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Duty Post Award winner – Kayla Drex, USS Eagle (The Cochrane Award – Science)

This month we’re interviewing the writer behind LtCmdr. Kayla Drex, playing a Human female Science Officer assigned to the USS Eagle.

She won the Cochrane Award: “Given to those Science officers who have contributed greatly to the advance of science in the midst of their Starfleet career, by staying knowledgeable about their field, participating in the community of science, but most importantly, by placing their knowledge at the service of their ship and its mission.

FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

DREX: I live in Richmond, Virginia. I’ve been here since 2009 when I moved up to finish my undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams).

Your Captain has praised your ability to introduce realism into the scientific portion of Star Trek and your eye for details. Have you always been drawn to the Science field?

Some of my favorite Trek characters have always been scientists. I was a high school science teacher IRL too. I believe there’s a beauty and wonder in asking discovering new ways of seeing the universe. It’s been said that truth is stranger than fiction, but I would go a step further: The reality of something mysterious, once explored, often becomes more wondrous and mysterious. Even more than that, the more we know about something, the more entwined everything in existence becomes with everything else. I’ve heard (non-scientifically-minded) people say that science can be cold, calculating, and impersonal, but when you realize that the movement of quarks and atoms mirror the movements of whole galaxies … Sorry, can I have a tissue? ::wipes eyes:: Sorry, but seriously – We’re part of something amazing. If I can help people better see that, and as a result realize that their lives have greater significance than they could ever imagine, I’ve done something good. … wait. What was the question? Oh right. Yes. I like science.


Duty Post award winner interview – Genkos Adea, USS Gorkon

Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2019 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.

This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Commander Genkos Adea playing a Betazoid Chief Medical Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. He won The Prantares Award – Medical, given to those medical officers who have moved beyond competence to display a true gift for the healing arts in the context of space medicine. The officers given this award should display the ability to keep a steady hand in the often hazardous conditions in which they must practice, as well as the willingness to risk their own life to save the lives of others.

FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

ADEA: I am a Brit, from the rainy south east of England, where I work as both an aspiring theatre director, and a museum guide.  One I do for the love, and the other for the money… But I really enjoy both.

What advice can you give to other Medical officers in the fleet who are striving to sim realistic characters?

Interesting question. I would say; never rush anything. Take your time writing every scene and checking it over for mistakes. Also, when looking at medical-themed sims, operations or procedures, look at how we do things now. For example, I wrote a sim last year where I needed to replace a character’s liver. I studied how we do that in the modern age, and then Trekified it. It’s still to this day one of my favourite sims I’ve written.


New flag officer interview: Vice Admiral Quinn Reynolds, USS Gorkon

This month, in the second of our series of interviews with staff members who recently received a flag officer promotion, we’re talking with Quinn Reynolds – our newest Vice Admiral – to learn more about what she can teach members of the fleet with her long years of experience.

FORTUNE: Thank you so much for joining us today!

REYNOLDS: Thank you! I’m delighted to be here.

A promotion to Vice Admiral is not something to sneeze at! Looking back on all these years with the fleet, what do you believe is one piece of advice you would give to a new Ensign or a Cadet thinking of joining us?

Embrace the community. I’ve always found that the most fun I’ve had with 118 are the times that I’ve been sharing active in sharing story, character development and OOC ideas with other members. Other people can spark ideas in directions you would have never imagined by yourself, and give you confidence to try things you might never have dreamed up alone.

I’d like to know more about your mission-writing ideas. What gives something that pop, that ding to it that sends you mashing on the keyboard long into the night to bring it to life?

Really, I think it’s any idea that gives me more ideas; a mission seed that instantly sets the imagination spinning off in a dozen different directions. When a proposal instantly prompts lots of ideas for scenes, plot twists and outcomes, I can be fairly sure it’s something that everyone in the crew will be able to get their teeth into and have a fun time with.


First Officer in Focus – Nijil Aehkhifv, Starbase 118 Ops

Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail.

Nijil, a Starfleet officerThis month, we’re interviewing the First Officer of Starbase 118 Ops, Lieutenant Commander Nijil Aehkhifv, a Rekarian Male.

Tell us a little about the writer behind Nijil. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming?

Well, my name is Noelle and I hail from Michigan, US. There’s not much to tell, I’m not nearly as interesting as my character. I work in a machine shop but have begun adventuring towards self employment. I’m a huge fan of haunted houses, working on them not going through and being scared. And have come to enjoy face painting, as all those doing the scaring need scary face paint. I’ve been doing this for nearly 8 years now and never bore of it. And when I’m not writing or face painting, I’m kept very busy with my toddler!

Amazing!  Now that you’re a first officer, are you thinking about command at all?

It is definitely on my mind, but I’m in no hurry to launch on my own. I’ve enjoyed getting to this point with SB118 and intend to enjoy it. While also learning as much as I can.


Lower Decks interview: Ensign Samira Neathler, USS Gorkon

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Samira Neathler, playing a Human Female Security Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon.

FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

Neathler: Born and raised in Belgium. A crazy little country in Europe, where the Northern region speaks Dutch (or Flemish) and the Southern region speaks French. Otherwise Belgium is known for its chocolate and beer and probably other crazy things too. Oh and I live in the Flemish part. 

Is this your first simming experience, or have you done other forms of role-playing before?

I started simming about 12 years ago. Unlike the setup here with Starbase 118, you had to choose your own ship and had to apply. When I got the hang of it, I joined several other ships but none of those lasted as long as the first sim I joined.

Seemingly that first sim I choose and the people writing with it, fitted me well, as I remained with that particular ship/station and CO for my whole simming career. We made use of the Yahoo! Groups and later switched to the forum-style. That particular sim closed down about three years ago, mainly because of RL and internet issues. Still, the characters I’ve written for then, are still running around on that ship and station even if it’s only in my head. 

Anyway a few months ago, for reasons I still don’t know, I decided to give it another go, so a google search lead me to Starbase 118. Followed the training week and a week later I had a new character stepping onboard a starship again.