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Update to Simulation Rules and Regs!

Posted on Tue Dec 18th, 2018 @ 4:41pm by Commander Francheszka Braxton, née Mackelsen
Edited on Tue Dec 18th, 2018 @ 4:41pm

The rules on the Devonshire site have been updated to reflect changing times and hopefully to mitigate past issues from reoccurring in the future.

I would like to begin by thanking the players behind the characters of First Officer Jack Logan and Security Chief Isabelle Verhagen for their considerable input, debate, and proofreading of this. It has helped the process immensely, guys!

Now, the full rules can be found , but here are sections with the largest changes:

3. All members are expected to post at least once every fourteen (14) days, with additional posting responsibilities based on position in the simm.

Senior Staff/Department Heads: 2 posts per a week
Officers/Non-Comm (PO3+): 1 post per a week
Crewman/Cadets/Civilians: 1 post per every two weeks

Joint Post participation during a week does count as 0.5 of a post, even if the joint-post is not completed by the end of the week. These are tracked by GM/AGMs via tag reminders issued on the USS Devonshire discord channel.

This section was written to make responsibilities and requirements for posting more clear, and to kick our posting rates up. The JP amendment is to account for the long back and forth that can occur, especially in inter-player-character dialogue.

As a side note for those who have side characters (the characters in the manifest that have [Player Name] beside them), your posts as these characters count towards your total. If you have two characters from different categories (such as a Senior Officer and a Civilian), you are counted in the more senior track (Senior Officer, 2 posts/week, in this case).

4. If a tag in a Joint Post is marked as Plot Essential (or PE), than responses are expected at a quicker pace, so that the plot is not being held up. Game Management Staff are responsibile for issuing PE-status to posts and tag, and players can request a GM/AGM to place such status as need be.

Players tag'd under Plot Essential status have 4 days to respond to the tags or recieve a strike. (see below)

5. We use the three (3) Strike rule:
*1st Strike: A friendly reminder
*2nd Strike: A warning
*3rd Strike: Removal from the sim.
***A post written after strike 1 or 2 will reset the countdown back to 0***

If a player finds themselves in a situation where they are unlikely or unable to be able to post for a period of time, they may request a Leave of Absenscence (LOA) or Extended Leave of Absenscence (ELOA). LOAs grant a grace period of up to 2 weeks. ELOA are longer. Ask for one by PMing any member of the command team on the site, or on discord, or posting in discord that you need to be away from your keys for a while. The main guideline should be just to have a rough estimate of how long you'll be away. And we should encourage our crew to take leaves instead of just missing deadlines.

The Plot Essential status is being introduced as a way of keeping the main thrust of a mission from being derailed or left languishing because of absent writers. Plot Essential is both a blessing and a grave responsibility. If your character has it, they're the focus for at least the moment, if not the whole episode...but with great attention and power to shape the story, comes great responsibilities.

...and please. If you need a break, please tell the rest of us. We all need them from time to time and it let's the rest of us know if we have to write around you for the time being.

12. While usage of the BravoFleet Management System (BFMS) is not a fleet requirement, all members of the Devonshire will be required to create an account within seven (7) days of being accepted and add their character to it for use on the ship's manifest on its BFMS page. Register for BFMS at click on 'Membership' and 'Create Account'. If you require assistance contact the CO for a copy of the BFMS User Guide, Player's Edition.

Game Management Staff:
Game Manager: "Francheszka Braxton"
Assistant Game Manager(s): "Jack Logan", "Isabelle Verhagen"

Er, this part is a tad embarrasing for me, but does count as a major rewrite, so I have to include it if I am being honest with the point of this post...the previous edition, until this morning, still only listed "Captain Micheal Wilcox" as Game was SERIOUSLY out of date, like, from before the time I joined here as First Officer/AGM myself...soooo...yeah. All that was done here was the change in staff listing. That's it. Moving riiiiight aloooooong....

If anyone has any questions or concerns about these changes, please share them! The easiest place for such concerns to be adressed, is again, our Discord channel at

Thank you for your time!
-Hans, aka Commander Francheszka "Frankie" Braxton


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