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Poll of the Week: Anti-Borg Strategy

The Borg Collective has been one of Starfleet’s most dangerous enemies. A single Borg cube destroyed 39 Starfleet ships and was very close to assimilating Earth. In a later encounter, the crew of the Enterprise-D had an opportunity to infect the Collective with a logic virus but did not carry out the plan. Some in Starfleet held this against Picard, but did he make the right decision?

Ever since, any sighting of the Borg has been met with a response of overwhelming force from Starfleet. So much as a transwarp conduit opening is enough to provoke every ship in range to assemble. This week we put you in charge of Starfleet’s strategic planning when it comes to the Borg. Is the automatic assumption of hostility and throwing ships at the problem the best approach? The Borg Collective is different from most of the other enemies that have faced the Federation over the years.

Are the Borg beyond diplomacy or change? It’s previously been shown that the Borg will make and break alliances as soon as they’re no longer getting what they want. But movements like Unimatrix Zero prove that the Borg can change. Does the involuntary nature of Borg drones change anything when it comes to destroying Borg ships and killing drones? Dealing with the Collective also brings up questions about the Prime Directive and whether they should be treated like any other alien power.

What would be your strategy to defend against the Borg?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Duty Post Award winner – Kayla Drex, USS Eagle (The Cochrane Award – Science)

This month we’re interviewing the writer behind LtCmdr. Kayla Drex, playing a Human female Science Officer assigned to the USS Eagle.

She won the Cochrane Award: “Given to those Science officers who have contributed greatly to the advance of science in the midst of their Starfleet career, by staying knowledgeable about their field, participating in the community of science, but most importantly, by placing their knowledge at the service of their ship and its mission.

FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

DREX: I live in Richmond, Virginia. I’ve been here since 2009 when I moved up to finish my undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams).

Your Captain has praised your ability to introduce realism into the scientific portion of Star Trek and your eye for details. Have you always been drawn to the Science field?

Some of my favorite Trek characters have always been scientists. I was a high school science teacher IRL too. I believe there’s a beauty and wonder in asking discovering new ways of seeing the universe. It’s been said that truth is stranger than fiction, but I would go a step further: The reality of something mysterious, once explored, often becomes more wondrous and mysterious. Even more than that, the more we know about something, the more entwined everything in existence becomes with everything else. I’ve heard (non-scientifically-minded) people say that science can be cold, calculating, and impersonal, but when you realize that the movement of quarks and atoms mirror the movements of whole galaxies … Sorry, can I have a tissue? ::wipes eyes:: Sorry, but seriously – We’re part of something amazing. If I can help people better see that, and as a result realize that their lives have greater significance than they could ever imagine, I’ve done something good. … wait. What was the question? Oh right. Yes. I like science.


Poll of the Week: Starfleet Concert

Congratulations! You’ve got Beta shift free today. Good thing too – there’s supposed to be a concert aboard. You’re not sure who will be playing, or what they’ll play, but you’ve got high hopes for something good.

If you entered the concert hall, and watched the performer(s) of the evening step onto the stage, who would you be most excited for? Would Data and his violin interest you? Perhaps Harry Kim and his clarinet would earn your applause? Maybe Spock and his famous Vulcan lyre would soothe the nerves of a challenging day? Could Uhura’s famous vocals do the job?

What Starfleet officer’s concert would you most enjoy attending? Click here to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment!


Duty Post award winner interview – Genkos Adea, USS Gorkon

Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2019 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.

This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Commander Genkos Adea playing a Betazoid Chief Medical Officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. He won The Prantares Award – Medical, given to those medical officers who have moved beyond competence to display a true gift for the healing arts in the context of space medicine. The officers given this award should display the ability to keep a steady hand in the often hazardous conditions in which they must practice, as well as the willingness to risk their own life to save the lives of others.

FORTUNE: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

ADEA: I am a Brit, from the rainy south east of England, where I work as both an aspiring theatre director, and a museum guide.  One I do for the love, and the other for the money… But I really enjoy both.

What advice can you give to other Medical officers in the fleet who are striving to sim realistic characters?

Interesting question. I would say; never rush anything. Take your time writing every scene and checking it over for mistakes. Also, when looking at medical-themed sims, operations or procedures, look at how we do things now. For example, I wrote a sim last year where I needed to replace a character’s liver. I studied how we do that in the modern age, and then Trekified it. It’s still to this day one of my favourite sims I’ve written.


Poll of the Week: Tribble Crossbreeding!

