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  1. STARBASE 118 OPS — The revelation that a reversed polarity electromagnetic surge would likewise negate the effects of the Orb of Perspective caused the afflicted crew and citizens to revert to their original bigger sizes. “I don’t usually ever feel small, being six foot and things like that,“ commented one of the affected species. “But […]View the full article
  2. Our 11th annual Halloween Avatar Contest has begun on the forums! All crews on all spooky ships have until Monday, October 25th to get checked in on the forums, and avatars must remain in their costumed forms until at least Sunday, October 31st Halloween Night. Every year, we have a contest to see who can […]View the full article
  3. ALPHA ISLES — Responding to an unusual and anomalous reading, the crew of the USS Arrow (NCC 69829) discovered a derelict vessel and Ferengi profiteers within. Ordered further into the Alpha Isles, the Arrow performed a seemingly straightforward mapping expedition of an unexplored sector. Their attention soon piqued when an anomalous reading led them to […]View the full article
  4. Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Special awards from our recent 2021 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters. This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Noa T’Nessa Levinson, playing a Human/Vulcan Science Officer assigned to […]View the full article
  5. STARBASE 104 — Individuals linked to the Orion Syndicate have kidnapped Commodore Jalana Rajel, commanding officer of the USS Constitution (NCC-9012-B). The Constitution is currently docked at Starbase 104 for repairs after suffering heavy damage on its most recent mission. The captain’s abduction occurred as the crew were enjoying some well-earned shore leave. Security footage […] http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=D4bF_KfMbx4:DLbM7_2tPko:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/D4bF_KfMbx4View the full article
  6. Few would argue that Star Trek is just a TV show or movie franchise. The far-reaching effects of our favorite science fiction universe have been felt within the very fabric of society. It has touched the minds of young and old and inspired pioneers in all fields of human endeavor. October 10th – 16th marks […] http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=RYnkKsUYwUQ:PD5WnifgRjI:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/RYnkKsUYwUQView the full article
  7. JALANDA CITY — After a deadly confrontation with a Q called “CloQ,” the senior staff of the USS Resolution (NCC-78145) enjoyed a brief period of rest and relaxation in Jalanda City on Bajor. Though Bajor is typically outside the Resolution’s base of operations in the Borderlands, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti managed to secure passage for […] http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=g6yp4AKwnIQ:nRB2czK1GjM:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/g6yp4AKwnIQView the full article
  8. 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! http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=Nm05fb-ldM0:I2iUCm4jyKM:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/Nm05fb-ldM0View the full article
  9. DEEP SPACE, BEYOND THE FEDERATION FRONTIER — Following a special ceremony led by Federation Secretary of the Exterior Lily Ventu, newly minted Federation Ambassador Niarivi Vataix, Daughter of the Eleventh House of Betazed and her senior staff boarded the USS Thor (NCC-82607) for the month-long journey to Amity Outpost in the Delta Quadrant. The Starfleet […] http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=kK2awJF66Vs:QvM6vkTrq88:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/kK2awJF66VsView the full article
  10. Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the StarBase 118 fleet: Rebecca Iko and returning member Talos Dakora! http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=JKsQ5498ZmE:RpTTXhvnnpE:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/JKsQ5498ZmEView the full article
  11. Join us as we interview Major Kiran Han, playing a Trill Marine Commanding Officer assigned to the USS Juneau. He won the Semper Fidelis Award, given “to those Starfleet Marines who have shown great skill in protecting their crew, accomplishing their mission, avoiding tragic loss of life in the line of duty, and upholding the values of the United Federation of Planets in times of crisis." http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=1xigrqFJ38o:4sbyNujWaRA:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/1xigrqFJ38oView the full article
  12. 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. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=v170rFRGfiY:FODju5t2zA0:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/v170rFRGfiYView the full article
