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September Monthly Update

Posted on Tue Oct 1, 2019 @ 10:37am by Captain Anthony Richardson

FLEET ANNOUNCEMENT
Congratulations to the crew of the USS Excalibur, for being named as the August 2019 Task Force 99 Simulation of the Month!!! Very sad that the fleet didn’t announce the award for almost an entire month, but you deserved to know when you did, so well done! I’ve added the award to everyone’s profiles and it will take pride of place on our website and BFMS entry as well.

COMMANDING OFFICER’S OOC ADDRESS
We had an alright month, welcoming a few new crew. I really am passionate about the standard that we set here on the simulation, and that’s something I want to talk about in this report. The standard that we set for the fleet, and for each other. We are a team, and that team achieves the results when we work together, but only when we are all on the same page.

One thing I am quite passionate about is activity. We all have seen simulations that are not posting as much as they should be, or even could be. We have simulations that are posting like crazy but can’t seem to build up the crew to make that even easier, and it does put a strain on those who are on the simulation to pick up the slack. We have a great group of writers here, we wouldn’t be here if we all didn’t have that passion. What I want us to focus on over the coming months is building up that activity, showing that the fleet guidelines regarding activity are not a trouble for us, and we can smash past it as quickly as possible. We have had a good couple of months, with almost 70 posts in three months (average of 22.3 posts a month)). I would love to raise that to 30 posts a month, if not more. It does require a concerted effort from all of us, and I do have the hope that we can achieve that together, as the team that we are.

Feel free to discuss what is in here on our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V.

CREW CHANGES
We have welcomed both our new Executive Officer (Stacks), which again brings us to the magical number of 5 crew. I was doing some researching over the last few days, and we have averaged around 4.4 crew this year, and I’d love to see that increase as well, with some new players, so we will be pushing through the recruitment, when we can, and within the rules; but you can also spruik the simulation when and if you can, as well. It all helps.

We do have our Chief Security/Tactical Officer (Teresa) on leave until further notice, at least until the end of October due to personal and family commitments. I have been kept aware of her situation. In the meantime, if you need to have some sort of security presence in your post, please add myself to the post and we can go from there, or add myself and I will write for Teresa, who has given me permission to do so while she is on leave.

POSTING & ACTIVITY UPDATE
We completed 27 posts this month, which is a decrease of only 7 posts from last month, so I would say a good month. I would attribute this slight decrease to the delay in getting the last mission completed as well as our new crew arriving and being unable to find a suitable location to add posts due to the delay in getting the previous mission completed and the new one begun, as well as the time jump of two years in our storyline. We averaged 5.4 posts per player across the simulation, our stats have shown that all crew, excluding crew who have been on approved leave from our simulation, have posted more than the required 2 posts-per-player requirements. We are currently the 2nd best posting sim in the Task Force this month (based on the posts/player ratio) and the 4th most active sim with regards to total posts.

Posting target for October is again, 30 posts!

WEBSITE UPDATE
The major work this month has been on the database, with a lot going into the database over this month, with articles and files from the Bravo Fleet Infobase and Memory Alpha also linked throughout the database. Minor adjustments to the website to make it easier to navigate and access particular areas of the website.

I have also updated the rules and policies of the website and made sure that they are visible across the whole website, and to ensure that the simulation is compliant with relevant privacy and data legislation (that being the EU, USA and Australia). I do want to remind everyone that your data is safe and if you feel that a part of the site is not compliant, to speak to me and I’ll rectify it straight away.

THE MISSION BRIEF
MD01 is open, for all hours. MD02 will open on October 10th

We have jumped forward to the year 2391, I would encourage you all to read the database item on the time jump scenarios to understand what things have gone on in the two-year sim gap, so that it will also provide you with details about what you can refer to in your opening posts for MD01 across this new mission.

The first mission day will be a bit of rest and relaxation of Xavier Fleet Yards, the ship will get a bit of a fine tune and minor repairs while we get our new mission orders. Other than that, it is very much a free rein to have some character development across the starbase. We are also working through the Thomas Dion storyline which will play a part in the opening sections of this mission.

The mission briefing will be up very shortly on the database, but details about the mission can be found on the website here

AWARDS TIME
With our ship-based awards now getting included on the website, this will be used a little bit more. If you do have an idea for a ship-based award, then let me know and we can work something out. If there is a fleet award that you feel is worth nominating for, then have a look at the fleet awards on the website, submit the nomination either via the website or via the BFMS (you’ll need an account to do that if you don’t have one already) and go from there.

I’ve already announced the Post of the Month from August, once the September fleet awards are announced, I’ll send out something for the September award for the ship. I want to remind everyone that if you feel there is a post from the month that you want to see awarded this, let me know what it is and your reasons and I’ll keep a note of it for the reports.

I am also awarding the first-ever Captain’s Personal Merit award to Lieutenant JG Atrorius S'harien for his ongoing commitment to the simulation, since his arrival; Michael has been making a really positive effort to be as active as possible and I have seen how engaged he has also wanted and has become in the simulation, in an OOC aspect. Well done!

The next award is for Player of the Month. I am very pleased to award the award this month to Lieutenant Commander Lapzik Ghein for his ongoing commitment to the simulation. We haven’t seen much, in character, of our new Executive Officer but away from the storyline, a lot has been going on and a lot of the improvements and changes you have been seeing on the simulation are based on our discussions each and every day, so it is finally great to see a player and a leader who is coming in with great ideas and we are hopefully going to start seeing the fruits of that labour pay off with a boost in crew.

Finally, I am awarding a Mission Ribbon to everyone who made at least one post in the previous mission. These awards will be automatic following the completion of a mission, and to be awarded one, you do need to have posted at least once in the mission, so there will be a list going up on the database shortly for this award. Players who aren’t on the sim will be included in this list as it is only fair.

FLEET NEWS & UPDATES
Really, there has not been much going on that I have been told about. I have made it clear about the lack of communication, so hopefully, that changes in the coming weeks. From what I have read myself, the fleet recently appointed a new Chief of Staff who is responsible for the fleet awards, as well as the community roster, so I would again encourage everyone to make sure that you have added your character to the BFMS so that our manifests are correct and up-to-date.

Other than that, there is a push to restart the Bravo Fleet Academy, and I am led to believe that it will be optional; so nobody currently on the sim will need to go through any sort of training course, it will be at my discretion if needed. As we have a lot of our own in-house training when it comes to posting, it may not become part of our simulation. I guess we will see.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
I’m going to again plug the Discord server at https://discord.gg/9Jdvm6V so that you can be involved in the discussions. It would be great to see more activity and discussions going on. I may start up some discussion topics to get things moving.

In summary, we had a really positive month in September, finally finishing off that last mission and being able to move with some ease to our new simming year, I look forward to the future of the simulation, we have some great things planned and a really positive attitude and outlook is what we should all have. I want you to know that we are a team, and you can always approach me or Stacks about your thoughts or if you want us to consider something for the simulation. I might be the Commanding Officer, but that is just in character. Away from the story, it is our simulation.

 

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