Before you apply, however, you should familiarize yourself with a couple things. First, it would be a good idea to peruse the ground rules of the Portland so you know what you're getting into.
Obsidian Fleet, the simming organization that the Portland is a part of, has a few rules on what sort of characters are allowed. The main ones are:
1.1.4 Canonical characters are not permitted.
1.1.5 A player character is not permitted to be one the races listed below. Additions or subtraction to this list may be made by Joint Fleet Command.
184.108.40.206 Non-Humanoid Races (big rock creatures, Tribbles, etc.)
220.127.116.11 Q, Iconians, Dowd
18.104.22.168 Borg in the Collective
22.214.171.124 Jem-Hadar still in the Dominion
126.96.36.199 Vorta still in the Dominion
188.8.131.52 Species 8472
184.108.40.206 Augments/Angosians/Genetically engineered individuals (in Starfleet/Marine positions only)
220.127.116.11 Races from non-Star Trek continuities
1.1.6 Custom races are permitted, but a detailed description of the culture and abilities is required and accepting the player’s character is at the discretion of the sim’s Commanding Officer.
For custom (non-canon) races, we do allow them and encourage prospective players to get creative, but we have a guide here that would be a good read before you go making up that bio.
Finally, if you need guidance, it may be a good idea to check out the biographies of some other members of the crew of the Portland here to get an idea of what we're looking for. Biographies don't need to be too long or too detailed, they just need to give the reader a basic idea of your character's history. Really, a basic framework is all that is required; we can flesh out the details of your character's history through play.
Now that you're ready to apply, there are two ways to apply for the Portland:
Applying through Obsidian Fleet:
1. Go to the Open Positions List on the OF website
2. Select "USS Portland" from the "Ship Name:" drop down menu
3. Hit "Search"
4. Underneath the USS Portland, hit "Apply for this ship"
5. Fill out and submit the application form
Applying directly to the USS Portland
1. Download this form
2. Fill it out and email it to email@example.com (please make sure you use the word "application" in the subject line, to ensure it doesn't go to spam)
Whether you use either method, we'll try to get back to you as soon as we can but definitely within a week. If you are accepted, register for the forums, post your biography in the "Personnel" section, introduce yourself, and start posting!