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Ask Not What Your Community Can Do For You: Getting Involved

What exactly is it that makes UFOP:SB118 great? Many would say that it’s the sense of community that exists here, welcoming writers from around the globe to participate in a complex, collaborative writing scenario that allows us to build our own world based on the principles of a series that we all know and love: Star Trek.

For those of you who have been with us for awhile and are curious about how you can be a part of this community spirit, we have any number of opportunities for you to participate out of character.

Check out it out on our YouTube Channel to hear from some of our Taskforce facilitators.

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Learn more about character goals in our newest podcast segment

With a new year beginning, it’s a good time to start thinking about both short-term and long-term goals for your character. While some conflicts may be coming to a close, others may just be beginning. By evaluating your character’s role aboard your assigned ship as well as the relationships they’ve developed either since the beginning or over the last year, a writer can get a sense of how they would like their character to grow and develop.

That’s why the Podcast Team took a crack at providing some advice for writers on setting character goals. Check out this segment on our YouTube channel.

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Get ready for Star Trek Discovery

Netflix recently announced in June that it will be streaming all episodes of Star Trek, including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager. This is great news for Star Trek fans wanting to catch up on their canon lore before the new series launches.

Watchers outside of the United States will then also have access to the new show via Netflix when it premiers in September. Unfortunately, Americans and Canadians will only have access through CBS’ new streaming service, “All Access.”

The new series is set on a brand new ship with a new cast. Check out the newest teaser trailer below:


Listen now! New podcast episode 2393-4 “Warp Drive 101” released

Welcome to the newest release of the UFoP: Starbase 118 podcast series! This episode is packed full of interesting news and articles from around the fleet. New members are welcomed, there are Federation News Service stories, and lots of interesting articles. You can hear about the history of the fleet awards ceremony, an overview of the warp drive, the history of the USS Columbia and listen to a review of the new book “The Autobiography of James T. Kirk”.

This episode was hosted by Kelrod, and includes contributions from Marcus Dickens, Stiftany Harik, Mirra Ezo, Nugra and more. The variety of topics, information, and ideas it inspires are just some of the things that people love about the UFoP:Starbase 118 podcast series. Thank you to the whole podcast team for their hard work, and another great episode! If you have any ideas for articles, or if you’d like to work on the podcast team yourself, please head over to the podcast forums and let us know.

You can listen to the podcast here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for the latest updates!

Unable to listen to the podcast online? Don’t worry, there is a solution for you! You are able to get the podcast on your phone through many popular mobile podcast apps. You can find out more on how to to do it with this amazing tutorial.


New podcast segment: Interview with Capt. Jalana Rajel

Our community is not lacking in talent be it through word, art or voice. One of the ways that our members express themselves is the fleet podcast where they bring the most recent Star Trek, simming, and science news for everyone to listen to. The podcast is even available through the website and on any mobile device including phones.

One such example of talent is the podcast’s recent interview with Captain Jalana Rajel who is also a published author outside the community. Listen now by clicking here!

Do you have an idea for the podcast? Do you want to lend your voice to our unique medium? Then don’t hesitate to volunteer by posting your interest in the podcast forums or reaching out to your captain! Any help and/or idea is welcome!


New podcast! Check out 2393-3 for fun interviews and fleet news

In our latest podcast, we are showcasing an interview with Capt. Jalana Rajel, played by published author Jessica Werner, who will talk more about the process of writing a novel!

You’ll also learn more about the IC disappearance of one of the ships, welcome new ensigns, and more.

Click here to listen to the podcast on YouTube. Be sure to “thumbs up” the post and subscribe for updates!

The Podcast Team would like to extend a special thanks to every member who volunteered their time, including members of the Publicity Team, and Jessica Werner.


Podcast segment: Trek Captains – James T. Kirk

A recent podcast segment of note is this discussion of Capt. James. Kirk, of the Enterprise. Listen in as fleet members discuss the merits and faults of the most notorious of our Starfleet heroes:

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates whenever we release a new segment!


Podcast episode 2393-2 released with the debut of “The Ready Room”!

Where no one has gone before! Please put your hands together for the second UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM podcast for the year of 2393. Enjoy the amazing creative of our community.

Our second podcast features the debut of The Ready Room talk show, hosted by Colonel Nugra & Captain Faranfey!

This installment of the podcast also features:

  • New fleet members
  • History Team feature
  • FNS News updates
  • Writing Contest news
  • Graphic Contest update
  • Out of Character (OOC) news

This episode was hosted by Marcus Dickens with contributions by Mirra Ezo, Selene Faranfey, Chythar Skyfire, Alora Deveau, and Nugra!

Listen to the podcast using thew viewing window below, but be sure to head to YouTube after to like this episode and subscribe to our channel.


Ambassadors needed for our podcast

Do you have the gift of the gab? Do you enjoy discussing Star Trek with fellow fans? Do you enjoy introducing people to facets of Trek that you find interesting?

The answer to at least one of those is almost guaranteed to be “YES!” – in fact, as a member of our group, we’re willing to bet you have at least two out of three nailed. That’s why we’re offering you the chance to join the UFOP: Starbase 118 Podcast Team and become an ambassador for or group.

As a member of the team, you’ll be involved with assisting in hosting the podcast as a rotating guest host, and you’ll have the chance to record your very own regular segment. Segments and podcasts will be regularly posted to the fleet’s YouTube channel, where it can be accessed by swathes of eager Star Trek fans. Your content will help to attract new members to the group, spark discussion among those already in our ranks, and form a part of an all-new, all-exciting podcast relaunch!

So how do you take us up on our offer? Simple – all you need to do is send a message to Commander Chen with your idea for a regular segment! All you’ll need apart from that creative spark is a microphone, the ability to download and access Skype, and 15-20 minutes of spare time per month to record and submit your segment. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


Podcast: The Ladies take the helm!

After a brief summer hiatus, and for the first time in its history, the women have taken over the UFOP: StarBase 118 podcast. Regular host Lieutenant Commander Velana was joined this month by guest host Lieutenant Commander T’Mar of the USS Gemini.

On the discussion agenda was not just the depiction of strong female characters in Trek, but how depictions of female strength shouldn’t be limited to physicality, i.e.- there is more than one way to be strong. The commanders also talked about their experiences as women in the wide world of fandom, the good, the bad and the hilarious, as well as their shared love of conventions. Velana got a little jealous upon learning that T’Mar has met Connor Trinneer – famous as Trip Tucker from Star Trek: Enterprise, and the rules of convention meet-and-greet etiquette were laid out. They also let off a little bit of steam about what was bugging them about Trek. Previous hot topics have included Geordie LaForge’s attitude to Scotty, Star Trek technology in Into Darkness, and not forgetting Deana Troi’s ever-changing-accent. However, even those things that bug us about Trek actually show much we love the franchise and want it to be as good as it can be.

Moving along, the Commanders gave the usual nod to promotions in the preceding month, and highlighted the exciting news of the launch of not one but TWO new ships – the USS Columbia under Commander Ben Livingston and the USS Victory under Commander Nugra. Epic times lie ahead!

To round off the episode, the team welcomed Lieutenant Alora DeVeau of the USS Garuda who, with the help of her Mother, reminded us all about the monthly fleet chat – a great place to get to know your fellow simmers in a relaxed environment.

Ready to listen? Head to the forums now to download the podcast, or listen via YouTube!

The podcast is always looking for new contributors. If you’re ready to get involved, check out the podcast forum.

Art by Dylan Meconis. Source.


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