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Forums Roundup: May 2015

Another month’s sped by, probably faster than any of us wanted it to. And while that means we’ve probably had some fun, there’s always something coming down the pipeline. What’s happening this month? If you’re on the Starbase 118 forums, there’s plenty going on! Here is just a few things to look for this month:

Don’t forget that the summer graphics contest is in full swing. Regardless of how much experience you have with graphic design or photoshop, let us see your entry this go around! It’s great to see what members from around the fleet can do. Find out more here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11682-summer-graphics-contest-announcement/

Have some news? Or do you want to share some news with your fellow fleetmates? Head on over to the general discussion threads to see what others are up to. There’s lots of members involved in many awesome things, all compiled here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/14-general-discussion/

There are many different aspects of the 118 fleet. Some of them are the various teams that help make our group the best on the internet. Want to help out or just see what the different teams are up to? Head on over here and check it out: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/105-group-elements/

Share your knowledge and ideas on your duty post in our duty post threads. Many threads are looking for facilitators and need to get the conversations jump started. Head on over to meet up with your fellow officers from across the fleet and help get others talking: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

And don’t forget there’s tons more going on today on the forums. From ship threads to contests, there’s always something worth getting into at forums.starbase118.net.


Forums Roundup: April 2015

April is here, and with it, springtime (for my part of the world) is in full swing. Warmer temperatures mean a lot more time outside, meaning that so much online can get missed. And while we don’t recommend watching the computer in case you’ll miss something, we do want to keep you updated on what’s happening around the 118 forums this month. Here are some of the best highlights.

The Summer graphics contest has been announced and is running. Get your entry for ‘The Spirit of Star Trek’ in today. Find out more here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11682-summer-graphics-contest-announcement/

If you’re into design, make sure to check out this side contest, where you get to design a brand new space station for the crew of the USS Garuda: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/11694-contest-design-astrofori-one/

This year we’re trying something new with our fleetwide plot arc. There’s a ton going on, but FNS is there to help you stay on top of it all. Check out the news feed here to read the latest stories: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/511-federation-news-service/

Of course we all share a passion here; Star Trek. As such, keeping the Trek conversation going is important. Join us in our newish Trek threads and get back to the root of your reason for being here! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

And finally, but certainly not the last thing happening this month, are the conversations happening right now throughout the fleet’s ships. Head over to your ship’s threads, or visit another ship’s threads and get talking with your fleetmates: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/216-starbase-118-ships/

Spring has definitely sprung upon us all and we hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy it. As you do, we’ll make sure you don’t miss anything here, at Starbase 118.


Forums Roundup: March 2015

It really seems like the year is flying by. Here we are, already into the third month of 2015. Aside from the impending spring season, which some of us are looking forward to with great anticipation, it seems like we could really handle a bit of a slowdown. Of course, short of time travel, that’s impossible, but we can bring you some highlights of some of the awesome stuff going on around the Starbase 118 forums!

The Graphics Contest is GO! It’s now an ongoing thing that anyone can participate in. Regardless of your level of photoshop experience, join the fun and submit your entry, or just marvel at the talent the fleet has to offer. Hurry though, this round ends March 23rd! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

Interested in seeing the people behind the characters? Want to put faces to names? Or do you have a particularly good selfie that you’d like to share? Head over to our Member’s Pics thread and join in the photo sharing that shows the littlest known aspects of our writers – their true image! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/1528-members-pics/

A fairly new part of our forums is our dedicated Trek threads. It might seem like the one thing that belongs, but the discussions have really only just begun. Join in the conversation today and share the one thing that brought us all together in the first place! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

Love your duty post? Have some helpful experience and information to share? Come on over to the duty post threads and join the conversation today. There are many different outlooks on how to play various officers and we want to hear yours! You can find the threads here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Looking for some good old fun? Want to connect with players from around the fleet? We’ve got a forum full of games to join in and play – head over here and find your favorite, and share a moment with your 118 friends: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/58-games/

As always, there plenty more happening around the forums, but these highlights should help you get started on some of the fun. In the midst of all this chaos, be sure to take a moment and stop by – you’ll be glad you did!


