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August 2014 Post Totals

As part of the ongoing overview of the fleet as a whole, here are the monthly figures for total posts for each ship. This summary will give you an idea of how active the ship is on a month-by-month basis.

Sim counts were almost exactly the same as last month, which is heartening considering the recent changes on multiple ships, including new commanding officers. Although we didn’t increase as we hoped last month, fall is traditionally a time of increased simming as many members return to the habits of school.

Our next chart gives the number of sims for each ship over the course of August. The Atlantis made another huge showing, clearly distinguishing themselves as some of the most prolific writers in the fleet, followed closely by the Garuda, then Duronis II Embassy crews. We look forward to bigger numbers in September for the new Columbia crew, who are getting acquainted with their new vessel.

August plot summary for the Garuda

The crew of the USS Garuda savoured shore-leave after a somewhat traumatic last mission with its fair share of treachery and sabotage. However, things were cute short when they were soon called away on an urgent new mission. This was to intercept the crew’s former starship, the USS Mercury. All were concerned to hear reports that the Mercury had attacked and largely destroyed its escort ship, the USS Icarus. Had the Mercury and its crew turned renegades, or was there some insidious outside influence on all of this?

The USS Garuda raced to the location where the encounter between the Icarus and the Mercury had been reported, only to discover that the crippled Mercury – far from trying to hide, openly hailed the Garuda. However, scans showed no lifesigns whatsoever aboard the damaged science vessel. Two away teams beamed over, under Lieutenant Commanders Calderan and Core, who were tasked with restoring the Mercury’s systems and discover who or what had caused the disaster. Meanwhile, the Garuda received a distress call from what was the Mercury’s jettisoned sensor pod. Captain Egan Manno ordered the saucer section under Lieutenant Commander Mei’konda to remain to assist the away teams, whilst she took the stardrive section, with the paroled Roshanara Rahman as advisor, to locate the sensor pod.

Back on the Mercury, the away teams started seeing strange shadowy figures, who looked like crew they had served alongside in years gone by, and even came face to face with a phantom Lieutenant Sky Blake who simply vanished into thin air!

Poll of the Week: Star Trek comedy in The Next Generation

This week, we continue our survey of Star Trek comedy by diving in to comedy on The Next Generation, which had plenty of intentional, and unintentionally comedic moments.

From Data’s endless, clueless antics to Riker’s dad jokes and Beverly’s dry wit, there were plenty of moments that kept a smile on our face, even in the face of the series’ high-minded vision of the future.

What are your favorite funny moments of The Next Generation?

Join the Publicity Team to help us spread the good word

If we want to launch new ships, we have to grow our fleet with new members. That’s why it’s so important that our community members participate in our publicity efforts.

Getting involved is easy and doesn’t take much time. The Publicity Team has a number of small tasks that, each month, can help grow our influence, spread the word about our group, and pique the interest of Star Trek writers around the net.

From posting on Star Trek forums to gathering social media content, most of our tasks don’t require any particular expertise, and can be completed by anyone in 15-30 minutes. But if we don’t have enough people to help each month, our goals fall short and it’s hard to sustain recruiting levels to the point of replacing the folks who go on leave or retire from the group.

You can help by joining the team now, to learn more about our tasks and sign up to help with one a month.

Congratulations Cmdr. Sundassa Faranster

The Captains Council of UFOP: StarBase 118 is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Commander Sundassa Faranster to the rank of commander. Commander Faranster serves on the USS Apollo-A as the First Officer to RAdml. Andrus Jaxx.

Faranster has been a member since January of 2013, and has served on the Apollo under Jaxx for her entire career. She previously played the role of Medical officer, and Chief Medical officer. She has recently distinguished herself as a member of the Academy Training team.

Be sure to stop by and offer your congratulations to Commander Faranster, as we wish her luck in her career with UFOP: StarBase 118, and the USS Apollo-A.

Top Sims Run-Off Round 3, 2014

This is a run-off poll, where our general membership will choose from the top sims of 2014 Rounds 14-20 to find the best sim that will proceed to the final round of the contest.

Please read the sims below, which were chosen by a panel of judges (one from each ship) to find the best sims from each round of Set 3:

Vote for the sim which is best written. We recommend looking for strong characterization and evocative or descriptive scene-setting.

