Ken Gillis is a simming leader who was predominately active during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Over the course of a decade he founded and ran several clubs, most notably Pi Fleet. He served as the Director, and later Administrator, of RolePlayerUSA.com, and briefly was the President of the Simming League.
Noted for his energy and vision, these traits also guided him into controversy. His drive provides little patience or tact, and he often chaffs at ineffective subordinates or superiors. He was banned from Bravo Fleet for leaving the fleet with his ship, the USS Lakota-B, and pulled his task force out of the Star Trek Simming Federation. He resigned the Presidency of the Simming League when, after his efforts at reform failed, he was quoted as saying "I should just shut the entire thing down". He was later banned from the League for violating its Code of Conduct.
Despite the scandals Gillis was a part of, he is also known for his accomplishments. He built multiple organizations, bringing countless hours of joy to Star Trek roleplayers across the world. Through his work at RolePlayerUSA, he provided services such as free web hoisting, web design, and IT support to groups that couldn't afford it. Command officers of multiple prominent organizations are former trainees of Gillis', and many organizations still use his legal writings as a basis for their sim structure. There are also a number of websites and graphical works that still appear on many Trek sim websites.
As of now, Gillis is better known as Admiral Dyllon McMahon, Commander of Starfleet Command 2400, in the virtual world of Second Life. His organization brings virtual roleplay to hundreds of officers, and he serves as a Councilmember in the United Federation of Planets (SL) in Second Life.
Star Trek Simming Career
In 1999, Gillis joined a club called the GFS, which was under the command of Admiral Wizo. However, Gills became fed up with what he thought was unfair treatment from Wizo and quit to start his own club, the New Federation League (NFL). He was joined by his assistant, Logan Troy. However, Logan wasn't interested in making a new club, he wanted to destroy Wizo for his slights and take over the GFS. Logan attacked the GFS, and when Gillis found out, he kicked Logan out of the NFL.
In September of that year, Gillis and the New Federation League joined the Simming League. Impressed by guidebooks created by Tim B., Gillis made Tim the academy director of the NFL. When Tim was convicted of Crimes Against Simming by the Simming League - the conviction of such required Gillis to kick Tim out of his club - Gillis launched an impassioned campaign against the concept of crimes against simming and the authority of the Simming League to force member clubs to ban individuals. He relented, however, when it was revealed Tim had stolen the guidebooks from Trek Online, and Ben was kicked out of the the NFL.
In December of 1999, Gillis merged the NFL into the Galactic Protectorate (GP), quickly renamed the Interplanetary Federation of Simming (IFS). Around the same time, Logan convinced Wizo that he had changed, and Wizo let Logan return to the GFS. Logan quickly turned on Wizo and launched a trial to try to kick Wizo out of command. Gillis initially intervened and got Logan to leave the GFS, but Logan quickly turned around, founding a club called GFS 2000 and using it to attack both the GFS and Gillis' IFS. The conflict spilled into the Simming League, with members taking sides. Gillis, however, refused to counter attack Logan, and violate the laws of the Simming League. At first Chas Hammer defended Gillis in the League, but when a log surfaced with a person named Joshua Underwood claiming to be a spy for the IFS, Chas turned, brought both Gillis and Logan up on charges in the League Court - which were never heard - and introduced a bill in the League Senate to impeach Gillis as a Senator and remove the IFS from the League. In a compromise, Gillis and the IFS left the League Senate, but Gillis was allowed to remain as the Director of RolePlayer USA. It was later revealed Underwood was lying and the log he provided was fake. Chas Hammer later accepted blame for his handling of the situation and Gillis was allowed to return to the League as a Senator.
As a Simming Leauge Senator, Gillis argued for fundamental reforms to the League, including that it provide more services for the simming community at large, do more to protect small clubs from the abuses of big clubs, and stay out of the internal affairs of member clubs.
