So, I sat down and listened while I grinded, because God knows the missions themselves didn't exactly require my attention. The podcast is actually a "video" because Bolton intended for all four principals to use webcams. Unfortunately, only Bolton had a webcam, so the other three are represented by (rather amusing) stock photographs.
The total length of the presentation is about 95 minutes, and here are the topics of interest in the first two parts:
- Soundwave thinks the idea that "Provi is shit, so CVA can have it" and the larger implication that there should be shit space for smaller alliances to hold is awesome. I have not the words.
- White Tree is not running for CSM7. (I've updated my CSM6 Incumbents post to reflect this.)
Yep, that's pretty much it. More interesting stuff starts in part 3 of the video:
- Soundwave and other CCP employees, some Sony employees, and other "selected people" can now access DUST 514 from their Playstations at home, rather than having to play-test it at the office. The CSM has not yet played DUST 514. (I knew this last one from Two Step mentioning it on Twitter.)
- DUST characters and vehicles, including the ground troops, are fit just like EVE spaceships. You also start with a certain number of better assault rifles, but once you lose all of them (in battles), you can either buy new stuff, or there is "a newbie frig-like setup that you can always access."
- In all other ways, DUST is "like EVE as an FPS."
- The interaction between DUST and EVE "will be vague for a little while", but Soundwave thinks it will be a topic of interest for the next CSM and at Fanfest.
- Soundwave says he's been playing EVE, living in a wormhole for the last six to eight months.
In part 4, I learned:
- According to The Mittani, Prometheus Exanthal ignored the CSM for the first six months of the term, and only started "tuning in" very recently. That confirms my impression of him.
- It's not a good idea to run an interview while drinking heavily. You might have to use the restroom immediately after asking a question, and the interviewees might decide to ignore the question.
- Michael Bolton is running within TEST to be their official candidate for CSM7.
- Soundwave is leaning toward just negating the moon rebalancing factor by turning them into a resource that people can mine for.
- The Mittani, to my extreme aggravation, then cuts Soundwave off and starts talking about his ideas for moon rebalancing for literally six times as long as Soundwave gets on the topic.
Then, just as part five begins, Mittens bemoans the fact that wars no longer happen because of "rage and hate" and implies that holding more than a single region of sov is pointless (other than the region's tech moons, I assume). The statement that wars no longer happen because of rage and hate, and instead happen because of resources would seem to directly contradict the statement "the CSM" made about this topic at the December Summit. Maybe Mittens changed his mind.
Then finally, finally, also in part five, Soundwave gets to speak for two whole minutes without being interrupted. Yay! In that short period of time, he says:
- The summer patch is going to focus on "fundamentals" and "old systems that are hampering us."
- He emphasizes that the war-dec system is going to be redone, particularly as it applies to Empire war-decs.
- Faction Warfare is going to receive a massive rework.
- CCP is going to build in more tools for alliances to "make money off their members."
- Then they're going to "get rid of the massive 'own this moon and you're set forever'" system.
- They're going to look for ways to foster animosity between null-sec alliances, hopefully breaking the NAP-fest in null.
- Instead of trying to foster conflict through resources, they're going to try to foster conflict through social means.
Later on, Soundwave mentions that he'd like POSs in EVE to be more like "houses in Skyrim": a place that you live and that's yours and set up how you like and that every EVE player should want one of. And that's a damn good idea, IMO. He also acknowledges that if they start to do something and they find that the majority of players don't like it, CCP has come to the realization that it's probably a bad idea.
And despite the fact it goes on for another 30 minutes after that, that was pretty much it. Well, other than one thing: if you're a creepy guy sending CCP Punkturis unsolicited gifts and messages, please stop. It just reinforces the gamer stereotype, and reading between the lines, this has apparently become a source of concern at CCP.
Thanks to Michael Bolton for running this, but dude: next time you have CCP Soundwave on, get him to talk. As a result, overall, it's probably not worth your time to actually listen to this. Well, unless you have some missions to grind yourself, I guess.