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Applications and Academy Graduates for October 2019

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 October.

This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. The month of October only saw four new applications. This ties September as the month this year with the fewest number of new applicants.

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 October. The fleet saw four graduates during the month of October. This number includes one applicant who applied during the months of September, and we had one applicant from October whose training did not conclude until after the start of November.

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.


Poll of the Week: Space Entrepreneur

Beyond Starfleet and the Federation government, there are plenty of career paths that citizens of the Federation can follow. Entrepreneurs like Quark and Joseph Sisko can start their own businesses and hone their skills in the field of their choice. The galaxy is a big place wand provides opportunities for everyone to partake in what the Ferengi call the Great Material Continuum. Major Federation space stations like Deep Space Nine are a promising site for future business owners of the Federation.

Deep Space Nine had the Promenade, home not only to Quark’s bar but also a variety of other stores, dining establishments, and other centers of civilian life on the station. Whether you were looking for a few alterations to your dress uniform or a nice meal at the Replimat, you could find what you were looking for on the Promenade. Our very own Starbase 118 has its own center of commerce and civilian life, the Commercial Sector.

This section of the starbase has been well-documented on the wiki, where you can see some of the establishments that have opened on the starbase over the years. It’s always good to have career back-up plans. Perhaps if a career in Starfleet doesn’t work out, your character could try their hand at starting their own business on the starbase. Perhaps your character has always wanted to be a restaurateur or a tailor.

What kind of business would your character run in the Starbase 118 Commercial Sector?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll. Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!


October 2019 Post Counts

As we bid the USS Columbia a fond farewell, we see that our post totals are reflected in this part of the big picture. In October we saw a fleet average of 165 sims per ship, for a total of 1487. These are still strong numbers for this time of year, proving the resilience of our sim family and amazing storylines.

This month, the USS Eagle leads the pack with 205 sims written. Following very close, with 203 sims, is Starbase 118 Ops, showing a spike in activity as the crew jumps into their latest story. Right behind them comes the Veritas, maintaining third place for the second month in a row.

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!


Poll of the Week: Off Duty Wear?

Despite some characters’ appearance to the contrary, uniforms can’t stay on forever. At some point, they’ve got to come off, which means, generally, that something else goes on. Some will, of course, value the freedom their off hours permit to express themselves through their attire, or at least enjoy the comfort of less formal clothing. Others prefer the simplistic- why go to such lengths when a t-shirt and jeans would be more efficient? Some my prefer garb of a religious or cultural nature- Vulcans appear to enjoy an affinity for flowing robes and the like.

What does your character like to wear off-duty?

Click here to go directly to the forums to submit your vote, and don’t forget to leave a comment! 


The 2019 Halloween Avatar Contest award winners are…

The pumpkins have been carved, the candy’s been purchased, the orange and purple light strings have been hung by the fire with care. Now all that’s left to do is announce who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest!

Just to reiterate how this works: We have one judge from each ship in the fleet review all the entrants, and rank each ship against the others on two metrics: Originality and Design. We add those two scores together and then multiply it by the crew’s participation in the contest – ships with fewer participants are marked down a certain percentage for each player who doesn’t participate. (We did discount players who had accessibility challenges.)

I’m very happy to report that six out of our nine installations had 100% participation, and another had 91% participation, so a great year for fleet-wide participation in the contest! Unfortunately for some of the crews that didn’t have full participation, that number did end up affecting their ranking. Keep that in mind for next year!

Without further ado, click here to see who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest, and congratulate the winners!


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: T’Pam!


Embassy of Duronis II Welcomes New Ambassador After Mission In Romulan Space

DURONIS II — The Embassy welcomes Ambassador Brell during a well deserved shore leave after a difficult mission in Romulan space.


Revised Script Format Begins November 1, 2019

Attention all hands!

This past July, we announced that the fleet would begin a process towards dropping the use of double colons before narrative text unless it is for actions written within dialogue (“in-line actions”). You can read more about why we are making this change in our previous announcement. Essentially, instead of formatting your narrative text like this:

::Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room.::

Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo

::As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life.::

Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir!

You would write it as simply:

Crewman Taz Shandres cautiously stepped into the eerie confines of the freighter’s engine room.

Shandres: ::taking deep breaths:: oO It’s so dark in here. You can hardly see anything! Oo

As Taz walked through the area, though, she saw a diagnostic panel. Its display was dimmed but still showing signs of life.

Shandres: Hey! ::looks back over her shoulder:: I found something, sir!

Four ships in the fleet have already been simming in the new format for the last few months.

Today, we are announcing that the fleet as a whole will be moving to the new standard on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Your captain and first officer will be able to help guide you through the transition if you have any questions. Again, the heart of the change is simply removing the double colons from narrative text unless it is for in-line actions written in dialogue. With this change, we hope to make our simming format more accessible for both new members and those who may read your sims outside of your daily simming, such as in general RPG simming contests, writing workshops, and other venues where the wonderful writing of our community is showcased.

If you have any questions about the format changes, let us know in this forum thread!


Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Lorian Lovar, USS Embassy

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 Lorian Lovar playing a Vulcan male Science Officer assigned to the USS Embassy.

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

LOVAR: (Writer) Thanks for having me! I’m definitely a huge trekkie, which I’m sure is a surprise to everyone here. I love all kinds of sci-fi stuff just in general actually. I’m also an avid gamer, coder, and dnd player.

(Lovar) I’m happy to be here! As you mentioned I’m a Vulcan science officer, but I don’t practice emotional suppression. Not too much anyway. I love cracking jokes with my crewmembers and gardening. I’m a botanist you see, plants are my passion. I’m lucky that I was able to be assigned to the Embassy after my leave, they have such a nice garden. Let’s see, what else… Oh! I have a cat named Captain Patches and I love him.

What has been your favorite moment writing with UFOP: StarBase 118?

My favourite moment has to be when Lorian found out about his brother’s disappearance. Simming the raw emotion behind his actions, the complete grief he faced. I think it was some of the best writing ever I’ve done.


USS Columbia To Make First Contact With Barrier Espers

SAFE HARBOR, THE SAGITTARIUS REACH — Starfleet Command today confirmed that the Federation starship Columbia (NCC-85279) is preparing to meet with beings transformed by the Galactic Barrier.


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