It appears you are looking to join The Fuel Rats. Well we have a six-step process for you to join us. Follow all the steps below and you soon will be at maximum awesome and able to go and rescue commanders from the vastness of space with all the class and style of a Fuel Rat.
Welcome to the Mischief!
Step 1 - Register
It takes a special kind of CMDR to want to be a Fuel Rat. Fuel Rats fight against the galaxy’s greatest foes: Time, instancing, distance, and the O2 countdown as a CMDR’s cabin atmosphere runs out. We need CMDRs who are enthusiastic, disciplined, and willing to go way above and beyond the normal call of duty. If we can possibly save a client, we will.
If you’re our kind of CMDR, we’ll welcome your assistance.
Before you sign up, think about whether you’re willing to:
- Cooperate as part of a team, to do great things
- Lead when leadership is needed
- Follow when following is the right thing to do
- Do whatever it takes to rescue clients
- Generally be a cheerful, funny, helpful, Fuel Rat
Step 2 - Setup IRC
All our rescues are carried out on our IRC channels. Our #FuelRats channel is for rescue operations only. This is where you will be performing rescues, and communicating with the dispatcher. Our casual (but still ratty) chat channel is #RatChat. This is where you will find everyone relaxing and hanging out. #ratchat is sometimes used as a "backroom" to #fuelrats, and some rescue related chatter can bleed into it. It's best to leave those who are partaking in this kind of talk alone, unless you're directly involved yourself.
Join our IRC channels via our website or via an IRC client. CLICK HERE
- Our primary IRC channels are #ratchat and #fuelrats. You can access them by typing /join #ratchat and /join #fuelrats.
- Be sure to regularly check the channel topic in #ratchat for important information. This can be accessed by typing /topic.
Joining our IRC channels also requires you to comply with our Terms of Service and Code of Conduct.
Step 3 - Outfit Your Ship
Step 4 - Learn the SOP
We have gathered a lot of knowledge over time and have a bank of knowledge we would like to impart to you. Please read the pages carefully and remember their may be a test after words. It really depends on if you have Snickers to bribe us with.
We are glad that you are interested in joining our ranks. A Rat’s life full of excitement, narrow rescues, happy clients, zooming fuel limpets, other rats cursing on instancing, a lot of general squeaking and adrenaline awaits you!
Change your IRC nickname by typing “/nick yourname[NeedsDrill]” so that Overseers and Drillspatches know that you are looking for a drill
We recommend that each new rat to go through a drill (regardless of experience with the game) so that we can ensure that your can go out there and save our clients with minimal effort, risk to life and while being the bad ass we all know you can be!
Here are some links that give you all the information you will need about The Fuel Rats. Please read the links and then report back to #RatChat when you are available for a drill.
Step 5 - Connect to Us
We maintain numerous social media and discussion based accounts that you should feel free to join and use to share your experiences or just to say hello to other rats.
We use the Fuel Rats Knowledge Base for relevant and updated information about rescues, in game information and IRC to name but a few topics. http://t.fuelr.at/frkb
The Fuel Rats use Twitter for communication with the public and when in need of rats. Follow @FuelRats and @FuelRatAlerts if you want to stay up to date. Make sure to turn on mobile notifications for @FuelRatsAlerts if you want to be notified when rats are needed or if an LRR is in progress.
The Fuel Rats also have a Discord server that is bridged to our IRC server, so anyone can communicate in #ratchat. None of our other public channels are available via Discord. http://t.fuelr.at/discord
The Fuel Rats maintain an ongoing thread of the official Forums, that follows our history and events from the very beginning: Forums
We also have two subreddits r/fuelrats and r/fuelratdiscussion. r/fuelrats is open to the public and gives the public a venue to communicate with us on Reddit. r/fuelratdiscussion is an internal, Fuel Rats only subreddit for discussing topics that affect the Mischief. Subscribe and contact any of the subreddit moderators for access.
We also have collected a number of articles, audio interviews and videos featuring the Fuel Rats. Fuel Rats in the Media
Step 6 - Demonstrate Your Knowledge
Drills are not mandatory but they are highly advised. Each dispatcher chooses whether or to send an un-drilled Rat on a rescue and can decline to dispatch you to the client. Not to mention that if you get it wrong we may have to say "we told you so." So go ahead and schedule a drill AND ask for one in #RatChat
To schedule a drill CLICK HERE
If a link to schedule a drill doesn't appear, just type "drill" in the search box, and select the appropriate type of drill that you're looking for. This is our Service Desk which can also be used for issues with the API, BOTs, your account or pretty much anything. Save this link!
This unofficial training can be especially useful for Ratlings before their drill, but in no way should make them feel pressured to complete their drill before they're ready. As always, this training is 100% optional and voluntary. This training is not required in order to rat or dispatch.