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Report this Jan. 06 2011, 8:56 am

Congratulations to the November/December 2010 Writing Challenge winner, CPO Radi Rais, and runner-up, Lt. Kevin Breeman!  You can read their entries here and here, respectively.



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Report this Jan. 08 2011, 5:32 am

Happy birthday Michelle Forbes (a.k.a. Ro Laren)!


 


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Report this Jan. 15 2011, 4:35 am

USS Eagle's plot summary for December


 


 


After concluding leave on Risa, the crew were gathered for a mission briefing, wherein it was revealed that the Eagle was to scout out a newly-discovered nascent wormhole in contest territory at the edge of Federation space. Several new faces were welcomed aboard and a surprise visit from an Admiral saw Commander Reynolds promoted to Captain.


 


 


Preparations were made in anticipation of the crew’s arrival at their destination; the ship’s shields were upgraded to deal with the strange energies radiating from the wormhole, the science department picked apart the long-range scans for as much information as they could scavenge, research into the local species – the Mahdee – was conducted, while security and tactical readied ship and personnel for a potential hostile encounter. On arrival, the area initially appeared quiet, with the Mahdee ships on the edge of sensor range apparently unaware of the Federation vessel. But a sudden impact on the Eagle’s shields revealed that perhaps the situation wasn’t quite as calm as first appearances would imply…


 



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Report this Jan. 19 2011, 10:56 am

Ronin plot summary for December


 


After the capture of the freighter where the children of the USS Ronin, NCC-34523, were being held, the two away teams found that it was a holodeck with traps designed as puzzles. The intent was simple – solve the puzzles or die. Due to a power failure, the teams successfully maneuvered through them and found the children with their holo-image captor. Immediately beaming back with the children, a holo-image calling itself “Casper” appeared to them on the Ronin saying that he needed to talk to Commander Turner. Concerned that Casper had tapped into the Ronin’s Holodeck computers, Casper was isolated and put into a hologram containment cube designed by LtCmdr. Thomas Gregory, Chief of Operations, for a later disposition.


 


The Ronin went on short leave, which included R&R, promotions and the wedding of Marine Captain Miles Unum and LtCmdr. Talon Lee. During shore leave they heard of the destruction that a supernova rained on the Romulan Empire and are now awaiting mission orders from Starfleet.


 


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Report this Jan. 20 2011, 2:52 pm

Discovery plot summary for December


 


Due to the destruction of Romulus and Remus and the instability that it has caused throughout the region, Discovery has been recalled to her home — the Avalon sector — to act as the flagship. Their orders are to prevent any rogue Romulan or Reman elements from breaking into Federation territory and squatting on one of the border planets currently under Federation control. While the crew chafed at these orders, feeling sympathy for the refugees, the orders stand. Captain Waltas and crew are currently racing back to DS-285 to re-equip Discovery for search and rescue, not knowing what they will find or what condition they will be in.


 


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Report this Jan. 21 2011, 11:08 am

Independence plot summary


 In trying to reach Wheeler Colony to retrieve hallucinogenic drugs hijacked by the FTU, the Independence has run into a number of subspace disturbances that knocked the ship out of warp. The ship then began experiencing malfunctions, which have been attributed to a saboteur.  


 


Lt jg Kobylarz and Lt Townson were going to use the Independence’s fighters to guide the ship through the disturbances. On reaching the hanger, however, they discovered two missing mauls and a hull breach. In trying to save a fellow crewman from the breach, Lt Townson was gravely injured.


 


Ensign Stark attempted to beam her directly to Sickbay, but the subspace distortions have caused a mysterious doubling effect, where Townson is evidenced both in a corridor by the shuttle bay and also within the ship’s hull lining. Meanwhile large portions of the rest of the crew appear to have disappeared only to reappear moments later.


 


The crew continues to investigate these mysteries as they try to move beyond the spatial distortions.


 


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Report this Jan. 24 2011, 11:35 am

Lower Decks: Lieutenant (JG) Tressa


By Commander Andrus Jaxx


 


In the realm of line officers, the ones on the bottom are usually looked at last, yet they are the ones that keep the ship alive. In this segment of Lower Decks we are going to take an in depth view of Lieutenant Junior Grade Tressa, the Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Victory, and her writer.  


