Pocket Story here. Though most of you probably dont know me and have never heard of me. Ive been playing STO off and on for a few years on various characters and have been role-playing even longer on a variety of games and forums under a wide assortment of names. Over time Ive come to discover that the hardest part about running or even participating in a RP group is scheduling. Its hard to pick a time when everyone who wants to participate can attend. With this in mind Ive been thinking of running a somewhat slow paced hybrid RP fleet in the game. Right now Im making this post to see if anyone is interested and to gather ideas to help make this a successful and enjoyable RP experience.
Phase one: Starfleet Academy.
I am going to be playing a Federation Character for this RP (probably an Andorian) so I am organizing it around Starfleet. If there is enough interest in doing so I would be thrilled if the creation of sister fleets in the Klingon and Romulan factions came into existence on the forums and in the game to serve as adversaries or even reluctant allies at times in this RP. But for now and for the sake of simplicity I will plan this around a Federation campaign. Any changes that might have to be made to this plan to start a RP for those factions can be discussed here or in their own threads if it makes sense to create additional threads.
This RP will start like any RP with character creation. Only this RP will have a little twist. In addition to a basic character profile (that can be submitted to this thread or a created character submission thread if there is enough interest to warrant the creation of a thread just for character submissions) each player should also submit an IC Application to Starfleet. The format of the application can be worked on here, I want this to be a group effort and I am eager to have outside opinions.
During the character creation progress I would like everyone who is interested to also make a new character in game. IC interaction in this RP both in game and out of game will be based around the appearance and statistics of in game characters. Right now the plan is not to play on these characters in game yet but to RP going though Starfleet Academy together on the forums. Though if players want to play the opening missions so that they can get to Space Dock and start customizing their Bridge Crew that could help. This way you can introduce a customized Bridge Crew into the RP as NPCs at the Academy. You can control your future Bridge Crew NPCs yourself or you can even have friends who want to RP as a member of your crew on the forums instead of as a captain of their own ship take control IC of a Bridge Crew NPC turning it into a PC of sorts even though they wont be able to control the character in game.
Players who do not want to create a new character, or who do not want to wait to lvl their new character can still participate in the Academy phase of the RP as teachers and instructors. Players who wish to RP as teachers need to (in addition to a character profile) submit a Class Description regarding what class they will be teaching. Not all students have to take every class offered by players RPing teachers, Players should have their characters and/or bridge crew NPCs sign up for offered classes. If you sign up for a class but do not participate in the RPs run by instructor PCs it goes without saying that this will reflect poorly on your character IC. This is not to say that players playing teachers will be running this PR, just their classes. I want this to be a group run RP as much as possible. In Character rank will be determined by the in game rank of characters but OOC I hope decisions will be made based on what is best for the RP.
I am not sure how long the Academy part of the RP will run or even when it will start. But once we get through the Academy part of the RP the RP will start to move onto the game. It is at this point that I would like to write or rather participate in writing a group fan fiction based on an altered version of the tutorial missions that will allow for a small fleet of students to be taking their first flight together. Based on Academy RP and the recommendations of players playing teachers and an OOC community discussion and Vote one player playing a academy graduate will write an IC commencement speech to be posted on the forums and incorporated into the fan fiction. While the goal is to give all players equal importance in the fan fiction it is this players character whose perspective the fan fiction will be written from. The fan fiction will be a group project with each player deciding what their character will say and do etc. But unlike a forum RP this group fan fiction can be changed and worked on until the story is finished and posted. This can be done in private messages, e-mails or even an OOC work in progress thread. The graduate who gives the commencement speech does not necessarily have to be the player who does the majority of writing on the fan fiction they will just be the character the group will place the camera over the shoulder of while the story of the entire class is told. Depending on the size of the class it might be tricky to create a reasonable story explaining how so many captains are lost and so many first officers are promoted to acting captain, but I believe it can be done through a combination of varying details and having the captains lost at different times in the story. I would also like each player to be in charge of creating a back story for the captain they will be replacing maybe even have them as an NPC during the academy mentoring their character so that their loss will have more impact. These NPCs can even double as academy teachers if needed.
Phase Two: The adventure begins. Once the first fan fiction is complete and posted players playing Academy Teachers can decide if they want to keep teaching at the Academy or accept a commission to captain their own ship in lieu of the need for more ships out doing what they do. At this point I would like everyone to start keeping an IC log on the forums. It might actually help if a log is started back during the academy phase but it isnt necessary. Also at this time I would like to create an in game fleet for player participating in this RP. Fleet Name and Leadership/creator will be voted on OOC.
After the Fanfiction is posted players who created a new character for this RP can start playing them and lvling them. The purpose of the Captains Log is to keep track of what players are doing In Game on the forums. This will help with organizing In Game meet ups and RP sessions, it will also help organize on forum RP sessions. As RP progresses and ideas occur events mentioned in logs and occurring in in game and forum RPs can be used as a basis for additional Fanfictions as players want to write them. The only real requirement for Fanfictions is that if you intend to use another players character in your stories get their permission and input.
The goal of this Fleet is to create a series of stories in the form of RPs and Fanfictions that can be posted on the STO forums and or on other WebPages such as fan fiction.net. I also want this to be a place where players can RP and write stories together and have fun regardless of whether they have time to play the game every day or only once a week or even only once a month. I do recommend that players who do play a lot do this RP on a second character that they dont play as often in order to keep the pacing among members as even as possible.
Well thats my idea. I look forward to creating a universe of stories with the friends I will make here. If you are interested please reply below. If you have ideas that you think will make this idea work better I would love to hear them even if you arent currently interested in joining. If you are interested in doing this but creating a character from a different faction please let me know and we can discuss how to do that as well. If we have a large enough interest in other factions we might even be able to tie events that happen in the first fanfic for each faction together. I dont believe we can create just one story if it involves two or three factions but that is something that can be discussed later if it needs to be.