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I'm your host, Jester. I've been an EVE Online player for about six years. One of my four mains is Ripard Teg, pictured at left. Sadly, I've succumbed to "bittervet" disease, but I'm wandering the New Eden landscape (and from time to time, the MMO landscape) in search of a cure.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

CSM8 Status Report: Week fifty-three

Welcome to what is likely going to be my last weekly CSM8 status report!

Needless to say, CSM8 is already in the midst of transition of our duties to CSM9. Ali Aras, mynnna, and Xander Phoena seem to be taking charge on that score. There is now a CSM8/9 transition Skype channel and while we can't yet discuss NDA topics with CSM9 (because they have not yet signed their NDAs), we can start to brief them on some of the more sensitive non-NDA'ed items that are likely to come up in the first couple of weeks.

Because of this transition, Sugar Kyle, Xander, and mynnna have assured me that they will be continuing some form of frequent updates to all of you. Sugar's will be weekly. So unless something really remarkable happens during this first week of transition, I'm going to let CSM9 tell CSM9's story. ;-) Still, it will likely be useful to current and future CSM members to have this past week documented.

EDIT (7/May/2014): Xander's made good on his promise with a Week Zero post.

The week began for most of us with our travel plans. Because of the monument unveiling on the 30th, CCP Dolan was gracious enough to give all of the CSM members whose travel was paid for an extra day in Iceland so that we could be there for that unveiling. As a result, most of us landed on the 29th: a "recovery from jet-lag day" is typical. Ali set up an informal "goodbye to CSM8" dinner at Uno in Reykjavik for the evening of the 29th and most of the CSM members in town were there as well as eight or nine devs. It was a very nice, informal dinner and little if any "business" was discussed.

I've written on the monument unveiling already, as well as the CSM Panel on Fanfest day one. I'll write about the CSM Q&A on Fanfest day three as part of that post. The latter two activities were the only required attendance items on the schedules of the CSM members present. Other than that, we're allowed to experience Fanfest at our leisure! Other than this, CCP Manifest sent all of us an e-mail late on day two asking if any of us would be willing to be interviewed on day three. I myself read this e-mail too late to respond. Ali, mynnna, and Mike Azariah were also interviewed on EVE TV; other members of CSM8 may have been interviewed without my hearing about it.

Other than this, all of our contact with CCP devs is entirely informal and unscheduled. Since this was "so long for now" for me on the CSM, most of my contact with devs was telling so many of them how much I'd enjoyed working with them over the last year. As part of this process, I also delivered another of my famous hoodies to CCP Falcon as a thank you for all the crap I put him through over the Erotica 1 situation. As the omniscient overseer of EVE's Community team, I felt it appropriate that the caption on his hoodie be "EVE Illuminati". ;-)

Two other hoodies were awarded this week, but I'll talk about those when I talk about the CSM Q&A.

It's becoming traditional for the CSM9 election results to be announced as part of the CCP Presents keynote on the final day of Fanfest. The joke is that this is CCP's first opportunity to troll the incoming CSM for as long as possible... As I've already implied, I'm really pleased with the results! 11 out of 14 candidates I endorsed got in. 11 out of 14 candidates I predicted would win did. I'll have more to say about it when the full ballot results are published. I thought I might have a brief flash of regret when the winners were announced that I hadn't tried for a seat... but I didn't. I continue to be well-satisfied with my work on CSM8 and content to hand this important responsibility off to a new team.

Interestingly, with the last day of the next Fanfest scheduled for 21 March 2015, CSM9 will have the shortest CSM term since CSM4: only 46 weeks.

And then, as I've already said, transition started almost immediately! Last year, since so many of the CSM8 winners were attendance in Iceland, Dolan was able to give us NDA forms and get signatures from most of us right off. This year of the winners, only Ali, mynnna, Mike, and Steve Ronuken were physically present, I believe, and Ali had to leave early for personal reasons. So there will probably be a delay before CSM9 is under the NDA so that the documents can be e-mailed, signed, sent back, confirmed, et cetera. Several members of CSM8 had to go through this last year and the main effect is that they'll be slower to be added to the CSM/CCP Skype channels and slower to receive their EVE-O forum "CSM" tags and access to the private section of the forums.

