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thatbloke
Gallente
Posted - 2010.07.15 10:03:00 - [91]
 

So do the CCP employees play together much/at all or do you all do your own thing?

Did you perhaps start off together and then break up?

Do you shoot at each other much? Any "special" treatment you give each other if you see each other in space?

Has a CCP Employee ever been shot up and lost a large amount of ISK/assets by another CCP employee?

Do you perhaps intentionally seek each other out in a fight or perhaps intentionally avoid each other in a fight?

Lallante
Reikoku
Cascade Imminent
Posted - 2010.07.15 10:30:00 - [92]
 

Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:32:56
Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:30:18
Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:30:07
There was a time when pretty much every CCP Gamedesign dev had a 0.0 alliance character, several FCd.

Now it seems there are a few 'casual' 0.0 players and noone who is truly representative of the 0.0 endgame.

No wonder patches have stopped iterating PvP and warfare and instead just introduced side-show minigame after minigame without improving the core gameplay.

When I read recently in the CSM minutes that CCP "would look at interating existing features hopefully after DUST and Incarna are completely finished" I gave up the hope I had remaining. How many times have we heard that a feature introduced is "modular" and would be expanded on heavily in future only for it to NEVER get balancing let alone iteration. (Hint: COSMOS, Heat, t3, alchemy to name but a few).

PS: Playing since closed beta 3.

Loki O'Grady
Posted - 2010.07.15 10:42:00 - [93]
 

Holy **** - Blue and Red box avalanche!Shocked

Thanks for the responses, Devs... you know we love you guys, right?

Also... I forgot to update my clone before venturing out into 0.0. Any chance of getting magically sent home to fix that situation? Thanks Laughing

Ishina Fel
Caldari
Terra Incognita
Intrepid Crossing
Posted - 2010.07.15 10:55:00 - [94]
 

Originally by: CCP Navigator
My main was retired when I joined CCP in 2007 but since then I have trained three other characters to 40-50 mil SP and nowadays I hang around low sec areas or run an odd mission in Empire when needs must.


I've actually always wondered about this.

Is it customary or required to retire your current character(s) when you join CCP, or do you get to keep them if nobody knows there's a dev behind it?

I can only imagine what happens to the mail inbox of a known dev alt... Laughing

CCP Alice


Caldari
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2010.07.15 11:24:00 - [95]
 

Another carebear checking in! I've been playing since 2005, ran my own corporation for a while and did mostly missioning, industry and small gang pvp. Took a break in 2008 when I joined an awesome company called CCP and played on/off since then.

Just recently started playing more seriously again, have joined a small corporation and I'm currently training up skills for PI, then I plan to work on my pvp skills and get myself back up to speed on how best to blow stuff up Twisted Evil


Cailais
Amarr
Nasty Pope Holding Corp
Talocan United
Posted - 2010.07.15 11:28:00 - [96]
 

Originally by: Lallante
Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:32:56
Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:30:18
Edited by: Lallante on 15/07/2010 10:30:07
There was a time when pretty much every CCP Gamedesign dev had a 0.0 alliance character, several FCd.

Now it seems there are a few 'casual' 0.0 players and noone who is truly representative of the 0.0 endgame.

No wonder patches have stopped iterating PvP and warfare and instead just introduced side-show minigame after minigame without improving the core gameplay.

When I read recently in the CSM minutes that CCP "would look at interating existing features hopefully after DUST and Incarna are completely finished" I gave up the hope I had remaining. How many times have we heard that a feature introduced is "modular" and would be expanded on heavily in future only for it to NEVER get balancing let alone iteration. (Hint: COSMOS, Heat, t3, alchemy to name but a few).

PS: Playing since closed beta 3.


Im not sure I would agree with your statement that .0 is the"end game" of EVE as that doesn't seem to be the case, in fact its arguable if EVE has an 'end game' at all.

Patched have introduced PVP - FW is one example, the new sov system another: it just so happens that they are flawed and didn't really hit the target.

C.


Terrigal
Posted - 2010.07.15 11:41:00 - [97]
 

Still pretty poor CCP now your up to 24/250. You all on holidays or is this a representation of the company staff that dont give a rats Ar...

CCP Purple Tentacle

Posted - 2010.07.15 11:44:00 - [98]
 

Playing the game since May 2003, also participated in the beta. I am a hardcore 0.0 guy, I was involved in high level politics as a CEO of decent 0.0 corp before I joined CCP.

I have 3 active accounts atm, all 3 mains located in 0.0. Playing pattern varies, depending on what's going on in the area of space I am living in. I love CTAs and pew pew.


Bin Matar
Fallen Angel's
Blade.
Posted - 2010.07.15 11:52:00 - [99]
 

Originally by: CCP Purple Tentacle
Playing the game since May 2003, also participated in the beta. I am a hardcore 0.0 guy, I was involved in high level politics as a CEO of decent 0.0 corp before I joined CCP.

I have 3 active accounts atm, all 3 mains located in 0.0. Playing pattern varies, depending on what's going on in the area of space I am living in. I love CTAs and pew pew.




