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Witty Wordsmith: How to Avoid Burnout

“I don’t know what to do next in the story.”

“I have writer’s block.”

“I’m just not interested in my character anymore.”

Have you ever gotten these feelings?  Have you had a hard time connecting to the story and the game?  Burnout is a natural pitfall of any hobby, especially creative ones.  It happens to everyone at some point in their simming career.  But there are some tricks to enjoying the game long term, and to rebound from feelings of burnout without quitting the game for long spans of time.

At base, burnout is when you don’t know what to do next with your character.  This could be because you can’t think of what actions to take next or could be due to a feeling of disconnection from the character where you don’t care about what happens.  Either way, the longer it goes on the more likely you’ll stop having fun with the game.  So how do you stop this from happening and turn it around?


Writers Workshop: Advice from Award Winners

We’ve just seen the 2394 Fleetwide awards ceremony celebrated at the end of June.  It’s a time of celebration and inspiration for writers of all levels.  Maybe you’ve won a few awards or maybe you will be working hard to win your first award next year.  No matter where you are in your writing you can always learn something from your fellow players!

In celebration of the fleetwide awards ceremony, I asked awards winners for some advice to share with newer players.  I hope everyone can take something from these wonderful words of wisdom, and once again congratulations to every player who won an award this year!


Trek trivia today in the fleetwide chat

Today’s chat will feature a special kick-back-and-relax activity: we’ll be hosting a special Star Trek trivia contest for all the trivia heads out there!  We’ll have 1 hour of trivia that covers all four Star Trek series, the animated series, all 10 ‘prime universe’ movies and a nod to the JJ-verse, with even a little bit of Starbase 118 trivia thrown in!

This chat starts at today (Sunday, July 9), at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm BST / 3am+1 Sydney AUS.

Join us in the chat room by clicking here – no extra software required! You can chat right from your browser window. If it’s your first time in our new Discord server, you’ll need to take a short tutorial and register your username.

All participants will earn a special trivia badge and our esteemed winner will get a very special elite badge to show off on their profile!  Did you know last year’s trivia winner was Fleet Captain Zalea Solzano?  Do you think you can be the next trivia champion?

See the rules for trivia and learn more on the forums.

Who can participate?  Any StarBase 118 member who shows up!  Remember to set your chat name to your primary character name so we know who you are and you can get bragging rights for your mad trivia skills! Not into trivia?  No worries!  You can come and spectate, cheer on your teammates, and join us for an open chat afterwards!


Fleetwide trivia chat this coming Sunday

Our next fleetwide OOC chat is scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 9, at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm BST / 3am+1 Sydney AUS.

Click here to see your timezone and add this event to your calendar.

Our July chat will feature a special kick-back-and-relax activity: we’ll be hosting a special Star Trek trivia contest for all the trivia heads out there!  We’ll have 1 hour of trivia that covers all four Star Trek series, the animated series, all 10 ‘prime universe’ movies and a nod to the JJ-verse, with even a little bit of Starbase 118 trivia thrown in!

All participants will earn a special trivia badge and our esteemed winner will get a very special elite badge to show off on their profile!  Did you know last year’s trivia winner was Fleet Captain Zalea Solzano?  Do you think you can be the next trivia champion?

See the rules for trivia and learn more on the forums.

Who can participate?  Any StarBase 118 member who shows up!  Remember to set your chat name to your primary character name so we know who you are and you can get bragging rights for your mad trivia skills! Not into trivia?  No worries!  You can come and spectate, cheer on your teammates, and join us for an open chat afterwards!


Don’t miss our fleetwide chat happening today!

Join us today for our monthly fleetwide OOC chat, where we’ll be talking about the upcoming awards ceremony, all the news about Star Trek: Discovery, and much more.

Click here to open our Discord chat room now. No special software required – you can chat right from your browser.

If it’s your first time in our new Discord server, you’ll need to take a short tutorial and register your username, so you may want to arrive a few minutes early.

The chat will begin at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm GMT (London) / 3am+1 Sydney and last for about 90 minutes, but you’re welcome to come-and-go as your schedule requires.


