Xander for CSM9


In what must come as a shock announcement to precisely no-one, I’ve confirmed on CZ38 that I will be standing as a candidate in the 9th Council of Stellar Management election. I sincerely hope you will consider adding me to your ballot in April.

I didn’t want to announce quite so quickly but my hand has been forced by more and more people asking when I will be starting to interview candidates. This is something that is simply impossible for me to do due to standing as a candidate myself – there is a clear conflict of interest there. I do hope someone else considers taking up the challenge of interviewing all the candidates however and if I can help with this in any way, I would be happy to.

As to what I bring to the position and what I hope to achieve, I will be detailing this both here on CZ and on Jita Park in the coming week. Briefly however, I care about Eve Online deeply and I think the CSM process is something that can be used as an inherent part of improving New Eden for everyone. I have spent quite literally hundreds of hours over the past 12 months promoting the CSM as a body whether it be the CSM8 Election Interviews or the monthly CSM8 variants I have carried out since then.

The CSM is a player-advocacy group and as such, it is vitally important that CSM9 communicates clearly and frequently with the player base. CSM8 has done a better job than any previous CSM in keeping up regular communication with players, particularly throughย Ripard Teg and Ali Aras. Unfortunately, Ripard is not standing as an incumbent for CSM9 and I believe I have proven myself to be someone who will do his upmost to inform the player base of what CSM9 is doing throughout the year.


I am also keen to see improvements in the area of space I spend most of my time in – 0.0. There are many issues here that must be addressed for the future health of the game – sovereignty, null sec industry, player owned stations and power projection all need to be looked at with some urgency. It may be that CCP is already working on these things or has them on the development schedule for CSM9’s tenure but either way, we need some clarification on these matters.

I am also very fortunate to have a number of friends in the game and through Crossing Zebras who have areas of expertise that I don’t. I am not an expert on industry, I do not know faction warfare mechanics inside out. Thankfully, I know the gentlemen who do. No-one knows everything about Eve, irrespective of what they tell you. You may come to me with an issue that I don’t feel I can personally answer perfectly straight off the bat but at least I have access to someone who does.

If you want someone on CSM9 who has demonstrably proven he cares about Eve Online, who cares deeply about the CSM as a process and will act as a true membrane between the players and CCP over the coming 12 months, I hope you will consider giving me your vote.

Tags: csm, xander

About the author

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.

  • HVAC Repairman


    • Forlorn Wongraven

      He pays us ISK aka bribing works.

  • Two step

    You have my full endorsement. I told you that you would be running, and you tried to deny it for months. Once someone has been bitten by the CSM bug as badly as you have, they kinda just have to put their big boy pants on and go for it.

    • xanderphoena

      I never denied it – I just said I hadn’t decided. But your endorsement is appreciated bro ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gynax Gallenor

    Nice one Xander, about time! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll be on my ballot.

  • Dinsdale Pirannha

    Whoop de do.

    As I understand it you are a goon. That means simply that if the goon leadership wants you on the CSM, you get on. If they don’t want you on it, you are not.
    myanna, the other goon who did nothing on the CSM this year and can’t remember his name, or you……All the same. You simply relay to the CSM what your masters want you to say, and you relay inside information back to them to enhance their RMT wallets. Every CSM has that group on it.

    Since you are a high profile blogger, I am reasonable certain the goons want you on the CSM, and will throw some of their 50,000 strong voter base at you, and you will be an automatic on the CSM. I see no reason to wish you luck of any kind, good or bad, since it is a fait accompli if the goon leadership endorses you.

    Just another cog in the wheel for the inevitable obliteration of high sec, leading to even a stronger goon dominance of the game, and more money in the real life pockets of goon leadership.

  • Imperium Romanus

    This is very good news for the game. We need someone that knows and feels what EVE needs. I wish you the very best of luck. You have my vote Sir!

  • GrouchyOldGamer

    “will act as a true membrane between the players and CCP” this sounds like a vaginal dam – sack your speech writer.

    • xanderphoena

      I am my speech writer ๐Ÿ™

      I’ll blame HVAC – he is my campaign manager.

  • Ahnog

    Let Jegg stand in and do the interviews.