  13. September was an exciting month, combining back to school, the launch of the new Amity Outpost, and a marked increase in the storytelling in the fleet. Overall our fleet posted a total of 1813 sims – an average of 201 per ship. This month Ops lead the way with 338 posts, followed closely by Resolution with 301, the the Juneau with 207, and the Gorkon with 192. Following the Gorkon were the Chin’toka and the Thor each with 167, followed by our newest installation Amity Outpost with 163 sims. The Arrow and the Constitution clocked in with 147 and 131 posts respectively. As we look forward to cool months in the northern hemisphere, the Halloween Contest, and more, there are some great stories waiting to be told in October – be sure to keep up with them all! Check out some 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 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=aqNO8mQcrnM:D3_VNukL32o:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/aqNO8mQcrnMView the full article
  14. We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room on Sunday, October 10th at 10:00 am Pacific, 6:00 pm UTC. The chat starts this Sunday, October 10th 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, October 10th! appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=rC_pldqey9A:uvFUffBsLjg:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/rC_pldqey9AView the full article
  15. As you may know, it costs about $1,795 USD to run our server – including the main website, the wiki, and our forums. That’s in addition to our domain names and other sundry costs. Each year, we fundraise donations to meet that amount and community members pitch in to help. Thanks to the generosity of our donors – big and small – we’ve already hit our next fundraising goal, due on May 1 of 2022. This ensures we’ll be able to pay our big hosting bills this November and next May. For this goal, 23 members donated 137 times to help us get there. Since our last report on May 1st of this year, we’ve had a few new donors: Vitor Silveira, Baylen Anders, Lephi, Scotty Reade, Alora DeVeau, and Wes Greaves! Huge thanks to them for joining the donor club. They’ll be receiving a badge denoting their support and, of course, they have our gratitude! And, we’ve got a number of recurring donors whose continued support have helped us rack up a sizeable chunk of the fundraising goal: Arturo Maxwell, Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, Sarah Phillips, Serala, Jacob Horne, Yogan Yalu, and Genkos Adea! Recurring donors are hugely important to meeting our growing yearly goal. If you can join these donors for even $10 a month, you’ll be helping us immensely! Can you pitch in and help us get the 2023 fundraising goal started? Click here to donate securely – we’ll never see your credit card information. The post We’ve hit our 2022 fundraising goal! Here are the folks who helped us make it happen appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=iIDY7_fG4vA:F-OUOJPevPc:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/iIDY7_fG4vAView the full article
  16. AAVARO WILDS — The USS Juneau (NX-99801) went to the USS Grace Hopper’s help when some of its officers inexplicably vanished while investigating a freshly found Biome of Ring 42. The last time FNS reported on a crisis in the Aavaro Wilds, it was about missing officers from the USS Grace Hopper, which had been researching a recently found abandoned city. Since then, we’ve discovered that all of the officers were recovered alive and well, and are recovering from their experience. According to reliable reports, the century-old city of Deolia appeared to have some sentience and depends on its former residents for mutual existence. The arrival of Starfleet unintentionally awoke the uninhabited City. The City injected the officers with a special bio-tech that allowed it to telepathically express its specific requirements, coercing them into assisting it in waking up. The City began to take electricity from other biomes, but its primary objective was the USS Grace Hopper, putting the ship in danger. The USS Juneau was able to understand and respond to a soundwave communication from the City. Nonetheless, it took force to release the Grace Hopper from a crippling power drain. The officers later discovered that the City was urgently attempting to save the last of its people who were imprisoned in a malfunctioning stasis pod. They were the last of their genderless species, named Ix’O, and one of the original Caretakers of the City. Centuries ago, the inhabitants of Deolia fell into a cycle known as The Great Sleep, from which they never awakened. Except for one, they were all lost. Fortunately, the hardy species reproduce by a type of mitosis, which the Caretaker was striving to finish