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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
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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.


Hijacked Starfleet prototype starship destroyed, Starfleet officer arrested for treason

MARCHLANDS – A hijacked Starfleet prototype vessel has been destroyed to keep it out of pirates’ hands.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Alexander Brodie and Ghant Xerix!


Poll of the Week: Best Melee Weapon?

Fighting is, unfortunately, something of a constant in the Star Trek universe, as as such, different cultures and races approach the matter with unique viewpoints. Many, such as the Romulans, use classic techniques of subterfuge, confusion and shadowplay. Others, like the Klingons, prefer more upfront combat. In each instance, the weapon generally matches the strategy. And in many cases, a phaser or disruptor just won’t do.

Either for personal honor and glory, or for purely tactical reasons (energy dampening fields), many fighting forces across the galaxy utilize melee weapons to defend themselves, and, often, to attack others. These weapons are as varied and unique as the aliens that wield them. This Poll of the Week seeks to know what your favorite melee weapon is. Does the classic double handed Klingon bat’leth earn your vote, or are more a fan of the Jem’hadar’s kar’takin polearm? Perhaps you prefer something not mentioned here? Give us your vote, and let us know in the comments section below!


USS Atlantis hosts captain’s promotion party

PAR’THA EXPANSE – Brell, the commanding officer of the USS Atlantis, was promoted to the rank of captain, with guests from across the fleet in attendance at his ceremony.


Award Nominations Open for 2018 Ceremony

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.

Ready to get started? Click here to open the award nomination panel. You’ll find full instructions, including a link to a list of all the awards and their descriptions.

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!

We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award.

If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or post in the thread on our forums.

Click here to start your award nominations now! Nominations close on Monday, June 11 at 11:45pm Pacific time.


Starfleet vessel hijacked by Romulan Ocala separatists

STARBASE 118 – Ocala separatists have hijacked the USS Narendra, and the senior staff of StarBase 118 has been rushed to intervene.


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


Odd Jobs of Starfleet: Lieutenant Commander Ishani Kasun, Crisis Response

In “odd jobs” we examine some less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them to inspire you to investigate potential for your own character.

Today we have the pleasure of speaking to Ishani Kasun, from Starbase 118 Ops.

JANN: So your character used to be the Crisis Response Department Head, could you tell us what that posting looks like on a day-to-day basis?

KASUN: I think one thing to clarify first is that the security division on Ops is handled differently than what’s seen in the show. The department is played more along the lines of a civilian police force than a military one and is split up into different departments along the lines of what duties they handle. The duties that Crisis Response covers is not just dealing with active crises but the prevention and cleanup of said crises. So while in the field they could be organizing aid, providing field medical care, negotiating with hostages or the mentally ill. Out of the field it’s mostly prep work, practice and handling the aftermath of a past crisis. For example one of the recurring issues that Crisis had to handle over the past year and a half or so was mentally and physically healing, rehabilitating and establishing several groups of now former Orion Syndicate slaves that Ops kept rescuing.

In addition, the base’s SWAT team and bomb squad are under the Crisis Response umbrella, so members of those teams are specific to those areas of policing. There’s also the possibility that they could be pulled to help out with one of the other security departments or units, so one day they could be doing general patrol work, pulled for ship duty, or helping corrections.

What brought you to choosing that particular duty post?

It was a choice born of a mad scramble for options, rather than something I had in mind when I applied to SB118. I had originally applied and gone through my cadet cruise with Ishani as a counselor, but when it came time to be assigned to a post there weren’t any more slots open for that department on Ops. I was given the option to be posted to a different ship or to pick a different duty post, and because I had a friend on Ops that I wanted to write with (my whole reason for applying in the first place, honestly) changing her duty post was the only option.

