RvB Ceases Formal Operations
Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:36 PM
After much discussion among the principles within RvB it has been decided that we will cease formal operations. The corporations will remain and members can carry on with typical RvB style fighting as desired. However, leadership and programs will be suspended.
Declining numbers in Eve, in general, and an ever increasing workload on a small group of individuals lead us to making this very difficult decision. Our hat is off to those tireless members who made RvB what it was for so many years. RvB lead the way in Eve creating continual content through the Forever War, events where all of Eve was invited and reaching major milestones both individually and corporately for area based combat.
Many of Eve's core players either make or made a home in RvB, boasting arguably one of the largest player alt bases. RvB also contained one of the most active alt spy bases in Eve as well (we knew who most of you were..). RvB's unique style of quick PVP provided endless days of content for many of Eve's citizens.
RvB will sustain the current forums for the foreseeable future.
Members are encouraged to seek community in one of the other fine corporations in Eve, or may remain in Red Federation or Blue Republic. We will be leaving a command member to handle applications and if RvB begins to grow organically without formal command interaction and may be revisited at a later date.
It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement and hope the best for all of our members.
We appreciate the small number of command members and others who have put heart and soul into RvB for so many years.
I'm a walking nightmare, an arsenal of doom
I kill conversation as I walk into the room
I'm a three line whip, I'm the sort of thing they ban
I'm a walking disaster, I'm a demolition man
Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:40 PM
RvB 2.0 - has it really been 6 years? We've come a long way since then. Podding was allowed, then discouraged and finally outright banned. What started as a simple place to skip the bullshit, undock - shoot - repeat, became that plus a whole wide world of other things, but throughout it all we stuck true to that as best we could.
When I got shoved head first into the Blue CEO position for the first time in 2010 I was graduating college and RvB was hovering around 5-10 people active in the US TZ (Delvechio, myself, Mathias, Tim Pest, Morphe Orlorin (red CEO) and a few others I sadly cannot name). We weren't sure it was going to make it much further than that point. RvB 1.0 hadn't lasted too long either. I bailed out to go backpack through Australia (while training Battleship 5's and Advanced Weapon Upgrades 5 hehe) and for the first time RvB truly unified as Delvechio took the reins of both corps. For those of you who don't know/can't remember, RvB was VERY MUCH Red versus Blue back then. We would actively scheme to one up each other in fights, hide cruisers in other systems and bring them in late, kicked off an arms race on actually rigging ships (fucking merlins!) and in general just simply adversarial. Delvechio changed that and over the next few years, through highs and lows and a metric shit tone of work, grew RvB. The purple spirit came into being, events started being held, free ships, all sorts of fun an exciting things came to be. Hell, we got someone elected to the CSM, a few times, captured an entire POCO empire, added a LP store to reward FC’s who over time became more and more critical to the content of RvB. Along the way we shifted more and more of the content driving onto fewer and fewer people and sadly many of us burned out and burned out hard.
It is that last part I want to focus on, over the years we’ve had some amazing command members and FC’s who selflessly gave themselves to drive content for the general membership, too many to name, too few to sustain indefinitely. Now we are where we are today, caught between catering to an increasing number of newbros while at the same time trying to keep the bitter vet, who truly defined RvB’s culture, entertained. Sadly those two things, we now know are mutually exclusive in our current environment. Once the summer doldrums hit we dropped to an activity level I hadn’t seen since 2010 when I reluctantly woke up to have the title of CEO dropped on my lap the first time. Unfortunately, with Eve’s activity in general on the decline, combined with the straddling strategy of keeping the two camps happy, we just couldn’t recover in the early fall. Sadly many of you will never know how much work really goes into providing all the services and content that you so enjoy. I look back at the last two months and 80% of my game time has been spent doing admin work, and it is similar across the board for the core of command. That right there sums up RvB Command members throughout the years. Selflessly working behind the scenes to maximize the fun for the other 99% of the organization.
It is that tremendous mountain of work that would need to be scaled again that forces us to make the hard decision that every predecessor has toiled with over the years, shut it down or keep on plugging away. With so few people left in command and even fewer really working hard. It is with a heavy heart that I must say we have decided to shut formal RvB operations down, it wasn’t easy, believe me. So much time and love has been poured into it over the years but there are so few of us left willing and capable of carrying that burden, and because of that, we must bring it to an end. There will be people who are going to scream and yell, but I have to ask, where have you been the past six months?
Thank you to every single person who has ever undocked and shot someone without having to be told, those who took it a step further and FC’ed your brothers and sisters into the grinder, the even fewer who volunteered to deal with the backend leadership and logistics shit that is oohh so much fun. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for providing an absolutely amazing gaming experience over the last 6 years, it was a fucking blast, even the low times were pretty damn good and it was because of every last person who became part of our community. I also want to thank Del Delvechio, we would have never made it this far without him and he has poured god knows how much time, isk and $$$ into this grand experiment. Thank you to Delucian, Jiny and all the others dumb enough to step up and run this shit show over the years.
I’ll still be out there flying around and I’d fly with just about every last one of you again so if you see me toss a wave and ask for a fleet invite. Otherwise, turn those hardeners on because all things must die in a fire!!!
Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:42 PM
Eve voice works, screw the reimbursement, just here to go pew anyways.
Posted 24 October 2015 - 10:01 PM
Posted 24 October 2015 - 11:59 PM
Extremely sad as well.
Huge thanks to our chairman, CEO's, VP's, directors, everyone working behind the scenes and all other command members for your efforts. Without RvB I would already have stopped playing EVE.
Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to fly with all of you (or shoot at you), my loss for sure.
Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:34 AM
In fact, words cannot truly express my gratitude for all you guys did. You deserve far more praise and thanks. You all made this work and it was wonderful. You are truly some of the great unsung heroes. You did some of the biggest grunt work which made all our lives better. So again, thank you. Know that you all did great things and it was appreciated.
That includes Miri, Charles, and many others I and to stupid and forgetful too remember. Thank you all.
Posted 25 October 2015 - 01:48 AM
Remind anyone of the Eve Uni POS bashes lol?
Posted 25 October 2015 - 02:07 AM
I know I didn't leave on the best terms but I just want to express how gutted I am that this has happened. RvB kept me playing EvE when I was at my most jaded and burned out. The contribution to the game as a whole made by those who ran RvB and by those who just loved blowing ships up can not be overstated, literally hundreds people pvping today owe RvB a debt of gratitude.
Posted 25 October 2015 - 04:37 AM
I noticed that Vision has volunteered to take over. If this is the case I just want to say that he has my full support. He's an old school RvBer with perhaps more FC experience (specifically RvB FC experience) than anyone else I know and contributed a great deal to the RvB community. I'm aware that there was some drama a while back but I think he's offer should be seriously considered.
Posted 25 October 2015 - 07:38 AM
Okay guys .. get this funeral mood out and lets get going again I want to have a nice community when I'm back in January.
And for all the veterans posting here while not playing EVE .. come BACK !!! with all of your guys we would have so much fun ...
... not in the mood to post a pic ...
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