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Jan 7, 2006

Get involved in a Guild! (Betazoids, Vulcans, Trills, Readers, more...)

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hello friends!

It seems that many of you are unaware that we have discussion areas for those interested in various in character aspects of our game, so I wanted to make sure you were fully aware of some of the neat things we have going on in this realm.

Guilds serve the purpose of bringing together people who share common in character interests, and we already have a number of them at the moment, with one more possible! So let me take a few minutes to introduce them. (More information on how to join is at the bottom of this e-mail.)

GUILDS

- Readers Guild: This guild caters entirely to characters who are telepathic or empathic. We have some great discussion going on right now about the creation of new, non-canon reading races, as well as the creation of some in character reader institutions like "SCEPTRE" -- a mysterious all-telepath alliance!

- Guild of Vulcans: Is your character a Vulcan, or Vulcan-hybrid? Help us flesh-out the world of the Vulcans and create a more in depth Vulcan profile on our Intelligent Lifeform Index. Anyone who is interested in Vulcan culture, or in helping bring the Vulcan persona to light should take a look.

- Guild of Trills: Perhaps one of the most complex races in Trek, the Trills are a wealth of interesting plot discussion. The Guild of Trills seeks to help make it easier to play a Trill, and also to discuss symbiosis. Join them if you're interested in Trill culture!

- Guild of El-Aurians: Mysterious and rare, El-Aurians are called the "listeners." This guild discusses the race more in depth and tries to bring a diverse understanding of these characters to make it easier for those who are interested in playing them.

- Guild of Betazoids: *NEW!* We're looking for some folks to help start a Guild of Betazoids. Betazoids are the second most populous race among our characters in this group, so we want to create more materials about them. If you're interested in Betazoids and want to help start the guild join us soon!

- Lambda Alliance: For all gay, lesbian, bisexual, neuter, or transgendered characters, the Lambda Alliance is home. We have some great discussions on GLBT culture in the present, and in the future.

JOINING A GUILD

To join a guild, you can head to our guild headquarters on the forums, or head to the guild area on our website. Here are the links:

- Forums: http://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?showforum=99 - Website: http://www.starbase118.net/members/taskforces/guilds/

Jan 9, 2006

Award Ceremony, 2005 -- Completed

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Well folks, it's finally finished! The 2005 Awards Ceremony is completed in its entirety, and we are ready to announce the complete and total results.

To get the full experience, you can head to the award ceremony area:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/awards/

There, you can find the 2005 Ceremony, which includes the list of recipients for the duty post winners, some miscellaneous awards which we only give once a year, the staff awards, and the staff promotions. In each of the sub-areas -- General, Duty Post, Staff -- you can see the list of who received each award over the history of the group, and what each award means.

Just for good measure, I'll give you the complete list of who-won-what:

FACTS: Totals - Awards: 54 - Recipients: 42

Interesting - Ship with Most Recipients: Kodiak - Officer w/Most Awards: Tash Zubowskivich, Columbia (3) - Awarded for the first time: Voyager Medallion (LtCmdr. Kael Mason Thomas, Aurora)


BY SHIP: SHIP NAME (RECIPIENTS/AWARDS)

AURORA (3/3) - Lt. Jophry Calhan (TOSMA 1) - LtCmdr. Solan (B-Plot Award) - LtCmdr. Kael Mason Thomas (Voyager Medallion)

COLUMBIA (4/8) - Lt. T'Lea (TOSMA 1, Cochrane Award) - Lt. Tash Zubowskivich (TOSMA 2, Nebula Bar, Silver Palm) - LtCmdr. Richard Shawn Anderson (Sheathed Sword) - Lt. Kwame Alexander (B-Plot Award, Neelix Award)

CONSTITUTION (1/1) - Lt. JG. Rowanna Marie Briels (Barclay Bead)