when they were found. A coordinated rescue effort including staff from both ships was successful in relocating the defective pod holding this individual to the Grace Hopper and assisting with its propagation process. We are happy to announce that the Caretaker is still alive and well, and that it is no longer the lone survivor of its kind. More of the city’s natural citizens are likely to return as the mitotic cycle continues. They will round out the unique symbiotic interaction with this amazing technological-organic biome. Perhaps in a few months, Deolia will be restored to its former grandeur on Ring 42, and we will discover the complete history of this wonderful City and its people. Furthermore, a device discovered from Lightside Station’s Mega-deck was Deolia’s stolen property. The technology was smuggled into the holodeck and was used to converse telepathically with the holograms and vice versa. The stolen technology has subsequently been reintegrated into Deolia by its Caretakers, completing the telepathic link between the people of this City. Written by T’Lea The post USS Juneau makes first contact with a sentient city during rescue operation on Ring 42 biomes appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=u1GgF1mbyRA:jFqssyw1ULs:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/u1GgF1mbyRAView the full article
  17. Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2021 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write and imagine their characters. This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Aine Sherlock playing a Human Female Security Officer assigned to the USS Resolution. She won the Natasha Yar Pin: “awarded to those security officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in protecting and preserving the lives of their crewmates, even at risk to their own.” DeVeau: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? What sort of activities do you enjoy? Sherlock: I’m Jared, and I currently live in Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally from Puyallup, Washington. As for activities I enjoy, my friends joke my hobby is collecting hobbies. It really runs the gamut from carpentry and fine woodworking to (very recently) 3D modelling. I really enjoy working with my hands, so things like tailoring and watchmaking/repair are examples of things I like to do. Before the pandemic hit, I was working in a stained glass art studio where I was our primary metal and wood fabricator and specialized in stained glass restoration. Oh, and of course: writing. Can’t forget that one. Where do you get your inspiration for your character? Beyond the regulars in Star Trek itself, a lot of the personality, quirks, etc. come from a couple of people in my life that I am close to. Their lives and stories have inspired the character of Aine Sherlock from the very beginning. So quick shout out to “A” and “S” for being such close friends and allowing me to share in your lives! Part of the character that’s on the job, I take from my personal experience which, mixed with her personality, makes for an interesting blend that really brings her to life. What is the hardest thing about simming a security officer? As I mentioned above, bringing in my personal experience helps. But, putting that into the context of Star Trek, as the rules and regulations of Starfleet, can be a challenge. Security Officers in Starfleet really need to be thinkers. They need to be in control of themselves and be situationally aware so as not to be over-reactive. I feel that writing a Security Officer who’s always going for their phaser first is just wrong. It doesn’t fit the context of Trek. So doing that can be difficult. Your character needs to handle dangerous and potentially violent situations without being a loose cannon. You also have to be a bit of a diplomat. Being part of security could police or body guarding, have your character aware of personalities around them and how best to respond to those personalities, so they need to be flexible. There’s just a lot of potential layers to it. One thing I’ve thought about, but haven’t been faced with as the writer of Aine, is a mission where security isn’t really needed. To be the odd one out may be difficult, but I’ll figure out a way to fit in. What’s your favourite part about writing for a security officer? I’m not sure if this would apply if I had created a different character, but for me with writing Aine, it’s that she’s unassuming. She can get nervous in certain situations, but not when it comes to the job. When the team walks in and the second shortest person in the room is the Security Officer, well, I like that. It’s a lot of fun. I write here as being straightforward and knowledgeable in her field, and so far I’ve had a significant response to that. And getting to add some of my