With the new year, and the new Star Trek movie, quickly closing in on us, Starbase 118 has a unique opportunity to spread the word and bring in plenty of new members to our Fleet. The problem is, many people don’t know quite what to do to help gain the following needed to build a really big online presence. Thankfully, the Publicity team has made this task easy and quick for everyone in the Fleet to participate in. Rather than having to join the team to help spread the word of our awesome Star Trek RPG, you can simply join the movement by completing one or more of the new ‘Missions Possible.’
The Missions Possible project is the result of plenty of brainstorming and a bit of organization by members of the official SB118 Publicity team. With the end goal being to build social buzz that helps to not only grow our authority on the Web, but our player base as well, the Publicity team decided that it would be best to enlist the help of the rest of the Fleet. Without having to commit to any long term projects, each and every player from Ensign to Admiral can do something that will help to bring in more players to our group. And more players means more ships, more promotions, and in the end, more fun!
Back in the older days of the internet, before Web 2.0 became mainstream, seeing webrings and website awards was commonplace. Though the face of the Web has changed over the years, some of these awards still persist. What’s more, some have been redesigned and even created from the ground up to offer new sites the ability to get these awards.
With the redesign of our own site, https://www.starbase118.net, we bring ourselves in line with the latest and greatest internet trends that will not only provide a better experience for visitors and users, but will help make it easier to bring in the visitors and prospective members that keep our group alive. Now that we have gotten the new site settled, it’s time to start spreading the word in force.
One of the best ways to spread the word is still by submitting the site to various different awards programs that provide both authority and recognition to websites within a certain niche. Now, as we begin our search for such programs, we are asking for volunteers throughout the fleet to help us dig through the net in order to locate awards programs and sites where we can show off our stuff. There are many categories of such programs that we could fit into, including RPG, Fanfic, and of course, Star Trek.
For more details and to help us as we spread the word, head on over to the forums today: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6524-suggest-some-awards/
Time always seems to run by much faster when you have the holiday’s breathing down your neck. From family dinners to the biggest (and most violent) shopping days of the year, time just slips away without much notice from us. Here on the Forums at Starbase 118, this effect is no different. The year went by so fast and we are already nearing the annual awards ceremony, the naming of the years top sim, and much more.
Here’s just a sample of the things going on this month on the Starbase 118 Forums:
Vote for the best sim of the year. There are three runoff rounds, so make sure to vote in each. Once each round has a winner, the three remaining sims will battle for the top position and the fame that comes with it: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/283-top-sims-contest/
Would you like to participate in a live sim during the next monthly fleet chat? Weigh in here and see what other members of the fleet are saying: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6558-live-sim-during-monthly-chat/
Want something to do that will not only allow you to shine but will connect you OOC with other members of the fleet? Check out the many teams and groups that work diligently behind the scenes to make Starbase 118 what it is today: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/105-group-elements/
Help spread the word about our great group! We currently are looking for some web based awards that our newly redesigned site might be eligible for. If you know of one, or you simply want to look at the details of our new charge, visit the Volunteer’s Corner: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6524-suggest-some-awards/
And don’t forget your ship boards too! There are often games and enjoyable OOC discussions going on there that will only get you closer to your crew mates. https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/216-starbase-118-ships/
With the holiday’s right around the corner, time seems to fly by. Still, may each and every one of you be able to stop for just a moment and enjoy the holidays, the cheer that they bring, and the warmth of your family this holiday season.
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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: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6402-halloween-avatar-contest/
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: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/283-top-sims-contest/
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: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/52-duty-posts/
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: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/58-games/
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: https://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?/forum/328-poll-of-the-week/
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.
StarBase 118, Trinity Sector (Stardate 238810.21) – Delegates from the Romulan and Klingon Empires are arriving aboard Starbase 118 for negotiations regarding a planet in the neutral zone discovered to be rich in Pergium. Both sides are vying for control of the planet and the subsequent mining operations; a situation that could escalate into an all out war.
Pergium is a radioactive element that is often used in power generation. It is also one of the rarer of such elements in existence. Considered a scarce commodity, the discovery has caused heightened tensions along the border. As the Romulans are still working on rebuilding their Empire, officials are increasingly concerned by the growing desperation that may lead to violent hostilities that would not only put the world and the native people there in danger, but would inevitably put Starbase 118 directly in middle of a war zone.
In an attempt to keep the peace, the USS Victory has been dispatched to serve as a buffer between representative ships from both sides, which are said to be already in orbit of the planet in question.
Thracia 2 is the second planet in the Thracia system, which consists of three planets and an asteroid belt. Thracia 2 is the only planet in the system capable of sustaining life, but due to the fact that they are still a primitive civilization, nothing has drawn any visitors to the planet before.
The border Nequencia colony can be found within the closest system to Thracia 2, however, no attempts to visit the planet have been made to date.
StarBase 118 Press Secretary
StarBase 118, Trinity Sector (Stardate 238808.31) – The crisis appears to be over. Up to the minute reports are showing that the main terrorist threat to Starbase 118 has been destroyed. Isolated firefights are still being reported throughout the damaged parts of the station, but overall, the Starbase is on the path to recovery.
Just minutes ago, representatives from Starfleet confirmed that the drifting cargo ship full of explosives that had been disabled just outside of the station’s docking doors has now been destroyed. Finding few choices left, the terrorists who were in control of the freighter chose to trigger a warp core overload rather than be taken as prisoners. There are no survivors.
August sure went fast, didn’t it? Here we are, already facing September, and all of the opportunities that the new month will bring. Speaking of opportunities, have you had a chance to visit the Starbase 118 Forums recently? No? Well, you’re missing out! The forums are a hub of activity, especially as new members join and get acquainted with their ships. Of course, the more the merrier, so come take part in one of these great threads today.
Photo Cr: NASA.gov
With a community this large, having a place to go in order to share information, have fun, play games, and learn about other members of the fleet is important. The forums are a big part of what makes us a fleet rather than just a group of individual ships, and while there are ship specific forum boards, there are plenty of fleet-wide conversations that you too can get involved with today. From an area to showcase your writing skills in front of the entire fleet, to a game room where you can go just to hang out, the Starbase 118 Forums are quite the happening place!
Here is an update of what is going on around the forums as we get into a new month. Take a look and see just what kind of trouble you can get into!
StarBase 118, Trinity Sector (Stardate 238807.15) – Localized firefights are being reported throughout the crippled Starbase 118 as command staff and crew continue the struggle to bring power and communications back online. At least one death is being blamed on the violence occurring after the bombs, the extent of which is still unknown.
Lieutenant Commander Guy Perry Hunt was pronounced dead shortly after being transported by and to the mercy ship Braveheart, which was activated after the bombs to handle the huge influx of injuries.
StarBase 118, Trinity Sector (Stardate 238807.15) – Multiple blasts rock StarBase 118 in what appears to be a complex and highly coordinated attack. At this time, no groups have claimed responsibility, and the StarBase continues to struggle to bring their power back online.
Late this morning, at least four separate explosions occurred in different locations throughout StarBase 118. Officials say that the locations of the explosions were eerily strategic, giving rise to the question of whether or not this was a planned terrorist attack. Starfleet has no comment at this time, but the rumors flow fast throughout the Commercial Sector, where one of the explosions occurred.