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[Accepted] WhatsUpBrotendo's Command Application

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Character names: 

Imran Zadeh, Kaden Rivers (There's other characters, but they've either not been played or I've deleted them and can't remember the names.)

How long have you been playing on Aurora?: 

Nearly a year (joined around April/May 2019, took a break around September then rejoined around late March this year)

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: 

I think it would be a good way for one of my characters to grow. I'd also like to use it as an opportunity to better teach new players ICly.

Why did you come to Aurora?: 

The server fits my criteria for what I want to get out of playing SS13. Other servers I've played on didn't quite scratch the roleplaying itch I had for various reasons, the main one being that they're too fast-paced and difficult for me to keep up with whats going on. The overall speed of things on Aurora and the fact that its a HRP server mean I can actually roleplay with other players.

Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?: 


Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they?

A few verbal warnings, around two or three if I remember rightly. No notes, warnings, or bans on my record.

Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph each.

Give a definition of what you think roleplay is, and should be about:

Roleplaying is putting yourself in the mind of a character, and playing as if you were them while keeping in mind their ambitions, background, and quirks. I'd say roleplaying should be about having fun, while keeping in mind the setting that you're playing in and making sure that your character and their actions are at least somewhat believable. It's also about telling a story that everyone involved enjoys and creates opportunity for growth and advancement for not just your character, but others as well.

What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?:

I believe it's mostly dependent on the role itself, but generally speaking Heads of Staff are there to help move things along naturally. Whether that's assigning people to specific jobs in their department, signing off on paperwork, or interacting with antagonists to make their actions more meaningful during a round. I also believe command staff are also meant to be a guiding hand in their department, especially towards people who are either new to the game entirely, or just trying out a new role than what they usually play.

What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?:

A player with this whitelist has to have at least a decent understanding of the department they wish to play, and be able to fill in for most positions when possible. Their knowledge of their department doesn't have to be perfect, but they should know how most things work so that it doesn't cause disruptions to other players during a round that would negatively affect their experience. They should also be able to know when to properly escalate during a round, keeping in mind the current situation and what would be an appropriate response (e.g, not calling for an ERT when security is fully staffed and able to handle it on their own). They are also responsible for the overall flow of the round, making sure that things can progress in a believable and balanced manner, hopefully with no one having their immersion or roleplaying ruined. I try (and plan to keep trying) to be receptive to any comments about how I play, and using any feedback to improve myself. I hope that through that I'll be able to work with others in making sure I uphold the responsibilities of the whitelist, and everyone can enjoy themselves.

Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau ceti and how it affected your character and their career?

The Tajaran conflict is heating up, and Imran is concerned that tensions between his coworkers will get to the point where he might get involved, even if he doesn't want to. He just wants to do his job and earn enough money to maybe retire and avoid everything else in the galaxy. He's met Tajarans from all three groups and even though he doesn't particularly understand what their differences are, he knows there's bad blood, and that some may see what's going on as an opportunity to cause trouble. Imran finds the Skrell to be fascinating, and looks up to them since to him they're much more advanced than any other race he's encountered. Even though he's heard disturbing accounts from the time the Federation sent agents to the Aurora, he isn't as concerned as others seem to be. He believes that he'll be mostly untouched by whatever their interest is in Tau Ceti, although he is worried that some of the IPCs he's befriended may be in danger. Overall Imran is trying to stay positive and hopefully be a reassuring presence for his coworkers that may be more directly affected by recent events.

What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted?

Chief Engineer, and I'm on the fence about creating a Head of Personnel.

Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:

Imran Zadeh - Chief Engineer

How would you rate your own roleplaying?:

Nothing remarkable. I try my best but sometimes I catch myself roleplaying in a way that isn't up to my standard. Constantly trying to improve.

Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action?


Have you familiarized yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles?


Extra notes:

I'd really appreciate any feedback people have regarding characters I used to play that I haven't listed. The two I've listed are probably the only ones most people would have interacted with, but I'm sure there's others that I can't remember that others will.

