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Prior to 1992

  • During the late 1980s and early 1990s, individuals adopt elements from fanzines and offline role playing games - such as collaborative writing, character driven storytelling, and game master concepts - to the electronic realm.[1]
  • Early national online services offer online role-playing games. CompuServe provided an area where offline RPGs such as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and RuneQuest could be played online.[2] On America Online (AOL), Tracy Reed wrote the QuantumLink Serial, a hybrid online fanzine and role-playing game.[3] AOL also ran Quantum Space, a play by email game.[4]
  • What would grow to become Starfleet Online (SFOL) is founded during this period.[5]
  • Organized Star Trek sims occur on electronic bulletin boards[6] and Quantum Link in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[7]
  • On July 21, 1991, a group of Star Trek fans on Prodigy organize themselves to fight attackers from the 90210 message board. This effort would evolve into the STF role-playing club.[8]


  • In April 1992, Prodigy lifts restrictions prohibiting role-playing on its message boards.[9]
  • Under the leadership of Admiral Kowalewski, STF is transformed from fighting 90210 fans into a role-playing club.[10]
  • Starfleet Online on Prodigy, and Starfleet Online on AOL experience rapid growth, becoming the largest Star Trek role-playing organizations on their respective services. It is unclear if the two clubs were ever linked together.[11]
  • Fleet 74 begins on CompuServe. It quickly grows into the largest club on that service and on multiple occasions, is the only Star Trek sim club on CompuServe.[12]
  • In November 1992, Warin Trekker begins to hold a regular Star Trek sim on AOL.  His sim would grow to form the Star Trek Sims (STS) club.[13]



  • The takeover by AOL proves unpopular among segments of Starfleet Online. In June, Traper becomes the first high-ranking officer to leave, taking approximately 10% of the club with him.[16] Ryan and John Sisko leave AOL entirely to form a new version of Star Fleet On-Line in irc.[17] Stanley Parker, is stripped of command by AOL on May 30, 1994, and later has his account terminated. He sues and wins a judgement against the company.[18]
  • UNIFED expands beyond its IRC base and launches its first America Online sim - the USS Harold - in April 1994. Over the years, UNIFED slowly builds its base.
  • The Federation and Klingon Alliance (FKA) is offered to be an official club in the RPG Forum (Keyword RPG) on AOL after a meeting with Yvonne (Admiral TPau) and Admiral Andy B. Clements. Negotiations ultimately fail because AOL is unwilling grant key FKA members full Host Status. Nevertheless, Admiral Clements is able to secure message boards and usage of the RPG Conference Chat Rooms for simming purposes. This later prompts The Online Gaming Forum (OGF) to form the Non Affiliated Gaming Forum (NAGF) in late 1995.
  • In late 1994, Admiral Clements leaves the FKA with a single ship, the USS Excelsior, to form a new group, the United Space Federation (USF). Several key leaders, including Vice-Admiral Phantom, Kyushu, and Rear Admiral Robby follow to assist with the creation of the USF. Admiral Clements skillfully exploits the problems of SFOL and recruits heavily. Soon, the USF launches the USS Stealth (under the command of Captain Connery) and later the USS Potemkin.
  • The Federation Sim Group (FSG) is formed by a AdmGMad. He steps aside after only a few weeks, the first in a long line of sudden resignations, splits, and political turmoil for the group. Despite this, the group survives.


  • In early 1995, the highest ranking departure from Starfleet Online on AOL occurs. The Tigress, the publisher of SFOLs newsletter "CommLink," starts her own club, the Continuum Online (COL).
  • Admiral TPau is promoted from SFOL to the head of Online Gaming Forum on AOL, but remains active in SFOL.
  • AOL creates the Non Affiliated Gaming Forum (NAGF), providing private sims on AOL a dedicated area, complete with message boards, file libraries, and chat rooms. The NAGF quickly becomes the hang out and principle recruiting tool for the majority of sim clubs on AOL. Vice Admiral Data is placed in the position of Supervisor by Admiral TPau.
  • Spacefleet Online on AOL beings to stabalize.  It is able to rebuild and remains the largest Star Trek sim club on AOL.
  • The Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) is founded on the Internet and later expands to AOL, offering Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, and SeaQuest sims.



