Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: T’Naa Cicoone!
Join us in the chat room today (Sunday, August 13) for our monthly OOC chat starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). See your timezone here.
This month is a casual chat featuring stories from around the fleet and a chance to get to know new members!
LOKESH, DURONIS II – The staff of Duronis II Embassy welcomed the USS Thor, a powerful new ship to the Luxis System.
The inhabitants of Duronis II, which welcomed various off-world embassies to their planet after first contact more than a decade ago, have been struggling with rising violence on their planet as factions vie over the best course forward for their species. The Federation has been an ally of the world government, and has helped defend it – using Starfleet technology – from Starfleet incursions.
The USS Thunder-A had been on duty until recently, when it was replaced by the Vesta-class USS Thor as the lead ship in the area task force. Unlike its predecessor, this new ship is better equipped for a research, exploration, and “search and rescue” mission that’s uniquely suited to the goals of the Federation in and around the Luxis System, home to Duronis II and the Federation embassy.
Government officials of Duronis II have welcomed this new Starfleet ship. “Starfleet will still be able to provide us with any security assistance might we need, rest assured,” offered Prime Minister Vail Daysa.
When pressed on the final disposition of the other Starfleet ships in the area, which remain only by permission of the Duronis II government, a Starfleet spokesman would only say the Thunder would act as backup for the Thor when necessary.
Embassy staff have also recently celebrated an award ceremony that saw a number of people rewarded for heroism and bravery in the face of terrorist threats. Following, many senior personnel were given shoreleave to recuperate. But some Laudeans believe that the expanding family footprint of Starfleet offices from the Embassy on Duronis II puts into question the Federation’s promises to strictly regulate its presence on the planet.
Fellow fleet members, the Executive Council is announcing some changes to our fleet’s OOC activities today.
As we evaluate the effectiveness and value of our community activities, we’re constantly thinking about how we can focus on the future of our fleet, to ensure that our community remains stable, and active, for another 10 or even 20 years while hosting the most enjoyable and sustainable list of activities we can create.
Right now, that means refocusing ourselves on the things that will help grow our community. As we prepare for the launch of a new Star Trek series, we will be in competition with other RPGs – especially those launched by new fans – to continue finding new members who share the same enthusiasm for the TNG-era shows.
To that end, we’re starting the first of two steps to put that focus back on our most important tasks and projects, which means ending two very time-intensive activities that have served their purpose: The Featured Bio Contest, and the Top Sims Contest, which will be closing in the next few weeks.
We will post clear timelines for the end of each contest in their respective forums, but please know that we intend to close the Top Sims Contest in a way that ensures the fleet can still vote on this year’s top sim!
Coming up in the next two months, we’ll announce a reorganization of fleet activities – and after that, OOC commendations – to prioritize the activities that sustain and grow the fleet: Publicity, News, and Training.
We’ll update you with more information as soon as it becomes available. But if you have urgent questions, simply reach out to the Executive Council on our form.
Thank you for your membership. We hope you’ve enjoyed these activities and that you’ll find what comes next just as fun and entertaining!
The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officers on their recent promotions. Please be sure to say congratulations if you see them around the forums!
- Anath G’Renn to Lieutenant JG
- Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant JG
Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, August 13 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS).
Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month!
Did you know that you could play a second character (on a completely different ship) once you’ve achieved the rank of Lieutenant? If you want to sim more than you already are, and have an idea that you want to try out with a new character, all it takes is filing a form and you’ll have the opportunity to place a second character on a new ship in the fleet.
Before you start, make sure to put together a basic bio, and brainstorm some ideas for this character so you can jump right in, once you’re placed. Check the Intelligent Lifeform Index to find a species that is permitted to play for characters. Then check out some of the other ships in the fleet to learn more about options, and refresh your knowledge of duty posts to make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Here’s a few things to know about secondary characters:
- You still have to sim at full-time pace (an average of three sims a week and a minimum of 12 sims a month) for both characters.
- Your new character can hold a rank equal to, or below, the rank of your primary character.
- Awards and badges are applied to you, as a writer, not to your characters. Service Ribbons apply only to the character they’ve been given to and can’t be transferred to secondary characters.
It may take a few days to get a response for your form. Please be patient while we work on your request.
Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles.
This month, we’re interviewing Captain Sal Taybrim, CO of StarBase 118 Ops – our oldest simming installation that I, myself, founded in 1998!
WOLF: As far as I can tell the last time I interviewed you was way back in March of 2016 – that’s a shame! Can you refresh our audience’s memory and tell us a little about yourself including where you hail from and what you like to do when you’re not simming or leading super fun fleetwide chats?
TAYBRIM: Well, I live in Wisconsin, USA and spent most of my time in small towns – both for work and where I live. I grew up on a farm so small towns feel comfortable; but I love having the internet as a tool to talk to people all over the globe! When I’m not writing my husband and I run a variety of 5K races and obstacle courses, I’m still training for my second degree black belt in tae kwon do, love cooking and baking and I like to knit crazy things! Like socks that proudly proclaim “Don’t Panic!”
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Harold Turak and Tu’Peq!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Sophie Wakefield!