Ok, so here's the deal: I'm new to MMOs and really only have STO because I'm a Trek fan. I'm nearing Admiral on my Saurian Tactical officer, and am working up Engineering and Science characters.
For the most part I've skipped Fleet actions like the Crystalline Entity and the Big Dig (though I plan to try that one again as a PUG at some point). But once I get to the Admiral level I really want to do some STF missions.
As I said, I'm totally new to MMO and right now I probably play about 15 hrs a week (though I expect that will decline as I finish leveling up my characters). I'm partial to playing by myself but I would like to belong to a fleet that is low-key, not full of people who play every MMO out there, and, most importantly, like Star Trek for being Star Trek. Because I'm new I'm willing to follow the lead of others who know more about coordinating action and everything else. Basically, I can follow orders. I just want the fun experience of playing some larger scale actions and interacting with people as I do. I enjoy moderate role-play and the chance of joining in on a group action whenever I log on.
What I don't want is a Fleet that has a schedule you're supposed to follow or any sort of hard-core allegiance to rules and regulations (including some wacked-out admission exam to garner approval from people you'll likely never meet in person). You know, something casual but fun that doesn't put a huge stress on previous MMO experience or absolute domination of every episode of every MMO out there.
In summary: 1) Trek fans, 2) casual but engaged 3) respectful of each other and the game play 4) lots of opportunities to work together and interact outside of a set schedule.
The fleet im in right now, is small only about 45 members including inactive and alts. But when i do get members on we just go do the task forces, and have fun. We do have role-playing form time to time, but its all readlly dependent on the amount of members that are on . But your welcome to PM however.
We're a fleet of a different sort, very casual, with no rules besides behaving in a mature and respectful manner. We have several members who are severe Trek fans, but not to the point where every fleet conversation is about the canon. We allow our members to play as they wish, playing solo, PvE, PvP, whatever. We do have quite a few who Raid, and we intended to try to keep up with new content, as well as helping others (mains or alts) catch up as needed. We also have a KDF side of the fleet, so you can team up with the same people on both sides of the fight.
Please check out our website at http://www.shadows-sto.com for our Guiding Principles and what we have to offer. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Best of luck with your search.
ps - Big Dig is better if you take your own group in who know how, and is willing, to work together. I think we had ~4 in our group and it made it much easier, plus joined up with another group of ~4 who would all work together.
I'll be honest with you... it sounds like you want the benefits of membership without any of the responsibility. As a new person to MMOs, I can completely understand your stance. The truth is, there are reasons the larger and more active fleets have admission guidelines, rank and structure. It weeds out people you really don't want t play with.
If I haven't chased you off yet, let me explain a little farther.
Admission policies and applications are a necessary evil to ensure both the player and fleet are compatible. You can spend a lot of time fleet jumping to find what you are looking for . That's really just a waste of time. That being said, sound but not overly burdensome applications help ensure both parties are compatible.
As far as schedules go, you can find a wide range of requirements about this. Fleet 187 has weekly events and a weekly meeting. Are they required? No. Are they highly recommended? Yes. As for the STFs, for the most part those are "pick up" events depending on who's on at any given time. Occasionally one will be informally planned by some of the members.
You will only get out of a fleet what you are willing to put into one. I'm not saying you must spend X number of hours times Y numbers of days a week on fleet stuff. Just realize someone (in this case a lot of someones) spend time each week working on keeping the fleet running and active. Also, a person's activity level in a fleet will, as it should, determine their rank in that fleet.
As far as members who play or have played a ton of MMOs, the best players to group with are those who are the most experienced. I do not consider myself a really good player, but Fleet 187 has some pretty dang good ones and they are teaching me a lot. What we DON'T need is attitudes. At the 1-8-7, we stress helping one another grow and learn and for the most part skilled players are not critical of those who may not be at their level. That is, they aren't critical of those who aren't at their level but are willing to learn. To me it sounds like you are someone who would be willing to take advice and could gain a lot from the very people you are trying to avoid. Not all MMO vets are the same. Some are great people as well as great players.
