July 30, 2012

Post of the Month--July 2012

Please congratulate Ensign Saffir G'Tollikos of the USS Gibson for writing this month's post of the month! An excellent post, his Commanding Officer had this to say: I really enjoyed reading this short but excellent post from Tolly. A really good effort." If you read a post that you think is spectacular, don't forget to nominate it for the Post of the Month.

"Red alert," called Tolly from the center chair. His mind reeled. What had they stumbled across? Why would a Klingon engine be hidden on a planet, and why were they willing to shoot at a Federation starship? And what was the away team flying into? "Shields up. Lt. Sanchez, track where the incoming fire came from. Tachyons and metaphasics as before. Tactical, target phasers on the energy signature below and open a channel."

Seconds later came the reply, "Phasers locked, channel open, but there's no response."

"Unknown vessel, this is acting Captain Saffir G'Tollikos of the Federation science vessel Gibson. We're here on a a mission of peaceful exploration. However, you should know that I have trained ship's phasers on whatever the energy source is below. If you continue hostilities, I will order this ship to fire on it until it is destroyed. Respond."

July 21, 2012

YouTube Account Manager Needed

Laddies and gents, Shadow Fleet is looking for a new YouTube Account Manager. Do you enjoy working with videos and social media? If so, then this just might be the job for you.

Responsibilities will include:
- Creating and uploading YouTube videos to the official YouTube channel, at least one every 2 weeks
- Posting player-submitted videos to the fleet YouTube channel
- Taking instructions from the Head of Media & Recruitment
- Promoting the fleet where necessary
- Working with fleet social media heads to promote and market YouTube videos
- Working under pressure during times of high recruitment

In addition to these points, all applicants must:
- Have been a member of Shadow Fleet for no less than 3 months
- Hold no other secondary position within the fleet
- Have a good standard of spelling & grammar

Not only will you be able work with videos, you will get to play a great part in helping to promote Shadow Fleet across the web. I don't know about anybody else, but that sounds like fun.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a PM directly to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) John Kawolsky explaining why you are applying for the position, what experience you have in advertising & social media, and what you can bring to the role and the team as a whole.

Submission for applications is open until July 31st but may close sooner if a suitable candidate is found so if you're interested, be sure to get your applications in without delay.

July 18, 2012

Newest Member-Yinhi Yagura

Please welcome our newest member, Yinhi Yagura! Mr Yagura is a Vulcan male who will be joining the crew of the Churchill as a Science Crewman. Please give him a warm welcome in the discussion topic or on his profile page. Also feel free check out his character application, which includes a short character bio. All in all, make sure to give him a warm hello.

July 5, 2012

Task Group Alpha Award Ceremony with Admiral Kawolsky

Awards Ceremony - July, 2012

Looking at all of your individual awards ceremonies, I am very pleased to see you all contributing effectively towards the running of your SIMMs. I am especially proud of those who joined relatively recently and have received awards so please accept my congratulations on that front.

Getting into the Task Group awards, I'd like to begin by recognizing the efforts of one of our Command Officers.

The Recruitment Ribbon is given out in recognition of a player's efforts in recruiting new members to the fleet. There is only Command Officer I can think of who is deserving of this award and that is Commander Riley T. Munro for her astounding recruitment efforts on the internet and through the Star Trek: Online MMORPG. Through engaging with potential recruits, she has not only spread the word about Shadow Fleet through new mediums, but has also managed to recruit new players to join our fantastic community. A very well done to her.

Moving, into some of the more regular Task Group awards, I'll begin with the Unit Citation.

The Unit Citation is awarded to all players of a SIMM deemed to be the most active over the last six month period. It has been extremely difficult in deciding which SIMM should be presented with this, but after careful deliberation I have decided that the USS Churchill has proven themselves against the USS Discovery for the second time running. However, I feel I must note that the USS Gibson has gotten off to a flying start, having already completed their second mission so I am sure it will be a close call at the next awards ceremony. Congratulations to Lieutenant Commander Krol and the rest of the Churchill crew.

