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Sir Ibex
Posted - 2008.05.02 19:58:00 - [31]
 

Originally by: Serenity Steele
New Eden is (I hope) always going to be a harsh place, so isn't it better if you can run missions for for your favoured alliance/bounty hunter/pirate/protector than some soulless NPC?



I am not sure if this would be a good idea unless what you are proposing will compliment NPC missions - not replace them. For example, NPC missions that involve fighting provide a way for people to acquire isk through grinding with relatively low risk.

Now, if you have a real person paying you to fight someone, there is a very high chance of you losing your ship and your money. This might not be a problem to those paying for their account with RL money, but what about those that pay for their subscription with ISK?

One of the reasons why EVE is unique compared to other MMOs is that it allows players to avoid spending real money for their subscription, provided they can manage to do so. Judging from the amount of WTB 30/90 day TC posts on this forum, what I'm saying here, is not just a bunch of nonsense.

What I would like to see is more diversity in NPC missions, and a possible addition of non-NPC missions. Currently, most of the missions are dull and uninteresting. The progression is anything but gradual when it comes to difficulty and rewards. There are plenty of bugs and glitches that need to be addressed.




Conrad Burner
Posted - 2008.05.03 23:13:00 - [32]
 

Originally by: Jade Constantine

I think its fair to say that Serenity did actually send a very clear message with his first action in the CSM campaign setting up the Eve CSM Candidate Listing site as a service to the community. It said from the word go that he was interested in the process of the council and empowering prospective candidates by helping them link and potentially host their material. Thats the very positive message I took from his action there anyway.



I'm sorry, I know this is a late reply... Putting up a website shows nothing more than some HTML skills... to be honest its just another flashy thing that can be done in perhaps in under an hour, and makes everyone that can't do that go "WAAAY TO GO!!!" "Vote SS!"

Truly, I don't think SS has the stuff for CSM. But that's just me.

Signed, Anonymous Coward.

Conrad Burner
Posted - 2008.05.03 23:39:00 - [33]
 

Originally by: Shin Ra
Serenity Steele unquestionably has my vote.

He is the most rational and balanced individual out of all the candidates. I would urge any PVPers not to assume that because he was in ISS, he is a carebear. He is one of these individuals that has his hand in every pot and knows the game works. His lack of bias is another strong point.

Good luck mate


You're quite right... Those are must have qualities for any CSM candidate. I just wish SS wasn't as busy with so many other things and had the time to dedicate him/herself fully to it.

One moot point, I'm not sure he's so unbiased.

Another is how serious he/she really is about the gig.

And the last is, how much of it is being done for his/her own benefit.

SS is the first candidate to look at and scrutinize. One of the best known... A celebrity in Eve, and that in itself already makes me cautious.

Signed, Anonymous Coward.

Kali Burr
Posted - 2008.05.04 17:47:00 - [34]
 

I will be addressing each candidate with the same questions ableit it might be a little late:

1) What do you think about more PVE scenarios, ones which would incorporate a large section of the EVE universe. Perhaps like a war between the races, or a war against a different race. Perhaps it would be a war against a pirate corp where PCs are encouraged to come help out the fleet. This could allow players to get more of a feel in some way fleet battles as well.

2) Along the lines of the above statement, how would you feel if the EVE universe had a vote in how their races interacted. Perhaps in order to get users more involved the races would submit 'Resolutions' to the players on actions they take. Perhaps the Gallente Federation gives some offense to the Caldari State or vice versa, maybe the resolution to those that are members of the Caldari State would say something like, "Should the Caldari State retaliate with military force against system XYZ for said offense?". Then there could be some possible PVE event taken in that sector of space. The Caldari State can then give real-time missions to players who wish to participate be it material gathering, intelligence, combat missions, mercenary action, etc.

3) How would you feel about opening Invention to invent new items that they design, potentially completely new items to the EVE universe? I believe giving the players the ability to customize items and perhaps make something completely new would greatly increase their involvement and enjoyment of the game. This would introduce even more learning skills for those that want to do industry and allow them to decide how and what will improve ships. Perhaps even allowing researchers to invent totally new kinds of ships.

