First and foremost, we want you to feel comfortable being creative. Each contribution you make can affect the course of the game and we welcome it, no matter how much experience you have with the group. Your contributions can make a difference and move the story.
When you are thinking of introducing a major plot twist simply consider if it logically follows in the course of the story. If so, feel free to write it. The major exception to this, of course, has to do with taking control of, or injuring, other characters. These things can be arranged with the other players, but be sure to do so ahead of time.
It will also never hurt to follow up with a member of the Command Staff or your mentor before
In general, most of the above would be permissible, but advance knowledge will allow the Command Staff to adjust the timing of other mission elements.
Back Tags / Back Sims
Back Tags are tags for responses left for a player after they have already progressed past that point in the story. For instance, you are starting a sim and realize you would really like adding a boarding party being detected in the middle of your sim; however, the player action has already progressed past the point such an incursion would be detected and responded to. Adding the plot element, and then tagging the appropriate officers for a response would be a Back Tag. Back Tags lead to a myriad of problems: tags get lost by players not looking to 'go back', it sets up situations where players' future actions don't match previous events, they can cause players to need to write extra-long posts to include both the 'back tags' and future events.
Our goal is to keep the momentum of a plot moving forward, 'back tags' can often rob the story of momentum and progress as players must always 'go back' and rehash previous events.
In the case of the boarding party example from above, a more permissible way to complete the desired action would be to sim an indicator of 'something strange' and then later in the course of events sim the actual detection of the boarders. If you find yourself wanting to write backtags, consider it a challenge to not do it and find a way to accomplish your goal at the current point of the action.
Back Sims are sims you wish to write to fill in gaps in your writing, your character's backstory, or simply when you have been away for a bit and want to give your character some closure. Back Sims are permitted, provided you do not introduce back tags and realize that some other players, due to their own time constraints, might not respond. Plot Twists and similar mechanics should not be introduced in a back sim.
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