After numerous suggestions and requests it is my intention to stand as a candidate for CSM8. I have been an avid player since early 2008 and believe that our current CSM is dominated too heavily by those who push their own agenda, as opposed to speak for the community they represent. CSM needs to be less of a ‘popularity contest’ and more of a functioning, transparent and useful contributor to the game they play. In the last couple of years it could be debated that CSM has been mostly redundant and merely a CCP sponsored attempt at diplomacy and including the people that play the game that they make.
Although I am a null sec player, I take an active interest in high sec as well as wormhole space. Throughout my EVE life I have lived in wormholes, pirated in low sec and carebeared myself to pieces in Caldari high sec. Many null sec players or veterans however have a tendency to be elitist, referring to newer players merely as ‘pubbies’ or ‘noobs’. My attitude is entirely the opposite and I actively seek out new players and new talent encouraging players to work together, no matter their SP level or when they started playing. Helping to improve the game for newer players whilst balancing the needs of the veterans all across EVE is my primary reason for standing and I hope to address this imbalance. The recent change to AI have hampered the ability for newer and older players to work together. Once upon a time a more experienced player could take new players along to missions with them, now it is not possible. Instead of CCP decreasing the gulf between players, they have unfortunately increased it. There must be a provision for teamwork at differing levels of experience and skills but there is an erosion of this idea in favour of the more experienced among us..
Also the playerbase has begun to see the CSM as a smoky backroom in a casino where the mafia dons of null sec hang out and speak in hushed tones of how they can further their agenda, whilst turning a deaf ear to the rest of the community. Whether this is entirely accurate is besides the point, but this is the image of the CSM and it needs to be changed. This can’t be done through a snazzy rebrand or some clever PR. The CSM needs to be reworked from the ground up to have the most effect and not simply be a shallow relaunch with some tinsel around the edges.
The divide between newer players and the more established amongst us is growing. There must be a way to increase participation between those just walking through the figurative doors of EVE and those that have been playing for years. Current mechanics do not easily allow for this but the recent trend of making things clearer and more concise for new players must continue as opposed to be hampered by the ‘bitter-vets in game and on the council. Here are a number of the things that I want to focus on if elected or that I hope the CSM listens to even if I’m not:
- Bring CSM out of the shadows and make it more transparent.
- Focus on how to bring in new players and how to keep them.
- Increase the ability for new and old players to work together throughout EVE.
- Make corporation management (roles etc) easier and less of an exercise in patience.
- Advocating term limits for CSM members.
The last point is something that CSM badly needs and it is surprising that it has not been mentioned more seriously before. I feel that no CSM member would actively volunteer their own disqualification for running for office once they’re there but I however am more than happy to accept this. There should be a maximum of times that you may be a CSM member so as to keep it fresh and change the focus. New people bring new ideas and keeping the council fresh will keep it productive. Of course the largest blocs in EVE have the most voting power because they have the most members but there should be a change of representation, even if there is a representative from the different blocs in EVE.
CSM needs to change. I hope to be able to effect that change and introduce new ideas and suggestions for changes to the game. I would always be willing to receive evemails or emails regarding ideas and operate an ‘open door policy’ as I always have done throughout my time in EVE as well as on EN24. If you have any suggestions I would be more than happy to receive them. You can find me on Twitter @minonoud or on Facebook via my profile.