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Gritt Pebbledasher
PURE Legion
Pure.
Posted - 2008.04.30 18:59:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Gritt Pebbledasher on 30/04/2008 19:00:26
Hi there - I found this forum late so do excuse my tardiness at participating in this forum.

My big issue is 'Transparency' whic is more about CCPs relationship with the playerbase than any specific in-game issue although it touched on almost everything. I've posted in some of the threads in this forum but you can see my site, policies and biography here:

http://eve-mad.com/

Hopefully that will let you know what I'm all about. If you've got any questions, email/evemail me (email is better as I seem to get more spam in Eve than RL and that's saying something - dunno about you but I'd kill for a workable define-filter system. And if you elect me and I meet the Devs, I could. No really, not insane.)

Talkuth Rel
Minmatar
Republic Military School
Posted - 2008.04.30 19:18:00 - [2]
 

I'll ask you the same question I've asked some other candidates:

Given the likelihood that many players may vote after doing nothing more than reading the candidate profiles (here), why is it that you felt it unimportant or unnecessary to exert a minimal amount of effort and post some key aspects of yourself or points of your campaign? As I see it, the candidate profile is the single most important place to get your point accross clearly and concisely, as it will be read by the most players, and many will never see anything else. Yet you felt it unecessary to post anything of any real substance. Your statement says nothing about your campaign beyond a vague generality. It does not say anything about what issues you are for or against, it only gives a URL for your website. Considering that your name is just one in a list of more than 60, don't you think it would have been a good idea to give players a substantial reason to follow that link? Your profile gives a first impression to many players, why did you not take the time to make it count?

If you could not be bothered to do the work necessary to put out your campaign information in your profile, why should we believe that you are up to the task of doing all the work that will be associated with a seat on the CSM?

Gritt Pebbledasher
PURE Legion
Pure.
Posted - 2008.04.30 21:05:00 - [3]
 

Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:

About Me

I’m a 33 year old British guy, living in Newhaven on the South coast of Sussex. I am a freelance LAMP web developer, have a wife, a dog and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. I have some real life political experience, have served my time on turgid committees and am interested in politics, economics and philosophy. Oh, and I have a Law degree but don’t let that put you off!

You've Said That Already!

Oh right, yeah. You want to know more.

Dry biographical stuff first. I graduated from the University of Essex in 1995 with a 2:1 Honours degree in Law after which I went to law school, didn't like it and founded a company instead. This firm saw me travel all over Europe to trade events, giving me first hand experience of dealing with the diverse peoples of Europe and North America.

But times change and supply problems forced it to close. At this point I waved a magic wand and transformed myself into a web developer, teaching myself PHP, MySQL as well as HTML and CSS. It was around this time, four-five years ago, that I started playing Eve.

And Your Time In Eve?

This is clearly going to be an abridged version.

In the beginning I was a n00b. I started out as an empire dwelling carebear along with a couple of guys who I joined the game with from our Battlefield 1942 clan. A couple are still playing! Anyway, I drifted into a mate's corporation to help out with a war which was my first proper taste of PVP. I loved it. Shortly after that my new corp migrated out to 0.0 in time to be a founding corp of FIX alliance as the venerable CFS crumbled all around us.

I spent a lot of time in FIX, making both friends and enemasies, rising to the level of JCOS (an alliance administrator, a director, if you will) only to depart at the end of a long and bloody war to form PURE in the North. We formed this new alliance with the avowed determination to avoid the mistakes of the past so along with the infighting and cross-timezone schisms, we jettisoned electoral democracy and participative debate. This seemingly draconian, dictatorial position perversely acted to make PURE very free. People were free to have fun, not having to worry about working out what to do and they were deprived of the opportunity to argue for their own self-interest leading to fewer fights, schisms and factionalism. It transpires that 'Benevolent Dictatorship' is the sweetest form of governemnt after all.

I've not been hands-on in the day to day running of PURE preferring instead to focus on single issues of importance although I was the first External Relations minister...

Today I'm involved in co-ordinating invention efforts, preoccupied with the macro-economic issue of contolling our supply of money with a view to advantageously skewing the balance-of-trade and generally helping out when and where I can. I don't PVP as much as I'd like for a variety of reasons (got married, got an annoyingly self-obsessed border collie puppy who needs attention all the bloody time and I have to endure occaisional sensory imperfections which would make me dangerous to fly with!) but I do my bit.

