You’ve been directed to this page because you’re simming fewer than eight times a month, on average. This makes you an “occasional simmer.”
Why is this a problem?
For our ship to be successful, every member must be committed to playing at a certain pace.
When players don’t keep up with the story, other members of the ship often find their tags unanswered, which means everyone has to work harder to move the story forward by managing those skipped tags or dealing with the sudden disappearance of a character from a scene as it moves ahead without them.
Our ship staff work hard to ensure that our game is engaging, fast-paced, and that every member of the crew is enjoying themself. When some members of the crew don’t do their part to answer tags and contribute to the story as expected, it makes much more work for the ship staff to keep the plot of the story going and ensure that people know how to proceed.
As fewer people engage actively in the plot, the plot will slow down creating a vicious cycle that in turn makes it more difficult for people to engage, slowing down the plot further. This is one of the primary reasons that ships fail and are decommissioned, as they fall into this vicious cycle and can’t recover to get everyone involved again.
Posting consistently makes the game better
When players consistently post three times per week, it helps the game move forward at a brisk and exciting pace. And it helps everyone have more fun. You’ll also find that it has lots of benefits for you and other players on the ship:
- You have fewer tags to gather. With fewer tags, you can assemble your sims faster and create shorter sims instead of having to backfill tons of content that you missed. This also saves time and energy to invest in the fun parts of simming.
- You feel more involved. You’ll find that when you participate more, your character will have as strong of a presence as others and will feel like an important part of the story. This will motivate you to develop your character more.
- Your enjoyment increases. When you’re constantly having to catch up with the plot and reams of tags, your enjoyment can slide right out and resemble feelings of burnout. Increasing your participation works hand in hand to boost those happy brain chemicals and help make it fun to write again.
- You meet the basic requirement for promotion to any rank. Simming regularly at a pace of three times a week is the baseline for promotion. If you’re not simming this often you will find it difficult to be promoted, which can be frustrating.
What happens now?
Your Commanding Officer is offering you the following options:
- Increase your simming rate to acceptable levels
- Take a Leave of Absence (LOA) and return at a later date at full-time simming capacity
- Not increase your simming rate, and be declared AWOL
Let’s talk about each of these options:
Increase your simming rate
If you can sim more often, you’ll find the game more enjoyable, and you can continue to sim with your current crew.
This means submitting a sim an average of three times a week, at least, and avoiding long gaps in your simming record each month. Even if you can get up to only two sims a week some weeks and three other weeks, that would also be acceptable.
How to proceed with this option: Head to this page to learn more and find instructions on how to proceed.
File for a Leave of Absence
If you don’t think you can get up to full-time status in the near future, it’s best to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) and return when you’re able to. Here’s the basics of how it works:
- You will submit the LOA form to us to notify your ship’s staff that you’re taking leave.
- Your rank will be frozen and preserved for 12 months from the date of your LOA – if you check-in at the one-year mark, you can extend that for another year.
- If you choose to return at six months or less since you took leave, you will be placed back into the fleet at your previous rank – we’ll attempt to place you on your requested ship with your requested position, but that’s not always going to be available. Nonetheless, we’ll do our best to meet your requests.
- If you choose to return at six to 12 month since you took leave, you will go back through training to refresh your skills and get back in the habit of simming. After that, we’ll attempt to place you on your requested ship with your requested position, but that’s not always going to be available. Nonetheless, we’ll do our best to meet your requests.
How to proceed with this option: Head to the LOA form. Be sure to read it carefully!
Not improve your simming rate – and be declared AWOL
AWOL stands for “Away Without Official Leave” and it means that you are no longer a member of the game and do not have access to any areas of the community.
If you do not commit to immediately improving your simming frequency – using the link above – you will be permanently removed from your ship. You will be required to wait six months before requesting to return to the game, at which point you will have to petition the Executive Council for re-entry. The Executive Council will confer with your current Commanding Officer, review your simming record, and your overall participation in the community.
If your request to return is granted, you will go back through training to refresh your skills and get back in the habit of simming, starting from the rank of Ensign again. After that, we’ll attempt to place you on your requested ship with your requested position, but that’s not always going to be available. Nonetheless, we’ll do our best to meet your requests.
If your request to return is denied, you will be permanently barred from returning to the game.