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March 1st – Sims Archive will be deactivated temporarily for version 3 upgrade

I am happy to say though that version 3.0 of the sims archive is in its final stages of development, with a tentative release in April. That being said, A LOT of work is being done behind the scenes and we must make major changes to the way the code works. We are now at the stage where the archive has to be turned off for the work to be completed.

Starting March 1st, 2019, the archive will be put into maintenance mode and will stay there until around the first or second week of April. You will not be able to utilize it until I get things back up and running.

Of course, no sims will be lost – all of our sims still exist in our database, we will continue to collect new sims, and you can always find your sims on your ship’s Google Group archive.

None of the links existing will work after the upgrade, unfortunately, so sim links will have to be replaced. The goal with this last patch is to make sure that we do not have to deal with this type of change again.

Thank you very much for your understanding! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Captain Nugra through Discord chat.


The Fleet Needs You! How you can get the word out

You may have noticed an increase in our social media activity. For those of you who may not know, social media can be a powerful tool to help grow our fleet by providing content that people enjoy and want to engage with, thus increasing our potential reach. In addition to that, having an active social media presence can help boost our site’s Google rankings, meaning our page will show higher on Google searches.

Increasing our reach and rankings means we’ll be able to expose our fleet to more people. More people means more cadets, leading to greater opportunities for us.

What can you do to help?

One of the biggest things you can do for us is to follow us on our social media platforms. You can find us at:

Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Youtube
Instagram

With recent changes to Facebook’s newsfeed, there is an extra step. Head to our Facebook page, click where is says: “Following” -> “In Your News Feed” -> “See First”. Essentially this means everytime we post something, it will appear towards the top of your news feed.

Like, Comment and Share content
The more people who engage with our content, the more people outside of our community we can reach. As an example, a recent Facebook post that was liked 18 times, commented on twice and shared 3 times reached over 160 people who weren’t part of our fleet.

Submissions
We are always on the lookout for content related to Star Trek, space, science or writing. It could be a quote from a sim, an image or video or even a link. Basically, if you think something would interest the community, let us know!

Ideas
We would love to hear your suggestions and hear about the types of content you would like to see.


Star Trek and the Coming Year

Star Trek: Discovery is promising to be a fantastic series by approaching the well-established canon and giving everyone a new idea of the world that Gene Roddenberry invented, the truth behind the perceived utopia and what actually happened in the first Federation/Klingon war. Yet some wonder if Star Trek could break new ground but Star Trek: Discovery has proven that it can.

Sexuality, until recently, has been a topic to be – and when it was discussed or shown at all, it was usually between a male and female. While it was also rumored that Seven of Nine, of Star Trek: Voyager, was intended to be a lesbian character, that storyline never materialized. Instead, it was Star Trek: Discovery that created the first openly gay character of the franchise and shown a fully developed character storyline.

With its first season winding down and the series being critically acclaimed, we are pretty much guaranteed another season. With the characters showing true diversity, are we surprised? With talk of a new Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, there looks to be a great future for the franchise in 2018.

Want to talk about Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek? Stop by our forums for a good chat!

Love Star Trek and want to serve in Star Fleet? You can do that to by joining UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG. This is the adventure you’ve been looking for.


Three ways you can help the fleet grow

“How can I help the fleet?” As Facilitator of the Publicity Team, I get this question a lot. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the dedication and love of our members – expressed in questions like this – is what has kept our fleet going for more than 23 years now.

So here’s a few quick things that everyone can do to help:

Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Have you been to our Facebook or Twitter pages? We post a lot of content from around the Star Trek world and from our own community. When you see something you like, be sure to click the Like button and – if you’re so inclined – share it or retweet it.

Blog about us and share your experience

Do you run a blog? Or maybe a Tumblr? Linking back to us with a review of our community, and the game, can have a noticeable impact on our rankings in search engines.

Shoot for 400-800 words about your experience. You can talk about how you found us, why you joined, what it was like to start training, and how you’re enjoying your ship.

Not only will your post help others find us, but it will validate our community in their eyes when it comes from a personal review!

Tell your friends and family about us

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising and one that should not be ignored. You, in person, telling people about our community will inspire and get them curious about what goes on here.

Have fun conversing about Star Trek and how you solved an engineering problem aboard your ship or discovered a new form of life. Being able to show your enthusiasm makes it contagious and hard to resist!

Can I do more?

Yes! UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG has a Publicity Team dedicated to helping new members find our community.

Join the team by reaching out and volunteering on our forums.


