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The Fun of Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a cornerstone activity for writers and gamers alike. Without it, our characters would not have a place to live or props to tell stories. This short primer will show you how to make a basic planetary concept with just a few basic ideas.

One of the first places to consider starting is with a species, then a planet, and then possibly their language. You name them, then design small aspects of each of them.

With species, start with the basics and get a clear vision of them in your mind. This can be anything from skin tones, eye colors, legs, arms, hair colors, and if they have unique abilities such as tremor sense, telepathy, or empathy. Are they a matriarchal or patriarchal society? Do they value gender equality? Do they have deities? What is their main cultural focus, like music, education, art, mining, etc.? Once you have these, you can move on to creating their planet.


The Publicity Team needs you!

If we want to launch new ships and provide up and coming officers with the opportunities they seek, we have to grow our fleet with new members. That’s why it’s so important that our community members participate in our publicity efforts. The Publicity Team is one of the fleet’s most important teams and we need your help!

Getting involved is easy only takes a few moments. 

The Publicity Team has a number of small, simple tasks that, each month, can help grow our influence, spread the word about our group, and pique the interest of Star Trek writers around the net. From posting on Star Trek forums to gathering social media content, most of our tasks don’t require any particular expertise, and can be completed by anyone in 15-30 minutes. If we don’t have enough people to help each month, our goals fall short and it’s hard to sustain recruiting levels to the point of replacing the folks who go on leave or retire from the group.

Click here to learn more about the Publicity Team and sign up to help.


Join the Publicity Team to help us spread the good word

If we want to launch new ships, we have to grow our fleet with new members. That’s why it’s so important that our community members participate in our publicity efforts.

Getting involved is easy only takes a few moments. The Publicity Team has a number of small tasks that, each month, can help grow our influence, spread the word about our group, and pique the interest of Star Trek writers around the net. From posting on Star Trek forums to gathering social media content, most of our tasks don’t require any particular expertise, and can be completed by anyone in 15-30 minutes. But if we don’t have enough people to help each month, our goals fall short and it’s hard to sustain recruiting levels to the point of replacing the folks who go on leave or retire from the group.

Click here to learn more about the Publicity Team and sign up to help.


Publicity Project: FACEBOOK

We’re asking for your help in creating the all important ‘social buzz’ that helps to bring new visitors to our site. We’ve had a Facebook presence for a long time now, but means very little if we don’t gain a strong following. Here’s how you can help get the word out about our great fleet, and hopefully pull in some new members.

This task is comprised of multiple, small tasks as follows:

Connect with Our Page:
Head to our official Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ufopsb118
Click the ‘Like’ button near the top of the page. This will connect you with our Facebook page and you’ll see some of our posts in your news feed from then on.

Like and Share Our Posts:
This is where you can have the biggest impact. As you see interesting posts from us, click the ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons under individual posts.  Write a little something about the post you are sharing, for example what you find interesting about it and submit it to your feed to share it with the world (and all of your friends!). You can do this with as many or as few posts as you wish. Remember, something new gets posted almost daily, so this task can be completed each time a new article is posted giving you many easy opportunities to help in a meaningful way.

Let Us Know What You Did:
Remember to return here to post the results of what you did. If you liked our page, let us know. If you liked and shared a number of articles then post that too! Don’t be shy; take credit for your work, as it only takes a moment to do.

Your help and support with this task is greatly appreciated as it helps bring new members to the best Star Trek RPG out there.


Publicity Project: TREKSPACE

Each month, the Publicity Team posts an easy task you can do to help with our community’s publicity efforts, which are incredibly important in growing our fleet, keeping ships stocked with new members, and ensuring the longevity of our group. This month, we’re going to show you how to join us on TREKSPACE. Participating in Star Trek forums and groups like this is useful in piquing peoples’ interests and reaching the very specific audience who wants to find us. It only takes a few minutes, and can have an outsized impact on future recruiting, so let’s get started!

Please follow each step below and then check in once you’ve completed the project to let us know how you got on!

1) Go to http://www.trekspace.org/ and “sign up” by clicking the link at the top right hand side of the screen. It only takes a couple of minutes and is as simple as supplying an email address (make sure its valid as you’ll have to verify it in the next stage), password, date of birth and filling in the CAPTCHA, or you can sign up through linking facebook or twitter which is even faster.

2) Go to your email and click the link in the verification email that has been sent. It will take you to a page with the following:

Fill out your details as appropriate, including a link back to the fleet main website (www.starbase118.net/) where is says website then press “Join”

3) Join our Trekspace Group here: http://www.trekspace.org/group/ufopstarbase118 and post in the “Greetings Room” discussion thread.

4) Join the conversation by finding something that interests you and participating in forum discussions here: http://www.trekspace.org/forum. The more regularly you can do this, the greater the impact you’ll have on our recruitment efforts!

