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March 2019 Post Counts

It’s been a great month for the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as sim rates throughout have increased almost across the board for a total post count of 1,980. The average per ship sim count is 198, a definite uptick from February. This month, the USS Gorkon left everyone in the dust, with a record 378 sims written, the most since the ship was launched. The Montreal is the closest competitor, with a very respectable 303 sims. Following the pack leaders, Ops clocked 209 sims for the month of March, and the USS Veritas came in with 208.

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!

February 2019 Post Counts

Consistency is the name of the game in 2019, with the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet maintaining sim rates throughout for a total post count of 1678, meaning a fleet average of 168 sims per ship, just slightly down from January. This month, the USS Eagle takes the lead, with 213 sims written. The Gorkon was once again close behind, with 209 sims written. Following the pack leaders, the USS Atlantis clocked 204 sims for the month of February, and the USS Veritas came in with 182.

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!

January 2019 Post Counts

The UFOP: StarBase 118 Fleet started 2019 with 1712 sims total, meaning a fleet average of 171 sims per ship. The USS Montreal edged out the USS Gorkon for the lead, with 247 sims written. The Gorkon was close behind though, with 241 sims written. Following the pack leaders, the USS Veritas clocked 221 sims for the month of January, and the USS Eagle came in with 176.

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!

Poll of the Week: Crossover Confusion Part II

Last month we visited the idea that our favorite Star Trek characters could make some pretty awesome additions to some of our other favorite science fiction shows or movies. On the heels of that question, we will now consider the opposite. With so many well loved shows and movies out there, each with their own beloved characters, it might be easy to blur some of the lines to see crossovers in both directions. What? Is that Han Solo at the helm console? Is the Doctor over at science?

This week’s poll of the week question asks, if you were putting together the perfect crew, and you could pull over one character from another ‘universe’, who would you choose and what role would they play?

Consider the chaos that could ensue! There really is no limit to who you could pick, but be sure to let us know why you chose what you chose in the comments below the poll!

Poll of the Week: Everyday Speech

There are a number of quotes from our favorite television shows that we can return to, inviting a flood of memories back about the episode and what we were doing in our day when we heard the words. Few shows have grown beyond that, but Star Trek is definitely one of them. Rather than having to stop and explain a scene to your friends or coworkers, it’s easy to let one of these popular phrases fly and get a response from nearly any audience. Even those who don’t consider Star Trek a part of their lives will recognize some of them.

Perhaps that is why Trek had such an amazing following throughout the years. It wasn’t just the progressive attitudes and the willingness to delve into the unknown both in the show’s reality, and in our own psyche, but the manner in which the words resonated through multiple generations.

And that, of course, brings us to our poll of the week. What is your favorite famous Trek saying?

Let us know if it’s one of those we love, or if you have your own, and don’t forget to join the conversation and tell us when you put your favorite phrase to work in the discussion that follows.

Forums Roundup: October 2015

Do you smell that? Yup, it’s Pumpkin Spiced Everything. The very scent lingers in the air constantly around this time of year, and if you like it, we’re certain you’re excited about the incoming autumn season. We are too, and we’re showing it with our usual celebrations, along with some unique twists. Here’s some quick links to what’s happening around the 118 forums!

Of course you can’t miss all of the new avatars people are sporting these days. We are dressing up for the annual Halloween avatar contest and this year promises to be amazing just like these last few years have been. Learn more from the contest forum here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/535-halloween-avatar-contest/

New this year is a special Halloween graphics contest! We all celebrate this time of the year differently, so it’s pretty certain that they celebrate it differently in the future. That being said, how do you think Trek celebrates Halloween? Learn more about the contest here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/12606-halloween-graphic-contest/#entry348798

Want your name to go down in group history? If you earn the title of ‘Plotmaster’, it most certainly will! Participate in the contest that will help us decide on the next fleetwide plot arc by sending in your proposal! Learn more about this, along with the rules, here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/540-2016-fwpa-proposal-contest/

And while we’re all in costume looking our best, don’t forget to share the sims that you consider the best with the entire fleet. Enter them into the Top Sims contest today: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

Finally, if you want to dive more in depth into the realm of Starbase 118, be sure to check out our IC forums here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/464-in-character/

With plenty of spooks and goblins out there this season, it’s sure to be an exciting start to Autumn. As the nights get cooler, we know we’ll see you around the forums more often. It’s good to have you all back, and we really are looking forward to what happens next!

Poll of the Week: Colorblind

We all know that when Star Trek originally made its debut, the uniform colors were a bit different than what we saw as the franchise developed. Like any good military, evolution came with time, and that included both the uniform style and the colors that were used for the different departments. Modern military uniforms have gone through their own evolution as well, though we see less in the inclusion of colors and more in the style. For Trek, though, colors have a very important significance – they tell us a person’s job.

