conduct a fantastic interview with a pioneer of Star Trek filk music. Filk is a specific type of folk music that is created by fans of genre fiction – most often science fiction, fantasy and horror. Leslie Fish, one of the originators of filk music, made some time for a phone interview with us. Her story about her relationship to music, and how she became to be a filk singer, is absolutely fascinating. Click here to listen to this special PADDcast now! The post Brand New Paddcast: Special Leslie Fish Interview Edition appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=ADdRHfG3YvY:9laULfkw0uY:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/ADdRHfG3YvYView the full article
  17. Welcome to day four, the final day of the awards ceremony. So far this week we’ve announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service, Special and Staff Awards. Today we present the duty post awards. Each award focuses on a different department from the major ones such as medical, operations or engineering to the more unique – like diplomacy, intel or marines. Even civilians have a chance to be recognized for the valuable contributions that can be made to our stories by those who prefer the path less worn. Each of these awards recognises a player for excellence in simming their duty post. Since we give only one award per duty post each year, we chose only those who sim the duty post in an exemplary fashion to represent. You’ll see from our spread of winners – who range in rank from Ensign to Admiral – every player has a chance to be considered for one of these by consistently simming to the best of their ability and striving to improve their craft. In closing this year’s awards ceremony we’d like to thank the people who made this possible and make one final, special presentation. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to: All of our amazing members submitting wonderful, heartfelt nominations each year! The Awards Committee — composed of Vice-Admiral Quinn Reynolds, Commodore Jalana Rajel, Commodore Aron Kells, Commander Serala, and Commander Kelrod — who voted on the Duty Post and Special Awards. This is a complex process that involves reviewing all the nominations received, along with supporting links for a given award and then selecting which candidate they feel best matches the qualities the award is seeking. The Deputy Award Facilitator — Commander Addison MacKenzie — helped prep the awards nominations for review, compile materials for the awards ceremonies, posted alongside, and assisting with other tasks I tasked his taskiness with. Matt put in a considerable amount of time and effort to help ensure everything was accurate, prepared and ready for awards day. His help has allowed the awards ceremony to continue to run as smooth as butter. Thanks, Matt! The commanding officers of the fleet, who put in a lot of time and effort to review the nominations for their ships and ensure that the right people are selected for awards! All the first officers of our fleet, who voted on the staff awards providing recommendations to the EC, for determining the recipient of general awards where their CO was nominated, and writing awards presentations where needed! Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf for founding this community 27 years ago and encouraging us to thrive in it, grow our own way, and all started when he was barely on the edge of seventeen. I know I’m not wrong when I say his job is never the easiest — he doesn’t stop thinking about tomorrow, it’ll soon be here. It’ll be here, and it’ll be better than before. Finally, here’s to an awesome 27th year within our wonderful ‘Fleet! Raise your mugs, get that toast going, and celebrate a fantastic future on the horizon! Find out who this year’s duty post superstars are first by heading down to the forums today where you can read about and congratulate our talented award recipients! The full awards ceremony will soon be posted on the wiki. The post Awards Ceremony 2021 – Duty Post Awards appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=U98Z8oF1k7I:x0AkWBQBWGk:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/U98Z8oF1k7IView the full article
  18. Welcome to day three of the annual awards ceremony! So far we have announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service and Special Awards. Today we’re proud to present the Staff Awards! The Staff awards are only for those members who have achieved the rank of commander or higher. These awards recognize the hard work of our staff, who do the behind-the-scenes work required to keep the engine of our community running, and smoothly at that! They help foster the fun simming environment we all enjoy. Head to the forums now to see who received each of the Staff Awards from each ship across the fleet, and be sure to congratulate the winners! The post Awards Ceremony 2021 – Staff Awards appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=WLcFCfz-9wI:BxzWAivjztY:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/WLcFCfz-9wIView the full article