Join us this coming Sunday for our June fleetwide OOC chat

You’re invited! On the last day of our award nominations period, we’ll be holding our fleetwide OOC chat to talk about the upcoming awards, all the news about Star Trek: Discovery, and anything else that comes to mind. This upcoming chat will be held on Sunday, June 11, starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm GMT (London) / 3am+1 Sydney.

Click here to check your timezone and add this event to your calendar. It only takes a moment.

Our chats generally last for about 90 minutes, but you’re welcome to come-and-go as your schedule requires. We gather in our chat room on Discord – no extra software required! Chat right in your browser. If it’s your first time in our new Discord server, you’ll need to take a short tutorial and register your username.


Witty Wordsmith: Leadership in action (words)

You did it! You just got that second (or third) pip, you gained the confidence of your CO and are the shiny new assistant chief or chief of the whole department. Are you ready to order your fellow crew and NPCs around? For some players and character this is a big step. Going from being the person following the orders to the person giving the orders is a whole new world of writing skills to explore.

If you’re having some trouble with making this shift or if you’re frustrated that other players aren’t following directions in game, consider how you are presenting orders to them. The language that you use to give directives to fellow characters – especially PC characters – will have a direct effect on how your fellow players respond. Your orders can be precise or open ended. They can be flexible or dictatorial. We’re going to look at how these styles of language can affect how others view your character’s leadership style and how other players react to your in game orders.


Join us today for the March fleetwide chat

Join us today (Sunday, Mar. 12) for a moderated discussion that’s all about you – and your characters! Topics: Character goals, best memory stories, most fun things about playing your character.

The chat begins at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm London / 4am Sydney (AUS). (Click here to see your timezone and add this chat to your calendar.)

Click here to join the chat: https://discord.gg/kVbfqdR


Join us today for the February watch-along chat

Join us today as we kick back, relax, and chat while watching two fun and silly episodes of Star Trek at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am Sydney (AUS). (Click here to see your timezone and add this chat to your calendar.)

How does a watch-along work? Simple! Grab yourself a copy of the episode in any format you like and log onto the chat. Get there a little early if you can to say hi and get all your stuff ready. Then, when the hour rolls around everyone present presses play and we watch a great episode of Trek while chatting about everything we love and remember about it. Or joking about it!

The episodes we will be viewing are: Star Trek: TOS – Spock’s Brain, and Star Trek: TNG – Night Terrors. Spock’s Brain starts at the time listed above, and we’ll start Night Terrors one hour later. The first episode is 50 minutes long, so that gives everyone some time for a bathroom break in between. You can show up for one episode or both. And if you can’t find a copy of the episode, you’re still welcome to hang out with us!

The episodes are available on Netflix or Hulu if you have a subscription, as well as pay-per-view on Amazon.

To participate, simply head to our Discord channel, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat


Join us for the February Star Trek watch-along: “Campiest of Trek”

Set your calendar: the chat room watch-alongs are back! Our February planned episodes are two of the silliest Star Trek episodes ever aired – perfect for chatting about!

Join us on Sunday, February 12th at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern (US) / 6pm GMC UTC (UK) / 5am Monday UTC+11 (AUS) in the chatroom: https://www.starbase118.net/chat

How does a watch-a-long work? Simple! Grab yourself a copy of the episode in any format you like and log onto the chat. (More info on our forums about where to watch.) Get there a little early if you can to say hi and get all your stuff ready. Then, when the hour rolls around everyone present presses play and we watch a wonderfully campy episode of Trek while chatting about everything we love and remember about it. Or joking about it!

The episodes we will be viewing are: Star Trek: TOS – Spock’s Brain and Star Trek: TNG – Night Terrors. Spock’s Brain starts at the time listed above, and we’ll start Night Terrors one hour later. The first episode is 50 minutes long, so that gives everyone some time for a bathroom break in between. You can show up for one episode or both. And if you can’t find a copy of the episode, you’re still welcome to hang out with us! The episodes are available on Netflix or Hulu if you have a subscription to either, as well as pay-per-view on Amazon.

To participate, simply head to our Discord channel, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat

Remember, the watch-along starts at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm GMC UTC (UK) / 5am Monday UTC+11 (AUS). Always check your time zone for accuracy/DST if applicable!


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