Icelandic EndeavoursMangala Solaris
CSM8 are currently entrenched in Iceland at the Winter Summit and that is where our inside man, Mangala Solaris, writes from this week
As part of the duties of a CSM delegate, it is likely you will be required to attend CCP headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland for one of the two CSM Summits. This is something I have been greedily anticipating after participating in the Summer Summit remotely via teleconferencing.
After a rather long day of travelling and the general aggravation and mishaps that tends to cause, I somehow arrived in Iceland without my luggage – an auspicious start to the trip. Those of you who haven’t been here before are perhaps unaware that the main airport in Iceland is in Keflavik, around 50 miles from the capital itself. The drive in takes around an hour and gives an enticing glimpse of an alien landscape that has proven the backdrop for many a sci-fi movie including the recent Prometheus. Iceland quickly exudes an alluring, isolating beauty.
Once I had checked in at the marina hotel all visiting members of CSM were staying, there followed a tour of CCP HQ in which we got a look behind Hilmar’s curtain for the first time. This was swiftly followed by a few beers with a select handful of devs at one of their favourite haunts, the ever-popular bar, Nora. After sufficient lubrication, we headed for food at Nonnis. For those wondering, Nonnis isn’t simply just a sandwich joint – it happens to be the best goddamn sandwich joint anywhere, ever.
Waking up for the first official day of the Winter Summit, I breakfasted (note to self: while Nordic breakfasts are good, nothing beats a full English) with a few other CSM members before heading over to CCP HQ. The sessions we attended were many and varied, covering numerous aspects of EVE as a whole. Obviously, almost all of it lies strictly under the ~NDA~ umbrella for now. A lot of interesting discussion occurred, especially in those sessions where both devs and CSM members could let their imaginations run wild. In my opinion, these may well have been the most productive sessions, but you guys won’t know until the minutes come out… (before the end of 2014? – Ed.)
As it turns out, the name ‘Iceland’ can prove rather accurate in the deep midwinter. As we ventured out for the evening, the snow was tumbling down with dinner becoming a simple ‘grab something from Nonnis on the way to the pub’ affair. Once again, we decamped to Nora where some of the topics from earlier in the day continued unabated until the small hours. No, you cannot have minutes from the pub. Yes, you most certainly would want them if they were available. Trust me.
Overall, the first day went well and it felt like all the teams we met are engaged in the CSM process and keen to work with us. I will admit to feeling a little starstruck when meeting the devs, especially those whose work on EVE I respect and appreciate. However, once the sessions started properly, it was easy to get past that and get down to the serious business of internet spaceships. Onwards to day two.