At the time the only openings Ops had was in security, the marines or intelligence. I was rather fond of the backstory for her I had come up with so far and wanted to keep as much of it as possible, so with the help of my friend and Google I came up with three positions within each duty post where it would make sense to have a psychiatry background and offered them to Capt Taybrim as suggestions. Crisis intervention/negotiator for security, psychological profiler for intelligence and I believe the marine suggestion was a dedicated counselor for/with the marines. Obviously we ended up going with the crisis intervention/negotiator option and we hashed out what that would entail. The core idea hasn’t changed much since that hurried start, but it has expanded and solidified as I worked to develop it further as it went from a small team to an actual department in character.

If anyone was wanting to SIM this duty post, what advice would you give them?

I think one thing to keep in mind is that crisis response is a blend of the medical, counseling and security departments, so you have to be willing to be flexible and dance between the different aspects of the job. Some missions your ship is on don’t have a need for crisis management so you sim your character more along the lines of a standard security officer. Other missions your character will be in their element; your ship is dealing with hostages, a natural disaster, psychoactive drugs making the population act like zombies, or something like that where you get to use all aspects of being a crisis officer.

Still, even in missions that call for more typical security officer tasks you can still bring in aspects of the position, if only in how your character views or approaches the situation. For instance when dealing with a villan your character could start out attempting to negotiate, or your ship gets severely damaged you could help keep people calm and organized while they either repair the damage or evacuate. So to boil it down, it’s more about the mindset the character has and how that influences their reactions than their actions directly.

How have you changed as a writer from when you first joined to now?

I think most of it is that I’ve become more comfortable both with the writing in general and the role. Prior to SB118 the only formal RP (for lack of a better way of putting it) that I had ever written was forum based prose, so it was a significant adjustment to the script-esque style that simming uses. Another major difference beyond the writing style was being able to do things with other people’s characters that would be considered ‘godmodding’ in the forum RP world. Leaving tags requires a certain amount of assumption about how the other character(s) would react to what your character does and that’s just not done in the forum world, so it took me quite a while to get over the feeling of ‘this is wrong’ whenever I left tags.

As far as getting comfortable with the role, I’ve played versions of Ishani before on other sites but none where she was a crisis officer or in any kind of security role before, so there was an adjustment period where I was both settling in with this version of the character while also figuring out how best to play her within this hybrid role I had come up with on the fly. I do think that the character as she was written when I first started was written far less consistently during her first couple of missions compared to how I write her now.

Do you have any memorable moments from this character you could share with us?

I think the most memorable moment was from her second mission ever. Ishani and a fellow security officer and their pilot had to take a shuttle over to a mostly destroyed starship to rescue the survivors in the middle of a battle. The rescue went well (aside from watching one of the NPCs get pulped) but they ended up having to make a crash landing in their ship’s hanger. Ishani ended up with a nasty concussion and made a gigantic fool of herself due to her injury. However, she did end up with a date out of it, so it worked out in the end, right?

How has the character changed and adapted to the role of Chief Security Officer on Ops?

I’d like to think that the change in her character has come from the change in her role (though as I mentioned above there was some settling in the beginning). Ishani’s gone from being the person being delegated to, to the person who’s doing the delegating which is definitely a change in thinking. She can’t think as a crisis officer any more, her thought process has to include how the other departments of security handle things and a little bit of how the other duty post divisions work when making decisions about how the security division will act.

Due to the way SB118 works she’s still getting in the thick of action as a senior officer, but the crisis aspect definitely takes second place to security administration. It’s definitely expanded my options for how I can play the character in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m pushing the crisis aspect of her to the side. She’s still a crisis officer at heart but I get to have her involved in investigations or transportation disputes and it feels she has a legitimate reason to be involved rather than the ‘hey we need a security officer to do standard security things and you’re the only security officer around so you’ll do’ feeling that I had before her promotion. Not that anyone on Ops has ever made me feel that way, it’s my own mental quirk.

Thank you very much!

You can read more about LtCmdr Kasun on the wiki.


USS Veritas investigates lost ships in the Shadows

THE SHADOWS – The USS Veritas has moved into this infamous area of space, known for its navigational difficulties, to investigate for ships that have disappeared in this region.


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