Rebel Squadrons

State of the Rebel Squadrons

By FA Tyrell "Spokes" Borran
Unit: The Rebel Squadrons
SotRS, Feb 05, 2006
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State of the Rebel Squadrons
February 4, 2006


Greetings Gentle Beings:

A little over a year ago, High Command elected me to succeed Rear Admiral Gavin Cantorph Kravis as Fleet Commander. During the campaign, I stressed that the two biggest issues facing the Rebel Squadrons as a Club were recruitment and retention. All agreed that these were crucial to the continued viability of our Club and I have focused my gaming activities to capitalize on recruitment. Ideally, each of us should function as a de facto Recruitment Officer and bring new blood to the Rebel Squadrons. That requires that each of us be active in the gaming community and welcoming to all Cadets without regard to the game that brought them to us.

Retention is much more difficult to acheive and the onus falls to each Fleet from the CO down to the Ljg. Current members need to maintain their level of activity and Cadets need to graduate and become contributing members of the Rebel Squadrons. We have a solid core of very active members who are a credit to their various Fleets and we have a large number who are as active as their lives will allow them to be. This has always been true and it is one of the strengths of our Club. We do not set activity or skill standards like many Clubs do. The Rebel Squadrons has always been about having fun first and foremost. Unfortunately, activity among current members continues to fall and each Fleet has fewer and fewer members who are actually participating in monthly activities. Unless we make some changes in our Fleet structure, the Redemtion Fleet will become "the Super Fleet" because the Bylaws do not allow for another option. Our current structure of creating a Fleet for each game and/or activity makes retention difficult as the games grow steadily older and we stay focused on building custom mission for single player competitions. Right now we have three flying Fleets and only one has enough "active" members to meet the RS Bylaw's criteria to be a Fleet. That is why I have continued to work with the flying Fleets to consolidate and make full use of our active members. The RSCD has already folded into the RF even though it has some of the most active members in the RS and one of the newest games.

Fortunately, the newer games have as much focus on multi-player as on single-player activity and this can help us with both recruitment and retention. On-line play requires our folks to have contact with others and many are not in any Club. I have great hopes that the RSCD will find redemption and become a Fleet again. The release of Empire at War has the same potential and I am pleased to see that the Vanguard Fleet has survived the recent changes to the game that caused so many to switch to World of Warcraft. We had no control over that and it serves as a good example of just how fickle gamers can be.

Recently, I have been asked what, if anything, I have done in my capacity as FC. Aside from the nuts and bolts activities that occur daily, I cannot claim some "prize." Most of my time that is purely FC in nature has been spent on sheparding the Fleet Consolidation talks among the flying Fleets, a goal that hope will bear fruit very soon. Aside from the IO Staff and Jon Anchorage when he was active as OO, I have been doing all the "little" stuff that an Executive Staff would be doing if I had one. During the campaign for FC, I told HC that "We need a MoEA to pursue Alliances and get the word out that the RS still exists and has much to offer. Currently, the RS has no one doing this. We need a Recruitment Officer. Again, no one is doing this. These are serious gaps that directly affect the two biggest problems facing our Club." To date, no one has stepped up and I can't get anyone to serve in these crucial positions and others remain vacant. That leaves the bulk of the scut work squarely on my plate and I have done my best. Kaz stated that the lack of communication from HC to the rest of the Club caused problems and that it needed to be addressed. Kaz was right and this is one area where I can improve and perhaps dispell the notion that I am not doing anything as FC and that HC is some kind of secret society. Neither is true, but I am hard pressed to think of a way to show that. I have been and will continue to be on Xfire when I am online.

Better communication aside, I need people who are willing to help with the nuts and bolts so that I am not functioning as Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer. Right now, I am looking at replacing three Fleet COs. Two from resignations and one from AWOL. That is a full half of HC and will greatly impact every Pilot in the RS.

In summary, we have some very active members who want the Rebel Squadrons to flourish. I am one of them and have focused on recruitment and restructuring the Fleets that need it to keep the RS going. We are here in the Rebel Squadrons because of a shared love of the Star Wars Universe and a desire to have fun with the time we have to devote to gaming. That is what has kept me here. I trust that the same is true for many of you.

Vice Admiral Tyrell "Spokes" Borran
RS Fleet Commander

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