My thoughts after some sleep, are very much the same as Valore’s.
It was just too long. My attempts to speed things up by encouraging pre-typing didn’t work too well either but I doubt that would have made a huge difference anyway.
I also think that my original idea for the ROB was made redundant by my Current Missions of the 38th Fleet post. If people want to know what’s going on, they could just look at that as it details the mission, the IC lead and the GM. If they want more information they can contact them directly.
So how could we adapt this? Well, this was very command led, and as Valore said, it was just a looping cycle of the same thing. So we could do this from the bottom up instead of the top down. Instead of Command saying “you talk about this mission,” it would be “okay, Aries Squad, what have you been up to?”. That would form more of a discussion as it would be “oh we were fighting Mokai forces, we could really do with additional patrols” etc.
The other alternative could be pretty much “Fleet Command’s Questions”, where members of the 38th could ask fleet command about a certain topic, or issue. So CMDR AzediHater could ask “Captain Bishop, what are we doing about the Azedi?” in which case Sam would answer. Next question could be CAPT SCIENCERULZ who asks “why are we doing so much pew pew and not enough sci-sci?” in which case Sam would say “science sucks,” or something along those lines. That would enable more of a debate and discussion instead of a set list of things we have to get through.
As it stands, the current plan is to hold a ROB every month. If it continues as it did yesterday, I definitely could not do it every month. However, it could just be that this one was longer because it was the first one. In four weeks time, there would not be as many new items on the list and we could just focus the ROB on things that have had an update since last time. So if nothing happens with the Mokai, that doesn’t need to be on the agenda for next month.
Finally, there’s also the question of what the ROB is even meant to achieve? Originally, my thoughts were that this was to get people involved in plots that they weren’t in originally and to have a better idea of things that are going on in the fleet that they’re not currently involved in. Like I said, that goal seems redundant given the missions post, so we could just focus on a different aspect of the ROB altogether.
I guess that’s also for people to decide too; what would you like the ROB to be?