Thank You

I wanted to thank everyone for all their help with the relaunch of the Buzz. Hopefully the response will be favorable, as this format is much easier to publish every month.

Special thanks go to Seth Cotis of the SLA sim group for lending me the idea and format of the SLA Comm Monthly. Thanks go to my editor FSF Josh and my guest columnist FSF Morpheus. Thanks go to Trek Today for their Trek News scooping.

Until next time, happy simming.

Alpha Fleet Open House

The Federation Sim Fleet”s Alpha Fleet is going to have an open house of all its AOL/AIM chat sims the week of Sepember 7th, 2003. All are welcome to attend and sim. Bring a friend, bring two friends, heck bring your cousin! The Alpha fleet hosting team (The A-Team) are ready and looking foward to your visit.

Here is the schedule for Alpha Fleet”s Open house night.

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2003:

Starbase: 254 – Monday, September 8th @ 8pm EST.
Hosts: FSF Belle, FSF Jon
Room (AOL): aol://2719:10-4-Starbase%20254/
AIM users invite yourself into room “Starbase 254”

USS Infinity – Monday, September 8th @ 10 pm EST.
Hosts: FSF Lowana, FSF Kariena
Room: aol://2719:10-4-USS%20Infinity/
AIM users Invite yourself into room “USS Infinity”

SATURDAY, Sept. 13, 2003:

IKS MaQmIgH (Klingon) – Saturday, Sepember 13 @ 8 pm EST.
Hosts: FSF Veqlargh, FSF JMM
Room: aol://2719:10-4-MaqmIgh/
AIM Users invite yourself into room “MaqmIgh”

USS Legacy – Saturday, September 13 @ 11 pm EST.
Hosts: FSF Hanley, FSF Jon,
Room: aol://2719:10-4-USS%20Legacy/
AIM Users Invite yourself into room “USS Legacy”

All Are welcome to either observe or guest at any or all of these sims! The host team is very friendly and will welcome you aboard. If you have a problem getting into the room, just IM one of the hosts and they will be glad to help you. For more information, please contact me @ FSFJon@aol.com. I will be more that happy to assist you.

See you at the sim!

Jon Sader

Host Point of View

Simming is similar to role playing but more structured and organised. Like role playing, you take the role of a character and you become that character. As we use the Star Trek genre the character you take will be that of a Star Trek Officer or civilian depending on your choice. As we are a structured group you cannot join as a Captain straight away we run it as realistically as we can. You join as a cadet (if you have no experience in simming we have a dedicated team of instructors to help you ease your way into simming) or an Ensign then you come to the sims and as you sim throughout the weeks you impress your Commanding Officer and Executive Officer with good simming ability and writing logs, they will promote you. On average the first promotion comes after 4 – 6 weeks so pretty soon you”ll be a Lieutenant Junior Grade and you”re already climbing the ladder. Obviously as you move higher up the ranks, promotions become harder to get, but when you do get that promotion its a great feeling something to be proud of.

What does Simming offer you? Well, in answer to that question simming offers you the chance to create your character and lead them down the path you choose for them working with other simmers on one of our numerous vessels. You will meet many different people from Jack the human to Vlokul the Wymdoth. Most of all simming offers you the chance to escape the sometimes boring flow of life and escape into a fantasy world where the emphasis is on having a good time and enjoying yourself. If you”re not enjoying yourself then the hosts aren”t doing their jobs and all you have to do is say ”hey hang on a minute, I don”t like this. I think it would be better if you did it this way,” they will be more than happy to listen to your suggestions because they are learning just like you. Anyway we can make your time more enjoyable is our aim, we”re not interested in numbers, we”re interested in fun and good times.

Everyone is welcome to join and have a go nobody will be treated differently from anyone else because thats is the way we see it. Also we”re not just interested in the actual sims we want you to feel happy to speak to everyone out of sims. Also ranks only count in the sims, outside of the sims everyone is equal Captain Jack Baller of the Starbase Adelphi maybe Captain in sim but outside he is just ”Jack” and a nice guy to if you have any questions or just want to chat he or any other of the hosts are more than happy just to chat outside of the sims because its a community of friends not a job where you come – you sim – you leave and the same every week. Also you aren”t tied down to just one sim if you want to be on the USS Phoenix and the USS Alceste then you”re welcome to.

We hope this (my host point of view) has answered some of your questions. So hopefully you like what you”ve seen and you want to sign up.

Message Board Topic Roundup

Much has been happening on the message boards these past several weeks. Stop over at the message boards and chat with the rest of the gang.

* Killer Fish Attack Fishermen – Hear about the fish that can knock a filling out?
* Talents – What talents do you have?
* North American Bickering – Why this competition between the US and Canada?
* Nice Opinion Column – 10 Commandments – What do you think?
* After Enterprise? – What is to come after this series ends?

