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Help Files / HELP: Fleet Awards
« on: Yesterday at 09:26:14 PM »
HELP TOPIC: Player Awards


Player awards are given out every six months - once in January and again in July. They exist to reward players for their contributions towards their SIMM and the RPG as a whole, whether this be while posting, or with help outside of missions.

Shadow Fleet awards are given from an out of character point of view. Out of character awards reward players for their commitment outside of the normal missions, for example, for submitting mission ideas or having consistently well-written posts.

The following lists all the awards possible for a player to gain.


Player Achievement Awards
Service Ribbons

Service ribbons are presented automatically by the commanding officer of a SIMM. They are usually awarded at the next awards ceremony and will always be backdated to the appropriate date.

6 Month Service Ribbon
Awarded to players who have been with the fleet for six months.
1 Year Service Ribbon
Awarded to players who have been with the fleet for one year.
2 Year Service Ribbon
Awarded to players who have been with the fleet for two years.
3 Year Service Ribbon
Awarded to players who have been with the fleet for three years.
5 Year Service Ribbon
Awarded to players who have been with the fleet for five years.
Long Service Ribbon
Awarded to players on completion of ten years service. This ribbon is also accompanied by a Long Service Certificate of Appreciation.
Meritorious Service Ribbon
Awarded to players upon promotion to Lieutenant Commander or Chief Petty Officer.

Posting Ability

Unless otherwise stated, posting ability awards are presented by the commanding officer of a SIMM to those players who he or she feels meet the relevant criteria. They are not earned automatically.

Posting Excellence Award
Awarded in January and July to one player who has demonstrated consistent high quality posting skills.
Most Improved Player Award
Awarded in January and July to the player who has greatly improved since the last awards ceremony.
Descriptive Combat Award
Awarded in January and July to the player who has demonstrated an ability to convey the action of combat in their posts.
Best Newcomer Award
Awarded to the player who has demonstrated excellence, and who joined after the last awards ceremony.
Technical Precision Award
Awarded in January and July to the player who has included in-depth and relevant technical details in their posts.
EPC/OTC Graduate Ribbon
Awarded to all enlisted players upon graduation from the Enlisted Persons Course or Officers Training Course.
Most Engaging Member Award
Awarded in January and July to the player who writes the most emotionally engaging, scene setting posts.
Best Duo Award
Awarded in January and July to the two players who have shown the highest levels of cooperation.
Rib Tickler Award
Awarded in January and July to the player with the most humorous posts.

Extra Contribution

The following extra contribution awards are awarded by the commanding officer of a SIMM to those he or she feels have gone above and beyond what is required of them. They are not earned automatically.

Captain's Personal Merit Award
Awarded in January and July by the commanding officer, to a player of his or her choosing.
Executive Officer's Personal Merit Award
Awarded in January and July by the executive officer, to a player of his or her choosing.
Crew Choice Award
Awarded in January and July to the winner of the Crew's Choice Poll.
Fleet Service Ribbon
Awarded in January and July to players who guest star in another SIMM.
Outstanding Commitment Award
Awarded in January and July to players who are always online and posting regularly in missions.
Contribution Award
Awarded in January and July to players who make contributions outside of missions. These could include submitting mission ideas and helping new members settle in.
Outstanding Contribution Award
Awarded in January and July to players who make outstanding continued contributions outside of missions. These could include assisting the commanding officer with important tasks or temporarily taking on command officer responsibilities. The Contribution Award must be earned before this award.
Recruitment Ribbon
Awarded in January and July to players in recognition of their recruitment efforts.
"Spread the Word!" Campaign Ribbon
Awarded to any player who participates in the annual "Spread the Word!" campaign.
I Donated Badge
Awarded to any player who donates money to help keep SF running

The following awards are presented by fleet admiralty:

Player of the Year Award (POTY)
This is a fleet award and is awarded in January, by the Fleet Commanding Officer, to the player who has contributed the most to the fleet over the past year.
Post of the Month Ribbon (POTM)
Awarded by the fleet admiralty to any player who is awarded "Post of the Month" for the entire fleet.
Cadet of the Year Award
This is a fleet award and is awarded in January, by the Academy Commandant, to the player with the best Academy Course of the previous year. This award is open to both officer and EPC graduates.
Shining Record Award
Awarded in January and July to the player with the best application since the last awards ceremony.
Distinguished Command Award
Awarded in January by the Fleet Commanding Officer to the commanding officer of a ship who has demonstrated an excellent ability to manage their SIMM over the past year.
Distinguished Executive Officer Award
Awarded in January by the Fleet Commanding Officer to the executive officer of a ship who has demonstrated an excellent ability to manage their SIMM over the past year.
Fleet Captain Award
Awarded in January and July to any commanding officer who takes command over two or more starships for the duration of a mission.
Fleet Commanding Officer Commendation
Awarded in January and July to a player whom the Fleet Commanding Officer feels warrants recognition.
Diplomat Award
Awarded in January and July to the player whom the FCO feels has always presented a neutral voice, mediated disputes effectively and strived for peace amongst users.

