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Non-Player Character (NPC) Policy

The Hiroshima encourages the use of non-player characters (NPCs) in your writing. Indeed, we also allow protected NPCs (PNPCs) which means that only the player who created the character may use that NPC.

However, we also stipulate the following:

  • NPCs must not constitute the majority of your writing focus. You must principally post using your player character (and, if you like, one or two frequently-recurring PNPCs), and use other NPCs as a support only.
  • You may not create a department head-level NPC (or above) without the permission of the CO. Captain Yearling is usually quite amenable, though, so email him…
  • No NPC with the rank of Lieutenant (JG) or above may be created without the permission of the CO. This is to prevent chain-of-command issues more than anything.
  • As with player characters (PCs), if you wish to use a PNPC in a post, you must have the permission of the writer who created that character. We value our PNPCs as much as our PCs in many cases, so please don’t use them without permission.
  • When using NPCs from other departments, it is expected etiquette to consult the relevant department head, if one is in place, before so doing. Whilst not a requirement, this helps to keep department heads in the loop about what is going on.

Other than that… you got it, but please try to use NPCs in a sensible manner, and if possible, to advance the plot. Remember that clever use of non-player characters may also draw recognition in the form of awards, too…

Sim Awards

Sim of the Year (2008)Gold Unit Award of Merit (DEC 2008, JUL 2009, DEC 2012)Silver Unit Award of Merit (Jan 2006, Jan 2007, Jun 2008, Feb 2009, Mar 2011)Silver Unit Award of Merit (Sixth & Subsequent Awards - Feb 2012, October 2013, March 2017)Bronze Unit Award of Merit (March and September 2006, April 2007, July 2007, January 2008, March 2008, October 2008, June 2010)Bronze Unit Award of Merit (November 2014)
Obsidian Fleet Sim of the Month (Feb 2005)Joint Service Commendation Medal (Second Star for third Joint Mission) Tour of Duty: Romulan (Star for second award)Tour of Duty: KlingonTour of Duty: Deep SpaceTour of Duty: BreenTour of Duty: CardassianTour of Duty: Borg

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