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What Do You Like and Who Can You Tell?

You’ve been with the fleet now for a few weeks, months or even years and you’re enjoying yourself hugely. You’re roleplaying with a like-minded group of individuals and you’re working on developing your character’s latest plot arc, or contributing to the ship’s current mission. You might be involved in any number of OOC groups, rising through the ranks towards the command chair, making wiki edits, creating graphics for people… there is a huge amount of activities that could make the list of your favourite things to do in the fleet, and every single member has one thing that they enjoy more than anything else, because that’s part of human nature!

So who can you tell?

Star Trek fans who exist in sci-fi vacuums do exist, but they’re not very common. Which of your friends like Star Trek? Which of your friends like roleplaying? Which of them are writers? Which of them needs a hobby? You talk to your friends about things you enjoy, so when will the fleet come up in conversation? If you tell them about that activity that made it to the top of your list of favourites then they will immediately be able to see and hear how passionate and enthusiastic you are about it. How? Because it will be written all over your face, or it will come out clearly in the way you write about it. Will that be enough to make them give it a try? Maybe… but there’s a nefarious trick you can use to hook them in. You know your friends and you know what they like, so the trick is to see if you can figure out what they would like best about the fleet, and then talk about that right after!

Does your friend like writing and consider themselves to be pretty great? Are they competitive? “Hey, there’s actually a bi-monthly writing challenge that you would probably like…” Odds are, they’ll want to know more! Do they love watching TV shows and always talk about the characters? “You get to interact with upwards of 10 other people on your ship, and you get time between missions to make plans about how they will evolve!” They’ll want to know more about that chance for character development and probably the missions, too!

Will they stick around with the fleet? Well… once you’ve done the initial job of pushing them in our direction, it’s our job to keep them interested and motivated. We’re confident we can do it. After all, think of it like this: wouldn’t it be cool if you could write with your friends?


April 2014 Post Totals

As part of the ongoing overview of the fleet as a whole, here are the monthly figures for total posts for each ship. This summary will give you an idea of how active the ship is on a month-by-month basis.

With the decommissioning of the USS Tiger-A, the fleet is now looking slightly leaner at 8 ships, but enthusiasm has not been dampened, as the total of SIMs submitted in April was only 17 less than the amount sent in during March! After losing a ship, this is a great sign that the community are banding together and getting stuck in so thanks to everyone for your contributions! As a result, the average number of SIMs per ship rose by 20 from last month:

 March 2014 Post Totals

Our next chart gives the number of sims for each ship over the course of April. Some ships have seen a massive increase in post totals and there has been a general upward trend in SIM rates across the board. It looks like we’re on the road to recovery after a slower than usual March, and if things continue to speed up at the rate they are then we’re in for a phenomenal May.

 March 2014 Post Totals


May Featured Bio Winner

Lieutenant Commander Eerie is the chief of security and tactical aboard the USS Vigilant NCC-75515-A. The Brikar officer began his career as a tactical officer and has served previously on the USS Aurora, the USS Avandar where he first moved into the role of department chief, and USS Vigilant. He is an ambitious officer who has set his sights on working towards becoming a commander and then moving on to be a commanding officer someday.

One of Eerie’s most difficult missions to date was the ‘Eden’ mission where the USS Avandar crashed on an alien world and the crew spent 10 years trying to pick up the pieces. During that time the Bolian he’d been dating died in childbirth, leaving him to raise a child alone. Crewman Debarres was among those who helped him and it brought the two of them closer together in friendship. One of his friends turned rogue and started acting against the survivors along with a few other rebels who broke away. When it later turned out that everything they’d experienced had not been real those actions continued to scar the relationship. When that friend died on a later mission it became one of Eerie’s regrets that he hadn’t been a better, more forgiving friend and managed to mend their friendship.

A later mission on the USS Vigilant would see Eerie face another illusion, this time created by an alien species as part of a social experiment. During the ‘Ravensville’ experience he led the life of a Police Captain and was known as Mark ‘Eerie’ Swift. He sometimes finds himself using the odd strange remark, or exhibiting ‘un-Brikar like’ behaviour learned in that situation.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Commander Eerie! His bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of April. This month, our star pick bio belongs to Commander Raj Blueheart, so congratulations to him as well.

As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. Round 7 is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your nominations!


Online simming convention SciWorld starts today

SciWorld 2014 is shaping up to be an incredible amount of fun, hugely informative, and an excellent chance to interact with members of SIMming groups from around literally the whole of the internet!

Did you enjoy attending Writing Improvement Month this year, or Fall Fest at the end of 2013? Did you appreciate the chance to share in the expertise of members of other SIM groups as well as your own? How about taking part in trivia quizzes? What about chats about non-Trek scifi? The range of topics for this year’s SciWorld is every bit as broad, hosted by people with years of SIMming experience in two dedicated SciWorld chat rooms!

Split into three different blocks starting at different times on each day, the convention has been designed with accessibility in mind. It doesn’t matter what time zone you’re in – you’ll still have a chance to take part in at least some of the SciWorld fun. Holding down a 9-5 weekday job? SciWorld will still be going by the time you hit the weekend, so you can rock on up and join in the fun! You can find the full schedule, split into events listed by date and time, in 6 different time zones here!