EMBASSY (5/6) - Lt. Anthony Losett Creed (TOSMA 1, Neelix Award) - Lt. JG. Toni Turner (TOSMA 2) - Lt. xoet twelve (Nebula Bar) - LtCmdr. Daydan Taboo (B-Plot Award) - Civ. Gabriel (Silver Palm)

INDEPENDENCE (5/5) - Cmdr. Idril Mar (TOSMA 1) - Lt. Benjamin Walker (TOSMA 2) - Ens. Rebecca Hollendale (Barclay Bead) - Lt. JG. Alice Falcon (B-Plot Award) - Lt. Ethan James Brice (Silver Palm)

KODIAK (8/9) - Lt. Sakorra Jefferson Reed (B-Plot Award) - Cmdr. Rhys Bejain (Neelix Award) - Lt. Kalin Terpes (TOSMA 2, Natasha Yar) - Lt. JG. Johnathan A. Graves (TOSMA 1) - LtCmdr. Paul Diamond (B-Plot Award) - Lt. Merigold KitiganZibi (Sheathed Sword) - Lt. JG. Revek Kenta (Pilot's Sextant) - LtCmdr. Sam Nigel Perkins (Kalendra Award)

MORNINGSTAR (0/0) - No awards

STARBASE 118 OPS (6/8) - Lt. Vincenzo D'Onofrio (TOSMA 1, Barclay Bead) - LtCmdr. Sandrine Avrille (Nebula Bar, B-Plot Award) - Cmdr. Tyr Jashin Waltas (Silver Palm) - LtCmdr. Cura A. Stone (Sheathed Sword) - Cmdr. T'Lara Cha'Stelin (Order of the Valiant Heart) - Lt. Rode Mitchell (Sisko Tactical Cross)

STEADFAST (0/0) - No awards

VICTORY (6/7) - LtCmdr. Nugra (TOSMA 1) - Ens. Aresee Lily Ventu (TOSMA 2) - Ens. Chris Wadham (Barclay Bead) - Lt. Julia Elizabeth Harden (Prantares Ribbon, Silver Palm) - Ens. Ben F Hunnicutt (B-Plot Award) - Cmdr. Robin Phoenix (Neelix Award)

WALLACE (4/5) - Lt. JG. Salak (TOSMA 1) - Lt. Sidney Arlyn Riley (TOSMA 2, B-Plot Award) - Lt. JG. Joran Tavex (Barclay Bead) - Lt. JG. Drake Barlow (Sheathed Sword)

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BY AWARD:

TOSMA 1: (8) - Lt. T'Lea (Columbia) - Lt. JG. Salak (Wallace) - Lt. Anthony Losett Creed (Embassy) - Lt. Vincenzo D'Onofrio (Ops) - LtCmdr. Nugra (Victory) - Lt. Jophry Calhan (Aurora) - Cmdr. Idril Mar (Independence) - Lt. JG. Johnathan A. Graves (Kodiak)

TOSMA 2: (6) - Lt. Tash Zubowskivich (Columbia) - Lt. Sidney Arlyn Riley (Wallace) - Lt. JG. Toni Turner (Embassy) - Ens. Aresee Lily Ventu (Victory) - Lt. Benjamin Walker (Independence) - Lt. Kalin Terpes (Kodiak)

BARCLAY BEAD: (5) - Lt. JG. Rowanna Marie Briels (Constitution) - Lt. JG. Joran Tavex (Wallace) - Lt. Vincenzo D'Onofrio (Ops) - Ens. Chris Wadham (Victory) - Ens. Rebecca Hollendale (Independence)

NEELIX AWARD: (4) - Lt. Kwame Alexander (Columbia) - Lt. Anthony Losett Creed (Embassy) - Cmdr. Robin Phoenix (Victory) - Cmdr. Rhys Bejain (Kodiak)

NEBULA BAR: (3) - Lt. Tash Zubowskivich (Columbia) - Lt. xoet twelve (Embassy) - LtCmdr. Sandrine Avrille (Ops)

