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Forums Roundup: August 2015

The summer is actually drawing to a close, bringing us ever closer to my favorite time of the year. With back to school, autumn, and the holidays just around the corner, there are definite shifts going on both on and offline. Regardless what these shifts bring to your life, remember that there’s always something exciting going on around the 118 forums. Check out some of the following to get involved in the conversation today!

The newest round of the graphics contest has been announced recently. Whether you have a lot of experience in photoshop or other graphic editing software, or you are simply dabbling in the art, submit your piece and be a part of why 118 is so much different than any other sim group out there. http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/12193-autumn-graphic-contest-announcement/

Wondering about ranks and how to get promoted in the 118 fleet? There’s lots of answers and plenty of discussion over in our rank and promotion threads: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/178-rank-and-promotion/

Check in with our duty post threads and talk to other players around the fleet who are playing the same duty post as you are. Learn from different perspectives and share your own ideas here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

With all of the changes going on throughout the fleet, you’re likely to see a number of new ship names listed on the forums. Be sure to check in with your ship’s threads and get to know your crewmates better both IC and OOC: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/216-starbase-118-ships/

Help to get the word out to the entire internet by taking part in one or more of our simple publicity projects. They are hugely helpful for the growth of the fleet. You’ll find information and instructions here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/66-publicity/

And of course, like always, there’s plenty more! Until next month, hope to see you all around the forums.

Introducing the Taskforce Facilitator

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been laying the groundwork for a new role that will help our myriad of taskforces to focus on the goals we set each year in our State of the Federation Address. This new role is the Taskforce Facilitator, the purpose of which is to help our taskforce leaders.

There are lots of teams that help to provide depth to our fleet and through the work done by their members, our experience is enriched. Each team has a different directive, pursued by the members of that specific team, but the results of their efforts ripple outwards and have an impact on the rest of the fleet regardless of how small that impact may seem. From our monthly fleet-wide chats, to our Training Team, and even our Graphics Team, it’s certain that our experience here at 118 would not be the same if it were not for the hard work of our team members.

But with so many taskforces, there are lots of things — like those goals we set every year — that can fall through the cracks when people get busy. The Taskforce Facilitator will work with team leaders to track membership, goals, and keep records so they are readily available to the EC, CC, and leaders looking to get a picture of where a team stands. By working in conjunction with the Promotion Coordinator, the Taskforce Facilitator will also help by finding appropriate leadership roles for up and coming command officers.

Often, we find that our time is limited and our goals seem so far away. To make things easier on our leaders throughout the fleet, it is hoped that the creation of this role will take some of the stress from those leaders so that they can refocus on their team’s goals with renewed fervor. With direct support (from me!), team leaders will have a better chance of attaining the goals they’ve set for themselves at the beginning of the year, and moving on to bigger things.

Have questions or want to know more? Stop by my corner of the forums and say hello or ask a question.

Forums Roundup: July 2015

Summer is in full swing and there’s lots going on outside. It’s pretty awesome that there is a ton going on around the Starbase 118 forums as well. Here’s just a taste of what you can get into this month!

The Species Guild has started a new series of conversations about many species throughout the Federation. Some are canon, while some are specific to 118. Head on over to join in the conversations: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/451-species-guild/

Have you read a great sim lately? Let the fleet know! Submit your favorite sims to the Top Sims contest where they can compete for one of the most prestigious awards the Fleet offers – Top Sim of the year. You can even submit your own sims if you’ve impressed yourself with one! Don’t wait, share the best sims from your ship today. http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

Our fleetwide teams are always looking for help. Without these teams, such as the publicity team, we wouldn’t be able to expand because we wouldn’t be gaining new members. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, head on over to the publicity team threads and join us in spreading news of 118! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/66-publicity/

The one thing that has brought us all together here is our love for Star Trek. As such, it’s only natural that we get together to talk about our shared passion. You can join us in our Trek themed forums here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

Our duty post forums are far from used as much as they could be. Not only are they a great resource, but they offer officers a way to connect with others across the fleet. Most are seeking facilitators as well. Think you’re up for the job? Or maybe you just want to learn how others are playing your favorite duty posts? Head over and join the conversation now! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Of course there is much more as well! Don’t be a stranger – the forums are open 24/7 and always offer something for everyone. Until next month, see you in the threads!

Writer’s Workshop: Keeping it Real

One of the things many of us seem to struggle with throughout our simming is the simple (or not-so-simple) ability to ‘keep it real’. What does this mean? Well, we know that we are all writing in a fantasy world, even if that world is well set up and spelled out in many ways. With so much that could go wrong, literally, it can be much easier to lose control of the story – and wreck the realism behind your character – than it can be to play it like you would if you were standing in your character’s shoes.

That’s why it is important to know how to handle escalation in your story the right way. Sure, we could create enough chaos to send every writer in the Fleet into a chaotic tizzy, but the result of that would be a number of one dimensional characters that everyone will quickly lose interest in. After all, what good are our characters when they are no longer ‘big’ enough to save the universe?

Thanks to io9, here are a few tips that can really help you keep your perspective in the middle of the chaos we all sim through during our missions. By keeping it real, so to speak, you will end up in a far better place than if you chose to go the easy route and allow your characters to become just part of the backdrop. Keep these tips in mind as you write your next sim and see how you can manipulate your story into something purely epic.

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.

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