Focus: CSM Summit Minutes, "Null-sec" sessions
My parents and their parents had a saying: "Only Nixon could go to China." The expression is based on the fact that Richard Nixon was a ardent anti-Communist. So when he traveled to China in 1972, even people who were anti-Communist themselves could not argue that Nixon would be too soft during negotiations. Anyone else without these particular "credentials" might be suspected of making accommodations. My own generation, who were children or unborn when this trip took place, would be more likely to say "only Kirk could go to Qo'noS". ;-)
Super-caps only come up three times in the December Summit Minutes. The first time is very briefly during the Null-Sec sessions where Greene Lee again points out that super-caps need some control in place to limit their ability to project power across long distances. The second time is equally briefly during the same session. During this session, CCP Soundwave mentioned the idea of an upgraded form of Infrastructure Hub that would confer lots of bonuses, but the number of them in-game would have a hard limit; to build one, you'd have to take the core of someone else's. Trebor Deahdoow picked up on that mechanic and mentioned that it might be used in some form to limit super-cap proliferation.
The third time was during the Ship Balancing session, on the top of page 50. There were three paragraphs devoted to the subject. I quote the first one in full (edited slightly):
Seleene raised the issue of super-cap balancing. Ytterbium informed the CSM that super-cap re-balancing was not on the immediate horizon and that there was no concrete vision for changes to them. Fozzie added that, while they wouldn't promise to re-balance super-caps balance in 2013, they wouldn’t exclude it either. Fozzie continued by saying that super-cap balance was an issue, but that they believe other balance issues had a higher priority. Alek, Seleene, and Elise disagreed.The other two paragraphs once again mentions a super-cap role change (though since it's CCP Greyscale saying it, I do not think that phrase means what you think it means) and once again, the forever-mythical super-cap module used for tackling other super-caps. Therefore those two paras can be safely ignored.
As for that first paragraph, do I have to mention how amusing I find it that Seleene and Elise Randolph of Pandemic Legion are arguing for super-cap balancing? I guess I don't. Do I have to mention how amusing I find it that CCP Fozzie (formerly Raivi, also of Pandemic Legion) is arguing that other ship balancing concerns have higher priority? I guess I don't have to do that either. But yeah, I'm doing it anyway, aren't I? Oh well. Only Kirk could go to Qo'noS, and only Seleene and Elise could argue for a super-cap nerf.
A cynical man would say that Pandemic Legion has already gotten a large bowl full of fun out of over-powered super-caps and they want to make sure that nobody else pulls together enough of them to have an equal amount of fun. An even more cynical man would argue that Seleene and Elise know that Fozzie and CCP Ytterbium aren't going to get around to capital ship balancing before late 2014 at the earliest, much less super-cap balancing. Therefore anything they say on the subject is
- not going to happen any time soon; and,
- is just the two of them making the right sorts of noises while not believing what they're saying.
Finally, speaking of Kirk going to Qo'noS, I have for the third time appeared on the Declarations of War pod-cast with Alekseyev Karrde and NinjaTurtle, this time with mynnna (corestwo) as their other guest. We had quite an interesting conversation about the CSM Summit Minutes! mynnna's going to be elected to CSM8 no matter what I think, so it's fortunate that I think that he's a good choice for the GoonSwarm candidate. I think he'll bring a lot of value to the CSM8 table. If you're interested in this topic, go give us a listen. Thank you for the invite, Alek!
Finally, if you're getting a little sick of CSM-related topics, don't worry. The next several posts aren't.