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Our 9th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest is underway

Each year, we run a contest to see which crew can come up with the best avatar themes for the forums, like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street.” A set of judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design.

This year’s 9th annual contest has already begun, so if you haven’t yet checked-in to your forum thread, be sure to get that doon soon!

Click here to learn more and find the instructions on how to change your avatar to your crew’s theme.


Join our 8th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

My favorite time of the year is here: Our annual Halloween Avatar Contest!

Here’s the quick-and-spooky: Each crew chooses a theme – like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street” – then, each person on the crew is assigned a character and changes their avatar to an image of that character. A set of judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design.

Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!


Have you visited our forums lately? Join the conversation!

Our UFOP: StarBase 118 community forums encourage OOC (out of character) communication among players from across the fleet, as a way to build camaraderie. This short introduction to our forums will hopefully whet your appetite to head on over and dive into the conversations and fun!

Every ship, when launched, is given its very own forum where crew members can discuss topics relevant to their ship. These can range from threads that encourage players to get to know each other, or polls to select a shuttle name on a newly launched ship, or threads with funny quotes from sims.

There are also plenty of forums that are more general in purpose, like our Star Trek forums – where you can chat about the upcoming show or recently released movie; contest forums, like our Top Sims and Featured Bio nomination areas; and even the General Discussion forum for any other nonsense you can think of! There are other forums for IC forum-based simming, and also forums for specific discussion about improving particular parts of our community.

Did you know the Captains Council and Executive Council have their own forums where there they handle command-level discussions and take care of the back-end day-to-day issues that the fleet?

All of our forums are intended as a safe way to reach out to other players and talk about our fleet. They bind us with an overall sense of community that is unattainable with the wiki alone.

Help us continue to build the forums – click here log in now and take a look around!


Don your Halloween avatar before the contest closes this weekend

Our yearly Halloween Avatar Contest is off to a scary start, with five crews already well on their way to full participation with themes like Norse gods, Westworld and Game of Thrones characters, and a tarot deck!

We’re entering the home stretch of the opt-in portion of this contest, with our deadline of Sunday, October 22 approaching quickly. Anyone who hasn’t donned their costume avatar by then won’t be eligible to count toward their crew’s participation score.

Head to the forums now to get your avatar on and check-in to your ship’s thread. Click here now.

If you’re not sure how to change your avatar, check out the “Rules & Announcements” thread in the forum linked-to above – it has a tutorial that explains with screenshots how to make it happen. And, of course, other members of your crew are always happy to help!


Join our 7th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

My favorite time of the year is here: Our annual Halloween Avatar Contest!

Here’s the quick-and-bloody: Each crew chooses a theme – like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street” – then, each person on the crew is assigned a character and changes their avatar to an image of that character. A set of impartial judges votes to determine the best.

Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!


Join our 6th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

Oh joy! The presents are wrapped, the tinsel is hung on the tree, and good cheer are everywhere. Wait, no! I mean… It’s time for our Annual Halloween Avatar Contest!

Here’s the quick-and-bloody: Each crew chooses a theme – like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street” – then, each person on the crew is assigned a character and changes their avatar to an image of that character. A set of impartial judges votes to determine the best!

Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!


Have you checked out our forums? Join the conversation!

Our UFOP: StarBase 118 community forums encourage OOC (out of character) communication among players from across the fleet, as a way to build camaraderie. This short introduction to our forums will hopefully whet your appetite to head on over and dive into the conversations and fun!

Every ship, when launched, is given its very own forum where crew members can discuss topics relevant to their ship. These can range from threads that encourage players to get to know each other, or polls to select a shuttle name on a newly launched ship, or threads with funny quotes from sims.

There are also plenty of forums that are more general in purpose, like our Star Trek forums – where you can chat about the upcoming show or recently released movie; contest forums, like our Top Sims and Featured Bio nomination areas; and even the General Discussion forum for any other nonsense you can think of! There are other forums for IC forum-based simming, and also forums for specific discussion about improving particular parts of our community.

Did you know the Captains Council and Executive Council have their own forums where there they handle command-level discussions and take care of the back-end day-to-day issues that the fleet?

All of our forums are intended as a safe way to reach out to other players and talk about our fleet. They bind us with an overall sense of community that is unattainable with the wiki alone.

Help us continue to build the forums – click here log in now and take a look around!


Forums Roundup: March 2015

It really seems like the year is flying by. Here we are, already into the third month of 2015. Aside from the impending spring season, which some of us are looking forward to with great anticipation, it seems like we could really handle a bit of a slowdown. Of course, short of time travel, that’s impossible, but we can bring you some highlights of some of the awesome stuff going on around the Starbase 118 forums!