SILVER PALM: (5) - Lt. Tash Zubowskivich (Columbia) - Civ. Gabriel (Embassy) - Cmdr. Tyr Jashin Waltas (Ops) - Lt. Julia Elizabeth Harden (Victory) - Lt. Ethan James Brice (Independence)

SHEATHED SWORD: (4) - LtCmdr. Richard Shawn Anderson (Columbia) - Lt. JG. Drake Barlow (Wallace) - LtCmdr. Cura A. Stone (Ops) - Lt. Merigold KitiganZibi (Kodiak)

B-PLOT AWARD: (9) - Lt. Kwame Alexander (Columbia) - Lt. Sidney Arlyn Riley (Wallace) - LtCmdr. Daydan Taboo (Embassy) - LtCmdr. Sandrine Avrille (Ops) - Ens. Ben F Hunnicutt (Victory) - LtCmdr. Solan (Aurora) - Lt. JG. Alice Falcon (Independence) - Lt. Sakorra Jefferson Reed (Kodiak) - LtCmdr. Paul Diamond (Kodiak)

PRANTARES RIBBON: (1) - Lt. Julia Elizabeth Harden (Victory)

NATASHA YAR PIN: (1) - Lt. Kalin Terpes (Kodiak)

COCHRANE AWARD: (1) - Lt. T'Lea (Columbia)

SISKO TACTICAL CROSS: (1) - Lt. Rode Mitchell (Ops)

STRANGE MEDALLION: (2) - Cmdr. Robin Phoenix (Victory) - Cmdr. T'Pen (Steadfast)

PILOT'S SEXTANT: (1) - Lt. JG. Revek Kenta (Kodiak)

ORDER OF THE VALIANT HEART: (1) - Cmdr. T'Lara Cha'Stelin (Ops)

VOYAGER MEDALLION (1) - LtCmdr. Kael Mason Thomas (Aurora)

KALENDRA AWARD (1) - LtCmdr. Sam Nigel Perkins (Kodiak)

But, of course, don't forget to read the ceremony to find out who got promoted!

http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/awards/ceremonies/2005.php

Jan 10, 2006

Award Ceremony, 2005 -- Addenum

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

My apologies for this, but due to an error on my part, the Steadfast awards were not included in the list that was sent out. They should be as follows:

- Cmdr. T'Pen (TOSMA I, Neelix Award, Strange Medallion) - Lt. Cmdr. Samal Frazier (TOSMA II)

Congratulations to them both!

Jan 11, 2006

EC - Great Bird Award

  • mdhpapa_llama

The Great Bird Award This award is the highest honor given to any officer, and as of yet none have been awarded it in the history of the group. It is given to an officer who helps develop and/or invents a new way of simming, a new way of thinking, or a new way of looking at the Star Trek universe. Only given once per ceremony.

As we enter into our 12th year as an online club devoted to star trek, community, writing, and role playing it fitting that we finally issue our first great bird award.

The Executive Council hereby awards to Fleet Admiral Wolf the Great Bird Award, 2383.01.11 .

Admiral Wolf's achievement within UFOP are so frequent that like air they are taken for granted. Ideas that he has brought to the fleet quickly become `the way we have always done things.

Admiral Wolf founded 1994. To create an online game is perhaps no great idea. To create a club with all the infrastructure that goes with creating a club takes time, effort, and most of all Vision.

Training – the first major overhaul of training was laid out by Admiral Wolf and R. Admiral marlin in 2000. Since then it has been perfected by others but it follows the original guide lines they laid down.

UPDS – Yes there was a time before we conveniently kept track of members, characters, ships, training, requests, and award ceremonies in one online data base. Previous everything was tracked individually using excel spread sheets, word documents, and stored email.

UFOP Forums – Chat boards are nothing new. The Forums however replaced our chat boards and lead directly to the involvement of many junior members in UFOP administration. Not only are their forum moderators but areas to discuss UFOP and forms.