Log of the Month:
* WORMING OUR WAY OUT! — Congratulations to Starla and McNamara from the Stargazer.

Host Hiring Board Approved

The Administration announced this afternoon that Fleet Command approved the latest improvement in the FSF. Starting September 1st, all potential hosts will be interviewed and hired by the Host Hiring Board, a three member board made up of existing veteran FSF hosts.

Under the watchful eye of the Administration, this board will receive candidates that have successfully completed host training from the Training Director, then interview them and in a majority vote, approve hosts for hiring into the hosting body.

Members of the board will each serve six month terms, however, two of the three initial appointments will serve shorted terms, so a rotation can operate. Fleet Command will also vote on each appointment to the board as openings arise.

Hosts had already been notified that the vote would most likely pass, and a call for volunteers was sent out. So far, six hosts have volunteered for the three initial spots. Any host can volunteer, and their name goes into a queue, each being voted on when a space opens up.

One of those volunteers, Brian Cuce, stated “I think its a good next step in ensuring quality hosting within the group in order to provide the best leadership we can offer.” Many agree with Brian. Many have criticized the former hiring procedures as being too lengthy and not efficient in hiring the best possible candidates. This change aims to solve that.

Fleet Command Resignation

News spread quickly that FSF Scorpion, the Fleet Executive Officer of Epsilon Fleet, had sent in his resignation to the Administration early Sunday morning, August 24th, 2003. Scorpion was appointed to Fleet Command in January and has served as assistant to FSF JFerguson for the last several months.

Scorpion cited personal matters offline as his primary reason for stepping down. He will remain in Epsilon Fleet, although on temporary Leave of Absence, as a host and advisor. Epsilon Fleet has had issues over the past several months as simulations and hosts struggle to maintain posting rates and recruiting retention during a summer of disinterest in simming.

When asked to comment, Joe Ferguson, Fleet Commanding Officer of Epsilon Fleet said he was “very saddened to hear of his stepping down” but that he wishes him the best in the future. Scorpion was not available for comment.

Recruiting Kicked Into High Gear

With FSF”s previous recruiting drive of 1997 being a distant memory, the modern-day recruiting department has decided to give it another go. An e-mail was sent out to all members and a post was made to the boards notifying all members of the event, informing them that it would last one month and involve both hosts and members alike.

“Each member need only recruit one person into the organization for the drive to be a success,” FSF Orion stated, “and then their job is done unless they decide to do more to help out.” Each new recruit will tell FSF staff who recruited them in the online application so that a tally may be kept. Those who decide to recruit more than one person have an opportunity to win an award from FSF (for 3 or more people introduced to the organization), and the member who recruited the most people will win the Star Trek: Nemesis Soundtrack!

“Nothing hurts with having fresh blood.” said FSF Josh, one of FSF”s newer hosts in light of the announcement. With the memory of the prior recruiting drive being a success, the current community at large has high hopes for increased activity as a result of the current attempt.

Related Announcements: Recruiting Drive [Message Boards]

UPN Airs First Season Three Footage

UPN last night debuted a new Enterprise promo showing the first scenes from the show”s third season.

Entitled “Captain”s Log”, the 30-second trailer is framed as a log entry by Captain Jonathan Archer in Enterprise”s new briefing room, which has the luxury of chairs compared to the old mustering area on the bridge.

As Archer relates the events that led up to the NX-01”s mission into the Delphic Expanse, various images of the Xindi, the new military officers (MACOs) and the Expanse itself appear on screen. At the end, the promo refers to the series as Star Trek Enterprise.

The 5.7 MB MPEG file can be downloaded from Mr. Vidiot.

Courtesy Trek Today

Simming League Elections Continue

The Simming League serves as a place for sim groups to come together and have a casual conversation to help each other and promote community and cooperation between simming groups. The League representatives meet twice a year to elect a President.

Without any opposition stepping up to the plate in the Simming League, FSF Truce was expected to automatically be re-elected by default. Jay Truce has not actually placed his name on the ballot, but neither did anyone else. Truce served the previous term as Simming League President and by League rules, automatically becomes President once again if nobody runs.

President Jay Truce has extended the elections, as potential candidates complained that they did not get the chance to run in an election many have said is predestined.

Much has gone on in the previous six months in the League. There has been a period of expansion, however, several sim groups have fallen into inactivity. The League also recently moved from Role Player USA to the DiasporaGames.com webserver.

Truce stated that the League must have several goals on their agenda in the coming months, one of which needs to be an increase in board activity and cross-group joint activities, such as the chat games the FSF hosts each month.