They’re after you! You duck and dodge through the cave system that is your lair, desperate to get to your lab. Once you’re there, you will be safe. But they’re catching up – those confounded Starfleet security people! Why did they care about what you did? Who were they to tell you that your scientific pursuits were illegal? And what did you care about a broken treaty or two? You are on the cusp of greatness!

At last, the neutronium-laced door seals behind you, and you can complete your experimentation intact. You pour the last vial of green, bubbling goop into the vat, wait for the concoction to boil, and then take a single animal of your choice, along with a purring tribble, and throw them in. What comes out is up to you…

This week’s question asks you which Terran animal you’d like to see crossed with a tribble!

Head to the forums now to vote on your favorite. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Writers Workshop: Token Tags

What is token tagging?

Token tagging is a phrase that you probably have never heard of before, but have probably been taking part in without knowing it. Put simply, token tagging is when somebody is tagged in a scene, without fully engaging them. Let’s look at some examples:


Poll of the Week: Are We There Yet?

Starfleet captains face no shortage of challenges. At the end of the day, the fate of the ship and their crew are their responsibility. A commanding officer has to be good at juggling multiple responsibilities at once and managing the ship’s daily activities. Keeping a starship with a crew in the hundreds under control can be a daunting task. But which captain is best equipped to handle the challenges of planning a road trip?

Your answer might vary based on what kind of trip you would want to go on. If a quiet trip touring monuments, museums, and national parks is something that you would want to see, perhaps a road trip planned by James T. Kirk wouldn’t be your first choice. A road trip with each captain would also have its own unique challenges. Taking a road trip through the Delta Quadrant could take decades stopping at every tourist trap and road stop along the way.

Which captain would plan the best road trip?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Space Entrepreneur

Beyond Starfleet and the Federation government, there are plenty of career paths that citizens of the Federation can follow. Entrepreneurs like Quark and Joseph Sisko can start their own businesses and hone their skills in the field of their choice. The galaxy is a big place wand provides opportunities for everyone to partake in what the Ferengi call the Great Material Continuum. Major Federation space stations like Deep Space Nine are a promising site for future business owners of the Federation.

Deep Space Nine had the Promenade, home not only to Quark’s bar but also a variety of other stores, dining establishments, and other centers of civilian life on the station. Whether you were looking for a few alterations to your dress uniform or a nice meal at the Replimat, you could find what you were looking for on the Promenade. Our very own Starbase 118 has its own center of commerce and civilian life, the Commercial Sector.

This section of the starbase has been well-documented on the wiki, where you can see some of the establishments that have opened on the starbase over the years. It’s always good to have career back-up plans. Perhaps if a career in Starfleet doesn’t work out, your character could try their hand at starting their own business on the starbase. Perhaps your character has always wanted to be a restaurateur or a tailor.

What kind of business would your character run in the Starbase 118 Commercial Sector?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


Poll of the Week: Off Duty Wear?

Despite some characters’ appearance to the contrary, uniforms can’t stay on forever. At some point, they’ve got to come off, which means, generally, that something else goes on. Some will, of course, value the freedom their off hours permit to express themselves through their attire, or at least enjoy the comfort of less formal clothing. Others prefer the simplistic- why go to such lengths when a t-shirt and jeans would be more efficient? Some my prefer garb of a religious or cultural nature- Vulcans appear to enjoy an affinity for flowing robes and the like.

What does your character like to wear off-duty?

Click here to go directly to the forums to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment! 


Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Lorian Lovar, USS Embassy

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Lieutenant Lorian Lovar playing a Vulcan male Science Officer assigned to the USS Embassy.

GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

LOVAR: (Writer) Thanks for having me! I’m definitely a huge trekkie, which I’m sure is a surprise to everyone here. I love all kinds of sci-fi stuff just in general actually. I’m also an avid gamer, coder, and dnd player.

(Lovar) I’m happy to be here! As you mentioned I’m a Vulcan science officer, but I don’t practice emotional suppression. Not too much anyway. I love cracking jokes with my crewmembers and gardening. I’m a botanist you see, plants are my passion. I’m lucky that I was able to be assigned to the Embassy after my leave, they have such a nice garden. Let’s see, what else… Oh! I have a cat named Captain Patches and I love him.

What has been your favorite moment writing with UFOP: StarBase 118?

My favourite moment has to be when Lorian found out about his brother’s disappearance. Simming the raw emotion behind his actions, the complete grief he faced. I think it was some of the best writing ever I’ve done.


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