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The Ongoing Voyages…Hand in Hand

Space may be the final frontier, but Major Leo Handley-Page and Lieutenant Commander Velana will not be exploring it alone.  After meeting through Starbase 118 via their characters, the two soon became friends – and that friendship turned into romance!  On August 24 of 2013, the happy couple finally, and tightly, tied the not. Please congratulate them here if you have not already gotten a chance!

These two aren’t the first couple to meet through Starbase 118 and later marry. At least two other couples, including Fleet Captains Jaxx and Nicholotti, have met through Starbase 118 and gone on to get married as well, only adding to the rich history of almost two decades that this Fleet has. There is definitely something special to be found for those who choose such a path, in the writing and interaction that this community offers. Whether you choose to take things into the real world, or if you simply count your Fleetmates as friends, Starbase 118 really is ‘out of this world’.


And so, we now add these two to a growing list, and we wish them well as they continue their voyages – together!



Need an Idea of What to Write? Use a Plot Bunny!

There were plenty of ideas behind the episodes that made up the Next Generation series, and now, you can get a generic view of those ideas and put them to work for you. Whether you are looking for something cool to write about, or something that will help you get over your writer’s block, here are quite a few ideas that can help you get started!

Star Trek NextGen Plot Bunnies

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Forums Roundup – September 2013

It’s hard to believe that it’s already fall. Some of us are headed back to school, while others are watching their children return for another year. Still others are looking out the window at the changing seasons, wondering where the time ran off too. Just yesterday it seemed as if the year were just starting, but now we’re far past the midway point. But that only means that there are plenty of upcoming activities to get involved with on the forums! Here are just a few of the things that you might be interested in checking out this month:

As the Summer Blockbuster continues, we are all watching the interactive Blockbuster threads for information and intrigue. Join in the fun, or just find out what the other ships are doing, right here:

New members are the lifeblood of the fleet, so make sure to take a moment and stop by the welcome thread to say hello!

Head on over here to wish the newest couple brought together by the 118 fleet a happy future together!

Stop by and read the last batch of Writing Challenge entries, or prepare for the next challenge and enter it yourself!

Have a few extra minutes to help the fleet? There are tons of activities that you can help out with, no matter how much or how little time you have!

And as always, there’s a ton more to see. So take a moment today and swing by the forums to see everything that’s going on!

Poll of the Week: What to Wear?

Over the course of the many years we have watched Star Trek, we have witnessed many different uniform variations, starting from the original pilot episode starring Jeffrey Hunter, to those worn in the latest incarnation of uniforms worn in the Abramsverse Trek movies.

So this week’s poll is quite obvious. Which version are you most drawn to? Are you a fan of the old versions worn on TOS and more recent movie incarnations? The Next Geneation variants from the 80’s and early 90’s? Any of the movie versions pre JJ Abrams, or are you more into the variants portrayed in the video game STO?

Seeing as we are all closet fashionistas, where do you think the future of StarFleet uniforms are heading? Will they resemble that potrayed in Voyager’s End Game and The Next Generation’s All Good Things, or will they look completely different?

Please feel free to share your ideas and perhaps, concepts on the forums and let the voting commence!

Featured Bio Contest

Please remember to nominate a character bio for round 15 of the Featured Bio Contest before it closes on Sunday September 1st, 2013. The rules have been simplifed so it’s even easier than ever before to nominate a bio to the competition. Just check these three simple points:

  • Nominated articles must be of a player character played by a CURRENT and ACTIVE member.
  • Nominated articles must be either a PRIMARY or SECONDARY player character. PNPCs are ineligible.
  • All information in the article must be CURRENT as of the submission date.

We’re looking for the highest quality bios in the fleet to not only help provide an example for our members on how to structure their bio, but also to show off how much our members put into the creation of realistic and emotional characters.

Head to the Featured Bio Contest forum to nominate a bio today.

Starbase 118 Ops Plot Summary for July

As the situation evolved, the crew of Ops was able to discern the reasons behind the Astrolabe’s “visit”. The Captain of the Astrolabe had wished to harm both the Cardassians, and the Romulans who had “profitted” from the liberation of Benzar. The Romulans he’d pay back by providing outdated, and therefore ineffective medicine.

Stealing their hope away at the most cruel of moments. This story was shared, not only with the Ops crew, but also with the reporters still on station. At the same time, Captain Nicholotti began working with Headquarters to provide medical assistance to the Romulans, something she was surprised to note her First Officer initially opposed. Captain Walker felt an almost immediate sense of karma as he was notified soon after of his romulan step-mother and step-sister’s presence on one of the affected worlds.

Realizing the closer connection to the crew, as well as the potential for the epidemic to jump species with a half-human romulan hybrid involved, the crew amped up their efforts to determine what could be done, and make themselves invaluable to any rescue efforts. Captain Nicholotti went so far as to have a private summit with the Romulan Commodore who’d parked her fleet outside the base. Their discussion determined that the plague was affecting multiple worlds. Realizing that the Federation ships would have to go deep into Romulan space, Ael’Riov Arrenhe i-Mnaeha t’Llweii volunteered to guard those ships with her fleet, even to the point of firing on other Romulan ships if necessary.

