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We revisit The 100, briefly touching on seasons 1 and 2, and discuss the impact we felt during season 3 and critique some decisions the show runners may have made. In summary we all believe that this show, while it has some flaws, is extremely well executed and entertaining. Moving on, we talk about Deadpool and well, clearly the humour wins the day and possibly the sex scenes. Sex and humour, a winning formula. Funny sex? That’s something else.

Then we watch a trailer for The Secret World, an MMO by Funcom that takes you into the darker reaches of this world. Set in the present time you discover you have some mysterious powers that are beneficial to the Illuminati, the Templars and the Dragons. You must choose which secret society to join and then battle evil. With a lot of freedom in terms of training and skill paths, the game can absorb your time and soon you’ll be mixing fantasy with reality!

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Welcome to episode 8b! * We revisit The 100, briefly touching on seasons 1 and 2, and discuss the impact we felt during season 3 and critique some decisions the show runners may have made. In summary we all believe that this show, while it has some ...
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Episode 8b is now out! Deadpool The 100 and The Secret World
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Greetings Commanders,. Elite Dangerous Arena will be completely free on Steam and the Frontier Store this weekend. If you purchase a copy of Arena between now and 6PM BST on Monday July 11 you won't be charged a thing, and you'll retain access to the game even after the deal ends.
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It's out! Our latest podcast with a great interview with Alan Joshua the author of The Shiva Syndrome. He takes us on a journey to the borders of #sciencefiction and the paranormal letting us in on his creative process too. We also discuss a synopsis we received from the producers of Dark Matter and review season one, discussing comments we received from you, our lovely listeners!
In this show we talk to Alan Joshua, author of The Shiva Syndrome and later discuss Dark Matter. The Shiva Syndrome by Alan Joshua What happens when science opens the door for humans to reach God-like powers of creation and destruction? A secret...
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Introduction


You've found Starfleet Comms. We've been around for some time.

Here's some history:

1999

It's 1999 and the multiplayer online Games Starfleet Command and Starfleet Command 2: Empires at War are all the rage. Using player created servers to wage campaign battles against warring factions, sometimes hundreds of players were able to play on one server simultaneously, although more often that not the upper limit was around 50 or so due to stability issues.

Community sites at that time providing free and configurable forums were quite rare it seems. In any case, Starfleet Comms was born and offered exactly what the Starfleet Command community wanted:

1: Free, configurable forums for their fleets to discuss Dynaverse campaign tactics and strategy.

2: Confidence that those discussions would remain confidential.

3: A free email service that had approximately 2000 users.

This continued very successfully having hundreds of forums available over the time (around 47 individual ones reset for campaigns) and 3000 plus accounts were created on the site. This was well before Web 2.0 and many aspects of customising the forums was hand coded so I was kept very busy.

In addition, Starfleet Comms also hosted a series of Dynaverse servers. Most notably the Slave Girls series of servers concentrating on the Orion Pirates release of Starfleet Command. These were never as popular as those use the Empires at War code, however technically they were better in that campaigns were more configurable however they were a little buggy when it came to faction map updates.

2001

9/11 hit. The gaming community with some key players made up of US servicemen and women seems to dissipate. A player group then started saving other development ideas from other player groups and continued developing campaigns and servers. In 2001, Starfleet Comms closed as I just didn't have the time to run it because I was moving to another part of the UK and had to seek a new career.

The community is now concentrated at www.dynaverse.net where server campaigns still run and the Slave Girls of Orion series is now up to version VIII although I was only involved with SGOO I & II.

A few years later in 2006, once I'd settled and started a new career, I retrieved the domain from scabby marketeers and set about creating a new community site for Eve Online.

2007 - 2008

Starfleet Comms was reborn.

It offered:

* Free forums that were created on demand automatically (until 2009)

* Free blogs (until 2010)

* Community forums (until 2009)

* Video guides

* Text guides

* Comms links (like Digg) (until 2010)

Starfleet Comms offered those services for a number of years. Ultimately, that failed. Why? While free forums are handy, people are now so technically capable they tend to run their own. Trust is also an issue within Eve Online and despite being trustworthy, a generally heightened sense of security within the community mean players source their own solutions.

Blogs are a similar story and when Starfleet Comms started blog hosting, blogging was quite new. It's very popular now however Podlogs and EvePress did quite well until they closed. The community forums failed as Scrapheap Challenge, Kug and a couple of other RP forums already exist. There was simply no demand however we still offered them. I started an Internet Radio Station in 2007 too, fully licensed with the PPL and MCPRS in the UK and was limited to broadcasting to 130 or so countries, excluding the US. This was more of an exercise in "can I do this" rather than a major project or direction change. Despite that it was great fun and worked well. I conducted interviews at several player meets as well as recording and broadcasting almost all of the 2007 Fanfest presentations. I even had a few listeners. However I ran out of money and closed it in the latter part of 2008.

