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Created by Captain Lirha Saalm on 17 Jul 2012 @ 5:51pm

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for your interest in USS Galileo. We have taken the time to answer the following popular questions below in the hopes that prospective players can quickly and easily find what they are looking for. This guide assumes that players are already familiar with the basics of simming. If not, please consult Obsidian Fleet's New Player FAQ prior to reading this page.

Table of Contents:

What types of missions does Galileo undertake?

    Because of the nature of Nova Class starships, Galileo's missions focus on exploration, science and adventure. Specifically, Galileo belongs to Starfleet's Planetary Sciences Division, therefore we typically conduct planetary, nebula and system surveys. However, we also undertake other missions including (but not limited to) research and development, humanitarian aid and fleet actions.

When did Galileo become operational?

    USS Galileo, under command of Lirha Saalm, became an operational simulation in February, 2012.

What is the current in-game sim year?


How is the sim structured?

    Galileo's Command Staff includes two game masters (CO & XO) and an assistant game master (2XO) who take care of all sim decisions. They are the final word in any/all matters. Orders are passed down through the Chain of Command, and requests are sent up. Remembering this basic concept will greatly help new players understand their roles and the command structure of the sim.

    CO -> XO -> DH -> ADH -> Enlisted
    CO <- XO <- DH <- ADH <- Enlisted

How active are other players?

    Very. Most players log in and write every day, and those who don't, respond within 48 hours. OOC chatter is also active, and players interact with each other and discuss a variety of topics on a daily basis.

What age range are Galileo's writers?

    The average age of our writers is currently 28 years old.

How do players communicate?

    The primary means of communication aboard Galileo is the private messaging (PM) system, which is integrated into the Nova software. The secondary means of communication is our private Yahoo! Groups list which is used for all manner of IC and OOC interaction. In addition, most players also communicate OOC using some sort of instant messenger (YIM, MSN, GChat). Finally, the website has a built-in chat room should any players need to get together and quickly discuss something. Remember: Galileo is not just a sim, we are a community.

How fast does the plot move?

    The main storyline moves quickly, regardless of the mission. At any given time there is at least one storyline JP being written, and in many cases, multiple storyline JPs going on at the same time. The average time to complete a mid-length mission is approximately four months. Longer and more developed missions, such as Episode 01, typically take six months to complete.

What freedom within the plot will I have with my character(s)?

    As a general rule of thumb, as long as you don't interfere with the main storyline plot then you are free to do as you please with your character(s). This does not mean you can violate protocol, steal a shuttlecraft then expect to get away with it (IC), but for the most part, you are free to explore your character and any themes you see fit. We encourage character development and creativity, and we rarely say no to subplots. If a player wishes to tie one of their characters' subplots into the main storyline, they are required to consult the Command Staff, specifically the XO. Remember: You are responsible for your characters' IC actions.

When does shore leave occur?

    Galileo goes on shore leave once per year usually around the time of Winter holidays. Shore leave takes place in a variety of locations and is typically one of the shorter missions of the year, lasting about two months.

What are the activity requirements?

    All players are required to post one JP per two weeks and one personal log per month. In addition, all tags must be answered within 48 hours. Award voting occurs once per month and is mandatory as well. Please view our Sim Rules & Regulations for complete details.

What happens if I can't post on time?

    USS Galileo promotes a fun and active simming environment. All players abide by the 48-Hour Rule, which states that 48 hours is the maximum acceptable response time between active players. This includes responding to JP tags, PMs, emails, and any other form of communication. Players who try to extend this into 72 or 96+ hours will quickly find themselves falling behind with their writing, unable to keep up with the sim's JP requirements, and are ultimately assessed strikes and removed. If, for any reason, a player knows they will be away from the sim for a while or simply needs a break, they may freely take a LOA or ELOA and will be exempt from the posting requirements until they return. Life catches up to all of us sometimes; all we ask is to be informed with a quick email or PM. Please view our Sim Rules & Regulations for complete details.

