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Star Trek and the Coming Year

Star Trek: Discovery is promising to be a fantastic series by approaching the well-established canon and giving everyone a new idea of the world that Gene Roddenberry invented, the truth behind the perceived utopia and what actually happened in the first Federation/Klingon war. Yet some wonder if Star Trek could break new ground but Star Trek: Discovery has proven that it can.

Sexuality, until recently, has been a topic to be – and when it was discussed or shown at all, it was usually between a male and female. While it was also rumored that Seven of Nine, of Star Trek: Voyager, was intended to be a lesbian character, that storyline never materialized. Instead, it was Star Trek: Discovery that created the first openly gay character of the franchise and shown a fully developed character storyline.

With its first season winding down and the series being critically acclaimed, we are pretty much guaranteed another season. With the characters showing true diversity, are we surprised? With talk of a new Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, there looks to be a great future for the franchise in 2018.

Want to talk about Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek? Stop by our forums for a good chat!

Love Star Trek and want to serve in Star Fleet? You can do that to by joining UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG. This is the adventure you’ve been looking for.


Three ways you can help the fleet grow

“How can I help the fleet?” As Facilitator of the Publicity Team, I get this question a lot. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the dedication and love of our members – expressed in questions like this – is what has kept our fleet going for more than 23 years now.

So here’s a few quick things that everyone can do to help:

Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Have you been to our Facebook or Twitter pages? We post a lot of content from around the Star Trek world and from our own community. When you see something you like, be sure to click the Like button and – if you’re so inclined – share it or retweet it.

Blog about us and share your experience

Do you run a blog? Or maybe a Tumblr? Linking back to us with a review of our community, and the game, can have a noticeable impact on our rankings in search engines.

Shoot for 400-800 words about your experience. You can talk about how you found us, why you joined, what it was like to start training, and how you’re enjoying your ship.

Not only will your post help others find us, but it will validate our community in their eyes when it comes from a personal review!

Tell your friends and family about us

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising and one that should not be ignored. You, in person, telling people about our community will inspire and get them curious about what goes on here.

Have fun conversing about Star Trek and how you solved an engineering problem aboard your ship or discovered a new form of life. Being able to show your enthusiasm makes it contagious and hard to resist!

Can I do more?

Yes! UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG has a Publicity Team dedicated to helping new members find our community.

Join the team by reaching out and volunteering on our forums.


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.


Join the Publicity Team as a Forum Ambassador

The Publicity Team is dedicated to reaching out to other Trekkies across the internet and showing them what we have to offer. We are the face of our community and want to put our best foot forward. Without such missions it would be very difficult to show other Star Trek fans the adventure and gaming fun we have on our wonderful ships.

One of the most recent accomplishment is making contact with our good friends over at Role-play Headquarters, who have given us the privilege of being a guest blogger on their site. They are our cousins, the tabletop game and their goal is to create a place for both sides of the role-play world to hang out.

If you want to help us recruit new members, and enjoy spending time talking to others on forums across the web, we could use your help as a Forum Ambassador to represent us! An Ambassador participates in discussions on other forums and helps to foster a good relationship so that people looking for a simming game know where to find the best one on the internet today.

To join the team, simply use the form below to volunteer. We are waiting for your great ideas and energy to benefit our community’s endeavors!

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Star Trek: Beyond is here!

There is all kinds of hype for the new Star Trek: Beyond movie as, once again, the USS Enterprise takes flight to the farthest reaches of uncharted space!

A captain, a crew, a cast of talented, fresh faces – from both previous and new films – is what awaits moviegoers this month. Some highlights to look for are Zachary Quinto as Spock, late actor Anton Yelchin as Chekov, and Chris Pine as Kirk, along with a whole cast relaunch that brought the USS Enterprise to a new generation of fans. Once thought to be a dead franchise, J.J. Abram’s was able to prove one of the most critically acclaimed universes could still live in our time.

Star Trek fans from all over the world are excited to see what this new movie will brings in what J.J. Abram’s is now calling the “Kelvin timeline,” which is named after the ship that was the first to be destroyed in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, under the command – during its final moments – of George Kirk, father to James.

If you’re a Trek fan from any generation, now is the time to hunker-down with movie snacks and go see what’s what in theaters this month as Star Trek: Beyond takes to the silver screen tomorrow, July 22, 2016! Once you’ve watched, head to the forums to talk with others about what you liked, and didn’t!

