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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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Claim your 2019 Awards badges!

With the Annual awards over for another year, it is now time to present the badges. This year we are delighted to announce the addition of four new badges, including a one off special edition legendary badge!

25th Anniversary Badge

25th Anniversary Badge

This legendary badge recognises members who are active during the annual Awards Ceremony on the fleet’s 25th year anniversary. To be awarded, members must be active and in good standing on the date of June 30, 2019. This is a one time only award.

Awards Ceremony Nominator

Awards Ceremony Nominator Badge
Awards Ceremony Nominator Elite Badge
Awards Ceremony Nominator Legendary Badge

The Awards Ceremony Nominator badge is presented to an individual who nominates fellow players during the annual awards ceremony. There are three levels that can be awarded:

  • Standard: A player must submit at least 1 nomination for a fellow player during an awards ceremony, in any category.
  • Elite: A player must submit at least 5 nominations for fellow players in any category.
  • Legendary: A player must submit at least 10 nominations for players on more that 2 vessels in any category.

This badge can be earned multiple times; however it is only awarded once per year. A player earning an elite or legendary badge is not eligible to receive the lower level badges in the same year. For instance, if you receive the legendary badge during the awards period, you will not be able to receive the standard or elite badges that year.

Head over to the forums now for the list of badge recipients!


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Tell us what we can improve about the Awards Ceremony

On behalf of the Executive Council, we hope that you thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 Awards Ceremony and that you feel like everyone who should have been recognized got their moment in the spotlight.

We like to do a retrospective of how things went, each year, both with our general membership and the members of our staff to see if there’s anything we can improve for the next year. This has led to some innovations on how our nominations process works, as well as new awards when they’re needed.


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Awards Ceremony 2019 – Duty Post awards and finale

Welcome to our final day of the annual Awards Ceremony! So far we have announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service, Special, and Staff awards.

On this final day we’re excited to announce the Duty Post award winners. These players fully realize the duty posts in which their character sims, and act as examples to other simmers. The nominations in these categories are reviewed by a panel of three staff members: one commanders and two members ranked captain or above as a way of ensuring that we have the best lineup of winners each year.

We also share our thanks for everyone who participate in putting together the ceremony, and we hope you’ll take some time to read through those and add your appreciation for all the hard work contributed.

Find out who won each of the Duty Post awards by heading to the forums, where you can read about and congratulate our talented award recipients.


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Awards Ceremony 2019 – Staff Awards

Welcome to day three of the annual awards ceremony! So far we have announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service and Special Awards.

Today we’re proud to present the Staff awards, which are only for those members who have achieved the rank of commander or higher. These awards recognize the hard work of our staff, who do the behind-the-scenes work required to keep the engine of our community running, and smoothly at that! They help foster the fun simming environment we all enjoy.

Find out who won each of the staff awards by heading to the forums, where you can read about and congratulate our talented award recipients.


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Awards Ceremony 2019 – Length of Service and Special Awards

Welcome to day two of the annual awards ceremony! Yesterday we announced the recipients of the General Awards. Today we’re proud to present the Length of Service and Special Awards.

Our Length of Service Awards recognize folks who’ve hit one of our membership tiers in the last year: 1-year, 3-years, 5-years, 10-years, 15-years and 20-years! Incredibly, we’re recognizing two 15-year members this year and three 10-year members!

Special Awards is a catch-all category for awards that don’t fit elsewhere, but mostly entail OOC community innovation and dedication. This is where awards like the Rising Star and Community Champion fit, recognizing members who are putting in incredible effort. Just like with the Staff and Duty Post awards, only one of each award is given each year – only the very best are chosen so they are highly coveted awards that every player has a chance to be considered for by getting involved and giving it their best. (With one notable exception: The Xalor Clan Xifilis award is given to any player who has overcome any sort of disadvantage while simming. We don’t compare and weigh one person’s struggles against another but rather award this to all eligible and deserving candidates who are nominated for it.)

Head to the forums now to see who received each of the Length of Service and Special Awards from each ship across the fleet, and be sure to congratulate the winners!


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