DONOVA IV — Supporters of Maria Chicchoni interrupted Battle of the Bands preparations to protest Gorgeous George’s treatment of exotic animals.
The Chat Team is responsible for running several Chat-orientated events, notably the Fleetwide OOC Chat and Fleetwide Watch-a-Longs. Today we meet with the Chat Team Facilitator Lt. Commander Serala so we can learn more about this important part of our community!
Taybrim: Thank you for joining us. Can you please start by giving us a short overview on the Chat Team and how it supports our StarBase 118 community?
Serala: The main purpose of the team is to organize, coordinate and moderate the monthly Fleetwide OOC Chat, where we go around the fleet and see what amazing and awesome things each crew has been up to for the past month. Usually this chat is held on the second Sunday of each month, but we do try to have a few special-time events to accommodate our members in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We also host two Watch Along events, featuring some of people’s favorite Star Trek episodes, as well as the Annual Trivia Chat, where our members get to compete against one another in all areas of Trek knowledge. These events are really great at helping to build that community connection so that we can all truly feel as if we are part of one larger community rather than isolated ships.
What is your favorite thing about working on this taskforce?
For me, it has really helped me to connect with the rest of our community. Prior to joining the team, I had rarely visited any of the chat rooms on Discord, aside from my own ship’s chat room, and I had really begun to feel disconnected from the rest of the fleet. Now, I get to meet people from every crew and to hear about all of their awesome adventures.
Who can join the Chat Team?
Anyone who holds the rank of Ensign or above and is maintaining a full-time sim status can join the team. The only thing they need to have is an active Discord account.
How would a new member join this taskforce?
New members can join the team by simply reaching out to me via Discord (my user nickname is ○●● Serala/○●● Karise Indobri ) or by signing up on the forums here. They can also speak to their CO or FO who I am sure will be able to direct the member to me.
What is the most fun thing about working on this Chat Team?
I think for me it has to be getting to know other players from around the fleet and hearing about all their amazing adventures.
Thank you so much for your insights on the Chat Team!
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 Ensign Ikaia Wong playing a Klingon male medical officer assigned to the USS Veritas.
Taybrim: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?
Wong: Hello there and thank you for having me! My name is S4RK but most of you know me as Ensign Ikaia Wong. Anyways, I hail from Northwestern Ontario, Canada. When I’m not writing sims, I’m working hard to become a Physician Assistant. In my spare time, I can be found painting miniatures, collecting board games and obscure RPGs. I actually got interested in Star Trek through watching Star Trek: Lower Decks (And loving it!). And well, it’s actually what started me on my journey to SB118!
What duty post are you playing, and how’d you choose it?
My duty post is in medical where I also play a PA. There’s actually two big reasons for picking a PA for my character. One of which is that’s what I’m studying to be. The other is that I’m actually playing against type. Ikaia, being a Klingon, wouldn’t be the first choice for anyone to think of as being in medicine. I like the juxtaposition of having two things that don’t seem like they go together and then making it work. Oftentimes with comedy on the face of it and a much deeper story beneath the surface.
What’s been your favorite part of being with the community so far?
I think one of my most favourite things about the community is its people and how everyone works together to create a positive and supportive environment. You’d be surprised how many other communities forget about that sort of thing. Here, you are actually paired up with a mentor who helps you learn the ins and outs of the community and how to be a great team player! Another thing I enjoy is the camaraderie of the members of SB118 in general and of course, my ship, the Veritas. Everyone has been really nice to interact with and talking to everyone has become one of my favourite parts of my day. I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their kindness and support. It’s very much appreciated!
Are there elements of real life that you especially enjoy incorporating into your simming?
I actually use what I learned in the courses I’m taking in order to play my character better. So say for instance, one thing I actually used was things I learned about skeletal anatomy in one of my classes! So I applied that to Klingon anatomy. For example, in order to explain why Klingon bones were most likely built tougher, I suggested that they may have some extra layers of compact bone to help build up bone strength and durability or the fact that they may need to ingest more protein because of the higher cell count because of all the extra organs hence having a protein rich diet. It’s small things like that which I use to weave in some realism into how I sim something in medicine.
What inspirations did you have in creating your character?