Do you like to write? Are you captivated by the magic of Star Trek? Would you like to invent a character to who joins Starfleet and explores the stars? Now you can, all you have to do is click join!

UFOP: StarBase 118 is a free Star Trek Play By E-Mail role-playing game that combines the beauty and mystery of the future with the realism and imagination of today’s writers. Come immerse yourself in StarFleet and progress through the ranks starring in your very own section of a story written by you and other members across the globe!


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.


Publicity Project: Share the love today!

There is a lot to love about our community and we have a number of truly stunning images that showcase some pretty awesome features of our group. Features such as the strength of our community and the lifelong friendships formed here, or the fact we get to play such exciting, amazing characters that rival the likes of Captain Kirk himself. The images feature well known and much loved characters such as Captain Kirk, Spock or Janeway and are highly shareable thus presenting an amazing opportunity to showcase our fantastic community and attract new members! The more people who share these images, the bigger the impact.

Joining in is super easy and only takes a few moments!

You can help by visiting this forum thread to find the relevant images and sharing the appropriate image on any social media site you use and/or twitter: http://forums.starbase118.net/index.php?/topic/13323-share-these-today/

Remember to check in on the thread once you have done it and if you provide a link to your post then other members of the fleet can like/share/comment creating even bigger ripples.

You can see some of the images available by clicking them below:


Publicity Project: What do you love about our community?

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 need your glowing review of our community! These testimonials are used on the main page of our website, and on other recruiting sites to help us draw in new members with genuine reviews. Just submit the form below with your feedback and remember to check in on the forums once you’ve submitted yours.

  • You can find your serial code on the wiki.
  • How to make sure we get a great testimonial

    The key to giving us a great testimonial is ensuring that you answer each question with a complete phrase. For example, if the question we ask is, "What do you like about us?" you should answer like this: "The things I like about UFOP: StarBase 118 are..."

    This ensures that we can lift the phrases directly out of your testimonial answers for each use elsewhere.
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Publicity Project: RPG-Directory

RPG-Directory is a great, highly active roleplaying forum. Everyone who goes there loves roleplaying as we do and some of them may well be looking for Star Trek roleplays!

Helping with this project is super simple, and we’ll walk you through it below. The basic idea is to create an account, post at least 15 good posts (not one word bumps), update your signature so it links back to our main website, then continue posting just as regularly as you can. Doing this will help us create a presence there and the more we get noticed, the more chance someone will see it who is looking for what we’re offering.

Step 1: Setting up a basic account at RPG-Directory

  • Go to http://rpg-directory.com/index.php and click ‘Create Account’ at the top right of the screen.
  • Read the rules really carefully. Once you’ve read and understand the rules click accept at the bottom of the page.
  • Fill in the registration form, which asks for a username, password and valid email at a minimum – account settings can be set now or later. You have to complete two steps to verify you’re not a robot. Once you are happy press ‘submit registration’.
  • Complete your registration by going to the email you registered with clicking the link in an activation email sent to you. There are instructions on how to complete this manually should the link fail to work for any reason.

Step 2: Getting your first 15 posts

  • Introduce yourself to the community here: http://rpg-directory.com/forum-29.html Remember to check in on the project forum once you’ve done this so other RPG-D members can welcome you too!
  • Welcoming other newbies is a super quick and easy way to get your first few posts!
  • Browse the board for interesting discussions. The forum is very large and has a range of topics that might be appealing from roleplaying, literature, writing or more.
  • Check out this handy post (http://rpg-directory.com/thread-34475.html) which has quick links to other places of interest. Once you’ve joined in a few interesting conversations you’ll be at 15 posts or more before you know it.

Step 3: Updating your profile and signature

  • Click on your username at the top right of the screen to reveal forum options.
  • Hover over UserCP and then go down to ‘Change Signature’ and click that option.
  • If you see a page that indicates “You do not have permission to access this page.” You’ve either not posted 15 sims yet, or must wait a little longer for your account settings to be updated.
  • You may use a text or graphics signature depending on your personal preference but I’d advice against animated banners as a lot of people find them highly distracting and annoying (something we don’t want people to associate with us.)
  • Signatures should be no more than 750px wide and 500px high although I recommend something less high otherwise the fact the signature dominates the page, especially for those using mobile devices will be an irritant. 250-300px high seems more reasonable to me.
  • Signatures should at the very least link back to UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG (Using this URL: https://www.starbase118.net/)

 

Finally: Remember to check in to let us know how you got on! 


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.


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