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Forums Roundup: June 2015

It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in the new year, and now, here we stand at the beginning of what many consider their summer vacations. With school almost out, students and parents are looking at things to do, while wondering what the coming months away from the normal routine will bring. Well, if you’re looking for the events happening around the 118 forums, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a selection of things that you will find this month around the forum threads.

No matter who you are or what kind of character you play, there’s a place for you in one of our guilds. Whether you have specific attributes for your character that you’d like to share, or if you just want to get together with officers from around the fleet to talk about some different things related to our beloved characters, check out the ongoing conversations in our Guild forum threads: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/99-guilds/

We are certain that you’ve seen a great sim lately, whether it was on your assigned ship, or if you’ve been reading sims from other ships. Regardless of where your recent favorites came from, be sure to recognize them by submitting them to our Top Sims contest here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

We are always getting new members from all over the world. Be sure to stop by our welcome thread and say hello to the newest officers of the Starbase 118 Fleet: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/15-meet-the-lemmings/

The Graphic’s contest’s latest round is just about over. Be sure to get your entry in by the 22nd of June to be considered for this round’s theme, ‘The Spirit of Trek’: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

And don’t forget, there’s always something going on around the Ship specific threads on the forums. Play a game or just get to know your fellow crewmates better, or reach out and learn more about officers on other ships all in one place: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/216-starbase-118-ships/

Of course there’s always so much more going on around the 118 forum threads. Head on over there today and find out what you can get into as the summer arrives. Until next month, see you on the threads!

Forums Roundup: May 2015

Another month’s sped by, probably faster than any of us wanted it to. And while that means we’ve probably had some fun, there’s always something coming down the pipeline. What’s happening this month? If you’re on the Starbase 118 forums, there’s plenty going on! Here is just a few things to look for this month:

Don’t forget that the summer graphics contest is in full swing. Regardless of how much experience you have with graphic design or photoshop, let us see your entry this go around! It’s great to see what members from around the fleet can do. Find out more here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11682-summer-graphics-contest-announcement/

Have some news? Or do you want to share some news with your fellow fleetmates? Head on over to the general discussion threads to see what others are up to. There’s lots of members involved in many awesome things, all compiled here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/14-general-discussion/

There are many different aspects of the 118 fleet. Some of them are the various teams that help make our group the best on the internet. Want to help out or just see what the different teams are up to? Head on over here and check it out: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/105-group-elements/

Share your knowledge and ideas on your duty post in our duty post threads. Many threads are looking for facilitators and need to get the conversations jump started. Head on over to meet up with your fellow officers from across the fleet and help get others talking: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

And don’t forget there’s tons more going on today on the forums. From ship threads to contests, there’s always something worth getting into at forums.starbase118.net.

Forums Roundup: April 2015

April is here, and with it, springtime (for my part of the world) is in full swing. Warmer temperatures mean a lot more time outside, meaning that so much online can get missed. And while we don’t recommend watching the computer in case you’ll miss something, we do want to keep you updated on what’s happening around the 118 forums this month. Here are some of the best highlights.

The Summer graphics contest has been announced and is running. Get your entry for ‘The Spirit of Star Trek’ in today. Find out more here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11682-summer-graphics-contest-announcement/

If you’re into design, make sure to check out this side contest, where you get to design a brand new space station for the crew of the USS Garuda: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11694-contest-design-astrofori-one/

This year we’re trying something new with our fleetwide plot arc. There’s a ton going on, but FNS is there to help you stay on top of it all. Check out the news feed here to read the latest stories: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/511-federation-news-service/

Of course we all share a passion here; Star Trek. As such, keeping the Trek conversation going is important. Join us in our newish Trek threads and get back to the root of your reason for being here! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

And finally, but certainly not the last thing happening this month, are the conversations happening right now throughout the fleet’s ships. Head over to your ship’s threads, or visit another ship’s threads and get talking with your fleetmates: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/216-starbase-118-ships/

Spring has definitely sprung upon us all and we hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy it. As you do, we’ll make sure you don’t miss anything here, at Starbase 118.