  19. Welcome to day two of the annual awards ceremony! Yesterday we announced the recipients of the General Awards. Today we’re proud to present the Length of Service and Special Awards. Our Length of Service Awards recognize folks who’ve hit one of our membership tiers in the last year: 1-year, 3-years, 5-years, 10-years, and 15-years! Incredibly, we’re recognizing two 5-year commanding officers this year! Special Awards is a catch-all category for awards that don’t fit elsewhere but mostly entail OOC community innovation and dedication. This is where awards like the Rising Star and Community Champion fit, recognizing members who are putting in an incredible effort. Just like with the Staff and Duty Post awards, only one of each award is given each year – only the very best are chosen so they are highly coveted awards that every player has a chance to be considered for by getting involved and giving it their best. (With one notable exception: The Xalor Clan Xifilis award is given to any player who has overcome any sort of disadvantage while simming. We don’t compare and weigh one person’s struggles against another but rather award this to all eligible and deserving candidates who are nominated for it.) Head to the forums now to see who received each of the Length of Service and Special Awards from each ship across the fleet, and be sure to congratulate the winners! The post Awards Ceremony 2021 – Length of Service and Special Awards appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=wGWo9ZsX7d0:FSQd4vy2Hd0:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/wGWo9ZsX7d0View the full article
  20. Welcome to the 2021 Awards Ceremony! Over the course of four days, we honour the people who have contributed time and effort in the past year to make this a great place to sim, and a great community to be a member of. We’ll present to the fleet five categories of awards: General: Honoring the members who’ve won this year’s General, or ship-based awards Length of Service: Honoring members who have been with us for a year, all the way up to 10 years and more Special: Honoring specific aspects of simming or OOC work Staff: Honoring the work of our fleet’s staff members Duty Post: Honoring the best simmer from each duty post To start, we’re very excited to present the General Awards! The winners are chosen by the fleet’s commanding officers (or in cases where the commanding officer was also nominated, the first officer was called in to decide) from the nominations made by you! This is your chance to see how each of the other ships did and see who picked up what award. Find out who won each of the general awards by heading to the forums, where you can read about and congratulate our talented award recipients. The post The 2021 Awards Ceremony starts today! appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=8OI29cwt5A0:xwRBXEXqeFY:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/8OI29cwt5A0View the full article
  21. The Federation News Service is a spinoff of the 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: Thunder at Jenatris Cloud 500: Glirash Voorsh snatches fourth victory — Stardate 239806.05 TRINITY CITY, STARBASE 118 — Speed racing legend takes a comfortable grip of second place on the points leaderboard of the Jenatris Cloud 500, locking in a fourth overall victory with noted Gorn relish. Species with pheromone-based language rejects Federation membership — Stardate 239806.11 PARIS, EARTH – The Federation’s hopes for expansion into the galactic west, suffered a major setback this week as the Smort rejected its offer of membership. Speaking from the steps of the Palais de la Concorde in Paris, Maaah, the head of the Smort diplomatic team, explained the decision by stating simply, ‘The Federation smells boring.’ Experts troubled as Andoria suffers unprecedented heatwave — Stardate 239806.18 ANDORIA – Environmental scientists are concerned as the frozen moon Andoria, the homeworld of the Andorian people is experiencing a heatwave longer and hotter than anything on record. Cadet hospitalizations expose stressful nature of Starfleet training simulations — Stardate 239806.25 SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — Starfleet Academy temporarily removed a holographic training simulation from its rotation this week, after two cadets were hospitalized with severe panic attacks while participating in the exercise. 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 fednewsservice.com. The post Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239806 appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=tRU_lw6Mii4:9dtJnljOP3Y:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/tRU_lw6Mii4View the full article
  22. CALABRUM, 61 CYGNI SYSTEM – The shock discovery of a vibrant medieval culture descended from Starfleet survivors should have been the biggest challenge thrust upon the crew of the USS Thor. But a Klingon led army, the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano and the Prime Directive itself all stand in the way of the Thors surreptitious rescue mission. Cmdr. Geoffrey Teller, injured in one of the first Klingon attacks, had this to say about conditions on the ground. “Pancakes aren’t until Thursday, Your Majesty.” Teller babbled from his bed in Sickbay, having notably suffered his eleventh concussion. After comprehensive medical treatment, a more coherent Commander contributed his impressions. “A targ the size of a damn shuttle licked me… things aren’t great.” With the Prime Directive firmly in mind and only a few days, until the erupting volcano consumed the entire kingdom, Fleet Captain Aron Kells contacted Queen Arta Du Pendragon, leader of the thriving survivors of the USS Excalibur and a large population of indigenous peoples. Together, they concluded the city must fall to contain the cultural contamination, but not before someone could safely relocate her people. Rumours that the Thor intends to tow the derelict Excalibur as an ‘ark’ could not be confirmed before press time. Written by Geoffrey Teller The post USS Thor bends Prime Directive to the breaking point appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=xnWje2ES4oA:ay0KYChpG-s:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/xnWje2ES4oAView the full article
