I wrote backstories for my mains and most of their crewmembers, in the bio fields, but at this point I've got 12 characters and I don't care about them all enough to write up bios for every one of them. Most of them, but at some point a Tellarite's just a Tellarite. Tellarites were set up by the franchise as one-trick ponies anyway. Same with the old Ferengi bank alt that's doffed its way into the admiralty. You know one Ferengi, you pretty much know the entire species.
Never written a log though. Don't you lose those in the generic log spam?
I am thinking of making an Alien on either the Federation or Klingon side, but I want my captain to act as a neutral and external alien species. It's going to be difficult setting it up, because every Federation ship has a general theme to it, and the KDF ships are the only ones to feature cloaking technology and that could be a good RP topic to develop.
What do you guys think? Has anyone else thought of creating a 'rogue' faction for RPing?
Yes, we have, the Deferi. They are independent of the Federation or KDF, but we did create an alliance (treaty) with the Federation, it explains why Deferi fly Federation ships. It's fun RP being Deferi, they really add something other faction do not have, and they have a visitable home planet.
Funny, I started out keeping excel sheets on doffs too (missions, who excelled, who got wounded, who died), but as you get along and upgrade them, you get more doffs with the same names, that kind of stuff. And the missions are very limited. So I quit doing that, seeing it didn't make a lot of sense. But naturally my boffs and character all have stories and are even registered in the Defera Citizen Registry (together with those of other players and Deferi you meet in missions).
A funny thing with boffs too, we design them, give them bio's, register them online, and then exchange them with other players. That way they can have careers on several ships, being upgraded on the way.