The Crew Efficiency Ribbon is presented to the officers and crew of the most organized SIMM. I'm afraid I have to say that there is only one real contender for this award and even though it has only been around for a matter of weeks, the USS Gibson has definitely come out on top. With extremely well-thought out missions, a high activity rating and all round excellent organization, the Gibson has really set the standard for the other SIMMs in the Task Group. A very well done to Commander Munro and the rest of the crew.

This leads me nicely onto the Distinguished Command Award. Based on my previous comments, I am so impressed with Commander Munro's efforts in launching the Gibson and keeping activity levels high that I have to present her with this award in recognition of that fact. I would hope that those people wishing to one day command a SIMM of their own pay close attention to Commander Munro. A very well done, indeed.

The final presentation I would like to make today is in recognition of one person's efforts within our Task Group. Crewman Adolph Klein has only been with us a short period of time but already he has made a considerably impact on our community. Having suggest numerous ways in which Shadow Fleet can improve (some of which have already been implemented), Crewman Klein is always among the first to welcome new players and help with their integration into the fleet. I am positive that because of his actions, many new players have found their experience interesting and enjoyable, and I am sure that moving forward he can only be an excellent addition to our fleet.

With that concludes the Task Group awards for July, 2012.

I would like to congratulate all who won awards and thank all of you who didn't for what has been a spectacular six months. The Task Group (and indeed the fleet as a whole) has gone from strength to strength which could not have happened without the dedication and commitment to posting you all display on a daily basis. I would like to extend particular thanks to all of our Command Officers who keep the SIMMs running day in, day out as without the time and effort you put into the work you do, we wouldn't have any SIMMs to speak of.

Finally, I feel I must make one last special mention and that is for Lieutenant Commander Krol and the crew of the [i]Churchill[/i]. I realize it has been a difficult past couple of months for you all, especially Commander Krol, but you have all stuck together and battled through to produce some great posts. It was not my intention to thrust Lieutenant Commander Krol into position so quickly, but he has taken to the role with professionalism and managed the [i]Churchill[/i] adequately while I look for a replacement Commanding Officer. To the crew of the [i]Churchill[/i], thank you for supporting him and please bear with me while preparations are made to appoint a more permanent Commanding Officer in the near future.

Thank you, and congratulations to you all!

Please congratulate everyone on their awards and feel free to check out the award ceremonies of the Discovery, Churchill, and the Gibson.

July 1, 2012

Post of the Month--June 2012

Ladies and gents, please congratulate Ensign Ash Thompson on wining the post of the month for June 2012. His post was brilliantly written and was very enjoyable to read.

Ash sat in the engineer's office trawling through report after report. Newly commissioned ships were always a nuisance. Requisitions, requests, evaluations, projections, the all-important sodding conversion figures everybody seemed to prize so highly...

Not to say he wasn't going to make The Gibson the pride of the fleet and her Captain along with it. God knows she'd pulled enough strings to get him here.

For the Nth time today the monitor went off, pulling his attention from the PADD in his hand. He let fly a few soto voce curses before activating it.

"Oh, we'll isn't that just fu...." he pulled himself up when he noticed one of his staff in the doorway. He kept a strict open-door policy... An open door is easier to shoot and throw things through...

"Yeah?", he flicked the PADD to the desk painfully aware that what followed would be a 10 minute tsunami of inane drivel about how proud he was to blah blah blah waffle waffle waffle.

He let the kid wax lyrical for a little before gleaning what he needed from the conversation, congratulating the kid on his posting and putting him back to work.

He stepped into main engineering...
"Ok ladies," he announced to the assembled morass of young faces, " I'm gonna lay something on you and I'd like you to take it on board. I am very proud to be serving with all of you regardless of your experience, species, gender or lack thereof or sexual orientation. But this heartfelt admission of pride stuff has to stop! Now I don't know if many of you know this but Cap'n pulled a lot of favors to get us all here and if you're here it's because she selected you herself. This is a new ship and something WILL go wrong in the soon'n'now. What do you think will impress her more? That when it does, you're all doing an admirable job at your station or that you're in my office blowing smoke up my backside about dreams come true and how momma's gonna be so damned thrilled?!"

After a few more light hearted jibes at some of the younger guys he dismissed himself with the promise of after hours drinks and returned to his office.

"Well... That could have gone worse"