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Player Commendations

Each month, one or more players are recognized for their contribution to Outpost Hope One.

Ribbons

A number of ribbons may be earned by players for their writing, their leadership and their vision.

Valor ribbon The Valor ribbon is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service.
Story Development ribbon The Story Development ribbon recognizes the efforts of a member to sketch and guide a storyline.
Character Development ribbon The Character Development ribbon recognizes the efforts of a member to develop their characters' backgrounds and psychology.
Exploration ribbon The Exploration ribbon is awarded to members who embody the spirit of exploration.
Diplomacy ribbon The Diplomacy ribbon is awarded to members who embody the spirit of diplomacy.
Innovation ribbon The Innovation ribbon is awared to members who develop and utilize a technological innovation in their storytelling.
Discovery ribbon The Discovery ribbon is awarded to members who develop and utilize a scientific discovery or concept in their storytelling.
Purple Heart ribbon The Purple Heart ribbon is earned by members who allow a significant character to be killed.
Duty Station Development ribbon The Duty Station Development ribbon is awarded to members recognized for their contributions to the improvement and development of Outpost Hope One as a duty station.
Good Conduct ribbon The Good Conduct ribbon is awarded to members recognized for their contributions to Outpost Hope One. This ribbon may be stripped from a member for poor conduct.

Some ribbons are earned by rank, duty and time served within Star Trek: Borderlands.

Duty Station Command ribbon The Duty Station Command ribbon is awarded to all members who have taken a command position (commanding officers and executive officers) with a duty station. It is worn in perpetuity by former command staff.
Borderlands Council ribbon The Borderlands Council ribbon is worn by current player representatives on the Borderlands Council.
One Year of Service ribbon
Two Years of Service ribbon
Three Years of Service ribbon
Four Years of Service ribbon
Five Years of Service ribbon
Years of Service ribbons show how long a member has been writing with Star Trek: Borderlands. Each band denotes a year of service and an additional ribbon every five years.

Players-of-the-Month

Lillian

Valor ribbon Four Years of Service ribbon

August 2012: As CO, it is my responsiblity to keep things running as smoothly as possible on this duty station. This can be an agrivating and thankless job in the best of times, and in the worst of times it can be... Well, we won't go into that. One of the things, that makes this game, and particularlly this job fun, is the opportunity to call out good players and recognize them for their efforts, talents, and sheer bravado to call'em like they see them.

As some of you know, I have been playing this game since 1999. A dearly departed friend of my turned me on to this game. I have played on two dutystions, Starbase Horizon, and Outpost Hope One. I have had the fortune to play with the best people and writers around the web. They have been intelligent, creative, and passionate about writing, science fiction, and the culture that is Star Trek. I want to take this opportunity, to issue an award that I have not often bestowed before, to get this award, IMHO you have to simply change the game. We have a player that has single handedly changed the game for us all here on Hope One.

So without further ado, I officially recognize and award Lillian Helton as the first Most Valuable Player for 2412. That's right, Lil, you are our most valuable players. You play some many characters for us, that it is is next to impossible to decide which are Primary or Secondary, or PC or NPC. I have not decided yet how many MVP's I am going to award, but the bar is set pretty high for the rest of you.

Please join me, in giving well deserved round of applause for our MVP Lil!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rich

Duty Station Command ribbon Character Development ribbon with Star Duty Station Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon with Star Five Years of Service ribbon Four Years of Service ribbon

August 2017: Rich gave a very interesting in-character, in-story tour of the Dahk'let. Rather than simply describe the ship in the third person, we follow the disgruntled first officer moving through the ship. It sets the tension between himself and Commander Klang at the same time. Hinting of a future visit from a Q was tantalizing; especially when he described his own actions as "delicious havoc". We never did find out what was in Quidano's lap. ;)

July 2017: Honourable mention to Rich for his strong development of Roquel. There is a lot of emotional depth to this character.

May 2017: Rich put so much into his writings in May. The character of Elias Pigg (formerly Paul Gorgon) has been evolving and this month had a turning point after the abduction of Chelsea. He had a crisis of identity and stepped back from the captaincy of Seiklon Axel to take on a new role with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. He expressed such pain through Roquel's psychic connection to the raeldra. The reader is experiencing far more than a play-by-play in the arena. I have written with Rich since I joined Borderlands and am amazed at his skill.

