Fleet Command Report:
The Month of March has been a busy one to say the least. Earlier last month we got the specialist program under way and now we are happy to see that each Division has selected their specialists. This program will allow members with a vast knowledge of particular game mechanics to help improve Imperium in conjunction with the Academy. Remember, this specialist draft was only the first. As the game continues to grow, we will need more help to stay organized. Keep on the look out for the next Specialist intake.
In other news, Fleet Command is now coordinating a new night of fun and games for the Officer Staff. The Goal is to promote ease of communication, friendship, and teamwork. Sometimes, when deliberating details of new projects, things can get stressful and we think that we can help alleviate that by becoming a tighter knit group. These Officer Nights take place every other Saturday, opposite of Officer Meetings which are much less fun!
Additionally, Fleet Command & the Officer staff have been hard at work preparing something very special which will be revealed SOON™. Because of this, Chimaera had offered to put together a special lore series leading up to this announcement. This month he is publishing part two. You can find the links below.
In conclusion, we would like to thank the fleet and it’s awesome member base for another awesome month and we are looking forward to working with each and every one of you in the months ahead!
Combat Ops Report:
It has been an eventful month for the Combat Ops division! First and foremost, we would like to welcome our new Combat Ops Specialists!
Congratulations guys, you are sure to play a major role in the future of Combat Ops. We will be working with our new Specialists going forward to make the fleet run as smoothly as possible. There is a lot of work to be done for sure, but we know you guys are up to it.
We are continuing our work to further refine the organization of both the Combat Ops division, and the fleet as a whole. We have more work to do, but we hope to be able to shed a little more light on this very soon. Rest assured, there are interesting times ahead of us.
The Combat Ops Officers
Trade and Industry Report:
Another month gone by and also the first quarter. This means we’re getting closer to the highly anticipated Star Marine release, but you also get to read another monthly report from T&I and see what we’ve been up to.
This month started with opening recruitment for a new position, the Specialists. These selected members are another step in Imperium’s structure and its divisions.
So congratulations again and a warm welcome to Jon1812, radoorid and Zhane as the T&I Specialists. For now they will assist us officers and once possible (closer to the launch of PU) we expect them to become experts in one field of T&I. The Specialists will coordinate with each other and with the officers to plan operations and missions. They will also work together with the Academy to create courses and qualifications. They’ve already received their first task to work on and we are looking forward to share the results in the future.
And now some words from our Specialists:
A message from new T&I Specialist: Zhane
Hey guys, Zhane here. I won’t beat around the bush, I became a Specialist because I love what Imperium has the potential to be and I want a larger hand in making that happen. In my head I envision Imperium trade convoys, massive numbers of our haulers, protected by our loyal Combat Ops members, speeding through space to bring the fleet the supplies it needs. I see giant swaths of asteroids with Imperium miners buzzing around them like bees. I see our production nodes and storefronts being a major part of the economy. I want to make it happen, and with all of us working together, we can.
A message from new T&I Specialist: Jon1812
Hey guys, it’s Jon1812. I have to admit, I am a bit excited. I can’t wait to get started! I wanted to become a Specialist, because I wanted to have an active role in helping Imperium grow. I want to help us build the strongest organization in the ‘verse! I can’t wait to fly by a sea of Imperium logos barely recognizable as a trade fleet! In all seriousness though, I really am excited about being a part of all this. I hope to contribute what I can to Imperium and see the fleet grow well beyond our expectations. If you guys ever want to theorycraft or just chat, try me on TeamSpeak, I’m on fairly often.
A message from new T&I Specialist: Radoorid
Greetings to all! And to all greetings! I joined this Fleet because I wanted to be part of something that was larger than myself, and I found that in Imperium. It’s that same reason that I decided to pursue this role for this very reason of helping to build something that is big and something that will stand the tests and trials that will surely come once PU hits. I call on every able bodied T&I person to join us on this grand effort!
If you’re interested in becoming a specialist, we are still taking applications.
Last month we also asked you if we should have another T&I Meeting. The votes have been in favor of ‘yes’. The meeting will happen on April 11th at 22:00 UTC. If there is a topic you want to discuss, leave a reply in this topic http://forums.starci…april-2200-utc/
That’s it for this month from T&I!
