It's been a little quiet from the staff lately, but that's because we've been preparing some big announcements and making some preparations for what will become a new direction for the fleet...
Effectively immediately, I am stepping down in my role as CO of the 26th. It has been a fantastic ride these last several months, but this decision comes as a result of my consistent lack of time to devote to the fleet and my duties here, and despite our real-life-first policy, I do not feel as though I have that luxury as the CO. That said, I will remain a member here: Kalus 'the old man' will be retiring to Trill while Cabis will, for the time being, continue on as chief security officer of SB381. Khaiell will be making his return as the Romulan attache to the 26th and director of the embassy coming with Season 7.
Just a little history for those of you who don't know me: I've been a leader in roleplaying and gaming communities for the better part of the last ten years. I got my start in Star Wars forum roleplaying, served as a leader in the Starfleet gaming community, and launched several successful play-by-forum games in everything from the anime and sci-fi genres to steampunk. Most recently, today's 26th Fleet was my second attempt at getting the 26th running (I chalk up the lack of success last time to the lack of features in STO) and to be quite honest, I didn't expect the level of success we have here today; the 26th made it's return just in time for the introduction of Season 6 and since then, our ranks have swelled and the stories of our various characters have marched steadily on in a great way.
The success of the 26th is due in large part to the help I've had. Praka, as my XO, has been on top of everything from the moment her appointment was announced. Her attention to detail, dedication to the fleet, and her persistence have been a great help to me as the fleet transitioned from something new to something lasting. I couldn't have asked for a better right hand so thank you, Praka, for all of your help and effort.
The same can be said about Scotty, who has been quintessential to our success as our personnel officer, but also as a loyal and focused leader who has provided me with fantastic advice when he knew I needed it, but couldn't always ask. His accountability is second to none and that has made him not just a great officer of the fleet, but a good friend. Thanks, Scotty.
So what does this mean for the 26th? It means that after working on a clear plan for transition, Praka has agreed to accept my offer of becoming my replacement as CO of the 26th. Similarly, both Scotty and Praka have agreed to my suggestion that Scotty should become to the new fleet XO. Though I have already gushed about these two, let me be clear that I have nothing but the utmost respect for them and I'm confident that they will continue to lead the 26th as it becomes the preeminent roleplaying fleet in Star Trek Online. Both Praka and Scotty will address the fleet in this thread shortly and make their own announcements about where they will be taking the 26th. I'm very excited for the both of them and cannot wait to see what they have in store for us.
That said, I'd like to thank all of 26th for their support and consistent dedication. I created this fleet for you guys and gals, to provide you a place where you could explore and develop your characters in an immersive and drama-free environment. As Praka and Scotty take the reigns, I can assure you that this quasi-mission statement will continue to be the driving force behind the 26th.
I look forward to seeing you all in-game and cannot wait for the future of the 26th Fleet.