  • The split between the Federation Sim Group (FSG) and Warpspeed Sim Group (WSG) comes to an end when a tentative merger agreement is drafted by the two clubs on January 1, 1997. The draft is approved later that year.
  • The UFP/SF is merged into Trek Online on January 19, 1997; a period of turmoil follows, but by the autumn, Trek Online stabilizes.
  • Star Trek Sims (STS) suffers a major split in March when TrekGuru, leaves STS. She is followed by several of the clubs captains and simmers. Together they form a new club, Final Frontier Sims (FFS).
  • The Allied Electronic Sims (AES) is formed on August 20, 1997, by splitting from the Federation Sim Group (FSG).
  • The Celestial Prime Alliance (CPA) is formed on August 31, 1997, by splitting from the Continuum Online (COL). The group's formation is spearheaded by Gem Rhee, Joi'Ahn Kethry and Fred Shedian.
  • Allied Federation's Fleet is founded by Britton Keene.
  • Bravo Fleet (BF) is launched by Pat Weber and Mike Bremer following what BF calls "a very serious dispute" with the then CO of Tango Fleet. Bremer left with his sim, the USS Pegasus, and is joined by Weber's new USS Miranda sim to form.
  • Shaken by the turmoil unleashed by unlimited billing, the leaders of most of the major sim clubs on AOL begin to meet on a regular basis to discuss the status of their club and the problems facing simming. This soon gives rise to the Simming League, lead by Chas Hammer. On Prodigy, a similar grouping of leaders called the Association of Club Leaders comes together to deal with the problems faced by clubs on that online service, but the association fails to form a larger framework and soon evaporates.
  • The Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) continues with success on both IRC and AOL. On AOL some of its sims overflow their chat rooms, causing COs to run their sims out of two chat rooms at once with resounding success. With the hiatus of a few (ASG) founding members, the AOL and IRC branches become more autonomous. This is widely considered the "Golden Age" of ASG simming.
  • The Science Fiction Association (SFA) closes its doors after a year of general success. The leadership simply moved on, and realize that most of their members will sim elsewhere. Most members revive their participation in the ASG while others join the small but upstart Allied Sim Association (ASA).
  • Allied Sim Association (ASA) gains a surge of new membership as well as an ambitious pool of leaders from the dismantled Science Fiction Association (SFA). The Babylon 5 sims are particularly successful early on while the Star Trek sims build quickly. The (ASA)'s young membership quickly develop a strong friendship and regularly spend time together in the chat room "ASA Lounge." A culture of "pick up sims" forms.





  • Utopia Fleet fizzles out of existence sometime in early 2001.
  • Bravo Fleet, by this time made up of four "task forces," suffers two major splits when approximately 1/3 (this figure is disputed by BF) of its sims leave to form Obsidian Fleet. Two senior members of BF (the TFCO and TFXO of Task Force 72) are amongst those to leave. Another 5 or so sims also leave to form Deep Space 14. Despite this loss, Bravo Fleet goes on to expand to around 10 task forces by the end of 2002.
  • Independence Fleet (IDF) is founded on July 4, 2001 by James D. West, Charles Star, and Robert Seldon, three members of the USS Sunfire sim. At the time the Sunfire was an independent sim, but had previously been a member of Utopia Fleet. The fleet launches with three active sims.
  • Chas Hammer announces his retirement as the President of Trek Online (TOL) on August 31, 2001. SO'koth Vidiot qul'tuq is elected the new President.
  • In the Alliance Simulation Group (ASG), the AOL branch continues to develop new sims from several genres. Though many of the new sims are short lived they seem to provide refuge for simmers who need a break from the standard Babylon 5, Star Wars, and Star Trek sims that still dominate the group's over all participation. Unfortunately, the IRC branch enters into a steady decline while the AOL branch suffers a sudden and drastic drop in participation. Bitterness develops within each branch and between the two branches.