If you're looking for a fleet which may or may not be around next week, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to play this game the way they wish. The major problem with totally casual fleets is they tend to come and go. Of course, hard core fleets can drive a person nuts.... so finding a balance is your best bet (in my opinion).
If you're STILL reading this, I suggest you look at Fleet 187. We have a website, we use vent, we have rank and structure and best of all, we aren't going anywhere. If you've got questions, you can message me here or in game at @stormymaverick . At the least I suggest you visit fleet187.com and see what we're doing. I think you'll be glad you did.
We are a fleet with nothing mandatory whatsoever. We have various events going on (Not just Rear Admiral stuff) and many of our members are playing with additional characters as well.
That is not to say that you can only interact with the fleet during one of these events, oh no, quite often is the case of someone just saying generally "anyone want to join me on x mission" and it goes from there.
You can get in touch if you have any questions via our forums / irc or ingame @ementalo, @phyriall, @neotekgeek, or @azesh
The Older Gamers is a multi-game community with over 40,000 members from all over the world and has Divisions in over 20 games. All our members are aged 25 or older and our community is both lively and fun.
TOG as we are known started 'The Older Generation' back in beta with mostly our existing community members, now that the initial rush is over we are opening our doors to the rest of the STO community.
If you are aged 25 or over and are looking for somewhere to call home in STO or any other game, head over and check out our website for more information. To find out how to join us head to the Barrack's in our forums.
As a representative of the Canadian Federation it is my honour to extend an invitation to you.
Our members are mature and practical in their conduct. We were formed by casual players whom like to have all the benefits of a fleet without any of the hassles of a rigid command structure. While we may be casual we are very dedicated. Above all else our fleet is about getting together and having fun with our members. The majority of our members are Canadian and American, but don't let that hold you back, we are open to everyone. We have a dedicated Ventrilo server for Fleet communication.
We currently have over 140 helpful, active members and are growing every day. We are currently active across all NA time zones.
So if you like what you hear, please come and check out our site. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our other fleet members.
To our friends, allies, and Fleet-mates, we say Live Long and Prosper. To our enemies, know that we will Live Long and Subdue.
Some things to think about:
We are not large, but not small, and we are growing.
We are the VKF, but our members are from many races and characteristics, and we all value logic.
We are worldwide and our members have unique gameplaying schedules that often coincide even across many timezones.
We have a Ventrilo server for voice commo.
We have a Fleet Bank stocked with items to help you equip, and to help you craft.
We have Fleet uniforms, both dress and combat.
We have an active Fleet forum at www.vulcankolinahrfleet.com and there is a lot of good information and intel there to help you in STO.
We have dedicated Fleetmates who will be there with you in the crunch, who are happy to replay missions that are new to you, to help you and let you use your character's skills and your own talents to achieve victory.
We have full Fleet members who participate on both our Fleet forum and in-game, and in-game only Fleet members.
We respect RL always, and never trouble anyone over an extended absence due to RL considerations.
We actively seek out alliances with other STO Fleets to expand the cadre of potential team-mates and further the cause of Fleet needs in STO and with Cryptic.
[/list]We have two hard and fast requirements for full Fleet members - share information and intel with your Fleetmates, and team with your Fleetmates - both of which need only be done when it is convenient for you. There are no quotas or mandated meetings and such. All other resources and aspects of the VKF are optional.
We have only one hard and fast requirement for in-game only Fleet members - team with your Fleetmates - whenever it is convenient for you. Again, no quotas or mandated meetings, and everything else is optional for your use if you want it/to.
We exist to enrich the STO experience for our members, and to promote honor in STO. VKF members do not camp, kill steal, grief, or do anything that would diminish the enjoyment of STO for any other gamer. We will fight with honor so that even our Klingon enemies respect us as we defeat them with our superior intellect, cold logic, impeccable analysis, and tightly coordinated teamwork. We value logic, but also hearken back to the early days of Vulcan, when Vulcans were much more warlike (similar to Earth's ancient Spartans) - although in 2409, we have learned to use emotion as a tool like so many others we have mastered. After all, it is only logical to use controlled rage to take down an opponent quickly.
To our friends, allies, and all Federation members, we say Live Long and Prosper. To our honored enemies, we will Live Long and Subdue!