 


Choosing a character is not an easy task. In the beginning a writer can toy with the idea of creating one of many species. I asked Kat about some of her motives behind picking the Gideon species. Her reply was, “I just wanted to do something different. From the beginning, I stayed away from the common species.” She recalled countess hours of research on our ILI, and finally settled on a Gideon named Tressa. What makes a Gideon so fascinating? “There isn’t a lot on them, but the little info I found made them an enticing race to play; they were different enough to make them interesting but not overly so. The bonus being I have A LOT of room to improvise.”


 


 The next step in the process is to find a name for the creation you are working on. For some, the name comes to them instantly, others need to research and dwell on the topic. When I asked about the name Tressa, Kat had this to say. “First, I browse through a list of names. I always have a couple handy for this reason. I jot down sounds I like, or even whole names. Then I mix and match until I have a list of names I really like. Then, through process of elimination, I decide on a name. The name I choose depends on the character as well, their personality, race, etc. For Tressa, I wanted something short, cute but not too kid-like.”


 


Once you have all of your ducks in a row, you fill out the easy application, and complete a short introductory course on the UFoP: StarBase118 simming style. Your character building starts from day one, and often times it seems like you are starting with a blank slate. As your character grows, it gains life experience. For the best level of character development, the character almost needs to take on a mind of its own. Having goals is important, even more so for your character. I asked Kat what some of Tressa’s goals were, her reply was, “She is going to kill someone which will mess her up pretty bad. She’ll get a pretty bad injury which will overload her regenerative system, resulting in it temporarily shutting down and needing a transfusion or transplant from another Gideon.” These are just two plots to explore. There are also long term goals for some characters. I asked about some of Tressa’s and Kat had this to say, “Eventually, she will have kids. Whether they are planned or not remains to be seen. It will depend on her future relationships and if they are with other PCs or PNPCs/Secondary’s that I create.”


 


The character of Tressa continues to develop, and at the release of this article, she is now a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and has begun dating. She has had an injury that has given her crew-mates a glimpse at the regenerative properties of Gideons. Although the injuries were not as severe as some of the plot goals planned for her, it was a fantastic glimpse into a species not often used among members in the group. As Tressa continues to grow as a character, it will be interesting to see how she develops, and the woman that she will become.



 



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Report this Jan. 28 2011, 4:33 pm

Species Close Up: The Arakocra


 


By Commander Andrus Jaxx


 


 


Part of 1 of a 2 part series on a non-canon species encountered by the USS Challenger.


 


 


The planet of Kaclla II, visited by the Challenger of the course of a number of years, is home to two distinct species created by the crew, and developed by the Species Development Committee (SDC). The first species is one of the few intelligent avian species in the Trek universe, called the Aarakocra. Although not native to Kaclla II, they have lived there for over 500 years, after a long migration via “space arks.”


 


 


Upon completion of the migration and settling on their new world, they realized that another intelligent species, was already living on Kaclla II. Conflict quickly developed with the Pifili people, and the Aarakocra were forced to higher ground on mountain tops and high valleys. Nonetheless, the war between the two species continues.


 


As a highly spiritual people, the need to soar and fly is an instinctive drive that touches all of them. Their rigid caste system ensures that each knows their place in society upon hatching, and most seem both content and peaceful when not in conflict with the Pifili.


 


Check out the entire Aarakocra species profile on the wiki!


 

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Report this Jan. 29 2011, 4:46 am

Species Close Up: The Pifili


By Commander Andrus Jaxx


 


Part of 2 of a 2 part series on a non-canon species encountered by the USS Challenger. Part 1: the Arakocra.


 


The planet of Kaclla II, visited by the Challenger of the course of a number of years, is home to two distinct species created by the crew, and developed by the Species Development Committee (SDC). The second species we’re covering are the Pifili, a feline species native to this planet. Their habitats were threatened by the Aarakocra, who migrated to the planet 500 years ago, and hostilities were quick to break out between the two people, led by the Pifili.  


 


The Pifili have a hereditary government with intrinsic nobility. They are technologically developed, and have developed large-scale industrial facilities and many large cities. As a way of remaining connected to their heritage as hunter/gatherers, many among the adult population participate in group hunting on a yearly basis.


 


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Report this Feb. 05 2011, 5:12 am

Academy Trainers - Lt. Commander David Whale


By Karynn Ehlanii


 


Approximately once a week, new writers are given a chance to get acclimated to our fleet and learn our formatting and style through the fast-paced, week-long training class. These classes provide an introduction to UFOP: StarBase 118 to our new writers while allowing the rising officers in the fleet to gain experience in the Command Chair. In yet another installment in a series of articles on the Academy’s Trainers, we’re shining the spotlight on Lieutenant Commander David Whale, Assistant Chief of Security on the USS Constitution.