December 2016: Rich contributed to a lot of stories during the month. He also wrote several solo posts for Favor, Pleg and Gral. I would love to see Gral in an Axel uniform in the future... he seems too much of an adventurer for Starfleet.

July 2016: Rich put in a lot of effort this month. He did a lot of work behind the scenes to bring OH1 and Axel together. He created the Sullen whom I hope to see back at Sentinel in the future as a villain to be reckoned with.

Debby

Story Development ribbon Character Development ribbon Duty Station Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon with 2 Stars Four Years of Service ribbon

February 2017: I want to give the nod to Debby and Anna-Maria together. They've been working well together and keeping the promenade and station life alive with their posts. Thanks much.

March 2016: Deb has been a very active player this month. She added two characters to OH1, both mercenaries. She, Kevin and I have been active behind-the-scenes batting around ideas for the Killjoy, Jarada and Lighthouse. I thank her for her effort this month.

October 2014: The Player of the Month goes to Deb for her portaying Laura Butler, Athena and RAP.

September 2014: We are having a second person this month since Deb has really done such a wonderful job of expanding on Theophilus with some wonderful storytelling and the “adoption” of a boy, allowing us all to see an interesting side to a long-lived character.

January 2014: Deb, hands down. I've never seen anyone throw a DS for a loop like she has with her revelation that there were multiple dimensions. She's given us the the best DS reboot I've ever seen, and our players have really taken to it. Kudos to her.

October 2013: Debora C. for all of her busy posting. She used both of her characters to really keep the story moving forward.

Tim

Duty Station Command ribbon Story Development ribbon Character Development ribbon Duty Station Development ribbon Five Years of Service ribbon Five Years of Service ribbon

June 2017: Tim was heavily involved in several stories this month. On New Enterprise, there was a very spirited argument between Zoss and Zal, father and son, about their responsibility to the Vergone natives. In the end, Zoss returned to Albatross while Zal stayed with the Albatross crew to lead an attack against the Akritirian colony. He lead Battlegroup Agrippina against a Borg Cube in an effort to delay it's intercept of USS Discovery. It was a victory despite the loss of several Starfleet vessels. The Cube will take some time to repair the damage caused by a singularity. Tim is also instrumental in the civilian crackdown that has resulted in injuries. The ongoing investigation of Commander Mirel is complicated by the civil unrest. Thank you Tim for being so involved this month.

September 2016: Tim brought the Kharians back into the story dramatically and wrote very lengthy treatise on the Mother entity that dominates a storyline one hundred years in OH1's own future. We love the character of the Kharian Emporer who is ruthless and apologetic. Tim always provides meta-information like a map of the quarantine zone and a round-table discussion of the Mother entity that deepens our immersion in the stories he tells. Tim has been a cornerstone in our writing of an entire novel this month.

June 2016: Tim had some great contributions this month. The job posting for Axel was fantastic and we like that it was pulled from Axel's past. The characterization of Zal and a Jem'Hadar child is very well done. There was a good debate some months ago about how Jem'Hadar children even exist and Tim had a good argument. The charisma and confidence of USS Hunter's CO was apparent.

Anna-Maria

Duty Station Command ribbon Character Development ribbon Duty Station Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon with Star Four Years of Service ribbon

February 2017: I want to give the nod to Debby and Anna-Maria together. They've been working well together and keeping the promenade and station life alive with their posts. Thanks much.

April 2016: I would like to recognize Anna-Maria as Player of the Month. Seket is a great character; a mix of intelligent and malevolent. Anna-Maria has also been involved behind the scenes as her characters will have pivotal roles with the upcoming Axel crossover.

August 2014: Anna-Maria – I can’t thank her enough for bringing back two such active crew members in the form of Bob and Kait. Thank you!

March 2013: Kudos to my XO Anna-Maria for being the "Glue" that holds us all together! She's like the Liquid Nail of Hope One! ...and that's a compliment! (- oh I can hear it now...)