The Graphics Contest is GO! It’s now an ongoing thing that anyone can participate in. Regardless of your level of photoshop experience, join the fun and submit your entry, or just marvel at the talent the fleet has to offer. Hurry though, this round ends March 23rd! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

Interested in seeing the people behind the characters? Want to put faces to names? Or do you have a particularly good selfie that you’d like to share? Head over to our Member’s Pics thread and join in the photo sharing that shows the littlest known aspects of our writers – their true image! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/1528-members-pics/

A fairly new part of our forums is our dedicated Trek threads. It might seem like the one thing that belongs, but the discussions have really only just begun. Join in the conversation today and share the one thing that brought us all together in the first place! http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

Love your duty post? Have some helpful experience and information to share? Come on over to the duty post threads and join the conversation today. There are many different outlooks on how to play various officers and we want to hear yours! You can find the threads here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Looking for some good old fun? Want to connect with players from around the fleet? We’ve got a forum full of games to join in and play – head over here and find your favorite, and share a moment with your 118 friends: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/58-games/

As always, there plenty more happening around the forums, but these highlights should help you get started on some of the fun. In the midst of all this chaos, be sure to take a moment and stop by – you’ll be glad you did!


Forums Roundup: February 2015

Can you believe that we’ve already blown through the first full month of this year? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and from the looks of our forums, there’s been plenty of it! Let’s keep the momentum going this month. Check out what’s happening now around the Starbase 118 forums.

We’ve said goodbye to the Writing Challenge, but we’re still very active in our Top Sims contest. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and read the best sims from around the fleet right here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/283-top-sims-contest/

And don’t forget about the new Graphics Contest! With multiple categories and winners, share a picture you create with the fleet. This round, the topic is ‘My Favorite Things’. Learn more, or submit your entry here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

There are incredible adventures going on right now all over the fleet. Heroic acts and difficult moments abound, with the news rarely reaching everyone. At least that was until 118 got a steady media voice! Find out the latest news from every ship in the fleet directly from our Federation News Service: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/511-federation-news-service/

Everyone is looking forward to the newly conceived ‘Fleet Wide Plot Arc’, which promises to bring the Starbase 118 fleet together in the shadow of a shared goal. In the past, summer blockbuster missions did this on a small scale, but the FWPA takes things to a whole new level. Get as involved as you can, starting here: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/479-fleet-wide-plot-arcs/

And speaking of bringing the fleet closer together, there’s a number of Guilds and Duty Post threads that offer another way to interact with members of the Fleet from vessels other than your own. Join the conversation today and share your experience with your fellow officers: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/99-guilds/ and http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/52-duty-posts/

Of course, there’s plenty of other things to get into around the forums too; this is just a taste. We encourage you to check it out today and join in the fun! See you next month.


Forums Roundup – January 2015

It’s a brand new year, which means that you have plenty of time to get into all of the excitement that can be found on the Starbase 118 forums. From games to information about your crewmmates that you can’t get anywhere else, there’s no telling what you’ll find yourself in the middle of when you join the conversation and meet the larger community.

Whether you are a long-time member, or a brand new one, there’s tons of stuff for you to see and do on the forums this month and every month. Here are just a few of the most lively threads to be a part of in January.

If there’s one thing that brings us all together, it’s Star Trek. After all, everything we do is based heavily in the realm of Trek. Now we can discuss our collective love for all things Trek in the new Trek forums: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/215-star-trek/

We’ve relaunched Starbase 118 Ops! The namesake of our entire Fleet, the station has been unmanned for too long. Head on over to the Ops forum threads to see what the new crew is getting into and be sure to wish them well while you’re there: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/512-starbase-118-operations/

The newest competition for members of Starbase 118 to be involved in has just wrapped up its first round. Stop by the Graphics Competition threads to see all of the entries, as well as the winners and the runner’s up. Stay tuned for the next contest theme and submit your own work: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/forum/510-starbase-118-graphics-contest/

The Starbase 118 History Team is looking for volunteers! With a community that is now two decades old, there is a lot of history behind what we see today. As a Fleet, we like to preserve this history, but we can’t do that without your help! Head on over to the History Team threads and join the fun in keeping our history alive: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/10434-community-history-team-needs-you/

And of course we’re always getting new members and seeing new faces. Whether the newest Ensigns sim on your ship or not, be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Fleet in our special ‘Welcome’ thread: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php/topic/6645-welcome-thread

As you can see, we’ve really kicked the new year off right. Be sure to visit the forums to see what fun you can find today!


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