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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!


Witty Wordsmith: Making things better by making them worse

Drama and action thrives on ‘raising the stakes.’  This is what keeps readers turning pages in a book and it keeps players excited to read the next set of posts in a game.  But if you’ve been playing for a while, you’ve probably played a storyline where escalation spiraled out of control.  Sometimes raising the stakes can make the threat seem so powerful that players get discouraged.  On the other hand sometimes we raise the stakes so high that the story flies off into the uncharted territory of ridiculous superpowers.  So how can you raise the stakes in a plot – either as a mission planner or as a player – in a way that feels believable and helps develop your character?

One answer is a bit counter-intuitive: consider having one of your characters make things worse.  Making a mistake and having to play out the consequences is a compelling addition to a narrative, especially when used sparingly.  If a character is constantly making mistakes that cost the ship, that character will likely be asked to retire from Starfleet or get remedial training.  But consider the narrative effect on both plot and character development when a normally steadfast officer makes a mistake.  Not only can the mistake heighten the action of the plot overall, but how that character reacts to the mistake and what steps they take to correct it can build and define that character and his or her relationships.


Join us TODAY for FallFest VI

Join us TODAY for the annual FallFest online convention! As a reminder: this event will take the place of our regularly scheduled fleet wide chat.

FallFest is today, Saturday, November 12. Festivities will last until 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern / 2am London / 1pm on Nov. 13 Sydney (AUS)

There is a lot on the schedule for you to check out, from chat-based roleplaying to a trivia contest. Be sure to stop by and say “hi!” during the following workshops led by our very own StarBase 118 staff: “Writing Romances” led by Fleet Captain Renos; “Standing the Test of Time: led by Admiral Toni Turner and Fleet Captain Renos; and “Adding Humor to Games” run by Captain Sal Taybrim. These sessions start at 9am Pacific / 12pm New York / 5pm London / 4:30am Sydney (AUS).

You can check out the full schedule and get the convention chat link here: FallFest 2016.

Get your convention hats on! Let’s storm the internet and show everyone how awesome StarBase 118 can be!


Join us this Saturday for the FallFest chat

It’s fall, and once again Ongoing Worlds is gathering online simming communities for FallFest, which we hosted last year. This is an interactive online convention that you can attend from the comfort of your own home!

This bustling chat based convention will take the place of our regularly scheduled fleet wide chat in November.

FallFest will be held on Saturday, November 12. The opening ceremony starts at 7:30am Pacific / 10:30am Eastern / 3:30pm London / 2:30am Sydney (AUS). The festivities will last until 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern / 2am London / 1pm on Nov. 13 Sydney (AUS), but you can come-and-go as you please for the sessions you want to join.

This year FallFest is being hosted by Obsidian Fleet, and will feature workshops, discussions, a live RPG chat and a trivia contest. Our community will be hosting three sessions in chat room 2: “Writing Romances” led by Fleet Captain Renos; “Standing the Test of Time: led by Admiral Toni Turner and Fleet Captain Renos; and “Adding Humor to Games” run by Captain Sal Taybrim. These sessions start at 9am Pacific / 12pm New York / 5pm London / 4:30am Sydney (AUS).

You can check out the full schedule here: FallFest 2016. The FallFest website will also have a chat link updated as we get closer to the convention date!

We would love to see strong community participation, so mark your calendars and get ready to have a whole lot of fun!


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