real-world knowledge/experience has been a lot of fun as I feel with this character I can do it easily without it ever sounding over the top or unrealistic. What are some of the biggest challenges you have for Aine, personally? She has some internalized issues. She’s still hiding some things and hasn’t fully opened up to anyone. Meidra being her closest friend, she’s heard more than others. On our last leave, I did a series of sims concerning an event in her past that was actually really tough to get out there. But even IC, only a couple of people really know the story. Over time, I feel she’ll open up more and more, but for now, she’s still fairly guarded. And I imagine in the future that may even reset depending on events in her life, like an old habit. One thing your captain mentioned during the awards ceremony was the way you show different sides to your character, including that a security officer can sometimes be vulnerable and make poor decisions. Would you share with us how you’ve shown that? So this one has been eye-opening. Talking before about “A” and “S,” I look out how both they were and how I was around the age that Aine is. Yes, she’s a trained Starfleet Security Officer, but she’s also still just a kid. She’s made mistakes. She will make mistakes. That’s life. I try really hard to show what she’s thinking. Times when the crew’s in an unpleasant situation and she’s focused on doing her job, but it’s oO Oh my god! What the hell is happening!? Oo on the inside. During shore leave, she does the things someone her age would do on their weekends off. Which isn’t always the best choice, but not necessarily bad. I don’t try, and hopefully never will ever write her as being a perfect person. What was your reaction when you learned you’d won the Natasha Yar Pin? Storytime! I was refreshing the forum each day of the awards ceremony, constantly. On the day of the Duty Post Awards, I was out for the day and never had a chance to check them. I get home, open my laptop, and Discord shows I was tagged in something. When I looked in the ship chat it just said, “Congratulations Aine Sherlock and Addison MacKenzie.” And knowing what awards were coming out that day, it just kind of hit me. I went to the forums to make sure and when I came back to Discord; I wasn’t really sure what to say other than to thank my crew. Yeah, I write the character, but the character wouldn’t be who she is without them. That they felt enough of Aine and myself to nominate me for the Natasha Yar Pin was good enough. Winning it was such an honor. And I thank them again! RESOLUTIONARIES! What advice would you give someone who wants to write for a security officer? Be humble with your character. That will spill over into the character. Being humble and focusing on the job, focusing on keeping your crew safe, that’s most important. Don’t have your character be the hero. No leading the charge, guns blazing. That’s just annoying. If you write your character not being ambitious about awards or promotions (of course have goals as the writer for your character), but just going with the flow and doing a good job to keep everyone safe and coming home is really where it’s at. It’s fulfilling to the character, and it’s definitely fulfilling as the writer and the only accolade you should be seeking. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant JG Aine Sherlock! You can read more about Lieutenant JG Aine Sherlock on the wiki. The post Duty Post Award Winner – Aine Sherlock, USS Resolution (Natasha Yar Pin) appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=rS-V5NtjemM:nbY1PVgFZQI:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/rS-V5NtjemMView the full article
  18. STARBASE 104 — The crew of the Constitution believes that two holograms on board the ship have attained consciousness. The first is a Mark II EMH whose software was transferred from the USS Atlantis, while the second is known as the ‘holographic hair stylist’ among the crew. While the USS Constitution (NCC-9012-B) was docked at Starbase 104 for major repairs following her previous mission, the crew took advantage of the extended shore leave to attend to other matters. Commander Saveron was spotted entering the JAG offices of the starbase, evidently seeking legal advice, while one of the ship’s counsellors, Ensign Siance Thyar, was observed speaking with the family of one of the holograms. The actions that led the former’s programming, often referred to as ‘Mark Two,’ to extend and exhibit sophisticated learning algorithms were complicated, including a crewmember’s consciousness momentarily stored in the EMH software and interacting with it. Those affecting the hairdresser, known as ‘Georgio,’ were less widely recognized. There is precedent, particularly the acknowledgement in 2365 of an Android serving in Starfleet as