  • The Simming League begins a painful transition off of AOL and onto the Internet.
  • Independence Fleet (IDF) suffers its first split in February when two COs remove their sims to form Neo-Utopia Fleet, citing Fleet CO James D. West's leadership as the primary reason for their departure. The fleet then splits further when a plurality of the remaining sims choose to follow Fleet XO Charles Star instead of West. As a result, West forms Pseudo-Independence Fleet.
  • The Star Trek Simulation Forum (STSF) is formed on July 31, 2002, by splitting from Spacefleet Online (SFOL). In the course of the following months, approximately 1/3 of the operating advanced sims move to the new group. The STSF becomes the largest home for games formerly associated with AOL's SFOL. By October 2002, the organization is recognized and advertised on the official Star Trek website.
  • Spacefleet Online (SFOL) is converted to member run status by America Online and loses AOL sponsorship on December 2, 2002. Thirteen days later, the group's official forum is closed.
  • Conditions deteriorate in the AOL branch of the Alliance Simulation Group. Low rank administrators attempt a take over, the Advisory Council fights among itself, and two key leaders retire. The AOL division is ultimately reduced to one sim that is occasionally active. There is a glimmer of hope when a few inactive sims appear ready to start up, but they lose participants and collapse again.
  • Utilizing custom made Account Management Systems, both the Federation Sim Fleet and Starfleet Legacy Alliance become dominant sim clubs.
  • Star Army (SARP) creates its early forums, web pages, and engages in crossover RP with Python Fleet.


  • The Galactic Freedom Command (GFC) is formed in 2003 by splitting from Spacefleet Online (SFOL). Approximately 10% of the games that had been associated with SFOL in June 2002 leave to form this new group. Currently, it remains the second largest home for operational sims formerly associated with AOL's SFOL.
  • In April, due to dissatisfaction with President Penny Boopter, Trek Online (TOL) splits apart when approximately half of TOL's sims leave and follow SO'koth Vidiot qul'tuq to form Rogue Fleet.
  • The New Worlds Project, an original science-fiction play-by-post club, launches utilizing the e-107 content management system.
  • The last official sim of the Alliance Simulation Group AOL branch is run on Halloween night. While no one seems aware that it will be the last sim, a handful of retired members return for the final sim.
  • Spacefleet Online leaves AOL and moves onto the Internet. The move is a rough one, with several games not surviving the relocation and only further hurting the group's already reduced schedule.
  • Star Army (SARP), an original sci-fi roleplaying community, launches its website.


  • Seth Mattinen, web master, long time member and admiral of the Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) officially declares the AOL branch closed on July 29 with the full support of what few members were lurking on the Log Boards as well as the last official CinC and DCinC of the AOL branch. The closing of the AOL branch is preceded by the closing of the IRC branch by Admiral Nakoma on June 19.
  • In March, Mike Bremer resigns as CO of Bravo Fleet, citing time constraints. Fleet XO Ed Smith becaomes the new CO. Bremer remains with the fleet in various other roles until 2010.
  • In July, Penny Boopter resigns as the President of Trek Online (TOL) and hands the remains of the club - which consist of a few half-functional sims - over to Chas Hammer, who promptly disbands the club.





  • UCIP reorganizes its divisional structure to a more practical system. The Trek Division is formed as the home of all the UCIP Universe based simulations. ISD is formed for independent Star Trek sims and simulations based in separate genres. This correction leads to a renewed focus on simming and UCIP moves beyond the turmoil of the early decade. Several new simulations arise and successful recruitment efforts by a new era of adept GMs leads to a slow but steady growth. This is also a year of return as several simulations that once departed UCIP begin to come home.
  • Epsilon Force is established in September after several sims leave Sigma Division.


  • Alex Verdusco steps down as the President of AJJE Gmaes. Jeannette Giesbrecht succeeds as the President.
  • In October-November, the Triple Zero Crisis, the first stage of the AJJE Schism, sees Ride The Edge Administrative Leader Silent Hunter propose and have passed (by one vote) a motion of censure against the club's operational leadership after the controversial closure of The Triple Zero.
  • On December 7, Theta Fleet is established.


  • In January, Warp steps down as Council Moderator of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. In a smooth and peaceful handover, Tavey is elected to the position.
  • In June, Sam Jones steps down as the Commander in Chief of Sixth Fleet. After a democratic election, Graham Thomson is elected to the post.
  • Former Bravo Fleet CO Mike Bremer leaves over a dispute with fleet leadership.
  • Former members of Bravo Fleet establish Taskforce 93 on May 9.
  • In July, the AJJE Schism sees over a dozen members of that club leave in protest against the government; they will form Phoenix Roleplaying the following month.
  • Jazza is elected President of the UCIP.
  • On September 21, Independence Fleet's (IDF) former CO Charles Star is hired back as Chief of Fleet Operations by fleet CO Jeremiah Griffith, with the task of re-building the now two-sim fleet. On October 25, Griffith and fleet XO Katsuo Hayashi unexpectedly retire due to personal reasons. AJ Wheeler is named the new CO; and Star becomes fleet XO. By January 1, 2011, IDF is back up to seven sims.
  • In December, Phoenix Roleplaying exits martial law and holds its first democratic elections, with Ash Leighton Plom becoming the first General Coordinator of the site.
  • On December 28, 2010 Sam Jones, the former Commander-in-Chief of Sixth Fleet resigns his command of the USS Cambrian and his executive officer, Padraick Dornbush, is appointed as his successor.


