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Strange New Worlds

Depictions of alien planets in Star Trek have included Vasquez Rocks, Paramount sound stages, and matte paintings from TOS and TNG. But as our ability to see beyond our own solar system increases, so too does our knowledge of the strange new worlds orbiting other stars. While we haven’t yet discovered any Vulcans out there (or perhaps more appropriately, they haven’t discovered us), we can take some comfort in the similar lack of the Borg Unicomplex.


The Oddest Jobs in StarFleet V

Captain, first officer, chief of security, chief medical officer. These posts, and many more, are staples of every simming ship and installation. But what about the lesser known positions – the intelligence officers, diplomats, and nurses of the fleet? In this series, we’ll examine some of the less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them.

Ensign Oliver Weston, Intelligence Officer, USS Drake

Starfleet Intelligence has been a part of the 118 experience for many years, at least as far back as the Black Tower simming installation. But since that group’s last posted sims are from 2003, what are new members who are interested in intelligence?


The Oddest Jobs in StarFleet III

Captain, first officer, chief of security, chief medical officer. These posts, and many more, are staples of every simming ship and installation. But what about the lesser known positions – the intelligence officers, diplomats, and nurses of the fleet? In this series, we’ll examine some of the less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them.

Lieutenant Guy Perry Hunt, Strategic Operations Officer, Starbase 118 Operations


The Oddest Jobs in StarFleet II

Captain, first officer, chief of security, chief medical officer. These posts, and many more, are staples of every simming ship and installation. But what about the lesser known positions – the intelligence officers, diplomats, and nurses of the fleet? In this series, we’ll examine some of the less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them.

Lieutenant (JG) Alleran Tan: Commander, Air Group (CAG), USS Independence-A


The Oddest Jobs in StarFleet

Captain, first officer, chief of security, chief medical officer. These posts, and many more, are staples of every simming ship and installation. But what about the lesser known positions – the intelligence officers, diplomats, and nurses of the fleet? In this series, we’ll examine some of the less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them.

Lieutenant Commander Ethan Brice: Research & Development, USS Independence-A

Ki, who writes for Ethan Brice, credits the initial idea for R&D to the writer behind the Indy’s first officer, Karynn Brice. “Since I’ve always tended to lean towards coming up with something new and exciting for my crew, the option to go into R&D was easy enough.  It gives me a bit more freedom to spend having my character develop new technologies and roam about the ship.” He calls the position an “added perk,” as it allows greater mission variety when a ship PC can jump in “with new technology fresh out of Utopia Planitia.” Just think: It’s the equivalent of owning a holodeck when everyone else is still playing with the Kinect!

LtCmdr. Brice, who had been chief engineer, took the position in order to stay in Engineering while LtCmdr. Clack could take the chief position. “LtCmdr. Clack is the top boss, with his way of playing an Engineer being different to mine, but we gel together well.” In fact, Ki reveals that Brice and Clack sim engineering and engineering R&D as “integrated but still separate in their own right … we do like to create a bit of tension for the fun of it.” Well-built tension is one of the best ways to develop and reveal a character’s story and potential, and it seems like Ki is using Ethan Brice’s unique post on the Independence to do just that.

Join us next time for another exposé of a nontraditional post in the UFoP: SB118 fleet!


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