having self-determination, and an EMH with an unexpectedly long run-time indicated the development of consciousness. A single occurrence may be considered an aberration, but if the crew can demonstrate the consciousness of these holograms and Starfleet and the Federation formally recognize them, what does that mean for all the other holograms in use across our society? Will each EMH necessitate its own separate computing core? Will we need the holographic characters’ consent to stop a holodeck program? “Recognized sentient species status and Federation membership would shield them from any attempts to change or delete their programming,” Saveron explained. Is it possible that a completely new intelligent race may develop, with us as its creators? Or are we already exploiting a slave race? Such a legal precedent might have a significant impact on how we employ artificial intelligence technologies. Written by Shrin’Tahla zh’Aim The post Sentient rights and citizenship sought for two holograms from the USS Constitution appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=YN3gxsb3mxI:uwwdKeqBD4I:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/YN3gxsb3mxIView the full article
  19. DEEP SPACE 3 — After the mission to the planet Gentii opening potential relations in the future, the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) returned to Deep Space 3 for rest and reorganization. The crew of the USS Arrow has a successful shore leave thanks to their hectic personal life. Captain Randal Shayne revealed his recent engagement to long-term companion and new Chief Intelligence Officer, Commander Ash MacKenna, as one of the new events. “The Captain is an extremely private person,” commented Senior Chief Petty Officer Thaon Brom. “I didn’t even know he had a girlfriend! The lads in engineering wish him all the happiness in the world! Good on you, Cap!” As their shore vacation on the Federation starbase came to an end, the senior staff and whole crew welcomed the news with open arms. However, at the time of publishing, the captain of the Arrow was unavailable for comment. Among the other activities enjoyed by the team was a visit to a new Klingon eatery on the promenade. Lieutenant Tro’k, the Arrow’s own Klingon Exchange Officer, was happy that the Starfleet crew recognized his homeworld’s culinary prowess. In the aftermath of the successful Bairiri, Ensign Maria Alvarez of the Ops department was ordered to join a new Starfleet diplomatic mission headed back to Genti II. The assignment was deemed temporary, and the team anticipated welcome her back in due time. The Arrow left DS3 to begin their new mission of thoroughly surveying a previously unknown area of the Alpha Isles. Written by Maz Rodan The post USS Arrow celebrates moderate success with good times on Deep Space 3 appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=skHBw4JyjZk:MfVMOqr_EcQ:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/skHBw4JyjZkView the full article
  20. Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Special awards from our recent 2021 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write and imagine their characters. This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant JG Zhanyt Lafizatar playing a Female Mathenite Science Officer assigned to the USS Veritas. She won The Community Champion Award which is “for members who participate in – or help facilitate – simming community events, representing the best of UFOP: SB118 to other organizations by hosting events, acting as contest judges, or otherwise contributing their expertise in a way that benefits the wider community.” DeVeau: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from, how did you get into Star Trek, and anything else you’d like to share? Lafizatar: I got into Trek by my dad watching TNG when I was growing up. Occasionally, TOS reruns, but TNG is my first Trek. I currently live near Spokane, in the Pacific Northwest. I love Deep Space Nine, and I found myself emphasizing the most with both O’ Brien’s seemingly endless struggle and Sisko’s exasperation. How did you find out about Starbase 118? Google, actually. I think I was looking for Star Trek roleplays at the time. I stuck around after reading the front page and wiki. I figured it was worth a choice. You not only participate in Starbase 118, but you are also an active member of the Roleplaying community abroad. What are some ways you engage with players outside of our SB118 community? In some cases, I participate in roleplays outside of 118 and try to attend various conferences. I’ve been doing it off and on for the last 5 years, depending on if I have the weekend free. Could you tell us a bit about your roles in the various events in which you’ve participated in the roleplaying world? Generally, I submit panels. I’ve not yet