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Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.01 18:39:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Dierdra Vaal on 01/05/2008 20:00:51
Eve University's candidate for the CSM

Who is Dierdra?
Dierdra Vaal is a Caldari Achura female. Yes, the one with straight brown hair. She has around 17 million skillpoints. Dierdra Vaal has been with Eve University for most of her capsuleer life, working her way up from a student to a teacher and recruitment officer to finally a director of the corporation. As director of recruitment, Dierdra has overseen the recruitment department of one of the biggest corporations in EVE for over 6 months, while very regularly teaching classes on Electronic Warfare, Fleet Movement and Exploration (among others). Dierdra is running for a seat on the CSM on behalf of Eve University.

Eve University is the main corporation of the Ivy League alliance, and is an altruistic corp dedicated to helping new players get started in Eve. This is done by providing help through corp chat and our extensive forums, live ingame classes on all subjects and one-on-one mentoring.

... and in real life?
My real name is is Valentijn Geirnaert, I’m 23 years old and a computer science major in the Netherlands, at the Hague University. I minor in game design, which is one of my passions. I’m currently doing an internship in a city near The Hague, where I am part of a small team developing an educational multiplayer game.

Why you should vote for Dierdra
I have been playing EVE since 2006 and I know a lot about the game, even though I may not have been in the game as long as some others. I am also very fast learner, and would put the time and effort in to learn about subjects in Eve I know less about if they come up for discussion - to make sure I can form an informed opinion.

I am good at explaining a certain subject of discussion, seeing that subject from other perspectives, and coming to a satisfactory compromise. I also have a tendency to play ‘devils advocate’ when there seems to be no critical views of a certain subject. While this may not always be appreciated, it does ensure that every subject is viewed critically. This means I will treat all suggestions fairly, and defend them when I see that they are good for the game. I am good at understanding arguments made by others, and speak on their behalf. This is very important because I expect most arguments will come from regular players in Eve (through the CSM forum), rather than from the Representatives. It is important that the CSM is the voice of the many - the player population - and not the voice of the few - the representatives and their personal opinions, towards CCP.

As I mentioned before, I am doing a game design minor at university. Through my current internship, my university courses and work on Unreal Tournament mods, I have gained game design experience. I believe this experience greatly helps me determine the impact a certain design decision will have on the game. Even seeminly harmless changes can have unexpectedly large consequences.

Lastly, I expect that the CSM will cost a considerable amount of time. You can be sure I can and will live up to the responsibility. I have a proven track record with Eve University, dedicating many hours every week to helping new players through classes, one-on-one tutoring and recruiting. I think it is important that the people we elect can put in enough time to actually help the game.

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.01 18:40:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Dierdra Vaal on 01/05/2008 20:00:35
A common misconception
Just because I keep new players in mind does NOT mean I want to dumb down the game. One of Eve's qualities is its complexity and depth. However, complexity does not have to equal difficulty, and I think there is a lot that can be done to soften the learning curve of the game - without turning it into World of Warcraft.

A final word
I am not good at campaigning. I do not have a witty name, and I do not write long topics with good ideas. I do not troll the eve-online or SHC forums.

However, I can put in the required effort, and I can recognise good ideas when I see them, and even come up with a few of my own! I am the right person for the job, and you are free to ask me questions or debate gameplay issues with me, here or ingame.

Campaign website
http://www.eve-ivy.com/votedv/

tl;dr version
Vote for Dierdra Vaal. Just because

Danton Marcellus
Nebula Rasa Holdings
Posted - 2008.05.01 19:36:00 - [3]
 

A question that comes to mind here, how do you feel about the asian expansion and the balance between the achura bloodline and the rest and how if at all would you like to see that changed?

Ankhesentapemkah
Gallente
Posted - 2008.05.01 19:41:00 - [4]
 

Good luck, Dierdra.

I'd definately love to see you make it to the CSM, because you are a great asset for the Eve community due to your work through the Eve University, and this track record shows clearly your altruistic nature, which is a very important aspect of a CSM candidate to me.