4) How would you feel if the EVE universe could start impacting in some way on 0.0? Pirates and alliances in 0.0 often have influence in Empire space and low sec, what if the tables were reversed? What if players in empire space could pass resolutions for the races to clear out temporarily portions of low sec, perhaps even attempt to clear out portions of 0.0? The idea here would not to attact home systems, but perhaps fringe systems. This could help introduce empire players to 0.0 and pvp, it could also help keep in check mega alliances and factions. In addition this could allow empire players the 'occasional' chance to get some resources in 0.0 if they aid the initiative.

5) Finally how would you feel about creating and opening events to all players and not just the wealthiest alliances in EVE? There could be many talented pilots out there that want to compete for fame and glory, but may not have the ISK to do it. Perhaps if EVE provided weekly/monthly tournaments around the EVE universe and then allowed the winners to compete in a bracket system up to a finale, it would encourage even more interaction. Instead of just giving some enormous prize once/twice a year, they could give smaller prizes for each stage of the contest leading up to the ultimage prize. These could also include side contests like 1v1/2v2/etc frigate/cruiser fights. Find out who the best 1v1 player is, or who the best tandem team is, etc.

FourthStorm
Viziam
Posted - 2008.05.04 21:11:00 - [35]
 

Originally by: Conrad Burner


Another is how serious he/she really is about the gig.
And the last is, how much of it is being done for his/her own benefit.

It's easy flaming people from your armchair computer.
The results of SS speak for themselves.

Originally by: Conrad Burner
Signed, Anonymous Coward.

Indeed. Go troll in another thread.

Mynas Atoch
Eternity INC.
Goonswarm Federation
Posted - 2008.05.05 06:21:00 - [36]
 

Edited by: Mynas Atoch on 05/05/2008 06:27:12
Originally by: Viper ShizzIe
Mynas says you're a bob alt.



In the interest of Transparency, can you confirm that your alt is the founder and former CEO of a BOB corp and former Intelligence Director of BNC.

In the interst of Trust, can you state your opinion on players using 'acquired' passwords to read other corp and alliances forums, thus potentially commiting real life criminal acts in the pursuence of a computer video game?

Mynas Atoch
CEO, ETNY
(real life contact details available on request)

LaVista Vista
Conservative Shenanigans Party
Posted - 2008.05.05 07:15:00 - [37]
 

I'm really concerned about the lack of activity from SS's side. There has been voiced some very relevant questions, but where is Serenity? ugh

Mynas Atoch
Eternity INC.
Goonswarm Federation
Posted - 2008.05.05 13:08:00 - [38]
 

Originally by: LaVista Vista
I'm really concerned about the lack of activity from SS's side. There has been voiced some very relevant questions, but where is Serenity? ugh
He said in the second post in this thread that he is on holiday this week .. which I missed before posting my question.

fuze
Gallente
Quam Singulari
Posted - 2008.05.05 13:44:00 - [39]
 

SS hasn't responded to the question Viper ShizzIe asked.
Transparency is not dodging questions.

Vox Pop
Posted - 2008.05.05 13:46:00 - [40]
 

Serenity will be back May 12th.

LaVista Vista
Conservative Shenanigans Party
Posted - 2008.05.05 14:36:00 - [41]
 

Originally by: Vox Pop
Serenity will be back May 12th.

I'm sorry I missed that Smile

Grismar
Gallente
Vertigo Corp
Posted - 2008.05.08 10:45:00 - [42]
 

I've read your ideas farther up in the thread and I think there's merit to your basic idea of bringing the needs of player alliances and corps into the marketplace to replace (where possible) the needs of npc factions and corps. You're right: it would be more worthwhile to run meaningful errands for real entities instead of just going through the motions for a soulless npc.

However, I personally don't think the solution lies in specific game mechanics to support these actions. Rather than creating a very specific interface to trade intelligence, setup missions and bounties, etc. I would favour a system where the game would simply allow more specific contracts.