Unit Awards

Unit awards are earned when the crew of a SIMM shows great team work in making their SIMM the best it can be. All officers and crew present when the award is assigned, will receive the relevant ribbon.

Unit Citation
Awarded in January and July by the FCO to the officers and crew of the SIMM that has been the most active since the last awards ceremony.
Ion Storm Award
Given to the SIMM that has survived the roughest storm during the year.
Crew Efficiency Ribbon
Awarded in January and July by the FCO to the officers and crew of the most organized SIMM.
Amiable Crew Award
Awarded in January and July by the FCO to the officers and crew of the most friendly and welcoming simm.


Campaign Medals
A campaign is a series of missions that are linked together by a central theme. Each season of a SIMM usually includes one campaign, and campaign medals are awarded to any player who was present and actively posting during the majority of that campaign.

USS Discovery Campaigns

Cardassian Campaign Medal
Awarded to any player present for the majority of the Cardassian arc in 2008.
Iconian Campaign Medal
Awarded to any player present for the majority of the Iconian arc in 2009.
B.O.R.G. Campaign Medal
Awarded to any player present for the majority of the B.O.R.G. arc in 2011.

USS Churchill Campaigns

Pirate Campaign Medal
Awarded to any player present for the majority of the Pirate arc in 2011.
Solen Campaign Medal
Awarded to any player present for the majority of the Solen arc in 2013.


Special Awards
Special Awards are awards that do not fit into any other category, for example posting in joint-missions between two or more SIMMs, or participation special fleet-wide events.

Fleet-wide Events

Founding Member Ribbon
Awarded to any member who joined Shadow Fleet in its first month of January, 2007.
"Enemy Unseen" Participation Medal
Awarded to any player present and actively posting during the Special Mission "Enemy Unseen" in August 2011.
Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Awarded to all active members who were present for the Fifth Anniversary Celebration in January 2012.
"Supernatural" Participation Medal
Awarded to any player present and actively posting during the Halloween Special Mission "Supernatural" in October, 2012.
"Lost Paradise" Participation Medal
Awarded to any player present and actively posting during the Special Mission "Star Trek: Lost Paradise" in May, 2013.
Dedicated Member Award
Awarded to any player who stuck with the site during the June 2017 Site Move
Tenth Anniversary Ribbon
Awarded in January 2017 to all active members.

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: Yesterday at 08:58:55 PM »
[Deck 7 - Sickbay]

 =/\= "Captain, preliminary reports indicate that Rayek tr'Lhoell and Lek ejected the warp core intentionally. Other than that, I can't be certain. For one reason or another, we've been unable to gather any information from either of them. I was thinking perhaps you could do a better job than Security could, Sir."  =/\=

[Corridor]

=/\= Understood… =/\= he said, before groaning audibly. =/\= I’ll be right there. Don’t let them out of your sight… and if they run, shoot them. =/\= he said. He’d completely lost his tolerance for this kind of baloney, and it showed as he marched angrily to sickbay. Crew got out of his way, either feeling or noticing that it was a very good time to make an exit out of the Captain’s warpath stage left.

[Sickbay]

Dylan walked into the room, face stony and annoyed. “Lek. tr’Lhoell. Front and centre.” he barked, as he looked around. “Chief. Any news?”

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Fleet News Service / Re: Lt Cmdr Caelene Tam Passes COTC!
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:08:50 PM »
Great job!

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Fleet News Service / Re: Site Updates and Rescheduled Downtime
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:31:11 PM »
Reminder, Site downtime on Friday.

