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New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Argur Tragg, Bavo Miri, and Dharma Jones!


Our yearly trivia chat is this coming this Sunday

We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room this coming Sunday for our yearly trivia chat. Test your skills!

The chat starts on July 12th at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC and Monday, July 13th at 3am for Australia. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar.

This chat is open to all and casual, so feel free to come and go as you please. See you there!


Applications and Academy Graduates for June 2020

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 June.

This first graph depicts the number of applications that the fleet has received each month this year. The month of June saw 19 new applications which marks the month as the second in a row with the record high for new applicants so far this year. This is an increase of two new applicants over the previous month.

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 June. The fleet saw eleven new graduates during June, which is a slight decline over the previous months but still a strong number. We also had four applicants who applied during June, but whose training did not finish until after the beginning of July.

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.


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First Officer in Focus – Serala, USS Atlantis

Each month we interview a First Officer or Commanding Officer of the fleet as part of our “First Officer in Focus” and “Captain’s Corner” columns to get to know them better, and learn more about what their positions entail.

This month, we’re interviewing the First Officer of the starship USS Atlantis, Lt. Commander Serala, a Half-Romulan  female. 

GALVEN: Tell us a little about the writer behind Serala. Where do you hail from, and what are you up to when you’re not simming?

SERALA: Well, I am from the capital city of the great state of Texas. I have been an avid fan of Star Trek my entire life (which is very nearly as long as the series has existed, having been born while the original series was still being produced). When I am not simming, I work from home (currently) as a supervisor for a call center for a major automobile manufacturer handling Lemon Law claims. I also play a lot of Elder Scrolls Online. I do love to play all forms of tabletop RPGs, but I am not currently part of a group. And finally, I love doing photoshop and other graphics type work, which led me to join the Image Collective, where I have learned a lot of very valuable tips.

Tell us more about your writing style. What’s your process for putting together a sim?

That’s a great question. I doubt I am unique in how I do things, but essentially I utilize a word processing program. In my case, I prefer Google Docs. I start a document each new mission or shore leave and pretty much keep a string of posts going. When the other writers in a scene send their posts, I add their responses, make note of any scene details they have added and rewrite everything from Serala’s perspective. Then I will add my own responses, some more details and narrative, and try to include at least three open tags for each person in a scene.


New full-length PADDcast available: Awards Season wrap-up

As awards season draws to a close, the podcast team is excited to announce that a new full podcast is now available, including:

  • the Wiki Roundtable Discussion featuring Roshanara Rahman and Sky Blake with Lazarus Davis and James Colquhoun;
  • Captain’s Corner featuring Aron Kells with German Galven;
  • the winning and runner-up Writing Challenge entries;
  • the Red Carpet Fashion Report with Dassa Alexander-Dalton and Sheila Bailey;
  • and much more!

Watch below, or click here to listen on YouTube.

Below is a list of the links mentioned in this PADDcast:

Want to give a shout out to someone in the fleet and have it read for one of our podcasts? Visit the forums here to submit your shout out.


June 2020 Post Counts

In June 2020 the fleet saw a small decrease in the total sims posted – to 1665 sims total and an average per ship of 238. Not reflected in the data was the Fleet’s ‘soft launch’ of the USS Arrow at the command of Commander Randal Shayne in the final days of the month, but nonetheless managed 48 sims of its own.

Of the ships with complete data for the month, Ops raced ahead with 372 sims, followed by the Consitution with 292, the Gorkon with 232, and the Juneau with 217. The Veritas was close behind with 197 posts, as was the Thor with 194 and the Atlantis with 161.

Coming off the excitement of the Awards Ceremony and the launch of the Arrow we are sure to many exciting things over the next month!June 2020 Post Counts

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!


Writer’s Workshop: Coffee fuelled sensory description

Keep your descriptions fresh and infuse them with the lexicon of coffee!

The Coffee Tasters’ Wheel is a tool to help professionals and hobbyists articulate the complex flavours and aromas of coffee. There are several variations of the wheel, with World Coffee Research contributing to the latest re-designs. Have a google and pick your favourite one! For most wheels, tasters start in the middle of the wheel and work towards the outer edge, distinguishing the tones and hues of the blend as they proceed. For the enthusiasts among the fleet, the Speciality Coffee Association describe the methodology in a step-by-step guide – all you need is a cup of your favourite roast!


