CSM9 Report: Week Forty One

 
The report is slightly late this week but put that down to a fantastic night in with a friend last night playing Android: Netrunner – a game I highly recommend, especially to any of you who may be MtG fans. It has been a quieter week but there are still some things to go over…

CSMX Election Season

The application period for prospective candidates is now over. I’ve been informed by CCP Leeloo that my application went through without any problems. I noticed her mention on Tweetfleet Slack that there were over 100 applicants for the CSMX election and after being whittled down by Internal Affairs and the ability to send through the relevant identification documentation, we will likely have a little over 70 candidates for the final election – a magnificent, if slightly overwhelming, total. I mentioned this on Slack and Jayne Fillon confirmed that this is the highest number of approved candidates for any election ever, beating the total set for CSM1. I hope that this is reflected in turnout – traditionally there is a pretty strong correlation between the number of applicants and voter turnout. I’ve been catching up on many of the other applicants in doing my rounds of the Eve media circuit. My Cap Stable interview is now in the can and should hopefully be live before the election starts – huge thanks to those fine gents for shuffling their schedule to accommodate me and my real-life job. I recorded with the Legacy of a Capsuleer guys a couple of days ago and that should be up and live any day now. We covered a lot of ground, including the evolution of interaction between players, CSM and CCP, as well as some of the discussion on transparency surrounding the Council of late. I recorded CZ53 on Monday evening with Manfred Sideous of PL and Endie of Goonswarm and we covered the future of sovereignty and the potential impacts to 0.0, as well as both their respective CSMX campaigns. That should be up to listen to later on today. Finally, at very short notice, I jumped onto DJ BigCountry’s Eve Radio last night along with fellow CSMX candidate UAxDEATH. Another very fun record and you can check that one out here.

Tiamat

Tiamat hit TQ yesterday and other than some minor complaints about slow patch download speeds during USTZ, it appears to have launched relatively smoothly and without any major hitches. Desperate to get on myself and take a Svipul for a spin.

Fanfest

Four weeks from now, I will be at Fanfest. That’s no time at all. There was one very cool thing we were told about at Winter Summit which is now public knowledge via a dev blog from CCP Gargant. At Fanfest, the winners of the last AT here on TQ will face off against the winners of a similar tournament held recently on Serenity. All participants will actually be there in person – the team from Serenity are being flown in especially from China for the event. Not only that, but whichever team wins will ensure that every single active account on their represented server will receive a very special ship – the Victorieux Luxury Yacht. And here’s the kicker – the losing server will never receive the ship at any point. In a Fanfest with some huge events such as the eclipse and the devs vs. players football match, this is going to be another massive draw for players. I could not be more excited about Fanfest this year! I think that about does it for this week. Of course, CSM9 continues to work hard in the background with some recent discussions surrounding the new sov system and follow-up work to plans discussed regarding the current Buddy system. All hands on deck between now and Fanfest!
Tags: csm, CSMX, endie, fanfest, manny, tiamat

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Xander Phoena

The good looking, funny, intelligent member of the team, Xander set up Crossing Zebras with Jeg in April 2012 mainly because he was talking too much about Eve on his other podcast. Playing the game for almost five years, Xander still has absolutely zero clue about how to actually play Eve but somehow still manages to talk a good game.


  • Jester

    If you’re elected to CSMX and keep these up, I hope you’ll start focusing them on what the CSM is doing rather than what CCP is doing. Read through this again and count the number of paras that communicate to players what CSM9 is doing.

    I myself count “one”. :-/

    • Forlorn Wongraven

      I personally never got why CSM members don’t post something like: I attended x-amount of skype meetings and we had several discussions about feature that team abc is working on.

      • Jester

        That was more or less exactly what I did last year.

        • RanchRifle

          And many of us still miss you. Any thoughts of coming back actively again?

          • TerranEnforcer

            I’ll echo this sentiment!

        • Forlorn Wongraven

          This year nobody did.

    • xanderphoena

      It’s a fair point Ripard. The balance between ‘community update’ and ‘what CSM are up to’ can be tricky to keep right what with NDA and all.

      • Jester

        It’s a tough balance, and it’s not just you. Sugar occasionally does the same thing. And you don’t do it every week — the updates you did during the summit were fine. But every once in a while, what CSM9 did that week becomes an afterthought in the CSM9 report. 😉

        At the very least, if you’re going to talk about what CCP did that week, focus more on what you think about it. Example: when the Svipul stats were released, you repeated them (hnnnnggggg… did I really need to see these stats yet another place?) but then you also mentioned what *you* thought about the ship, which is way more useful.