Last month, we saw one of the strangest trends in fleet post totals: Though several ships had higher totals for May, the overall total was a little lower than April — but the average number of posts actually increased. How is this possible? The unfortunate decommissioning of the Excalibur prompted the lower fleet total, but increases in individual ships’ posting rates — Columbia, Constitution (which was also Apollo during this month), Darwin, Victory, and Starbase 118 Ops all saw increases, and those were enough to boost the average posting rate so that, even with the lower overall total, May beat out April. Well done, everyone!
As for individual ships, the general trend was for increases — the five installations mentioned above all posted obvious gains, and Gemini finished off just slightly higher than it had been in April. Atlantis saw a final very similar to its total in April, and Garuda posted a lower total in part because of an ongoing experiment into PNPC usage among its crew. Still, the overall increases even in the face of the Excalibur‘s decommissioning seem to be a good sign of things to come, and we look forward to seeing what June will bring!
April brought some strong increases to the majority of the ships in the Starbase 118 fleet: Six of the fleet’s 11 ships posted gains over March’s numbers, including the Doyle (previously the Constitution) and 118 Ops, both of which increased by more than 50 sims from March into April! Apollo and Garuda both improved by a couple dozen sims, and Columbia and the Embassy also improved. Overall, it was a month of strong differences, as there was a difference of about 100 sims between the highest- and lowest-simming ships — and this in strong contrast to March’s comfortably stable numbers, save for the Gemini‘s impressive gains.
As in March, April 2015’s simming numbers matched exactly the numbers of a previous April — in this case, 2013, which then saw an increase as it headed into May. Something similar is no doubt in store for 2015, as the improved numbers across the fleet suggest that most ships are experiencing an uptick in activity. The decommissioning of the Excalibur is definitely unfortunate, but there’s every possibility that her former crew, most of whom were able to transfer in pairs, will help encourage and be encouraged by their new crews and make May a great month for everyone.
Stay tuned, and be sure to keep up with those sims as they come with our fleet archive!
March 2015 saw most of the ships of the fleet settle into a comfortable groove. Sim numbers across the fleet were some of the most stable, ship to ship, that we’ve ever seen, which is perhaps in part a consequence of the beginning of the fleetwide plot arc — crews may be finding it easier to post at the same rate as some of their fellows. There are a couple of exceptions, as always, the most notable being the Gemini crew, who broke all records and turned in their best month ever and the highest ship sim count for the month. Well done, Gemini crew!
As you see above, eight of the eleven ships in the fleet were within about twenty or twenty-five sims of each other for March — quite stable indeed! The overall count did represent a bit of a dip from February, but this was the first full month since the double relaunch of the Darwin and the Excalibur; in addition to plenty of other extenuating circumstances, it’s likely that those new crews are getting to know each other and that other ships were adjusting to fewer players.
Interestingly, this March gave us an average post count almost identical to that of March 2010! Otherwise, though, it’s been well established in previous years that there’s no clear indication where March’s post averages are likely to go: In 2013, 2010, and 2009, March increased over February’s total, but 2014, 2012, 2011, and now 2015 saw a dip from February. However, you’ll also notice that post counts tend to seesaw back and forth from month to month, so it’s likely that decreases in February and in March mean that we’ll see some good gains in April. Stay tuned, and be sure to keep up with those sims as they come with our fleet archive!
Good news from February, everyone!
February, as it’s both firmly in the new year and three days shorter than January, tends to see falling simming trends from all ships — but that wasn’t the case in February 2015! Apollo posted a respectable gain for the month, and Garuda and Victory both had small gains over January, as well. Starbase 118 showed a sim count that held it steady from January, and while other ships did have some losses, we’re roaring onward to March! It’s interesting to note, though, that while the Embassy continues to be a simming powerhouse, there’s some strong similarities among the numbers of Apollo, Atlantis, Constitution, Garuda, and Victory — all of those ships ended up around 200-220 sims for February, averaging an impressive 7 or 8 sims per day. Well done, everyone!
Likewise, the fleetwide total for February was remarkably similar to the total from previous years. If the trends of past years continues, and there’s every indication that it will, then March will end up being a much stronger month for many ships — though, again, it’s notable that three of the fleet’s ships actually posted improvements in February! With two new ships — the relaunched Excalibur and Darwin — March should be an impressive month indeed!
For the fourth month in a row, we’ve continued to grow!
Though the early part of the year tends, traditionally, to be one of the group’s slower times, that wasn’t true in January of 2015. In fact, there was an increase of almost 20 posts on average over December!