Forums Roundup: February 2015

Can you believe that we’ve already blown through the first full month of this year? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and from the looks of our forums, there’s been plenty of it! Let’s keep the momentum going this month. Check out what’s happening now around the Starbase 118 forums.

We’ve said goodbye to the Writing Challenge, but we’re still very active in our Top Sims contest. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and read the best sims from around the fleet right here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

And don’t forget about the new Graphics Contest! With multiple categories and winners, share a picture you create with the fleet. This round, the topic is ‘My Favorite Things’. Learn more, or submit your entry here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

There are incredible adventures going on right now all over the fleet. Heroic acts and difficult moments abound, with the news rarely reaching everyone. At least that was until 118 got a steady media voice! Find out the latest news from every ship in the fleet directly from our Federation News Service: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/511-federation-news-service/

Everyone is looking forward to the newly conceived ‘Fleet Wide Plot Arc’, which promises to bring the Starbase 118 fleet together in the shadow of a shared goal. In the past, summer blockbuster missions did this on a small scale, but the FWPA takes things to a whole new level. Get as involved as you can, starting here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/479-fleet-wide-plot-arcs/

And speaking of bringing the fleet closer together, there’s a number of Guilds and Duty Post threads that offer another way to interact with members of the Fleet from vessels other than your own. Join the conversation today and share your experience with your fellow officers: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/99-guilds/ and http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Of course, there’s plenty of other things to get into around the forums too; this is just a taste. We encourage you to check it out today and join in the fun! See you next month.


Display your awards on your wiki profile

Awards are an integral part of the Starbase 118 experience. While we work hard to sim and weave a story that brings our imagination to life, acknowledgement for tackling some of the more difficult aspects of story building, or getting recognized for contributions that help our community grow are something everyone looks forward to.

And now, it’s easier than ever to make sure that you and your characters can shine by sharing the ribbons and awards you’ve earned!

Whether you’ve earned an OOC award or your character has gained a new Service Ribbon, players now have options on how to display their ribbons. While the ribbon ‘rack’ for character sidebars has been around for some time, our Chief of Wiki Operations has devised a new way to show off OOC awards on your user page.

By simply copying and pasting some specialized code, players can create a professional looking ‘case’ for their ribbons and awards. Complete with a nice wooden finish, the case allows you the ability to include the image of the award, the name of the award, the year that it was awarded along with the ship you were assigned to when the award was received, and the text of the citation that often accompanies both IC and OOC awards.

There are even multiple ways to implement this new addition to your user page or character page as well, including simplistic formatting, as well as something more descriptive using wiki markup code. Like many aspects of our wiki, the case that you create can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire! With a finish to match the beauty of our award ribbons themselves, this is another great way to show your amazing contribution to the 118 fleet.

Complete instructions on how to implement this special code are located here. And remember, if you run into any trouble, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Our Chief of Wiki Operations welcomes them here.


Star Trek Forum Relaunched

Do you love to talk Trek? Have no fear; we now have the perfect place to do so! Our very own StarBase 118 forums now feature a devoted Star Trek forum. This forum was relaunched recently and features a great variety of topics. Everything from up and coming Star Trek media to fun and funny Star Trek websites can be discussed here.

The board subforum categories include: the shows and movies; fiction and fan based works; ships and treknology; Star Trek gaming and Star Trek on the web. There is also a general forum for any other Star Trek discussion. You can find everything from how to make your own Star Trek costume to the best new Star Trek webcomics – and more!

Come check out the discussion! You can invite your friends to join in, and this forum is open to new players who have not yet gone through the academy. We would love to have you join the fun!

You can find our Star Trek forum here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/


Forums Roundup – January 2015

It’s a brand new year, which means that you have plenty of time to get into all of the excitement that can be found on the Starbase 118 forums. From games to information about your crewmmates that you can’t get anywhere else, there’s no telling what you’ll find yourself in the middle of when you join the conversation and meet the larger community.

Whether you are a long-time member, or a brand new one, there’s tons of stuff for you to see and do on the forums this month and every month. Here are just a few of the most lively threads to be a part of in January.