The Lower Decks: Lt JG Maxwell Traenor

In this edition of ‘The Lower Decks’, we have a sit-down with the newly promoted Lieutenant JG Maxwell Traenor from the USS Apollo. The writer behind the character is a lifelong fan of both Trek and the Sci-Fi genre. What started at first as self-described merciless mocking of TOS as a kid morphed into a lifelong love that he maintains today even after the shows have stopped airing. “Imagine two young boys watching syndicated reruns, carrying on their best (worst) MST3K-style commentary in front of the TV screen. Drove our parents nuts! Yet, by the time TNG came out, that good-natured derision had shifted into unabashed passion, and I have found it to be my favorite sci-fi universe ever since,” says Jason, the writer behind the mask of Traenor.

And that passion, coupled by a simple web search, brought him to the doorstep of Starbase 118. He claims that the organization behind the group drew him in, while the Academy and mentoring that we offer aboard our ships got him involved quickly. He’s got experience too. Of this, he says, “I have been involved with several IRC and PBEM Star Trek roleplays through the years, and not a one held a candle to the level of support and encouragement that SB:118 provides from the moment you send in your initial application.”

Of course not everyone draws 100% of their inspiration from Star Trek, and Jason is no different.

Forums Roundup: March 2015

It really seems like the year is flying by. Here we are, already into the third month of 2015. Aside from the impending spring season, which some of us are looking forward to with great anticipation, it seems like we could really handle a bit of a slowdown. Of course, short of time travel, that’s impossible, but we can bring you some highlights of some of the awesome stuff going on around the Starbase 118 forums!

The Graphics Contest is GO! It’s now an ongoing thing that anyone can participate in. Regardless of your level of photoshop experience, join the fun and submit your entry, or just marvel at the talent the fleet has to offer. Hurry though, this round ends March 23rd! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

Interested in seeing the people behind the characters? Want to put faces to names? Or do you have a particularly good selfie that you’d like to share? Head over to our Member’s Pics thread and join in the photo sharing that shows the littlest known aspects of our writers – their true image! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/1528-members-pics/

A fairly new part of our forums is our dedicated Trek threads. It might seem like the one thing that belongs, but the discussions have really only just begun. Join in the conversation today and share the one thing that brought us all together in the first place! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

Love your duty post? Have some helpful experience and information to share? Come on over to the duty post threads and join the conversation today. There are many different outlooks on how to play various officers and we want to hear yours! You can find the threads here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Looking for some good old fun? Want to connect with players from around the fleet? We’ve got a forum full of games to join in and play – head over here and find your favorite, and share a moment with your 118 friends: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/58-games/

As always, there plenty more happening around the forums, but these highlights should help you get started on some of the fun. In the midst of all this chaos, be sure to take a moment and stop by – you’ll be glad you did!

Forums Roundup: February 2015

Can you believe that we’ve already blown through the first full month of this year? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and from the looks of our forums, there’s been plenty of it! Let’s keep the momentum going this month. Check out what’s happening now around the Starbase 118 forums.

We’ve said goodbye to the Writing Challenge, but we’re still very active in our Top Sims contest. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and read the best sims from around the fleet right here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

And don’t forget about the new Graphics Contest! With multiple categories and winners, share a picture you create with the fleet. This round, the topic is ‘My Favorite Things’. Learn more, or submit your entry here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

There are incredible adventures going on right now all over the fleet. Heroic acts and difficult moments abound, with the news rarely reaching everyone. At least that was until 118 got a steady media voice! Find out the latest news from every ship in the fleet directly from our Federation News Service: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/511-federation-news-service/

Everyone is looking forward to the newly conceived ‘Fleet Wide Plot Arc’, which promises to bring the Starbase 118 fleet together in the shadow of a shared goal. In the past, summer blockbuster missions did this on a small scale, but the FWPA takes things to a whole new level. Get as involved as you can, starting here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/479-fleet-wide-plot-arcs/

And speaking of bringing the fleet closer together, there’s a number of Guilds and Duty Post threads that offer another way to interact with members of the Fleet from vessels other than your own. Join the conversation today and share your experience with your fellow officers: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/99-guilds/ and http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Of course, there’s plenty of other things to get into around the forums too; this is just a taste. We encourage you to check it out today and join in the fun! See you next month.

Display your awards on your wiki profile

Awards are an integral part of the Starbase 118 experience. While we work hard to sim and weave a story that brings our imagination to life, acknowledgement for tackling some of the more difficult aspects of story building, or getting recognized for contributions that help our community grow are something everyone looks forward to.

And now, it’s easier than ever to make sure that you and your characters can shine by sharing the ribbons and awards you’ve earned!

