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Renos promoted to Rear Admiral

The Executive Council is very happy to announce that Renos, commanding officer of the Andaris Task Force, has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral!

The writer behind Renos, James, joined our community in 2011, and has distinguished himself in both simming and OOC leadership. He is highly decorated with awards, including numerous simming-related awards as well as the prestigious Staff Member of the Year Award. He even received an Ongoing Worlds Community Honor award for the 2015 FallFest stewardship, where James helped manage a flawless live event.

James is currently a member of the Executive Council, and recently managed the launch of the Andaris Task Force – our newest, unique simming installation where multiple ships sim together in a remote space wilderness. He has also stepped into the role of Academy Commandant, our most important OOC team.

Many thanks to James for his years of service with our community – we look forward to many more years of fun and fellowship!

Head to our forums now to add your congratulations for James on his promotion to Rear Admiral.


Trained by the best: FltCapt. Renos

Each month we interview a member of the Academy Training Team for insight on how our training works, and as recognition for all the hard work that goes into training new members each and every week of the year!

This month, we’re sitting down with Fleet Captain Renos for an interview that ranges far beyond just Academy Training.

WOLF: Glad to be sitting down with you for another interview on our Community News. Our last interview was a two-parter, in November 2015. Since then, a lot has changed! Let’s start by talking about your participation in the Academy. How long ago did you get involved with the Academy Training Team, and what was it like getting started?

RENOS: I first started helping the Academy in 2012 when I started working on my requirements for Commander. My Captain nominated me to join the team and I was accepted. Back then there weren’t as detailed guides as there are now but I never felt lost. Since you generally begin by ghosting two classes, then acting as a mock cadet for at least two, but the time you try to your hand as first officer you’ve already seen it in action at least 4 times and that alone gives you a pretty good idea about what you need to do.

The Academy Commandant was also very supportive. I remember the first time I ever did a class as CO I was incredibly nervous and had a very difficult cadet but the Commandant was very supportive and able to help me with situation. It felt great knowing that they had my back and thankfully such cases are incredibly rare.

Everyone on their way to command has to participate in the Training Team as part of their promotion requirements. But you stayed and continued with the team even after being promoted. What kept you coming back?

There’s a lot to love about being a trainer. I enjoy being able to sim with other people from around the fleet that I don’t get to sim with day-to-day and love being able to share my passion for simming with new players. I still fondly remember my training class 5 years on, with Toni Turner as CO, Tracey Townson as FO and Alleran Tan mocking with the most hilarious Klingon I’ve ever seen. It was my first ever taste of roleplaying and it was such good fun! The experience for me as a cadet was really fantastic and I want to be able to give that to other new players joining us.


An interview with our Promotions Coordinator: Renos

This is Part 2 of an interview with Capt. Renos. Click here to read Part 1.

Captain Renos of the USS Darwin has recently assumed the OOC position of Promotions Coordinator. We had a moment to sit down and ask him a few questions about his new position.

Jansen Orrey: So what can you tell us about the position of the Promotions Coordinator?

Renos: This position’s goal is ​to create a central resource officer for all promotions in the fleet, but primarily for staff promotions to commander, captain, and above. To that end the Promotion Coordinator works closely with​ players ranked Lieutenant Commander and above as well as their COs and mentors to help everyone ​move ​more smoothly and effectively through the promotion process. ​It’s important to us that we ensure the group is building up a strong bulwark of talented command candidates.

Jansen Orrey: How does your position help to expedite the process through the promotion chain to command?

Renos: By being an additional point of contact for aspiring candidates to go to if they have questions they can be assured that they will always have the right support to move forward. Since the promotions coordinator assesses command interest in potential candidates, keeps track of aspiring candidates and keeps an eye on the bigger picture it means those who are looking for opportunities get offered them as appropriate as they become available.

Jansen Orrey: So you help members fulfill the requirements to take them as far along the command path as they want to go by steering them toward options that suit their interests?

Renos: I can help candidates find suitable opportunities but it’ll be the candidate’s own hard work that sees them progress.

Jansen Orrey: Who is eligible to speak with the promotion coordinator?

Renos: I work primarily with candidates who have reached the rank of Lt. Commander but any player of any rank is welcome to get in touch with me.

Jansen Orrey: When should potential commander candidates contact you?

Renos: The first person they should contact is their commanding officer, to let them know they’re interested in the command track. Then any interested Lieutenants and Lieutenant Commanders can contact me any time they have questions.

Jansen Orrey: What should folks interested in promotion to commander do?

Renos: Aside from talking to their commanding officer about their interest in promotion to commander they should review the promotions guide on the wiki this details the skills we’re looking for in potential commanders as well as the responisbilities that go with the rank.

Jansen Orrey: What are you goals for the position?

Renos: The goals of the position are to keep track of all the candidates actively working towards promotion, monitor the progress of these candidates, check in with candidate’s mentors periodically to assess next steps, managing reference material and keeping it up-to-date, and coordinating with test facilitators.