Why are some positions available to play and others are not?

    Our manifest has been edited to reflect the most canon crew positions and compliment. Our ship is a small planetary survey vessel with a maximum crew compliment of only 100, therefore we do not have the resources or personnel to support additional departments or positions. In many cases, there are only a small, limited number of some positions (i.e. Security/Tactical Officer), yet numerous available other positions (Science Officer). This is done in order to balance the sim's player base with the sim's mission focus and to make sure all players are able to stay involved and have the most enjoyable time possible.

Can I play a position/department that is not listed?

    You may not play a position on a department that is not listed (i.e. Marines, Strategic Operations). If you would like to play a position not listed in one of the current departments, please consult the Command Staff prior to creating your character. We are happy to work with you to accommodate your needs, as long as you stay within the realm of realism. Remember: We are a small and cramped Nova Class, not a large and luxurious Galaxy Class.

Can I play a Marine?

    We do not currently allow any Marine characters on board, except in rare cases. If your Marine character has a special circumstance and would like to join our Security/Tactical department, please contact the Command Staff and we will discuss the matter with you and our CSTO.

Does Galileo accept custom races?

    Yes, we accept custom races. In fact, we have two of them currently on board. However, custom races should be reserved for advanced players. The amount of time and skill that it takes to accurately and realistically detail a custom species is lengthy. The custom race must be created from the ground up, and the physiology, culture and society must all be written and described in length before the character is even created. This is done so that other players are accurately able to interact with the custom character with as little discrepancies as possible. In addition, it is always more difficult to play a race for which you have no canon references, therefore we suggest that prospective players think carefully about this decision.

How are promotions handled?

    There are two types of promotions; position promotions and rank promotions. Position promotions are usually awarded by Department Heads (with the XO's approval) to members of their department who have performed well, and these can occur at any time during a mission. An example of a position promotion would be a Science Officer being promoted to Asst. Chief Science Officer. Rank promotions are more substantial and are awarded less frequently, typically only twice per year at the beginning of new missions. Unlike other sims, Galileo does not promote rank based on time-served. Instead, players are promoted for their overall activity, participation and leadership. We reward active players for their contributions, which means the more a player writes and becomes involved, the quicker their character(s) will rise through the ranks. Players who join and post the bare minimum requirements will find their characters taking longer to advance. Remember: Promotions are earned, not given.

How are awards handled?

    Awards are voted on and distributed by the crew and Command Staff at the end of each month. Players vote for their Crew's Choice Award, usually the player who they feel has performed the strongest during the last 30 days. Players are also able to nominate their fellow writers for other awards, which are subject to Command Staff approval. There are many different types of awards and they cover almost every area of IC and OOC simming. As long as a player stays active and participates, awards will come naturally to their character(s).

What is the Academy and will I have to enroll?

    The Obsidian Fleet Academy is one of the best free resources at a player's disposal. The Academy is comprised of online courses covering various aspects of simming, and is taught by a group of certified instructors who also sim in Obsidian Fleet. Once players are enrolled by their CO, they are contacted by an instructor who gives the player their lesson materials, guides them through the assignment(s), then gives them a final grade. There are currently courses for: New Players, Engineering, Medical, Counseling, Intelligence, and Executive Officer. The New Player (Cadet) course is the longest and takes about a month to complete, however the specialty courses are short, one-week classes which can be quickly completed by a savvy player. Any player who is enrolled in the Academy is required to stay active on Galileo throughout the process, and the Command Staff is here to assist should anyone need help. Our players are usually not required to complete specialty courses, however we highly recommend them to members of applicable departments, and they go a long way towards earning awards and a possible promotion.

I have a question that was not listed...

    No problem! Please feel free to use the website's contact form to send any additional queries to the Command Staff, and we will respond promptly within 48 hours. We welcome any and all questions from prospective players, and our ultimate goal is to provide our writers with the most enjoyable simming experience possible.

(Created by Lirha Saalm, USS Galileo)

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