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:15:59 PM »
[Corridors]

Dylan had been back out responding to other issues when a priority notification came in from one Chief Petty Officer he was tired of hearing from. He was still trying to clean up the rest of the mess this crew was making... and it was wearing him down. Couldn't they just fly in a straight line through space for ten minutes without breaking anything? Was it truly that hard? But no. Here he was fixing his crew's screw-ups again. As far as he had been told, his Engineers had gone beserk, his Romulan responsibility was running around in his nightclothes leveling phasers at everyone, and his security had been busting up everyone they could see. Add onto that, the warp core was down, and due to the old nature of the craft, they'd need a starbase to reinstall the core.

This meant that they were stuck in the middle of Dominion- frequented territory, minus their prize, without warp, and possibly lost in a temporal event.

Wonderful.

Dylan tapped the wall console.

 =/\=Chief, before I answer your question... just tell me what all happened, so I know I'm not losing my mind?=/\= he asked, sounding completely drained.

They couldn't be this far up the creek with no paddle, could they?

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:40:52 AM »
PO2 Rayek
[Federation Starship USS Challenger – Enlisted Crew Quarters - Ship Stardate- 71064.55]

Rayek looked at the Captain intently.  "You must kill me... before the next loop.  An overdose or some other non-violent means.  It will change how I awaken.. and I won't attack Grelek."

[Brig]

Dylan heard the man’s idea. It… wasn’t brilliant. But perhaps that was the brilliance of it. Some way to anticipate the loop or perhaps stop it. Still, it required a loop again, and odds were that was to happen. What was the worst that could happen? The Vulcan was already hospitalized, and if this was true, they needed all hands on deck to get out of the loop eventually.

“We can’t kill you, Petty Officer. But we can perhaps find a way to send a message, either to get Security there in time to stop you or to convince you to stand down. I’m listening.” he said, inviting the man to elaborate more. “If you can come up with a plan, I’m willing to try.”

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Fleet News Service / Re: Welcome Back - Ezac
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:21:19 PM »
Welcome Back!

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Fleet News Service / Shadow Fleet- A Year In Review
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:01:16 PM »
Hello Shadow Fleet!

2017 has been one heck of a year. Together, we’ve celebrated our 10th anniversary as a fleet, we’ve launched the USS Shran and Challenger to boldly go say it with me now, where noone has gone before, and ushered back in the long-gone task groups of our site. We’ve enjoyed two excellent featured missions, and retired the venerable Akira-Class discovery, her standard now carried by the Prometheus class ship of the same name.

2017 has also been a time of challenge and painful growth. We’ve said fair skies and following seas to many key and founding members, we’ve dealt with site issues, and come out the better for it. We’ve seen the change of the guard, with Admirals Constance Lafayette and Chris Newberry stepping aside, to pursue newer and greater things. We’ve dealt with the ever-pesky spammers, bots, and general nuisances.

But 2017 has been a milestone for growth. We have had an amazing surge in terms of site growth. We’ve had a 50% increase in posts compared to last year, and welcomed back 33 members to our site family. We’ve also welcomed 45 new faces into our cheerful midsts.

We’ve gone through and rewritten many of our site’s rules, bringing them back up to date, and overhauled many site processes. None of this would be possible without YOU. You are what make Shadow Fleet truly Special. You are what make us who we are… Thank you.

Shadow Fleet is always on a quest to improve- to grow stronger, and better, with your help. As such, beyond give a summary of our year, we’ve come to ask for your input.

We’ve made a survey. It is found here.

This survey will allow us to find out not only how to improve, but where we need to focus, and what some of the best experiences you’ve had all year are. So give us a hand helping you, and here’s to a great 2018!

Live Long, and Prosper, Shadow Fleet

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:09:06 PM »
[Deck 20 - Brig]

Rhymus reactivated the shield, once again separating Rayek from freedom. He then initiated the audio dampeners, allowing the two to speak without Rayek hearing them.

"I'm sorry it has come to this, Captain. If there was another way... well, it doesn't matter now. No one is dead, and we should count our lucky stars on that. I'll have crewmen work in shifts keeping watch in pairs. Better safe than sorry, if you ask me."

[Brig]

Dylan nodded. “I understand your reasons, Chief. Keep him under watch… But personally I hope he’s right and can vindicate himself. Who knows. Maybe this will never have happened after a while, or at least can be used to get our attention on the next loop.”

He saw the crewman waving furiously at him, and sighed. “Unmute, might as well listen to him.”


PO2 Rayek
[USS Challenger - Deck 20 - Brig]

Rayek stopped his pacing and looked to see if the Captain or the Chief Petty Officer were still around and noted they were talking but couldn't hear what was being said due to a muting effect of the forcefield.  Rayek motioned in an attempt to gain their attention.

