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RgF Newsletter, 8/22/2003

By VA Gavin Cantorph Kravis
Unit: Renegade Fleet
Fleet NL, Aug 22, 2003
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Greetings Pilots!

It feels great to be back. I hope you all have had a fun filled summer, and are fully rested up for the year ahead. I’ve looked over some of the events and accomplishments from this summer and I have to say “not bad”. You all have done very well in a time that is usually fraught with low activity. Well done.

As most of you have grown to realize, this fleet is one of the few that is truly striving. While other fleets rely on new additions to their game to support them, we strive on with our one game. Many fleets are suffering extremely low numbers in their rosters, and even lower are those that are actually active. Our numbers still remain nearly at 60 members, and will likely be there when our cadets, yes we do have cadets, get placed. Even through all of this, we are at a point in the year, and in the RgF’s existence, where we will need to remain vigilant in our duties and in our activity. As such, we are going to try a few new programs to keep us all up to date, foster activity, and hopefully recruit some new members.

The first program is something that I for one am not a big fan of doing, but in the long run will benefit us all. From now on we are going to utilize the BBS to its fullest potential. At the end of every month a number of sticky posts will be created, one for each wing. These posts will be created for the Wing CS, followed by the Squad CO, to report on the status of their units. This is a policy that will take the place of Fleet AWOL checks in the future, as all squad COs will have a listing in their report of the status for each individual. I’m not going to take a lot of time here to lay all of this out, but will send out an email to the Wing and Squad CS shortly. These posts will be open to the public and will allow not only the pilots under your command, but those from other units as well, to observe the status of the individual components of the fleet.

Our next issue is one of activity. As you are all aware, 3.01 has been out for some time now, yet the rate of activity for this mission is…well…pathetic to say the least. At the current count there are 8 people on the killboard, out of a fleet of 56. That’s one-seventh of the fleet reporting. Not good pilots, we can do better than that. Everyone should be contributing, and now that I’m back, I’m going to add my report to that board as well. As of now we are limited in our events to the ITOD and the ITCN. I’ve heard that there has been a small showing of RgF pilots at the ICTN, but that there are opponents. Even if this is false information that I have been given, what’s to stop you from flying each other while you wait for an opponent from another club? Let’s see some activity in these areas. Also, if any of you have skills in mission making, please contact Cable ( to help us in SP missions, and Licah ( to assist in Zodiac missions. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Also, we are looking to increase our activities, so if anyone has any interesting ideas, or time to help implement an activity, please contact the RgF CS ASAP.

The last issue is recruitment. The game that we fly is now 6 years old. It is very rare to find the CD on the shelves of any software store, or even such venues as Wal-Mart. Because of this we have to come to the realization that pilots are simply not going to happen to pick up the game and come looking for a club. This has been one reason why our numbers have not grown within the last couple of years; we’ve simply been targeting the wrong crowds. Also, as any of you who have attending a WoW or other such event and attempted to recruit a pilot from there have found, it’s nearly impossible to get someone to join us when they have already joined a club. Does that mean we shouldn’t try? No, of course not. However, we’re trying something new. This fleet has never been one to use missions taken from those “free mission sites”, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t post missions. Therefore I’m proposing that a mission team be assembled (contact Cable and Licah for details) to create a recruitment package of missions, showing what is in store for a pilot should they want to enlist in the RgF, to be posted on these sites. I would also like to encourage all of you to frequent SW message boards and post messages to recruit members. The more pilots we have, the more man-power we have to create fun events and activities, as well as the more competition in those activates.

Those are the things I’d like us to work on in the immediate future. For this month’s reports on the BBS, make sure to include an AWOL check, so we know who’s still around.

Now down to my last bit of business. Since Sconn has been the aCO for the summer I am going to allow him the privilege of rewarding those officers that served under him in my absence. However, he himself is in need of gratitude from me. Throughout the last year, I have had no doubt in my mind that if I needed to leave my seat for any reason, that the RgF would be in good hands. This summer has proved that once again, and upon my extreme gratitude, as well as the nominations by a certain FC and IO, I hereby promote MGN Sienn Sconn to the rank of Lt. General! Congratulations on your promotion LGN Sconn. I trust that you will now convey the same appreciation to the pilots that served you so well this summer.

I apologies for the length of this Newsletter, as well as the lack of entertainment in it. It’ll take a few weeks for me to truly get back in the swing of things around here. Expect a more lively NL in the near future. Until then, get to your fighters and roast some Imp tail!

~Gavin C. Kravis
Rear Admiral


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