WIKI – Still new to the club, this feature is impacting the way we store information for our collective universe in a dramatic way and our approach to Ship Web Sites. Already it is so popular the EC created a special award (Sarpeidon) for it. Like UPDS it encourages the sense of community.

Updated Website – Web sites are a standard feature to the online world. In 2004-2005 UFOPs was updated with a sleeker more modern design.

IDIC – Infinite Diversity Infinite Combination – This is what I am calling Wolf's dramatic stand on UFOPs inclusive nature. As a Commander I knew a Captain who threatened to quit if a homosexual simmed a relationship on their vessel. Today because of Wolf's leadership on the issue we have clear standards of acceptance. This standard is not limited to sexuality but includes the full range of diversity.


Admiral Wolf is a Visionary leader. He has in his head what UFOP should be and how UFOP should act. It allows us to steer our course with confidence. His vision is for a club that fosters Community, Good Writing, Role Play, and Star Trek.

Over the years he has devoted time, money, effort and most importantly creativity to UFOP. We can only hope he devotes another 12 years to this club.

The EC salutes you Admiral Wolf.

Rear Admiral Anassasi Captain Avatar Fleet Captain Hebron Vice Admiral Hollis

Jan 13, 2006

"USS Courage" Poaching

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hello faithful fantasy fans!

Wanted to notify everyone that we've got a "poacher" in our midst. These are folks who steal e-mail addresses from us in whatever way they can so that they can invite you to other Yahoo! Groups, SIM clubs, or whatnot.

We would never presume to have any control over where our members SIM outside our group, but we certainly don't appreciate anyone bugging our members when they don't want solicitations. Please be aware that we take every precaution available to us to keep your e-mail addresses safe and under-wraps.

If you're as angry as I am that someone would use your e-mail address for nefarious purposes, and you have received an invitation from the Courage, you should use Yahoo!'s abuse center to report the offender. That link is here:

http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/groups/cgi_abuse

Check the original e-mail you received from the Courage to find the sender's Yahoo! ID. The address for their group is, per the request by the abuse form:

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/USSCourage/

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at t.wolf@... I am dedicated to ensuring the security and privacy of your e-mail addresses, and hope that everyone in our community feels the same way.

Jun 4, 2006

Forums Back Online

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Due to a hacking earlier this morning, we were forced to upgrade our boards. In the process, we have temporarily lost the use of our "SpacePilot" (blue-starry) theme that we are so fond of. Nonetheless: THE FORUMS ARE BACK ONLINE!

At the moment, we are currently soliciting assistance from a professional Invision Power Board theme developer to get the theme back online. In the meantime, please use the default board theme to get acquainted with some of the new features of our boards, and our blogs! I think you'll find some neat new stuff.

And if you haven't taken the time to set up a character blog, what are you waiting for? This is a great way to develop your character!

Jun 16, 2006

Launching Publicity Campaign

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hello friend!

Now more than ever, it's harder and harder to find new recruits. If you want your ship to stay active, then here's your chance to get things rolling! The more people we have to stock your ship with, the better your ship's sims will be, and the more vibrant our community will become.

Just join our Y! Group list (link below) to learn more about the new campaign. We've got something for everyone, and this is your time to shine!

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/ufop-publicity/join

Jun 25, 2006

Top Sims Submission Period Ends July 1

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Greetings, Fellow Trekkers!

Just a friendly reminder that the Top Sims Contest submission period ends on July 1st. If you haven't submitted a sim yet, you're losing out on the opportunity to prove to the fleet that your ship truly does have the best simmers!

Submitting a sim is easy. Just use the form:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/forms/topsims/

No big process -- just pick a sim you think you did particularly well on, and submit it. Or, post a sim that someone else wrote well on. Don't wait for others to submit sims for you!

Remember: this round of the contest closes on July 1. Then the fleet will vote on the best 10 sims. If your ship doesn't have a sim posted, what will that say about your crew?

