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Poll of the Week: Least Interesting Villain Award

Star Trek has a long and torrid love affair with bringing wonderful characters and protagonists to life, presenting a fantastic array of challenging situations, pitting themselves against insurmountable odds and, sometimes, some really cracking villains.

Who can forget the golden moments of Gul Dukat in Deep Space Nine as he evolves into a character some of us actually care about? Or the ripping emotional tension we get from Khan Noonian-Singh? We cheered the intelligence and the guile of the Klingon General Chang, sporting his eye-patch of doom (bolted to the face for full metal), and some of the worst enemies the Federation has ever seen came as the Jem’Hadar, the brutal troper force for the Dominion ready to commit unspeakable acts for the glory of the soldiering life. 

However, let’s face it — some Star Trek villains are just… bad. 

While we had Khan, we also had the Son’a — who, if remembered for anything, it’s the facelift. In the late nineties, it seemed everyone wanted to get young again and have their skin pulled back until a display of any emotion would literally crack the face open in ways a dubious plastic surgeon would be proud of. The Son’a were riddled with toxins they had to expunge, and instead of throwing themselves into a New Year Resolution of kale smoothies and yoga on Thursdays, they did… this. And then killed an Admiral no one cares about with a facelift. Take that, beauty standards!

But for a series spanning six decades now, not every villain is going to be perfect, and for some, they are a product of their time. 

So, this week, we want to know…

In your opinion, who is the least interesting villain in Star Trek?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll on which plan you would choose, or let us know your own! Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!

November 2020 Post Counts

In November 2020 the fleet saw a slight decrease in sims, finishing at 1625 for the month total and 181 average per ship.

Leading the pack, again, was Ops with 268 sims, followed by the Gorkon with 255 sims, the Thor with 208 and the Chin’toka with 185. Just behind the Chin’toka was the Resolution with 184 sims, then the Juneau with 145. After the Juneau were the Arrow with 138 sims, the Constitution with 123, and the Veritas with 119.

The end of the year is always an exciting time in the fleet, and we look forward to seeing all the creative and fun posts put out by the fleet.

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!

The support of our generous donors

Our community is entirely member funded, and we’ve been extremely lucky to have major donors in the past few years who have helped secure our funding through the end of 2021. As such, our next fundraising deadline is May of 2022, by which we need to raise $891 more toward our $1,600 goal. We’ve already raised $769, meaning we’re 46% of the way there.

Huge thanks to our sustaining monthly donors who are the backbone of our member contributions: Jo Marshall, Serala, Oddas Aria, and Jacob Horne. And we also have two new donors to report: Big appreciation to Airik Tierney and Sarah Phillips for joining the donor club!

If you’d like to contribute to our goal, head to our Donation Station – you can sign up for a one-time, or recurring donation. You’ll receive our donor badge for your wiki page, and your forum account!

Starbase 118 Comes Together For A Masquerade Party

STARBASE 118 — The last tendrils of a gruelling mission of pulling the crew of the USS Andromeda from the grasp of the Borg collective have left the crew of Starbase 118 Ops in much need of downtime.

Resolution Shore Leave Curtailed As Emergency Develops

STARBASE 118 — Originally scheduled for several weeks of shore leave on Starbase 118, an emergency transmission from Starfleet Command abruptly curtailed those plans, demanding an immediate recall of the USS Resolution crew.

Poll of the Week: Best Jeffrey Combs Character

The huge list of actors and actresses that have graced our screens as part of the Star Trek universe adds to the complexity that is our favourite sci-fi show. These secondary characters that add a depth to the stories we love to watch. It’s only natural that a stray actor might fill multiple roles. And then there’s American actor Jeffrey Combs! This man played multiple memorable characters and his name should be synonymous with Star Trek!

On Deep Space 9, he played the Vorta clone Weyoun. His masterful execution of this servant of the Founders and Directors of the Jem’Hadar foot soldiers of the Dominion was a character we loved to hate. His weasely ways certainly added to many of DS9’s episodes.

