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This year is a big year for Star Trek, with several new Star Trek shows premiering, reigniting the passion for our beloved franchise worldwide. Many of you have probably being basking in this joy with your Trek-fan friends. Perhaps you have friends who love role playing or sci-fi and would be interested in a Star Trek based RPG?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to share our amazing hobby with your friends? To devise devious plots for shore leave? To boldly go adventuring into the unknown, encountering new species or fighting old adversaries? How fantastic would it be to have the opportunity to share the sims you take great care over with your friends?

Word of mouth is one of the greatest ways of spreading the word about UFOP: StarBase 118. By sharing your love of our community YOU can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what goes on in our community.

Share your experiences with your friends. Let them know how you visited a mining community, where a member of the crew was bitten by an insect. You and your crewmates had to then capture and study one of the insects with the hope of treating the downed crewman. Or regal them with tales of your Marquis alter ego, a result of a dreamlike induced state.

You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be!


How can I help find new members?

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

There are a variety of tasks that anybody can do – whether you are a member of the Publicity Team or not. Here are some ideas:


StarBase 118, III: The Search for New Members

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT DOES THE PUBLICITY TEAM DO?

In short the Publicity Team is responsible for raising awareness of our community to the outside world with the aim of bringing in new members. There are a number of ways we do this – through social media posts, word of mouth recommendations, real world and internet events as well as online and offline advertising.

Within the team itself we share ideas on how to raise awareness of our community and put those ideas into action. Participation in the can range from finding interesting content to share on our social media channels to writing articles that we can share with the wider world on various websites. Most of the task take no more than an hour a month, with no commitment, so you can join today and step back later if you find that it does not fit your schedule.

What have you got to lose?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

We need all the help we can get to spread the word. If the above sounds interesting to you and you want to be a part of expanding the fleet then get in touch. You can sign up with the below link, where you will be added to the Publicity Team email list, introduced to the team and then jump straight in. If you have any questions or would like to know more, then contact the team’s facilitator Jarred Thoran.

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How you can help us grow

The more people who join our community, the more ships we can launch and the stronger our community becomes, as well as providing exciting opportunities for our players. But spreading the word about our community to prospective members can be challenging when there’s so many other things vying for peoples’ attention, which is why we need your help!

JOIN THE PUBLICITY TEAM
On the Publicity Team we share ideas on how to advertise our community, and then put those ideas into action. You don’t need to be a marketing whiz to join, and participation on the team can be as simple as finding content to share on our social media channels. Most other tasks take no more than an hour or two a month. Not only that, but there is no commitment, so you can join now and step back later if it doesn’t fit your schedule. What’s to lose?

Click here to join the team. You’ll be added to the team’s email list, introduced to the others and then be able to jump right in.

SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We’re really active on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr? We post a variety of content, from Star Trek to writing, so there is something for everybody. If you see something you like, make sure to like it, and if you want, why not give it a share or a retweet or even post a comment?

Found something interesting, why not share it with us? It could be an article relating to space exploration, an updated on an upcoming Star Trek project or even an image related to writing. If you liked it, it’s guaranteed someone else will.

If you have a great idea for something we should post on social media, use the submission box – it only takes a moment!

BLOG ABOUT US AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Do you write a blog? Providing a link back to us along with a review of our community and game can have an impact on how we rank in search engines, meaning we are easier to find.

Between 400 & 800 words about your experience with us will help us, and a personal review really helps validate our community. You could talk about what brought you to us, what has kept you here and how you’re enjoying your time with us.

If you happen to write a blog post about us, please let us know, we’d love to share it our social media channels.

TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Word of mouth is still one of the greatest forms of advertising. By sharing your love of our community with others, you can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what happens here.

Let people know how you having discovered new life forms, or have managed to outwit an old Star Trek foe, such as the Tholians. You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be!


The Fleet Needs You! How you can get the word out

You may have noticed an increase in our social media activity. For those of you who may not know, social media can be a powerful tool to help grow our fleet by providing content that people enjoy and want to engage with, thus increasing our potential reach. In addition to that, having an active social media presence can help boost our site’s Google rankings, meaning our page will show higher on Google searches.

Increasing our reach and rankings means we’ll be able to expose our fleet to more people. More people means more cadets, leading to greater opportunities for us.

What can you do to help?

One of the biggest things you can do for us is to follow us on our social media platforms. You can find us at:

Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Youtube
Instagram

With recent changes to Facebook’s newsfeed, there is an extra step. Head to our Facebook page, click where is says: “Following” -> “In Your News Feed” -> “See First”. Essentially this means everytime we post something, it will appear towards the top of your news feed.

Like, Comment and Share content
The more people who engage with our content, the more people outside of our community we can reach. As an example, a recent Facebook post that was liked 18 times, commented on twice and shared 3 times reached over 160 people who weren’t part of our fleet.