Polling closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 5th.

Good luck to the nominees!

Podcast: The Ladies take the helm!

After a brief summer hiatus, and for the first time in its history, the women have taken over the UFOP: StarBase 118 podcast. Regular host Lieutenant Commander Velana was joined this month by guest host Lieutenant Commander T’Mar of the USS Gemini.

On the discussion agenda was not just the depiction of strong female characters in Trek, but how depictions of female strength shouldn’t be limited to physicality, i.e.- there is more than one way to be strong. The commanders also talked about their experiences as women in the wide world of fandom, the good, the bad and the hilarious, as well as their shared love of conventions. Velana got a little jealous upon learning that T’Mar has met Connor Trinneer – famous as Trip Tucker from Star Trek: Enterprise, and the rules of convention meet-and-greet etiquette were laid out. They also let off a little bit of steam about what was bugging them about Trek. Previous hot topics have included Geordie LaForge’s attitude to Scotty, Star Trek technology in Into Darkness, and not forgetting Deana Troi’s ever-changing-accent. However, even those things that bug us about Trek actually show much we love the franchise and want it to be as good as it can be.

Moving along, the Commanders gave the usual nod to promotions in the preceding month, and highlighted the exciting news of the launch of not one but TWO new ships – the USS Columbia under Commander Ben Livingston and the USS Victory under Commander Nugra. Epic times lie ahead!

To round off the episode, the team welcomed Lieutenant Alora DeVeau of the USS Garuda who, with the help of her Mother, reminded us all about the monthly fleet chat – a great place to get to know your fellow simmers in a relaxed environment.

Ready to listen? Head to the forums now to download the podcast, or listen via YouTube!

The podcast is always looking for new contributors. If you’re ready to get involved, check out the podcast forum.

Art by Dylan Meconis. Source.

Congratulations Captain Raj Blueheart

The Executive Council of UFOP: StarBase 118 is pleased to announce the promotion of Commander Raj Blueheart to the rank of captain. Captain Blueheart has been the commanding officer of the USS Atlantis since January of this year.

Commander Blueheart was a long-time member of the Discovery before that ship was decommissioned and her crew split between the Gemini and Atlantis. Over the course of his long tenure with the group, he received a number of awards, including the Silver Palm and the Sheathed Sword.

Be sure to offer Captain Blueheart your congratulations, and we wish him the best of luck as he moves forward with his command career!

July plot summary for the Victory

The USS Victory, NCC-362447, had been in orbit around G-2210-C, known by the local region as Paksos, for a few hours and their investigation in to the Hunger had already hit snags. With two away teams out, one on the surface of the jungle world lead by Lieutenant Commander Eerie and the other on the orbital station led by Commander Alucard Vess, they both faced a crisis.

Commander Eerie’s team had been unknowingly infected with a virus that has caused varied, but extremely painful symptoms among the team. Commander Vess’ group discovered that the orbital station was semi-sentient and did not appreciate them being there. The Victory herself had been caught in a gravimetric field that was going to shred them apart if they could not escape and had a Tholian squadron enroute to their position. The situation looked hopeless.

That did not stop the crew of the Victory. Discovering that quantum torpedoes could temporarily disrupt the energy field entrapping their ship, the bridge crew was able to implement a plan that allowed them to beam their crew to safety and also disrupt the field and escape. For the first time on the mission, something went according to plan and the Victory was able to get away.

Now on course for Starbase 118 to rest and recuperate, there is an ominous feeling that though they learned a bit about their ancient enemy, there was more to be found in the tempest sector.

Poll of the Week: Robin Williams and Star Trek comedy

As I sat at home, devastated by the death by apparent suicide of Robin Williams, an actor/comedian that I had met and whose career really spans my generation, I thought about the comedy of Star Trek. As serious as the series are at times, being often a commentary on social norms of the time in which they are made, each and every episode has its funny little moments.

This week, in tribute to Robin Williams, we will start a series of polls on the comedy of Star Trek. To kick it off, we will be looking at the original series.

What are your favorite funny moments? Here are a few of mine. If you have others, share them!

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