Each month we interview a member of the Academy Training Team for insight on how our training works, and as recognition for all the hard work that goes into training new members each and every week of the year!
This month, we’re sitting down with Nikki Ryan, a Lieutenant playing the CMO of the Veritas.
WOLF: Hello LtCmdr. Ryan! Can you tell us a little about yourself for the folks who may not know you?
RYAN: First, thank you for having me here. I think most members of the Fleet know me as Rune Jolara but I’ve recently made a switch to playing Dr. Nikki Ryan. In real life, I’m a professional visual artist and freelance graphic designer working towards becoming a front end web developer. I’ve loved Star Trek and anything sci-fi since the beginning of time. I’m also (slowly, very slowly) working on a sci-fi/supernatural novel.
You’ve been with the community for a long time! Do you remember how you found us, and what motivated you to join?
Yes, a very long time indeed. A friend originally introduced me to the group way back in 2005. I needed to take an extended LOA. I came back a couple of other times but each time RL happened. Then in 2012, I came back to stay. My motivation was simple, this group combined two things I loved the most, writing and Star Trek. As a bonus, I’ve met some pretty incredible people and made some lasting friendships… really they’re like a second family. I wouldn’t trade my time here for the world.
Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail.
This month, we’re interviewing the new First Officer of the USS Veritas, LtCmdr. Mei’konda, a Caitian male.
Let’s get started!
WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind Mei’konda. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming?
MEI’KONDA: My name is Aaron, and I’ve lived in a lot of different places across the USA! I grew up in Maine originally, spent some time in New Hampshire, a decade in California, and now I’ve bought my first house in Colorado.
Other than work, which for me is Massage Therapy, I enjoy playing computer and pen & paper RPGs with local friends, motorcycling, and exercise.
Today, June 15, marks the 23rd anniversary of our founding in 1994!
Thanks to all of our members, whose fellowship has given our community the stability and longevity we enjoy.
Join the dance party on the forums!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Hunter Caminos and Daruneis!
This is your last chance to nominate your fellow crewmembers, and your ship’s staff, for the 2017 Awards Ceremony.
Nominating is easy and only takes a few minutes. Just head to the form linked-to below, enter your info and the info of the person you’re nominating, and provide a brief explanation for your nomination. Links to the wiki and further instructions are available on the nomination panel.
Get started now, because nominations close tomorrow at 11:59pm Pacific Time!
Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions.
Very grateful that at we can add two more first-time donors to the roster of those who have contributed to our hosting costs to meet our May, 2018 deadline. We’ve now hit the 25% point of our overall goal!
It’s only through the kindness of these community members that we’re able to maintain our website on a yearly basis.
Click here to join these and the other generous contributors who have participated in the 2018 donation drive. It only takes a moment and your donation is processed securely.
The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officer on their promotion. Please be sure to say congratulations if you see him around the forums!
- Randall Shayne to Lt Commander
The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Theo Whittaker, First Officer of StarBase 118 Ops, has been promoted to the rank of Commander!
Whittaker joined the fleet in 2015 and served on the Columbia as an engineering officer before moving to SB118 Ops, where he also served as an engineering officer before being promoted to First Officer.
The writer behind Whittaker has been decorated with the B-Plot, Khan, and TOSMA awards for his great writing. And while on his way to promotion, he was a member of the Academy Training Team, where he was known as a stellar training officer.
Head to the forums now to congratulate Cmdr. Whittaker on this promotion!
Awards Ceremony season is upon us, and it’s time to get all dressed up for the big event!
As we launch our ceremony, we’ll encourage everyone to change their forum avatar to their character wearing glamorous attire like the kind you’d see on the red carpet.
There’s no need to get things perfect – lots of players just find a picture of their character’s actor somewhere on the web and use that, like so:
But if you’re looking for something more spiffy, you can also head to the Graphics Requests forum and open a new thread asking for some help. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the team there to help get something that works – best to start earlier than later!
Once you have an image you like, you can change your forum avatar by following these instructions.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Lukas Vukovic!