So whats your opinion on the state of 0.0 at the moment.

cpu939
Gallente
Volatile Nature
White Noise.
Posted - 2010.07.15 11:54:00 - [100]
 

Originally by: CCP Purple Tentacle
Playing the game since May 2003, also participated in the beta. I am a hardcore 0.0 guy, I was involved in high level politics as a CEO of decent 0.0 corp before I joined CCP.

I have 3 active accounts atm, all 3 mains located in 0.0. Playing pattern varies, depending on what's going on in the area of space I am living in. I love CTAs and pew pew.




got a few questions do you still have to pay to play or is it a bonus for working for ccp.

next i find it hard for you not to use your inside knowledge or known staff i.e. "you loss a ship due to a bug"
Do you get it refunded and do you get it back faster as your a member of staff?

Bilko Bobski
Gallente
Posted - 2010.07.15 12:12:00 - [101]
 

Originally by: cpu939

got a few questions do you still have to pay to play or is it a bonus for working for ccp.

next i find it hard for you not to use your inside knowledge or known staff i.e. "you loss a ship due to a bug"
Do you get it refunded and do you get it back faster as your a member of staff?


I'd be really surprised if any of them even ask for their ships back; even when it's a legitimate bug - just to avoid any risk of people accusing them of cheating the system.

It's really great to see so many CCP Devs still playing and more importantly; playing all aspects of the game. It's good to know CCP isn't really biased towards making one single area better than the others.

CCP Habakuk

Posted - 2010.07.15 12:13:00 - [102]
 

I started to play 2003 in the last 2 months of the Beta. I tried nearly all parts of the game (except piracy), was in several alliances, ...
At the moment I don't manage to play as much as in earlier (student-)days, but I'm still active and kicking. ugh

SoulBlythe
Knights of Redwall
Men with Fancy Hats
Posted - 2010.07.15 12:23:00 - [103]
 

Originally by: CCP Alice
Another carebear checking in! I've been playing since 2005, ran my own corporation for a while and did mostly missioning, industry and small gang pvp. Took a break in 2008 when I joined an awesome company called CCP and played on/off since then.

Just recently started playing more seriously again, have joined a small corporation and I'm currently training up skills for PI, then I plan to work on my pvp skills and get myself back up to speed on how best to blow stuff up Twisted Evil




<3 miss you Alice!!

GM Orfeus

Posted - 2010.07.15 12:26:00 - [104]
 

I've been playing EVE longer than I've worked for CCP.

Started in '05. Mostly PVP, low sec pirating, guerrilla warfare. But lately looking into industry and trading.

I think it's pretty safe to say, although I don't have any data on it, that most CCP employees and probably all that are involved with the development of EVE, play EVE and the majority probably did so before joining CCP.

GM Homonoia

Posted - 2010.07.15 13:34:00 - [105]
 

Yep, since almost 5 years now (was it that long? Damn). The only things I have not done as a player is T3 production, fly Supercaps, Faction Warfare and pirating (something I am seriously considering doing next). Everything else, from running missions in high sec, mining everywhere I could find rocks, to being part of alliance leadership and conquering regions.

Sadly, despite all this, I am still completely broke in game. I need to start making ISK again. /me boots up the client.

Lallante
Reikoku
Cascade Imminent
Posted - 2010.07.15 13:35:00 - [106]
 

Originally by: Cailais
Im not sure I would agree with your statement that .0 is the"end game" of EVE as that doesn't seem to be the case, in fact its arguable if EVE has an 'end game' at all.

Patched have introduced PVP - FW is one example, the new sov system another: it just so happens that they are flawed and didn't really hit the target.

C.




I'm not claiming 0.0 is -the- endgame for Eve, merely that there is a type of alliance 0.0 pvp that is the endgame for 0.0 playstyles. As it happens this is also probably the playstyle that has the highest ratio of "veteran" players.

FW - half implemented sideshow, almost completely pointless - rewards for PvE side of it only. Added nothing to overall mechanics of warfare.

New sov system - half implemented replacement for a mistake. Made lag and blob warfare considerably worse and 0.0 territorial control MUCH less dynamic - overall a massive error (and missed opportunity) that should have been revisited within 3 months rather than ignored for a year with not even proper discussion of improvement.

CCP has lost touch with its hardcore playerbase and its original concept for Eve. I am still hoping it will find it again. CCP need to realise that 'ooh shiny' new features that are essentially artificially 'bolted on' to the game (such as PI), while great for attracting new players and providing about 4 months content for favourably-inclined existing players, add little to the overall game whilst so many existing features need balancing or iteration.

CCP please focus several sprints on identifying existing features, balance or mechanics that need love and giving it to them. A massive balance and iteration patch adding depth will win you FAR FAR more in retained subscriptions in the long run than new but ultimately shallow bolt-ons.