 This Canadian writer with a double BA in history and social law is creative both in and outside of UFOP: StarBase 118. When he isn’t writing for the group, he enjoys drawing and writing and he is currently teaching himself to paint with watercolors. He also mentioned “I’m re-living my childhood by collecting Masters of the Universe action figures,” going on to say that he’s in the process of building a display for them. He credits seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at the age of six or seven with getting him truly interested in Star Trek, at which time he said that he “immediately built an Enterprise bridge out of styrofoam for my action figures,” turning some of his previous non-Trek action figures, such as Han Solo into Enterprise crew members. He does, however, question the title “fan” for himself.  In a burst of honesty he revealed that he has a love-hate relationship with the show, watching it if it interests him, but refusing to watch something just because it is Star Trek.


 


While many members in the group take the opportunity to play a non-human in the form of an alien or hybrid, Commander Whale found when he joined that this wasn’t for him, instead choosing to write for a human.  In part, he says that an alien or hybrid wasn’t compatible with the personality he intended for his character, stating “it really just worked best with a human.”  He also mentioned that from the beginning he had complex character development arcs and sub-plots in mind for Whale, which he “didn’t want to get bogged down with any of Trek species ‘baggage.’”


 


When asked why he joined the trainers, he joked “I figured it would be very selfish of me to keep my awesomeness all to myself.” He then became more serious, mentioning that while he had found it relatively easy to get used to getting involved in the plot and the format of SIMming, secondary to his previous play-by-email (PBEM) experience, he recognized that this was not the case for everyone. “I thought I may as well see if I could help some of the new people in their efforts to join Starfleet.”


 


The cadets aren’t the only ones learning from the experience. He said that his participation in the academy was an adjustment, and that patience has been his own greatest lesson.  This is something he must exercise often as he reminds himself that the new cadets are not the experienced members of the group that he is used to SIMming with. He is also learning that, unlike on one of the regular ships, when running a mission, there are fewer people (just the CO and FO of the Academy) to lean on to steer the plot or get a hesitant SIMmer involved. In his own words “that doesn’t make it harder, really, just a very different experience.” As varied as it can be from his regular ship, though, it comes with its rewards, the greatest of which he said was seeing his first cadet graduate. He mentioned, with the humor he displayed throughout the interview, that this provided “proof that I didn’t entirely screw up their training.”


 


Our interview wasn’t confined to his experiences in the Academy. We also discussed his plans for his character, something I’ll leave him to explain in his own words. “Well, Mister Whale is currently unconscious in the sickbay of the USS Constitution – an after effect of the injuries he suffered just prior to Operation Bright Star. But he’s hallucinating that he’s somewhere else, debating his place in the universe with the Guardian of Forever. My immediate plans for Whale’s future involve working on getting him fully recovered from his injuries as well as taking steps toward resolving the almost two year long sub-plot with Doctor Fiona Shelley. And ideally not getting injured again. Beyond that… who knows? I have a few long-term ideas, but I’m not writing anything in stone.”

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Report this Feb. 09 2011, 5:52 pm


The USS Aurora launches tomorrow! To learn more about the Nova class starship, read the full article at Starbase 118.


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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 7:14 am

Challenger Plot Summary for January


 


The ship and crew have crossed the Neutral Zone and entered Romulan space, and traveled to Chaltok IV at the request of the Romulans. The governor Valdek requested our help to transport the Romulan civilians from the southern half of the planet to the northern half and away from the rebel forces of their slave race the Remans. This conflict has resulted in numerous casualties on both sides.  


After the Captain and senior officers beamed down to the planet in dress uniforms to meet with the governor there was a formal diner. During this meal both Lt. Parker and Lt. jg. Gemini stepped over the bounds and voiced comments that were unbecoming of Starfleet officers. It was during this meal that the Romulan Governor explained that he wished StarFleet’s help with evacuating the Romulans civilians from the southern half of the planet. Cmdr. Tel-ar discovered, from speaking with one of the guards just before the dinner, that the Governor was also the senior military officer on the planet.