Why Elect Me?

Firstly, and most importantly, I am an Eve player who plays the game via the client rather than the Eve-Online forums. While the forums are important and entertaining, they are for me a poor second to achieving things in-game. CAOD occaisionally appears to me to be nothing more than a really bizarre scif-fi flavourerd WWE rant, one that I observe but studiously don't participate in.

Secondly I play the game in very broad ways – I’m involved in invention, manufacturing, research, NPCing and PVP. I speak to people who do the rest (mining, complexes and so on) so I feel that I have a good grasp of the mood in most areas of Eve.


Gritt Pebbledasher
PURE Legion
Pure.
Posted - 2008.04.30 21:06:00 - [4]
 

I have ample experience of 0.0 life, including operating alliance structures; I ran FIX for a while, I have been instrumental in setting up PURE. This has involved an appreciation of how to create and operate trans-national social structures to provide a kind of coherence for the entity across 23/7. I should add that this issue fascinates me.

Fourthly I tend to look at issues from a macroscopic level while culling data from people on the ground. In PURE this means I am looking at issues surrounding money supply as part of broader trading strategy in which I and others are involved. This appreciation for how large and often semi-imperceptible issues affect individual pilots is, I contend, something that we as players definitely, definitely want to see on the Council.

Finally I promise to be an effective representative. I really want the CSM to live up to its promise for useful and frank dialogue between Players (paying customers) and CCP and believe that I can help to ensure that this is what happens. I will not be party to any whitewashes or tolerate corruption such as we saw last year. I will always try be available for contact so that I may represent your views (whoever you may be), or an echo of them, to CCP at meetings. And I promise not to be partisan or to try to abuse my position to benefit myself, my corporation or my alliance.

Concrete Proposals

These are things that I want to try and get adopted, should you elect me to the CSM.

1) Greater transparency in the petitions process; some kind of record noting who's petition gets nodes rebooted for instance, viewable by people affected by that decision. If you are affected by the resolution of someone else's petition, you should have a right to know who opened it and which GM answered it. The benefit here for players is that you get less worked up about collusion/corruption because you can sort of see what's gone on which shouldn't really be a secret thing in matters like node reboots and yet right now, as we've seen, they are. The advantage for CCP is that they get to conclusively nail another irritating ghost that's been lingering post BOB-Dev scandal.

2) Improved corp and alliance tools, specifically the ability to grant roles to individuals not in your corp, communications streamlining and perhaps the ability to set departmental budgets. Perhaps allowing alliance-wide 'blacklists' of dodgy pilots automatically unemployable so long as their name is on an alliance-administered list. Things to better integrate corp systems and alliance systems. All sorts of things, really.

3) Push hard for improved node-support for system populations > 250 so that the mere arrival of a fairly average fleet doesn't tank the node. Similarly make the usual gripes about lag. Failing that, push CCP to make public what's known about where's laggiest/most unstable to level the playing field for all concerned, possibly via some kind of traffic report when you log in.

4) Lobby hard for the insurance system to better reflect the true costs of purchasing T2 ships.

Breha Organa
Posted - 2008.05.02 02:48:00 - [5]
 

I wish you all the best in your campaign.

Hamfast
Gallente
Posted - 2008.05.02 14:34:00 - [6]
 

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?
b. What ideas do you have to improve invention?

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?
b. Should the Security Level of a system affect changes to Pilot Security level changes?
c. Should the Security Level of a Targeted Pilot have more of an effect on the security change of the attacker?

3) Industry – The Creators of Eve
a. Do you regularly build anything?
b. Do you regularly mine?
c. What do you think could be done to improve industry in Eve?
d. You have been asked to help with new ships for industrial characters, describe a few ideas…

Gritt Pebbledasher
PURE Legion
Pure.
Posted - 2008.05.02 18:42:00 - [7]
 

Cool, I will go through point-by-point.

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?
b. What ideas do you have to improve invention?


I have done invention as an individual and now co-ordinate invention efforts on an alliance scale inside PURE. I believe its a significantly fairer, more competitive measure than the old T2 BPO lottery which gave near-monopolies to a few lucky individuals, except in the well documented cases of CCP corruption where luck had nothing to do with it. Invention does away with that monopoly advantage, in T2, reducing it to the level of a material-level advantage instead (traded off against deployable volume), reducing the capacity for corruption to disrupt the fair flow of the game. To improve it, I would publically vow to have all T3 and beyond being invention only and to remove the entrenched advantage in T2 BPOs, I would eventually move to remove them from the game.

