Since the summer of 2011, following the failed debut of Walking in Stations, the NeX and the outrage that followed, CCP has been steadily improving EVE Online. Great strides have been made: from the revamp of Crimewatch to the introduction of Bounty Hunting as a legitimate feature; from the ongoing Tiericide that has revitalized the subcapital game to the reform of Faction Warfare into an enjoyable feature with depth and substance – CCP must be given credit for righting the ship after a potentially disastrous turn in 2011.
CCP has acknowledged their failings openly and readily. They seek to finally develop EVE Online in ways that make sense, both from a business perspective and from the players’ points of view. With their declaration to embark on future expansion development along thematic lines, lines that transcend geographical areas and offer something for every type of player and space, it is more important than ever for the player-elected Council of Stellar Management to represent each type of player and every space in EVE.
It is my intention to provide a strong and clear voice that represents the denizens of low security space – not just Faction Warfare, as CSM7 did, but not ignoring it either. Lowsec has undergone the beginnings of a renaissance due to the changes made with Crimewatch. Now is the time to ensure that we are not left, forgotten for another 10 years. Now is the perfect time to push forward the cause of the pirate, the industrialist, the PVEr and the weekend warriors, all of whom combine to make lowsec what it is today.
However, lowsec is not the only corner of New Eden that I seek to represent. Bounty hunting, while still new and fresh, still needs polish to achieve long term stability and success. War decs are in a state of disarray, with no clear vision on the part of CCP as to what role wars should play in high security space. Suicide ganking, an activity that is as much a personification of EVE as nullsec sovereignty, has suffered large setbacks in the last year. Ninjas across EVE have disappeared – seemingly for good – as their favored playstyle has become a victim of circumstance.
All of these causes are causes that I not only believe passionately in – they are all activities that I have done and enjoyed over my five years in EVE Online. I have conducted non-mutual war decs in high sec against corporations 10x the size of my own. I have been a member of both Suddenly Ninjas in high sec and The Tuskers, EVE’s most honorable pirate organization, in lowsec. I have led small pirate corps as both a director and as a CEO, and can remember well the tedium that exemplified coordinating the logistics of a small corporation. I have roamed the unknown reaches of wormhole space, feeling the pain of managing a POS as well as living out of one.
I am not a fitting savant, as past CSM members have been. I am not the leader of a nullsec alliance, as past CSM members have been. I am not a full-time mission runner, miner, or industrialist. I am not the be-all, end-all solution to the CSM. What I am, however, is a clear and concise communicator. I am one of the EVE community’s largest supporters and advocates. And I am dedicated to seeing this through, to putting in the work and to helping improve the game that we all care about.
In the coming months, I hope to hear from as many viewpoints as possible, to learn what concerns pirates and industrialists alike, and to help bring attention to lowsec in a mature and intelligent fashion. In the end, I hope to represent you on the Council of Stellar Management, and to honor your faith in me with a dedication to meaningful transparency and honest representation to CCP. It is the CSM’s role to be the elected advocates of the players to CCP – and not the other way around. I brook no bullshit and call things like I see them, a quality that I think will serve well in the CSM.
Ultimately, it is up to the players to choose the candidates who they think will do the best job at fulfilling this role. Throughout this campaign, I will remain dedicated to answering the questions and concerns of prospective voters in as forthright a way as possible.
If you would like to reach out, I am available in the following ways:
A formal platform, updated bio and forum announcement are soon to come, as well as in depth looks at the issues of the day – watch this space.