If there’s one thing that brings us all together, it’s Star Trek. After all, everything we do is based heavily in the realm of Trek. Now we can discuss our collective love for all things Trek in the new Trek forums: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

We’ve relaunched Starbase 118 Ops! The namesake of our entire Fleet, the station has been unmanned for too long. Head on over to the Ops forum threads to see what the new crew is getting into and be sure to wish them well while you’re there: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/512-starbase-118-operations/

The newest competition for members of Starbase 118 to be involved in has just wrapped up its first round. Stop by the Graphics Competition threads to see all of the entries, as well as the winners and the runner’s up. Stay tuned for the next contest theme and submit your own work: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

The Starbase 118 History Team is looking for volunteers! With a community that is now two decades old, there is a lot of history behind what we see today. As a Fleet, we like to preserve this history, but we can’t do that without your help! Head on over to the History Team threads and join the fun in keeping our history alive: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/10434-community-history-team-needs-you/

And of course we’re always getting new members and seeing new faces. Whether the newest Ensigns sim on your ship or not, be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Fleet in our special ‘Welcome’ thread: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/6645-welcome-thread

As you can see, we’ve really kicked the new year off right. Be sure to visit the forums to see what fun you can find today!


Utopia Planitia Now Open

One of the community’s most prolific contributors, Rich, the writer behind Lt. Cmdr. Roshanara Rahman (and a suite of other characters!), has introduced us to the eminent Martian fleetworks. The Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards are a new resource that should be both an excellent resource for current writers and help to attract new members. Among other useful things, this resource lists ship types by function (cruisers, explorers, science ships, and so forth), explains the starship registry number scheme, and provides a historical database of Starfleet (and pre-Starfleet) starships. Says Rich, writing on the forums,

For a while now, we’ve had a lot of conflicting tech information spread across the various ship sections on the wiki given that much of it is sourced from outside. Some of the information is from Memory Alpha aka the “canon wiki” whereas other tidbits have come from fan sites and other RPGs. I think it’s time 118 has a database of its own. … We’re not trying to duplicate Memory Alpha: we’re trying to go beyond it.

It’s an ambitious project, but one that has already seen near-completion and is available for use! This is one more evolutionary step for the 118Wiki, which is already one of the finest and most comprehensive Star Trek wikis on the web. Our thanks and congratulations to Rich for the creation of this wonderful tool!

Take a look at Utopia Planitia on the 118Wiki and head over to the forums to see the full announcement!


Fleet News Service Now On the Wiki

The fleet’s wiki has a new addition, thanks to Lt. Commander Roshanara Rahman (a.k.a. Rich). In the “Browse 118 Wiki” section just underneath all the fleet’s ships on the main page, you will find the heading “FNS Headlines.” FNS = Fleet News Service.

On the FNS page you will find the latest headlines in Breaking News, Politics & Current Affairs, Trade & Business, Arts & Culture, Science & Tech, Sports, Travel, and Editorials. The FNS provides the fleet with universal IC (In-Character) information for a fuller picture of our universe and an opportunity for continuity throughout the fleet.

Some people have already begun to add to the headlines and I predict that the FNS will be a huge hit! I recommend that you make looking over the headlines a part of your weekly Starbase 118 routine. There’s no doubt that knowing what’s going on around the rest of the galaxy will help bridge the gap between ships and make for better overall storytelling.

Check out the FNS for yourself here: Fleet News Service. To learn more about  how you can contribute to the FNS, check out the “For Aspiring Reporters” page.


All About You: Memory Book 118!

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to learn more about the players who drive this game?  What if there was a way for you to share more information about your own life and what awesome things you’re interested in.

Wait… what’s that? There is such a thing?

There most certainly is! Our Memory Book is the place where Starbase 118 keeps a database of the person behind the character – the real you!

Anyone can join in, in fact we would like to encourage newer players to create their own pages and tell the group a bit more about yourself. Think of it like a scrapbook where you can write about your simming, link to all your characters and NPCs, talk about your real life interests and keep a record of your times in Starbase 118.


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