had a chance to help organize one, but I think I’d enjoy that too. The last panels I’ve done have been talking about the use of canon, and I’m working on one about creating custom races or just expanding scraps into a playable race. I like to talk about expanding your options and providing hooks for plots. Of all the things you’ve done in these various events, which was your favourite, and why? I enjoy attending and learning more about how other roleplays do things. I’ve changed my own simming a bit based on a few, and I think if I was forced to pick just one, it’s the ones that discuss making more interesting characters. If someone wanted to get involved in the RP community beyond SB118, where would you suggest they begin? Personally, I would start reading sims of Star Trek fleets to see if it’s something they liked, or move to other PBEM types like fantasy. I think that expanding your horizons teaches you new tricks you can use to make it more fun to write and more fun characters. Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Lafizatar! You can read more about Lieutenant JG Zhanyt Lafizatar on the wiki. The post Special Award Winner: Zhanyt Lafizatar, USS Veritas (The Community Champion Award) appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=1ohNvmZb-Tw:K189yECs2u8:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/1ohNvmZb-TwView the full article
  21. STARBASE 118 OPS — The abducted, shrunken, but far from helpless Starfleet crew staged a spectacular escape, causing havoc for the pirates who had captured them. After being kidnapped by pirates, officers who had been left untouched on Ops immediately gathered to pursue those who had been kidnapped. Following a briefing, Commodore Sal Taybrim commandeered the USS Narendra (NCC-26595) and headed out to chase a ship known as “The Drowning Band,” which was accused of theft and kidnapping. When they caught up to the pirate ship, the captain promptly dismissed their diplomatic efforts. “The Commodore attempted to obtain entry using more polite ways, but Captain Farrow promptly dismissed them,” Kherys Harper, a medical cadet chosen to accompany the rescue operation, stated. “But I could sense he was keeping something from me.” Unfazed by the captain’s dismissal, sources stated that the rescuers used the older ships’ systems cycle to get two small away teams onto the vessel. Both immediately discovered members of their team as well as other kidnapped people. As upsetting as the events were for those who helped in the rescue, they were much more upsetting for the victims. “This simply goes to show you,” Ensign Isaiah Andrews told reporters following the event. “There is seldom anything positive that comes from attending an event when you are required to wear a tie. Except for the buffet, that is. And the bar. Unleashed lizards are also a hazard. It’s just wrong to allow those monsters roam free.” Some officers stayed to defend people, while others took up the task of outwitting their captors. “It was all a little perplexing; it felt like we were being carried to the other side, but instead we were captured by pirates. We were able to send out a signal due to Lieutenant Prudence Blackwell.” “After fleeing, we almost made it to the orb, but they grabbed us a second time. When you’re barely a few inches tall, you’re inconveniently sluggish… Then you wind up marrying your Gorn crewmate in a knock-off bridal gown. It was all extremely strange. Unbelievable and surreal. However, when dealing with something as enigmatic as a Bajoran Orb, you might anticipate encountering as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lieutenant JG Ashley Yael, Ops’ counsellor, made a remark, then added after a brief pause. “If you ever get the chance to ride a cat, I highly recommend investing in a good saddle.” When queried about the marriage, Major Tatash, the Gorn in question, said, “It’s not legally binding.” He then ranted about how blue is a bad colour for a Gorn. Between sending out signals and riding cats, as well as battling vacuum bots and lizards, sources mentioned another team blinded a pirate in one eye while yet a fourth group somehow disabled the shields and disconnect engineering from the bridge which allowed Taybrim and the crew of the Narendra to take control of the pirate ship and rescue the miniaturized people. Written by Alora DeVeau The post Shrunken crew and civilians get kidnapped, cause mayhem before rescue appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=aDKM-s2xXrM:aRLZklz9UV4:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/aDKM-s2xXrMView the full article