Jul 14, 2006

Top SIMs voting round begins!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Greetings, friends!

The voting round for the Top SIMs contest has begun! The judges have chosen the top 10 SIMs submitted and they are now ready for you to vote on. Here's how it works:

First, head to the forums and read the SIMs:

http://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2911

Next, head to the Yahoo! Group poll and vote for your favorite:

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/ufop-team-topsims/polls

(To vote, just request membership to the group. You'll automatically have access to vote in the poll!)

The voting period ends Fri., July 28th, so don't wait around!

Jul 25, 2006

Last days to vote on Top Sims Contest!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

We're down to the final hours of voting for the Top Sims contest! It's your last chance to help spur your favorite sim forward to victory!

The polls close at 11:59pm on Friday, July 28th, so don't delay! Head to this thread to read the sims:

http://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2911

Then head to the polling booth here:

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/ufop-team-topsims/polls

You can request membership and be automatically granted it to vote! Hurry to cast your vote before this contest ends and your favorite sim is left out in the cold!

Aug 1, 2006

Top SIMs Contest Results

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hello fellow simmers!

Many apologies for the late announcement of the winners, but without further ado, here they are:

JUDGES CHOICE: - Winner: "Ten Minutes and Not a Second More" Haldane/Morgan St. Eyre - Runner-Up: "Advance Intelligence" Hollis Calley - Honorable Mention: "Sickbay: Playing Doctor" Solok/Jefferson Reed

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: - Winner: "The Stalemate" Paul Diamond, Cura/John Stone, Jacen Fanel - Runner-up: "Sickbay: Playing Doctor" Solok/Jefferson Reed

Many congratulations to everyone involved. We hope to see another great round of sims for Aug./Sept. The submission area will be open starting Friday evening, and this time around you'll be copying/pasting sims into the box to allow for joint sims more easily. Also, don't forget that you can submit sims that are up to 150 days old. So if there's a sim from before this past round that you wanted to submit but forgot, you still have a chance!

Again, great work everyone. Looking forward to the next round!

Aug 13, 2006

Next Top Sims Contest Begins

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey there, friends!

Our next round of the Top Sims Contest has begun! Submissions are allowed starting today, and go through Fri., Sept. 8th.

Anyone can submit anyone else's sim. You do not need permission to submit a sim, and you are welcome to submit your own sim. Submissions are only accepted via the submission form, however. When a sim is submitted, it must not be more than 150 days old.

Remember, we're not looking for the best sims of "all time;" we're looking for the best sims from the past month or so! At the end of the year, we'll compile all the top sims that have won, and they will compete in a cumulative contest for the year. Don't be afraid to submit a few of your best sims from the past few weeks. Anything good can compete! After all, you don't want to be embarassed when your crew doesn't submit anything, right? What does that say about the SIMming on your vessel?

Submission form: http://www.starbase118.net/members/forms/topsims/ See also: http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/topsims/ Forum: http://www.starbase118.net/forums/index.php?showforum=283

Sep 9, 2006

2 more days to submit a Top Sim!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

The deadline for entry into this round of the Top Sims contest has been pushed back! Due to the failure of a reminder notice to be sent out, we're giving until Sunday evening for submissions to be considered.

Get your sims posted TODAY to be considered! Remember, sims can be up to 150 days old!

Don't let your ship be the one that didn't participate! You can submit your sims, or anyone else's sims -- you don't need to get permission!

For more information, and to find the top sims submission form, go here:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/topsims

Sep 27, 2006

Vote for your favorite sim!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Don't forget, the top sims contest's voting period is closing shortly, so if you want one of your crewmates to be considered the winner, you need to vote! Here's the URL:

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/ufop-team-topsims/surveys?id=2338698

The group requires membership, but if you request it you will AUTOMATICALLY and IMMEDIATELY be given access.

Don't let your crewmates down -- vote today! Voting ends on Saturday evening.

