If I'm elected to CSM8, the downside will be that from time to time, the more speculative, connect-the-dot posts around here won't happen nearly as often because I won't have to connect the dots because I'll know where the dots are. But from time to time today, there are posts that I would love to write but that I can't write today because I don't know the CCP game developers well enough.
Example: when I heard about CCP Unifex moving to his parallel position advancing CCP's mobile strategy, my first thought was "Hm, I wonder who CCP will promote to replace him?" But almost as soon as I had that thought, Hilmar indicated that CCP would be looking outside the company to fill the position. In a little insight into how my brain works, that immediately turned the thought in my head to, "Yeah, but it's fun to think about how an internal promotion among one of CCP's existing devs would change the game, wouldn't it?"
Like, if CCP Greyscale became EVE Executive Producer, he would announce with great fanfare one day that CCP considers one PLEX for thirty days of game time to be "OP" and that CCP would immediately be "slightly adjusting" the monthly PLEX subscription rate to seven PLEXes per month. And in order to maintain consistency with paying subscribers, the monthly subscription rate of EVE Online would also be slightly adjusted to $140 U.S. per month. Then the next day, after the massive riots that ensued, he would announce a little sullenly that the changes were "just a thought" and "something that CCP was experimenting with, not the true development direction of the game."
Or if CCP Soundwave became EVE Executive Producer, he'd lay low for a short while before suddenly putting out a cackling video where he announced he was changing his name to CCP Karttoon, he had stolen all of CCP's money as well as "twenty or thirty pretty cool development machines that I've had my eye on." He would then say that he'd been planning CCP's destruction from the beginning, he would be retiring to some beach somewhere, and would be back in a year or so to donate some of his ill-gotten gains to some random Goon somewhere, "if CCP still exists."
Or if CCP Veritas became EVE Executive Producer, suddenly every system in the game would work perfectly and the game would be joyously bug-free and awesome... but all in-game avatars would suddenly have massive curly afros that you couldn't turn off. And EVE players would be incensed by the trade-off and would riot by the dozens...
Only, that's as far as I got with the concept, because I don't know some of the other EVE developers well enough to really put wheels on this concept. CCP Punkturis as Executive Producer? CCP Falcon as Executive Producer? CCP Dolan as Executive Producer!
Yeah, maybe next year at this time I'll be able to write this kind of post. ;-)