  22. ANTOR II — A seismic event has triggered the partial collapse of a mine on the Southern Continent of Antor II in The Shoals, with an estimated thirty people still missing. A tremor caused the partial collapse of the Russell River Mine in Antor II’s Rahnor Delta, trapping over a hundred people, including two Starfleet officers. The mine stretches over two kilometres deep and consists of two main “levels” where the miners worked. The emergency has fortuitously coincided with a visit from the Starfleet vessel USS Veritas (NCC-95035) to the planet, allowing Starfleet personnel to assist in the rescue efforts. Seventy-one miners were rescued from Level 1 thanks to the quick response of Antor II’s emergency responders in collaboration with Starfleet officers. The rescue crews constructed a new access tunnel into the mine and recovered Level 1 survivors one by one, led by Commander Kelrod in his position as Starfleet Search and Rescue (SAR) lead and Veritas’ Chief Engineer Wil Ukinix. Their injuries were treated by medical staff, although none were life-threatening. In a race against time, emergency agencies and rescue teams worked around the clock to recover the remaining miners trapped on Level 2. So far, attempts to contact the miners have been futile. However, weak sensor readings revealed activity, providing optimism that about 30 individuals, including a government mine inspector and Starfleet Officers Lieutenant JG Ikaia Wong and Ensign Scotty Reade, were not killed. Governor Tutoatasi, the Federation separatist politician who has previously campaigned for the independence of Antor II, welcomed the Starfleet assistance. “Indeed, it was fortunate that this happened just when the Veritas was around,’“ he stated. “As you know, it’s not exactly every day that we have a Starfleet vessel in our system. So, yes, it’s good timing.” Captain Roshanara Rahman said that the rescue teams were “continuing to search the area for any other survivors, but the depth of the mine and the mineral and soil composition makes it difficult for conventional sensors to penetrate.” Communication with Level 2 has become a top priority for rescue crews. While rescue operations continue, hopes remain high. Written by Wil Ukinix The post Thirty miners and two Starfleet officers trapped in mine appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=_AHyt45YdFQ:u5T6RkEqRQE:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/_AHyt45YdFQView the full article
  23. The Newsies Team is tasked with updating the community news on a regular basis, with articles regarding fleet mission reports, team activities, and other administrative news. Today we meet with the Newsies Facilitator Commodore Sal Taybrim so we can learn more about this important part of our community! DeVeau: Thank you for joining us. Can you please start by giving us a short overview of the Newsies and how it supports our StarBase 118 community? Taybrim: Certainly! The News Team, often called the Newsies is one of the longest-running taskforces in StarBase 118. We write and schedule a variety of articles including announcements of important events, monthly ship reports, articles that support other teams and taskforces, writer’s workshop and of course interviews from Ensigns to Admirals! This taskforce supports the game not only through entertaining and informative articles but helping to raise our visibility to the outside world. What is your favorite thing about working on this taskforce? I love seeing how every journalist enjoys different types of articles. I really enjoy writing creative articles such as writer’s workshop, but other journalists love interacting through interviews or writing historical pieces that bring to light some of the stories of the founding of StarBase 118. The News Team has a wonderful variety of things to write about and the opportunity to interact with people from all over the fleet! Who can join this taskforce? Any full-time player with at least one mission under their belt can join as a news article writer. This includes members of every rank! Some Newsies are recommended by their commanding officer, others join by expressing interest to a fellow team member. We welcome everyone who is interested in writing articles for the news! How would a new member join this taskforce? A new member can either contact their Commanding Officer to join or message Sal Taybrim via Discord. What is the most enjoyable thing about working on this taskforce? Getting to talk to and meet players from across the fleet! Whether it’s Ship Closeups, Lower Decks interviews or just meeting new journalists, there are always fresh faces to get to know! Thank you so much for your insights on the Newsies! You can read more about the Newsies Team on the wiki. The post Taskforce In Focus – Newsies Team appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=Wa95I3DBtoM:1gXbFJ7nyW8:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/Wa95I3DBtoMView the full article