A few examples: if you would be able to setup a contract that would buy the corpses of a specific corp or alliance, that enables people to figure out their own ways to create bounty hunting services. Add to that a 'dogtag' that will drop as part of loot in any wreck and do something similar for those and all the needed changes to the game are complete. You can trust the community to create interesting interfaces, sites and other tools to get the rest of the system going. (think about killboards, jump planners, strategic maps and wiki's to name but a few, all created without CCP forcing a specific form on us)

In essence, I'm all in favour of giving players more tools (secure ISK transfer through an API? bookmark exports and imports? better access to corp and stock informatie? transferable or even marketable kill rights? etc.) and all against forcing players into a specific way of using them (do it like this or don't do it at all). I'm curious about your ideas here, do you trust the community to come up with good ideas themselves, when provided with the proper basic tools, or do yo favour a game where CCP implements their own ideas in a specific way?

Mind you, I'm not asking about my specific ideas here, just giving those as examples of the difference in possible mindsets here.

Good luck in the elections,
Grismar.

Petter Sandstad
Taggart Transdimensional
Virtue of Selfishness
Posted - 2008.05.08 18:22:00 - [43]
 

I am supporting the man behind Rearden Steele.

padraig animal
Minmatar
Devil Corp
Rebel Alliance of New Eden
Posted - 2008.05.08 20:35:00 - [44]
 

Our support you have Serenity Steele .

Good arguments ,clear enough ,transparent enough also .

And beside that SS is so far i know the only man from our country running for csm :)

Elisa Day
Shade.
Mercenary Coalition
Posted - 2008.05.09 02:07:00 - [45]
 

Unless I missed someone, I just put down 16 votes on SS.

However, in the interests of this vaunted "transparency", I can "confirm" (for what it's worth) what the angry scotsman says, that Serenity Steele is also Cell Satimo, founding character of Black Eclipse Corporation, who you can all see for yourselves was in ISS Marginis Outpost corporation at one point, IIRC because he was the only character available with the outpost construction skill (required to anchor the outpost egg), though that is hearsay as it was before my time in ISS.

That said, I (obviously) support SS as a candidate to the CSM simply because he knows what he is doing, and I trust him to be an effective player representative.

swordpunisher
Posted - 2008.05.09 12:32:00 - [46]
 

What are your thoughts towards Low population in low sec and suicide ganking.
And what are the reasons behind it, if you ant anything improved or changed about this what would it be?

Friznit
Vanishing Point.
The Initiative.
Posted - 2008.05.10 17:47:00 - [47]
 

Wait, are you implying that this character sale wasn't an April Fool's all along?

I'd be interested in hearing his comments on this when he gets back.

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.13 16:17:00 - [48]
 

Back again from holidays, refreshed and ready to go.
Will start answering the backlog of questions here tonight.
Feel free to fire-away with new questions!


Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.13 21:45:00 - [49]
 

Originally by: lecrotta


I have seen a lot of ppl on here claim that they are all about listening to ppl opinions and ideas. But after questioned they seem to already have strong personal opinions on virtually every subject and seem utterly unwilling to change them even when they are clearly unpopular with the community or at least the majority.

Now as this seems to be the norm id like to know your views on

1. nano.

2. cloaking.

3. titans and other capitals in regards to the future of 0.0 warfare.




  1. nano
    I don't have a specific opinion on this as I don't have much personal experience with this (except being podded), so I did some forum research. People are concerned that;
    - Being ganked by fleets of nano-ships that can easily escape combat is frustrating
    - That escaping combat every time is against the intent of the nature of EvE
    - That nano-ships can out-run drones and missiles
    - That nano-ships are the only thing encouraging some people to even engage in combat
    - That nano-fleets discourage small-gang/solo combat
    In the limited PvP experience I have, I've mostly seen that mixed gangs have more average success than a specialist gangs, but specialist gangs are great at over-running specific setups.

    On the surface it appears to be either a balance problem or a play-style/mind limitation of players, or a bit of both. I'd really need more input to be able to summarise the whole argument (hence why topics are to have a CSM thread for 7 days). What I can say is that I miss the old days of small gang/solo combat/duels and would like to see EvE balanced more in this direction.

