On an August day back in 1999, a few players got together on MPlayer while playing Starfleet Command and formed a fleet they called the 9th for the Starlance Gaming League. Little did they know at the time just where this adventure would take them, but in the following months and years the 9th has always been involved in the community in one degree or another. We have been an active part in the early ladder leagues, player run campaigns, the online Dynaverse, and have been active with four incarnations of Starfleet Command. Since then, we have expanded from our primary gaming of SFC to include Bridge Commander, EVE and Neverwinter Nights. We look forward to continuing this tradition as new game titles come out which we are commonly interested in.
We believe in the team concept, and encourage a positive and supportive attitude among our members. Leadership plays a big role, and anyone who shows interest in being active in this regard is given the opportunity to do so. We acknowledge that each member has different abilities and different interests, and as such do not penalize them if they don't "measure up". Each member is recognized for their accomplishments in one form or another, including awards, participation recognition, and promotions within a ranking structure. We encourage continual activity (but by no means is it mandatory) by taking part in events as they occur. We enjoy taking part in a range of available activities, which are regularly monitored through various community discussion forums, and utilize a forum of our own. This has proven to be the backbone of our very existence, and have long ago realized that regular communication is the key to our survival.
First and foremost- we believe in having fun. Due to our background, and the online circumstances, there is a certain level of roleplay involved, which to the unitiated, may seem rather over the top. In time and over time, it has become something of a necessity due to the nature of the gaming enviornment. Our success has been our somewhat conservative attitude- we have learned to look at matters from different points of view, and try not to be too judgemental with situations and other members of the community. While we may not be the most flamboyant, we've earned our place as an honourable and reliable member of the community. It is our intention to carry on this tradition indefinitely.