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1990s

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]

1992

  • 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]

1993

  • What would eventually grow into the Federation Sim Fleet (FSF) begins as a single sim, the USS Melbourne, on a BBS called FIDOnet under the guidance of Captain Jon Shuni on March 7, 1993. On July 5, a second affiliate sim, the USS Bastille, is launched. Two more sims are launched before the end of the year. The new club is eventually named UNIFED, or the United Federation.
  • The United Confederation of Interstellar Planets (UCIP) is formed by Vice Admiral Danzak.[14]
  • In late 1993 the Federation and Klingon Alliance (FKA) is formed by Andy B. Clements.
  • Starfleet Online becomes part of the AOL gaming forum; in exchange for receiving a dedicated keyword, forum, message board, file library, and chat room, SFOL comes under the managerial control of AOL gaming officials.[15]

1994

  • 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 June, UFOP: StarBase 118 is founded by Tristan Wolf on AOL.

1995

  • 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.

1996

1997

  • 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 then Tango Fleet CO Mark Casey. Bremer left with his sim, the USS Pegasus, and is joined by Weber's new USS Miranda sim.
  • 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.
  • The Alpha Quadrant Sim Group (AQSG) is formed, featuring multiple Star Trek Play-by-Email simulations through Smart Groups and Yahoo Group mailing lists.

1998

  • The RPG-Captains e-mail string, a Yahoo group for simming leaders to discuss and learn from each other, is established.
  • The Non Affiliated Gaming Forum (NAGF) begins to provide non-sponsored clubs the same resources AOL offers to Spacefleet Online (SFOL). Other clubs are now able to take andvantage of enhanced message boards, Rainman generated forums, additional conference rooms, and recruiting tools. AOL appoints Admiral Andy B. Clements (OGF Andy) to build the forums, and later that year they assign him to be the NAGF Supervisor.
  • By the summer, as Prodigy and CompuServe continue to lose members to AOL and other internet service providers, CompuServe's Fleet 74 collapses, and Prodigy's Starfleet Online (SFOL) attempts to move to the Internet, but also closes.
  • Lemax launches Starfleet Elite Forces (SFEF), and O'Bhoy launches United Federation of Populated Planets (UFPP). Both new clubs are influenced by Trek Online and grow to become large and prominent AOL clubs.
  • Allied Sim Association (ASA) reports harassment by AOL members with "over head accounts" and attempted takeovers by larger clubs. After losing their lone Star Trek sim, OSA's Babylon 5 role plays continue with great success. In the summer, an internal dispute leads to one of ASA's critical leaders resigning.
  • Bravo Fleet CO Pat Weber leaves to form Alpha Fleet over a dispute with fleet XO Mike Bremer, who becomes the new Bravo Fleet CO.

1999

  • With its core Babylon 5 roleplays holding strong, Allied Sim Association (ASA) launches an original fantasy sim and puts together a loose relationship with several independent sims and RPG clubs. Claimed membership reaches nearly 1,000 after several merges, but the club still collapses in January due to an internal disagreement.
  • In March, the Simming League organizes the first SciWorld Online Convention, the an online convention devoted entirely to simming. For a week , clubs open their sims to outsiders as the simming world on AOL is united by a series of chats, workshops, games, and special events. Setting precedent for all future SciWorld Online Conventions, it is open to simmers and online role players, regardless of rank or club affiliations. Ender Maki, Tashak & Chas Hammer co-chair the five-day event. NAGF attempts to run its own version of SciWorld over the summer, but fails.
  • On April 7, Utopia Fleet (UF) is launched by Annika McKenzie, Taraan Rahl, and several others shortly after McKenzie and Rahl lead the largest split from Bravo Fleet to date. Almost immediately, UF becomes one of the leading simmng clubs on the Internet.
  • Trek Online experiences its "Golden Era." As the head of the Simming League, it becomes a major leader of the simming community on AOL. Its republican system and sim style is copied by several clubs.
  • Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) sees a decrease in participation in both its IRC and AOL branches. ASG leadership then launches original genres and new programs to revitalize the club. By the end of the year, both branches see an increase in participation and ASG begins its second "Golden Age."
  • As non-Star Trek roleplays grow in popularity, an active fantasy simming community appears on AOL. This also gives rise to Star Wars-focused clubs Republic of the Young, Star Wars Unlimited Fan Club (SWU), and Ashes of the Rebellion (AotR).
  • Star Trek Sims (STS) STS collapses, though two roleplays continue to operate independently until 2001.