Actually, it all started with the Star Trek Adventures RPG released by Modphius. I knew I wanted to play against type. I usually do so when I play DnD with things like my half-orc wizard who plays the bagpipes. A Klingon in medicine just felt like a fun fit. I know that there are ways I can pull humour from that but also, have an interesting conversation. I then went with that further and decided to play a Klingon who maybe isn’t a stereotypical Klingon who grew up on Earth instead. What would someone like that be like if he didn’t have the constraints of Klingon culture. Who could he actually become when he could become anything he wanted? But there is also the concept of otherness that I’m also exploring using Klingon culture and everyone’s perception of it (and perception of Klingons in general). It’s actually a concept that’s personal to me as I’m neuroatypical and queer. I actually draw upon my own experiences in exploring this subject which makes Ikaia a special and personal character to me. I suppose when it all boils down to it, the two things I use when writing for my character is playing against type and writing what I know.
Thanks for your time, Ensign Wong!
STARBASE 118 Ops — With the antidote for the “Love Potion” affecting almost half of the attendees at the Gratitude Festival finally distributed, the crew of Starbase 118 Ops took time for shore leave, conscious of the long-term impact the tainted drinks will have.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the StarBase 118 fleet: Kellan Glass and Anton Richards!
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 January.
This first graph depicts the number of applications that the fleet has received each month of the current year. The month of January saw eight new applications, which shows a slight decrease from December of 2020.
The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application, with Google Search leading the way:
These final graphs show how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of January 2021 as well as what percentage of applicants graduated. The fleet saw 4 new graduates during the month, a 50% graduation rate. This is down from the overall graduation rate of 71% in 2020. This annual graduation rate is highly likely to shift as we get deeper into 2021.
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.
STARBASE 104 — Following an eventful shore leave on Endaasi, the USS Constitution (NCC-9012-B) docks for the development and installation of upgrades to facilitate equality of access.
Lieutenant Reginald Barclay aka “Reg” is a fan favorite in Star Trek. Brought to life by the talented actor Dwight Schultz, this character diverged from many others in the cast. He was a character with obvious flaws. He was nervous and unsure of his own abilities. He exhibited phobias and concerns about social situations.
We learn a lot about the man when Reg tells LaForge, “I mean I am the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there is a party. And then when he finally gets there, he winds up alone, in the corner, trying to look … comfortable examining a potted plant.”
Introduced in the season 3 episode of The Next Generation entitled “Hollow Pursuits”, we find Barclay to be a series of contrasts. His has a fine service record and a recommendation from his previous commanding officer but his actions on the Enterprise-D don’t seem to fit the man. Initially, the crew seems to view him as an outsider and even apply the nickname “Broccoli” to the man. But, over time, he becomes a recurring and beloved secondary character. He even makes the jump to several episodes of Voyager.
Whether his is sword fighting holograms of LaForge and the captain on the holodeck, connecting his expanded brain directly to the Enterprise computer, or stammering through a conversation with Counselor Troi, we can be assured that if Reg is around it will be a great episode.
What is it that makes Barclay so endearing? Is it that he is flawed? We spend a lot of time throughout the different series focusing on the purely good and righteous qualities of the main cast. We know they will always do the moral and correct thing. Perhaps this makes Reg more believable as a real person. He is just like us with good and bad qualities and habits.
Whatever the reason, Barclay’s popularity is assured as he returns for almost a dozen episodes and the movie First Contact.
What is your favorite Reginald Barclay moment or episode?
I’m really starting to get into Captain Marisol Adventures, the book series (not those terrible knock-off holonovels). It’s starting to impact my work. How can I better balance my time and my relaxation so that I don’t cause problems for everyone? Also, do you read them because they are the best.
Sincerely, #1 Marisol Fan
Dear #1 Fan,
Ah, the simple joys of reading about far away places and fantastic adventures! While I might personally believe that Captain Marisol would do better with a Bat’leth strapped to her back and a battle targ at her side, there is a pastoral sense of adventure to those tales. Quite enjoyable.
Reading and relaxation are important past-times that help sharpen your mind and balance your cortisol levels. Certainly these are desirable effects as they have been shown to reduce the desire to punch your co-workers in the face by over 75% (which is something I don’t recommend unless you are Klingon. Then please follow all rules of honorable engagement first.) However too much of anything, including your favorite novels can turn a good thing into a bad thing. Once they start adversely affecting your work you need to consider how you can integrate these thrilling adventures into your day without having a negative effect.
You bring glory to your workplace when you focus on your tasks, so consider using down time to read your novels as a reward for a job well done. This will make you motivated to finish work and get your reward. Also consider listening to your favorite adventures in audible format while you do other work. I especially like listening to Captain Marisol and the Pirates of Penzance while I work on my Mek’leth form. Very invigorating!
MA NO UMI — Reports coming in suggest the crew of the USS Gorkon (NCC-82293) has escaped into Ma no Umi following a celebrity sighting, an explosion, and winning a race in the underground pirate poles.