The Passing of the Torch

As I’ve probably mentioned before, Suddenly Ninjas and what it does and stands for is the very reason I even play Eve. In fact, I am entirely sure that had I not found this corp when I did, I wouldn’t be playing this game today. This corp; this sarcastic, sassy, and dare-I-say handsome den of scum and villainy, has something special about it. What we do in Eve is something I view as necessary to the existence and continuation of the game; we create chaos where there is stillness, and that my friends, drives the great wheel of Eve (honestly, we should be playing on free subs at this point).

A little while ago, I arrived at a conclusion to a problem that I’d been mulling over for a couple of months now. That conclusion was that I no longer enjoyed, nor gave my all into running and being in charge of Suddenly Ninjas and the TEARS Alliance, and it’s because of the love I have for this corp and its ideals that I was forced to look at some hard facts.

Suddenly Ninjas, in my very biased opinion, deserves the very best, especially in its leadership and in those who strive to make it better and keep it going, and what had become increasingly apparent to me was that I could no longer give it everything it deserves as its leader. Most of this was simple time-management; life going forward on my end of things is only going to get more complex and time-restrictive in terms of what I can give to this game. I have a wedding to plan (which, by the way, are absurdly expensive. Stay single fellas.), career growth, and the possibility of grad school on the horizon.

The other reason was the increasingly approaching burnout-monster looming over the horizon; I’d hit a point where I no longer wanted to be responsible for or relied upon for other peoples enjoyment of the game. Eve is supposed to be a game, and if you aren’t having any fun, you’re doing it wrong.

With all this in mind, I made a very tough decision last week, which was that it was time for me to step down as CEO of Suddenly Ninjas and the TEARS Alliance, and let a more capable and willing person take the reins.

In my stead, I asked one of my best right-hand men, the indefatigable Zavulon Sukkot, to step up and take charge, and he has graciously accepted. Zav is more capable than anyone I know of shouldering both the charisma and sizable responsibilities involved with corralling this unruly bunch, and he has my complete confidence in taking my place as CEO.

Now….does this mean I’m quitting Eve and can you have my stuff? Hardly. If the phrase “you made your bed, now sleep in it” means anything to you, you’ll realize that I most likely will not be leaving this group of scalawags and ne’r-do-wells. This is home for me in Eve, and I can’t even begin to picture myself somewhere else. As it happens, my new boss has offered me a directors role, which I’ve accepted. Nice to see I won’t go hungry ;).

It has been an absolute honor and a privilege leading this group for the past year and a half, and I want to thank everyone involved for what they do in making this Corporation and this Alliance everything it is. This has been a hard decision to make, but I know going forward, we’re in great hands. Believe me, there will be plenty of new episodes in the continuing adventures of Suddenly Ninjas and the TEARS Alliance. Stay tuned kids.





~ by Aiden Mourn on August 31, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Passing of the Torch”

  1. I did almost the exact same thing about two months ago and I haven’t regretted it. RL and whatnot being what it was it made sense and it was time to let someone else handle the pressures. I’m still involved in both the corp and alliance, but it isn’t the same.

    I think you’ll find it very enjoyable.

    • Yeah, you were actually one of the inspirations ;). I think I was attached to the idea that being CEO of SN was who I was in Eve, and its refreshing to realize that its just a part of who I am in the game. As for enjoyable? Yep, I’m already finding it so with getting more time to actually undock and get into some shenanigans. I think this is going to be a great decision in the long run, and Zav is a hell of a leader.

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