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Email Simming FAQ
- What is an e-mail sim?
An E-Mail simulation is a type of simming that is played using a mailing
processor (usually referred as Mailing List), posts are sent to the mailing
list and once a post is received in the mailing list, the post is being
forwarded to the Mailing List member list.
The member list is usually the emails of all the players in a simulation.
This type of simming requires an Active E-Mail account, preferably one where
you can easily categories mails that are sent to you, and extremely
recommended to have a mailbox that has a lot of free space (at least 5 MB at
Email simulations are considered more detailed, as in an Email simulation,
you write a post that contains a lot of descriptions and actions you do with
your character, in contrast to a Chat simulation, where you usually write
short sentences and the game passes very quickly.
In an E-Mail simulation the patience factor is very important as not
everyone posts each day and you sometimes have to wait a number of days
before receiving a response to something you wrote.
- How can one possibly send e-mails to so many people without forgetting one?
All e-mail simulations have a mailing-list, a mailing-list is a feature that
allows to group a number of emails under one static e-mail address, meaning
when you email that address, all the members of the sim gets the e-mail you
sent, as well as you get all the posts from that e-mail address.
The hosts of the sim are the ones who moderate this list.
- How do I play in an e-mail or message board sim?
In order to participate in an E-Mail or Message Board simulation you need to
be signed either to the Sim Mailing List, or to the Forum that all the posts
of an MB (Message Board) sim being posted at.
Once you are signed on to that, you can send or post your posts to the
list/forum and receive replies by others.
- I joined an E-mail or Message board sim. Now what do I do?
Different simulations has different rules and ways of action, the best thing
to do first is talk to one of the simulation's hosts, they are the ones who
will assign you to your position and will make sure you know everything you
need to know, as well as getting you into the simulation.
If it has been a couple of days and you still haven't gotten an email from
the sim hosts after being assigned by the Personnel Director, you should
email the simulation hosts and their Fleet Command staff (On the Games
Listing page look for the Simulation and email the hosts using the links,
also check the Fleet Name, in the Staff Information page you can find the
Fleet Command of the given fleet).
After you are being assigned follow the hosts suggestion to get inside the
simmer, and above all, Enjoy!
- Who are these hosts guys who keep e-mailing me?
Hosts are the Game Managers (also known as GMs), they are the ones who are
running the simulation and usually one of them holds the most senior
position on the simulation (Commanding Officer, Team Leader, etc'), they are
incharge of taking care of all simmer's requests and for keeping the
simulation active, any questions or ideas for a simulations should go to the
simulations hosts as they are the ones who decide the back story of the sim.
- In what ways can I make a post?
A post in an E-mail Simulation is composed of a number of elements, such as
actions the player did, people he talked to, text the player said, and
actions that happens around the player's environment.
While you as the player have total control over your character, you need to
keep it aligned to the simulation reality, meaning god-modding is not
What is god-modding? For example, taking over a ship in the Trek reality
when you are neither the Captain nor the Executive Officer.
Or making actions that affect the sim mission as a whole and were not
approved by the hosts.
You are encouraged to read the following guide to help better understand the
interaction between members http://www.sb254.com/guide.php?id=5.
A post usually contains one or more paragraphs, describing the character
actions, for a complete review on the format a post needs to be in, you can
read the following guide http://www.sb254.com/guide.php?id=23.
- I'm finding this e-mail thing boring and too slow. What can I do?
Post more! The best way to get an e-mail simulation more active is to post
more to it and try to get more people to participate in it, more people who
will participate as the more active the sim will be.
If you still do not like the e-mail simulations format, try the Live Chat
- My host says I have to put a signature at the bottom of my posts. What does that mean?
Adding a signature at the bottom or header of each posts helps the rest of
the sim members understand who you are without needing to look for the ship
roster, the signature should include the following lines:
Lt. Commander John Doe
Chief Tactical Officer