  2. 2. cloaking
    I absolutely love it in any game with suitable penalties. I see it as the joker in a deck of cards. People don't expect it to come up, particularly as we don't have cloaking in our RL lives. It creates whole new bizzare scenarios both in combat and logistics.

    That said it's pretty boring when trying to pick a fight, or people use it to go AFK for 23hrs straight to maintain a presence in a system. If people are passionate about it, then perhaps it should require caps? That would be a setup penalty.

  3. 3. titans and other capitals in regards to the future of 0.0 warfare
    From my understanding, the issue with Titans is that they really have a pretty specific function: DD. For a ship originally intended to be a floating station, people don't seem to use the cloning facilities very often, would be nice to see this be more effective. The same with MS. For Dreeads/Carriers, if they become the "New Battleship" then it's a balance problem.




Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.13 22:02:00 - [50]
 

Originally by: Sareem
Greetings Ms Steele,

Following your statement on supporting issues and toughts usually unpopular in forums, I'd like you to consider the following matters:

- Apart from some (rare) role playing groups and some skill calculating issues, many bloodlines in eve are almost unheard of in terms of population, such as the Amarr Ni-Kuni or Minmatar Vherokior as compared to popular ones such as Caldari Deteis.
- On the other hand, and once more disregarding skill calculating issues, races and bloodlines are a matter that is insignificant on today's EVE, not being a rare matter so see the happy Minmatar flying trough Amarr space unpunished. Although in RL saying such a sentence would be natural, the racism and hatred among EVE's races in the EVE universe does not make it natural, thus unpromoting role play (even if it's only a faint one).

Of course I'm not expecting any changes on these matters since everyone is free to choose and interpret EVE's ideologies and races on whatever terms they want, nonetheless every new player starts with a character creation wizard that he/she soon discovers that it's only a matter of skill maximization for the intended role and not much more.

What are your toughts and visions on these matters?

Thanks,



Greetings Sareem,

I think that the "rich" part of "Rich back-story" of New Eden is (currently) lacking and despite the best efforts of 300 people at CCP plus a large number of pod-pilot volunteers, they will never be able to create the richness of history provided by 5 years of EvE History.

In some ways this is a shame. I remember in the early days of New Eden, flying a Bestower (Originally a Slave Transport Ship) into Minmatar territory and being hailed in local "You've got a lot of nerve bringing that ship around these parts". It took me a few seconds to double-take till I realised my mistake.

On the other hand, until EVElopedia is launched, there is little consolidated history recorded about the pod-pilots actions, with the exception of player run Wikis and some stats sites. This is an even bigger shame.

To make races count, there would need to be a specific advantage/disadvantage deeper than;
- Starting attributes
- Faction Standings
- Ship damage types
- CCP Event storyline
to tighten player affinity with their chosen character race. Perhaps Empyrean Age will make the difference?

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.13 22:22:00 - [51]
 

Originally by: Serenity Steele
To keep things in proportion, I have a more significant commercial connection with shattered crystal affiliate GTC than with CCP.

Originally by: LaVista Vista
So you support shattered crystal, who encourages RMT?... Neutral

Originally by: Yosarian
How did you work that out? I was under the impression Shattered Crystal only supplies Game Time Cards. Those are 100% legitimate and fully supported by CCP. Or do they also have more nefarious activities?

Originally by: LaVista Vista
First of all, [Marcus Eikenberry] deals with RMT in most MMORPG's. The owner of this company is Marcus Eikenberry.

He owns countless of RMT sites, as well as the company called "TrustWho", which deals with anti-fraud stuff, in regards to this RMT. But these guys take part in shady activities by requesting high-res photocopies of utility bills and passport. From what i heard from another eve-player, who deals with passports every day in the US, this isn't allowed actually.

Second of all, he owns a good amount of sites, which deals with RMT in other MMORPG's, including eve(Shattered crystal itself only deals with GTC's, but his other sites doesn't). He also sold the wow Gliderbot, which got him in legal trouble.

A few of us actually used SC for our GTC's. But we were labeled as fraud, and they withheld out payment, which is NOT cool.

Marcus Eikenberry even stands forward in the media, and encourages people to break EULA's by conducting RMT.

