Tristan Wolf, Author at UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG

Tristan Wolf

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Are you missing sims? Let’s fix it!

Have you ever sat down to read through the day’s sims only to scratch your head wondering how your crewmates are writing in such a disjointed way? Has “missing sim syndrome” left you with the desperate feeling that you have to check the Google Group archive every day to make sure you’re not left out of the loop?

Email is the best way to get sims – they come right to you! – but sometimes technology fails us by trying to be “too helpful,” filtering sims into junk folders or not even delivering them at all. Luckily, there’s a way you can make sure to get nearly every sim, without fail: Whitelisting.

Whitelisting is the simple and quick process of adding to your “Contacts” list the email addresses from which you’ll receive sims, and/or OOC messages to ensure that every email from these lists is delivered directly to your inbox without fail.

AWeber, an email marketing tool, has put together a remarkable page with tutorials for whitelisting on nearly every email client. Click here to check it out.

Make sure to whitelist your ship’s sim list, OOC list, as well as the email address from which our newsletters are received from, which is our announcements email list.

Have questions? Head to the forums to ask.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Damian Wynter and Mimi Locri’i!


Two more member donations!

Today we’d like to recognize two members who have submitted donations: Many thanks to first-time donor Damian Wynter, and repeat donor Arturo Maxwell!

Our community’s online assets are funded entirely by members like you. And we couldn’t keep our site active with you. It costs over $1,300 a year for our hosting, domain names, and community software. We have approximately 60 days to gather the remaining $275 for our 2017 hosting costs, due in May.

Can you join these members in donating to help us meet our 2017 hosting costs? It only takes a few moments and your donation is processed securely.


Lower Decks interview: Ens. Jora Kalis, Andaris TF

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 Ens. Jora Kalis playing a male Bajoran/Betazoid assigned to the Andaris Task Force.

WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

I fancy myself on an academic tour of the Northeast region of the United States, moving every few years following graduations or other such life events. I am currently working on my PhD in biology and gearing up for yet ANOTHER move in a year or two. We’ll see where life takes me this time…

WOLF: Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before?

This is definitely my first “serious” effort. I’ve dabbled in some RPG games (usually just sitting in once or twice as a tag along with a friend) in the past as well as in chat room based roleplaying.

WOLF: What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it?

I am writing for a Bajoran-Betazoid medical officer, who dabbles in biomedical research. I initially applied as a science officer, drawing on the strengths and interests from real life. Then it occurred to me, why not try something just a little different? Well, luckily, I was assigned to play a med officer in training and really enjoyed the experience. Decision made!

WOLF: Do you take any inspiration from films, television, or books when writing your character?

Jora is still a bit of a blank slate, though one of my priorities recently has been building his backstory and fleshing out his strengths and weaknesses. The most endearing, relatable or interesting characters are those with some flaws. I’m in the midst of a DS9 marathon and I’m definitely watching with an eye to what I like/dislike about each of the characters, now.

WOLF: What’s been your favorite part of being with the community so far?

I think it’s just that: being part of the community! I am so impressed with the cohesiveness of all the players here. The fleet chats, the forums, all of it! The sense of belonging to a community makes playing that much more fun!

WOLF: Looking back on your experience so far, what would be one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just joined?

Let yourself be overwhelmed at first! It’s okay! As the e-mail floodgates open, it’s easy to think “maybe this is too much” but give it time! Once the dust settles and you find your routine, it’s an incredibly good time!

Thanks for your time, Ens. Jora!

You can read more about Ens. Jora on the wiki.


Applications and Academy Graduates for February 2016

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 January.

This first graph shows the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of February, the fleet saw seven new applications. This equates to roughly one new application every four days. It is also two fewer new applications than we saw during the month of January.

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 February. We had seven Academy graduates in February. This number includes one applicant who applied at the end of January but whose training did not conclude until the beginning of March.

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.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Logaan Rostov and Laehlani Antorii!


Promotions for February

The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers – please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them around the fleet!

ANDARIS TF

  • Renos to Rear Admiral
  • Brell to Commander
  • Jora Kalis to Lieutenant JG

ATHENA

  • Frank Hawkins to Lieutenant
  • Kubon Mera to Lieutenant JG

DURONIS II EMBASSY

  • Hunter Stelin to Lieutenant JG
  • Savan to Lieutenant Commander
  • Oddas Aria to Lieutenant Commander

ZA

  • Femi Cattan to Lieutenant JG

Next fleetwide OOC chat is this Sunday – set your calendar!

Our next chat is scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 12 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm London / 4am Sydney (AUS). Please note that the time has changed for anyone outside of the U.S. due to Daylight Savings Time.

To see when the chat starts in your timezone, and add this chat to your calendar, click here.

March’s chat will be a moderated chat with the following theme: “All About characters.” Topics include: Character goals, best memory stories, most fun things about playing your character. Join us by heading to our chat room – https://discord.gg/kVbfqdR.


Donation thanks to Alex Blair

With another generous donation by Alex Blair to our 2017 hosting costs, we’re now over 75% of the way to our yearly goal! Many thanks to him for his continued support of our community.

We have two more months to raise the final $300. Can you pitch in today? It only takes a couple minutes and your donation is processed securely.


Brell promoted to the rank of Commander

The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Brell, First Officer of the USS Atlantis (a ship in the Andaris Task Force), has been promoted to the rank of Commander!

Brell is a long-standing member who has been a member of the Duronis II Embassy, Constitution, StarBase 118, and his current posting with the Andaris Task Force. This prolific writer has had much success developing the little seen Bolian race into something incredibly rich. He has brought the Bolian species to life and crew members frequently comment on this aspect of his writing. His writing skills have earned him a number of awards, including the Barclay Bead, TOSMA, Nebula Bar, Lwaxana Troi Medallion, Russ Bar, and Voyager Medallion.

Out of Character, Brell is a co-facilitator of the Poll of the Week team, and a member of the Publicity Team, Image Collective, and the Academy Training Team. His other contributions across the fleet, and cheerful disposition, have made him a welcome sight on the forums and wiki.

Head to the forums now to congratulate Brell on this promotion!


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