In September of 2002, he ran for the Presidency of the Simming League. Gillis' election campaign never took off, due to computer problems in real life showing up just as the campaign season opened. (Simming League law prevented candidates from campaigning until exactly 1 month before the election.) Due to low income at the time, he was unable to replace the computer, and only managed to log onto another computer on the last night of the election. Noticing on the forums that Goran Agar, an avid support of Gillis, had posted on the forums that he supported Seth Cotis in the election, Gillis immediately hopped on QuickBuddy (web based messenger), and contacted Goran Agar. After learning that he thought Gillis wasn't running anymore, and that Chas Hammer (Gillis' running mate) was running in his place, Gillis was able to convince Goran to change his vote. The next morning, it was announced that there was a tie, with one senator abstaining. Seth Cotis and Gillis worked out a deal behind the scenes, to try and prevent a League split, for Gillis to be president, with Seth as the VP. This was quickly debunked by the Courts. Chas remained President during this time, while investigations took place. It was uncovered by Gillis that Goran Agar did in fact change his vote to Gillis before the polls closed, and Gillis was the winner. It was uncovered that the justices had convinced Goran to change his vote to abstain after polls closed, so that they could force the vote to the Courts, where the Justice for SLA and the Justice for SFEF could rig the election towards their candidate, Seth Cotis. After uncovering all of this, Gillis was sworn in as president.
Gillis threw himself into the Presidency, proposing grand ideas, the foremost of which was the clearing of dead wood. As Gillis learned, over the years the League had become filled with dead wood; that is, groups that no longer simmed, but had entrenched senators who refused to admit it. These groups were protected under a grandfather clause written into the constitution when the membership requirements raised. So long as a member group was a member before the new constitution was ratified, and continued to hold at least one sim, it would not be penalized.
Gillis moved on a campaign to rid the League of dead wood, or at the very least, get the clubs to participate more in the League. The first sign of resistance came from Anika Troy, who refused to vote on bills after being asked by both Chas and Gillis to do so. After being asked multiple times, she became frustrated, and voted against all bills in spite. Soon after, Justin Ashton, the appointed head of the Tournament of Simulations bureau, contacted Gillis with a copy of an email. Justin had contacted all members to see if they would be sending a sim to ToS, and received a response from her where she admitted that her group was dead, and they had not held a sim in months. Armed with this information, Gillis moved to take away the group's voting rights in the Senate. This move didn't go over well, as other dead wood groups came to life, for fear that they would be next.
As Gillis continued with the process of removing Troy's voting rights, resistance grew in the League. After many heated debates, and many frustrating situations, Gillis confided one late night in Joe Ferguson, then a justice of the Simming League. In a personal IM, Gillis exclaimed that he should just shut everything down. The next day, the log was posted on the forums, and the Senate called for resignation out of fear that Gillis - who hosted the League website and internet message boards - could very well shut the League down with the push of a button. Gillis responded by resigning, and pulling Pi Fleet out of the League, fed up it and the large number of dead clubs that comprised its membership.
Despite this, Gillis continued to post to the League message boards. As the League experienced a protracted decline during 2003 and 2004, Gillis became an outspoken critic. League President Goran Agar banned Gillis from the forums to stop him from spawning heated debates - although under rules in effect at the time Goran's actions were questionable. As the League picked back up in 2005 and 2006, Gillis returned, although it was felt his abusive attitude in some posts, combined with actions he took in other sim clubs at the time, violated the League's Code of Conduct. He was banned from the League under the terms of the Code of Conduct - a banishment that remains in place till this day.
Gillis was involved with RolePlayerUSA.com for several years, serving as the Director, and later Administrator. Through RolePlayerUSA, he worked to bring news and services to the simming and online role-playing community. However, his true vision was for RolePlayerUSA standardize the culture of simming, in order to allow free flow of members between groups with a minimal amount of retraining. To this end, he attempted to create the Intersim Academy, which would have treaties with multiple groups to recognize graduates from the organization, in order to allow officers to join the member games without having to retrain in their "culture" of simming. Following the disbanding of RolePlayerUSA in 2003, Gillis worked for DiasporaGames for a short time.
In the mid 1990s, Gillis founded a club called Pi Fleet as an offshoot of an earlier sim, Federation. The concept of Pi Fleet was originally going to be fleet based, with one person per ship, acting as Captain, in fleet operations. This idea was abandoned, and the organization went into hiatus in 1998. Pi Fleet was restarted in 2000 when the USS Lakota-B broke off from Bravo Fleet, and the Lakota became the flagship of the revived organization.
Pi Fleet was a member of the Simming League for many years. After Gillis removed Pi Fleet from the League due to the failure of the League, as he perceived it, the group went on for a few weeks as normal. In Mid-2004, however, Gillis "retired" for the first time from simming and broke the group into multiple groups along it's Task Force lines.
In the late 200s, Gillis became active in the virtual world of Second Life and is better known as Admiral Dyllon McMahon, Commander of Starfleet Command 2400. His organization brings virtual roleplay to hundreds of officers, and he serves as a Councilmember in the United Federation of Planets (SL) in Second Life.