Remember to check in here to share your success! 


Sunday project: Writing forums outreach, part 2

As part of our ongoing efforts to spread the word about the fun and excitement of simming, this month’s Publicity Project is all about finding new friends on writing forums! We have a list of suitable sites, so all you have to do is select the one that seems most interesting to you and sign up for an account. Or if there’s nothing there that really grabs you, why not check out last month’s writing forums outreach project to help you find something suitable that does?

Anyone can participate, here’s what to do:

1) Select a site to join from below (or find another site to add to the list):

2) Create an account with your chosen website.

3) Introduce yourself in their newbie welcome areas, if they have one.

4) Have a look around for interesting conversations and join in.

5) Before you post any links back to UFOP: Starbase 118, make sure you are familiar with the site’s rules surrounding linking to other site, the use of signatures etc. Once you’ve joined in some conversations update your profile and add a link back to our website. After a couple of weeks of posting  add a link to our website to your signature (if it is permitted by the forum’s rules.)

The goal here is to become a part of the community, so regular participation is important. Even just a couple of minutes spent each week replying to an interesting topic will help raise your profile with your chosen forum and in turn raises our profile too, so try to drop in and participate regularly if you can. We’ve already attracted new members in this way so we know it works, all we need now is your help.


Publicity Project: Writing Forums Outreach

As part of our ongoing efforts to spread the word about the fun and excitement of simming, this month’s Publicity Project is all about finding new friends on writing forums!

Your task is to seek out reputable (professional-looking), active (thousands of members or more) message boards for amateur writers and investigate opportunities for engagement and advertising (in post signature, in a special forum, in banner ads). Joining in with this important publicity work is super easy. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Open this spreadsheet, so you can see what writing forums we’ve already identified. We’re looking for writing forums that aren’t already listed.
  2. To find suitable forums, use one of these handy search strings (include all the quotes):
    • “writing” + powered by vbulletin
    • “writing forum”
    • “writing” + “board”
  3. You’re looking specifically for forums where you can easily register and post something about our game. That means you’ll need to read the rules of the message board and see if they have special rules about where you can post announcements regarding other websites.
  4. For forums that allow link-posts that direct people back to our site: We need to find out the exact rules so we don’t commit a faux pas, and we do blend in with the forum community.
  5. Register an account and aim to post at least once a week in interesting threads, and provide good contributions that make us look good!
  6. Once you’ve spent some time contributing to threads, set up your forum signature with a link back to our main website: https://www.starbase118.net.

Once you’re done, make sure to check-in on our own forums in the thread about this project and let us know how it went!


Join the Publicity Team and help us grow the fleet

If we want to launch new ships, we have to grow our fleet with new members. That’s why it’s so important that our community members participate in our publicity efforts.

Getting involved is easy only takes a few moments. The Publicity Team has a number of small tasks that, each month, can help grow our influence, spread the word about our group, and pique the interest of Star Trek writers around the net. From posting on Star Trek forums to gathering social media content, most of our tasks don’t require any particular expertise, and can be completed by anyone in 15-30 minutes. But if we don’t have enough people to help each month, our goals fall short and it’s hard to sustain recruiting levels to the point of replacing the folks who go on leave or retire from the group.

Click here to learn more about the Publicity Team and sign up to help.


Join the Publicity Team to help us spread the good word

If we want to launch new ships, we have to grow our fleet with new members. That’s why it’s so important that our community members participate in our publicity efforts.

Getting involved is easy only takes a few moments. The Publicity Team has a number of small tasks that, each month, can help grow our influence, spread the word about our group, and pique the interest of Star Trek writers around the net. From posting on Star Trek forums to gathering social media content, most of our tasks don’t require any particular expertise, and can be completed by anyone in 15-30 minutes. But if we don’t have enough people to help each month, our goals fall short and it’s hard to sustain recruiting levels to the point of replacing the folks who go on leave or retire from the group.

Click here to learn more about the Publicity Team and sign up to help.


Sowing the Seeds

There are enough potential members out there for us to double the number of ships in the fleet almost overnight — we just need to help them find us! It’s easy to contribute, doesn’t take a lot of time and converts directly into applications to the academy! It’s time to answer the call!

The Publicity Team has been working to keep the name of UFOP: StarBase 118 up in lights around the simming community and the internet as a whole, but we can never have enough members! We don’t ask for a huge time commitment, just 15 minutes a week, but imagine how you’d feel when those 15 minutes convert themselves into a member who applied because of something you did! There’s no feeling like it – you’re at the cutting edge of the group and one of the people responsible for sourcing its very lifeblood: new cadets.

Do you want to take a role in expanding our universe? Do you want new shipmates and a way to directly contribute to your progression in the fleet by involving yourself in an OOC group? Just submit your information below and you’ll be added to the team by Fleet Captain Diego Herrera.

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