Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Sera zh’ Aella
This week, our USS Darwin is changing focus as it joins an In Character task force in the Par’tha Expanse – a region torn in two by political strife. Read on to learn more!
WHAT’S THE PAR’THA EXPANSE?
There are about 70 systems in the expanse, roughly a fifth of which have inhabitable worlds which are heavily settled. Other systems also have settlements, but much smaller ones: research stations, military outposts, mining facilities, and so on.
There are many political factions in the expanse. The Caraadian noble houses of the Expanse Sector are at war with the encroaching Valcarian Empire, neither strong enough to make much headway. In fear of what may happen, the closer independent worlds of the Freeworlds Region have decided to align themselves politically. Consequently, they have created a Star League and the Federation has been invited to participate. Should the Valcarian Empire succeed in winning the war with the Caraadians, they would move against the Freeworlds next. Therefore, Federation involvement might be the Star League’s only means of successful survival and freedom.
THE ANDARIS TASK FORCE
Starfleet is commissioning a group of starships, called the Andaris Task Force, with the intention of helping to stabilize the region and strengthen ties with the Freeworlds.
Other objectives include the investigation of a pharmaceutical and heavy machinery corporate conglomerate, The Consortium, accused of corruption.
Andaris Task Force is comprised of the following four vessels:
- The Intrepid Class USS Atlantis NCC-74682
- The Horizon Class USS Darwin NCC-99312-A
- The Defiant Class USS El Corazón NCC-74220
- A medical ship yet to be launched!
JOIN IN THE FUN!
The Starfleet shipyards are throwing open the doors and allowing community members like you to help build some of the Andaris Task Force.
Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to help shape the fleet’s premier medical ship, assigned to the Andaris Task Force.
Welcome to day two of our 20th annual Awards Ceremony!
Yesterday, we announced the winners of the Duty Post awards, where 10 simming superstars were recognised for the extraordinary talent they have in simming their duty posts. Today we are recognising specific aspects of simming or OOC work with the Special awards. Only the very best are chosen so they are highly coveted awards that every player has a chance to be considered for by getting involved and giving it their best.
There are two new Special awards introduced this year:
- The Luminary Award: For those who show great promise in their future endeavours in UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG. Given to members holding the rank of Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, or Lieutenant. This is a counterpart to the Rising Star award, which is only for Lieutenant Commander ranked players, and higher.
- Quark’s Bar: Awarded to members who are regularly active on the forums and have been supportive and involved in conversations enhancing the overall forum experience.
Just like with the Duty Post awards, only one of each Special award is given a year, with one notable exception: The Xalor Clan Xifilis award is given to any player who has overcome any sort of disadvantage while simming. We don’t compare and weigh one person’s struggles against another but rather award this to all eligible and deserving candidates who are nominated for it.
If we want to launch new ships and provide up and coming officers with the opportunities they seek, 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. The Publicity Team is one of the fleet’s most important teams and we need your help!
Getting involved is easy only takes a few moments.
The Publicity Team has a number of small, simple 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. 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.
There is a lot to love about our community and we have a number of truly stunning images that showcase some pretty awesome features of our group. Features such as the strength of our community and the lifelong friendships formed here, or the fact we get to play such exciting, amazing characters that rival the likes of Captain Kirk himself. The images feature well known and much loved characters such as Captain Kirk, Spock or Janeway and are highly shareable thus presenting an amazing opportunity to showcase our fantastic community and attract new members! The more people who share these images, the bigger the impact.
Joining in is super easy and only takes a few moments!
You can help by visiting this forum thread to find the relevant images and sharing the appropriate image on any social media site you use and/or twitter: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php?/topic/13323-share-these-today/
Remember to check in on the thread once you have done it and if you provide a link to your post then other members of the fleet can like/share/comment creating even bigger ripples.
You can see some of the images available by clicking them below:
Each month, the Publicity Team posts an easy task you can do to help with our community’s publicity efforts, which are incredibly important in growing our fleet, keeping ships stocked with new members, and ensuring the longevity of our group.
This month, we need your glowing review of our community! These testimonials are used on the main page of our website, and on other recruiting sites to help us draw in new members with genuine reviews. Just submit the form below with your feedback and remember to check in on the forums once you’ve submitted yours.
FallFest 2015 a great success!
This year marked the fifth annual ‘OngoingWorlds Fall Festival‘, known casually as ‘FallFest‘. It is an event that brings together the entire simming community to discuss various aspects of role playing, play trivia games and role play together. We put on the longest running FallFest in the event’s history and packed the schedule full of lots of exciting events and our dedicated radio DJs kept everyone entertained with music and updates from the chat rooms throughout.
