While the majority of RvB probably has very little knowledge or care, a pretty big change took place in RvB last week with our changing of the CEO guard. Del Delvechio stepped down from his position as the head of RvB after keeping our organization afloat for a long, long time.
Personally, I wouldn't be on this forum had I not joined Red Federation 5 years ago and joined fleet with a drake flying, merlin loving mob boss. During my time in RvB thousands of pilots have come and gone, some stay for a day, some for a year. One of the few constants was Del Delvechio.
Most of you probably imagine being internet spaceship CEO/Alliance Head is a cupcake job. How could it not be? You can kick whoever you want, you have access to all of the money, you're the space king! Those of you who have actually held any position with responsibility in RvB and likely elsewhere know that to be false.
When you're the CEO of an organization with thousands of noobs you log in with hundreds of e-mails everyday. Your play-time is constantly interrupted by randoms with questions that don't understand lower level leadership can answer your question about getting on comms or that you really don't care if they don't have any isk left. Fortunately for RvB, Del was always willing to help the noobs. If he heard you were in need of a frigate you'd often find a stack of them in your inventory shortly thereafter. Del's signature move was bombarding you with free ships, even if you said no 10 times they'd still find their way into your inventory.
For a significant portion of RvB's existence the primary source of RvB income came from Del's personal wallet. With rare exception if you flew in an RvB event where you received a free ship whether it be a hurricane or a rifter, Del was probably responsible for paying for it.
More valuable than the isk Del put into RvB was his time. During Del's reign many of us have been burned out with EVE several times. I don't know how much time I have invested into RvB and too be honest I don't want to! But I know that Del Delvechio easily put in 10 times that amount, oftentimes to his chagrin.
A lot of you that have been in RvB may rejoice that Del is finally stepping down to pursue other ventures. He was a fleet flying noob after all! He didn't go out of his way to make it easy for solo pilots to kill noobs. He didn't let me pod people I didn't like. He killed me when I brought my tornado to snipe frigates in an arranged fight. He setup boring arranged fights! He told me when I was dick. He was mean to me once! I couldn't use my neutral characters to win fights. He didn't change RvB to exactly how I wanted it. I couldn't use my neutral characters to win fights. Yet, most of you are still here.
I am not concerned with RvB's future. Del has left it in the capable hands of internet spaceship celebrities, former CEOs, and level-headed Texans. But next time you log off thinking you had a damn good time in RvB, a small part of that will still be thanks to the time and work Del Delvechio has put in over the years without asking for anything in return.
That said, thanks for doing all the dirty work Del. If it wasn't for your work in all of the facets of RvB I can assure you there'd be at least 10 fewer eve accounts AFK right now.
When you log on today take the time to shoot Del Delvechio one last mail thanking him for his years of making a special little place in the EVE universe because I think somewhere deep down when he is sitting around counting his isk and making bowheads he's going to miss reading your mails about who podded who or why you can't kill a velator with your 3 laser merlins.