by Chas Hammer (reposted with permission)
STARBASE 254 – Two of the oldest Star Trek sim clubs announced a merger yesterday, ending months of speculation. Space Fleet Online (SFOL), the former official Trek sim club of AOL, will be joining the Federation Sim Fleet (FSF).
The merger provides SFOL with a new home and maintains the clubs identity as a separate subfleet in FSF.
FSF – already one of the largest sim clubs – will see its membership base expand by 15%, to over 600 individuals.
Jon Shuni, FSF?s Administrator stated, ?A partnership and joining between two of the finest groups in the simming community is long overdue and is expected to be both challenging and rewarding for all those involved.?
SFOL has experienced recent gains after its difficult transition off of AOL, and Fleet Admiral Scott2, Commander-in-Chief of SFOL, sees the merger as the next logical step, ?The merger with FSF is, in my opinion, a big step for us in regaining more respect within the simming community, and also a way of embarking on a wonderful and bright future in Spacefleet Online.?
FSF was founded in 1993, and has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years through a series of skillful mergers and acquisitions.
SFOL, a pioneer of early simming, rose to great heights during a time when most Star Trek sims consisted of random get together fleet actions by being one of the first clubs to use organized ships and crews as the basis of its sims.
By 1994, SFOL dominated Trek simming on AOL and became the official Trek sim club of AOL. In recent years, however, SFOL has experienced hard times, beginning with AOLs closing of many of its simming and gaming forums. This prompted SFOL to end its relationship with AOL and move to the internet.
Admiral Scott was instrumental in rebuilding SFOL on the internet, and his desire to continue to grow and strengthen SFOLs presence on the internet is apparently what prompted the merger.
Admiral Scott added, ?Those who think that SFOL will be dissolving somehow, think again. The terminology being used for this merger is still being worked out, but both FSF and SFOL agree that it”s imperative that SFOL maintain it”s own identity, especially because SFOL is one of the pioneer groups within the simming community.?
Despite initial hesitations and concerns from club members, SFOL voted overwhelmingly to approve the merger. FSF?s Fleet Command voted unanimously to approve the merged of SFOL into FSF as ”Space Fleet”.