2000s

2000

  • The Evercrack Epidemic hits the simming community, leading to hosts, simmers, and potential recruits disappearing from the community.
  • In January, Paramount Digital Entertainment, having discontinued its contract with MSN two years earlier, drops sponsorship of Star Trek: A Call To Duty (ACTD). The exact reason for the separation remains unclear.
  • On October 1, Seth Cotis forms Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) after his sim and two others split from United Space Federation (USF). SLA focuses on club on professionalism and establishes a hands off approach to the management of its sims to foster maximum creativity. The club grows rapidly and soon takes its place as one of the largest and leading clubs in the community.
  • Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) has great success with both its AOL and IRC branches. The most successful AOL rolepalys are reality special forces games, whereas on IRC, the most successful X-Men roleplays are joined by a wolf-based game, Wolf Pack. Both divisions cooperate well with one another..
  • Allied Simulation Association (ASA) is widdled down to one e-mail based sim on Yahoo Groups called Babylon 6 RPG, and ceases operations. Babylon 6 RPG, however, remains a successful roleplay for nearly four more years.

2001

  • Utopia Fleet fizzles out of existance in early 2001, although several of its sims continue as independents.
  • On July 4, Independence Fleet (IDF) is founded by James D. West, Charles Star, and Robert Seldon of the independent USS Sunfire, a former Utopia Fleet roleplay. IDF launches with three active roleplays, and is the first club to bestow monthly individual fleet-wide awards for simming excellence. It soon adds a newsletter and other community events.
  • On July 29, approximately one-third of Bravo Fleet's members, including several senior leaders, leave to form Obsidian Fleet. It is Bravo Fleet's largest split to date.
  • Five roleplays leave Bravo Fleet to form Deep Space 14.
  • On August 31, Chas Hammer announces his retirement as the President of Trek Online (TOL), and SO'koth Vidiot qul'tuq is elected as his replacement. This begins a period of decline for TOL.
  • Alliance Simulation Group's AOL branch develops several new genre roleplays that mix well with its standard Babylon 5, Star Wars, and Star Trek sims. However, the IRC branch continues to decline, and the two branches begin infighting with each other.

2002

  • The Simming League begins a painful transition off of AOL and onto the Internet.
  • In February, the eleven-sim Independence Fleet (IDF) suffers its first split when Shawn Edwards and Sutak remove their sims to form Neo-Utopia Fleet. The fleet then splits futher when a plurality of the remaining sims choose to follow Fleet XO Charles Star instead of CO James D. West. As a result, West forms a competing Independence Fleet (2002). Edwards and Sutak would both return to IDF a few months later after their club fails.
  • On July 31, Star Trek Simulation Forum (STSF) splits from Spacefleet Online (SFOL). Over the next few months, approximately one-third of SFOL's sims move over to STSF. By October, SFOL is running advertisements on the official Star Trek website.
  • On December 2, Spacefleet Online (SFOL) loses its AOL sponsorship as the internet service provider returns SFOL to member-run status. Thirteen days later, the SFOL's official forum is closed.
  • Alliance Simulation Group's AOL division is reduced on one semi-active roleplay. Several lower-level administrators attempt to take over during advisory council infighting, but are unsuccessful. Two key leaders retire.
  • Conditions deteriorate in the AOL branch of the Alliance Simulation Group (ASG). 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.

