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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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!

Halloween Avatar Costume Contest IV

On Halloween, all the children in the U.S., at least those with the cool parents, go out to the surrounding homes to extort as much candy as they can from their neighbors in a sick and twisted protection racket that would get adults tossed in jail, foreshadowing the sick and twisted way that their cute tummies will feel in the morning (namely sick and twisted, not to mention distended and bloated!).

And each year on our forums, we do our best to save our members from these sorts of holiday hoodlums while still allowing them to enjoy the Halloween fun! For a fourth year in a row, the forums administration group is once again sponsoring our yearly Avatar Costume Contest.

Entrants will be judged on a group basis by ship, based on the ship’s theme originality and avatar quality, as well as the level of the crew’s participation. Winners will get a banner for their ship site as well as bragging rights for the next year! Judge’s Choice awards will be given, as well as, new for this year, a special individual best of show award.

To join in the fun, and for more information about how to set up your ship’s entry into the contest, head to the forums!

Forums Roundup: March 2014

With this year’s Writing Improvement Month behind us, it might seem like the activities are dying down, but they really aren’t! No matter what time of year, there is always something happening around the Starbase 118 forums. Here are just a few of the things you can get into with your fleetmates in March.

We’re always looking for ways to make our events better for everyone involved. As such, we’d love to hear from you you with your thoughts on this year’s Writing Improvement Month. Be sure to share any ideas you might have for next year and we’ll see if they can be incorporated:

Looking for other places to write and share your creativity? We’ve got a few areas where you can write IC on the forums just to have some fun. Even better, you can interact with people from other ships while you’re having fun.

There are always a number of groups and teams that could use your help around the fleet. From large projects to small ones that would only take you a few minutes, there really is a way for everyone to help no matter how much time you have to offer. Take a look at the list of available teams that need you today and contact the facilitators or your CO for more information:

There are some new ships on the block! Head over to their forums and welcome them to the fleet or learn more about their vessels:

There’s a new Trek related question on the forums every single week. Head over to the Poll of the Week thread and join in the conversation or suggest a question for the future:

And of course, there’s tons more. Be sure to check in from time to time so that you don’t miss a thing. See you around the fleet!

Halloween Avatar Contest 2012

Welcome to the beginning of the end of the 2012 Halloween Avatar Contest! This marks the second anniversary of the event on the UFOP:118 forums, and competition has been stiff as the graphics masters and ship cheerleaders across the fleet test their mettle. This time around, almost every ship has elected to participate with the following wonderful and creative themes: USS Apollothe crew (and various and sundry associates) of FireflyUSS Avandarcharacters from The Wizard of OzEmbassy — the Duronis II zoo; USS Mercuryhorrible mugshots; Starbase 118 Ops — black & white movie stars; USS TigerStar Wars characters. Check out the entries now, as they’ll only remain until the end of All Saints’ Day (November 1st). Who will win? Stay tuned!

Forums Roundup: September 2012

September is upon us, and so too is the 2012 Summer (Fall) Blockbuster! In this month’s forums roundup, you’ll find some new stuff going on, including some special threads that have been set up so that the many members of the Fleet who are involved in the Blockbuster can interact with each other on various levels.  And remember, there is so much more going on that we can’t mention here, so be sure to take a minute to check out the forums and get involved today!

Forums Roundup: August 2012

There are lots of exciting things going on right now around the Starbase 118 forums and it’s never been a better time to jump in and have some fun. The forums foster the best part of this group; a feeling of community and togetherness that cannot be found in similar games. Of course, this sense of community is nothing without YOU! So take a moment and see what’s going on around the Fleet right now and join in the conversation right here, on the Starbase 118 Forum boards.

Check out the latest Writing Challenge – a 1000 words or less compilation that fits the theme of ‘A moment in the life of…’. This challenge will only be one month long though, so be sure to get started now so that you can participate!

Still fairly new, the Featured Bio Contest gives our members a chance to show off their character’s and the extensive stories built up behind them. Check out the rules and nominate a page of your own right here:

There’s always something going on aboard your ship. Share it with the world and learn more about your shipmates in your dedicated ship forum threads here:

The Publicity team has relaunched and now offers a number of ways for you to earn awards, recognition, and help spread the name of the Fleet all over the world at the same time!

Want to learn more about your duty post? Connect with other officers serving on other ships in the same duty post as you by visiting our duty post threads:

As the summer blockbuster approaches, it’s a great idea to log onto the forums and connect with officers from other ships as well as those from your own. Be sure to take a moment to check out what’s going throughout the month of August; you’ll not only learn something about other members, but you’ll be helping to build the wonderful community that our Fleet is so well known for.

Officer’s Guide: Un-fogging the Writing Challenge

Writing challenges are usually designed under the premise of being… well, challenging. As an Ensign, or as Commander Kells has shown us – a cadet, it may be more challenging than one might think at first. Knowing the ins and outs of the process and how the challenge works can be the key to getting started. LTJG Vid-Lotilija of the USS Apollo has compiled just the article for any prospective Challenge candidate. Take it away Lieutenant!

Forums Roundup: November 2011

With the end of the year upon us, things are getting more and more hectic in both our online world and our real lives. The holidays are quickly approaching and that means the annual awards ceremony is as well! With seventeen years already behind the Starbase 118 RPG as it is, it is exciting to see that we are still going strong. We have our community to thank for this; a community that comes together on the SB118 forums. Without any end to the things you can talk about and groups that you can join, the forums can be a great place to hang out when you have a few extra minutes this winter.

Since time is short, knowing some of the best places to look can help us quickly locate the fun this month:

In October, we held the first annual Halloween avatar contest for the whole fleet. Each ship chose a theme and created avatars based on that theme. The winners will be announced soon, but for now, take a look at the rules and then check each of the ship forums for the entries:

Don’t forget to vote in the end of the year vote off for the top sims contest. The winner will claim the title for all of 2011. Read the submissions and then cast your vote:

Sometimes, it can be helpful to connect with others who also serve in the duty post that you do. Check out the duty post forums to see what other officers playing similar roles to your own are doing:

Looking to have some fun while getting to know the other members of our fleet? Take a trip over to the games forum and jump into one of the silly Trek-themed games that members are playing today:

Don’t forget the poll of the week! Each week there is a new question, with potential for tons of answers. Weigh in on the conversation here:

Remember, your ship has it’s own forum board as well, where you can play games and get to know your crew a little bit better too! Head on over to the forums today and join in the fun.

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