  24. DELUVIA IV — Participants in the Deluvian Regatta’s shuttle league gave forfeit after saving a Rigellian shuttle as shore leave for the crew of the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) came to an end. When LtCmdr. Jona ch’Ranni and Lt. Piravao sh’Qynallahr received an emergency call during the Space Regatta, they rushed to the shuttle Silver Shadow’s aid. The ship was on the verge of colliding with Deluvia III. The Gorkon team put their own lives and shuttle at risk to push the Rigellian shuttle out of the planet’s dragging atmosphere. ‌ Having spent too much time on the rescue attempt, they had to forfeit the race. However, the two Andorians returned to the Gorkon knowing they had done precisely what Starfleet would have intended them to do: save an imperilled life. The ocean league participants fared better on Deluvia IV. The team of three struggled for a noteworthy ninth place in the rowing tournament, with Lt.JGs Toran Sevo and Serren Tan at the oars and Lt. Corliss Fortune as the spotter. This was much to the chagrin of a Ferengi crew who had become trapped in tenth place on their golden boat. Shore leave concluded with a beach party to celebrate the nuptials of Lt. Valesha Sienilis to Petty Officer First Class Christopher Johns. There was a wide variety of different seafood and beverages during the celebration. Several bonfires dotted the beach, along with a blazing bridge. This provided the crew of the Gorkon with the opportunity to set down their troubled thoughts as their writings burned. “I’m not sure how a piece of burning paper would help my nightmares go away,” remarked Bolian Crewman First Class Tlik, who appeared weary. “But at this point, I’m willing to try anything.” ‌ The enormous edifice flaked into pieces, endangering the neighbouring environment. Fire crews could still be seen battling the blaze early in the morning. All attendants have been sent warnings that another fire the size of a two-story structure would not be permitted. The Gorkon’s crew is now en route to Darime IV, where a Pelian colony wants Starfleet’s assistance in a variety of areas. From building a field hospital, to investigate a murder, and visiting excavated remains where several Starfleet cadets had vanished, there is a lot to do. Written by Samira Neathler The post Rescue attempt for Rigellian shuttle at Deluvian Regatta appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=eplSkwfgwrw:w0QVXzwaSUM:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/eplSkwfgwrwView the full article
  25. Commodore is an exclusive rank and title that captains and fleet captains can earn in our game once they have served as commanding officer of a vessel for five years (whether continuously during one tenure or cumulatively over multiple commands). Having completed their own “five-year mission” aboard their ships, these COs are recognized by our community as among our finest leaders in the fleet. The Executive Council is pleased to announce the promotion of Fleet Captain Kali Nicholotti to the rank and title of Commodore! Commodore Kali Nicholotti first took command of StarBase 118 Ops on February 4, 2012, and the Ops crew then moved to USS Excalibur-A on August 4, 2013, where Nicholotti remained in command until May 6, 2015 (for a time, writing as Cascadia Rainier). She next took command of USS Apollo-A on July 13, 2015, serving as CO until February 16, 2016. She began her third and current command tenure on July 16, 2020, with the relaunch of USS Resolution. Commodore Nicholotti has been decorated with the following staff awards: Kathryn Janeway Award, 2016 Sarek Star, 2015 Shuvalis Diamond of Recognition, 2012 In addition to her duties as a commanding officer, Marissa, the player behind Nicholotti, has contributed much to StarBase 118’s wider community, serving as the facilitator of the Image Collective for many years, where she introduced ship logos and flags as part of our ship iconography. Through the Publicity Team, she worked tirelessly to ensure our website remained at the top of search engine rankings. She now facilitates the Social Media Team and has previously facilitated the News Team and served as the Captains Council Magistrate and the organization’s first Fleet Taskforce Coordinator. You can learn more about Marissa in the following interview: In the Spotlight: Kali Nicholotti (2015) And check out her wiki profile where you can learn more about her character and service history. Please join us in congratulating Commodore Kali Nicholotti on the forums! The post Kali Nicholotti promoted to Commodore appeared first on StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?i=r_cHsuGro3k:-R9BnW7EW54:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ufopsb118?d=qj6IDK7rITs http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ufopsb118/~4/r_cHsuGro3kView the full article
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