Hello Viking Crew,
I’d like to take a moment of your time for a quick update regarding the Viking and things moving forward. After much discussion and thought, Jason and I have decided to transition from a traditional GM model to a self-sim model. The reason for this, as most of you are aware, is that there is a shortage of GMs in the club at the moment. And since we’ve been doing well finishing out this sim on our own and we have an abundance of excellent and creative writers, Jason and I felt this was a viable option for the Viking. If we should decide that self-sim is not for us, we can always apply to be assigned a GM again in future. This transition will mean several basic changes for our team.
First, anyone will now be able to set up and run a main sim with as many of the varied departments as they’d like. If you have an idea for a sim but don’t know how to implement it, you are also able to share it with Jason or myself and we’ll do our best to make it happen so long as it is in keeping with our theme. This can also allow us to follow a conventional collaborative model of building upon one another’s ideas to an exciting end!
Second, department heads will be more directly responsible for junior officers under their care. Should there be a pause in activity for your department, it is your job to create something for you and your department to do—security can run tactical drills, medical can help that poor ensign kick the narovian flu, engineering can fix the captain’s replicator (again), etc. The universe is vast, the Viking quite diverse, and the crew just as interesting. There are plenty of opportunities here!
Third, junior officers will need to make sure they pay attention so that they know what’s going on within their department, and participate accordingly. If you’re not sure of what to do, reach out to your department head and ask for help. If you have an idea for a side sim, run with it; if you have ideas of something to do with your department, run it by your department head!
Lastly, everyone is responsible for the development of their own character and for the progression of any sim they are involved in. No one should be bored or inactive simply because they feel they have nothing to do; you have the ability to make something to do, to get to know your crewmates. The only person getting in your way is you. That means that you are responsible for knowing what the AWOL limit is for your position, and that I will be keeping a more strict eye on them and posting what the process will be about handling occasional, frequent, and long term AWOLs. In a nutshell, that means we are all responsible for the health and continued success of the Viking. If you need help, have questions, suggestions, or just want to try out a new thread idea, reach out to each other, to me, to Jason, to your department head, to your junior officers. Our stories are only limited by our own imagination.
This has also gone out through email to make sure everyone sees it.
Jennifer and Jason
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