Submissions
We are always on the lookout for content related to Star Trek, space, science or writing. It could be a quote from a sim, an image or video or even a link. Basically, if you think something would interest the community, let us know!

Ideas
We would love to hear your suggestions and hear about the types of content you would like to see.


Star Trek and the Coming Year

Star Trek: Discovery is promising to be a fantastic series by approaching the well-established canon and giving everyone a new idea of the world that Gene Roddenberry invented, the truth behind the perceived utopia and what actually happened in the first Federation/Klingon war. Yet some wonder if Star Trek could break new ground but Star Trek: Discovery has proven that it can.

Sexuality, until recently, has been a topic to be – and when it was discussed or shown at all, it was usually between a male and female. While it was also rumored that Seven of Nine, of Star Trek: Voyager, was intended to be a lesbian character, that storyline never materialized. Instead, it was Star Trek: Discovery that created the first openly gay character of the franchise and shown a fully developed character storyline.

With its first season winding down and the series being critically acclaimed, we are pretty much guaranteed another season. With the characters showing true diversity, are we surprised? With talk of a new Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, there looks to be a great future for the franchise in 2018.

Want to talk about Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek? Stop by our forums for a good chat!

Love Star Trek and want to serve in Star Fleet? You can do that to by joining UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG. This is the adventure you’ve been looking for.


Are you on Instagram? Check out our new posts!

Thanks to the beautiful work of Ens. Kyso Nohx, Counselor of the Gorkon, we’ve been able to post a series of incredible new images to our Instagram account, like the one at the bottom of this post.

Not only is our Instagram account a place to showcase our works of art, but it’s also a great recruiting channel as it grows in popularity. That’s why it’s particularly helpful, if you’re a member of Instagram, for folks like you to follow our account and like our posts when you see them – it helps others, who might not yet be members, also see our posts.

As the internet changes, it’s more important than ever that members like you join in our publicity efforts to help grow the fleet. We’re vying for eyeballs among lots of new distractions! Click on the “Follow” button on the Instagram post below to make sure you’re seeing what we post.

Or, click here to check out our Instagram account on the web, where you can follow us and like posts if you’re logged in.


Three ways you can help the fleet grow

“How can I help the fleet?” As Facilitator of the Publicity Team, I get this question a lot. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the dedication and love of our members – expressed in questions like this – is what has kept our fleet going for more than 23 years now.

So here’s a few quick things that everyone can do to help:

Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Have you been to our Facebook or Twitter pages? We post a lot of content from around the Star Trek world and from our own community. When you see something you like, be sure to click the Like button and – if you’re so inclined – share it or retweet it.

Blog about us and share your experience

Do you run a blog? Or maybe a Tumblr? Linking back to us with a review of our community, and the game, can have a noticeable impact on our rankings in search engines.

Shoot for 400-800 words about your experience. You can talk about how you found us, why you joined, what it was like to start training, and how you’re enjoying your ship.

Not only will your post help others find us, but it will validate our community in their eyes when it comes from a personal review!

Tell your friends and family about us

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising and one that should not be ignored. You, in person, telling people about our community will inspire and get them curious about what goes on here.

Have fun conversing about Star Trek and how you solved an engineering problem aboard your ship or discovered a new form of life. Being able to show your enthusiasm makes it contagious and hard to resist!

Can I do more?

Yes! UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG has a Publicity Team dedicated to helping new members find our community.

Join the team by reaching out and volunteering on our forums.


Help our fleet grow so we can launch new vessels

As a member of our community, we know that you want to help it thrive and grow – the more people that join, the more ships we can expand to, and the stronger our community becomes.

But without your help, getting the word out to prospective members can be really hard. That’s why we have a Publicity Team, where folks like you can come together, share ideas on how to advertise our community, and put ideas into action.

Joining the team is easy, and participating only takes an hour or two every month. There’s no commitment, so you can join now and step back later if it doesn’t work out with your schedule, so why not give it a try?

Fill out the form below to submit your information to the team’s facilitator. They’ll add you to the team’s email list, introduce you to others, and get you started in a jiffy!

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Why, and how, to join the Publicity Team

Each month, roughly a dozen new members join, while many others depart on Leaves of Absence, or retire from the group. It’s the natural cycle of our community that as some people join, others will have to step away.

But unless we’re able to introduce more members to our community than leave each month, we’re faced with the prospect of diminishing size, which can eventually lead us to decommission ships. That’s why our Publicity Team works so hard every month to spread the word about our community, and entice new people to join!

We can use your help. The team needs people like yourself who are enthusiastic about our community and participating in the process of finding new members. It’s simple and fun! Each month, Publicity Team members choose a task to work on, which can include writing guest posts for other websites, finding social media content to post, keeping up with our various online bulletin board posts, among other easy jobs. We’ll coach you each step of the way in how to complete your task, and they usually only take 30 minutes to an hour each month.

So what do you think? Ready to help us find some new people? Use the form below to sign up! You’ll be added to the team email list and receive more information.

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