Alright everyone, let’s start with trying to find something: it’s called “What the Exploration division did in the month of March.”
Well, as some of you have already seen or heard over the last few weeks, we have chosen our first three Specialists. I want to personally welcome them to their new and exciting roles in helping Imperium’s Exploration division grow over the next few months. They will have a few objectives that we will be sharing with you soon, but if anyone wants to talk to them and ask them questions, think of them as another way of getting in contact with the Exploration division. We are always looking at all members who want to go above and beyond for Imperium, so everyone keep up the good work, this won’t be the last time we expand our horizons.
There is still a lot of laying foundations and setting up going on in the division, and for everyone who has submitted their thoughts on the mission creation theory crafting (Link: http://forums.starci…eory-crafting/) thank you! Remember that you don’t need to be a part of the division to submit your suggestions – all conversation is welcome, including talk about what exploration missions encompass.
As for the communication side… as some of you have seen, I (CC-Corp) have been busy exploring IRL, new job, new home (soon), I’m still around but not quite as much as I used to be, unable to enjoy 1.1.0 SC as some of you have been, but soon we all hope that with the increase in releasing of content from RSI more exploration game play mechanics will be put in place and we can hit hard on the mission creation and roles that will define the exploration division as a whole.
Until next month, Keep Calm & Explore On!
Fleet Ops Report
So much was done… and so little of it can be talked about (yet)…
During the month of March your Fleet Operations Team worked alongside many of the other Imperium Officers on development of [Redacted] which will be unveiled to the rest of the Fleet alongside [Redacted] once Tech division gets done with the final integration of [Redacted]… If that makes us sound a little bit too much like the Intel Division, believe us when we tell you that all of the Imperium Officers can’t wait to show you what we’ve all been working on… Soon!™
With all of that being said… let’s talk about the stuff that we can reveal publicly:
During the month of March, fleet Operations selected our first round of Specialists. While many of you have already seen the announcement post (http://forums.starci…he-specialists/) the Officers of Fleet Ops would be remiss if we didn’t offer our own special congratulations to:
If you are interested in working with Fleet Operations and weren’t selected (or if you somehow missed the initial announcement & recruitment round http://forums.starci…ank-specialist/ ), don’t despair! There will be more specialist positions added in the future.
Next, as some (but not all) of you may be aware, just last weekend, Fleet Operations hosted our first Capital Ship Operations Q&A Session, with more than 30 members in attendance. These meetings are meant to be a chance for Imperium Members who either own Capital Ships OR who are interested in playing as crew members of (or maybe even someday commanding) one of Imperium’s many Capital Ships, to all get together and learn a little bit about how we are planning on organizing these mighty titans! Going forward, these meetings will be held on a quarterly basis, with the next meeting scheduled (tentatively) for the end of 2Q (June), the exact date/time however is still TBD. If you missed the session last weekend and are interested in learning more about the topics that were covered, you can find a (PDF) copy of the presentation slides and an audio recording of the Q&A portion here:
Q&A Audio: https://drive.google…iew?usp=sharing
Finally, as a reminder, we want to invite any Imperium Member that owns a Capital Ship (currently just the Idris-class Frigate and Javelin-class Destroyer), to send a Private Message to Fleet Ops (addressed to all of the Fleet Ops Officers), letting us know what ship(s) you have, your intended uses for your Capital Ship(s), and whether you would like to add your ship to the Imperium Fleet Ops roster.
And with that… we’ll see you all in April!
– Fleet Ops Staff
It’s yet another busy month for the Diplomacy Division! In addition to opening new lines of communication with multiple organizations throughout the globe, we also saw a very welcome increase in our on-TS diplomat traffic as Tactical Advance popped in for some chats. Tactical Advance is quite a large organization, and its structure and leadership system is very similar to our own. They have joined PACT, and are definitely interested on building closer relationships with us as we head toward the PU.
We also saw a flurry of activity related to PACT itself, with some changes in direction coming from that avenue. More information will be forthcoming on that once some more details are ironed out, but it means that we will be exploring even more arrangements with our great friends from around the ‘verse. We currently have been keeping our agreements on the purely Non-Aggression agreement level, but we’ll be seeing some good stuff coming soon!