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.01 19:47:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Dierdra Vaal on 01/05/2008 19:48:18
Originally by: Danton Marcellus
A question that comes to mind here, how do you feel about the asian expansion and the balance between the achura bloodline and the rest and how if at all would you like to see that changed?


I do not think there is a large disparity between the bloodlines. All bloodlines have exactly 30 attribute points. While perhaps minor adjustments can be made to improve things, I do not think this is a major problem, especially since attributes do not affect how well a person performs in the game. It just determines how long it takes them to train a specific skill. It took me quite a while to train Leadership 5 having only 3 charisma, I can tell you :(

Added:

Thanks Ankhesentapemkah :)

Danton Marcellus
Nebula Rasa Holdings
Posted - 2008.05.01 20:25:00 - [6]
 

If it doesn't really matter how come then that nearly all new characters are achura?

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.01 20:31:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Dierdra Vaal on 01/05/2008 20:32:13
Originally by: Danton Marcellus
If it doesn't really matter how come then that nearly all new characters are achura?


Because they have the best looking characters of the caldari. At least that is my opinion. :P

A vain reason, perhaps, but I know new players care more for the visuals and storyline background of their character than the difference in starting skills and attributes. The reason for this is simple, new players simply dont really know yet what skills/attributes are 'good'.

This is the same reason that there are many caldari and gallente, but very few amarr. Most people prefer to play "freedom loving democrats" or "efficient high tech capitalists" instead of "religious zealots". Only once people know the game they will seek out which race/bloodline combo gives them the best stats to start with.

Danton Marcellus
Nebula Rasa Holdings
Posted - 2008.05.01 20:34:00 - [8]
 

Ok a sense of humour, that's a plus but aside from the ladyboys among us who would play achura for their looks, damn oompa loompas the lot of them!

Doc Eldritch
EVE University
Ivy League
Posted - 2008.05.01 23:39:00 - [9]
 

With respect to your election platform (focussing on younger players) are there any specific issues you would like to address or that you feel that CCP should put more work into?

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.02 10:20:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Doc Eldritch
With respect to your election platform (focussing on younger players) are there any specific issues you would like to address or that you feel that CCP should put more work into?


Yes, I do feel more work can be done to reduce the learning curve of this game. This could even start by simply improving the UI, which I feel in its current state isnt exactly helping. I also think better guidance can be given to help players learn how they can make isk, and how they can find a player corp that is right for them. Getting a solid isk base (missioning and salvaging for example, or jetcan mining) will allow them some freedom to buy new ships, while getting into a player corp will help them be part of the community, as well as (hopefully) provide them another source of help.

Hamfast
Gallente
Posted - 2008.05.02 14:33:00 - [11]
 

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…

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.02 15:20:00 - [12]
 

Edited by: Dierdra Vaal on 02/05/2008 15:38:20
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?

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…



1a) I have not. I do have a research agent accumulating points, and have found invention materials while doing exploration, but I havent gotten around to doing any invention. Though I do think it seems interesting... but so many things in eve are.
1b) One problem I've seen is the availability (or lack of) research slots in empire stations. Now, this is fairly logical since they are 1) safe and 2) easy to get to. However, the long waiting times for these slots make it a lot harder for new players who wish to get into manufacturing or invention to do so. Newer players may not know how or where to get access to research POS slots, while more experienced players can. Perhaps it is an idea to add additional - newbie - slots to stations. These would only allow players to research basic items (ammo and probes for example, definately no ships), to make them less appealing to more experienced players. Unfortunately I would have to look into exploration in more detail to identify any possible other improvements.

2a) I think concord should respond as fast as they can in any situation.
2b) I do not think there is a specific problem that is solved by this, so I have to ask, is there a reason for this change?
2c) No.

3a) I don't
3b) I don't
Note: While I do not (currently) do industry myself, I am an active user of the result of industry (modules/ships), so I am thoroughly aware of the importance of a proper industry system in Eve.
3c) Aside from improving the accessability for new players, I'm afraid I am not familiar enough with industry to identify any other problems. However, if you have suggestions to make, I'm all ears :)
3d) I think a smaller, non capital version of the Rorqual could be an interesting ship. It would also provide a bit of an industrial base in space, though obviously at a much smaller scale than a rorqual. Or perhaps a ship with some manufacturing capabilities.