After that, they'll have some reading to do. There are significant archives in both places, plus the CSM8 private archive that Trebor Daehdoow is giving them access to.

And that is all I can think of! Again, unless something really remarkable happens, this will be the last weekly update from me. I have one more post in me that will be tagged "CSM8": my final wrap-up post on my impressions of being on the CSM for the last year. After that, I'll be moving on to my occasional impressions of the work of CSM9!

Hopefully, these weekly updates have been useful and helpful, and I do hope they will continue on other blogs! Thanks for reading them. :-) Good luck, CSM9!

30 comments:

  1. My advice to CSM9 - ignore everything that was done by CSM8.

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    1. My advice to everyone - ignore anonymous comments under the post.

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    2. While I do respond to anons, does anyone really listen to someone without the guts to name themselves, or the ability to start a simple profile? I don't.

      My advice, ignore anoms... period.

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    3. "My advice, ignore anoms... period." - TurAmarth ElRandir

      Follow your own advice, please.

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  2. Thank you very much for your work and coverage. You've set a very high bar for future CSMs to come. Enjoy your EVE time again. :)

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    1. Ignoring this post as per Arcer's instructions.

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  3. It seems like you spent most of the year in damage control mode, trying to assist CCP. 2014 will be a more interesting year with the CFC led CSM in that role.

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    1. From the dev blogs on industry changes, I say that they spent most of the year in "damage mode" - ie, on figuring out how to encourage more players to unsub and damage both the game and CCP's revenue.

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  4. Jester,

    Post CSM what is the duration of your NDA? Rational for question, how long must you wait before you can discuss the items you have learned about? Are you required to wait until the specific items become public knowledge through other sources? What about items that may seem unimportant to the current CSM/CCP devs and never get released as a "Yeah, takes too long, is way too hard and we can't afford it", are you ever allowed to say "yes that was addressed during CSM 8 but was shelved as a potential 2015 update?

    Just curious.

    Sly

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    1. 5 years, i believe it is.

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    2. Since the NDA itself is under NDA, he may not be able to reply :)

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    3. On paper, it's five years from the date of signature which for me was 26 April 2013.

      There's really only one NDA thing that I'm dying to reveal, though. But yeah when the time comes, I'll remember.

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  5. Welcome to what is likely going to be my last comment on Ripard Teg 's Blog.

    I would like to take this opportunity to express my opinion why we should be worried to have not seen a(ny) new Executive Producer for Eve Online.

    After the Summer of Incarna in 2011, CCPgames upper management had to take on a new philosophy to stay a float as a Company.
    With so many of their Customers being upset that the Company did not show a(ny) promised content, after so much time and effort and money was sunked into the Company, it left many of them very disappointed and quite a few them even left as a customer.

    Just before Fanfest we heard from CCPgames they cancelled one of their Products: World of Darkness

    source: http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/

    It is very sad to see that CCPgames again not show a(ny) promised content, after so much time and effort and money was sunked into the Company, it left many of that strong IP fanbase very disappointed and quite a few may even leave as a customer.

    With the absence of a strong Executive Producer for Eve Online, and CCPgames again having ideas of grandeur as presented at Fanfest;
    we very possible could again not see a(ny) promised content, after so much time and effort and money will be sunked into the Company.


    Regards, a Freelancer


    PS: Was Kepser North his trip to Iceland paid for ?

    source: https://gate.eveonline.com/Profile/Kesper%20North (check his latest forum posts)

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    1. What was and was not paid for by CCP was kind of a special case this year, but no, Kesper was not one of the seven that received free airfare and accommodations.

      And it's a ticklish thing measuring CSM members on one metric, participation on EVE-O forums most of all.

