Potemkin Handbook

**Welcome to the USS Potemkin. This Star Trek writing group uses collaborative storytelling to create the adventures of the Starship Potemkin and her crew. This handbook will serve as a guide to simming here as well as a rulebook for those who choose to. Most of it is taken from the Handbook for another sim, the USS Hawking. The sim no longer exsists, but I think my friend BJ hit the nail on it's head when he wrote it, so I'm using his wisdom here. **

If you choose to explore a character here on Potemkin there are a few key things that will make everyone’s experience a lot more fun!

First off, we adhere to the Bravo Fleet Constitution and all subsequent bylaws, so get to know it. As a part of this fleet, it is important that we follow the guidelines set out by the administration.

Next…Posting is important. The purpose of this site is to work together to tell a story. We use an episodic format, in which we decide on a mission ahead of time and flesh it out as we go. Usually there is a bare bones framework that gives a roadmap for the mission from beginning to end, but creativity is encouraged. Getting from A to B can be as circuitous as we want it to be. And on certain occasions a plot point may be abandoned in favor for a better one on the fly.

Although we do “predestine” our framework, micromanaging a story can be boring. Feel encouraged to stretch your story telling wings, but if something you have in mind is far departed from the agreed upon plot points, please clear them with the CO or XO beforehand.

Promotions are awarded for participation. If you don’t post, don’t expect to be promoted. And more importantly, our relationships IC and OOC are strengthened through participation.

If a crewmember vanishes with no LOA for longer than seven days, I will attempt to contact you via PM/email. If there is no response for another seven days, count on being dropped from the ship. Ultimately, there will be a 14 day grace period of inactivity before you will be removed from the roster. I will attempt to contact you to find out what is going on, but it is your responsibility to contact us if you will be away for an extended period of time.

Promotions are based on your participation as well as your own wishes. They are strictly an In Character thing and do not reflect any out of character status regardless of what you've been accustomed to in the past. This ship is a collaborative writing group. We do not have a hierarchy. The CO created the sim, but he is no more an owner of it than the lowest crewmember. His ideas are no more valid, and in character rank will not be used for out of character purposes.

Let me jump up on my soapbox for a minute and tell you some basic "no-no's" of simming here. I'll start though, with a "DO" And really it's the biggest "DO" that we have here.

HAVE FUN!!

That's what we're all about really. Fun and writing Trek. I guess that goes without saying though because if writing Trek isn't fun for you you're most likely not reading this. So… yeah.

No-No's. NO DRAMA! Come on guys.. You're not really Commander Whatsisname of the Starship Potemkin. In character is in Character and out of character is out of character. I expect that we'l keep a firm understandign of that fact. I'm not Commander Nathan Mackenzie on MSM. I'm Sergeant Justin Ballard, USA , or just Justin, depending on who I'm talking to. :-P. Point being, let's keep some perspective. Out of character, we're all equal, and we all have EQUAL ownership of the sim.

That said, I know that some people like to find ways to make controversy, drama, or what ever. Let me say point blank that if you start drama in this group you will quickly find yourself not a part of it. Disagreements are one thing, but we're all adults here. (Or close to it.) Let's all act accordingly. And if this is something that you think might be aimed at you, then it is. You might not want to write here.

That completes my soapbox rant… *Steps down*

Here are some important links for the crew of the Potemkin:

Potemkin Wiki – Our wiki is a place to let our characters shine. In addition to holding our archives, the wiki is a one-stop shop for everything you ever wanted to know about the ship. It is a constant work in progress and if you are interested in helping with development, contact Nathan Benjamin for information.

Memory Alpha – Aboard the Potemkin we are pretty consistent when it comes to Star Trek minutia. Although canon is a GREAT tool for developing our stories, we won’t use it to bash you over the head. Don’t let it intimidate you. This site is a fantastic resource when it comes to trying to fit your story into the huge world that is Star Trek. Feel free to contact me if need help with something in regards to canon. But DON’T let it stop you from being involved.

[[Personnel]] – We work hard to build a world in which we can play. This is a simple list to let you know who is on the ship. If you’d like to add an NPC, please contact the department head where that NPC will be placed to put them on the roster. Our NPCs sometimes have more life than our PCs. It’s sometimes a sad fact, but it adds a huge dimension of fun and depth to our tales of galactic domination.. er.. exploration. These biographies will let you know more details about those NPCs. If you want to add an NPC bio, please contact the department head where the NPC will be placed with your information.

Writely/Google Docs - Something we do quite often (and quite well if I do say so) is create Joint Posts (JPs), which are posts in which two or more individuals write together to form one coherent post entry. Contact another member of the crew if you wish to open a doc and start writing together. Some will be quite open to the idea, while others may not have the time or inclination to write at that juncture.

If you want to talk about joining the ship or any problem you are encountering on the ship please PM me on the RSB Forums. I’m also always available to do graphics work or to brainstorm with, or to simply converse with as another Fan of the almighty Trek.

Live Long and Prosper!

Asimov Guidelines

Realism

Post Quality

Format

New Crew

Chain of Command

Statement of NPCs