Get ready for Star Trek Discovery

Netflix recently announced in June that it will be streaming all episodes of Star Trek, including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager. This is great news for Star Trek fans wanting to catch up on their canon lore before the new series launches.

Watchers outside of the United States will then also have access to the new show via Netflix when it premiers in September. Unfortunately, Americans and Canadians will only have access through CBS’ new streaming service, “All Access.”

The new series is set on a brand new ship with a new cast. Check out the newest teaser trailer below:


Technobabble: The Universal Translator

In Star Trek we have been made familiar with a fictional device called the Universal translator, which allows for instant translation between different species without those species needing to learn Federation Standard. This was first mentioned and used in Star Trek: Enterprise where an Ensign called Hoshi Sato improved on the translation tech currently available and the improvements allowed for a portable unit to be used, thus making communication easier. Initially, the new language was compared to other Terran dialects and friendly species to make strange words sound like Federation Standard to the humans in Star Trek; the same was done for all the different languages among the people.

In Captain Archer’s time, the universal translators were blocky and small enough to be hidden when on missions. Eventually, the universal translators were merged with the personal communications devices, so when away teams during Archer’s time visited a planet the communicators automatically translated. This only worked if the foreign language was already known, otherwise, away teams during the 2150s used a proper universal translator to collect data on the new language. This continued until the creation of the United Federation of Planets.

Before 2161, the collection of languages was at best rudimentary, but collecting scientific data was more refined and Starfleet had more foreign languages to compare new ones too. Over the decades, the universal translators improved and ended up as a feature of comm badges we see in later Star Trek series. In today’s world a form of these devices exist, but they operate in a limited way: You speak a phrase in English, and it will spit back what that phrase would be in another language. One drawback is that they only work with predetermined words we know about, but the underlying technology does exist in today’s world.

Want to know more about the technology available in the Star Trek universe? Check out UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG’s very own Starfleet Equipment & Devices page.


Check out our new sims archive

Our central sims archive is a place to bring together all of the sims that have been submitted to the group, all the way back to the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, while the first iteration of our archive was a great accomplishment, it suffered from compatibility issues with the newest web standards, and died a sudden death last year.

Today, we’re very happy to report that the sim archive is now reborn, having been completely re-written from the ground up by Capt. Nugra! Click here to explore our sims archive, version 2.0.


The Fun of Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a cornerstone activity for writers and gamers alike. Without it, our characters would not have a place to live or props to tell stories. This short primer will show you how to make a basic planetary concept with just a few basic ideas.

One of the first places to consider starting is with a species, then a planet, and then possibly their language. You name them, then design small aspects of each of them.

With species, start with the basics and get a clear vision of them in your mind. This can be anything from skin tones, eye colors, legs, arms, hair colors, and if they have unique abilities such as tremor sense, telepathy, or empathy. Are they a matriarchal or patriarchal society? Do they value gender equality? Do they have deities? What is their main cultural focus, like music, education, art, mining, etc.? Once you have these, you can move on to creating their planet.


New podcast segment: Book Review – The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

One of the many goals of the Podcast Team is to bring new and unique information from the Star Trek world to your ears. One such way that is done is by reviewing and telling other Star Trek fans about amazing books and comics available for purchase.

In this segment, Capt. John Nugra brings us his review of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, by David A. Goodman.

Listen to the review now by clicking here!

Interested in the Podcast Team? Do you have an idea that would be great to feature? Reach out to us either on our podcast forum or through the podcast facilitator! We love to hear your ideas!


Listen now! New podcast episode 2393-4 “Warp Drive 101” released

Welcome to the newest release of the UFoP: Starbase 118 podcast series! This episode is packed full of interesting news and articles from around the fleet. New members are welcomed, there are Federation News Service stories, and lots of interesting articles. You can hear about the history of the fleet awards ceremony, an overview of the warp drive, the history of the USS Columbia and listen to a review of the new book “The Autobiography of James T. Kirk”.

This episode was hosted by Kelrod, and includes contributions from Marcus Dickens, Stiftany Harik, Mirra Ezo, Nugra and more. The variety of topics, information, and ideas it inspires are just some of the things that people love about the UFoP:Starbase 118 podcast series. Thank you to the whole podcast team for their hard work, and another great episode! If you have any ideas for articles, or if you’d like to work on the podcast team yourself, please head over to the podcast forums and let us know.

You can listen to the podcast here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for the latest updates!

Unable to listen to the podcast online? Don’t worry, there is a solution for you! You are able to get the podcast on your phone through many popular mobile podcast apps. You can find out more on how to to do it with this amazing tutorial.


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