Tuesday, 8 May 2018

CSM 13 Elections in June

CCP published a DEV BLOG about the CSM Elections.
About time!

So the voting is in the first week of June, set your calendars.

Remember it is important to vote, whoever you are voting for. Even if you have accepted that nothing can save or help the candidate of your choice. Your vote helps keep up the relevance of a conduit between players and developers. It shows the interest of the player base. If you don't vote, then you don't need to complain about the direction the game is taking, the microtransactions, the cash grabs and the stale PVE content.

Monday, 19 March 2018

CSM XIII Campaign Thread

Just fallen afoul of my own laziness... newer forum users can only submit two links per post.


My name is Lorelei and I am announcing my candidacy for CSM XIII. I have just submitted my application to CCP. I am running whilst focused on High Sec. I am a self-confessed High Sec Carebear and am proud of it. I have – as I do every year - analysed the commitments planned/coming up in my life for the next year and have decided that I can afford the time to run for CSM XIII!

I really haven't changed, neither has what I am thinking, (and therefore neither has my opening campaign post, really) and I am looking forward to discussing with you all!

This is my Campaign Thread from last year:

This is my Campaign Thread from the year before:

This is my Campaign Thread from the year before that:

This is my CapStable Podcast Interview from 2015:

And this is my infrequently used blog:

But to recap for people that do not want to jump to other web sites:

Is there room for a High Sec candidate on the CSM? Someone that has the well-being of the multitude of High Sec pilots at heart?

I would like there to be a "High Sec" platform, for a candidate for the CSM.

The problem with High Sec space is that the players there are all independent. There is no feeling of "we". This lack of "we" is a problem. The lack of "we all stand together" is a problem. The "apathy of the carebear" is a problem...

This I know. I know that, although numerically High Sec has the largest number of log-ins... accounts... players... I know that High Sec will probably never be able to gather together enough in order to support a CSM candidate. But that is no reason to not try!!

Come on, High Sec! If something is important for you, stand up for it!!!

**Who am I?**

I am a High Sec Carebear, and proud of it!

High Sec Carebears tend not to socialize too much, and are only members of NPC or small corporations. If you are reading this thread, then sadly you probably do not belong to the player-metric that I mostly represent!

Well, this is not the first character I have created in order to play "EVE". I have never been a member of a big alliance or coalition. I have never been a member of a big corporation. I wouldn’t know what one would do to “define” a big corporation. Hell, I have never really left High Sec space before the CSMX Election..

I gained my love of Spaceship games by playing Elite... way back on my ZX Spectrum 48k+ (with a jammed SHIFT key (jammed as in... raspberry jam)). Back then it was possible to try docking with a space station and to accidentally line up with the back of the station... and die whilst trying to fly through the back of the station to the entrance. Fun times.

I graduated to Frontier: Elite II on a 486 PC, and spent my time happily flying between Barnard's Star, SOL, and Wolf 359. I should have been studying, but flying a (mostly harmless) panther fully loaded with robots was more fun.

I kept my eyes open for an online version of a space-sim... and that is where EVE comes in.

I really enjoy (as in "really") flying transports, fulfilling contracts, and, sometimes, mining.

**My CSM Interests for 2018:**

I think it is important for people to know what the CSM is, and can achieve. I could not run claiming that I would make all spaceships pink. As a member of the CSM I would not be in a position to dictate to CCP or enforce any "election promises". The scandals of the past have meant that the Player Base has lost some trust in this institution.

But well, check out all my old threads for more about what/how I think… but here is what is mostly on my mind at the moment:

**None Of The Above**: An opportunity for people to vote in the CSM, but to vote for None Of The Above. It’s like a survey to try and gauge player interest. The problem of player participation is disproportionately affecting those of us in high sec (because we carebears are not exactly non-solo) http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2017/03/just-vote.html. http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2016/03/this-is-reposting-of-post-in-my.html http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2016/03/just-just-vote.html
In order to increase the possibility of player participation, maybe CCP could get some more Popups rolling. Reminding players to vote is not a bad thing, and I remember thinking when all those “Agency” popups/notifications started flowing… that CCP could also do something good for the elections (if they were interested in the CSM).

**Ganker**: I would like at least a 50% chance of walking away from a gank. At the moment this is not the case. On my blog, in the past, I mentioned some changes to Concord that I would like to see http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2015/08/concord.html. I would also like to see some changes to Ice Spawning (maybe in random systems?) that would mean that the gankers would have to move around to gank ice miners! Local chat could also be changed to provide less free "intel" to people. No need to announce to everyone who is in local... just the number of pilots.

I would like to clarify, I am not in favour of stopping ganking completely. I am not in favour of just AFK mining the whole day. EVE is what it is, and the game developers have been quite clear over the years where they stand on this issue.

Please read my last threads before posting questions... we really do not need to cover the points that have been discussed before... high sec is worth fighting for!

**New Player Experience**: That was a WOW change in the last years. I have managed to try it. It is about a bazillion times better than the old way. It does however need observing, and I am looking forward, as always, to the statistics from Fanfest!

On the subject of Fanfest, I missed the (missing) Team Security presentation last year. That was, for me, one of the highlights!