So, what to do now?

2009

In 2007 you will recall I set about creating a Digg like functionality to the site where all articles could be voted up or down. Players could "Comms Link" any page, thread, post or article on Eve related sites by clicking a bookmarklet in their browser then vote for articles of interest. Noone used it. However this year I wanted to take it a step further. If no one was using it to link (comms link) articles, why not automate that aspect allowing players just to vote? Recognising that the Eve Online forums can be a bit messy, I though it would be a good idea to scrape all of those forums (as Chribba does for Eve Search) but also add voting buttons to the content. Links to the Eve Online forum within the articles would still be valid allowing browsers to properly reply to posts as well as allowing replies on this site to continue parallel discussions here.

A brilliant idea that worked really well and started to become very popular with site visitors but now no longer working because CCP have blocked my scraper according to tracert and the site hosts. Needless to say, discussions with CCP over why it's no longer working were not productive and this aspect of Starfleet Comms sadly remains disabled.

You will find that some Comms Links are still published on Starfleet Comms however voting and creation of new ones is now switched off.  All pre-2014 content has been deleted.

2010

Eve Instant Messenger was born in 2010. The idea behind it was simple and laudable. A single IM client that just needed your ingame API details to authenticate and recognising players want to run their own stuff, it could connect to whatever Jabber server a player ran with no additional fiddly configuration. It created chat rooms based on the corporation or alliance name, these rooms were also passworded so you gave that out to members. On paper that sounds great. In practice I didn't foresee the ways that API authentication could be bypassed, so Eve IM failed. It could still be useful as a chat client using password authentication but with so many other more secure solutions out there why reinvent the wheel? With no one using forums or blogs and comms links not getting any love and comments now being looked after by Disqus, registration to the site became unnecessary and was turned off.

Late 2010

Now Starfleet Comms has a blog with video and text guides as well as its own Podcast.

2011

The podcast goes from strength to strength. Sadly, Eve Core quit Eve Online but luckily I was able to get two new cast members, Noise and Penelope Star. They both provide very different perspectives on Eve Online as they have very different backgrounds making for some great discussions. We launch the ISK Bucket, a comedy/drama audio addition to the podcast which has gained an enthusiastic band of followers!

Late 2011

Near the 1st birthday of the podcast, we launch the Starfleet Comms Radio Show broadcast on www.newedenradio.com.Then, around Christmas 2011 after 19 podcasts, 3 episodes of the Isk Bucket and 3 live radio shows we had a short break for various reasons. The priorities of the cast turned toward family life and that short break turned into an 11 month break. Then we finally decided to fess up and officially quit November 2012.

2014

We play Artemis, Elite: Dangerous and many other space games.So we restarted the podcast. Podcast Feed: http://starfleetcomms.com/feed/podcast/ iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/starfleetcomms/id869117153 Podcast Episode list: http://starfleetcomms.com/category/podcast/

2015

Gavin (Noise) my super co-host had to prioritise his time so unfortunately was no longer available. This meant it was a one man band again which was against the grain of the show format so season 2 of the podcast ended. Throughout though, the StarfleetComms site was still running.

Meanwhile, we have brought you Science Fiction book reviews and refocussed attention on the portable bridge set up given its success at Lavecon 2015 and appearance at Fantasticon 2015. The website has had a little makeover and has tighter integration with Facebook.  You can learn more about our portable starship bridge facility here.

http://starfleetcomms.com/hire-our-starship-bridge-for-conventions-and-team-building-events/

2016

Again, we relaunched the podcast just before 2016 as Season 3 and now have multiple co-hosts. We now run a science fiction review podcast and the focus on games has lessened. Reviewing and discussing a more eclectic mix of science fiction subject matter we continue to write book reviews too.

Once again, we've removed direct social interaction from the site as it simply wasn't being used. So the group forums and other facilities have now been discontinued as of late February 2016. We also took this opportunity to give the site another makeover placing the sci-fi podcast slap bang center.

Onwards we march as the listener figures go from strength to strength with brilliant feedback. We're happy that we seem to be doing something right and are able to enjoy ourselves while we do it.

Moral

Is there a moral to this story? I suppose there is. It demonstrates that you should never give up. Time and time again there are setbacks and challenges that must simply be overcome one way or another and that must continue. 

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