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Report this Jun. 13 2012, 4:41 am

 


A Real World Vision of the Enterprise, in Only 20 Years?


 


By Kalianna Nicholotti


 


 


 


Many people have dreamed of creating the Enterprise, or even living in the realm of Star Trek in the distant future, but no one has ever put together an extensive proposal to actually attain such a lofty goal – until now. Today, an Engineer who simply goes by the name BTE (Build the Enterprise) Dan, suggests that a full scale Enterprise could be built within the next twenty years based only on technology that exists today. He believes that since we have the technology, there is no reason we shouldn’t make the attempt.


 


According to his plans, the first generation Enterprise would be able to make a trip to Mars in only three months. But is this just theory? Thos who have seen his plans note their meticulous nature and the fact that he seems to have all the details included. Not only do the plans contain ion powered engines, but also allow for artificial gravity on parts of the ship. He’s even come up with a funding schedule that would allow the project to be funded over time though simple, and small, tax increases and cuts that would bring in funds from other programs.


 


The ship, which would be built in space much like the International Space Station was, is quite functional. With a rotating plate to provide gravity within the saucer section, and nacelles that would keep nuclear powered reactors away from the people inhabiting the ship, it seems that BTE Dan has left nothing to question. He says it will act as a space station, with the capability of holding about a thousand people aboard at any one time, and as a ship to carry probes and other test equipment to various planets throughout the solar system.


 


While the project seems quite possible when viewed through the eyes of this engineer, there are some fairly large ‘if’s involved. Getting Congress to approve the funding, which could come through NASA is but one of such obstacles, but it may be one of the biggest. Dan postulates that the funding of the project could be easily accomplished without a huge impact on the United States, but can he get others to agree with that idea?


 


Find out more on the Build the Enterprise project here.


 


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Report this Jun. 14 2012, 6:55 am

Lower Decks: Ensign Edward Johnson


By Viktor Lanius


 


Here again in another issue of Lower Decks, we find ourselves delving into the world of one Ensign Edward Johnson, an up and coming Helmsman from the USS Apollo. The writer for Mr. Johnson fills us in on what it took to create Ed, what he’s got going on right now, and where he’ll plan to take us for the future. Based on some of the responses I recieved in the initial interview, this should be one heck of a ride!


Ensign Johnson was born of a dream, a dream that his writer thought was just that at one point and nothing more. After leaving one community to find UFOP:SB118, he decided to make that dream a reality. The writer for Mr. Johnson, Mr. Ellis Passmore, III, is an eighteen year old student from Pennsylvania. He’s had his fair share of authoring short stories set in the Star Trek realm, but feels that his talents might be best put to use here. He spoke of playing PBEM groups before, but after hearing about UFOP:SB118, he decided to give it a whirl.


Ensign Johnson is of Yassengoro decent, and was only spoken of in his last PBEM game. This time around, he figured Ed would be the backbone of his character creation. “Well, I figured, ‘Hey, should a time come for me to do another game, I
have a template to work from.’  And I was right.  I had to come up with some of the backstory for Johnson but that was okay, considering that he is a flyboy much like his great-grandfather.  I have really liked working with the new Johnson.” Sometimes our thoughts and ideas as writers coming to fruition can be just one of the rewards of simming. “Johnson now is a thought being acted out; because I have always wanted to figure out where the rest of the story behind the Johnsons is going and how it may end or  continue.  And I am willing to see how it goes…”


As far as where he is now and how he got here, Johnson tells of his time in training, both in and out of character. Sometimes it’s our mentors that guide us through the hard times, and with the help of FltAml Wolf himself, Ensign Johnson found himself back on his feet after a few attempts at training. He graduated with a new found confidence, and also a last impression with one of his trainers. “ I made it through training although I ended up giving LtCmdr Dupruis a broken arm in the holodeck.  Whoops!” Good thing for Starfleet medicine, otherwise this might have been a far too long lasting impression for the young Ensign to have left.