  23. PAR’THA EXPANSE — Learning the Federation has put out a call for new colonists to settle in the Expanse, the USS Chin’toka (NCC-97187) has recently departed for the Capital of the Par’tha Expanse, Oscion. Oscion is located near the centre of the Expanse and is considered neutral territory by all the Great Houses. It is home to the Great Council comprising members from each of the seven Houses of the Expanse Sector, and the members of the Senate. “It’s a veritable hub of politics,” commented Commander Serala about Oscion. “They seem to have some strict rules for solving their differences with violence while on the planet.” Once the senior officers finished their briefing, they broke up to begin their various tasks. Chief among these are locating ideal sites for a colony and background research on the various diplomats for each House. Some locations mentioned as candidates are Krotar, Pultar, Samnar, and Zalenaedere. Representatives expected to attend are from Houses Rettan, Larokon, Barahn, and Tadere (reportedly courting a relationship with the Valcarian Imperial Republic, a source of contention for the Federation crew) amongst others. While this mission is one of diplomacy, the Akira-class starship received a new complement of Peregrine fighters leaving us and others in Oscion to wonder just how peaceful they expect this mission to be. This mission follows several promotions and a complete realignment and integration of the now-defunct experimental SOR Team (Strategic Operational Response Team) into the Security and Tactical departments, now overseen by Second Officer, Lt.Cmdr Toryn Raga. Reportedly, a pair of Dakota-class starships, the USS Santee and the USS Yanktonai, have prepared for long-term deployment in the Par’tha Expanse, and we can only assume that they are headed there as a support for the pending colony, should it come to fruition. Written by Serala The post USS Chin’toka heads to Oscion to begin talks with the Great Houses appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=S9IGEZj8scM:KbZAbJIEIY4:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/S9IGEZj8scMView the full article
  24. We’d like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month with a promotion to a higher rank, and we welcome everyone to congratulate these members around the forums and in chat! ARROW Chloe Waters to Lieutenant R’Ariel to Lieutenant Noa Levinson to Lieutenant Hayley Caden to Lieutenant JG Want to learn more about advancing in rank like these hard-working fleet members? Check out our Promotions Guide on the wiki! The post Promotions For May appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=ohHCa3JdCmE:y22_sphGM9Q:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/ohHCa3JdCmEView the full article
  25. RISA – Following the harrowing but successful second contact mission on the planet Venthis, command of the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) decided that the crew deserved a trip to the pleasure planet of Risa. Though the idea was palatable to most, Captain Randal Shayne did not have such diversions in mind. While meeting a new officer aboard, Lieutenant JG Maz Rodan, Shayne stated, “Mr. Rodan, I am a starship commander. We do not… Risa.” Near the end of the shore leave a surprise guest appeared aboard the Arrow with Shayne’s old mentor and commander, Captain Oddas Aria of the starship USS Juneau (NX-99801). Oddas elevated Commander Shayne to the rank of Captain, concluding a ceremony that saw multiple members of the senior staff increase in rank, responsibility, and position. Reorganisation followed a superbly stressful mission, the details of which remain somewhat uncertain. Someone ordered several security blocks in place to intercept and deflect most lines of inquiry into the matter. And even the crew has, mostly, maintained a rigorous silence with reporters under orders from the commanding officer, Randal Shayne. What we know is, despite initial reports, the planet Venthis, a sovereign Minshara class world amid restructuring after a long-wrought conflict, will remain separate from the Federation despite initial interest. The crew certainly did Risa. Part enjoyed the wide variety of activities available to Risa’s visitors, everything from lounging upon one of literally thousands of exotic, warm beaches to exploring the more… lively side of the pleasure planet. There were watersports and boat races for the crew, and some even took part in an obstacle course. “It was a sight to behold,” exclaimed Petty Officer Novacasa, although it was not very clear what or who the officer referred to. More information on the Arrow’s next mission to follow. Written by Charlotte DeBarres The post Promotions and unexpected guests for the USS Arrow upon arrival at Risa appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=jInbqTNhOeI:piveMX5t3ss:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/jInbqTNhOeIView the full article
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