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CSM6: Commitment to Excellence

Why don’t they
Do what they say, say what they mean
One thing leads to another
You told me something wrong, I know I listen too long
But then one thing leads to another
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another

The candiacy for CSM6 is now open. I was seriously considering running for CSM6, but I left it to another year and another person. So, given that, lets examine why I thought it was important to run, and what I want in a candidate.

First of all, I think CCP is running headfirst in the wrong direction, and it scares me a bit. With Incarna and Dust, I believe that CCP has abandoned those of us that play Internet Spaceships. Incarna and Dust are not unworthy projects, but they should not be bigger priorities than ingame content.

Imagine the ingame landscape if very ounce of energy invested in Dust were to be invested instead in fixing the myriad of problems across all of eve(Assault Ships, Cloaking, Low Sec, Faction Warfare… this list could go on). Imagine the POS and Corp Director Interfaces got as much attention as the new character designer.

I believe wholeheartedly that this game can be improved, and in doing so we create a better environment for everyone. CCP should dedicate an entire expansion to correcting past mistakes and fixing old problems, before it’s too late. Before there are too many problems to fix.

CCP has this fire and forget mindset, that I’m quite bothered by. They release new content, let the players figure it out and then forget about it. This is like throwing up a middle finger to loyal subscribers in order to go out and get more. This may sound childish: but it’s also incredibly rude. We saw it with Faction Warfare and we’ll see it again.

CSM5 has gone a long way to repair CCP’s reputations for this. But there is still a long way to go, and we can’t let the work done so far be for nothing. You’ll see a number of candidates running for special interests, and that’s fine. Someone needs to speak up for low-sec, for PvPers, for carebears, for non-traditional PvP, even for the Null Sec Coalitions. But on top of that, someone needs to speak up for the whole community.

I don’t mistrust CCP, I just think that like any company getting a taste of success, it’s a good thing to have people saying “No, this is what’s important,” every once in a while. Luckily they have the CSM to be that voice in their ear. While that’s about as much influence as the CSM really has, if they’re loud enough, things can change.

Lets hope this time around we see a good mixture of candidates, across all spectrums of interest. Because no one thing deserves to be left out, and the player base itself needs a voice.

We need to keep the commitment to excellence alive.

Ramblings of A Madman: Chapter 1

02 Feb Posted by Hallan Turrek in Column, Columns | Comments (0)
Ramblings of A Madman: Chapter 1

This should be the start of a column. I’m mirroring posts from my blog at Not all of them are going to be column worthy, but expect one or two a month. As should be expected from the title, there is no topic beyond what I feel like writing about.


  1. Apollo Manton

    I can't say that I agree with you. I love the idea of dust and incarna and am very excited about them. I've been in the game for four years and honestly I think the game is fine. Yea some stuff could use some love but those things are not game breaking. People find a way. Anyway just my two cents, I think the game is fine and that projects like incarna and dust are fresh and keep me caring.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:37 am Reply
    1. BobFromMarketing

      If you think the game is fine you live in a bubble. There are numerous features of Eve that CCP implemented and promptly forgot about. This game would be much stronger if all these unfinished features were polished.

      February 9, 2011 at 8:11 am Reply
  2. Inbe4 Fix Lag.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:39 am Reply
  3. WROFL

    If everyone on the CSM speaks for their own particular group, nothing will get done.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:56 am Reply
  4. Cyaron wars

    CSM is kinda good stuff, but it would be much better if CCP would allow players to vote for some changes. Like having CMSs to put some list of most crutual subjects for change/fix whatever and then allow players to vote for those. By doing this majority will be able to make choice itself and CCP will finally improve their imige :)

    February 9, 2011 at 8:03 am Reply
    1. darkace

      There is actually such votes on a CSM part of the official forum

      February 9, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply
  5. o_o

    All the problems with sov upgrades not working anymore, POS, issues, the fucked-up-server-code (read the latest devblog on missiles! Who knows what else is totally fucked)..
    There is tons of bugs that need to be petitioned all the time..

    And then there are all the half-finished features which could be so much better if they just skipped an expansion and concentrated on refining features and fixing some of those annoying bugs.

    February 9, 2011 at 9:47 am Reply
  6. someone

    “You never, ever listen to your fan base.

    The last thing you should do is follow your fan base. That’s all they are – a fan base. There’s no ownership. I don’t have to deal with them…

    They get angry about the very things that they seem to value, that make them fans in the first place.”

    –Neil Young

    ’nuff said.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:10 am Reply
  7. CSM5 let CCP approve the removal of jumpbridges. WHATTHEFUCK?

    February 9, 2011 at 11:18 am Reply
    1. Emergency Evacuation

      They were right. Removal of JB's is a perfect way to slow down (if not get rid of) blob warfare.

      February 9, 2011 at 11:43 am Reply
      1. badposter

        Coincidentally, it's also a perfect way to slow down (if not get rid of) hundreds and hundreds of subscribers.

        February 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm Reply
        1. Emergency Evacuation

          they dont need them anyway

          also wow is that way —>

          February 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm Reply
  8. Hallen I agree with your thoughts, headfirst off the cliff is certainly the direction they SEEM to be going, with the CSM the only entity able to put them on the right rails.

    The thing that CCP fails to elaborate on is their holistic Vision for 0.0, they seem to be patch, patch, patch, the patch mode oh and INSERT new idea then patch patch patch which as most IT folks know is full of fail. No one knows where the hell they are trying to go and we can only assess AFTER the fact or if they release a pertinent detail. They need to state their vision…Then tell people how Idea 1 2 or 3 plays into that vision.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm Reply
  9. ....

    Yeah i agree that there are a ton of things that need to be fixed or looked at. But that is the problem when you and more and more detail into the game without working out the problems you had originally. Sooner or later they are gonna have to look at all the stuff that they swept under the carpet while saying 'yeah we shall look at ___ in the next patch'

    I think that they should also look at moon mining and bot mining these two things only play into the hands of the few and is the main cause of RMT.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm Reply
  10. HardinSalvor

    In fairness, CCP have been doing some polishing of a few features. Planetary interaction, portraits (as a side effect), contracts and soon the Neocom are all getting some loving. CCP could do a lot more but they are not entirely "fire and forget". Just mostly xD

    February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm Reply
  11. Asdas

    Can we have shorter session change timer?

    February 10, 2011 at 6:47 am Reply
  12. No new content

    Gaining sovereignty in 0.0 or taking it is broken its a convulated and terrible system people preferred the old pos spam, POS interface hasn't been changed or updated, corporation management interface needs some loving, the ability to setup a coalition or a co-op between a few corps plus countless other stuff needs to be fixed. But instead we get PI and sexy avatar changes cmon stop the new content and fix the stuff that needs addressing a year of fixing stuff would see the game revitalized

    February 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm Reply

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