After winning the member run-off in Set 1 of 2017, and now the final run-off for the final Top Sims Contest, we’re very excited to announce the winner(s) of this year’s title:
Jalana Rajel & Sal Taybrim, “Captain to Captain“
This well-crafted sim displays all the marks of great writing, between expressive language, beautiful characterization, and Federation politics! If you haven’t had a chance to read it, be sure to click the link above now and give it a few minutes.
Click here to head to the forums and congratulate the winners of this year’s title.
This is the last Top Sim title as we retire the contest. If you have sims you want to highlight, you can still use the “Appreciations” forum.
ROMAN EXPANSE, NEAR ROMULAN SPACE – After a catastrophic slipstream drive failure, the USS Gorkon has been stranded inside a deadly, unmappable nebula.
The quantum slipstream drive aboard the USS Gorkon, NCC-82293, suffered catastrophic failure on return toward the Tyrellian Sector. After a short, rough ride the ship was light years off course in an area known as the Roman Expanse, a notoriously dangerous nebula known to be nearly impossible to map, difficult to navigate, filled with plasma and electrokinetic storms, and electrodynamic turbulence.
Shortly after arrival, the Gorkon discovered a small graveyard of derelict, mostly Romulan, ships. Propulsion specialist Petty Officer Grixx Marcix said, “Those things are old. Some have been here for more than 200 years.”
The Gorkon has also been infiltrated by at least three intruders who apparently have the ability to shapeshift and do not appear on sensors, all of whom have set about sabotaging ship’s systems.
We’re in the final days of our final Top Sims Contest! Now’s your last chance to vote to help crown the writers of the Top Sim of 2017.
Participating is simple: Just read the sims below to get started.
Once you’ve read the sims, head to the forums to register your vote. But don’t delay: Voting closes on Sunday, October 15 at 11:59pm Pacific time.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kyso Nohx, T’Bel, Rev’ya Ward-T’vete, and Baylen Anders!
Two members have donated in the past week – Trel’lis and Baylen Anders – and many thanks to them for their contributions!
We’re only able to maintain our website, wiki, and forum costs with the love and support of members like them – and you.
Can you join these donors to help us hit our 2018 website funding goal? Your donation is processed securely and only takes a few moments.
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!
- Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant
- Colleen Bancroft to Lieutenant JG
- Sera zh’Aella to Lieutenant JG
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Valin Dermont, Toryn Raga, and K’Mal!
Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, October 8 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 4am+1 Sydney (AUS).
Click here to see when the chat starts in your timezone, and add this chat to your calendar with a quick and easy link.
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!
My favorite time of the year is here: Our annual Halloween Avatar Contest!
Here’s the quick-and-bloody: Each crew chooses a theme – like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street” – then, each person on the crew is assigned a character and changes their avatar to an image of that character. A set of impartial judges votes to determine the best.
Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!
We first brought our wiki online in 2004 and since then have been building out a vast store of knowledge both about the In Character universe we write, but also about the Out Of Character community that we’re building. Nearly any question you have about how our group works can be answered somewhere on the wiki, as long as you know where to find it!
In this month’s wiki highlight column, we’re focusing on the promotion guide. Click here to open this area on the wiki and take a look.
The promotion guide was written for all members as a place to get started understanding how to make your way up through the ranks as efficiently as possible. You’ll find “transition pages,” for movement from each rank starting at ensign and going all the way through captain and beyond.
Each page of the promotion guide offers some helpful baseline tips on what’s important at that level of membership. For Ensign to Lieutenant JG, for example, you’ll learn that the most important points to focus on are simming often, responding to other players, and making sure to write well. There are also some “extra credit” items you can focus on if you really want to impress your CO.
Feel free to read through the guide, even if it’s for a promotion you’re not up for quite yet. It’ll help you get an idea of how you can continue to prepare yourself. If you have any questions, you can talk to your mentor, your First Officer, your Commanding Officer, or even start a thread in the “rank and promotion” forum.