Originally by: Hamfast
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?
b. Should the Security Level of a system affect changes to Pilot Security level changes?
c. Should the Security Level of a Targeted Pilot have more of an effect on the security change of the attacker?


I think it would seem more realistic if the speed of the Concord response were dictated by the bounty on the pilot's head. Money motivates, after all.

Originally by: Hamfast
3) Industry – The Creators of Eve
a. Do you regularly build anything?
b. Do you regularly mine?
c. What do you think could be done to improve industry in Eve?
d. You have been asked to help with new ships for industrial characters, describe a few ideas…



I've done building of T1 items and some T2 ships. I really try not to mine, leveraging isk against the time investment and taking profit (tho less) off increased volume of production.

As outlined above, industry could be improved (at a T2 level) by removing the entrenched advantage of T2 BPOs which are no longer made available to pilots who don't hold them. Additionally, I've said on my site that I feel that more expensive insurance for T2 with realistic payouts for a ship loss would encourage people to fly newer ships while providing an economic stimulus for their replacement.

Jin Savage
Posted - 2008.05.04 13:26:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Gritt Pebbledasher
Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:



Wow we get this kind of attitude before he's voted in, just think what it'll be like if he gets in...

Kali Burr
Posted - 2008.05.04 16:54:00 - [9]
 

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.

Evil Spy
Gallente
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2008.05.05 07:54:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Jin Savage
Originally by: Gritt Pebbledasher
Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:



Wow we get this kind of attitude before he's voted in, just think what it'll be like if he gets in...


I prefer someone saying what he thinks than someone asskicking everyone to get in.

lunnatic
Solarflare Heavy Industries
DEM0N HUNTERS
Posted - 2008.05.05 11:37:00 - [11]
 

Endorsement for a friend and a great candidate with brilliant ideas on how to go forward.

Lunn

Alesk Remo
Amarr
Locked Lotteries
Posted - 2008.05.05 17:58:00 - [12]
 

Further endorsement. I support your ideas fully and like the attitude.

In regard to the comment made as to your attitude, I applaud your effort to go and create a full website describing your proposal. How many other candidates went to such trouble?

There are some questions I would also like to put forward however and look forward to your responses in the following:

a) EVE often proves to be am extreme monopolistic environment, even outside of the T2 BPO lottery and etc. What are your views on monopolies and controlled markets? How do you propose for newer players who battle to earn 5 million to compete with those who battle to spend their billions fast enough?

b) Character Races started out as great ideas but alot of the effect of races has been lost in the melting point which EVE has become. Some would say that race only govern character benefits but do not do much else. What are your views as to how the race system can be improved to the benefit of the player base?

Asa Tru
Lonetrek Trade and Industries
Posted - 2008.05.07 13:34:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Jin Savage
Originally by: Gritt Pebbledasher
Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:



Wow we get this kind of attitude before he's voted in, just think what it'll be like if he gets in...


I actually like that attitude. I help in the help channel, and frankly, people need to start doing things on their own a little more often, instead of expecting everything to be handed to them. Gritt's got my vote.

Pontet Canet
Amarr
en primeur
Posted - 2008.05.07 13:58:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Jin Savage
Originally by: Gritt Pebbledasher
Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:



Wow we get this kind of attitude before he's voted in, just think what it'll be like if he gets in...


I think it shows quite sensibly that he says it as he sees it. Learn to click. Wink

Hardon got my vote, but I like the cut of your jib.

Machiavelli7
Gallente
Euphoria Released
HYDRA RELOADED
Posted - 2008.05.10 11:30:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Asa Tru
Originally by: Jin Savage
Originally by: Gritt Pebbledasher
Well for those too lazy or inept to click on a single hyperlink, I'll post my spiel here:



Wow we get this kind of attitude before he's voted in, just think what it'll be like if he gets in...


I actually like that attitude. I help in the help channel, and frankly, people need to start doing things on their own a little more often, instead of expecting everything to be handed to them. Gritt's got my vote.



It was this attitude that made Gritt a major success when running FIX Alliance in it's territory-holding heyday.

Paldox
DRUCKWELLE Evolution
The Initiative.
Posted - 2008.05.19 10:29:00 - [16]
 

You got my vote. Let's see how this turns out.

Cheers


 

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