After the meal the team returned to the ship and Cmdr. Tel-ar assigned both Lt. Parker and Lt. jg. Gemini to command the rescue efforts for the Romulan civilians. They would have all the standard shuttles which would be crewed by marines. They would be working with a Romulan by the name of Madrek who had all the data regarding the locations of the civilian population.


During all this Lt. Cmdr. Dickens and Ensign T’Sora were busy trying to establish communications with the Reman rebels. So far they have been unsuccessful but have detected an anomalie that they plan to investigate further.


Lt. Cmdr. Reid was busy with emergency surgery and then with preparing to operate a field hospital to look after any injured Romulan civilians that were brought in. He was going to be assisted by the new Ensign Victoria Wakeman.


Lt. jg. Herrera voiced some concerns that the Romulan Governor may not be completely honest. His hinting at requesting Tholian assistance may have been a red herring.


The evacuation of the civilians is about to begin and the search for answers is underway.

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Report this Feb. 14 2011, 9:43 am

The Ronin Crew Move House


By Alleran Tan


 


“I go where the sound of thunder is.” – Alfred M. Gray


 


As most of you are aware by now, with the completion of Captain Toni Turner’s captaincy practical, the crew of the USS Ronin is moving from their current home to the Embassy building on Til’ahn (classed as Duronis II in the Federation), home of the Laudeans.


I was lucky enough to speak to Toni Turner regarding her decision to make this change. I asked her who suggested the move to the Embassy building and Toni replied,


“The candidate for captaincy is allowed to submit a proposal for the command they would like. I proposed the Embassy with the support ship being changed from the USS Resolution to an entirely new ship, the USS Thunder.”  


Continuing on this thread, I asked how long have she been pondering this move. She wrote,


“This is a question that needs some clarification, because I didn’t ponder this exact move all at one time. When I started siming with UFOP: Starbase 118, I served at the Embassy for six months. I loved siming the best of two worlds – on land and in space – but due to some extenuating circumstances, I left the Embassy as a Lieutenant JG, but I’ve always wanted to go back as it’s Commanding Officer, so it is fair to say I started pondering that part of the move when the Embassy was decommissioned several years ago.”


So the move is obviously something Turner has considered for some time. When asked how long she had been pondering this move Toni replied,


“The USS Thunder came into play the first time I laid eyes on the Cheyenne Class starship, approximately two years ago. She is predominately a ship for diplomatic, exploration, and scientific missions, and fit the bill for the type of space missions conducive to an Embassy. Putting the two together, seemed as natural as breathing, so I did.”


The shift is a big one- from one of the Federation’s premier starships in the area to a ground-based embassy. I was curious if Toni thought this represented a dramatic shift in the types of sims written by the crew. She said,


“Being based at an Embassy, we will have the rare opportunity to study the Laudeans, the species that inhabits Duronis II, on a day to day basis, helping them, when we can, with issues they encounter, like setting up a viable government; enhancing trade; helping to find cures for ailments that are species specific; basically guiding them towards becoming a productive member of the Federation. The most dramatic change is, we will be siming post-destruction of Romulus and Remus.”


Given that the Laudeans allied themselves to the Romulans in the past, the end of Romulus and Remus provides an interesting setting for the crew. I was, however, curious about the new support ship- the USS Thunder. Captain Turner had the following to say,


“The USS Thunder is classified as a Destroyer mainly used defensively with a compliment of 20 officers and 925 crewmen. It has enough room for 200 visiting dignitaries. Her classification makes her more equipped for space exploration than the Nova-classed Resolution that was formally attached to the Embassy. Like any other ship in the Fleet, she has the capability to defend herself when faced with situations that call for it in the course of exploration.”


The crew’s previous post was an Akira Class ship, the USS Ronin. The Ronin was famous for its skilled and dedicated air group- I asked her if the Thunder would have a similar element.


“The Thunder will not have fighters,” she wrote, “unless they become necessary down the line. The mainstay of the ship is runabouts, shuttlepods, and personnel shuttlecraft both for personnel and cargo.”


Clarifying, she said, “At the Embassy, the Tactical Wing consists of Peregrine and Valkyrie Class Heavy Fighters, Class Light Escort Fighters, Runabouts, and one Hopper. All of these were put in place by the previous staff.”


That certainly presents the Embassy crew with a great deal of flexibility! And, I might add, a substantial amount of firepower. When asked if the crew was expecting any trouble, Turner said,


“In Starfleet, I have learned, to always expect trouble. It will be no different at the Embassy, but the trouble may take on a different face.”


