We successfully raised our full donations amount for 2017 earlier this month and are working toward next year’s goal of $1,455 due in May 2018. Many thanks to Taelon and Trellis Vondaryan, donors who have given multiple times now, for their continued generosity!
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 LtJG. Ishani Kasun playing a El-Aurian/Human female assigned to StarBase 118 Ops.
WOLF: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?
KASUN: I grew up in southeast Washington and I moved to the Portland, Oregon area for my first degree and I’ve been here ever since. Professionally I’m an auditor at a smallish, local CPA firm in the metro area, which means I have to travel quite a bit. I’ve been working there for about ~6 months and haven’t been through our busy travel season yet so it’s an aspect of the job I’m still not certain if I like or not.
The Captains Council is excited to announce that two new awards have been introduced in the “Special Awards” category for our 2017 ceremony:
For members who originate a creative and innovative way for the fleet to engage with each other and the Star Trek universe. These participants provide unique opportunities that help to make our game an immersive and unique Star Trek experience.
Community Champion Award
For members who participate in – or help facilitate – simming community events, representing the best of UFOP: SB118 to other organizations by hosting events, acting as contest judges, or otherwise contributing their expertise in a way that benefits the wider community.
You’ll find them posted on the wiki Hall of Honor in the next few days.
Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then.
Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations:
- Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet.
- Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony.
- You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created just last year, so there may be no previous recipients for those awards.
- Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well!
This is your opportunity to recognize your fellow players and the staff that help make this group an amazing community. Awards are only given if a nomination is received and selected, so don’t hesitate to start nominating those you think deserve an award! When a ship has few award recipients it is a direct result of few nominations from that specific crew.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or post in the thread on our forums.
TRINITY SECTOR — Wanted fugitive, Chennel, believed to be in control of the station.
Unconfirmed reports from the Federation Embassy on Raskor I have suggested that the Bolian – considered the most dangerous woman in the galaxy by law enforcement officials – has commandeered the station’s Operations Tower, the nerve centre of the entire facility.
Most of us will remember Wesley Crusher’s storyline throughout The Next Generation. A powerful alien, apparently with knowledge about the universe that far exceeded what any human had ever possessed, offered him to leave Starfleet behind and join him in a voyage of discovery like no one had ever imagined. If you don’t know what Wesley decided, I won’t spoil it. But let’s see it from Captain Picard’s perspective.
You are the captain of a starship, and one of your crewmembers is offered a choice, by a powerful alien. He could share his powers, learn everything the alien had, but he would have to leave everything behind. And, of course, there is no way to ascertain whether the alien’s words are true. It could as well be a trap, and this choice lead him to a painful death.
The crewmember is considering it, and is convinced that the alien is, at least, trustworthy. You are not convinced, and worry about the consequences, but also the moral issues involved. Even if it was grave danger, would you be in a position to stop them?
Finally, the crewmember decides to go.
This is a new question from our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet Captain facing a dilemma any of our favorite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know!
Our central sims archive is a place to bring together all of the sims that have been submitted to the group, all the way back to the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, while the first iteration of our archive was a great accomplishment, it suffered from compatibility issues with the newest web standards, and died a sudden death last year.
LUXIS SYSTEM – The Til’ahn First Militia killed at least 5 in the Laudean Capital of Lokesh City; Starfleet forces are on high alert.
An early morning explosion rocked Lokesh City as a suicide bomber detonated themselves, killing at least five Pro-Federation officials and several others. Starfleet personnel, rushing to assist the local authorities, found an angry crowd placing blame squarely on Starfleet and the Federation. Surprisingly, the local authorities seemed to share the sentiment. “Your presence is not welcome here,” said Sub Marshal Gorala, one of the first responders on the scene. “We have no need of your technological assistance, nor your expertise. Now go before I have the three of you arrested.”
Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in April.
This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of April, the fleet saw seven new applications. This number ties with the month of February for the second highest so far this year. It is also a strong increase from the previous month.
The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application:
This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of April. As a fleet, we had only two Academy graduates in April which is our lowest number so far this year. While we had a significantly larger number of applications than graduates, two of the applicants from April did not complete training until after the beginning of May.
These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form.
The Tournament of Simulations (ToS), now in its 12th year, is an annual award of best organizations across the Star Trek simming community, as judged by simmers.
This year, we’re very excited to announce that our Andaris Task Force, led by RAdml. Renos, has been honored in the “Great Star Trek” category! Congratulations to the Commanding Officer and crew of that sim for their dedication and creativity.