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Orion Syndicate involvement confirmed in interstellar race

GENEVA VI — An illegal interstellar racing circuit has been linked to the notorious criminal organization of the Orion Syndicate.


Poll of the Week: Favorite bottle episode?

Bottle episodes – episodes where nearly all scenes are shot on existing sets – are a mainstay of science fiction television. There are few or no guest stars, the action tends to be light and special effects are not generally used, or are kept to a minimum in bottle episodes. This was most often done to save money over the course of a season to be able to spend more on major events and season finales.

Every series had them, some more than others! Many people really enjoy them for the more character driven plot lines, while others prefer the episodes were our favorite characters have away missions to exotic places or get in epic space battles.

So which was your favorite bottle episode? Head to the forums and tell us!

Bottle episodes gave us many excellent character driven episodes and there are so many to choose from. It was difficult to narrow down the list! This question comes from out General Trek category, where the polls focus on moments, characters, starships, and episodes from the various series and movies.


FBC Featured Nominee For Jan/Feb – Aitas

Aitas was born on Betazed. Her mother, Jissela Igre, was a Betazoid martial arts instructor and her father, Sakon, was a Vulcan xenobiologist. Her parents met when her mother was assigned to Sakon as a guard when he was studying large predatory animals in Betazed’s jungles. Aitas’ childhood was split between time on Betazed with her mother and going with her father on his research expeditions. Her happy childhood came to a quick and abrupt end as the Dominion War approached Betazed. Her mother was killed during the initial attack on Betazed. her father took her and fled Federation space, but were captured by slavers. The slavers separated Aitas from her father and never saw him again.


Submit a sim to Round 8 of the Top Sims Contest before it closes

Submitting a sim to the Top Sims Contest is a great way to show your fellow crewmembers that you’re enjoying what their writing. And, it’s easy to do! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Open a new thread in the Top Sims Contest forum
  2. In the Topic Title box, put the primary character name of the writer, and then the title of the sim.
  3. In the Topic Prefix dropdown, choose Round 8 until the end of the day on Sunday, February 19th. After that date, choose Round 9!
  4. Paste the body of the sim into the big box, and then click Post New Topic.

That’s pretty much it!

The sim you submit will be reviewed by a panel of judges – one from each ship – who will select the best sim from the round, which will then proceed to a vote by the general membership.

Submit a sim today and show your fellow writers how much you appreciate their work!


USS Darwin-A Reassigned to Andaris Task Force

PAR’THA EXPANSE — Andaris Task Force, under the command of Fleet Captain Renos, has been assigned to serve as a peaceful medical envoy to the war-weary Par’tha Expanse. The task force is comprised of four vessels: newly launched Olympic Class USS Blackwell, Intrepid Class USS Atlantis, Horizon Class USS Darwin-A and Defiant Class El Corazón. Darwin’s senior staff was predominantly reassigned to Blackwell and Atlantis, with a few moving to the home station, Deep Space 26.


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Jason Craig and Choi Ji-hu!


Join us today for the February watch-along chat

Join us today as we kick back, relax, and chat while watching two fun and silly episodes of Star Trek at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am 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: TOS – Spock’s Brain, and Star Trek: TNG – Night Terrors. Spock’s Brain starts at the time listed above, and we’ll start Night Terrors 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


Promotions for January

The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers – please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them around the fleet!

ANDARIS TASK FORCE

  • Christopher Lambert to Lieutenant JG
  • Sindrana to Lieutenant JG
  • Icavoc to Commander
  • Emery Rhyn to Commander
  • Merrick R’Ven to Lt. Commander

ATHENA

  • Frank Hawkins to Lieutenant JG

GORKON

  • Hallbjorn Baldursson to Lieutenant JG
  • Frank O’Malley to Lieutenant JG
  • Lael Rosek to Lieutenant

State of Emergency declared on Shadow’s Edge

SHADOW’S EDGE — In the midst of a murder investigation and pirate attacks, the government of Shadow’s Edge declared a state of emergency.


Poll of the Week: The sim of your dreams

Have you ever had to sim your character’s dreams? Some players do so for fun. Others, because the plot requires them to, because the characters fall into a dreamlike state, or even just fully asleep for some time and you want to keep simming. If the plot has never forced you, do it just for fun! Believe me on this: it is fun.

If you have ever simmed your character’s dreams, or read the dreams of other players, we want to ask: how were those dreams? What kind of simmed dreams do you prefer? The kind of dreams that seem reality, that are close to reality? The kind of dreams that reproduce past scenes, exactly or closely? Maybe surreal dreams where everything is unexpected?

This week’s question is: What kind of simmed dreams do you prefer? Join the discussion on the forums!

This is a new post in our category Simming Questions. Here we will be asking questions about our community, our characters and our writing, and how you interact with it all.


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