The Federation News Service: A Fleet of Friends

I originally intended this to be a ‘six month mark’ post, and only after I planned it did I realize my blog had been around for nearly seven months; January 12, 2010 marked the first ever post of the then-titled Treachery, Faith, and the Great River, hosted at warpcorebreach.wordpress.com. A few things have changed since then – the url, the title, the layout – but there’s been a great deal of continuity, too. The more things change…

Instead of writing about my blog’s mission, or its top posts, or my MMO characters (though all would be interesting posts for another day) I thought I’d write about what’s actually most important to me — the people who read my blog and who I write for; in essence, my ‘internet friends.’ Not coincidentally, this group of people significantly overlaps with the people I have the pleasure of playing Star Trek Online with.

I’ve played alot of MMOs, but none as seriously at STO. To be fair, the level of my commitment to the game is still absolutely very low — the game has been out for just over six months, and I’ve gotten a character to Lt. Commander 6 (several characters actually, thank you very much) — but for me, relative to my other game experiences, it has been a significant commitment.

At the heart of my enjoyment of STO is my fleet, the Federation News Service. No, I’ve not been able to run any Special Tasks Forces with them yet (though I really, really want to), and I rarely bump into more than four people online at a time (though that’s a really good number, all things said!) — but I gain an inordinate amount of enjoyment from being part of this fleet. The FNS is made up of just the type of people I want to play games with — mature, easy-going players — with the added benefit that many of us then write about our Awesome Times on the internet, a fact that only further cements our sense of community.

So, I’ve never taken the time to say this before, but I wanted to say to all of you — to Tippa, GeeCee, Rowan, Longasc, BlueKae, Ruz, Oakstout, Brutal, Syp, the AWOL Galo, and to all the others I’m undoubtedly forgetting — thank you.

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14 thoughts on “The Federation News Service: A Fleet of Friends

  1. Oh neat you started your blog almost at the same time I started mine. 5 days after to be precise. And I agree with you 100%. Games would not be as much fun if it wasn’t for friends and STO would have been a completely different and tbh lesser experience if it wasn’t for FNS and the blog friends I play with.

    • Our blog’s birthdays are really that close? I didn’t know!

      Anyways, here’s hoping that STO keeps you around long enough for us to run a STF together – or, at the rate I’m going, here’s hoping that you rejoin once I’m a Rear Admiral!

  2. MMOGamerchick said: “And I agree with you 100%. Games would not be as much fun if it wasn’t for friends and STO would have been a completely different and tbh lesser experience if it wasn’t for FNS and the blog friends I play with”.

    I tried to think of something to say, but its hard to top what was said in that quote. Games are fun, but friends sure makes it more meaningful fun. II hope to be back soon……

    Official word from Starfleet is I’m MIA on mission assignment.

    • I do not know what is up with that? I usually just go to peoples’ blogs, rather than subbing – how is that working out?

      • Mostly it’s good. I usually end up going to the post anyway, like now. But I was trying to transfer my sub to my Gmail, from Yahoo. No easy way to do it, except re-sub, so there it is. I don’t sub to just anyone, mind you. You’re one of the elite. 😛

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