Jansen Orrey: What would you like to see happen with the commander pool for the group?

Renos: I’d like to see the commander pool for the group grow and see many more officers achieving this rank.

Jansen Orrey: Why did you agree to take the position on?

Renos: It’s something I feel passionately about. Having a strong pool of Commanders is important for the group so it’s important to me. We have many talented people in the group, many who would love the chance to command their own ship one day and I want to be able to help them reach that goal.

Jansen Orrey: Why is building a pool of commanders important?

Renos: These are our leaders of tomorrow and if we have a strong group of commanders at all times then it’ll do wonders for the strength of our fleet. Having many capable commanders would provide great support for our ships and captains while at the same time giving us options when looking for the next commanding officers.

Jansen Orrey: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the position?

Renos: No, however if I could give one bit of advice to people wanting to move forward it would be to be willing to learn, keep an open mind and have a proactive attitude – ask your Commanding Officer about ways you can help. We can teach players and help them refine skills but they have to bring the right attitude.


Donation thanks: Renos!

Many thanks to Renos, who just made a donation to help us keep our community online and ad-free. We’re so appreciative for our dedicated members whose generosity sustains this community.

Can you join Renos by donating $5, $15, $50 or more to our community? Click here to get started – it only takes a few minutes.


New members of the Executive Council

The Executive Council is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members, bringing the council to its constitutionally mandated membership size of five people for the first time in a number of years!

Captain Quinn Reynolds, Commanding Officer of the Gorkon, is the first appointee. She has acted as the Captain at Large (CAL) since this summer, and has been an important advisor for the Executive Council in the last year. In addition to her role as a CO, she currently acts as a Cadet Steward, helping to answer questions for our new and prospective members.

Captain Renos, Commanding Officer of the Darwin, is the second appointee. Renos has shown himself to be a dedicated, loyal, and enthusiastic member of the Captains Council who isn’t afraid to jump in and help with the hard projects. Currently Renos is also a Cadet Steward, the Promotions Coordinator, and Facilitator of the Publicity Team.

What is the Executive Council?
The Executive Council is our community’s highest decision-making body, comprised of a maximum of five admirals and captains who have more than one year of service at that rank. The EC is endowed with the power to commission and decommission vessels, promote members to the rank of captain or beyond, and generally manage OOC concerns.

Appointment to the Executive Council is one of our community’s highest honors, denoting our utmost trust in the leadership and stewardship of each member.

With these two appointments, the EC roster is as follows:

  • Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf
  • Rear Admiral Toni Turner
  • Fleet Captain Cassandra Egan Manno
  • Captain Quinn Reynolds
  • Captain Renos

You can learn more about the Executive Council on the wiki.


In Command: Renos

After experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth in our fleet in the last few months, we’ve responded with a series of launches and relaunches: Commander Leo Handley-Page aboard Starbase 118, Commander Renos on the Darwin, and Fleet Captain Kali Nicholotti with the Excalibur. In this interview, James, the writer behind Renos and an experienced former CO (he previously wrote for Greir Reinard), explains much about the relaunch of the Darwin and the adventures he has planned for his crew.

Q: When you were asked to become a CO again, what made you choose to relaunch the Darwin into the Zeta Gelis region?

A: The Horizon class USS Darwin NCC 99312-A was always a ship I felt passionately about, particularly as I designed and created it based off the ship as seen in Star Trek Online (STO). It always felt like I had unfinished business with the ship and region because there were so many things I wanted to do with both. It also helped that I’ve simmed in the region for something like 2 years now, so I have a lot of familiarity with the resident species and the stories that have been told in the region which I like to build upon.

The Darwin might not be the best armed ship but the containment sphere is something else no other ship has and it presents us with a number of unique opportunities. We’ve already used the containment sphere to cleanse the atmosphere of a planet poisoned with Trilithium resin and faced with the total annihilation and extinction of all life. We also have the possibility of sheltering small ships such as shuttles inside the containment sphere, or collecting huge samples from nebulas or conducting large scale experiments within it. There is also the fact that the ship is built like a tank and can take quite a considerable pounding, making any ship to ship combat frustrating to assailants, even if it takes some clever thinking on our part to compensate for the weaker offensive capabilities.

The Zeta Gelis Region is near Romulan space, which alone gives us a lot to explore post Hobus but it’s also home to a few other interesting species:
* The Zakdorn – a strategically masterful race on the edge of Federation space
* Zalkonians – a Xenophobic, isolationist species of which a handful are hunted due to an evolutionary process that seems them transform in non-corporeal beings.
* Asavii – A reptilian, underwater dwelling species of my own creation in the early stages of exploring space and intergalactic relations.

There are still stories I wanted to explore with them and I had a shuttle race planned for our home station Deep Space 6 as well as a few other surprises. Looking to the future, once I have explored that which I had in mind in the Zeta Gelis Region it is my hope to move the Darwin into a new campaign region.