Dylan walked over to the force field and stood, hands clasped behind his back. “Yes, Crewman?” he asked, his voice impassive now.

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Challenged Crew Choice- 2017
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:21:20 PM »

Each award season we ask the crew to vote for someone who was just a fantastic character. I am adding every member of our fine ship to this list.

As there as so many awesome people on this ship- I'm allowing 3 votes per user so we can spread the love.

The poll will close in 14 days.

Open to Challenger personnel only!


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Season One Missions / Re: Side Mission: The Hunted
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:15:56 PM »
[USS Challenger, Transporter Room]

The transporter chief slapped his comm.  =/\= Sir. I have the Away Team.  =/\=

Dylan started from his chair where he'd been eagerly awaiting the news. He was growing very concerned.

He hit his commbadge and spoke. =/\=Transporter Room, Bridge. Get them outta there! =/\= he said, but didn't expect the reply moments later.

 =/\= Um. Not on the sensors, Sir. I mean, here. In the Transporter Room. They just appeared.  =/\=
 
 Dylan groaned. =/\= Chief, please inform Commander Briggs I eagerly await his report... Have them report to medical for a full checkup. A full one. =/\=

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Discussion
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:42:08 PM »
Tag Kyle, Brig....

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:41:46 PM »
[Deck 20 - Brig]

Rhymus nodded to the two men, making them ready in case Rayek did something rash. He himself also readied his phaser before bringing down the energy field separating the Captain of the ship from an attempted murderer.

PO2 Rayek
[USS Challenger - Deck 20 - Brig]


Remaining at attention was difficult with how jittery and agitated Rayek was feeling because of both the repeating time-loop and because of the seriousness of his actions.  The disappointment in the Captains voice hit harder than his anger.

"I have no excuse Captain.  I was... not in my right mind at the time.  I was highly agitated and tense from having re-awoken to this same day again and in my agitated state I attacked Grelek just because I could like as if it wouldn't matter because this day will just repeat again and again."  As he spoke the quality of Rayek's voice shifted from one of reserve and calmness to one slightly less stable.  Rayek frowned at the cell -  he shouldn't be here... this was all wrong!  - before looking to the Captain again trying to regain his composure.

"Surely you are aware of this Captain?... Our repeating the same day over and over.. and over again.  The ship keeps exploding.  We need to stop it!"  He stepped forward out of Attention one step before the security tensed and Rayek stopped again.   

"The Ferengi called it a causality loop. You need to destroy that ripple.  As for my actions, I would stop myself if I could, but it seems each loop only makes me that much more unstable and prone to violence."

[Brig]

Dylan nodded to the Petty Officer. "Thank you, Mister Cleroux," as he stepped through the field's aperature and into the cell, walking slowly around the figure, who held attention. He didn't make any attempt to hide the emotions. In his mind, it helped get inside Rayek a bit, and getting a spy off-balance was the best way to trap them in a lie.

He heard the man's exuse. In his mind, it didn't pass the stink test. Had there been some temporal shenanigans? Maybe. Did that offer a way out? No. "I see." he said, flatly, observing the man. "And this... re-awakening gave you the right to assault and land one of my crew in Sickbay? I highly doubt that." he said, standing back from the man as he moved.

Dylan walked shortly and exited past the aperature of the field, nodding for it to be raised. "If it is happening, we will stop it. You will remain here until we get in contact with the Federation, where your fate will be decided." he said, his voice growing from disappointed to cold, clinical, and firm. "If you are telling the truth, then by your own admission you are incapable of being trusted outside this cell.

He listened as Kyle hailed him.

Bridge

 =/\= Briggs to Captain. Sir. There's a chance the loop effect is being caused by the Excalibur. Request permission to release her and move off a short distance to test this theory.  =/\=

=/\= Permission granted, Kyle. Set her impulse engines for full burn and we'll see her on the other side... hopefully. Z plus ten thousand, let's try and go over this thing. =/\= he said, instructing Kyle to raise the ship up ten thousand meters. =/\= Any othe rnews? =/\=

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Discussion
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:48:18 PM »
Post up- sorry it took me so long! Was busy doing paperwork for Craig.

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:47:03 PM »
[Deck 20 - Brig]

Rhymus got to his feet, offering the Captain a salute.

"How about the attempted murder of a fellow crewmate, Sir? Seems like a good enough reason to me."

