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UFOP: SB118 was founded 25 years ago

Today, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of our community!

In that time, families have been formed as members become friends, and then partners, and then parents. Other members have joined as teens and then departed, to return years later as adults who had fond memories of simming in their youth. Some have found the opportunity to write for a character a way of understanding themselves in a new light, allowing them to become their true selves. And many who’ve been here have become better writers, have learned about leadership, and have honed communication skills that helped build their careers in real life.

Through all these years, there has been great stories told. There have been fights about community policies. There have been many people who’ve come and gone.

What remains is the fellowship, the idea that we can come together for a common purpose and find solace, find laughter, find joy.

What do you love about our community? What have you learned? What keeps you here? Click here to head to the forums to tell us all about it.

See also: “20 Years of Star Trek Simming,” published June 15, 2014.


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!

ATLANTIS

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

COLUMBIA

  • Jona ch’Ranni to Lieutenant

EAGLE

  • Quentin Collins to Lieutenant JG
  • Chloe Waters to Lieutenant JG
  • Blaidd Vescori to Lieutenant JG

VERITAS

  • Jansen Orrey to Lt. Commander
  • Geoffrey Teller to Lieutenant
  • Addison MacKenzie to Lieutenant JG

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Award nominations closing soon!

There are only a few days left to nominate your fellow crew members and ship’s staff for the 2019 Awards Ceremony.

Nominating is simple and only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is follow the link below, enter a few details about yourself, the information of the person you’re nominating and provide a brief explanation for your nomination. All the information you need and links to the awards are available on the nomination panel.

Still not sure on who to nominate? Reach out to your fellow players and ship’s staff – who knows, discussing the nominations with others could be the spark you need!

Don’t wait too long though, because the awards are only open until Monday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific Time.

Ready to get started? Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions.


May 2019 Post Counts

We’ve seen an uptick in sims throughout the UFOP: Starbase 118 fleet, as we count a total post count of 1,752. The average per ship sim count is 195, just a slight bit away from March’s high. This month, the USS Eagle took the lead with 271 sims written. Following close behind is the Gorkon, with 230 sims.  Without too much of a gap after that, the Atlantis clocked 220 sims for the month of May, and the USS Veritas came in with 205.

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!


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Get ready for the Awards Ceremony: Prep your forum avatar!

Awards Ceremony season is upon us, and it’s time to get all dressed up for the big event!

As we launch our ceremony, we’ll encourage everyone to change their forum avatar to their character wearing glamorous attire like the kind you’d see on the red carpet.

There’s no need to get things perfect – lots of players just find a picture of their character’s actor somewhere on the web and use that, like so:

But if you’re looking for something more spiffy, you can also head to the Graphics Requests forum and open a new thread asking for some help. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the team there to help get something that works – best to start earlier than later!

Once you have an image you like, you can change your forum avatar by following these instructions.


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Need even more inspiration for writing award nominations? Check these out!

How can you maximise the number of award winners on your ship? Simple! There is a strong correlation between the number of award nominations a ship makes, and the number of award winners. But writing nominations can be daunting, especially if this is your first awards year, or you’re new to the fleet.

Never fear, we have collated a selection of nominations from previous years to help provide you with some inspiration.

If after reading the below nominations you need more inspiration, you can find even more nominations by following this link.


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Need some inspiration for writing award nominations? Check these out!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Awards! Great nominations for your crew mates and drum beats from across the fleet show your appreciation for a job well done. Inspiring sims coming from inspiring people, and to that end, we want to help you get the best out of your nominations to fuel that raging inferno of energy and enthusiasm.

Below are some of the best nominations we had during last year’s ceremony that stoked that fire for a win.


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Award nominations open for 2019 ceremony

Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then.

Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work.

Ready to get started? Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations:

  • Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet.
  • Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony.
  • You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created just last year, so there may be no previous recipients for those awards.
  • Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well!

We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award.

If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or head into the chatroom’s #awards2019 channel to ask other members.

Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Monday, June 10 at 11:45pm Pacific time.


Promotions for April

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!

DURONIS II EMBASSY

  • Ben Garcia to Lieutenant JG
  • Quen Deena to Lieutenant JG

STARBASE 118 OPS

  • Malko to Lieutenant JG
  • Arturo Maxwell to Lt Commander

GORKON

  • Corliss Fortune to Lieutenant JG

Thank you to our April donors – can you join them?

If you’re enjoying our community and gaming experience, there’s a great way to show your support – besides simming regularly and participating our OOC activities! – by donating to keep our website online. It costs about $1,455 a year for our web hosting and the software that runs our site, and all of those funds are contributed by members like you.

Donating takes just a few minutes, and we never seen your credit card information (everything is handled securely by Stripe, a leading payment vendor). Click here to donate $10, $20, or $50 now toward our 2020 fundraising goal.

If you choose to donate, you’ll join the ranks of other generous members who have earned the donations badge and forum title, as well as the satisfied feeling of keeping your favorite hobby fun and free for all!

Those who donated last month in April include: Oddas Aria, Yito Seja, and Ferier Kian! Many thanks to them for their generosity.

We still have about 85% of our goal to go before May of 2020, but we’ve got a running start. Join these donors to help push us forward in May.


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