Alright, so. Let's get the main thing out of the way: Effective this Sunday, I will be retiring from my position at Aurora. What's mildly funny is that this September is the 8th birthday of this community, so perhaps think of it like a small gift 😉
And now, before anyone goes out of their way to say something, please read and consider the following. Quick Q&A first, followed by a longer tangent.
Why are you doing this? Simple: time has moved on, my priorities have changed, and it's time to vacate the position so that someone else can use the role to further the community. My activity in general has been dropping over the last 3 years, and while before I could still review PRs on the weekend, I am just not feeling any of it anymore. Which is fine.
What's gonna change with Aurora?! Absolutely nothing (much). As I said above, I've basically been distancing myself from this community for well over 2 years now. And eversince this year, my activity just completely fucking ceased (due to school and my degree). The current leadership structure and staff team have well proven themselves capable of handling both the day-to-date activities on Aurora and the long term planning of the community without my presence. My absence will not change much in that regard.
What's gonna happen to NBT?! It'll continue being worked on exactly as it has been for the past 3 - 4 months. My contribution to NBT over the last year has been the organization of a single meeting which sorta re-kickstarted the project over the summer. Everything else has been organized by Alberyk and Kyres at the helm, and supported by the other developers and spriters. My contributions after that have been non-existent.
What's gonna happen to the server hardware? The hardware will be transferred over to Arrow at the end of the week. Webservers have been paid for over the year and we've got extra time to figure that out. Someone else will be trained up on how to perform server critical tasks as well, to cover for the hole I'll leave. Plus, all of the present infrastructure has been built by Arrow, I've simply footed the bill. So we're good on that count.
Will there be a new Head Developer appointed? Almost certainly, yes. But a concrete decision will be made in the near future, separate from this post, so stay tuned for that.
I hope this Q&A covers all of the immediate concerns. I'll now lead into a bit of a longer diatribe about worthless things like feelings and saying goodbye
It's been a blast. The 7 years that I've contributed to this community have helped me immensely. Aurora is where I learned and started developing both leadership skills and programming skills. Both of which I've been able to very successfully apply in my life. And it is my hope that over those 7 years, I've been able to help foster an environment where everyone is able to get some benefit as well. Whether it be new devs learning how to dev, people trying out managerial and creative stuff, or just players having fun and having a good place to unwind.
I've also met and worked with some stellar folks over this time. I'd like to thank every past-present-and future staff member (and the players) who've contributed to the community alongside me. I know that most of you did this out of the goodness of your heart, and I thank you all for this effort. The fact that we have such a strong staff team, and community in general, is also a reason why I'm confident that this community will last a good few years going forward, at least. And I am confident that the staff will continue to foster a positive and cooperative environment.
I'll still be around on the general discord after this, so if anyone wants to chat with me about stuff, feel free to ping or write a DM. But, it's been fun, and thank you for the amazing and formative 7 years! I truly-truly hope that it's been positive for most everyone else as well that has been involved with the community!
Questions and stuff are also welcome here.