Rhymus brought Dylan to the cell they had placed the Romulan in.

"Admitted to the crime himself. Crewman Grelek is in the hands of Medical now, but I have heard nothing of his current condition."

[Brig]

Dylan’s anger at the man was quickly redirected when he heard the reasoning. “It appears I owe you an apology, Chief.” he said. “Perhaps you were right about the man. Regardless, we might as well see what he has to say to account for himself.”

He turned to the forcefield. “Lower it.” he said, looking at the Chief.

He then spoke to the Romulan behind bars.

“Explain yourself, Crewman.” he said, ignoring the man’s given rank and choosing instead for the general term for enlisted persons.

“I had hopes that your past wouldn’t be an issue here. It appears I was wrong. Why did you throw away your second chance?” he asked. His voice carried more disappointment than anger, as he waited for the flickering field to go away. "I do hope you have a good excuse, for your sake."

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Fleet News Service / Site Updates and Rescheduled Downtime
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:34:29 PM »
Hello Shadow Fleet!

Over the past few weeks, the site techs have been collecting improvements and new features to implement on the site. Some of these had been scheduled to go live during our planned December first downtime that had been postponed.

Consultation with the forum software developers and mod-makers and work on our end allowed several of these fixes to go live today. Here are the change notes:

Security:
+ Added Password Strength Meter to registration
+ Issued Craig a new Phaser
- Removed SMF Version Number from bottom of board
+ Added lockout threshold for repeated login attempts
+ Added warning emails for repeated login attempts
* Updated several mods
- Decommissioned Craig’s old Phaser
* Updated anti-spam filters
* Lots of Bugfixes

Layout:
* Changed “Birthday” date from text-based to dropdown menu
- Removed the words “Topic:” from topic views
- Removed indicators of “hot topics” from left side of topic lists
* Fixed several typos
+Added the ability to see if your PM has been read- Unread PM’s appear with the recipient bolded in the “sent” tab of your PM box.
+Added new batteries to bug zapper
+ Added a Back to Top button to the bottom of pages
     * Smooth Flow doesn’t work on Firefox
+ Added Logout prompt


Posting:
+ Added Youtube video embeds
+ Added “Draft” features! Save your posts and work on them later
* Updated how our engine deals with timestamps on posts in the past few hours

Speed:
+ Improved parsing engine for posts to speed up load times
- Removed Hamster from wheel
+ Added Tribble to wheel


I am also here today to announce the rest of the updates will be going live during rescheduled server downtime.

This new date is Friday, December 15th for Twelve to Twenty-Four hours. This is due to a new security update that takes up to twenty-four hours (and as few as six) to propagate throughout the globe. Details on that security update will be given out after the update is in place, for obvious reasons.

The Skype, Discord, Facebook, and Twitter accounts will be monitored as best as possible to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions now on the subject, feel free to post below and we'll do our best to answer.

If you have any questions or comments on our new updates or changelog, please feel free to leave them below, and check this topic for new updates on timing as we have them.

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U.S.S Challenger [NCC-40117] / Re: S1E8 Too Much Time on My Hands
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:02:22 PM »
Bridge
Bonnie looked up and smiled, she'd found it. "It's a temporal causality loop." Bonnie said out loud. She paused for a moment and walked further onto the bridge. "Captain, commander, a temporal causality loop." She finished.

[Bridge]

Dylan looked up, and frowned. "A... what?" he asked, the anomaly not ringing any bells. "Kyle, you know anything about this?" he asked, looking to the man. "Maybe it has something to do with... whatever is going on here."

Unfortunately for Dylan's mood, he got a message from his current least-favorite petty officer... the one who'd wanted to lock up one of his crew on little more than superstition.

[Deck 20 - Brig]
 =/\= "Security to Captain. I'm afraid we have an important matter that requires your immediate attention. Please come to the Brig at your earliest convenience."  =/\=

Dylan sighed, exasperated. =/\= Acknowledged... On my way. =/\=

He turned to Kyle. "I've got to deal with this. Find out what the Doctor's on about, please? Excuse me..." he said, as he left the bridge via the nearest turbolift.

[Brig]

Dylan walked into the brig, obviously not amused right now. "Mister Cleroux," he said, as he approached, and saw Rayek in a cell. "We had talked about this. Now, you had better have a very good reason as to your actions," he said, and stood, hands on his hips, waiting for the man's excuse.

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