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Poll of the Week: Most Aesthetically Pleasing Ship by Species?

There’s something quintessentially beautiful about Federation starships. Their curves, symmetricality and proud bearing provide a sense of awe. With the exception of a few, special cases (looks furtively at the Yeager class) most of these vessels carry on a long lineage of amazing designs. With that said, Starfleet isn’t the only organization that knows how to sculpt a shapely ship. The Klingons, and their bold, imperious designs have struck fear into the hearts of enemies for centuries. Romulan warbirds dwarf their competition with sweeping wings and imposing, almost beak-like hulls. Even the Borg offer something to the obsessively compulsive- who doesn’t enjoy perfectly geometric shapes?

This week’s poll asks you which galactic civilization has the most pleasing ship aesthetic. Do you enjoy the horseshoe shaped crafts of the Ferengi? Or do the jagged, asymmetrical combat barges of the Breen catch your eye?

Head to the forums now to register your vote in the poll, and be sure to leave a comment in the thread.


November 2018 post counts

The UFOP: StarBase 118 Fleet raced into the holiday season with the launch of not one but two new ships! The USS Eagle and USS Montreal completed their first full month of simming in November, bringing the total fleet size to ten ships and installations. Members of UFOP: StarBase 118 wrote a total of 1,825 sims, with a fleet average of 183 sims per ship.

The USS Gorkon led the fleet with 253 sims written, followed by the USS Eagle at 246 sims and the StarBase 118 Ops at 231 sims.

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!


Lower Decks Interview: Ensign Esbrun Vardai, USS Montreal

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 Vesbrun Vardai, playing a Betazoid male Science Officer assigned to the USS Montreal.

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

VARDAI: Thanks for inviting me. I’m Connor, from the UK. I work in software development, and have liked Star Trek since I was very young. Starbase 118 is my first foray into this format, but I do have a good deal of wider rpg experience.


New Academy Graduate

Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kree’Ahk!


Mark your calendar: Fleetwide OOC chat this coming Sunday

Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat on Sunday, December 9 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am+1 Sydney (AUS).

Click here to see when the chat starts in your timezone, and add this chat to your calendar with a quick and easy link.

Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek. Especially if you’ve never attended a chat before, we hope you’ll participate this month!


Jarred Thoran promoted to Commander!

The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Jarred Thoran, First Officer of the USS Columbia, has been promoted to the rank of Commander!

Cheers to Commander Thoran, and here’s to many more years of simming with UFOP: SB118! Click here to head to the forums and add your congratulations on this promotion.

Commander Thoran joined the fleet in April of 2017 and was assigned to the Andaris Task Force as the tactical officer. He later transitioned to the role of Chief of Security, and then to the First Officer position on Andaris TF. The crew of the Andaris TF then moved to the Columbia, where he serves currently.

Besides his role on the Columbia, he has also been an active and diligent member of the Academy Training Team, a participant and now the facilitator of the Publicity Team, a member of the Community News Team, and an admin on the Wiki.

The writer behind Thoran, Richard, was highly decorated in the last Awards Ceremony receiving the Boothby Award, Locutus Award, Khan Award, Sheathed Sword, and TOSMA. He also received the Neelix Award in 2017.

You can read more about him in these interviews:

The promotion to the rank of commander is a joyous occasion in our community – the result of years of writing, mentoring, and learning the ropes. The multi-step process in a promotion to Commander starts with a nomination from two members of the fleet at or above the rank of Commander, followed by an initial vote from the Captains Council to allow the examination process to begin. Then, the member must pass both a written exam, and a practical exam. Finally, another vote by the Captains Council confirms the promotion. Candidates must show that they have great simming skills, strong knowledge of Star Trek, and the foundations of leadership and teaching skills.


Will you join these donors this month?

Once again, we’d like to thank the following donors for their generosity: Ari Tullus, Ruq’orb, Oddas Aria, Jo Marshall, and Valoru!

And we’d like to ask if you can join in this month to become a donor of $5, $15, or even $25 to help us reach our goal. We’ve just popped over the 50% mark, but we still need to raise about another $700 before the May 2019 deadline – we’re a little behind pace, so now’s a great time to help us catch up if you can.

Donating only takes a couple minutes. It’s easy and we never see your credit card information (it’s all handled securely by Stripe). Not only that, but your donation goes 100% toward our web hosting, domain names, and software licenses for the forums and other tools we use to make the community run smoothly.

Click here to donate now. Anything you can give will help us move toward the goal, and you’ll receive a donor badge!


Embassy staff celebrates amidst a blockbuster arrival of new ensigns

DURONIS II — Commander Brayden Jorey of the Federation Embassy on Duronis II hosted a party to welcome a surge of new faces, while old ones packed their bags.


Poll of the Week: Kobayashi Maru scenario

The Kobayashi Maru Scenario is the most notorious test at Starfleet Academy. This test is the famous no-win scenario that tests the character of a Starfleet officer as much as it tests the technical skills of command – not to mention that no matter what course of action you take, the outcome is always the same. Only one Starfleet officer ever beat the Kobayashi Maru, and it’s only because he cheated.

While the exact elements of the simulation have changed from era to era the basic setup remains the same. The version that we are most familiar with strands the civilian freighter Kobayashi Maru in the Klingon Neutral Zone after striking a mine. Once the cadet’s ship enters the Neutral Zone multiple Klingon battle cruisers converge on them and attack. It’s considered impossible to both survive the attack still intact and save the crew of the Kobayashi Maru. In a possible variant in the 24th century, a Ferengi transport and an ambush by Romulan warbirds are used in place of an attack by the Klingons.

It is obvious that there is no “right” answer when it comes to facing the infamous scenario. That’s why it is considered unwinnable, and what makes it an excellent tool for teaching command-track cadets. How the cadet chooses to proceed is more important than finding a path to a complete victory.

This week, we’d like to know what you think is the best answer to the no-win scenario, if there is one. While you might not be able to win, do you see a strategy that is superior to the others?

Click here to head to the forums now and register your entry in the poll. And be sure to comment in the thread on what you think is the best approach to the Kobayashi Maru scenario!


USS Apollo-A ambushed by Hierarchy battleship after responding to distress signal

NEW TALAX — The Starfleet crew of the USS Apollo-A responded to a distress signal from embattled Talaxians and were ambushed by the Hierarchy.


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