2003

  • With the Simming League sputtering, clubs and captains establish other methods to keep in touch. One of the most successful ones is the RPG-Captains e-mail string, a simple forum for simming leaders to discuss and learn from each other. Its approach to discussion with no rules or set membership requirements causes it to attract many members.
  • 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. It remains the second largest home for operational sims formerly associated with AOL's SFOL for some time.
  • On April 1, Independence Fleet pulls its first Super Space Command 3000 April Fools' Day joke. The ruse is a huge success, receiving praise from many of the club's members.
  • 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 on the only ship in the ASG that seemed to remain consistent through the turmoil of the previous two years. While no one seems aware that it will be the last sim, a handful of retired members return for the final sim. At the same time, participation in the IRC branch of the club appears to be limited to "hanging out" on the main channel.
  • Spacefleet Online (SFOL), long starved and abused by years of neglect and lack of resources from AOL finally breaks with the service and moves onto the Internet as a private sim club. The move is a rough one, with several games not surviving the relocation and only further hurting the group's already reduced schedule.
  • Independence Fleet (IDF) reaches a peak of 14 active sims under CO Charles Star in early 2003. In May, Star leaves on an extended LOA, which begins a decline for the fleet. In December, James D. West, Felicity Dragonetti, Krol, James Britanicus, and Robert Seldon force Star, who is still on LOA, out as CO. Seldon then retires for the third time.
  • Star Army (SARP), an original sci-fi roleplaying community, launches its website.

2004

  • Independence Fleet's turmoil continues into January when Task Force Sword infiltrates several sims, creating further conflict. In March, James Britanicus splits from the fleet with two sims to form Far Point Fleet while Felicity Dragonetti and Krol resign a short time later. IDF continues in chaos before James D. West, Richter Hiron, and Jeremiah Griffith stabilize the club by year's end.
  • Dennis Busse publishes the Sim Group Papers, a collection of essays about various simming topics. Simming leaders would later frequently refer to his works.
  • In March, Mike Bremer resigns as CO of Bravo Fleet, citing time constraints. Fleet XO Sorac Dunar becaomes the new CO. Bremer remains with the fleet in various other roles until 2010.
  • On July 29, Seth Mattinen, web master, long time member and admiral of the Alliance Simulation Group (ASG) officially declares the AOL branch closed, 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 19th.
  • 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.
  • Chas Hammer publishes an updated and greatly expanded version of My Simming Memoirs, an autobiography that discusses multiple issues and topics within the simming community. Hammer continues to edit the document into 2005, and is awarded the 2004 Simming Prize for his work. Hammer later publishes a final pdf version of the document in 2014.

2005

  • In August, Independence Fleet's sim COs issue a unanimous petition to fleet XO Jeremiah Griffith, demanding that fleet CO James D. West resign, and that Griffith become CO. Griffith and West first refuse the request, but eventually give in when the COs threaten to remove their sims and start a new club. West retires from simming. Griffith later transitions the fleet from YahooGroups to Nova.
  • On October 2, USF publishes a special edition newsletter as a part of its 10th anniversary celebration.
  • There is brief discussion on the AOL branch's website of the Alliance Simulation Group about re-grouping and creating a new sim, but in the end nothing happens.
  • Due to political instability within UCIP, several splits occur. KDF (UCIP's Klingon Division) officially leaves UCIP and dissolves. A majority of Starfleet Division's Alpha Fleet leave UCIP. Starfleet Division's entire Gamma Fleet also departs forming the Gamma Fleet roleplaying group (which has since dissolved).
  • Ajje Games is founded by Alex Verdusco, Edgar Cramer, Jessica McClary, and Jud Bennett, the first two members of STF.

2006

  • In February, growing tension within the Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) over the future of the club causes Stuart Collis to leave the club, and his sim, the USS America, votes to leave with him. Stuart soon launches a second sim, the USS Horizon.
  • In May, Starfleet Legacy Alliance enacts a new charter, and in June, Pamela Kyle resigns as the Moderator Chair. In August, Warp is elected the new Moderator Chair.
  • In June, internal issues in Tango Fleet reach a critical point. Most of the fleet's leadership leaves to form Sixth Fleet. A few players remain behind to continue with Tango Fleet.

