- Timeliness is important. The entire document feels a little dated. Much of its thunder has been stolen by CCP interviews, dev-blogs released since the Summit, changes in direction, and talks given during the Alliance Tournament interstitials. The next set of minutes simply must be produced faster.
- What about the much-vaunted expanded transparency? My first impression is that it's a net positive, but only just. About 20 pages in, I literally stood up from my computer and said to the screen "Must I read about every cough and sniffle?" Situational humor is only funny if you're in the situation. If you're reading the situations two months later, the jokes fall flat. But by 50 pages in, I wasn't seeing the transcript style as as much of a problem. 100 pages in, I was used to it. So again, overall net positive. But next time, do one more editing pass. This document should have been about ten pages shorter with all the irrelevancies removed and would have been a stronger document for it.
- The minutes confirm no "Jesus feature" for winter (and do so in as many words). More troubling, most of what Mittens would call EVE's "sucking chest wounds" -- moon goo, boring mining, the flattening of sov, POSes, super-caps -- aren't going to be addressed this year. Hell, super-cap proliferation doesn't even come up on the radar as a problem for this CSM. The contrast there with CSM6 is very striking.
- More troubling than that, what is on the table for winter strike me as a series of updates to the game that most players are going to look at and say "And? What else?" The biggest piece of work facing the devs is something they're calling player-to-player contracts, which I suspect the bulk of EVE players won't have a use for at all. It seems like a system that's written too broadly, when what's needed is a finer touch (that would also be less work). Anyone remember the old "Freeform" contracts? Me neither.
- It was also interesting to me how little members of this CSM stood up when something was asked of them and said "I'll take that one." Even volunteering to do stuff that affected them directly, like rebuilding the CSM White Paper, was allowed to pass them by. I'll have to re-read the doc, but I can't remember even one instance of a CSM member taking a "to-do" out of this Summit.
- I'll have to re-read to confirm this one as well, but I believe I was the only EVE player not on the CSM mentioned by name in the document. And I'm mentioned twice. Hee! Thanks, guys. ;-)
- Two step is a bit of a whiner when he doesn't get his way, isn't he? ;-) I kid, I kid...
- Well done to Hans Jagerblitzen and Alekseyev Karrde for attending virtually all of the sessions remotely. Nice dedication, guys.
- Every time a CSM member said players are too rich, losses aren't a problem, or something similar, I wanted to reach through the screen and hurt someone. And they said it a lot. You'd think Kelduum Revaan would have said something about this but he didn't. It finally fell to Dr. EyjoG of all people to remind the CSM that not everyone in EVE is super-rich, pilot age and ISK do not go hand-in-hand, and a lot of players were bent over the fence because of how much things cost due to the speculation earlier in the year.
- There was a lot of focus on new players, player retention, and cross-over EVE players from DUST 514, which I appreciated. I'm glad to see that CCP is taking this subject seriously and planning for it in advance. Now we need them to take it more seriously. Devoting one small team for only one month, as I've already said, is not a good approach to this problem. And the stated long-term goal of removing the tutorials entirely? Oi.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Buy the book, buy the book
OK, I've finished my first read-through of the CSM Summit Minutes. And sure enough, I'll probably have a lot to say about them. Still, some first impressions of the document as a whole seem warranted.