However, I have two immediate thoughts that are worth putting out there. First, from time to time in the past, CCP Zulu has proven himself rather tone-deaf in his communications to players. His few paragraphs in this devblog continue (and hopefully, end) this glorious trend. Put yourself in the head of someone who has un-subbed from EVE (if you haven't, or didn't), then read his part of the devblog from that perspective. When in that mindset, it's a hoot. If you have a hard time getting into this mind-set, here's a hint: take a drink every time Zulu uses an adverb.(1)
Second, I am going to throw the gauntlet down in the direction of the nearest CSM6 member. People are asking my opinion of CCP Zulu stepping down when I've never spoken to the man. ;-) CSM6 had direct contact with Zulu and I have not. The fact that none of them have weighed in on this is rather interesting, to say the least, particularly after all those private meetings they had with him this fall. Seleene was good enough to say:
Zulu is still going to be Doing important stuff, he just doesn't have the management background needed to steer CCP through the current reorganization. They were very specific that this wasn't a 'demotion' just a needed change....but that's been it. No other CSM member has weighed in that I've seen. No opinion pieces, and no statements of whether they feel this is a good thing or a bad thing. It's not quite a disgrace, but it takes this CSM's lack of a communications strategy to an interesting new low. I'm having a hard time believing it to be coincidence.(2)
About CCP Unifex, the CSM has been a bit more open. Here's Seleene's take:
Jon Lander (CCP Unifex) is the fucking MAN. He's non-Icelandic (British) and is exactly what is needed right now. This is one of the things that I wanted to talk about in the blog I did about the CSM December Summit but couldn't until they announced it. Oh well, I'll just do a short blog about this tomorrow to clarify why this is a good thing. Actually, it probably won't be a short blog because there are some funny stories to tell about this man.No follow-up to this that I've seen yet. I'd be particularly interested in Seleene's opinion why a non-Icelandic member of CCP is what is needed now.
Here's the full thread on FHC about this devblog, where you'll find both Seleene quotes, plus much shorter ones about Unifex from Trebor and CSM6 alts Two step and Prom (Trebor: Unifex is "a professional", "a player", and "seems to know how to manage and delegate"). The thread rates a whole three pages, which surprised the hell out of me. You'd think the community there would take this more seriously.
That's all for now, but if I catch the thing swimming in my head about this, you guys will be the first to know.
(1) Those would be words ending in -ly, as well as emphasizing words like "well", "new", and "very", or other words that emphasize verbs.
(2) Please remember that overall, I have a very positive opinion of CSM6's overall work this year. But their lack of communications to the player base has been both bad for the community and could arguably be taken as a cynical political move, which stinks.