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Application accepted
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+1 Brotendo's one of Aurora's better RP'ers, but outside of that he goes an extra step to help players learn the game as well as have fun. He's even taught me a few things and I've played this game since 2012. 

I could say a lot about this player (and tickle his ego) but I don't think much needs to be expressed outside of my full confidence he could handle this whitelist.

(I'll tickle his ego later)

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Imran has had some extensive interactions with my Chef character Joni, all of which have been really engaging and fun. Good roleplayer, has (from what I've seen, anyway) a really good and second-nature understanding of engineering mechanics, and among the engineering regulars I see on aurora, probably my first pick for CE. +1

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I think that Brotendo is an excellent roleplayer and has a very realistic character with Imran. I like to think that I am a big influence in pushing this application into creation. Brotendo has played countless rounds as Imran where he was promoted to Interim Chief Engineer. During those rounds, there have been no issues in his behavior or any questionable actions. They are responsible and well respected by those within the departments they play both ICly and OOCly. Without a doubt they have what it takes to hold this whitelist.  A definite +1 from me. 

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Brotendo's a fab roleplayer. Not just because he embodies a fun character to be around (which he absolutely does), but because he works hard to engage the wider crew in his RP. He clearly has an understanding of the role command staff have in the narrative of a round, and in the numerous times I've seen him play as an interim, he does an excellent job of energising the department, and consistently moves RP in a positive direction. The content of this application highlights these qualities effectively. 

In addition to all that, Brotendo's put massive efforts with new players on the server, and I think it bears highlighted. I've noticed he spends a lot of his time working with people new to roles or to SS13 as a whole, and in a game with a steep learning curve, it's great to see a player so ready to help fresh players get a start on Aurora.

Very enthusiastic +1 from me.


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Seems very solid on the engineering front.


However, I would recommend you read up on the mechanical side of command - faxes, alert levels, ect - before you play your first few trial rounds.


Good luck!

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Ive seen Zadeh from his introduction as a character on the station too now, being the chief engineer of most of the rounds he's been in he hasn't once let me down at any point and has done well with apprentices, other engineers and other crewmen, not seeing any negative traits that would make me think twice. I think he will make an excellent addition to the like 4 Ce's we have.

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Speaking as BUDDY and Budget Bot, I feel like Zadeh has showed a strong competence for the field and they do seem capable of engaging the department in downtime as well. They are receptive to directions by both their fellow command members and their helpful synthetics, and generally seem to be well liked as a command member. +1 from me.

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Somehow Angel misses out all the action with Imran as Chief Engi. Would be more cool if you can involve me in adventures. I feel like I miss out all the action as apprentice.
But we talked about it and he will torture me some more in the future >:)


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I'm sorry you feel that way Firaxias. Don't think it's out of malice or anything; sometimes there's someone else nearby or I'm already there and I can do it myself. I'll keep what you said in mind and try to get you more involved in what's going on.

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+1 Seemed like a solid Leader and actually took the time to get new trainee engineers set up to actually train, including training one himself. Definitely fit for the position! Played the round with him as Barbara Toaster and wast impressed by his leadership. looking forward to more rounds with him.

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13 hours ago, DisreputableSquid said:

+1 Seemed like a solid Leader and actually took the time to get new trainee engineers set up to actually train, including training one himself. Definitely fit for the position! Played the round with him as Barbara Toaster and wast impressed by his leadership. looking forward to more rounds with him.

I was Zohd the Vaurca trainee that round, and the only reason he didn't train me as well was because I had completely lost track of time and had to go to work.

I thought the way he juggled his responsibilities as CE that round, while still making sure me and my newer friend got enough attention was particularly well done, too. After a little bit of preliminary RP with most of the engineering staff, he overheard one of the atmos techs offering to maybe train us in atmos "eventually", and being busy himself, capitalized on it immediately and had her train us until he was ready himself. 

Not sure if my pre-trial +1 counts towards his current trial, but I think I can safely give him a +1 now as well.

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I've commanded with Imran a few times, and have no major qualms with his style of leadership. My only complaint is that his massive punk shave looks a bit silly when it immediately disappears under his hardsuit, but that's not an issue relevant to a command application now is it?



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