Another character Jeffrey Combs is well-known for also hales from Deep Space 9. Liquidator Brunt was a thorn in Quark’s side. As a member of the Ferengi Commerce Authority, he played a role in foiling Quark’s plans in multiple episodes. Combs portrayal of the character added a lot of depth to the Ferengi species and helped pull back the curtain on a species that had been introduced before but never fully explored.

A third character Jeffrey Combs gave us was that of the Andorian Captain Shran from Star Trek Enterprise. His character, a seeming villain to begin with – expanded our knowledge of the Andorian race. We came to understand them as oppressed, not war-like, and valuable allies in a forming Federation.

No matter who your favourite Jeffrey Combs character is, I think we can all agree that his talent certainly brought a lot to our favourite franchise. But the question remains…

In your opinion, who was the best Star Trek character that actor Jeffrey Combs portrayed?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll on which plan you would choose, or let us know your own! Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!

Duty Post Award Winner – Jona ch’Ranni, USS Gorkon (Voyager Medallion)

Learn more about how to be a great simmer in this interview with a winner of a Duty Post award from our recent 2020 Awards Ceremony! 

Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters and this month we’re interviewing the writer behind Lieutenant Jona ch’Ranni playing an Andorian operations officer assigned to the USS Gorkon. He won the Voyager Medallion. 

GALVEN: First off, thank you for taking the time with me and answering a few questions. Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

ch’Ranni: Hello! I’m Josh and I live in the midwest US. I’m married and have energetic twin 5-year old boys. I work in the education IT field and have loved Star Trek since I was a pre-teen. Data, LaForge, and O’Brien were my idols. So, does my secular work push me to write about Ops or did my love of those characters influence me into working in an Operations-type field in real life? Or is it both?

Congratulations on winning the Voyager Medallion! The award is presented to people who have advanced the field of Operations. Could you explain how through Jona ch’Ranni you have accomplished just that?

One of the things that fascinates me about the Star Trek universe is the science and engineering behind the fiction. Star Trek is the kind of sic-fi that could be real in a few hundred years. It’s only fiction because we haven’t attained it yet. I love thinking about all the thousands of details that would go into making life aboard a starship comfortable – or even possible! It’s the behind-the-scenes work of the countless masses that make the exploration of space by our heroes a success and so I try to draw back the curtain a little bit here and there to show what kinds of things might be needed by a ship’s crew.

New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the StarBase 118 fleet: Wikitoria Freedman and Lase Ander!

Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant Jacob Horne, USS Constitution 

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 Jacob Horne playing a Human male Engineering Officer assigned to the USS Constitution. 

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

HORNE: Sure!  My name is Jeff.  I live in Northern California with my girlfriend, her 11 year old daughter, and our yellow lab Snowflake.  I work for one of those electric car companies where I manage capital construction projects.  Work takes up a vast majority of my time but when I find a few minutes to myself I enjoy reading, playing music, going wine tasting, running, and I recently started fly fishing.

What has been your favorite moment writing with StarBase 118?

Tough to pick just one moment since each mission is different but if I have to pick I would say during Jalana’s trial when Jacob was called to the stand as a witness against her.  I put Jacob in a bad spot by having him wade into the gray areas of the Prime Directive.  He meant well but his actions got him and his captain into a little trouble.  It was rough for Jacob but fun to write for because I got to explore a different side of him that I had not explored before.  Not only was it good for Jacob’s development it was also good for me to learn to take more chances with Jacob.

USS Juneau Returns To Utopia Planitia After Encounter With Pirates

UTOPIA PLANITIA FLEET YARDS, MARS — Following resolving the Breen led pirate raids within the Aavaro Wilds, the ship’s designers recalled the USS Juneau (NX-99801) to Mars, to see how the prototype handled under the pressures of its more strenuous full-time workload.

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