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Get ready for the Awards Ceremony: Prep your forum avatar!

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.


Eye-popping new ship logos bring a smart look for community’s 26th anniversary

As the start of our 26th-anniversary celebration – which starts today on June 1, just two weeks shy of 26 years from the day that our group was founded in 1994 – we’re announcing the completion of our all-new ship logos:

The Image Collective – founded by FltCapt. Kali Nicholotti and currently led by FltCapt. Jalana Rajel, LtCmdr. Jo Marshall, and LtCmdr. Ayiana Sevo – has been on overdrive in the past few months, cooking up incredible designs for all kinds of things. I thought we’d bring together a roundtable of folks who worked on these, and past designs, to talk about the history of ship logos in the fleet.

In the interview below, you’ll hear from:

  • Ens. Alieth of the Thor
  • FltCapt. Jalana Rajel of the Constitution
  • LtCmdr. Jo Marshall of the Gorkon
  • FltCapt. Kalianna Nicholotti, playing Cmdr. Ash Tristan MacKenna on the Juneau
  • Capt. Oddas Aria of the Juneau

WOLF: These new designs are really striking, so thank you for all your hard work on these! What was the impetus for these redesigns, and which ones did each of you work on?

ALIETH: Well, it all started out a little unplanned, to be honest. Ensign Sirok and I just agreed to remake Thor’s emblem as a small weekend pet project, as a way to welcome Kells as our new CO. The Collective loved it when I shared it with them and Jalana and Jo (if I recall it well) suggested that we should revamp all the current starships’ emblems in the same style to give them a coherent look… and here we are!

For my behalf, I have worked on the emblems of the Thor (alongside with Sirok), the Constitution-B, the Starbase 118 and the Juneau. I assisted Sirok a bit with the Veritas’ one, but that design is basically his job.

In any case, I consider this revamp a team effort, since I have received a lot of valuable feedback from other Collective members, and I have had some great resounding walls for my ideas there.

MARSHALL: For sure! Alieth’s designs were really inspirational, so when there was a chance of revamping the rest of the designs, it was a really cool project for the collective to sink their teeth into. I cracked on with the Atlantis design of the familiar trident inverted to look a bit squid-like, and we had to find a good emblem for the Gorkon — so the new one is based on the shuttlecraft Chancellor Gorkon uses in the movie.

It was a great challenge and had us all thinking outside the box for some design ideas. Alieth and Sirok just smashed it, doing the lion’s share of the project, and really did such an amazing job.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Hayley Caden, Lephi, and Keneth Nakada!


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Get inspired to write awards nominations with these great examples

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Awards! Great nominations for your crew mates and drum beats from across the fleet show your appreciation for a job well done. Inspiring sims coming from inspiring people, and to that end, we want to help you get the best out of your nominations to fuel that raging inferno of energy and enthusiasm.

Below are some of the best nominations we had during last year’s ceremony that stoked that fire for a win.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Airik Tierney, Martin Oliver, along with returning members Ferier Kian and Paul Sleeford!


Nominate a featured article on the wiki

Featured articles are considered the best our community’s wiki has to offer, as determined by our editors. We use them as examples for writing other articles. Our featured article system is returning after inactivity since 2010, and we are pleased to bring fantastic pages created by our user base to the attention of the wider community.

The system is loosely based on Wikipedia Featured Articles, where users support, oppose, and comment on nominations. You can nominate any page on 118Wiki — including pages you’ve created yourself! The content of a featured article should be of a standard where it can be displayed as high quality examples for other users developing articles of a similar theme. They should be:

  • Well-written, comprehensive and accurate.
  • Have images, and other media where they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions.
  • Include links to other articles where appropriate.
  • Be of appropriate length, staying focused on the primary topic without going into unnecessary detail.

Nominations for featured articles are open indefinitely, and can be promoted to featured article status when three wiki users (including yourself!) support the article.

Do you know of an article that deserves more attention? Nominate your favourite articles here!


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Award nominations open for 2020 ceremony

Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then.

Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work.

Ready to get started? 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.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations:

  • Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet.
  • Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony.
  • You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created relatively recently, so there may be only a few recipients for those awards.
  • Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well!

We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award.

If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or head into the chatroom’s #awards2020 channel to ask other members.

Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Wednesday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific time.


Join the Star Trek: Picard committee and help us decide how the new show integrates into our universe

The new Star Trek show, Picard, has brought lots of new content into the Trek universe and has potential ramifications for our canon.

With that in mind, the Captains Council has convened a committee to review the changes that the show has potentially introduced to our timeline, and provide a report to the council about what we may need to retconn, what we may need to ignore, and what we may need to worry about after coming seasons of the show.

This committee is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping review the show’s effects on the fleet and assemble the report. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, you can help out as long as you can be objective about the types of content the Captains Council will need to make a ruling on!

Click here to head to the forums to learn more, ask questions, and volunteer right in the announcement thread.


New Academy Graduate

Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Joshua Sutton!


Aron Kells returns to the Executive Council as a full member

The Executive Council is our community’s highest decision-making body, comprised of a maximum of five admirals and captains who have more than one year of service at that rank. The EC is endowed with the power to commission and decommission vessels, promote members to the rank of captain or beyond, and generally manage OOC concerns.

Appointment to the Executive Council is one of our community’s highest honors, denoting our utmost trust in the leadership and stewardship of each member.

Following the retirement of Rear Admiral Toni Turner after a long and fruitful membership on the Executive Council, the EC is pleased to announce that we have filled the fifth seat with a returning leader: Aron Kells (Tony).


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