The Black Fleet Report

December 2019

The Black Fleet Report - December 2019

USS Europa

Commanding Officer: No report submitted

Executive Officer: No report submitted

Gamemaster: Christopher Bennett

Crew Posting Level: 6
Senior Staff Posting Level: 6
Overall Ship Health: 6

Sim Overview: The Sim is just starting the conclusion. The Away team has discovered the home of a lost human on a remote planet. The XO fell into a trap that was set to ward off intruders. As She did, the human started to return, however, he seems to be in some sort of distress.

On the bridge, the CO survived an assassination attempt by a member of the crew. The CE, with the help of an NE, has successfully removed a device that was causing coolant flow issues to the Impulse engines.

Who is this human and why is he in distress? Why did this member of the crew attempt to assassinate the Captain? Who planted the device that was disabling the Impluse engines? The answers to these questions are coming soon.


FComm’s Comments: I just took over as FComm so this report will be limited for November. So far from what I seen the sim is closer than ever to wrapping up. Crew activity is a bit of a jumble in regards to keeping within the fast paced standard of the Europa currently there are several late posters over a day, with one LOA going into its 18th day with a return date of Nov 25th due to her baby, with a single AWOL rounding out the current status. I have been able to speak to the CO recently on the ship’s status and will be looking into how best I can assist the Europa in the coming month and the new year.

Otherwise the Europa seems barring these current issues to be in ok health in my book so far for the past month of November into early December.

USS Genesis

Commanding Officer: Luke Hung

Crew Posting Level: 7
Senior Staff Posting Level: 7
Overall Ship Health: 8

Ship Status: So it has been a slightly slow month. Including myself, not to make excuses the American Thanksgiving Holidays and my busy work schedule has been putting a slight delay into my posting. I expect to be doing better despite the Christmas holiday coming up. If you have some ideas what I should buy my wife and/or mother.. I’m open to suggestions. Oh back to the ship, I always grade the Genesis on a curve since she is the best ship in the fleet so her ‘7’ is ‘8 or 9’ anywhere else.



Executive Officer: No report submitted

Gamemaster: Kenson Koh

Crew Posting Level: 9
Senior Staff Posting Level: 9
Overall Ship Health: 9

Sim Overview: After a stalemate with the rebels (or pirates as the Pallasians call them) the CO is about to seize three of them for further investigations into their activities.

The XO and his team are making their way for a further investigation into the Pallasian system, who have requested that they are given a chance to apply for Federation membership. The CSO, who is from the future, is strangely reluctant to deal with the Pallasians and yet not able to reveal what he knows of them in the future.


FComm’s Comments: The sim from reports and a quick look since taking over as FComm seems to be moving along. I’m a little unsure the numbers reflect reality of November - Early December from what I saw given there are three AWOLS currently all over a week in length. As with the rest of Black Fleet I sent emails out and made posts on the ship’s board to all CO/XO/GMs but sadly have not gotten back any replies on current status or needs. I’ll be following up on this need for contact an expectations once I get an AFComm settled.

Overall though the Genesis does have an engaged crew, posting is consistent by much of the crew overall and the quality standard is a solid good grade in my book so far from what I have seen from back reading.

USS Merrimack

Commanding Officer: No report submitted

Executive Officer: No report submitted

Gamemaster: Robert Archer

Crew Posting Level: 6
Senior Staff Posting Level: 6
Overall Ship Health: 6

Sim Overview: The Merrimack chugs along at an excellent rate with the crew finally digging up answers on what the Finite Stone is and where it could be! But time is running out as Tha’nos Dione has shown up with his 8 Wanderer class frigates laying claim to the system in his search for the Stone


FComm’s Comments: Again I have only just taken over as FComm for this term but given my long history on the Merrimack I can say the ship’s posting is strong in November. With the crew currently active well engaged in figuring out the clues and activities I laid out as GM. I have spoken to the CO about cleaning up the roster which has recently been taken care of. There is also effort by the CO and XO to recruit new blood to the ship to fill long missing critical roles which is currently in the works.

Currently there are no awol/loa issues on the roster though as mentioned there had been some extreme loa/awols listed till the clean up, with this now done and efforts to fill spots underway from email updates I am confident coming into December and the new year things are looking bright for the Merrimack though a close eye will be kept for filling critical open spots until they are done.

Oed V

Commanding Officer: Tony Findora

Crew Posting Level: 6
Senior Staff Posting Level: 6
Overall Ship Health: 5

Ship Status: It seems as though we may have lost Trinity. I have emailed and messaged her a few times with no response unfortunately. To be fair, it is pretty out of character for her as she was pretty invested this whole time. She did share with me some personal things going on in RL, but with no response I’m left with a bit of hanging element in my PRSIM.

The folks on Oed are keeping pace alright, but we could be doing so much better. Par of it is due to my lack of quality time to write the past few months. It has me frustrated, but I’m positive things will change soon.

Honestly, we could use with some revitalization. Oed needs STRONG writers who will keep pushing. If anyone is interested in joining the ONLY self-sim environment in STF, then shoot me an via my contact form.


Vacancies: All vacancies are up to date on the MOTD.