All in all, Marcus Eikenberry obviously doesn't have any sort of moral, and I have little faith in anybody who supports him.

EDIT: I forgot to make a point.

While i think good of Serenity, I can't help thinking that he's got some interests which are damaging for the game. While his interests are to grow eve as big as possible, it has a very negative effect, if he actually deals with people, who encourages RMT, which leads to things like people hacking others accounts.

I can't find my earlier post on the matter right now, but my perspective on RMT is simple:
- I don't have an interest in RMT, nor do I support it.
- RMT is like taxes, it's inevitable
- Being able to buy GTC for ISK is a good thing
- Having a non CCP controlled market for ISK/GTC is a bad thing
- If RMT does exist, it should be for every player or no player.
- My preference is closed system, CCP only, ISK<>GTC
- If CCP's pricing strategy makes it cheaper to buy GT elsewhere then that's what needs balancing.
- If Shattered Crystal support RMT in other games; I don't play other games, my focus is on EvE and if eg.SWG is infested with RMT and fails, then I welcome more players to EVE.

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.13 22:52:00 - [52]
 

Originally by: Shin Ra
Serenity Steele unquestionably has my vote.

He is the most rational and balanced individual out of all the candidates. I would urge any PVPers not to assume that because he was in ISS, he is a carebear. He is one of these individuals that has his hand in every pot and knows the game works. His lack of bias is another strong point.

Good luck mate


Thanks for your support Shin Ra! .. even in some of my more noticable non combat activities, people will hopefully remember the reason for the term Market PvP Cool

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.14 12:51:00 - [53]
 

Originally by: Hamfast
I have several questions, and taking a page out of Talkuth Rel’s book, I decided to ask each candidate in their own thread…


1) Invention – A good idea that still needs work…
a. Have you ever tried invention?
No, I saved up and bought some Tech II BPOs

b. What ideas do you have to improve invention?
I'd like to see the ability for researchers/builders to differentiate their products. At the moment invention fullfills the intention of "reverse engineering" more than it does invention. Having variable stats based on the quality of invention, perhaps through more meta-types would be interesting. Then the "Steele Shuttle" would go 100m/s faster than anyone elses.

2) Pilot Security Level – Should it be more important?
a. (In High Sec) – Should Concord react faster if the victim has a higher security level? If the attacker has a lower rating?
This would be a nice level of police action. The better the citizen, the better the protection.

b. Should the Security Level of a system affect changes to Pilot Security level changes?
Yes, more would be better. It already does partially in the example of podding pilots.

c. Should the Security Level of a Targeted Pilot have more of an effect on the security change of the attacker?
Like killing an innocent (infant) vs. kiling an adult in RL is more heavily penalised? Yes, this would be a good balance against griefers. However an Infant in EVE is low SP, not based on their security status.

3) Industry – The Creators of Eve
a. Do you regularly build anything?
Yes. Tech II, Capitals, Advanced Components.

b. Do you regularly mine?
Only Ice, and even that not so regularly anymore.

c. What do you think could be done to improve industry in Eve?
Improved Interface design, clearer visualisation of the manufacturing tree (perhaps on show-info), Batch setting of multiple jobs (eg. Run me 10 slots of 5000 Crystaline Carbide Armour Plates)

d. You have been asked to help with new ships for industrial characters, describe a few ideas…
{reserved to answer later}


Elisa Day
Shade.
Mercenary Coalition
Posted - 2008.05.14 16:02:00 - [54]
 

Originally by: Serenity Steele
Batch setting of multiple jobs (eg. Run me 10 slots of 5000 Crystaline Carbide Armour Plates)



\o/ I'd put all my votes on you just for that Smile.

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.14 23:10:00 - [55]
 

Originally by: Sir Ibex
Originally by: Serenity Steele
New Eden is (I hope) always going to be a harsh place, so isn't it better if you can run missions for for your favoured alliance/bounty hunter/pirate/protector than some soulless NPC?



I am not sure if this would be a good idea unless what you are proposing will compliment NPC missions - not replace them. For example, NPC missions that involve fighting provide a way for people to acquire isk through grinding with relatively low risk.