Johnson is currently posted on the USS Apollo under command of Captain Andrus Jaxx, their course plotted for the Typhon Expanse. When asked about his time on the Apollo thus far, he replied with “I might be scrubbing plamsa conduits, since I interrupted the captain during morning briefing.  But other than that, I LOVE the Apollo right now.  I can’t wait until battle.  I could probably do donuts around the enemy ship while El-Tee Ra shoots the living cripes out of them.” Just the sort of spirit a vessel travelling to the proverbial Pandora’s Box of the galaxy. What better way to test out those piloting skills at the helm of a brand new vessel, headed to one of the most meloncholic yet wondrous areas of space! No pressure now Ensign…


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Report this Jun. 15 2012, 6:40 am

Take Time to Write


By Kalianna Nicholotti


 


We often find that time is always at a premium. Whether it’s the Starbase 118 OOC stuff we want to do, or just an extra sim we want to write, there are always moments when you simply run out of time. Other things begin to take precedence, and before we know it, the time is gone and we have no sims to show for it. Finding time to set aside for your writing pursuits, be it simming or writing a book, takes a certain amount of self determination and a schedule that you will stick to. And while finding the time to write isn’t always something that you’ll be able to do, there are some very easy things you can do to make it a much easier thing to do.


About.com’s Fiction Writing guide sets out a good number of things that you can do in order to facilitate writing time, and when you have a million other things going on in your life, any one of these simple steps might be able to help you uncover the bits of time you’ll need to participate and keep up even when things might seem a little overwhelming. Be sure to head on over to About.com to check out these tips and much more within the Fiction Writing guides you’ll find there. And if you already have time to write, head over there anyways – you might find ways to make your writing time more productive and efficient regardless of what, or who, you write.

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Report this Jun. 16 2012, 4:38 am

 


USS Apollo Plot Summary


 


 


 


After discovering an inactive Borg scout ship within the hold of an Altoran freighter, the crew of the USS Apollo, NCC-71669, has tried to come up with the best solution regarding how to deal with it. But with the variety of experiences of the crew, reaching a consensus has been a challenge. Some favour taking the ship aboard the Apollo for study, while others favour destroying it. The only thing they can seem to agree on is that it does not belong in the hands of less than reputable traders.
But even doing that is posing its own challenges. Any grounds the the Apollo crew has for confiscating the ship is shaky at best. Captan Andrus Jaxx’s solution is to combine legal standing while appealing to the freighter captain’s business sense. An offer of supplies, assemebled by Commander Tal Tel-ar, was offered to the captain, and accepted. An away team, led by Lt. Commander Liam Frost boarded the freighter in order to make the needed preperations to the ship, while the engineering and science departments of the Apollo work together to build protections for the Apollo and her crew once the Borg vessel is aboard.


 


Their task finished, the Apollo is free to resume her journey to the Typhon sector in order to continue her primary assignment.


 


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Report this Jun. 17 2012, 7:18 am

 


Species Development Interview


 


By Alexander Matthews


 


 


 


Today we are with Commander Tal Tel-ar.


 


Leader of the Species Development Committee.


 


This group deals with creating new alien races to enter our little corner of the Star Trek Universe. The team works hard to research all of the correct information that can be used to create and implement their creation.


 


Could you give us a little bit of your background and your Starfleet career ?


 


Yes. I have been a member of Starbase 118 for 5 years this month. In that time I have served on a number of different crews including the USS Triumphant, USS Constitution-B, USS Eagle, USS Challenger, USS Challenger-A, Duronis II and the USS Apollo. I have also held a number of different positions starting as a security officer and progressing through tactical, helmsman, mission specialist and being the Chief of Security, Tactical and Operations as well as a Diplomat, Intelligence Officer, 2nd Officer, 1st Officer, Acting Captain and temporary Captain.


 


I volunteered for the SDC and worked for them for a while before I became the Director almost 2 years ago. Since then we have managed to formulate a system that has allowed us to create not only brand new species but converted over some of the old entries in our files to a new more useful layout. One that we hope will make every species not only more useful but easier to use both as characters but also as bit players in any mission or shore leave adventure.


 


How does one join the team and what are the duties that it entails?


 


There are a couple different ways you can join. First you can contact your Captain and he or she can forward the request to me or you can go to the 118wiki and follow the links under taskforces/teams.


 


Once you become a member of the SDC there are 2 main duties. First for those who have the time, there are the species rewrites. This is where you select a species that still needs to be rewritten and do the research. Once you have found all the data available you transfer it onto the layout and when finished then submit it to the SDC for review, discussion, and eventually the vote. The 2nd, even more important task, for each and every member of the SDC is to review, discuss and then vote on each and every species that has been rewritten and submitted to the team for review.


 


Where do you gather your information?


 


We use a number of difference sources from books, internet, articles, magazines and any other Star Trek publications, episodes or resources.


 


Once you have found and started to create, where do you send the information?


 


Once a species has been created it is submitted to me for the initial review. After that if I think it is ready I will submit it to the entire membership of the SDC to review, discuss and point out any flaws, problems or tweaks that need to be done.


 


Does this have to be voted on by a council, and what is the process?