Oct 14, 2006

Top Sims Contest/Writing Challenge

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey folks,

Don't forget that the submission period for the October/November Top Sims contest is OPEN! This means you can submit your own favorite sims, and other great sims written by your crewmates to the contest right now! More information is available on our website, at:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/topsims/

Don't wait too long, though -- the submission period will close soon enough, and those ships who aren't represented in the contest won't have a chance at winning! Any sim from the last 150 days is acceptable, and you don't need permission to submit someone else's sim.

Also, this is the last week of this round of the Writing Challenge! Now's the time to get those words on paper and take a crack at your chance for Challenge Glory. Find out more on our website, at:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/challenges/

Last day to submit your story is Sun., Oct. 22nd!

Nov 15, 2006

Shop at Amazon & Help UFOP: SB118!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey Trek fans!

It's the holiday season, and if there's one thing everyone can count on, it's the fact that you have to shop for gifts. Howabout killing two birds with one stone this year? Avoid long lines at the mall AND help your favorite role playing game earn money towards keeping its website online!

That's right, you can earn our group some nice change that we can use to keep our site alive and kicking just by ordering the things you already plan to shop for online at Amazon! United States, Canadian, and yes even United Kingdom residents can shop at our Amazon stores!

Here's how it works: just head to one of the storefronts (links provided below), and use the area to shop for the gifts you're planning on buying. Add them to your shopping cart and check out. Voila -- you're done! Your stuff gets delivered to you, or you can deliver it straight to your recipient, gift-wrapped and all. Meanwhile, Amazon gnomes count up how much you bought and reward UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek RPG for bringing customers to them. How sweet is that?

So help us out this year and do your shopping online. It'll save you a lot of time out at the stores -- time you can spend simming, right?

- Amazon.com (U.S. shoppers): http://www.starbase118.net/members/shop/amazon-us/ - Amazon.ca (Canadian shoppers): http://www.starbase118.net/members/shop/amazon-ca/ - Amazon.co.uk (U.K. shoppers): http://www.starbase118.net/members/shop/amazon-uk/

Nov 26, 2006

Awards Ceremony 2006 - Nominations Open!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hello!

Our Awards Ceremony 2006 has begun with the opening of our nominations period. All members are invited to begin nominating fellow members for awards as soon as possible. The nomination period closes on Sunday, December 17th, so get started now!

Use the links below to find out more information:

- Awards Ceremony area: http://www.starbase118.net/members/events/awards/ - Nomination form: http://www.starbase118.net/members/forms/awards/

Be sure to pass the word on to your crewmates as well to get started on their nominations. Remember, we post the list of award winners on our main website news, AND in our hall of fame! Don't let your crew be left out by not nominating ;)

Dec 9, 2006

Get your award nominations in today!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey folks!

This is the LAST week you can put in your nominations for the upcoming award ceremony, which means that you need to get yours in soon, before you forget ;) The nomination period ends on Sunday, December 17th.

Just head to the nomination form, here:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/forms/awards/

On that page, you'll also find and explination how to nominate someone, as well as links to the pages which explain what each award is for.


Don't hesitate - get it done today!

Dec 16, 2006

Awards & UPDS

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey folks!

Don't forget that tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day for nominations. Head to the awards nomination form:

http://www.starbase118.net/members/forms/awards/

Also, please be sure to update your UPDS profile, especially your e-mail address!

Thanks!

Dec 21, 2006

Thanks to those who have donated!

  • FltAdml. Tristan Wolf

Hey simmers!

I just wanted to publicly acknowledge those folks who have generously donated to the group during this holiday season.

Those folks who have given so far include:

- Captain Robin Phoenix - Captain Tyr Waltas - Major Francis deMarc - LtCmdr. Samal Frazier

For their donation, they get an upgraded forum account, which includes a special badge and some extra goodies! Thanks again, guys!

Their donations will go towards keeping our site online, and improving it with new features and development.

Donation area: http://www.starbase118.net/donate