If missions are like the episodes of Star Trek, Shoreleave is like the glimpses of life we rarely see on an episode. They are stories that allow you to develop the histories, interactions, and little things about your character that make them tick.
Sometimes they will take place aboard the ship, other times, an alien planet, space station, or whatever else we can think up. OOC-wise they should last around two weeks to give you, and anyone else you include, a little time to develop whatever idea you decide to flesh out.
These are great times to scratch an itch you might have that arises during a mission while interacting with another player.
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