Wise words.


Curious now about the role the Captain herself would play, I asked Toni how much of her Starfleet heritage she would keep compared to how much more of an Ambassador she might become. She wrote,


“Toni will be called “Captain.” To cover the duel roles for a Captain required at the Embassy, the title of “Ambassador” has already been given to one of my Personal NPC’s. That way I can be in two places at once when we have a mission taking us off planet.”


An interesting and effective way of dealing with things- it turns out, with enough planning, you CAN be in two places at once! Speaking of the Captain, I congratulated her on passing her practical and asked for any thoughts on this matter. She said,


“First of all, thank you, for the congratulations.”


“Oh yes, I have plenty of thoughts about my captaincy ranging from what it took to get to this point to finally learning what I needed to know about commanding a ship. But the one thing that stands out in my mind, is my crew. I challenge myself everyday to live up to a quote by former First Lady Rosalyn Carter (a Georgia girl too) that I wear on my banner. “A good leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go… but ought to be.”


An interesting and thought-provoking comment- a bit of insight into Toni’s command style, perhaps?


But the Captain’s not the only person affected by this change. Curious, I asked for her thoughts on what her crew might say about the change. She replied,


“So far, everyone has indicated that they support the change in venue, and are looking forward to the move. I have one crew member that supports it wholly in OOC, but IC is playing it in the opposite direction. It’s provided us with a dilemma that has proved very interesting and fun to write.”


Seems that Toni’s crew are just as on-board as she is. Is there anything else she’d like to add? Of course!


“I only want to thank my peers for the recent honor they bestowed on me – the James T. Kirk Cross – during the Awards Ceremony. It was one of the nicest honors given to me for my efforts. I was thoroughly taken off guard. As my trustworthy sidekick and First Officer Lt. Commmander Tallis Rhul would say, “It was Bang Tidy!” ::grins::


We’re looking forward to a great deal more fun, interesting and diverse missions from the Embassy crew, and everyone at UFOP: StarBase 118 wish Toni the best with her new promotion and her new command!


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Report this Feb. 16 2011, 6:29 am

Independence Plot Summary for January


 


The crew of the USS Independence-A has safely negotiated through the spatial distortions and has paused to assess the damage. Lt Townson lost her double and a hand. The ship has gained a mysterious joined Trill of unknown identity who is currently in a coma in sickbay. Checking with the local subspace beacon, the crew realized that events they thought took only a day in fact covered two weeks time.  


The crew celebrated awards and promotions, and then continued on their way to Wheeler Colony to complete their original assignment. While en route, the Science, Engineering, and Security teams have been investigating an apparent attempt at sabotage and the disappearance of a number of the crew. Also while en route, the ship received word of the Hobus disaster. Captain Riley and her department chiefs wrestle with the decision of when to tell the crew. Deciding to release the information immediately, the crew is informed a group of Romulan refugees are seeking to begin a colony in the Ithassa Region. The crew is concerned and many volunteered to assist the colony, however, the ship has been ordered to finish the mission to Wheeler first.


The ship has reached Wheeler and away teams have been set to retrieve the stolen hallucinogenic drugs and bring down the smuggling ring responsible for their theft.


 


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Report this Feb. 19 2011, 5:29 am

Ronin Plot Summary for January


 


 


The USS Ronin has responded to a distress call from the Breen colony on Tyberius VII. In the wake of the Hobus Star supernova, the Breen find themselves in the middle of a humanitarian crisis with no hope of supplies or aid from the Romulans. Seemingly grateful for Federation aid and supplies, they arrange for a tour of their colony, and send their diplomats to discuss further relief with Captain Toni Turner. The blue touch paper is lit when Romulan vessels appear in the Tyberius system and challenge the Federation’s presence in their space; this leads to the arrival of the commanding officer of the Romulan fleet aboard the USS Ronin, and sparks a political game of cat and mouse between the two rival delegations, with the Federation struggling to mediate.


 


Even as the Ronin crew hurry to step up their relief efforts in light of the discovery of just how many Breen are ill or starving, an explosion devastates the Breen’s second largest storage facility, destroying 40% of the supplies that they had received. With relations already strained between the Breen and the Romulans, the Ronin crew must find a way to find out what happened, and manage the diplomatic situation before it rages out of control.


 


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