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Promotions for September

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!

EMBASSY

  • Alexander Brodie to Lieutenant Commander
  • Daylan Daroo to Lieutenant JG
  • Quen Deena to Lieutenant
  • Lorian Lovar to Lieutenant
  • Ben Garcia to Lieutenant

September 2019 Post Counts

Post totals are seeing a slight downturn in sim counts for the month as the touch of Autumn weather signifies the coming of a number of events and holidays. In September we saw a fleet average of 174 sims per ship, for a total of 1563. Historically, this time of year is when many of us are gearing up for the next few months, which can be quite chaotic for some.

This month, the USS Atlantis leads the pack with 259 sims written. Following a bit behind, with 200 sims, is the USS Astraeus, making strides to come from only 131 last month. Right behind them comes the Veritas, falling to third from their pretty big lead last month.

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 August

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!

ATLANTIS

  • Esa Darkkdust to Lieutenant

COLUMBIA

  • Rebecca Owens to Lieutenant JG
  • James Colquhoun to Lieutenant JG
  • Pholin Duyzer to Lieutenant Commander

VERITAS

  • Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant Commander
  • Charlena Vanlith to Lieutenant JG
  • Nabihah El Sayid to Lieutenant JG
  • Addison MacKenzie to Lieutenant
  • Wil Ukinix to Lieutenant
  • Ghant Xerix to Lieutenant JG

August 2019 Post Counts

Post totals are seeing an uptick across the fleet as school is back in session and the summer days are falling quickly into the past. In August we see a fleet average of 181 sims per ship, for a total of 1631. This actually matches the post count from June, and may signify a return to routine for many ships.

This month, the USS Veritas leads the pack with 296 sims written. Following a ways behind, with 235 sims, is the USS Gorkon, falling just slightly from their lead last month. Right behind them comes the Columbia, in third for two months in a row, who has clocked 203 sims in August.

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!


Executive Council appoints FltCapt. Roshanara Rahman to permanent seat on the council

Our community’s Constitution defines five seats and a Captain at Large role for the Executive Council. With the recent, sad departure of Renos – a long-standing Commanding Officer and member of the EC and – a seat has opened on the council.

We are pleased to announce that this seat will be filled by FltCapt. Roshanara Rahman (Rich). From his early days improving the wiki with a host of new images and templates, to where he stands now as CO of the Veritas, Deputy Commandant of the Academy, facilitator and founder of the Federation News Service team and spinoff website, he’s shown us time and again how dedicated he is to the success of our community and to our members, who have a loyal advocate in this staff member.

Rich previously served as the Captain at Large for 2017 and 2018, where he got a taste of how the council is run, putting in a good position to be an effective member of the council on his first day.

You can learn more about him in these other news posts:

Congratulations Rich!


July 2019 Post Counts

Summer is in full swing as can be seen across the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as the total post count dips to 1,487. Historically typical, the preparation for school and last minute summer vacations impact sim time, but only temporarily. The average per ship sim count is 165, which may be on the lower side but still quite active!

This month, the USS Gorkon leads the pack with 280 sims written. Following a ways behind, with 192 sims, is the USS Constitution, matching their sim count from last month. Right behind them comes the Columbia, who has clocked 177 sims for the third straight 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!


Donors from May, June, and July

Apologies to everyone for missing a few months – things were been a bit busy with the yearly Awards Ceremony! But now it’s time to make sure that those members who pitched in over the last few months get their due with some thanks and applause here on the Community News.

Jo Marshall, Oddas Aria, Ferier Kian, Caitríona Cayne, and Jacob Horne – thank you so much for your donations! Be sure to claim your donation badge.

This takes us now to about 30% ($430) of our $1,455 goal, due by May 1, 2020 when our web hosting renews!

If you’ll join these donors, we can continue toward our 2020 fundraising goal. Just $5, $15, or $25 can make a huge difference. Click here to donate now – it’s fast and secure.


Promotions for June

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!

ASTRAEUS

  • Sheila Bailey to Lieutenant JG
  • Kawakame Shin to Lieutenant
  • Tiria Hamasaki to Lieutenant
  • German Galven to Lieutenant Commander

ATLANTIS

  • Esa Darkkdust to Lieutenant JG
  • Kiliak Jo to Lieutenant
  • Alexander Williams to Commander

VERITAS

  • Addison MacKenzie to Lieutenant JG
  • Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant
  • G’Var to Lieutenant
  • Jansen Orrey to Lieutenant Commander

June 2019 Post Counts

We’ve seen a slight drop in sims throughout the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as we count a total post count of 1,541, which can be attributed to a normal summer slowdown. The average per ship sim count is 171, reflecting a summer full of good weather and plenty of typical vacations!

This month, the USS Astraeus – the new ship which the crew of the Montreal transferred to – leads the pack with 221 sims written. Following close behind is the Gorkon, with 203 sims. Without too much of a gap after that, the Constitution clocked 192 sims for the month of June, and the USS Eagle came in with 188.

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 making some changes to the script format

The way we write our sims is an important part of our culture here in UFOP: SB118. Learning how to write in the “modified script format” is a big part of training, and acclimating to it can take some time. But it’s a powerful method of collaborative writing, making it easy to pull out dialogue and separate it from exposition so that we can “pass around” the story as quickly and easily as possible. 

We’ve had this format of writing since the founding of our group 25 years ago, in 1994. It was the dominant mode of writing sims among people who roleplayed on AOL, like I was doing when I founded the group with some folks I had met in AOL’s “Red Dragon Inn” chat room and some Star Trek chat rooms. Since then, other groups have come and gone, and this format – despite its clear benefits – has become less popular.

We’re still “all-in” on this way of writing, but the Executive Council recently did some thinking about how it works and decided to make one big modification that we’re announcing to the fleet today: We’re going to be dropping the ::action:: signifiers from our game almost completely. Let’s talk more about why, and what this will look like. 


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