Between The Original Series and The Next Generation, command duty stations turned from gold to red, while engineering and security went from red to gold. Science and medical remained blue, but only for the time we know of. And that is what leads us into this week’s poll of the week!

If you could recast the color of command again, what color would it be? Would you stick with the dark red that seems to command respect, or would you opt for something entirely different?

Let us know what you’d choose, and comment on why below the poll!

Poll of the Week: Foreign Exchange Officers

We’re often enamored, or at least intrigued by cultures that we are unfamiliar with in our world. From different ethnic foods, to traditions that we aren’t used to, there’s a lot to learn from stepping outside of our comfort zone and immersing ourselves in the realm of another group of people. Certainly this isn’t a new idea, as exchange student programs have been around for a while and people have been traveling the globe for hundreds of years. But what would happen if that globe suddenly got a whole lot bigger?

That brings us to this week’s poll of the week question: If you could choose to be involved in an exchange officer program with any other Star Trek ‘nation’, which would you choose?

Each of the options offers intrigue and the opportunity to learn a great deal, just like exchange programs here on Earth do, but which appeals to you the most? Is it the Romulans and their secrecy, or the warrior nature of the Klingons? Or maybe you’d like to spend a year with a race from the Gamma quadrant? Let us know, or feel free to add in a race we didn’t think of and let us know why!

Forums Roundup: September 2015

The summer is officially behind us, and in many parts of our player’s worlds, things are getting cooler and back into the normal routine. While much of the year’s fun might be passed us, there’s still plenty to get into around the Starbase 118 forums. Here’s just a sampling of things that you can enjoy while the weather gets cooler and the world heads towards the darker days of winter.

There’s life in the Character Guild again. Be sure to stop by and check out the different threads that make you think about your character and how deep your personal rabbit hole goes: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/499-characters-guild/

We’ve all been a part of sims where things might turn a bit dark. Now you can show off your character’s darker side in the Autumn graphics contest. Head over here for more information on how to submit your entry: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/12193-autumn-graphic-contest-announcement/

Get back to basics and join in our Trek centered conversation on our Trek threads. http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/ Or just talk with other members from around the Fleet in our general discussion threads. http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/14-general-discussion/

The Featured Bio team is seeking new members. If you’re interested in joining and judging entries for the various rounds, learn more here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/12416-the-featured-bio-contest-needs-you/

Likewise, the many teams that make Starbase 118 as great as it is are also seeking help. Stop by our Team hub and check out all that is available. http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/105-group-elements/ If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the facilitators of these teams or the Taskforce Facilitator directly for more information.

Even as the world turns towards the colder months of the year for a lot of us, there is still plenty to get into around the Starbase 118 forums. Be sure to stop by and check it out. Until next month, we’ll see you around the threads!

From the desk of the Taskforce Facilitator

It’s been a couple of months since the new Taskforce Facilitator role was created and work began. In those months, not only have we seen a lot of information flow in as we start to track team and guild related data, but I have personally be able to step in and help some teams achieve goals or find help in achieving goals that they set at the beginning of the year. Overall there is lots to learn from the overview of it all, some of which I wanted to share with you, the 118 Fleet!

Since I’ve stepped into this role, it’s been a pleasure to help connect team leaders with the resources they need to complete their goals and get things done in a better and more efficient way. Time is a valuable resource here, so in connecting teams to the right people and things, we can save time for everyone while maintaining the flow of any given team. In the past couple of months, some examples of this have been connecting the Publicity and News teams so that our best stories can be shared throughout the internet, and finding additional team members for teams where only one or two people have been shouldering everything. We’re also working to make sure that everyone knows about the various opportunities that the fleet has available through our teams, guilds, contests, and more.

We also have seen some officers step up to facilitate or co-facilitate teams to get them back on track. The Character Guild has two new facilitators – LtCmdrs. Holly and Traenor, who are working to build a go-to forum and wiki area that can help old and new officers design and flesh out amazing characters. Commander Chen has also stepped in to help the overworked podcast team so that we will see the awesome podcasts 118 has gotten used to again.

It’s nice to see such a variety of officers from every ship in the fleet serving on the various teams we have as well. No ship is unrepresented in the mix, but there is always room for more – of course. With all of our teams on track to do great things for our fleet between now and the end of the year (and then again next year!), we’re always looking for people to volunteer for one of the many projects we have going on across our many teams.

Have a few minutes to spare? Check out our teams and join up to help spread the word about 118, make 118 a better place, or even help train the next generation of 118 officers today.

Still not sure what you can do? Contact the Taskforce Facilitator (me, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti) directly with any questions you may have.

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