Finally, inter-org game nights have been engaged in, with some great stuff coming from an AC night with Outer Worlds Network (OWN), and with some stuff in the works with some of our friends “Down Under” in the Australasian Royal Mercenary Division (ARMD). These guys are pretty hot stuff as they have been able, despite the lag and connectivity issues, to reach into the top ten on the AC leader-board as of 26 March. These guys are great stick jockeys and I look forward to seeing them flying with our guys as Arena Commander becomes more stable.
As always, members please feel free to check out the divisional recruitment threads and, if you feel that the Diplomacy Division is the place for you, don’t hesitate to apply!
Hello again my fellow Imperium members.
Another month has gone past almost too soon and this one has been no different to any other as far as Academy goes.
Welcome your new Academy specialists:
- Q2M: Q2M is an avid Arena Commander player. He has a particular passion for tactics and finding the best ways to co-operate as a group. He has been a member of Imperium for over a year and a half and been a devoted and heavily contributing member for pretty much the entire period. Those of you who are active on the TeamSpeak will know his interest in not only theorycrafting but the actual mechanics of the game and real implementation of those systems. He’s a credit to Imperium as a whole and the Academy specifically!
- Xeen: Xeen has been a member of Imperium for a little over a year now. Quietly beavering away for the most part, his interest has been mainly in playing the game rather than talking about it. All his hard work in that aspect has led to “a particular set of skills”. If you’re in an Arena Commander match he WILL find you and he WILL kill you. Those of you who have been taking an interest in the leaderboards will have seen his name regularly gracing the top end and he wants to share those skills with you all. His main focus will be in teaching piloting and after approaching Academy managed to impress quickly with his aptitude and patience. He runs his Pilot Academy lessons regularly on TS and can be approached directly if you want to schedule something. Don’t let his talents go to waste!
Other than that, I’m not going to talk to you about [REDACTED] as I’m sure that you’re all getting tired of non-information. All I will say is that in the next month or two all will become clear and I’m certain that many members will be blown away by it.
It’s going to be better than finding out Bruce Willis was dead the entire time.
This months report will be a little different. There will be no redactions! I understand this is may be shocking for some of you, so I will proceed slowly.
A few months ago, I read a very intriguing article about the ‘Dead Ox” method of finding the truth of a matter. While the article summed it up quite nicely, I’ll give a go at explaining the point I wanted to share with all of you.
In 1906 Francis Galton first concepted the idea of the wisdom of crowds. There was a fair where about 800 people tried to guess the weight of a dead ox.
It turned out that most of the guesses were terrible – either way too high or way too low.
However, when averaged Galton was shocked.
The dead ox weighed 1,198 pounds. The crowd’s average was 1,197 pounds.
The issues with data collection of this method lies with finding the true signal. There is a lot of noise and random statistical variation when it comes to this method. However, it is random variation around a signal!
So why am I rambling on about dead oxen and statistical variation and how does this apply to Imperium?
The point is, there are errors on every side of the mark, but there is truth at the center of it that people are responding to. If you can use these errors to cancel each other out, you are then left with the truth.
In the past we have used different methods for data collection on internal affairs. Now we would like to open it up to all of Imperium. If you have 1 post to your name or 4000, we don’t care who you are but we are interested in your opinions. If we receive enough data on particular events, we may just be able to pinpoint the truth of the matter.
Please use this “Suspicious Activity Form” to document any suspicious activity noticed in chat, on TeamSpeak or in any other interactions with members of the Fleet.
As has been the custom, we love to share some examples of our scrupulous training methods each month. So we are happy to present monthly lesson #3 (March): Contingency Planning
For anyone that has further questions about the division, wishes to apply, or wishes to report suspicious activity please click HERE.
See you next month!
Human Resources Report
Human Resources has seen quite a bit of change in March.
The month started off with Lakota being promoted to officer of HR, taking on the responsibilities of this position and pledging to give his best to make SCB and Imperium the BDSCCE (Best Damn Star Citizen Community EVAR!). Congratulations again Lakota and thank you very much for your continued contributions to the community and the fleet.