Now, if you have a real person paying you to fight someone, there is a very high chance of you losing your ship and your money. This might not be a problem to those paying for their account with RL money, but what about those that pay for their subscription with ISK?

One of the reasons why EVE is unique compared to other MMOs is that it allows players to avoid spending real money for their subscription, provided they can manage to do so. Judging from the amount of WTB 30/90 day TC posts on this forum, what I'm saying here, is not just a bunch of nonsense.

What I would like to see is more diversity in NPC missions, and a possible addition of non-NPC missions. Currently, most of the missions are dull and uninteresting. The progression is anything but gradual when it comes to difficulty and rewards. There are plenty of bugs and glitches that need to be addressed.



If I look at the history of manufacturing, and the subsequent replacement of NPC good manufacture with market economy driven by players, I think the advantage for Player driven missions will solve the problem of diversity in NPC missions.

To add to the idea: Imagine the effect on the universe if a pilot/corp could gain standings with a specific corp/alliance by completing missions for them? (rate and max-level determined by the mission corp OFC).

What is required is a good player arguments for/against the ideas, add a little "how could you game this concept" and voila you have an irresistible (or unprogrammable?) recommendation to CCP.





Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.15 07:04:00 - [56]
 

Originally by: Conrad Burner
I'm sorry, I know this is a late reply...
Signed, Anonymous Coward.

Conrad, I'm going to disregard your comments in posts 32/33, as
A) your character only has 3 posts on the entire forum, all on this thread.
B) You've only made statements trolling the thread, and not asked a question.

Serenity Steele
Dynamic Data Distribution
Posted - 2008.05.15 07:05:00 - [57]
 

Originally by: Elisa Day
Originally by: Serenity Steele
Batch setting of multiple jobs (eg. Run me 10 slots of 5000 Crystaline Carbide Armour Plates)


\o/ I'd put all my votes on you just for that Smile.

Cheers :)


Thundirr
Mercurialis Inc.
RAZOR Alliance
Posted - 2008.05.16 06:49:00 - [58]
 

Edited by: Thundirr on 16/05/2008 06:55:47
Edited by: Thundirr on 16/05/2008 06:54:56
o/ Serenity

We met at FF 2007 briefly when you put the new EVE Strategic Map down on our table.

In game, I may have some conflicted feelings regarding you, out of game I think we would get along pretty good.

My Question:
Has there been any thought, on your part, given to the dynamic shift of alliance level PVP towards the realm of Super Capitals? Namely Titans. Many 0.0 residents feel the proliferation of the Titan class ship is beginning to become a hindrance. You briefly mentioned a balance issue if titans became too numerous. The point when an alliance is able to kill capital ships with multiple DDs is just around the corner, will that be the point when enough is enough?

I'm curious what your personal stance is on this subject. What kind of balancing would you prefer, if balancing was needed, and why.

Thanks,
Thundirr out.

Grismar
Gallente
Vertigo Corp
Posted - 2008.05.16 07:50:00 - [59]
 

Quote:
\o/ I'd put all my votes on you just for that Smile.


It's good to see that people in EVE use the same healthy common sense in the voting booth as they do in the real world. Promise people to fix a small annoyance and next thing you know you will be spending 200 million isk per day waging war on some deep 0.0 alliance for no other reason than liberating an outpost controlling alliance there that happens to be closely related to the CSM representative.

But I digress :)

I was wondering whether you spotted my question, Serenity. In short:

Do you favor an approach by CCP where they implement a lot of mechanics and content to allow for a specific style of play, making it easy for players to get into it, but hard for them to invent news ways to use it? Or would you favor just adding some mechanics here and there to allow people to develop their own ways of implementing news styles of gameplay, making it harder for players to get into it, but allowing them greater freedom and creativity in enhancing their own game?

(see my post above for more concrete examples, though I would prefer you answer the generic question and not go into the examples too much)

Greetings,
Grismar.

Mirmenel
Interstellar Starbase Syndicate Operations
Posted - 2008.05.17 20:39:00 - [60]
 

So, have you anything to say on the BoB alt allegations? I'd be mighty interested to know, given our mutual history.


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