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Witty Wordsmith: Kick it Into High Gear

Whether you are looking for a way to better define your player character’s backstory, thinking about creating a new NPC or playing a mission related character one critical thing to think about it what prompted this character to take action?

In some role-playing systems this is called a “kicker” which is short for the thing that kicks your character into action.  The kicker is an event or realization a character has just before a story begins.  This functions as a catalyst that propel characters into taking action, whether that is action for the cause of the mission to to antagonize the mission.

You can think of this like the opening scene of many movies.  Before the kicker, the focal character whether they are a protagonist or an antagonist is just some person.  Maybe a good person, maybe a bad person, but one that is living a static life.  The kicker pushes a character forward into action and that action becomes a story.

Duty Post Award winner – Arturo Maxwell, StarBase 118 Ops (Sisko Tactical Cross)

Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Duty Post awards from our recent 2018 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 Arturo Maxwell, better known as ‘Max,’ who is playing a Human tactical officer assigned to StarBase 118 Ops. He won the Sisko Tactical Cross: “Awarded to those tactical officers who have shown cunning and bravery in battle. Master strategists, and experts in targeting and shield power distribution, these officers have done the impossible to save their ship and the lives of its crew.

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

Maxwell: Hey, well, I’m Iain and I live in Warrington, Cheshire in the UK.

What made you choose to create a tactical officer? Did anything in particular draw you to this duty post?

Oddly my first choice was a Marine character, but I went into Tactical as it was something I was unfamiliar with writing. I guess that was the main drive behind it really, as I was so used to “military fiction”.

What sort of real life knowledge or experiences do you draw from when writing Maxwell?

Max is essentially me, but in space. He’s a bit – a lot – of a dork, and tends to respond to stress by making a joke or lightening the mood. But then there are also little bits of some of my friends ins his character as well. Mostly me, though!

Starbase118 logo on a purple starry background

New Length of Service awards for long-time members

For years now, we’ve gotten by with four Length of Service awards, honoring those members who’ve reached the first, third, fifth, and tenth year of service. But as we pass our 24th anniversary of founding (and approach the 25th anniversary, coming up in June of 2019), it’s time to add on a few more levels of distinction for those folks who’ve stuck around far longer than we’d ever have imagined possible.

The Captains Council is pleased to announce the 15-year, 20-year, and 25-year Length of Service awards, which will appear as follows:

Those members who have reached these levels will be honored in this year’s ceremony.

Many thanks to Capt. Jalana Rajel for creating these images.

Join us for the Fleetwide Watch-a-Long Chat

Join us next Sunday for our theme of “Descendants” where we watch two great episodes of Star Trek at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am Sydney (AUS). (Click here to see your timezone and add this chat to your calendar.)

How does a watch-along work? Simple! Grab yourself a copy of the episode in any format you like and log onto the chat. Get there a little early if you can to say hi and get all your stuff ready. Then, when the hour rolls around everyone present presses play and we watch a great episode of Trek while chatting about everything we love and remember about it. Or joking about it!

The episodes we will be viewing are:

Star Trek: DS9 S5 E22  – Children of Time, and Star Trek: Enterprise S3 E21 – E2. Children of Time starts at 10:05am (Or :05 past your starting time), and we’ll start E2 one hour later. The first episode is 50 minutes long, so that gives everyone some time for a bathroom break in between. You can show up for one episode or both. And if you can’t find a copy of the episode, you’re still welcome to hang out with us!

The episodes are available on Netflix or Hulu if you have a subscription, as well as pay-per-view on Amazon.

To participate, simply head to our Discord channel, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat

Two more donors adding to the pot: Valin Dermont and Yito Seja!

I’m happy to report that two more people have joined our 2019 website funding campaign this month. Many thanks to Valin Dermont and Yito Seja for their generosity! This is in addition to our regular recurring donors Jocelyn Marshall and Trel’lis, for whom we have great appreciation.

Our extensive wiki requires a web server capable of managing the software, alongside the forums, and this site that hosts our news and application. We also have nearly a dozen domains and other software support costs. But all the costs required are entirely covered by members like you and me!

Can you join in the donation drive toward our May, 2019 goal of $1,455? It only takes a few minutes, it’s incredibly easy, and we never see credit card information.

Poll of the Week: What a Novel Idea!

Books. You can’t escape them, and in this poll-poser’s opinion, that’s a fantastic state of affairs! That said, it can be surprising to realize just how prevalent books seem to be in the universe of Star Trek. Picard obviously took great pride and joy in his substantial collection of literature, and we have witnessed a variety of other characters reading classic novels, Shakespearean works, and other leisure texts.

Fiction, in some form or fashion, is an indelible part of our lives, and the same goes for the characters we write for. This week’s poll asks you to share your character’s favorite type of story or book. Is your character more drawn to action and adventure, or maybe they’re more fond of romantic or dramatic works? Perhaps they share an appreciation for tales or legends from their own cultural heritage. Or do they not enjoy any sort of fiction whatsoever? Give us your vote, and if you’re feeling brave, let us know the specific story or book, and explain what significance it has for your character in the comments section!

New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Tyler Moore!

Poll of the Week: The simming we love

The recent and exciting launch of the USS Za gave us the opportunity of a transfer as the requests sweeped the fleet. Some people took the chance, some didn’t. But it gave us all an opportunity to reflect on our current post and ship. On what we love about the ship, the style of simming we are enjoying. Or maybe what we hope to find, or even help shape, in a new post.

We love our ships, older and newer alike. Though each one of us loves them for different reasons. Maybe the people? Maybe the quality of the sims? The plots, or the approach your crew takes to them? Maybe the commanding officers and their leading style? We are sure there are lots of things, but what is the best?

Each one of us has different reasons. Come to the forums and tell us what yours are!

This is a new post in our category Simming Questions. Here we will be asking questions about our community, our characters and our writing, and how you interact with it all.

New podcast! Check out 2393-3 for fun interviews and fleet news

In our latest podcast, we are showcasing an interview with Capt. Jalana Rajel, played by published author Jessica Werner, who will talk more about the process of writing a novel!

You’ll also learn more about the IC disappearance of one of the ships, welcome new ensigns, and more.

Click here to listen to the podcast on YouTube. Be sure to “thumbs up” the post and subscribe for updates!

The Podcast Team would like to extend a special thanks to every member who volunteered their time, including members of the Publicity Team, and Jessica Werner.

Replicate This!

A few weeks ago, while surfing the internet, I came across an amazing invention. The invention I have come across is a 3D printer. For those who are unaware of this, please click the link for more information.

Why am I so excited about this device, you may ask? Well for me the reason is simple, as that it is one step closer to the probability of the invention of the replicator, one of the greatest Star Trek concepts ever to be conceived, despite its many in-episode drawbacks.

So with the holiday season fast approaching, this week’s Poll of the Week deals with the hypothetical. Suppose a replicator was invented now, and you could purchase one at your local electronics retailer, putting aside that some elements are troublesome, or unable to be replicated, how much would you pay for such a device in your home? Would you even bother buying one? If you had a replicator at your disposal now, what would be the first thing you would replicate, and why? So head on down to the forums and let us know what you would do if you had access to a replicator today, and how much you think such a machine would be worth to you.

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