Realizing the crew’s Leave was more likely to be ended than simply delayed as initially believed, the crew was ordered to take the night off, before things escalated further.

Forums Roundup – August 2013

It seems like the year is just flying by, leaving us to hold on and hope we can keep everything in order. Sometimes it’s exciting, but sometimes it can be just plain hectic. Hopefully you’re having fun on the ride of life, both for yourself, and your characters. With the Summer Blockbuster upon us, there’s plenty of fun things going on around the forums. This month, we’ll share some of the special Blockbuster related events happening now.

Get a good idea of the mission premise, regardless of which angle your own ship is taking for the Blockbuster. Read Fleet Captain Mar’s intro sim and see what the foundation is that has been designed especially for this year’s events:

Chat with your friends both on your ship, and across the fleet as our crews traverse the unknown together. This OOC thread was created just for fun and to share whatever tidbits you’d like to share throughout the summer and into the fall:

There will probably be a lot going on aboard your ship during the Blockbuster mission, and some of it may affect the mission of another ship. Help bring all of the participating ships together by posting your official departmental reports and sharing updates with the Fleet. You never know who might incorporate these events into their own timelines!

Want to share information that isn’t exactly fitting into your departmental reports? Create a personal log, or an official log entry and share it with the fleet via the Logbook:

And don’t forget, there are always other events going on around the forums too! Stop by the Top Sims contest, or enter one of the writing challenges. Join in our fun and games in the Games forum and have fun with your fleetmates. Finally, don’t forget that your ship has their own forum as well! So don’t be a stranger; join us today and enjoy all that this community has to offer!

The USS Excalibur-A Launches Under Captain Kalianna Nicholotti

As time marches on, so too does the realm of technological advancement. New ships are developed, new technologies are implemented, and new doors of exploration are opened. The launch of the Vesta-class USS Excalibur-A is only the latest sign that this is true, following a long and distinguished line of Starbase 118 vessels that span both time and space. Becoming the newest playable ship in the Fleet, the Excalibur joins an amazing lineup.

Developed as a test-bed ship, capable of testing and trying new technology, experiments, and serving as a mobile research platform, the Excalibur’s first mission will put her strengths to use right away. While not outfitted with quite as many ‘teeth’ as her sister ships, she is still more than capable to handle anything she might run into between the Trinity sector, Thracian space, and the frontier beyond the Romulan and Klingon Empires.

Christened the ‘Excalibur’ after the legendary sword once wielded by King Arthur on Earth, the ship sets out into the unknown with a goal of helping to usher in a new age of prosperity, and technological development throughout her area of operation. Outfitted with the brand new Quantum Slipstream drive as well, the ship is capable of providing support to strategic locations throughout Federation space in less time than ever before.

With a world of trouble at their doorstep, the crew of Starbase 118 Ops will be reassigned as the crew of the newly commissioned USS Excalibur-A. Officially, the ship launches this weekend, as the crew steps into a mission that will prove to be anything but clear cut. Thousands of Thracians are dying, and soon it will be up to the new crew of this ship to save them, and potentially a large part of the remaining Romulan race.

Want to learn more about the USS Excalibur-A? Visit the wiki page, or stop by the forums to say hello today!

Writer’s Workshop: The Tone in Your Writing

All you have to do is read a few different sims or a writing challenge entries from members of the Starbase 118 Fleet to see that each and every officer and member has their own style. That style can manifest in a variety of ways, but perhaps the most pertinent, and the one we see most often, is something we know as the tone of their writing. From dark, to comical, each writer here sees a scene from a perspective all their own. Using that perspective, they strive to convey things from the point of view of their own character. And over time, we come to know, and love (or hate) that persona.

Without the tone that inevitably conveys a steady character, regardless of whether the character themselves is actually steady or not, characters never quite become real. It takes time to develop your tone too, which can be frustrating at times. Thankfully, there are plenty of writers out there who are willing to share their experience and knowledge. Take, for example, this article on Tone. Not only does it explain more about what it means when someone talks about this seemingly ambiguous term, but it also offers some help on developing your own.

Why is it important? One of the pinnacles of every character is the moment where the being we created on a piece of paper steps from the shadows to become something more than a two dimensional thing. Developing your style, and your very own tone, is perhaps one of the most important steps towards the goal of truly bringing your character to life. So take a moment and read, learn, and grow, using your own voice to nurture your characters until they too step off the page and into memories.

Top Sims Contest Update

The Top Sims Contest continues to showcase some of the great sims written by our group. But your crewmates can’t get the recognition they deserve without your help. They need you to nominate their sims for the contest.  All it takes is a few easy steps:

  1. Visit the Top Sims Contest page.
  2. Check the calendar to confirm the round.
  3. Copy and paste the sim into the message field and submit.

And while you’re out there, be sure to congratulate the winners of the previous rounds:

  • Round 13: Captain Diego Herrera, “Super Brother
  • Round 14: LtCol Whale & LtCmdr Weston, “Namesake
  • Round 15: Captain Tyr Waltas, “Lost Time

These sims, and more, will all be going on to the third run-off round in August. So get out there and nominate today.

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