2007

2008

  • In March, Phoenix Fleet is founded.
  • In May, Anne Pillsworth is inducted as the first member of the Star Trek: Borderlands Hall of Fame
  • 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.
  • In September, several simulations break away from Sigma Division to form Epsilon Force.
  • The Alpha Quadrant Sim Group (AQSG) dissolves, ending 11 years of operation.

2009

  • Ajje Games co-founder and President Alex Verdusco steps down, and appoints Jeannette Giesbrecht as his successor. The decision is not welcomed by everyone, leading to a year of bitter fighting within the club.
  • In February, Exodus Fleet splits from Bravo Fleet. As a result, Bravo Fleet reorganizes its JAG.
  • In October, a decision by the leaders of Ajje Games's Ride The Edge division to close a sim leads to the "Triple Zero Crisis," which concludes with a narrowly passed censure motion against four individuals.
  • In October, Pegasus Fleet is formed after splitting from Bravo Fleet.
  • On December 7, three sims split from Obsidian Fleet to form Theta Fleet.

2010s

2010

  • In January, Warp steps down as Council Moderator of Starfleet Legacy Alliance after four years of service. Tavey is elected at his replacement, resulting in a smooth and peaceful turnover.
  • On January 18, Bravo Fleet awards its first two Medals of Honor to Teylas Ramar and Dan Taylor.
  • Former Bravo Fleet CO Mike Bremer and Starbase 400 leave Bravo Fleet during an ongoing dispute with fleet leadership. A subsequent JAG investigation convicts him on four charges, strips him of all previous awards and honors, and places on probation. Bremer denies any wrongdoing.
  • 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 members of Bravo Fleet establish Taskforce 93 on May 9.
  • In July, Ajje Games overturns a player ban, resulting in more than a dozen senior members, including Silent Hunter and Ash Leighton Plom, resigning. This new group then forms Phoenix Roleplaying on August 8. The event is known as the the AJJE Schism.
  • Jazza is elected President of the UCIP.
  • On September 21, Independence Fleet's CO Jeremiah Griffith hires former fleet CO Charles Star as Chief of Fleet Operations, 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 and enters its first Renaissance.
  • 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.

2011

  • On January 11, Charles Star is named Chief Editor of SimEnc. Star significantly increases the wiki's content and the role that it plays in the community.
  • On January 15, the Bremer Commission releases the Bremer Report, critical of the due process afforded Mike Bremer during his 2010 JAG trial from Bravo Fleet. Bravo Fleet's Barak Aubrey, Teylas Ramar, and Slagar immediately denounce the report as biased and ill-informed. On January 18, after several days of intense discussions regarding the Commission's findings, Bravo Fleet begins a boycott of the Simming League.
  • 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 and maintaining the bans.
  • On April 1, Independence Fleet, Starfleet Legacy Alliance, and Theta Fleet pull the second Super Space Command 3000 April Fools' Day joke, eight years after the original. While SSC3K is again widely popular, Teylas Ramar and Slagar denounce it on Bravo Fleet's message board. The thread is deleted shortly thereafter when most of the respondents opine that it would have been fun to play along.
  • On July 4, Independence Fleet celebrates its 10th anniversary by inducting the first ten members into its new Hall of Fame. The club also issues official censures to ten individuals for "grave and damaging acts against the fleet." Some criticize the censures for being too many years after the incidents took place.
  • In July, Star Fleet On-Line fizzles out after approximately 17 years of operation, making it the longest-lived SFOL club.

2012

  • In January, Bravo Fleet suffers its largest split to date when a significant group leaves to form Alpha Fleet.
  • On March 20, Task Force 92 closes its doors and officially ceases all operations.
  • On May 23, a copyright complaint is filed against SimEnc by a yet to be identified party, and SimEnc is taken offline for the first time in its history. It is then fully restored without change on June 8, and subsequently leaves Ongoing Worlds to become an independent entity. No details of the complaint have ever been released.
  • On June 29, Silent Hunter is elected unopposed to succeed Ash Leighton Plom as General Coordinator of Phoenix Roleplaying.
  • On August 12, SimEnc introduces its new seven-member Editorial Board. Over the next few months, they institute several controversial and transformative policies to the wiki. Former SimEnc Chief Editor Charles Star is highly critical of the Board's actions. Contributions to SimEnc drop significantly.
  • On December 20, SimEnc indefinitely bans former Chief Editor Charles Star from editing for "failure to comply with SimEnc guidelines," a claim that Star disputes. SimEnc never specifies which guidelines were broken, but lifts the ban a few months later, claiming the whole thing to be "miscommunication."