Kevin

Duty Station Command ribbon Story Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon Five Years of Service ribbon

July 2017: Kevin expanded the OH1 universe with the galactic politics of the Gatrubbian people. The Gatrubbians will definitely become a force of change and conflict. Kevin is the first player to post a flashback of his character.

March 2017: Kevin regularly communicates with other players and is actively contributing to the major storylines in March as Gero (Daystrom), Eugene (kidnap plot) and Komara (Promenade) in addition to his regular cast of characters. He is a great writer and enthusiastic about the DS.

September 2016: Honourable mention to Kevin who has done so much with the Gatrubbian Settlement and future storylines.

Devon

Duty Station Command ribbon Good Conduct ribbon with Star Five Years of Service ribbon

January 2016: Honourable mention to Devon. He and I wrote quite a bit as DW 179 between the Chetzia conference and my relaunch in November. He's scaling back his involvement with OH1. He's going to let DW 179 fade into the background with the conclusion of the assassination plot. Ariana is still ten kilometres deep in the sphere.

November 2015: I want to recognize Devon for the sheer volume of high-quality posts. They're always a great read. In one post alone, I had 12 tags to reply to. He reads the characters well and has good vision.

Harald

Duty Station Command ribbon Duty Station Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon Two Years of Service ribbon

September 2014: This is not the first time Harald has held this position, but this time it is for his new role as XO. He has come flush with some neat plot ideas and a strong willingness to really jump in with both feet.

May 2014: Harald might be new to Outpost Hope One, but he has really added his distinct flavor to the game. Besides introducing a unique character to the Starfleet crew, he has also reintroduced the Romulans to the Dyson sphere in the form of Enriov t’Teral.

Doug

Story Development ribbon Good Conduct ribbon Two Years of Service ribbon

April 2017: Doug is prolific and tireless. He keeps everyone guessing what his characters will do next. His multiple references to Holobook were hilarious. Toraith was willing to shoot at Eugene's ship and still ask the bounty hunter to make sure Chelsea was ok.

May 2016: Doug kept me guessing all month. It started with a Gorn disrupting a dinner at the Sushi Bar. It turns out he was accused of tax fraud by a brother, a Duke in the Gorn Hegemony. Trying to mesh Ferengi and Gorn perceptions of the universe was very enjoyable to write and I hope just as enjoyable to read.

Kait

Story Development ribbon Duty Station Development ribbon Five Years of Service ribbon

January 2016: Kait has put a lot of time and effort into OH1 this month. She added five Lacosian characters and spawned multiple threads for the away team. Behind the scenes her and I have been discussing the sphere's past. Apparently my idea of finding Nessie alive and well in the sphere has been done. She also gets bonus points for quoting "Fox in Socks".

December 2015: Kait, hands down, is the player of the month. She has come back to OH1 with a lot of creativity and great drive. She is in the unique position of owning hard drives with OH1 and BL content going back more than a score of years. Some of it is on 5 1/2" floppy disk. She proofread the entire website, offered suggestions and called me on my mix of American and British spelling. Canadian English has retained British spelling for the most part although a strong French-speaking culture and the dominant American entertainment industry has created a unique mix. I changed most of the spelling to American although I kept a few words; I love the spelling of "maneouvres" and I can't change it to the less interesting "maneuvers".

Dianna

Character Development ribbon Story Development ribbon Four Years of Service ribbon

February 2016: Dianna's character, Taura, shared a traumatic event in her past during a conversation with Thev. Taura still has a very positive, Star Trek-esque, view of the universe. The event didn't cloud her judgement of all Andorians. It is something Roddenberry promoted with his view of the future. Nicely written Dianna.

April 2014: Dianna has been an amazing player this month. Between all of her characters, she has pretty much been involved in moving along most of the plots currently taking place. All of this while being on vacation and dealing with some illness. Great job, Dianna!

Michael

Good Conduct ribbon Four Years of Service ribbon

February 2016: Honourable mention to Michael. He has given his character, Federation Liaison Officer Karathev th'Prees, a lot of history. It is a great analysis of his character and the history that shaped him.