Sim Development Policy
First of all, the basic requirements for all new SIMs wishing to apply:
- The SIM is up and running and actively simming and has been so for at least 3 consecutive months.
- The SIM has at least 6 simmers actively logging (including yourself) and at least 50% of your crew are not yet UCIP members.
- The SIM has an up-to-date website for your SIM, which includes technical specifications and an up-to-date crew roster that lists character names, bios, and email addresses.
- The CO and XO have read UCIP policies and are in agreement with them.
The Screening process includes the following:
- We check the SIM’s website and ask to be added to the listserv(s).
- We observe the SIM in action for about three weeks to get an indication of quality.
- We conduct an interview with the CO and XO.
When all three above steps are satisfactory, the SIM will be accepted into UCIP on a six week trial basis. During this time, the CO and crew will have to take the Basic Academy Theory Exam, and the CO will have to complete the UCIP XO / Command Course. These courses will give you a basic grounding in Command and how things work within UCIP. We will also ask two of our COs to observe your SIM during the six weeks and give an observation report to Fleet Command, who will make a decision on your approval as full SIM.
The CO and XO also have to realize that we have a few requirements of our approved SIMs and agree to these:
- We have an Academy that is compulsory for all new members to UCIP. This means that you need to notify the Academy of new members.
- The CO of the SIM is responsible for submitting a weekly SIM report to the Starfleet Command list upon starting trials. The SIM report should contain an accurate crew roster with logging record of the crew and basic plot summary. Examples of SIM reports can be provided.
- CO and XO have completed the XO course.
- Command team has at least 4 other simmers willing to join.
- The SIM has at least 50% single simmers (i.e., only simming on this SIM).
- The SIM has an up-to-date website for the SIM, which includes technical specifications and an up-to-date crew roster that lists character names, bios, and email addresses.
Development time is a maximum of 3 months during which a first plot is to be run and the SIM can get up and running. Fleet Command monitors and supports the SIM during this time. Technical specifications are approved and academy courses completed.
No later than the 3 month mark, a recommendation is made to Fleet Command/President about next steps for the SIM. The SIM should have by now at least 7 members and maintain its 50% single simmers ratio. Reporting should have been regular as per the requirements. If ok, the SIM is put into trials for a 4-6 week period, with at least 2 observers. Upon completion of the trial period, a final recommendation is made to Fleet Command and President for approval of the SIM.