Executive Officer: No report submitted

Gamemaster: No report submitted

FComm’s Comments: Looking at the report as well as the rostser from November-Early December I’m a bit concerned with OED V, the Governor though having submitted a report on the 14th is still listed as LOA though their return date is the 13th so some time to catch up is warranted. The Lt Governor is active though currently a day late. Roster wise there are three extreme LOAs, and two AWOLS over 15+ days. As with many CO/XO/GM emails sent I have not heard back yet from the Governor or Lt Govenor on the current needs and their view of status of OED V. Again I’ll follow up again with this after I settle an AFComm on Wednesday.

Overall there seems to be a lot of bumped/reposts currently from what I have seen through November-Early December, I will be keeping a close tab on OED V in the coming month and new year to ensure aide in getting new blood where requested is given as well as administering AWOL/LOA needs

USS Olympic

Commanding Officer: Christopher Bennett

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 5
Overall Ship Health: 4

Ship Status: The Olympic just finished her sim. Sam did an great job with his sim and Congratulations to him for passing his GMT and becoming a full Game master. We are currently in between sims right now. A new sim is going to be starting soon and I am excited to start.

The ships status isn’t very good though, in a little over a month, we lost our CSO and our CMO. Posting hasn’t been very good either, with some LOA’s and AWOL’s. We could use some fresh blood.

I am working on an update for our page. I am hoping that a refresh will incite more people to join the ship.

Spotlight: Sam Pennington for completing his sim and his promotion to JGM.

Vacancies: We need a CSO and CMO. We also need Jo’s in every department.

Executive Officer: No report submitted

Gamemaster: Sam Pennington

Crew Posting Level: 8
Senior Staff Posting Level: 6
Overall Ship Health: 7

Sim Overview: The sim concluded with a near bang. The Tal’Shiar confronted the Olympic in a firefight. The USS Triton intervened, and took the refugees back to starbase to be processed for citizenship. It was an exciting end to an exciting sim, but it’s only the beginning…

Spotlight: Christopher Bennett for helping me tie this up in a neat little bow. Terry Sullivan, for all his advice. Gene Gibbs, for being a fantastic GMM.

FComm’s Comments: The sim has wrapped up through November-Early December for the Olympic which is good without missing a beat the GM is jumping into their next sim which should be an interesting mix from what I was explained in the GMs reply to my email to them earlier when I took over as FComm. I’m Happy to see the reports got in by the CO and GM though its a bit disconcerting given the CO’s numbers vs what the GM reports on levels. More investigation will be given in the coming month and new year on getting things more leveled out. Sadly though I have yet to hear from the CO or XO on current ship status and needs in their eyes. Again I’ll be following this up come Wednesday once I settle on a AFComm

Currently from looking at things there are two open core DH spots needing to be filled, and one AWOL by the XO over 7 days. The MOTD is also a bit of a mess in setup which I’m going to reach out to the CO/XO to try to find help on fixing that up ASAP. Though the ship does need JOs it is true I am more concerned to first see the two DH spots filled and a strong level of posting and support given so any new JOs are well supported.

USS Wolverine

Commanding Officer: No report submitted

Executive Officer: Ray Branch

Crew Posting Level: 5
Senior Staff Posting Level: 4
Overall Ship Health: 5

Ship Status: The Wolverine is between sims at the moment, so a slow down is expected. Can’t wait to see what Jason has in store for us!

Spotlight: Jason Lee is this month’s spotlight! His sims are well thought out and entertaining, I’m sure everyone enjoys rping in them as well. Never a dull moment when he’s the GM.

Vacancies: CMO and Junior Officers :)

Gamemaster: No report submitted

FComm’s Comments: As with several CO/XO/GMs Ive yet to receive replies to my introduction email on the current status and needs of the ship. Looking at the only report given by the XO they do seem to be between sims with a few wrap up threads and side sim ongoing currently. Looking back on November-Early December posting seems quite slow and limited in scope. Currently the CO and XO are both AWOL by 6/5 days respectively, plus there are two other AWOLs one an extreme case of over a month with an LOA pushing now 91 days. Finally there are empty spots listed (a scientist in this case) with no details, not sure whats going on there though I assume its a placeholder spot.

Currently for core DH spots the CMO and CSO are open and in need of urgent filling. Once this is done I would hope we can get some well supported JOs in there to round out the roster.

Again come Wednesday I’ll be putting out another fleet wide email setting expectations into the coming new year/months of managing such long term issues like this and in cleaning up the roster once I get my AFComm settled.

Final FComm Comments: Overall Black Fleet needs some TLC across the board. While rough in spots I feel confident once I can settle my AFComm by Wednesday and then get them up to speed I will get another fleet email out setting expectations of AWOL/Roster management in effect. With the holidays coming I also expect a bit of a slow down even more which is troubling given the current status of the fleet but obviously can’t be overall helped or forced. My main concern in the coming month and into the new year will be to getting in regular contact with all ship CO/XO/GMs, ensuring roster and AWOL management is in hand and then supporting the fleet in what capacity is wanted/needed to fill open core DH roles and then JOs.

Once this is in order I then plan to also begin a discussion on the culture of the fleet as it stands as well as try to gather ideas to promote fleet attention, retention, and interest club wide. Though currently what I have outlined is just a thread work and will probably adjust based on comments given once I get in regular contact with the fleet. I’m also currently working on doing what updates I can to the Black Fleet MOTD and static page though given the last major updates were in 2012 I’m not holding much hope of keeping the history part updates as much as I’d like.

Robert Archer

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