CCP Navigator


C C P
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2010.07.15 13:54:00 - [107]
 

Originally by: Ishina Fel
Originally by: CCP Navigator
My main was retired when I joined CCP in 2007 but since then I have trained three other characters to 40-50 mil SP and nowadays I hang around low sec areas or run an odd mission in Empire when needs must.


I've actually always wondered about this.

Is it customary or required to retire your current character(s) when you join CCP, or do you get to keep them if nobody knows there's a dev behind it?

I can only imagine what happens to the mail inbox of a known dev alt... Laughing


It was my decision to retire my character permanently while I am employed by CCP. I will not go into too much detail as this is something decided between new employees and Internal Affairs Smile

CCP Fallout

Posted - 2010.07.15 13:57:00 - [108]
 

Originally by: Dr Cron
Wow you all sound really out of touch as far as combat goes tbh.


Not necessarily :D

Snake O'Donell
Gallente
Core Impulse
Posted - 2010.07.15 14:05:00 - [109]
 

Originally by: CCP Fallout
Originally by: Dr Cron
Wow you all sound really out of touch as far as combat goes tbh.


Not necessarily :D

Live events where you spawn rats =/= being in touch with combat in this game.

CCP Fallout

Posted - 2010.07.15 14:13:00 - [110]
 

Originally by: CCP Alice
Another carebear checking in! I've been playing since 2005, ran my own corporation for a while and did mostly missioning, industry and small gang pvp. Took a break in 2008 when I joined an awesome company called CCP and played on/off since then.

Just recently started playing more seriously again, have joined a small corporation and I'm currently training up skills for PI, then I plan to work on my pvp skills and get myself back up to speed on how best to blow stuff up Twisted Evil




I seriously would never have pegged you for a carebear!

CCP Fallout

Posted - 2010.07.15 14:16:00 - [111]
 

I'm not sure how many posters/lurkers attend Fanfests, but we do hold a Player v Dev event that's a lot of fun to watch.

I'm not sure of his overall playstyle, but this is my favorite Yokai story. He wasn't working for us then. But as a player, he was on the pickup team Bubblegum that made it all the way to second place in the FF08 PvP tourney. It was amazing to watch this batch of strangers play amazingly well.

Bin Matar
Fallen Angel's
Blade.
Posted - 2010.07.15 14:17:00 - [112]
 

Originally by: CCP Fallout
Originally by: Dr Cron
Wow you all sound really out of touch as far as combat goes tbh.


Not necessarily :D


hahahahahahhahahhaha oh yes lol thats a good one.

CCP Alice


Caldari
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2010.07.15 14:25:00 - [113]
 

Originally by: CCP Fallout
Originally by: CCP Alice
Another carebear checking in! I've been playing since 2005, ran my own corporation for a while and did mostly missioning, industry and small gang pvp. Took a break in 2008 when I joined an awesome company called CCP and played on/off since then.

Just recently started playing more seriously again, have joined a small corporation and I'm currently training up skills for PI, then I plan to work on my pvp skills and get myself back up to speed on how best to blow stuff up Twisted Evil


I seriously would never have pegged you for a carebear!


It's a TARP! Muhahaha Twisted Evil

Vuk Lau
4S Corporation
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2010.07.15 14:53:00 - [114]
 

Originally by: CCP Purple Tentacle
Playing the game since May 2003, also participated in the beta. I am a hardcore 0.0 guy, I was involved in high level politics as a CEO of decent 0.0 corp before I joined CCP.

I have 3 active accounts atm, all 3 mains located in 0.0. Playing pattern varies, depending on what's going on in the area of space I am living in. I love CTAs and pew pew.




I can confirm that CCP Purple Tentacle was decent pvp-er 4 years ago.

CCP Explorer

Posted - 2010.07.15 14:53:00 - [115]
 

Originally by: Liang Nuren
Can we ask if its MANDATORY to play Eve for a certain amount of time each day/wk/month?
It's not mandatory.

CCP Explorer

Posted - 2010.07.15 14:54:00 - [116]
 

Originally by: Herzog Wolfhammer
So CCP does play their own game... what does a frozen corpse from CCP go for these days?
We can't reveal our identity so how would you know?

CCP Explorer

Posted - 2010.07.15 14:57:00 - [117]
 

Originally by: Thoraxe Rig
Do you guys have to pay for your EvE account, or do you guys get like 1 freely subscribed account for as long as you are a CCP employee?
We get up to 3 free accounts, have to subscribe beyond that.

Mr M
Posted - 2010.07.15 15:04:00 - [118]
 

Originally by: CCP Vertex

I've been playing since early alpha, some 10+ years without a break.

OK this I can respect, but the rest of you NOOBS! Very Happy

CCP Explorer

Posted - 2010.07.15 15:07:00 - [119]
 

Originally by: Terrigal
Still pretty poor CCP now your up to 24/250. You all on holidays
Yes, we are all on holiday.

TeaDaze
Agony Unleashed
Agony Empire
Posted - 2010.07.15 15:13:00 - [120]
 

If any of the CCP Carebears want to get a taste of PVP then Agony are happy to help out with classes Wink


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