  • On January 1, 2011, Marni Livni accepts the position as XO of the USS Cambrian a simulation in Sixth Fleet, finally completing the transition of the simulation from the command of the retiring Sam Jones.
  • On January 15, the Bremer Commission releases the Bremer Report, critical of the due process afforded Mike Bremer during his JAG trial from Bravo Fleet. Bravo Fleet leadership denounces the report.
  • On January 16, Bravo Fleet rescinds 53 of its 64 permanent bans in effect. Bravo Fleet leadership is highly critical of previous administrations for affecting the bans.
  • In February, Taskforce 93 is renamed The Ninth Fleet.
  • In July, Star Fleet On-Line officially ceases operations.



  • By Spring, it is obvious that the SLA is in trouble, and many sims have closed. The SLA becomes the quietest is has been in many years.
  • In February, the Sixth Fleet Senate agrees to dissolve and to remove its Constitution, becoming a more volunteer-based organization.
  • In November, Tavey Burgon steps down as Council Moderator of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. Kris takes over the position. Tavey remains an advisor to the Council, and an administrator on the forums for the SLA.


  • In January, several of the 'old guard' of the SLA return, and the club begins to see new life.
  • Jazza passes away on April 7 following a battle with cancer.
  • On May 18, Tigra Tigress passed away in a car accident. Also with her was fellow Oberth 7 member Andrew Carter who also passed away.
  • After two terms as General Coordinator, Silent Hunter voluntarily chooses not to stand for a third term. He is replaced by Jason Andersen. However, Andersen goes AWOL and his deputy Misty Wilson is placed in temporary charge until another election (in which she runs) is held.
  • By the end of the year, the SLA's burst of activity wans. Many who had returned to the club leave en masse.


  • Phoenix Roleplaying's emergency General Coordinator election in January sees three candidates, including acting coordinator Misty Wilson, run. Wilson wins fairly comfortably.
  • AJJE Games is absorbed into Phoenix Roleplaying, the site that had broken away from it in 2010.


  • The satirical Outpost 42 News publishes its first article.
  • The United Space Federation's High Command retires and dissolves, ceding authority to the Host Staff. Over the Summer, the Host Staff creates a new Governance Structure for the USF, including an Active Host Assembly and an Executive Board comprised of active Hosts elected by the AHA.



  1. My Simming Memoirs. Part 1, Chapter 1.
  2. CompuServe Almanac: An Online Reference of Online Service: Sixth Edition. CompuServe Incorporated. 1990. Page 182.
  3. QuantumLink Serial
  4. Quantum Space
  5. SWOC 2011 Chat: Her History
  6. My Simming Memoirs. Part 1, Chapter 1.
  7. SWOC 2011 Chat: Her History
  8. No Regrets Page 1.
  9. No Regrets Page 2.
  10. No Regrets Pages 2 - 3.
  11. My Simming Memoirs. Part 1, Chapter 2.
  12. My Simming Memoirs. Part 1, Chapter 1.
  13. STS History article written by Chas Hammer, October 1998. Note from Chas: The article is on my computer; I hope to upload it someday. In my Memoirs I had put down the date as 1993, but the history article pegs it at 1992, as the article was vetted by Trekker, I believe 92 is the correct date.
  14. UCIP website from 1999 shows the club with two dozen sims.
  15. SWOC 2011 Chat: Her History and My Simming Memoirs. Part 1, Chapter 1. Note from Chas Hammer: In my memoirs I pegged SFOL folding into AOL in 1994; I've put it here in 1993 instead based on Marni's chat.
  16. SWOC 2011 Chat: Her History
  17. Based on conservations between Chas Hammer and Admiral Kirk of Star Fleet On-Line during the period Star Fleet On-Line was in the Simming League.
  18. Ablon, Robert. "Command Control." The Recorder. November 15, 1995.