Hello everyone welcome to another exciting article written by yours truly.
I would like to take this time to talk about one of my hobbies. I've started this back when it was only possible to play this with either a book that will give you a few missions and to use dice to see if you succeed or fail. This way of playing goes back over 20 years, yes that means I'm old.
For my fellow geeks my RPG range is pretty extensive. I currently help run two active RPG forum based sites where you create a character and build him or her up just like you would in tell life with experience.
Today i want to talk about the 8th fleet. This is a Star Trek forum based RPG site. All new members start out as an ensign, fresh out of Starfleet Academy. You're assigned to a starship based on your selected division and/or roster slots.
The divisions are listed as follows:
Medical: Plain and simply put you'll be helping out on the ship or planet with anyone that needs medical attention.
Science: You'll be part of an area that studies anything you can think of in either space, or on the planet.
Operations: This thread is broken down into Engineering that help maintain the proper running of a starship or starbase or come up with new technology. Security are the law enforcement officers and tactical help defend the ship and or starbase from enemy forces.
Flight officers: They pilot the starships and even shuttlecraft.
Ranks: As stated if you sign up as an officer the rank progression is as follows. Ensign, Lieutenant junior grade, Lieutenant (Full grade), Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain. Certain ranks will be rewarded automatically based on posts, while other ranks are based on activity, knowledge and other requirements that can be set by your grading official.
I know this is going on and on but I am trying to give as much information as I can in the hopes that hits your interest.
The current timeline for the site is 2375, 3 months after the dominion war. The Federation is rebuilding from the great war, trying to find new allies but in some cases finding new enimies as well.
We currently have only one starship the USS Valor, commanded by me Captain Joshua Shepard. Nearly all positions are filled. Our goal is to get more and more people to join so we can commission a new ship. Remember the more you play and rank up brings you one step closer to running your very own starship.
We have a great group of members ranging from the site team which I'm one of the founding members and one of the 4 site Administrators. Plus we have regular members that will help anyone regardless of your experience and rank. We are basically a big family and some of us have been on sites like these for years. I have a friend on there that I've known for over 28 years and another person who've I've been doing these role-playing sites for almost 11 years.
I hope that with reading this it'll bring out your inner geek that some of you may hide from others because you may think you'll be made fun of. This is not the case, we don't judge anyone cause we are doing the same thing that you either love, or are at least very passionate about.