 


Yes it does. Once any changes that are needed have been made the species is put to the vote. All the members of the SDC get to vote.


 


Once everything is completed and the new species has passed the council, what is the final process?


 


If it passes the vote then it is added to our completed list that periodically is submitted to the Captains Council.


 


Once that is completed how is it presented to the fleet?


 


That is the reason why we periodically submit a list of completed species to the Captains Council. Since the Captain for every ship in the fleet is a member this way we can inform the entire fleet in one move. We also have species write ups placed on the newsletter every once in a while.


 


If you would like to know more about the SDC and what they do, head over to their wiki page and give it a read!

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Report this Jun. 19 2012, 7:29 am

Lower Decks: Lieutenant JG Vid-Lotilija


By Viktor Kanius


 


In this edition of the the Lower Decks, we’re going to meet someone that has a home grown foundation for her character, and created one that not only represents one of the most inspirational persons in her life, but also drives her to achieve both in and out of character. Forged from the inspiration of her loving, caring and tough [OOC] grandmother, LTJG Vid-Lotilija is proving more and more resourceful as her tour of duty continues forth. Let’s take a look shall we?


 


Let’s start with the brains behind the operation; the wrtier for Vid-Lotilija is Sadiha, or Sada as we often call her on the Apollo. She had a bit of a different drive when applying to become a member of UFOP:SB118. Even in her love of Star Trek, having learned as much as she could from books and movies, along with TV and internet sources, joining the fleet was a calculated move on her part in order to give her some valuable life skills. She says, “I joined to learn English, really lame reason, I know. Croatia is entering EU next year and my job requires better grip of the language. Going to classes is not enough, I saw little improvement from them, so guessed something that would keep me more active is in order. ” Lame is hardly the word to describe it. What a better way to nail three or four birds with one stone. But it wasn’t all easy. Training would prove to be an experience for the Ensign.


 


Training began simply enough, but as time wore on, she found that it was increasingly harder to keep tags in line and in check. Having to remember who was tagged, or what someone’s name was was starting to overwhelm the Ensign. She was even reluctant to ask for help; “My biggest problem in training was tagging people. I knew who had what position, but it was still a huge problem asking for input from anyone”.  The writing style often throws some writers as well. Its the collaboration part and tagging that places a spanner in the works for most cadets. “ I was writing before, but never with somebody and in a way to seek help from another character/writer. I’m still afraid of writing something so badly wrong that people will laugh at me. Or misunderstanding what is written so bad to answer something that is completely meaningless.” No worries ma’am, you’re doing just fine! You’re making some serious progress on the path you lead now.


 


But even progress has its limits. The LTJG is only slated to progress to LtCmdr status. “Vid-Lotilija is not a character for command. When I was creating her I had no idea how this Fleet functions and made a character I expected will be fun to write. She is, she’s such a joy. I know she can be an annoying little bugger, but she is everything I don’t dare to be. This can be marked as an important mark for any character or writer, as knowing just how much you wish to take on can dictate how things will go for you in the future. Command may not always be the way to go. But as far as her current assignment – Science Officer aboard the USS Apollo – she seems to be making a place for herself, and she was asked for some thoughts on the topic: “Oh, I love Apollo. Writers are nice and funny and command approachable and helpful in everything. I’m still finding my place, but this is absolutely where I want to be, to stay for a long time. ” It sounds like LTJG Vid-Lotilija has found a great place to start for herself, or maybe even a great place to stay, but either way, she is proving herself as a resourceful young science officer, and as a friend to her crew. Carry on Lieutenant!


 


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Report this Jun. 21 2012, 6:54 am

USS Drake Plot Summary


 


After facing the dangers of NullSpace, the crew of the USS Drake, NCC 1987, engaged in some much-needed rest and relaxation among the beaches and resorts of Alpha Centauri.


Commander William Rogers got to know his new first officer, Major David Whale, while playing golf — badly.  The Drake‘s CMO Dantin-Vex and his family became acquainted with Sakorra Reed and her family while surfing — also badly.  Later, several officers, including Chief Engineer Pandora and new transfer Karynn Ehlanii-Brice joined Rogers in a game of poker. 
Despite their weakness at certain sports, the Drake crew proved adept at enjoying themselves at their awards dinner.  Ensign Didrik Stennes became a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and both Pandora and Sakorra Reed became full Lieutenants.


The merriment was short-lived, unfortunately, as the Drake and her crew were recalled to active duty to deal with a growing political crisis.  With the death of its benevolent dictator, the Jektim Imperium — an independent system populated by Bajorans, Betazoids and Trill — finds itself in a state of instability as various faction vie to fill the power vacuum.  The Federation has been called upon to help provide stability.  The Federation, in turn, has called on the USS Drake.