The crews of the Duronis II Embassy and the Atlantis both posted well more than 300 sims each for January. The Embassy hosted the crew of the Victory and several guests from the Executive Council to celebrate the promotions of Admiral Turner and Captain Nugra at the end of January, and that certainly contributed to their sky-high post count for the month! Elsewhere in the fleet, the Constitution posted enormous gains — 90 more sims in January than in December! Gemini and Victory also posted gains, while Columbia stayed steady around the ~150 posts per month it’s established. Starbase 118 Ops started strong, with nearly 180 posts for the month, and we’ll look forward to seeing more from Commander Handley-Page’s new crew!
January 2015 is the best January the group’s had since 2012 — well done, everyone! Typically, January is followed by a post decrease in February, due in part to the loss of a few days at the end. In fact, in the last six years, only 2011 saw a gain in February over January. Will 2015 show a similar trend? Stay tuned to find out!
As part of an ongoing overview of the whole fleet, we’d like to present for you the posting totals and simming trends for and through December. These number will give you some idea of how active our ships are month-to-month, as well as how the whole fleet is doing.
As we’d hoped, December finished out the year strongly with an average gain of about 15 sims per ship over November! Of course, the actual numbers look at little different from the averages, and again a few ships made huge gains (of over 15 sims or more), including Apollo, Columbia, the Duronis II Embassy, Garuda, and Gemini. Atlantis and Victory turned in their usual strong numbers, and Constitution made a small gain over November’s total to post a solid, stable total for the month.
Only January of 2014 exceeded December in terms of total sims — and that’s without including our newest simming installation, Starbase 118 Ops and the USS Albion, launched just before the new year with Leo (Commander Leo Handley-Page) in command. Ops and Albion look like they’re going to be a simming powerhouse, so you may expect the January 2015 numbers to increase again for what may be our fourth consecutive month of growth!
As part of an ongoing overview of the whole fleet, we’d like to present for you the posting totals and simming trends for and through November. These number will give you some idea of how active our ships are month-to-month, as well as how the whole fleet is doing.
November saw some great gains for many ships of the SB118 fleet, including the Atlantis, which was up to 319 sims from 225 in October, and the Apollo, up to 177 from 113. Columbia and Victory also saw gains, while Constitution and the Duronis II Embassy stayed around their previous posting levels. The Garuda, after its stellar October, returned to high-normal posting levels, at 230. Overall, November was a gain for the fleet over October, for our second month in a row of a trend of growth.
As you’ll see below, the fleet is also doing much better than at the same time last year. While 2013 had been outperforming 2014 since July, November reversed that trend and gave 2014 and almost 40-sim-average boost over 2013. Well done, everyone! Let’s see if we can keep that momentum going into the final month of the year!
As part of an ongoing overview of the whole fleet, we’d like to present for you the posting totals and simming trends for and through October. These number will give you some idea of how active our ships are month-to-month, as well as how the whole fleet is doing.
Simming numbers were up for most ships in October, including the Columbia, the Constitution, the Gemini, and the Victory, but especially for the Garuda, which posted that ship’s highest numbers ever! At 290, the group improved upon its September by almost 100 sims. Major kudos to Leo, aka Lieutenant Commander Nia Calderan, who is currently leading the ship as acting CO as part of his commander’s practical exam.
The whole-group average was steady around where it was in July and August, as well as back into May and even further back in February and March. Despite the many fleet changes that 2014 has welcomed, it seems that 170-180 sims per month is a fair approximation of a standard for the year. Looking back even further, you can see that for the last couple of years, September has resulted in a dip in total number of sims — but October has seen some recovery. What will November bring?
As part of an ongoing overview of the whole fleet, please take a look at the post totals and simming trends for September 2014. These number will give you some idea of how active our ships are month-to-month, as well as how the whole fleet is doing.
Simming numbers were down a little from August to September after remaining almost unchanged from July to August. This was the opposite of the predicted trend, as fall tends to bring an upswing in simming as folks return to school (or send their kids back!). However, some changes are to be expected whenever there’s a fleet shakeup, as with the Excalibur‘s decommissioning.
Individual ship simming totals are shown below. The Embassy, which posted the highest numbers for the month, actually improved from August! Atlantis and Garuda both hovered around 200 sims for September, and while those numbers were down from August, they were both vibrant and positive. The Constitution‘s launch under Commander Faranster went very well, too, with a healthy first-month showing of 163 sims — and that with not even a full month behind them!
As part of the ongoing overview of the fleet as a whole, here are the monthly figures for total posts for each ship. This summary will give you an idea of how active the ship is on a month-by-month basis.
Sim counts were almost exactly the same as last month, which is heartening considering the recent changes on multiple ships, including new commanding officers. Although we didn’t increase as we hoped last month, fall is traditionally a time of increased simming as many members return to the habits of school.
Our next chart gives the number of sims for each ship over the course of August. The Atlantis made another huge showing, clearly distinguishing themselves as some of the most prolific writers in the fleet, followed closely by the Garuda, then Duronis II Embassy crews. We look forward to bigger numbers in September for the new Columbia crew, who are getting acquainted with their new vessel.