Early this week, CCP Dolan announced that CSM8 had chosen our officers:
Chairman: Trebor DaehdoowSurprised? I suspect a lot of people were. Set's Chaos was surprised, for instance, and published a rather amusing article talking about his surprise on TMC. He recognizes that we got this done in a single vote, and attributes it to apathy with a quote from mynnna. The quote is accurate, but Set's caught mynnna at the end of a long work-day. mynnna had forgotten his own Google document that listed who wanted what post. For the record, there were a few candidates for each post. No big deal. It certainly wasn't anything like the biggest mistake made by a CSM member this week. That was all mine, baby. ;-)
Vice Chair: Ripard Teg
Secretary: Kesper North
Vice Secretary: Ali Aras
The rest of the CSM has apparently started a pool: how long until Ripard NDA-blogs himself right off the CSM? Let's hope it's next May.
Anyway, all of us on CSM8 had ourselves a grin at this initial TMC article, particularly because several of us had already been interviewed or contacted by Rhavas for a more definitive CSM8 officer article. He was quick to reassure us that Set's article wasn't it. I have to admit, though, I had a personal amused moment. I suspect my feelings when I read Set's article were mirrored by Seleene, Alekseyev Karrde, and a few other members of CSM7 from time to time when I would write something. Ah well.
Rhavas's article came out the 17th and is terrific. I strongly encourage you to go out and give it a read. It's the clearest possible picture you could get of how the officer selection process went. There's pretty much nothing I would add to the article and the quotations from me are accurate and sum up how I feel the officer voting went. So go give it a few minutes of your time. I want to compliment Rhavas on a fine job here!
Currently going through the five stages of grief is Poetic Stanziel. He's currently somewhere between "Anger" and "Bargaining." His article "It is time to get rid of CSM titles" is an absolute riot! This blog post can be roughly summed up as "Trebor won a Grammy?! This proves the Grammies are freaking worthless. End them. Now." At one point, Poe indicates there have been few or no CSM officers that have done anything worth a damn in the positions. I dispute this in the strongest terms. Anyone who doubts Mynxee owned that Chair title is flat wrong, and TeaDaze was the finest Secretary any CSM has ever had. And that's just two people that jumped into my head reading his piece.
Onward. I'm hoping to announce the date of the first CSM Town Hall in a couple of days. Many of the CSM have agreed to my preliminary schedule for six town halls this year. I want two town halls each on either side of the two summits, one during the mid-summer lull in CCP activities, and one during the run-up to the CSM9 election. I'm also building up support for the monthly "Features and Ideas" meeting that I mentioned last week, with buy-in from a number of CSM members and (this week) a couple of CCP devs, interested to see what we up-vote. Ali Aras has been running a series of "Space Hangouts". Check out her G+ page for details on that, or it'll be on her blog very soon. She also did a pretty interesting analysis on the CSM8 voting trends.
Note to self: get the CSM8 bloggers into the "Infrequent but Important" section of this blog.
Two step really stepped up this week (sorry, couldn't resist) and provided a ton of additional input for the CSM7 transition work. Thanks very much, Two step! My initial goals for transition were four-fold:
- Document any open switches that CSM7 had with CCP in terms of promises made.
- Document any issues that CCP had asked the CSM to follow up on.
- Document anything either from CSM7 or from past CSMs that CSM8 should hold CCP accountable to.
- Document names, CCP names, and titles for CCP devs and generally list which ones are good contacts and for what.
Several CSM members appeared on pod-casts this week, and mynnna and I were invited to chat a little bit about CSM at the Syndicate Competitive League tournament. My big pod-cast appearance this week was on Podside (Mike Azariah is a co-host there). I'm pretty sure I was episode 104. It was pretty late at night and by the end I was a bit punchy and profane. Sorry about that... if you're looking for a totally classy CSM rep, it wasn't me. ;-) But it was a damn good time regardless and I got to talk about our activites a good bit. Kesper North will soon be putting up a forum thread with contact info for all CSM members.
Lots of good discussion on the CSM Skype channels this week about various Odyssey topics! You can probably guess the two items that took most of our time.
A decent number of CSM members and ex-CSM members got themselves killed in-game this week. That prompted me to joke that I wanted to be the first CSM member to shoot and kill every other active CSM member. Then I was reminded that the mains of two current CSM members are currently sitting in titans, which could make that problematic. ;-) Still, might be interesting to try for the record. I wonder what the record is?
Finally, CSM got its first bit of homework over this weekend. A CCP dev that shall remain nameless asked for information about how to learn how to do T2 manufacturing... in game. I have to admit that this made me laugh and I teased the dev in question about it for about an hour while his screen filled up with info windows. I finally took "pity" and pointed him at the little basic T2 manufacturing guide that I wrote earlier this year. His response to it was quite amusing and probably under NDA; you T2 manufacturers like me can probably imagine it. But he paid me back for the teasing and the wall of text with a homework assignment: give him some proposals for making T2 manufacturing more understandable, particularly in-game. He's also given me permission to run a player round-table on the subject, so that's exactly what I'm gonna do. Look for that to be set up in the next week or so. Feel free to start commenting on it now, though! First thing that occurred to me? How about a random 2-run T2 BPC for completing the industry tutorial? First thing that occurred to Alekseyev Karrde? A "Variations" tab on T1 BPOs and BPCs, pointing to their T2 versions. I think both are pretty good ideas: they show newer players what's possible. But I'll be looking for other good ideas, from you. Yes, you!
And that's it! Another busy week! I'm falling a bit behind on my EVE-O forum reading, so I need to devote more time to that this week. We should also have another stake-holder meeting this week. Hopefully it will be later than 4am...