Whether you’ve earned an OOC award or your character has gained a new Service Ribbon, players now have options on how to display their ribbons. While the ribbon ‘rack’ for character sidebars has been around for some time, our Chief of Wiki Operations has devised a new way to show off OOC awards on your user page.

By simply copying and pasting some specialized code, players can create a professional looking ‘case’ for their ribbons and awards. Complete with a nice wooden finish, the case allows you the ability to include the image of the award, the name of the award, the year that it was awarded along with the ship you were assigned to when the award was received, and the text of the citation that often accompanies both IC and OOC awards.

There are even multiple ways to implement this new addition to your user page or character page as well, including simplistic formatting, as well as something more descriptive using wiki markup code. Like many aspects of our wiki, the case that you create can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire! With a finish to match the beauty of our award ribbons themselves, this is another great way to show your amazing contribution to the 118 fleet.

Complete instructions on how to implement this special code are located here. And remember, if you run into any trouble, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Our Chief of Wiki Operations welcomes them here.

Forums Roundup – January 2015

It’s a brand new year, which means that you have plenty of time to get into all of the excitement that can be found on the Starbase 118 forums. From games to information about your crewmmates that you can’t get anywhere else, there’s no telling what you’ll find yourself in the middle of when you join the conversation and meet the larger community.

Whether you are a long-time member, or a brand new one, there’s tons of stuff for you to see and do on the forums this month and every month. Here are just a few of the most lively threads to be a part of in January.

If there’s one thing that brings us all together, it’s Star Trek. After all, everything we do is based heavily in the realm of Trek. Now we can discuss our collective love for all things Trek in the new Trek forums: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

We’ve relaunched Starbase 118 Ops! The namesake of our entire Fleet, the station has been unmanned for too long. Head on over to the Ops forum threads to see what the new crew is getting into and be sure to wish them well while you’re there: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/512-starbase-118-operations/

The newest competition for members of Starbase 118 to be involved in has just wrapped up its first round. Stop by the Graphics Competition threads to see all of the entries, as well as the winners and the runner’s up. Stay tuned for the next contest theme and submit your own work: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

The Starbase 118 History Team is looking for volunteers! With a community that is now two decades old, there is a lot of history behind what we see today. As a Fleet, we like to preserve this history, but we can’t do that without your help! Head on over to the History Team threads and join the fun in keeping our history alive: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/10434-community-history-team-needs-you/

And of course we’re always getting new members and seeing new faces. Whether the newest Ensigns sim on your ship or not, be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Fleet in our special ‘Welcome’ thread: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/6645-welcome-thread

As you can see, we’ve really kicked the new year off right. Be sure to visit the forums to see what fun you can find today!

Species Spotlight: ZALKONIAN

“Fear the change. It must be stopped.” – a Zalkonian expression.

One of the smaller stellar empires, controlling a number of colonies and worlds in less than a full sector of space, the Zalkonians maintain a well-defended border. While not quite isolationists, they do tend to distrust all other species and have no interest in universal politics. That said, they will go to extreme lengths to hunt down and exterminate any of their citizens they deem to be criminals, especially those undergoing “the change.”

This change is the next step in their evolutionary process, but has sparked such a radical and universal – almost all-consuming fear to the point that all rationality seems to have been tossed aside. As a result they will betray children, spouses, parents and friends to their draconian style government if they suspect that such a person is undergoing the change.

This species is considered restricted for play, but has played a strong role in our Duronis II Embassy, where this species was at one time seeking to become the protectorate of the Laudeans.

Learn more about this species from their wiki page!

SDC Species Spotlight: ZALINIAN

“The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.” –a Zalinian expression.

Governed as a monarchy, backed by a thin layer of old noble families, with the men usually going bare chested and the women wearing wrap-around dresses. They have just achieved warp technology and are fairly new to the universe around them. So far they have had limited contact with most other species but have established regular if sporadic contact with the Laudean people of Duronis II.

A complex mix of barbaric and sophistication, this species benefits from advanced technology in a primitive social setting, which is very rare. They are nonetheless a healthy, active people who are emotional, proud and still slightly ill-at-ease around other species.

Zalinians are a StarBase 118-original species, created by the crew of the Duronis II Embassy. This species is not playable by members, and is in the Forbidden category due to their telekinetic abilities.

Learn more about this species on our wiki page!

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