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Promotions for January

The staff of UFOP: SB118 would like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month. Please be sure to congratulate these members when you see them around the forums and chat room!

STARBASE 118 OPS

  • Karen Stendhal to Lieutenant
  • Malko to Lieutenant
  • Dante Termine to Lieutenant
  • Solaris McLaren to Lt. Commander

VERITAS

  • Addison MacKenzie to Lt. Commander

Want to learn more about advancing in rank like these hard-working fleet members? Check out our Promotions Guide on the wiki!


January 2020 Post Counts

The Starbase 118 Fleet was off to a great start in January with over half the ships in the fleet beating all previous January numbers in their histories. The fleetwide average this month was 208 sims, up some from last month for a total of 1,459 sims across all active ships. After the holidays and various vacations and real world activities, it is great to see everyone jumping back into some incredible stories!

This month, the Starbase 118 Operations leads the pack with 285 sims written. Just behind them is the Gorkon, for the second month in second place, with 247 sims, the Veritas with 242 sims, and the USS Eagle with 239 sims. Fifth place goes to the Atlantis at 176 sims, with the Constitution not too far behind them with 139 sims. The Embassy put in a good showing as well with 131 sims this month, increasing their lead on prior years numbers. Where will we stand next month? With a new year fully in motion, stand by for February!

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!


2020 State of the Federation Address

Each year, the Executive Council – as required by the community Constitution – pulls together a “State of the Federation Address” intended to inform the fleet about the challenges facing our community, and what we’ve accomplished in the past year.

The EC is very happy to announce the 2020 address has been completed, which you can find on our wiki.

Thank you to Lt. Cmdr. Sky Blake for spearheading the project this year!

The Executive Council is always happy to hear from our members with feedback or questions, and a thread has been opened on the forum about the State of the Federation Address for that purpose.


Sims archive is back online!

We are proud to announce that the renovation of the official sims archive has been completed and released! This new version has a brand new look, faster loading, and now includes keyword searches of all sims going back to 1995. Other features now present:

  • Access to all sims, including inactive ships since our founding;
  • Faster loading of pages;
  • Streamlined view for both PC, mobile and tablet display;
  • and much more!

The sims archive is available at https://sims.starbase118.net.

If you find any bug or issue with the website, please do not hesitate to file a bug report to help us continue to improve the site.


December 2019 Post Counts

December was much as it was expected to be, with the fleet putting out some really great sims, but not quite as many as last month. The fleetwide average this month was 187 sims, for a total of 1,307 sims across all active ships.  With many people on vacation and some being pulled away from their online personas with family from out of town, we are used to a bit of a downturn like this in December. Our stories are still going strong though!

This month, the USS Veritas leads the pack with 283 sims written. Just behind them is the Gorkon with 250 sims, the Atlantis with 231 sims, and the Starbase 118 Ops with 166 sims. Fifth place goes to the Eagle at 150 sims, with the Constitution not too far behind them with 122 sims. The Embassy put in a good showing as well with 105 sims this month, which beat out their numbers from this time last year. Where will we stand next month? With a new year here and plenty of stories to be told, stay tuned for January!

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!


Promotions for November

The staff of UFOP: SB118 would like to congratulate all who saw their hard work and dedication pay off this month. Please be sure to congratulate these members when you see them around the forums and chat room!

CONSTITUTION

  • Ravenna Carter to Lieutenant JG
  • Lazarus Davie to Lieutenant JG
  • Yito Seja to Lieutenant Commander
  • Edward Spears to Lieutenant Commander

EAGLE

  • Kano Risha to Lieutenant JG
  • Quentin Collins to Lieutenant
  • Hal Mika to Lieutenant Commander
  • Kayla Drex to Lieutenant Commander

November 2019 Post Counts

November saw the fleet shrink a little more as we say farewell to the Astraeus. With this ebb and flow natural to a game like ours, this November actually saw an uptick in sims while we brought simmers closer together. The fleetwide average this month was 192 sims, for a total of 1,535 sims across all active ships.  This just proves that we’re still weaving some great stories as we head into the colder season!

This month, the USS Eagle once again leads the pack with 260 sims written. Just behind them are three other ships, the Gorkon with 232 sims, the Atlantis with 230 sims, and the Constitution with 230 sims. Fifth place goes to the Veritas at 191 sims, with Ops just on their tail with 190 sims. The Embassy put in a good showing as well with 134 sims this month. Where will we stand next month? Keep simming strong and December will show!

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!


We’re thankful for these donors

It’s that time of year when we think about giving back to the people, and organizations that enrich our lives and make them more enjoyable. Who’s brought joy to your life, and how can you thank them for being a part of it?

We’re thankful for everyone who helps us build and maintain this community on a day-to-day basis, writing thrilling and beautiful stories about characters we’ve come to love and even, in some cases, love to despise!

In particular, we want to take a moment to thank those members who’ve donated over the past few months to help us continue toward our 2020 fundraising goal: Jo Marshall, Kayla Drex, German Galven, Ferier Kian, Oddas Aria, and Genkos Adea!

It costs nearly $1,500 a year to pay for the software, servers, and domain names that keep our website online. And all of that money, every year, is raised by our faithful membership and all of that money is used only for maintaining our community assets.

Now we’d like to ask you to join these funding members and help us toward our goal. We still need to raise $709 before May 1, 2020, to ensure we have all the funds we need to pay for our next hosting bill. Can you contribute $10, $20, or $50 today?

We never see your credit card information, and your donation is processed securely by Stripe.


October 2019 Post Counts

As we bid the USS Columbia a fond farewell, we see that our post totals are reflected in this part of the big picture. In October we saw a fleet average of 165 sims per ship, for a total of 1487. These are still strong numbers for this time of year, proving the resilience of our sim family and amazing storylines.

This month, the USS Eagle leads the pack with 205 sims written. Following very close, with 203 sims, is Starbase 118 Ops, showing a spike in activity as the crew jumps into their latest story. Right behind them comes the Veritas, maintaining third place for the second month in a row.

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!


Revised Script Format Begins November 1, 2019

Attention all hands!

This past July, we announced that the fleet would begin a process towards dropping the use of double colons before narrative text unless it is for actions written within dialogue (“in-line actions”). You can read more about why we are making this change in our previous announcement. Essentially, instead of formatting your narrative text like this:

::Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room.::

Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo

::As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life.::

Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir!

You would write it as simply:

Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room.

Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo

As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life.

Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir!

Four ships in the fleet have already been simming in the new format for the last few months.

Today, we are announcing that the fleet as a whole will be moving to the new standard on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Your captain and first officer will be able to help guide you through the transition if you have any questions. Again, the heart of the change is simply removing the double colons from narrative text unless it is for in-line actions written in dialogue. With this change, we hope to make our simming format more accessible for both new members and those who may read your sims outside of your daily simming, such as in general RPG simming contests, writing workshops, and other venues where the wonderful writing of our community is showcased.

If you have any questions about the format changes, let us know in this forum thread!


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