**Player Corporations**: http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2015/08/player-corporations.html
Last year in the campaigns, some other candidates also took up this banner. Inventing some way to let people socially interact without having to deal with a bunch of tedious stuff can only help player retention – especially in an area (High Sec) where people are otherwise isolated. See my blog and previous posts in Campaign threads for details. The need for player groups that are just social has not changed.

But when all is said and done, I believe a CSM member needs to be a conduit for information exchange between CCP and the players. I do not think that the CSM should be used for the Metagame http://hisec-carebear.blogspot.de/2017/09/i-wandered-through-null-again.html.

Thank you for reading this far. I am looking forward to working with you / hearing from you, and although I am always busy at this time of year, I promise to read every post in my thread.

CSM 13 Candidacy has opened!

Candidates can submit their applications as of... now.

I already have mine submitted, even managed to find an electronic copy of the passport.

Campaign thread on the forums will be following SOON(tm). If you cannot wait, then check out my older blog entries. I have not changed that much in the last years.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

CSM XIII Call For Candidates!

Finally CCP gets around to officially doing this:

Applications are open – March 19 - 23

How to apply
There are two steps to applying:
  1. Fill in the application form (link will be provided in a follow up news item when candicay opens) between 12:00 AM on March 26 and 12:00 AM on March 30th. The form will return a confirmation if the application goes through. Beware session time-outs and make sure to save your text in a document. If you don‘t get a confirmation, re-enter the information and try again. If your application already went through, the website will inform you of that.
  2. Submit your document scans/pictures to csm-contact@ccpgames.com in high-quality with the subject „ CSM 13 application“ Both these steps need to be completed within the submission window. Applications filed outside this window or without valid documents will be rejected.

Once your application has been submitted, you are encouraged to create a campaign thread in this forum section.


I am not yet sure how to deal with what I perceive as "date confusion" on this announcement, but I am sure that it will be cleaned up in time to be relevant.

I have submitted my candidacy for the last 3 elections... and I will be doing the same again this year, you can be sure.

I shall be saying and doing pretty much the same things as the last three elections. And I shall be opening a campaign thread in the forums in the time frame suggested... no need to waste potential voters time by sounding off before I even know that I really can get an application submitted!

My previous campaigns are represented on this blog, if you look back at the old posts. There are not that many old posts. I shall do a blog post about me nearer the time.

But for the people that are watching for it... I am still in it.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

I wandered through null again.

So, as usual I have taken a break from blogging, and spent my precious free time playing the game that we all love so much.

I went to nullsec again.

I don't mean Providence, which is now such a regular occurrence that it does not warrant a blogging. No I went to other parts of null, where people are not so friendly.

Having woken up to the news that CSM member Aryth arranged to buy a Keepstar from CSM member TheJudge and that goons were Hellcamping a Keepstar, I decided to pack my bags and go for a look. I have not yet watched a goon Hellcamp, nor seen a Keepstar.

I climbed in a new Interceptor, bought and fitted especially for the attempt to get there. 41 Jumps, mostly through null. On the way to 68FT I encountered a couple of warp bubbles, a smartbombing Machariel sitting at a gate, and a whole lot of silence.

I did make it there, to the System. I did have a bit of trouble locating the Keepstar that was being being Hellcamped. Fortunately someone posted a Contract in local, and I could warp to the Keepstar from there. I warped in at 100km. At last!

Unfortunately I got blown up before I could get a screenshot of the Hellcamp and the Citadel...

Jay Amazingness - I have heard of him.

That was frustrating.
So I climbed in my trusty Anathema and went back again, this time taking a route avoiding HED-GP, just to be different. Not being immune to warp bubbles, the 40-something jumps were a lot more tense.

I made it again! This time I warped in to the Keepstar at 200km, already cloaked. That felt much safer, even though I landed right between some bubbles. I could, however, get out there and make my screenshots!

I was there!

The Ice Cream is Falling Off The Cone.

I got so carried away playing with camera angles, once I figured out the CTRL-F9 trick to get rid of the UI, that I forgot I was moving. Then I decloaked, and got to take the Pod-Taxi home.

To read more about the events leading up to this, I used Wilhelm Arcturus's blog: https://tagn.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/the-imperium-buys-a-keepstar/
He has a list of links about sources.

Friday, 26 May 2017

CSM XII Voting

Well pardon me for missing the release of the Voting statistics etc. Especially after CCP went to such great lengths to make sure we noticed it.


I found it, however, and whilst I found it I managed to get careless[er].. check out zkillboard!
I guess I will write more about it when I have had time to digest it... I must say.. I am glad Xenuria gave me a run for my money!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

I got hotdropped....

Waiting and waiting until CCP release the voting information from the CSM elections...
Waiting before I get all teary eyed about other voting methods that might have gotten me more votes...

Whilst waiting my corporation has been busy mining, and sometimes losing ships. Not all members are registered with zkillboard... but I am!


I got hotdropped by a Sansha's Dreadnaught whilst ratting in an asteroid belt in Provi. Crazy!

So I will keep on waiting and think about other ships I could use. Maybe also talk one of my corps into training into a sensible logi...
Hah! But it was fun!