What is a Play-by-Forum RPG?

play-by-forum role-playing game (also called an online role-playing gametext based role-playing game and collaborative writing experience, as well as a simsimm, or simming) is an online role-playing game in which players (also called roleplayers, writers, or simmers) interact with each other and a predefined environment through text. The role-playing occurs in a free flowing manner in which each player writes a snippet of story, with each contribution building upon the proceeding material in a largely unplanned fashion.

How do I get started?

First, check out our forums. Read through current posts of active members of the crew. Take a look at our mission archives to see firsthand what our posting is like. Then, if you’re still interested, look through the crew manifest for an open position that interests you and start dreaming up your character. Once you’re ready just fill out our application. We’ll review your character and may suggest changes or for you to expand upon a couple of things, but it’s a quick process!

How often do I need to participate?

While we prefer members contribute at least two or three times per week, but there’s no hard requirement for activity. We just ask that you do your best to be an active participant, and don’t leave people hanging if you’ve been tagged in a post and others are waiting on you to move forward.

How do we play this RPG?

As a member of the crew you’ll be able to add posts to our current active mission thread. There, you’ll post in story-format; that is, your writing will resemble that of a book. You’ll utilize your own character and a myriad of NPC’s for this, while tagging in other players to bring their own characters into the story with you. By posting back and forth in this way we’re able to create deep and interesting stories from the perspective of many writers working together in tandem.

What kind of character can I create?

You’re welcome to play most Starfleet species. No omnipotent beings allowed. If you’re unsure of whether the character you’re thinking of building will work for the sim, please visit our Discord server and I’ll let you know.

What is Bravo Fleet?

The Diligent is part of a larger simming organization known as Bravo Fleet. Being a part of a larger fleet gives us access to a huge pool of potential members as well as a larger organized canon that we can utilize to build our own stories along with major story arcs that span across numerous other sims.

What happens if I need to leave?

These games generally run for years, and while we love for people to stay through it all, that’s of course not a reasonable expectation. If you need to resign, we just ask that you give us as much notice as possible so that we can work with you to make the best exit for your character as possible, and hopefully leave an opening for your return should you decide to come back!