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Trek Trivia chat winner is Randal Shayne of the Andaris TF

We’re happy to congratulate these fast-fingered fleet members for winning the second annual Trek Trivia chat held at yesterday’s fleetwide monthly chat:

  1. WINNER: Randal Shayne: Andaris TF
  2. RUNNER-UP: Didrike Stennes: Unassigned on LOA

The winner receives a special elite badge, while all participants receive a participant badge:

UFOP: SB118 – Chat Trivia Winner elite badge UFOP: SB118 – Chat Trivia Winner elite badge

We’d also like to post a special shout-out to Capt. Sal Taybrim (Jamie) who put in a half-day’s worth of work to prepare this event. Many thanks to Jamie for helping making this such a fun experience each year!

Kudos also deserved for Mirra Ezo and Antero Flynn, who helped keep score and time respectively.

Click here to see all the badge winners and add your congratulations and kudos!


Today is our TNG: “Tapestry” watch-along!

This month, in place of our regularly scheduled chat, we’re holding a watch-along!

Here’s how it works: You join a special chat room where you can watch a Star Trek episode from someone else’s computer. No special software required. Everyone joins in laughing, crying, and picking-apart the episode for the fun of it. This time around we’re going to be watching “Tapestry,” a Next Generation episode about an alternate reality where Capt. Picard never became the commanding officer of the Enterprise.

We’re starting TODAY (Saturday, May 6) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS). Click here to join the event.


Our monthly chat is this Saturday – we’re watching TNG: “Tapestry”!

Every month we hold a fleetwide OOC chat to allow people to gather, mingle, and make new connections. This month, we’re holding our chat a week early – on Saturday, May 6 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am+1 Sydney (AUS) – at the yearly SciWorld online simming convention.

For this chat, we’re doing an open watch-along. Here’s how it works: You join a special chat room where you can watch a Star Trek episode from someone else’s computer. No special software required. Everyone joins in laughing, crying, and picking-apart the episode for the fun of it. This time around we’re going to be watching “Tapestry,” a Next Generation episode about an alternate reality where Capt. Picard never became the commanding officer of the Enterprise.

Joining us for the event will be other participants of the SciWorld yearly simming convention, where members of the Star Trek simming community come together for informational panels, trivia, live simming, and other Trek fun.

Click here now to add this event to your calendar and see when it’s happening in your timezone. We’ll send you a link to the chat room the day of the event.


Join us this Saturday for the FallFest chat

It’s fall, and once again Ongoing Worlds is gathering online simming communities for FallFest, which we hosted last year. This is an interactive online convention that you can attend from the comfort of your own home!

This bustling chat based convention will take the place of our regularly scheduled fleet wide chat in November.

FallFest will be held on Saturday, November 12. The opening ceremony starts at 7:30am Pacific / 10:30am Eastern / 3:30pm London / 2:30am Sydney (AUS). The festivities will last until 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern / 2am London / 1pm on Nov. 13 Sydney (AUS), but you can come-and-go as you please for the sessions you want to join.

This year FallFest is being hosted by Obsidian Fleet, and will feature workshops, discussions, a live RPG chat and a trivia contest. Our community will be hosting three sessions in chat room 2: “Writing Romances” led by Fleet Captain Renos; “Standing the Test of Time: led by Admiral Toni Turner and Fleet Captain Renos; and “Adding Humor to Games” run by Captain Sal Taybrim. These sessions start at 9am Pacific / 12pm New York / 5pm London / 4:30am Sydney (AUS).

You can check out the full schedule here: FallFest 2016. The FallFest website will also have a chat link updated as we get closer to the convention date!

We would love to see strong community participation, so mark your calendars and get ready to have a whole lot of fun!


Join us today for the fleetwide OOC chat!

What’s the most fun thing to do on a Sunday? hat with a bunch of happy simmers who are excited to see you, of course! Today is the day when we gather to spread good cheer and have a great time talking about all the things we love. Come on down to the chat room, everyone in the fleet is encouraged to attend.

Come join us today: Sunday, June 12 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am Sydney (AUS). See your timezone here.

To participate, simply head to our online chat room, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat — if you have problems connecting, use the instructions listed below the chat box.


Join us for the June fleetwide chat this Sunday

Set your calendar: Our next chat is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.)

To participate, simply head to our online chat room, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat — if you have problems connecting, use the instructions listed below the chat box.

Awards! Fleetwide Plot Arc! Vacations! New Star Trek series news! Oh, we have so much to chat about! Everyone is invited to the Fleetwide OOC chat where we talk about anything and everything fun that’s on our member’s minds. Whether you’re a cadet or a Fleet Admiral you’ll have a great time, so mark your calendars and join us on the second Sunday in June!


Mark your calendars for the May OOC fleetwide chat

Set your calendar: Our next chat is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 3am Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.)