 


 


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Report this Jun. 24 2012, 1:39 pm

 


Improve Your Grammar and End World Hunger


 


By Kalianna Nicholotti


 


 


 


What could be better than finding a fun game that can actually help you improve your grammar and vocabulary? Finding such a game that not only offers you the benefit of learning, but one that offers the world something fairly significant in return. Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t!


 


The World Food Programme has created a way for people all over the world to play a word game that not only helps improve vocabulary and grammar, but one that offers ten grains of rice to hungry people for every single answer users get right. The interface is simple, and you don’t even have to sign up or log in unless you want to track your progress. As you move through the questions, they get harder, offering a real challenge to even those of us who think they have a pretty good handle on the English language.


 


As writers, it is always beneficial for us to expand our understanding of the language we write in while expanding the available words that we can use to write. For this reason, Starbase 118 now has it’s own Freerice.com group. Anyone, both members and friends, can join and start collectively earning rice to help feed those who have nothing to eat in the world.


 


Check out the Starbase 118 group on Freerice.com and expand your horizons while helping the world today.

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Report this Jun. 26 2012, 8:23 am

USS Discovery-C Plot Summary


 


The Discovery-C has been dispatched on a mission to search for the missing USS Achilles. The Achilles was on a research mission to Vendra 3 to study a plague outbreak and disappeared during the mission.  Commander Mitchell re-assumed his former post as Chief Tactical Officer, and has been working closely with Lt Rogg to modify a shuttle to survive in the dense atmosphere of Vendra 3.


Meanwhile, the Discovery has also taken aboard a JAG officer, and his special cargo. His special cargo is the comatose serial killer know to the Discovery crew as Zero. Zero had been left on a dead world by the crew of the Discovery years ago after his last attempt on the crew, especially the Captain. During the time the Discovery had been trapped in a Dyson Sphere, Zero had been found by the USS Valiant. Now tests have found Zero’s DNA to have a possible cure for the plague being studied by the Achilles.


The ship is to find the missing Achilles, while convincing Zero if he awakens, to help them in curing the plague.


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Report this Jun. 28 2012, 6:41 am

Lower Decks: Lieutenant JG Zinna


By Viktor Lanius


 


Here in another edition of  Lower Decks, we’ll talk with a counselor and her writer about getting an early start in the PBEM forum, where age is limitless, and so is the imagination. Lieutenant JG Zinna, hailing from the USS Tiger-A is fueled by an insatiable desire to create and weave new stories, and with her writer being a musician, novelist, and aspiring comic artist, there are no short comings when creating new sims.


Sometimes its the younger spirit; the natural will to create and need for new and exciting worlds of imagination that lead to some of the more interesting characters and stories in our community. Erin Green, the writer for LTJG Zinna, seems to have that insatiable need for creativity born from her aspiring visions of becoming a comic artist, playing 1st chair viola, and an appetite for books of all kinds. Being a younger writer, 15 to be exact, that spark of imagination has not yet become tarnished, and if anything, is flourishing. Cartoons served as more of a conduit for getting into Trek, as she began to see more and more starships and Star Trek anecdotes in her daily routine on Goanimate.com. She decided to learn more and embarked on a journey that would lead her through TNG, DS9 and Voyager, ultimately serving as the foundation for her career in Starfleet.


Being that her hunger for Trek wasn’t satisfied, she decided to do what most of us inevitably did, and “googled” “star trek role-playing games”. I’m sure we all know the story from there, but from that fateful set of keystrokes, the community here at SB118 gained a new and resourceful young writer. “…I thought this was the perfect opportunity. So I joined hundreds (metaphorically) of role playing sites and all were really bad, but when I found UFOP:SB118, it was like Star trek role playing heaven.” It was here that she decided to lay anchor and really let her RP experience unfold. With limitless boundaries as to what she could be in the community, Erin fell back on one of her comic icons for guidance. The inspiration for LTJG Zinna is non other than “Storm from the X-Men. I love her from the old original comics (Giant Size X-Men: #1) where she was portrayed as a Goddess. She was magical like and calm and with nature, which is how my character is like. And from there I expanded it as I simmed and made her even more unique.”


