With the Council of Stellar Management (CSM) Elections coming up soon we at EVE NT have contacted all the running candidates who have announced their intentions to run and provided them with a standardised interview template. The goal of this is to give each candidate a set of standard questions for them to respond to with the aim of helping you, the voter, to choose a candidate who best represents you and your play style to CCP. The same questions have been asked of every candidate as to allow easier comparison. The responses posted are unedited and will be published in the run up to the opening of the voting period on Febuary the 29th in the order that they have been received. You can find out more about the CSM elections here.
Today's candidate is Wyld.
Please start by giving us a short introduction to who you are and your history within EVE Online. Include how long you have been playing and the groups you have been involved with.
I originally started playing Eve back in 2004. The 2D graphics at the time were really a cut above anything else on the market. After making the jump from one system to another - you see back then a ship had to do this is in scaled normal time, so it took basically 6-months to make it from an Asteroid belt back to a station. I decided to put my character on hold - after many years of checking on the progress of my auto-pilot the game mechanics had changed and after many waves of Russian, US, Euro pathfinders the game seemed playable.
I came back like a lot of people do - I thought I was great at this game because I played when the game was released and my character was grandfathered into this awesome precipice of Eve Old Guard. What dawned on me as I came back is that I had really never experienced this game in it's true beauty. I joined a Faction Warfare corp with some friends and experienced that true adrenal high from small gang fights. Then as a Pirate gang we went to fight on other pirates, buy a titan, and then jump around killing basically anyone that could stand against our unlimited Talwar invasions.
After, a quick stint with a gate camping corp, I joined up with Black Legion and had a great time following Elo Knight, Ipsimus, and team throughout space. It was with a heavy heart that Black Legion imploded, but since then I have moved to the Imperium and now bask in it's warm glow.
Who would you consider to be your key constituents? Who you would best represent within the playerbase?
I believe I am the representative that speaks for the common Eve player who logs into their space job and truly enjoys the game. I think there are a lot of games that we could be playing, but we keep lighting up Eve and joining comms in the hopes for content and for that small rush of excitement that comes every time you see a flashy on your overview.
Please summarise your platform. (Preferably using key bullet points)
My platform is quite simple. I believe in content for the players, to promote drunken roams, and to ensure that we stand as one player base. The following points are some of the potential items that I will stand for:
- Communication - building a stronger platform that allows players to have their voice heard.
- Content - Implementing new and exciting ways for players to quickly and easily shoot each other!
- Fleet Commanders - I will stand up and demand like many players that Broadcast commands need to be hotkey'd (You heard me ALIGN TO THE BROADCAST, cause I clicked button) and while I get us aligned I will also demand Broadcast Warp hotkey!
- Support the drunk players around the game! A lot of people drink and a lot of those people play Eve - I am your voice!
Why have you decided to run for CSM this year?
I saw a lot of negativity or let's make Eve Do Stuff and I thought, these folks are missing the point. Eve is Great! CCP does listen! Eve is just a lot of things to a lot of people and we need to get back to our love of the game. I wanted to be that voice that starts to make a brighter and better tomorrow for New Eden.
Have you run for or been a member of CSM in the past? If so please list each year and if you were elected.
This is my first run for candidacy.
What makes you a unique representative when you compare yourself to other candidates?
I?m not running on any corp or alliance platform. I am running as a player for the player. I am running as player who understands how to collaborate with others but still remain vigilant on the needs of a critical matter.
Do you have any out of game experience and skills that make you a good candidate?
As an American who has lived in Russia for a couple of years - I can attest that I have a harden constitution, which has helped my tolerance for alcohol to some pretty outstanding levels. Being able to bridge those cultural differences and drink heartily with my friends of all nationalities offers me as your candidate the opportunity to express myself for you.
What areas of EVE are you weakest at knowledge wise?
Eve is a constantly evolving game that has so many working parts. I think I can safely say that I am weakest at all parts. I am, like every player, just one person with alts that is trying to make it in New Eden be it market-meta, pvp, mining, moongoo?ing, etc.
If you were offered unlimited development time - what's the biggest change you would lobby for in EVE?
I would have liked to have seen Dust be natural part of the PC experience. So in that sense I would like to see a grand unification of the Eve Universe at some point. But mostly, if I can do anything as a CSM I would strive to just keep a steady dedicated development cycle and keep providing updates to Eve Online experience. Let's face it in the past years has just continued to become a more advanced and fantastic game. I think I may slice off a bit of the dev time and get Permaband back together for more videos and rock content.
If you could wind back the clock - what feature or change would you remove from EVE?
I know FozzieSov might get the default answer, but the game has to change, the strong adapt the weak die off. People are adapting to that change and we are still having great fights. I think though for pure amusement I would go back and make the Drakes good again. So every GD fleet somebody said Can I bring a Drake, we'd all be like oh yeah that's a fantastic ship. Woot!
If you could pick one candidate to be elected with you who would they be and why?
Xenuria for 2016 - I was told that if I didn't say that I'd have garlic or something mailed to my house.
What is your favorite memory in EVE and why?
I remember a great Titan battle and my work was going nuts with meetings and got a ping about it. We were in some Faction Warfare LowSec space and the thought was if we got into Crow's we could get in on the kill mail. I remember trying to burn through the tidi, through the gate camps, through it all and when I got there I locked up as much as I could and tried shooting things. At that moment - I had to get to an emergency meeting and never got on any killmail.
What platform(s) do you use currently to engage with the wider player base? If someone wanted to contact you what is the best way to do this? (Include Twitter/Emails/Skype/Slack etc.)
I?m on Eve - Wyld. If you'd like to know more ask me in the forums or find me shoot me hold down my pod and I?ll tell you whatever you like in regards to my platform.
If people wanted to find out more about your platform - where is the best place to do so? (Include blogs, forums posts and podcasts)
I will be posting more on the Eve Online forums as progress through the election process! I will probably pay Jita to spam my name for a month or so.
In short - what is your closing statement (no more than 500 words please!)
You have a lot of candidates to consider for CSM and you may hear them make a lot of promises over the election period. I can assure you that I am the one candidate not beholden to any corporation, alliance, or some garlic wielding lunatic. I am simply a player like you, who enjoys playing Eve! I want to encourage teamwork and bridge the gap between players and developers by providing a solid structure for communication based primarily around drunken conversations with each of you! My platform isn't full of promises that I can't keep or aren't even within the realm of reasonable power of the CSM. I stand by you, close with you, and want to continue to play this wonderful game with you! A vote for Wyld is a vote for you and me!