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Captain’s Corner: Captain Oddas Aria, USS Eagle

Each month, we interview a captain or first officer of the fleet to gain more insight on what it takes to command a ship and learn more about how each of these staff members found their way into these roles.

This month we’re interviewing Captain Oddas Aria, a Bajoran female, that’s the commanding officer of the USS Eagle and temporary CO of the USS Juneau, the Capstone Warp XV Project.

GALVEN: Would you please introduce yourself for our readers out there?

Oddas: Sure – I’m Nicholas, a Software Developer / Consultant who works from home in Florida for a firm based in Alaska. I have 4 kids, a wife and a love of all kinds of Science Fiction.

I joined SB118 back in April of 2016 as an Engineer at the Embassy. From there I just sort of found myself in a position to get moved up and around the ranks a bit.

On April 24, 2019 (or 239604.24), Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf announced your promotion to Captain. How long was the process and what was it like for you?

The actual process to go from Commander to Captain seemed like about five months. It came at a time when the fleet had received a large influx of recruits. My CO at the time Admiral Turner (Ann) was always very supportive and had me take the written portion of the exam early so I’d be ready which also meant I’d been spitballing some ideas about ships and things in my mind.

When the time came I knew I wanted an Intrepid Class ship, I knew the type of missions I’d want to fly and that type of thing. Once those were decided it just became a juggling act of ‘who to invite, who to ask to volunteer’ and then holding your breath. Luckily we’ve ended up with some great people.

It took a couple of missions in those five missions, which had their own ups and downs, to really feel like things were running smoothly. When the final votes and interviews and all were done, it was a huge relief and validation of the things I had been working so hard on.

Writers Workshop: Writing Physical Descriptions

Whether you are reading a novel or a sim, visualisation is a huge part of the experience. We allow our minds to imagine the scene we are reading, the descriptions helping to form the pictures in our head. We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented bunch of people who help create images for our characters, but what about side characters – those specific to a mission, or a background character for example? Whilst we may have an idea of how our crewmates look, we may not always know just how those around them look.

In this article, we are going to be looking at how you can improve the descriptions that you write about characters.

First Annual Biathlon on Giáng Sinh, Birthday Celebrations of Wolf 359 Veteran

GIÁNG SINH — First annual winter sports biathlon takes place on new colony and the crew of the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) finishes their tour with a celebration.

Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Junior Grade Malko, Starbase 118 Ops

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 JG Malko playing a Denobulan male Counselor assigned to Starbase 118 Ops.

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

MALKO: Hello, and cheers to all the readers! I am a graphic designer in Toronto who works on kids’ television, Photoshopping goofy things that appear on Amazon, Hulu, PBS and TVO! On the weekend I’m the drummer in a bar band, perform in community theatre and host a drunken Dungeons and Dragons podcast.

What has been your favorite moment writing aboard Starbase 118 Operations?

Recently, I got to write a sim that started off as a pretty innocuous sim – a routine engineering check – that turned into a ‘Tell-tale Heart’ style mystery that flip-flopped between murder and a dessert related catastrophe! The stakes were very low, comparatively to many of the gripping sims Malko has been a part of, but that’s what afforded me freedom to have fun with it. Of course, I do have to commend Lieutenant Commander Rustyy Hael on being a good sport and running with it!

USS Atlantis Assists The Valcarian Imperial Republic With A Sudden Outbreak During Val Tesai

TIBRO – While at Tibro to celebrate a winter festival, a deadly outbreak prompts the crew of the USS Atlantis to offer assistance.

Come and join the fun at annual Project Khitomer Discord Conference, Saturday, February 22, 2020!

The Second Khitomer Conference is coming on Saturday, February 22, 2020 beginning at 3pm GMT (see your timezone and add to your calendar). Mark your calendars now to join us for a fun day of engaging panels, community building, workshops, and so much more!

Some of our own community members – LtCmdr. German Galven, Lt. Ceciri Ariadust, and LtJG Sheila Bailey are panelists already. Check out the schedule to find out when you can support their sessions.

Click here to join the Discord now, or on the day of the event:

Do you have a topic you want to hear? Or ideas you want to share in one of our panel sessions? Contact one of the hosts in the Discord server!

Constitution-B Crew Gets Firsthand Experience Inside Mining Colony

ZELTION IV — While visiting the city of Xatrac to secure a trade agreement, the crew of the USS Constitution-B get the first-hand experience of life inside the mining community.

Duty Post Award winner – Gogigobo Fairhug, Starbase 118 Ops (Semper Fidelis)

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 Major Gogigobo Fairhug playing a Bardeezan male Marine assigned to Starbase 118 Ops. He won the Semper Fidelis award: “For those Starfleet Marines who have shown great skill in protecting their crew, accomplishing their mission, avoiding tragic loss of life in the line of duty, and upholding the values of the UFoP in times of crisis.”

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

FAIRHUG: I hail from London, England and despite travelling fairly extensively around our globe for many years, I seem to have found myself back exactly where I started!

What’s been your favorite part about simming a Marine officer so far?

Gogi never had any aspirations of being a Marine, having started off as a Security Officer. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, he found himself taking up the role of CO for the Iron Jaegers – Starbase 118 Ops’ Marine contingent. Therefore, my favourite part about simming a Marine has definitely been Gogi’s internal (and external) struggle of trying to fit into this culture that he knew little to nothing about previously, while also attempting to keep the Marines onside, since he is effectively an outsider who has been given a position of command over them.

Eagle Crew Begins Rest And Reorganization After Harrowing Power Struggle

LIGHTSIDE STATION —The starship USS Eagle has returned to Lightside Station following bombshell revelations that Special Operations commander of Starbase 821 was embroiled in a conspiracy against the Federation.

Starbase 118 Ops Crew Granted Shore Leave on Earth

EARTH, SOL SECTOR — After an attack on Earth, the StarBase 118 Ops support ship, USS Narendra, set their sights on shore leave as a wave of officers joined the crew.

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