2013

  • In February, the Sixth Fleet Senate agrees to dissolve and to remove its Constitution, becoming a more volunteer-based organization.
  • On February 28, Bravo Fleet removes all information about previous JAG convictions from its website. No announcement is made.
  • On March 9, Federation Sim Fleet celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of its original founding sim, the USS Melbourne, with a roast of fleet founder Jon Shuni.
  • On March 2, Ongoing Worlds awards its first Squiddie awards to StarBase 118: Operations (sim), Star Army (club), and AJ Wheeler (person).
  • 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.
  • On May 1, SimEnc reverses some of the more controversial policies instituted within the last year. However, participation does not rise or return to previous levels.
  • On September 10, after more than a year of little participation from its editors, SimEnc announces that it will be closing shop and migrating its content to Role Play Wiki.
  • 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.
  • On December 30, UCIP awards its 20th Anniversary Medal to all members and announces plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the club's 1994 Internet founding over the course of 2014.

2014

  • In January, several of the 'old guard' of the SLA return, and the club begins to see new life.
  • On April 7, Jazza passes away following a battle with cancer.
  • On May 18, Jessica Anderson reports Marni Livni's alleged real-life death. Livni had previously claimed to be historical figures Tigra Tigress, Mark Casey, and others, and told other tales from simming's early days. While widely accepted initially, numerous factual errors and inconsistencies in Livni's claims led many to cast doubt on her account, including her purported death. Many also concluded that Livni and Anderson are in fact the same person.
  • 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.

2015

  • In January, Phoenix Roleplaying's emergency General Coordinator election 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 Ajje in 2010.

2016

  • Band of Brothers officially closes sometime between January and March after being hacked for a second time.
  • On July 17, STF celebrates its 25th anniversary by hosting an open house for the entire role playing community.

2017

  • On January 4, Bravo Fleet abolishes its fleet Commanding Officer and Executive Officer positions and replaces them with a three-person command council of Allison Reyes, Anatole Lazarus, and Hars Darax.
  • On July 29, Obsidian Fleet holds its first-ever Obsidian Day celebration in honor of the club's 16th anniversary. It's a full day of discussions and events honoring the club's history and its members.
  • On August 3, Charles Star is elected President of UCIP. This is unusual within the community as Star is not a prior member of the club. During his two years in office, Star leads a resurgence in the group, creates a new Independent Simming Division, and approves a new fleet Constitution.

2018

  • 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, democratically-decided upon Governance Structure for the USF, including an Active Host Assembly and an Executive Board comprised of active Hosts elected by the AHA.

2019

  • On February 25, Bravo Fleet, Obsidian Fleet, and Pegasus Fleet host the first Project Khitomer. Similar to SciWorld and FallFest, Khitomer is a one-day Discord conference open to all role players, regardless of rank or club affiliation. Due to its success, it is later decided to make Khitomer a recurring annual event.
  • On May 1, Andrew Greenfelt launches 22nd Fleet after leaving Bravo Fleet's command council. His departure from Bravo Fleet sets off a period of significant instability within the club that leads to multiple splits and constitutional changes. 22nd Fleet quickly attracts new members and becomes one of the leading clubs in the community.
  • On May 1, Independence Fleet's website goes offline. While no one is able to get in touch with fleet CO AJ Wheeler to get it restored, the USS Chuck Norris continues to sim over email to keep the fleet alive.
  • On June 14, Teylas Ramar returns to power in Bravo Fleet as fleet CO to replace to three-person command council. Elizabeth Wolf becomes fleet XO on the same day.
  • On August 31, 16th Fleet concludes its club renaming event with the selection of Zodiac Fleet.
  • On September 8, Season 1 of the Ongoing Worlds elimination game show The Simming Endeavor premieres. With 13 contestants from around the community, it is the first role playing game show ever produced. The finale episode (12th) airs on November 24th.
  • On October 13, Pegasus Fleet marks its 10th anniversary with a special Discord celebration.
  • On November 19, Outpost Phoenix leaves the United Space Federation due to harassment of players and Host Staff by a clique of players led by an Executive Board member, and refusal of either the E-Board or AHA to handle the situation or abide by democratically decided upon rules. The USF refuses to concede that Outpost Phoenix has left.