As most of us have discovered through training, and just being new in general, there are hardships that may come with any new topic we care to devote any amount of time to. “The only challenge I face was over-simming. I was excited about this and wanted to sim 24/7. I had to learn to slow down and give other’s a chance to sim, and once I joined a real ship it came easy to me.” Learning the dynamics of writing with others is always a tough parcel to overcome, but Zinna began to fit right in. Goals began to form for the writer; “When I first joined I wanted to be a counselor and that’s it. I wasn’t interested in command at all. I didn’t want to be a captain and command a ship. I asked someone once, ‘Can I be the rank of Captain and still just be a counselor on a ship?’ But now I think I want to join command and can’t wait. Maybe once I reach rank Commander and feel like I’m ready I could be a captain. But as of right now, I think I can wait my turn. I’m not in a rush.” Sounds like a stable plan of action.


The LTJG currently serves the USS Tiger-A as her counselor, and from the sounds of things, Zinna has her hands full. She comments on their current plot: [We are in]…”Tholian space with Tholians sending out a distress signal but with the radiation so bad we are unable to help them, but more specifically, my character is trying to help a patient who has several mental health issues and is an endangerment to himself and the crew. He recently tried to commit suicide and she’s been dealing with that and other several crew that may disagree with her suggestions. But in all, it’s pretty fun to sim.” So much for patient confidentiality ma’am! As the future of the Lieutenant unfolds, we as readers should be in store for some rather interesting developments from both the writer, and her character. Carry on Lieutenant!


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Report this Jun. 29 2012, 7:16 am

USS Tiger-A Plot Summary


 


The second mission and the maiden voyage of the newly commissioned USS Tiger-A has brought the ship and crew to a sector of the Ithassa region known as the “triangle”. As the word suggests, it is a triangular area of space which hugs the Tholian Assembly. The mission assigned to the Tiger is to investigate a distress signal coming from the area, as well as trying to ascertain the reasons as to why so many ships have disappeared in that particular region over the years.


Upon arrival, the Tiger was hit by metron radiation and its effects have begun to manifest with some of the crew. The Tiger also encountered the ship that was placing the distress call and have communicated with it. The Tiger is preparing to send an away team to help with repairs and to deal with the radiation. A second, much larger vessel, has also been detected. As of this writing, it is unconfirmed as to what that vessel is exactly, due to the area’s surrounding environment lessening the sensors’ abilities. However, it’s distance has been measured at 1 AU from the Tiger’s location. The Tiger has yet to encounter interference or resistance from the Tholians themselves.


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Report this Jun. 30 2012, 5:46 am

 


Future Drugs: At the Speed of Now


 


By Viktor Lanius


 


 


 


It’s a thought that makes even the strongest of stomach a bit queasy. It makes your children want to run, and be a complete pain for you while you take them to the doctor. Needles have been the bane of most people as they progress through their pharmacological journey through life, and have proven to make doctors into monsters when it comes to children. Many a TV series have depicted solving this age-old problem by way of medication delivered faster than the speed of sound through the skin. The “hypospray” may be a little more than a pipe dream. Soon enough, it might just be a reality.


 


Above is the MIT Lorenze Force Jet-Injector, which promises to deliver a painless and accurate drug infusion transdermally. The heart of the small tattoo-gun-like machine features a magnet and coil driven piston that can be controlled by computer to deliver a wide array of medication and dosages for each in a calm and controlled manner. The operation occurs so quickly that the body doesn’t have much time to react, therein, no pain! In practical terms, this is useful for individuals with diabetes, as the fear of inflicting pain on oneself for testing sake might lead to compliance issues. The problem has been rectified, and future tech is upon us. Check out the video with a more in depth synopsis by clicking here!


 


For the full article with images, go to http://www.starbase118.net/blog/2012/06/01/future-drugs-at-the-speed-of-now/.

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Report this Jul. 01 2012, 4:33 am

 


USS Avandar Plot Summary


 


 


 


The events of the last mission left their mark on the crew of the USS Avandar NCC-80203, and a stop at Starbase 23 gave them a chance to let off a little steam and take the chance to get to grips with what had happened to them. The layover didn’t last all that long, however, and the crew were soon back among the stars, with the intention of getting the region of space they were to explore to yield up more secrets than trouble.


 


At first, things were pretty mundane, with a few somewhat interesting stellar features located for possible further study, but the real prize came in the form of a beacon that led the Avandar to their first planet-side contact on the far side of the Rabbit Hole.


 


With an invitation offered to pay a visit, an away team led by LtCmdr. T’Lea shuttled down to the colony to take a look around, whilst the Avandar itself began the job of investigating the possible mysteries of the nebula that lay only a short distance away, and seemed the destination of at least one other ship quite possibly the source of the beacon they had investigated…


 


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