Memory Book/Eerie (Mark Swift)

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I am 52 years of age, I work with people with disabilities, I have been working in that field since 1989. Probably the job that I have enjoyed the most in my experience was coaching boys/girls basketball for 8 years. They were just so much fun to be around. Not that I was ever a good player myself, but enjoyed my time eaching others the game. I coached at Erie East H.S. (Warriors)4 years(boys), Fairview(Tigers) H.S.(girls) (2 years) and Corry(Beavers) H.S. (2 years). I have an associate’s degree in Computer Technology, and a B.A. in General Business. I am have been married for the past 13 years.

I have a small collection of historic firearms from World War I to World War II. I enjoy getting them, cleaning them and then taking them out the firing range.

I have been a fan of Star Trek since I was about 12 years old. I have been an active board gamer since about that same time. I have probably 100+ games. I love competition, sports, games, etc. I love military history, and have co written two on line articles on the subject. My favorite series is DS9, The original ST, Enterprise, STNV, and Voyager. I have seen all the movies of course. I liked the last two, but was against the total rewrite of Star Trek history. I have played a lot of text based games on the internet but became frustrated with the games ending usually within 6 months due to lack of participation.

On Saturdays, I volunteer at a National Monument park(a fort) which was the site of a battle during the American Civil War. I am on the cannon crew and musket crew. There I talk with visitors and tell them a little about the history of the fort and battle, and the technology behind it all, and why the battle marked a change in warfare. I am qualified at every position of the cannon crew and serve as gunner from time to time.

How you came to UFOP: SB118

I came to SB118, by an search of PBEM games on the internet. I liked Star Trek, but I realized that I would have work on the writing skills. I joined and after a bit of prodding by the FO, I got hooked. It was a good fit. I moved a few years ago from my gaming group, and needed my 'fix'of gaming. I still do some military board gaming but SB118, now covers the vast majority of my gaming time.

Probably the biggest thing that drew me to ST118 that I knew that if I put the time in the game, that the game would still be there. I figured 18 years was a pretty good track record.


  • Where were you first placed? What was it like starting to sim on your vessel?

I was first placed on the USS Aurora/USS Avandar. I was assigned as a tactical officer on the Aurora and then moved with the rest of the crew to the Avandar. I took me a while to get used to the entire 'sim' speak. But I have gotten used to it and now I am one of the more active simmers on the ship. I then applied to the new ship the Vigilant. I had a wonderful time on the Avandar, but the change has really refreshed me with a group of new writers.

  • What have been your greatest challenges in this group?

The actual writing has always been a challenge. I have never been good at grammar. I have a vivid imagination but putting it down in text is difficult. I have a couple of good writers on the Vigilant that helps me at lot...

  • What have been your greatest achievements in this group?

The re-write of the three Species. No doubt. That work will be looked at for many years. Hopefully new cadets will like what see and gives them fodder for many a good simm. I have also enjoyed working on the podcasts.

  • What do you hope to ultimately accomplish?

I find it the ultimate escape in some respects, I love reading the Simms and writing them. I love history and have done three 'species' updates that I am very proud of. It really makes one think and I take a lot of pride in doing them. I enjoy the forums and doing wiki work. Knowing that people will be looking at my work for years to come. It also forces me to do good work that I am proud of. I am always striving to do better for myself and for the family of SB118.

  • Where do you see this group in five years?

I hope we have more participates in 5 years. I certainly see myself here. I think we are a valued part of the greater STAR TREK community.

  • How do you think this group has contributed to Star Trek's legacy? How has the group contributed to the internet community?

I don't know, honestly, but I know how often that SB118 comes up on Star Trek searches on the internet. I am always surprised how often I see a reference to SB118. I do feel that we are a intergal part of the internet Star Trek community.