Note that this is one week later than usual, so we avoid conflict with Mother’s Day celebrations on May 8th.

To participate, simply head to our online chat room, at: https://www.starbase118.net/chat — if you have problems connecting, use the instructions listed below the chat box.

Our fleetwide chats are a place for all the members of the StarBase 118 group to get together and talk in real time about everything that’s happening within the group. With the fleetwide plot arc in full swing, plenty of new players to welcome and an upcoming awards ceremony in June we have a a lot to chat about and we’d love to see you there!


Roleplaying in 3-D Event Today!

Looking to make your characters three dimensional without the use of special glasses? The good news is, it’s easy to do! All it takes is a little planning, a healthy dose of realism and some careful consideration of strengths and weaknesses!

Join Fleet Captain Diego Herrera Today, Saturday, February 22nd at 1pm PST/4pm EST/9pm GMT in the Writing Improvement Month chat room and pick up tips on all aspects of planning, developing and writing for characters! Whether you’re looking to roll up someone new or develop an existing character, bring your questions along with you! You may be looking to write an interesting plot arc during your next shore leave. You might have the beginnings of an idea but you’re not sure if your character will work. Or, you might find that you want to breathe some life into one of your older characters. Whatever the case drop on in to pick up your 3D roleplaying tips!


Nailing Your Narrative Chat Today!

Attention fleetmates! Are you looking for tips on how to bring your SIMs to life? Do you want to grab your readers by the eyeballs and pull them headfirst into a realistic world where they can practically reach out and touch your characters, feel what they are feeling and live the story as it’s being told? The secret to that is narrative! It fills in the blanks that dialogue doesn’t and it’s an important part of each and every SIM that you read. Want your readers to know something about the way your character is feeling? Leading up to a shore leave subplot and you need to lay the foundations? About to enter a dangerous area and the tension isn’t high enough? Then the tips you need are right here!

Today, Saturday, February 15th, at 1pm PST/4pm EST/9pm GMT, join Commander Greir Reinard in the Writing Improvement Month chat room to pick up top tips on how to write all kinds of narrative, including descriptions of your surroundings and your character’s internal thoughts and feelings. Have any specific questions? Bring them with you! Think you’re sure of what you’re doing? Come on down and put the theory to the test!

We look forward to seeing you there!


IT’S BACK! Writing Improvement Month 2014 Launches Next Week!

With February just around the corner, UFOP: Starbase 118 is proud to announce its second annual Writing Improvement Month! Those of you who were with us last year will remember how many useful events, tutorials and competitions we crammed into the space of 28 days and for those of you who weren’t? Well, there’s a lot for everyone to get excited about this time around, too!

How about we start with our opening ceremony, on Sunday 2nd February at 11am PST/2pm EST/7pm GMT? It’s the perfect place for you to chat to the organizers behind the Writing Improvement Month event and to find out which parts of the month-long convention will directly benefit you! Added to that, you’ll have a chance to engage other writers from around the fleet in conversation, sharing your thoughts about what makes a good SIM and asking for advice on areas that you’d like to develop!

From there – how about daily items designed to get you thinking about your writing, such as tutorials, top SIM spotlights and quizzes? The whole month is jam-packed with these so that there’s always something new for you to wrap your inner author around! Throw into that a series of IRC chats with commanding officers from around the fleet designed to give you a chance to get tips on specific topics such as making your narrative have as much impact as possible and making your characters three dimensional and you’re not short of chances to work on any of the aspects of your writing that you feel like you want to polish up!

The Writing Challenge competition will continue throughout the month, and we’ll also be launching the second annual competition for academy training officers to design a new scenario for the training team! Surely, there are no more stops to pull out? You’d be wrong!

We’re very pleased to announce that we have confirmed two Spreecast chats with returning panellists from last year:-

On February 8th at 10am PST/1pm EST/6pm GMT, join us for an interview with TV writer, author and WGA nominee Melinda Snodgrass, author of This Case is Gonna Kill Me and Box Office Poison (as Phillipa Bornikova)!

And on February 14th at 1pm PST/4pm EST/9pm GMT, we’ll be interviewing Hugo Award winning author Peter Watts, who will be releasing the sequel to the novel we were giving away last year, Blindsight, later in 2014!

The great news? Both of these writers have agreed to spare some of their precious writing time to chat to us and share their expertise – you get to ask them questions in an interactive interview setting!

So how will you keep up with all of this? Well, we’ve taken care of that as well! Each week, we’ll be sending you a schedule on the announce list to let you know what’s planned for the week ahead! Keep your eyes open for special announcements as well – there may be one or two more famous authors in the pipeline!

Crack those pens, keyboards and typewriters out, and hold onto your hats! February couldn’t be more awesome!


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