As if that isn’t enough of a draw, two of UFOP: Starbase 118’s command team will be hosting events on SciWorld’s weekend slot – Captain Greir Reinard will be walking you through how to write realistic relationships and Fleet Captain Diego Herrera will be guiding you through how to write a character arc! It’s always great when members of the fleet attend events like this to support the group’s staff but, while you’re there, why not check out some of the other fantastic chats?  Whether it’s chat room 1 or chat room 2, there’s plenty to keep you amused, entertained and inspired!


Online simming convention SciWorld starts this Thursday

The simming world comes together starting this Thursday!

With multiple time blocks to accommodate people across the globe, this event will include over a dozen different sessions including quizzes, informational chats, and live role-playing. Meet, and learn from some of the most experienced simmers in the world.

The convention this year runs from Thursday, May 1st to Saturday, May 3rd. Check the schedule now to mark your calendar with the sessions you want to attend by clicking on the link below:

http://www.sciworldonline.com


Featured Bio Contest Reminder

Please remember to nominate a character bio for the latest round of the Featured Bio Contest before it closes on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The rules have been simplified so it’s even easier than ever before to nominate a bio to the competition. Just check these three simple points:

  • Nominated articles must be of a player character played by a CURRENT and ACTIVE member.
  • Nominated articles must be either a PRIMARY or SECONDARY player character. PNPCs are ineligible.
  • All information in the article must be CURRENT as of the submission date.

We’re looking for the highest quality bios in the fleet to not only help provide an example for our members on how to structure their bio, but also to show off how much our members put into the creation of realistic and emotional characters.

Click here to head to the Featured Bio Contest area and nominate someone now!


Sowing the Seeds

There are enough potential members out there for us to double the number of ships in the fleet almost overnight — we just need to help them find us! It’s easy to contribute, doesn’t take a lot of time and converts directly into applications to the academy! It’s time to answer the call!

The Publicity Team has been working to keep the name of UFOP: StarBase 118 up in lights around the simming community and the internet as a whole, but we can never have enough members! We don’t ask for a huge time commitment, just 15 minutes a week, but imagine how you’d feel when those 15 minutes convert themselves into a member who applied because of something you did! There’s no feeling like it – you’re at the cutting edge of the group and one of the people responsible for sourcing its very lifeblood: new cadets.

Do you want to take a role in expanding our universe? Do you want new shipmates and a way to directly contribute to your progression in the fleet by involving yourself in an OOC group? Just submit your information below and you’ll be added to the team by Fleet Captain Diego Herrera.

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March 2014 Post Totals

As part of the ongoing overview of the fleet as a whole, here are the monthly figures for total posts for each ship. This summary will give you an idea of how active the ship is on a month-by-month basis.

March saw some ships full of the joys of spring! A number of ships managed to spur themselves onwards after a relatively slow February as plots hotted up and SIMmers began to get their teeth into things! Over all, we were a little down on our averages from February, though… but what could have caused it?

 February 2014 Post Totals

Our next chart gives the number of sims for each ship over the course of March. It was tough going for a few of the ships in the fleet and the drop in SIM averages came as a result of a lot of players filing for leave of absence due to things picking up for them in real life. Traditionally, February has been the month for that to happen around the fleet but this year it happened a little later and we’re looking forward to seeing those members who have had to take a step back to focus on the real world when they’re able to come back strong!

It’s definitely worth mentioning that this kind of thing usually leads to a bigger drop in the average SIM count, so a huge well done to those of you who remain for ploughing your energy into keeping your ships driving ahead! It’s already been a solid start to April, so things are looking bright!

 February 2014 Post Totals


February 2014 Post Totals

As part of the ongoing overview of the fleet as a whole, here are the monthly figures for total posts for each ship. This summary will give you an idea of how active the ship is on a month-by-month basis.

It’s been a difficult February – as the big freeze hit the US, posting numbers have also frozen, leaving us a little short of the bar we set in January. February is traditionally slow in comparison to other months so we’ll be looking to up our game again as we head into March, full of the joys of Spring!

 January 2013 Post Totals

Our next chart gives the number of sims for each ship over the course of February. The Atlantis came out of the blocks to establish itself among the fastest paced ships in the fleet and the Gemini got off to a solid start. All remaining ships were down on their January totals (own up – you were out playing in the snow, weren’t you!)

 January 2013 Post Totals


March Featured Bio Winner!

Captain Quinn Reynolds is chief intelligence officer aboard the USS Garuda. Her long, rich history in the fleet has seen her serve on a myriad number of ships including occupying the centre chairs of both the USS Eagle and the USS Drake. A tormented Martian genius, she has been involved in a number of classified, high risk missions that led to her posting to the Menthar Corridor, an area near to Breen, Tholian and Cardassian space.

Tolerant, flexible, yet socially awkward, Reynolds often spends off duty time working on a thesis or academic project, or playing the piano. She appreciates the relationship between music and mathematics and finds the logical nature of technology reassuring. In some respects, that makes life aboard a starship ideal, although she is also a gardening enthusiast and keeps a sizable garden at her home in the Columbia Hills settlement on Mars.

This month, our star pick bio belongs to Lieutenant Alexander Richards,  so congratulations to him!!

Captain Reynolds’s bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of January. As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. Round 5 is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your own nominations!


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