2020s

2020

  • On February 22, the 2nd annual Project Khitomer event is held on Discord. Obsidian Fleet & Pegasus Fleet return as hosts while 22nd Fleet replaces Bravo Fleet. Individuals from other clubs also host panels.
  • On February 29, James D. West assumes command as Independence Fleet's Commander-in-Chief and names Charles Star fleet XO and Chief of Fleet Operations. West later retires on June 30, and selects Star as his replacement. Star then chooses Chief of Technology Ken Gillis to be fleet XO.
  • On April 1, Independence Fleet and Theta Fleet pull the Super Space Command 3000 April Fools' Day joke once again.
  • On June 9, Bravo Fleet convicts Jack Pike in its first public judicial trial in over nine years. On June 13, Bravo Fleet adds three older convictions back to its website, including the 2010 conviction of Mike Bremer, which was previously questioned by the Bremer Commission. On June 17, Charles Star releases a complete transcript of the Jack Pike case appeals process, which shows multiple errors, falsities, and distortions in the official Bravo Fleet reports. The broader community universally condemns Bravo Fleet leadership and its Magistrate system. It also leads to another exodus of Bravo Fleet sims, most of which join 22nd Fleet or RPGWriting. On June 18, an unknown party creates the fake group Brazzers Fleet to mock Bravo Fleet and its magistrate system.
  • On October 9, Outpost Phoenix celebrates its 20th anniversary with an Autumn Harvest Homecoming Hoedown.
  • On November 10, Bravo Fleet announces the results of three Magistrate trials, which includes five convictions on all counts (a typo initially indicates six convictions). No pleas are entered, no defense counsel is provided, and the proceedings and evidence remain secret. Among the convicted are former Bravo Fleet leaders Amanda Rose, Beeman, and ConfusedFire. Bravo Fleet had previously altered its Magistrate code to allow Ex Post Facto convictions of the trio. Bravo Fleet is again condemned by the wider community for their actions.

2021

  • On January 16, RPGWriting, Split-World Alliance, Theta Fleet, and Zodiac Fleet jointly host Babel Conference. It is the first role play convention to equally feature both chat and voice events. Members from numerous other clubs also participate.
  • On January 17, Sim Central officially launches. It is mostly made up of ex-Bravo Fleeet sims.
  • On January 23, Bravo Fleet publishes the verditc of another Magistrate case that results in an individual being convicted on two counts. The case is notable due to the evidence and basis for one of the charges being a private correspondence from the defendant to his designated defense counsel.
  • On February 20, the third annual Project Khitomer is held on Discord under a new name, Khitomer Conference. Obsidian Fleet, Pegasus Fleet, and 22nd Fleet return to host, along with panelists from Theta Fleet, Zodiac Fleet, and others.
  • On July 4, Independence Fleet (IDF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a congratulatory message from Jonathan Frakes and a 20-page almanac reflecting on the past, present, and future of the club. IDF had previously held an Anniversary Trivia Day on May 8 and an Anniversary Webcast on July 3, both with real prizes.
  • On July 25, Obsidian Fleet holds its 5th annual Obsidian Day in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
  • On September 25, Zodiac Fleet hosts a special discord celebration for its 20th anniversary.
  • On October 8, Mike Bremer is selected as Chairperson of 22nd Fleet in an emergency election following internal turmoil that nearly leads to the club's demise.

2022

The Undiscovered Country

External links

References

  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.
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