In addition to that, Arengorn has joined HR as a full member after he showed exceptional efforts and willingness to help our members while moderating Teamspeak in his previous position as TS-moderator. Welcome Arengorn to HR!
One last personnel change this month was the promotion of our beloved radoorid to Specialist of the T&I division. This unfortunately (for us) requires him to scale back his responsibilities in HR. I´m very happy though that he agreed to help us out by staying as a TS-moderator. So you better behave on TS or you’ll continue to be moved!
I would like to thank radoorid for his amazing services and contributions while working for HR and know that he will continue to excel while helping CyberianK and Nameless organizing the division and getting T&I ready for the PU in the future. Congratulations and all the best in T&I radoorid!
Despite all these roster changes for HR, we of course haven’t stopped working at all – the show must go on as they always say. Besides our usual responsibilities which involve conflict resolution, application processing, moderating and making sure the CoC is followed here on SCB but also on RSI and other places, Lakota is currently working on a system with which we can recognize and maybe reward quality posts on our forums. I hope we are able to shed more details on that in next months report, until then keep the quality coming!
We would like to thank everyone who helps out bumping our recruitment thread regularly on RSI – a small post every once in a while by all of you helps keep Imperium visible on RSI.
As always we are looking for people to step up and help out Imperium and the SCB community by being a HR member or TS-moderator. If you are interested in one of these positions, please have a look here and apply!
By the time you are reading this I (Draegar) will already be on vacation and without internet access. If there are urgent matters during that time please contact Shane, danredda and Lakota, and in severe cases Core agreed to be my replacement on the Fleet Command level until I´m back on April 14th.
Stay classy everybody and until next month!
Human Resources Team
This month we have been continuing to put the finishing touches on the first draft of the [redacted], which will likely be unveiled in April (pending feedback from Officers and Fleet Command and any additional bug fixes). Working on this module has also laid some of the necessary groundwork for what will become the Academy Module, which will be expanded upon at a later date.
Additionally, work has begun on getting the Citizens Arena project off the ground now that a suitable hosting platform has been found. This will be integrated into the Portal, initially as just a basic view of the available leagues and brackets, but eventually expanding to provide full control of the back end via Portal as our understanding of the API increases and as time becomes available. To that end the CA Team have elected Calexus to assist the Tech Team with its implementation. Over the next week or so we will be getting him up to speed with using our systems and, depending on the outcome of this project, may have the opportunity to become a full member of Tech Division.
Fleet Media Report
Dear Imperium members and all the purple lovers! We have another month behind us so let´s take a look at what happened in Fleet Media in March.
Word of the month – Don´t suck! Yes, the long awaited second Fleet Media recruitment drive started right at the beginning of the month and brought some interesting challenge to all the talented people out there, thinking of showing their skills to the rest of the Fleet. The main reward: to become a member of a small but dedicated special group of fleet creatives, men behind our brand, recruitment posters, signatures and all that visually represents us in the verse.
For anyone that hasn’t followed the official thread, here is the link.
As for the drive itself, the interest in the challenge was a bit smaller than expected, but nevertheless, we received some entries. At the time of writing this report, there were 3 valid entries by Shootter, Irres and Mercer. Thank you guys! Although the main contest is over, the recruitment is still open. The challenge tasks remain a valid way of requesting to join our ranks. But if you can show your talent any other way, please do so. The more original and creative the better! And remember, don´t suck!
As for the other news, the process of reorganization of all the internal Media assets for our members is nearly done. The most immediate tasks are to make another pass on branding assets, provide all the necessary variations of all the main and special division symbols, and we are yet to finalize a logo and variations for Fleet Academy and some sub-divisions. Some progress was made on the Infographic rework project, with more details hopefully this month.
And to make this report a complete thing, we can´t forget the stats from our very own Signature service. In March, our resident Signature specialist Buckaroo with the help of rain2reign and Media officer rotorax have served around 15 requests, so a small increase compared to last month. Thanks to all the new and seasoned members for respecting the rules of our well working sig delivery system and to all Fleet Media members for working on all those requests. Great work gentlemen!
See you in April,
Fleet Media team