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New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: T’Pam!

New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Nabihah Abu El Sayid, Andy Monroe, Charlena Vanlith, and Karen Stendhal!

New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Ben Burns, Ben Garcia, Addison MacKenzie, Steven Matrix, M’Wash, and Carmen Tis!

October 2015 Post Totals

Welcome back to our monthly look at simming activity across the fleet!

Overall, post counts have decreased from September — not an unusual situation, given that October has seen many of our members enjoying holidays and leaves of absence. Bucking this trend, however, are the Columbia and Starbase 118 Ops! Ops saw an impressive jump of over 80 sims from September’s totals, and the Columbia submitted over 210 sims — an amazing effort from both crews, and very well done!

Post Totals, October 2015

This decrease from September is quite unusual in recent years, but definitely not without precedent — in 2009, 2010 and 2011 we saw post totals decrease in October, only to rise again later in the year, as we moved into the holiday season.

October has seen the lowest sim count of the year, and it’s interesting that even at the lowest point of the year, this month’s post totals still greatly exceed some of our previous Octobers by a significant amount!

What will November bring? It’s very hard to predict, as we’ve seen the post totals both increase and decrease from October in past years.

Average Sims Per Month (to October) 2015

Only time will tell, so tune in next month to find out, and in the meantime, don’t forget to keep up with our stories on the fleet’s sim archive!

September 2015 Post Totals

Welcome back to our monthly look at simming activity across the fleet!

September has seen a wide variety of changes in post counts from our ships since August: four showing increases, one maintaining its sim rates from last month, and six ships posting a lower number of sims. The Constitution heads the pack for post totals in September, leading with over 200 sims, and it is closely followed by the Columbia and Duronis II Embassy who each submitted 195. Well done to all!

Post Totals Sept 2015

Overall, we saw a decrease in the average post count for the fleet. A dip in post totals is very typical for this time of year — since 2010, we’ve only seen the fleet’s average monthly sim rate increase once during September. As Autumn takes hold (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) we often see an upswing in October’s post totals as the darker nights chase many of us indoors.

Average Sims Per Month (2015)

What will October bring? Tune in next month to find out, and in the meantime, don’t forget to keep up with our stories on the fleet’s sim archive!

August 2015 Post Totals

In the second week of August, the UFOP: SB118 fleet was delighted to welcome the addition of the USS Avandar to our numbers, recommissioned under the command of Captain Della Vetri. How did this affect the fleets simming for the month? Let’s take a closer look!

The fleet’s total post count and average sims per month remained relatively static from July to August. Most ships maintained similar post totals to those of the previous month, with a small number of vessels having more dramatic swings in either direction. For example, after taking command of the Columbia in the very last days of July, Commander Brek’s turn in the centre chair is off to an auspicious start, with an impressive 235 sims posted this month, an increase of nearly 100 from the previous month!

Our most prolific sim site this month was the Duronis II Embassy, submitting an amazing 267 sims during August.

July 2015 Post Totals

July had been a month of big changes for the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet. The Atlantis and the Gemini merged together, re-launching as the Apollo-A under the command of Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti. After a change in command staff, the Victory crew transferred to the Gorkon.

What effect has this had on the fleet’s post counts? Let’s find out!

June 2015 Post Totals

The last days of spring and the beginning of summer usually brings warm weather, barbecues, and an increase in post counts. This year is no different! June saw an increase in average post counts for a second consecutive month, and some familiar trends are starting to become visible.

Let’s take a closer look.

The average post count for the fleet has risen from 165 in May to 177 in June, with seven of our ten installations seeing an increase. Half the fleet had counts in excess of 200, and the Darwin crew were our most prolific this month, achieving an impressive 240 posts. The Invicta (previously the Garuda) saw the biggest gain over May, increasing their total by 56.

average sims per month 2015

Now that we are halfway through the year, we can see that overall, 2015 continues to closely mirror the numbers and trends of 2013, with the only significant difference being the month of March. Though 2015 has mostly had lower counts than 2014, should this mirroring continue we will see 2015’s sim rates surge upward during the summer months. In other words, we may well be in for an even better July!
average sims per month by year

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to keep up with our stories on the fleet’s sim archive!

Meet the Wiki Ops Facilitators

Hi folks! Today we’re going to chat to Rich, player of Lt. Commander Roshanara Rahman, and Deliera, player of Lt. Commander Tristram Core, the facilitators of our Wiki Operations Team. I’d like to thank them both for taking the time to answer a few questions and tell us about this team and what it does.

An Island Among Men

AKA: Why is no one interested in my character?

One of the most common difficulties experienced among Starbase 118 members is the feeling that their character is alone, completely isolated from the rest of the crew. It happens to brand new members trying to find their way, returning members who discover that all their old friends are elsewhere, and to captains who turn around one day and realise that everyone they used to sim with have moved on. There’s often a feeling of isolation, and the sense that everyone is so busy with each other, that no one is interested in you.

But what can we do about it?