    • Poetic Stanziel

      Jeg has a wife, a job, and graduate school. From what I understand, he has very little time to himself.

  • Thomas

    This is great, we needed a person to make sure the CSM’s work is being communicated and you’re easily the best choice

  • Seamus Gaterau

    Never been happier about CSM. Calling it now: Chairman Xander!

  • Poetic Stanziel

    How do you intend not to be another Kesper North if you’re offshore for six months of every year?

    Is this the campaign of someone who can put in the time and effort? Or someone who just wants CSM on their EVE resume?

    It’s a legit question, considering last year you said you weren’t available enough to be an effective CSM candidate because of your job. What will change about your job in 2014/2015?

    • Two step

      He is offshore every 2 or 3 weeks, for 2 or 3 weeks. He still has internet access, but can’t videoconference or anything. Can still post to forums or Skype

      • Poetic Stanziel

        Yeah. Trebor said it shouldn’t be much of a problem for him. Even if he can’t converse in real-time with half the CCP team meetings, they can be recorded so he can gives comments afterwards. And most other conversations are done textually.

        On the other hand, if he’s offshore during a summit, he’ll be completely out of that loop. And he can’t really help to transcribe audio while offshore for minutes.

        It seems like other CSM reps will have the pick up the slack while he is offshore, and will have to spend additional hours of their time just keeping him up-to-date.

  • Akely

    I wish you all the luck. But I will not vote. I’ve lost all confidence in the process. Please get a seat and prove I’m wrong. I’ll eat a hat, or something.

  • Chitsa Jason

    Good luck Xander. You have my endorsement.

  • Father Jed

    Given your limited availability, poor personal communication skills, propensity for over dramatizing things and lack of knowledge of anything outside of null sec, you’re pretty much going to be right at the bottom of my voting pile.

    But as you’re quite the loud mouth (err I mean well known), I’m sure you’ll have a lot of followers and will be successful in your bid. It’s just a shame you’ll make for a very poor CSM9 member and contributor.

    • xanderphoena

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my announcement. I hope if elected I prove you wrong.

  • Saint

    I’m slightly worried about this. Xander, you’re a great podcast host, you’re a good interviewer and you’re a hoot from an entertainment standpoint. I think you’ve got a great handle on quite a few things that you know need improving too. I’m not stupid enough to think that your podcast persona is what you’ll bring to the CSM table either. To get my vote (and my corp’s votes) I want to understand how you think Eve could be improved with solutions, not just identification of issues, which is what you’ve done so far. I’ll listen with interest to the next few podcasts….well I was going to do that anyway …

    • xanderphoena

      Firstly, you are right about tone. The ‘Xander’ you should expect at CSM is a lot more ‘CSM Election Interviews’ and a lot less ‘CZ38 drunk with Jeg’.

      Regarding issues in the game, I identified a fair few in my Jita Park thread but as you correctly point out, I didn’t put solutions in my OP. We have to be careful here as the CSM aren’t game designers and it seems to be that pointing out problems is a lot easier thB solving them.

      That said, when I was asked questions in my JP thread I did provide some potential solutions:


    • xanderphoena

      You are however absolutely correct that in the coming weeks on blog posts and podcasts I will take the opportunity to provide potential solutions to other problems in the game. If you come up with any, please feel free to ask the question in my Jita Park thread!

      Thanks for the great post and I hope I do enough by the end of April to end up top of your ballot

      Fly safe,

    • xanderphoena

      Oh and if you see this, I would love to come on your corp comms some time soon to talk to you all about my candidacy and answer any questions you may have directly. Please contact me in game Saint and we’ll it happen.

      • Saint

        Okay chap will do. Appreciated.

  • Admiral Halsey

    Hey Xander,

    I think its important for a CSM member or candidate to make himself as available as possible to the public they claim to represent. Would it be proper for a CSM member or candidate to completely avoid answer questions about their candidacy in their own CSM campaign thread?

    For reference: https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=4409530#post4409530

    • xanderphoena

      Hey Admiral! I don’t want to be too aggressive or judgemental on other’s candidacy threads but I do think it strange that someone would set up a JP candidacy thread only to ignore any questions or points on there. I’m not sure what Riverini’s thought process is there. Maybe it’ll work for him?