We had a huge turnout with over 50 people attending the event! I’ve had emails from several people thanking us for what we put on and telling me how much they enjoyed themselves! Everyone in the wider simming community knows that we know how to put on an outstanding party and I know they’ll be talking about this event in years to come. This is what Charles Star had to say:
The entire team from host club UFOP: StarBase 118 put on another world-class show, just as they did two years ago at FallFest III. I’d like to personally thank everyone who took some part in making it all happen: those who hosted events, those who promoted & advertised, those who played a technical role whether it was graphic design or setting up chatrooms, and those who simply invited a friend to join in on the fun. Thank you all! – Charles Star, in his OngoingWorlds article “The Ongoing Worlds Community Honor now has two more Laureates“
Without the help and support of everyone who put themselves forward – be it providing graphics, helping with research or publicity tasks, hosting a chat session or being radio DJ we simply wouldn’t have pulled it off. We’re really lucky and proud to have such an outstanding support team. To everyone who helped out and everyone who turned up to support us: Thank you so much!
FallFest Helper Badge presented to a great team!
It is my great pleasure to present the FallFest Helper badge to the many people who supported us in organising and running a highly successful FallFest.
- Captain Renos
- Fleet Admiral Wolf
- Fleet Captain E. Manno (Aka Aaron Kells)
- Captain Nugra
- Captain Jalana Rajel
- Commander Sal Taybrim
- Lieutenant Commander Roshanara Rahman
- Lieutenant Commander T’Mar
- Lieutenant Commander Kaitlyn Falcon
- Lieutenant Commander Tristam Core
- Lieutenant Commander Tsuki Kazeyama
- Major Ben Edwards
- Lieutenant JG Lilavati Chandur
- Ensign Jansen Orrey
Why not head down to the forums today and join me in showing appreciation for everyone’s hard work?
Did you miss FallFest this year? Want to know what all the fuss is about?
We kept transcripts so you can read (or re-read) your favourite sessions again and again! You can get pretty close to the real experience by listening to a recording of our wonderful radio show, which is also available for anyone who wants to listen in.
RPG-Directory is a great, highly active roleplaying forum. Everyone who goes there loves roleplaying as we do and some of them may well be looking for Star Trek roleplays!
Helping with this project is super simple, and we’ll walk you through it below. The basic idea is to create an account, post at least 15 good posts (not one word bumps), update your signature so it links back to our main website, then continue posting just as regularly as you can. Doing this will help us create a presence there and the more we get noticed, the more chance someone will see it who is looking for what we’re offering.
Step 1: Setting up a basic account at RPG-Directory
- Go to http://rpg-directory.com/index.php and click ‘Create Account’ at the top right of the screen.
- Read the rules really carefully. Once you’ve read and understand the rules click accept at the bottom of the page.
- Fill in the registration form, which asks for a username, password and valid email at a minimum – account settings can be set now or later. You have to complete two steps to verify you’re not a robot. Once you are happy press ‘submit registration’.
- Complete your registration by going to the email you registered with clicking the link in an activation email sent to you. There are instructions on how to complete this manually should the link fail to work for any reason.
Step 2: Getting your first 15 posts
- Introduce yourself to the community here: http://rpg-directory.com/forum-29.html Remember to check in on the project forum once you’ve done this so other RPG-D members can welcome you too!
- Welcoming other newbies is a super quick and easy way to get your first few posts!
- Browse the board for interesting discussions. The forum is very large and has a range of topics that might be appealing from roleplaying, literature, writing or more.
- Check out this handy post (http://rpg-directory.com/thread-34475.html) which has quick links to other places of interest. Once you’ve joined in a few interesting conversations you’ll be at 15 posts or more before you know it.
Step 3: Updating your profile and signature
- Click on your username at the top right of the screen to reveal forum options.
- Hover over UserCP and then go down to ‘Change Signature’ and click that option.
- If you see a page that indicates “You do not have permission to access this page.” You’ve either not posted 15 sims yet, or must wait a little longer for your account settings to be updated.
- You may use a text or graphics signature depending on your personal preference but I’d advice against animated banners as a lot of people find them highly distracting and annoying (something we don’t want people to associate with us.)
- Signatures should be no more than 750px wide and 500px high although I recommend something less high otherwise the fact the signature dominates the page, especially for those using mobile devices will be an irritant. 250-300px high seems more reasonable to me.
- Signatures should at the very least link back to UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG (Using this URL: https://www.starbase118.net/)
Finally: Remember to check in to let us know how you got on!
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 only takes a few moments. 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.
RISA is a free to join, social network designed for Star Trek fans by Star Trek fan Richard Evans, who kindly judged our 2015 Halloween Avatar Contest recently! It’s a great place to meet like minded individuals who love our favourite franchise and a fun place to kick back and chat, share our highs, lows and opinions.
Over at RISA they’re always looking at ways to improve the community and have delivered a lot of new features including the ability to add the role playing group you’re affiliated with to profiles as well as a link to that site, the ability to create polls and many other cool features. If you’ve not popped in since they switched over to their clean new engine a few months ago it’s definitely worth taking a look.
UFOP: StarBase 118 has a presence on RISA, so when you stop by, remember to connect with our community and join the conversation there: http://www.startrekrisa.com/community/starbase118.