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Awards Ceremony 2020 – Duty Post Awards

Welcome to day four, the final day of the awards ceremony. So far this week we’ve announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service, Special and Staff Awards. Today we present the duty post awards. Each award focuses on a different department from the major ones such as medical, operations or engineering to the more unique – like diplomacy, intel or marines. Even civilians have a chance to be recognized for the valuable contributions that can be made to our stories by those who prefer the path less worn.

Each of these awards recognizes a player for excellence in simming their duty post. Since only one award per duty post is given each year, only the very best are chosen and they are highly coveted awards. You’ll see from our spread of winners – who range in rank from Ensign to Captain – that every player has a chance to be considered for one of these by consistently simming to the best of their ability and striving to improve their craft.

In closing this year’s awards ceremony we’d like to thank the people who made this possible and make one final, special presentation. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to:

  • The Awards Committee — composed of Fleet Captain Kali Nicholotti, Captain Nugra and Captain Jarred Thoran — who voted on the Duty Post and Special Awards. This is a complex process that involves reviewing all the nominations received, along with supporting links for a given award and then selecting which candidate they feel best matches the qualities the award is seeking.
  • The Deputy Award Facilitators — Commander Randal Shayne and Lieutenant Commanders Sky Blake and Dassa Alexander-Dalton — who helped prep the awards nominations for review, compile materials for the awards ceremonies, along with assisting with other tasks relating to the awards. They put in a considerable amount of time and effort to help ensure everything was accurate, prepared and ready for awards day. Their help has allowed the awards ceremony to continue to run smoothly. Thanks, guys!
  • The commanding officers of the fleet, who put in a lot of time and effort to review the nominations for their ships and ensure that the right people are selected for awards.
  • Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf for founding this community 26 years ago and encouraging us to thrive in it, grow our own way, and all started when he was barely on the edge of seventeen. I know I’m not wrong when I say his job is never the easiest, most of it goes over my head — fending off an albatross and a storm or two, taking a tusk in a landslide, playing the peacekeeper — but he makes it look good. Skies the limit. Big love for you, trouble!
  • All the first officers of our fleet, who voted on the staff awards providing recommendations to the EC, for determining the recipient of general awards where their CO was nominated, and writing awards presentations where needed.
  • All of you who submit wonderful, heartfelt nominations each year!

Finally, here’s to an awesome 26th year within our wonderful ‘Fleet! Raise your mugs, get that toast going, and celebrate a fantastic era we’ve got going on!

Find out who this year’s duty post superstars are first by heading down to the forums today where you can read about and congratulate our talented award recipients!

The full awards ceremony will soon be posted on the wiki.


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Awards Ceremony 2020 – Staff Awards

Welcome to day three of the annual awards ceremony! So far we have announced the recipients of the General, Length of Service and Special Awards. Today we’re proud to present the Staff Awards!

The Staff awards are only for those members who have achieved the rank of commander or higher. These awards recognize the hard work of our staff, who do the behind-the-scenes work required to keep the engine of our community running, and smoothly at that! They help foster the fun simming environment we all enjoy.

Head to the forums now to see who received each of the Staff Awards from each ship across the fleet, and be sure to congratulate the winners!


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Awards Ceremony 2020 – Length of Service and Special Awards

Welcome to day two of the annual awards ceremony! Yesterday we announced the recipients of the General Awards. Today we’re proud to present the Length of Service and Special Awards.

Our Length of Service Awards recognize folks who’ve hit one of our membership tiers in the last year: 1-year, 3-years, 5-years, 10-years, 15-years and 20-years! Incredibly, we’re recognizing two 5-year commanding officers this year, and one 25-year member!

Special Awards is a catch-all category for awards that don’t fit elsewhere but mostly entail OOC community innovation and dedication. This is where awards like the Rising Star and Community Champion fit, recognizing members who are putting in an incredible effort. Just like with the Staff and Duty Post awards, only one of each award is given each year – only the very best are chosen so they are highly coveted awards that every player has a chance to be considered for by getting involved and giving it their best. (With one notable exception: The Xalor Clan Xifilis award is given to any player who has overcome any sort of disadvantage while simming. We don’t compare and weigh one person’s struggles against another but rather award this to all eligible and deserving candidates who are nominated for it.)

Head to the forums now to see who received each of the Length of Service and Special Awards from each ship across the fleet, and be sure to congratulate the winners!


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