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    2. Oh my silly me, I guess we should look at other metrics to, like how well he did his job as the CSM8 secretary, or his own blog site, or the CSM8 Summer and Winter Minutes where his name so often shows up, silly me...

      sources:
      http://cdn1.eveonline.com/community/csm/CSM8_August_Summit_Minutes.pdf
      http://cdn1.eveonline.com/community/csm/CSM8WinterMinutes2014v2.pdf
      http://crossingzebras.com/tag/ali-aras/

      Regards, a Freelancer

      PS: a(ny) response if Eve Online should have a(ny) Executive Producer ?

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    3. Measuring him on multiple metrics is totally fine. It's measuring him on one that's ticklish. The point remains: he was not one of the seven.

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    4. Oh, and I can't speak to the EP job, except what's already been covered in the Winter Summit Minutes. The job itself is still being advertised.

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  6. Meh, welcome to the new boss, same as the old boss.
    Nothing changes but a few names.

    goons still call the shots on the CSM, high sec will continue to be bled for the real-life profits of the cartel leaders, as a terrified CCP looks the other way.

    So, are we going to get a breakdown on the CSM votes like we did last year?
    The 2013 blog came out the same day as the results.

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    1. There are some Big name changes, no more CCP Soundwave, CCP Unifex, CCP Diagoras, CCP Flying Scotsman, CCP Zulu, CCP Sreegs, and plenty more CCP names after that financial 2013 statement of CCPgames.

      These people (even with their past affiliations Dinsdale) were some of the best heads of CCP to leave in the last year or so.

      And who do we still have in high visibility positions to direct the Game; CCP Hilmar, CCP Greyscale, CCP Soniclover, CCP Ytterbium, CCP Scarpia ?

      OH My.

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    2. @ Anon 7:32....I was referring to the CSM.
      But yeah, you are right about the exodus of long term dev's, even though many were goons, and any goon leaving is a good thing.

      The downside is that the new people are not up to speed on the game, and just handing the reins for directing the game to the cartel CSM. The result is the disasters we have seen in the last releases and the upcoming one.

      Every passing day with no CSM breakdown given by CCP reinforces the idea that the numbers are bad, maybe really bad. And CCP is panicking like a drowning man, and flailing about, and have latched on to the life preserver handed them by mynnna with his industry overhaul. Shame that preserver is tied to an anchor that has not hit bottom yet.

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    3. The numbers became bad the moment CCPgames added the China Serenity server subscription numbers to the Tranquility server subscription numbers.

      What is funny is that as far as I know a 30 day card there is 600 Tiancity points, or one Plex (3.6b isk), or 60 yuan which is $9.65

      sources:
      http://pay.tiancity.com/eve/EveExchangePlex.aspx
      http://pay.tiancity.com/webbank/userpay.aspx
      http://service.tiancity.com/FAQ/FaqList.aspx?PageIndex=1&id=111

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  7. So along with NDA'ed items there are "sensitive non-NDA'ed items" that the CSM doesn't share with the players? Interesting. At this point I think the whole remit of the CSM needs to be reexamined. No, that does not mean I agree with Dinsdy up there :)

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    1. If the New Eden Capsuleers had the recollection capacity of a gold fish, there wouldn't be any problems to share that, however they often suffer from elephant memory recalls.

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    2. No surprise to me. For example, how to approach certain devs best, or how to get a message to the right people in the company, is probably not NDA'ed (because it's knowledge the CSM build, not was told by CCP), but I would consider that sensitive enough to not post in public (except if you want to shoot yourself in the foot).

      There is a lot of information in the world the publishing of which doesn't help anyone (like when you masturbated last :-)

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  9. Thanks, Jester for your efforts for the community.

    Now, how about breathing some life back into this blog - you know, posts have been waaay down the last twelve months ;o)

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  10. +1 Jester, for 53 CSM posts! Even when 'nothing much going on this week' - you were right here about it, and weathered a huge storm along the way.

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    1. -1 unfortunately, there were too many "nothing much going on this week" posts.

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    2. Wasn't much I could do about that, but they're still valuable in that you and future CSMs can see that it's not 100% work. I stand behind them as part of the player communication that I promised.

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