BlondieBC
Minmatar
Galactic Exploration and Missions
Posted - 2008.05.02 17:03:00 - [13]
 

1) What are you views on faction warfare, and do you consider ccp implementing faction warefare important?

2) Do you supports ccp goal on trying to move people to low sec and 0.0?

3) Do you support changes to make low sec and 0.0 more populated? Please discuss changes.

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.03 10:46:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: BlondieBC
1) What are you views on faction warfare, and do you consider ccp implementing faction warefare important?

2) Do you supports ccp goal on trying to move people to low sec and 0.0?

3) Do you support changes to make low sec and 0.0 more populated? Please discuss changes.


1) Unfortunately, not a lot of information is known at all about faction warfare. I hope it will encourage players to participate in small to medium sized gang pvp. I think, if done well, it can add a lot of depth and fun to the game, and I do think it is important that CCP implements this well. I hope CCP will tell us more about it soon :)

2) I feel people should have the choice and the option to do so, but they shouldnt be forced. So make low sec more attractive compared to high sec to get more players to go there, and make 0.0 more accessible (more entry points and internal routes to make it harder to lock down a specific region by camping the few entry gates). However, people have suggested to move all level 4 missions to low sec. I do not agree with that, or similar measures, because it doesn't leave players the option to stay in high sec if they want to.

3) I definately support the initiative to make low sec more populated because I think it is currently a rather under used area of the game. This could be done by making low sec mining and missioning more profitable compared to high sec (the current profit difference often does not outweigh the massive risk difference), or put objectives in low sec that are not found anywhere else in the game.

I would also support changes that make 0.0 more accessible (more access points), especially for players who are not part of a large 0.0 alliace. This would lead to 0.0 alliances having to actively police their internal space, as well as allow all players an oppurtunity to go out to 0.0 if they wish so. Overall, I think it would make 0.0 more populated and more dynamic.

Kali Burr
Posted - 2008.05.04 16:52:00 - [15]
 

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.

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.04 20:42:00 - [16]
 

1) What you are talking about sounds a lot like CCPs plans for factional warfare. I definately would support improving Eve's PvE content. While this doesn't (and shouldn't) form the backbone of the game's gameplay, PvE is generally a lot more accessible than PvP, and the current PvE offer in Eve is meager at best.

2) Again, this sounds like something that might make it into factional warfare. It is also an interesting oppurtunity for roleplaying, although I think that due to the competitive and often combat oriented nature of players, players will most likely opt for a combat solution wherever possible. This might hinder any storylines (or diversity in storylines) CCP may have planned.

3) Allowing players truly create new items is interesting, but it would require a complete redesign of the way invention works, and probably the way items in general work as well. It would also be difficult to make this system both balanced and interesting.

4) I would not support this. While I do think the current 0.0 mechanics favour the defenders a bit too much, I think players already have oppurtunities to go to 0.0. I see no real reason to allow high sec players to have such a drastic impact on the 0.0 territorial/political landscape.

5) Creating official events (as in, organised by CCP/ISD) takes a large amount of time and organisation, so organising many would simply cost too much time. However, if you are referring to events like the alliance tournament, any alliance can take part. I myself participated in the alliance tournament before the last one. Likewise, the ISGC races are open to everyone, and I happen to know there's a few fairly new Eve University students who are part of some big name ISGC teams.

And ultimately, you can always take it up to yourself to organise events :)

Gekkoh
Caldari
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2008.05.04 20:54:00 - [17]
 

I'd just like to say that Dierdra Vaal is one of the best teachers at Eve University. I took an electronic warfare class and a fleet movement class where he was the instructor, and his patient, calm and informative teaching style was ideal for the job.

Taking ones personal time to teach classes over and over to groups of new Eve players is something that the vast majority of Eve players wouldn't do... the fact that Dierdra Vaal does this regularly, absolutely for free, shows that he has real passion for Eve.

I think those same personality traits would serve all of us well if he was elected as a CSM, as he would communicate well with the developers and work together with his fellow CSMs to improve Eve.

We need a balance of CSM personal priorities, and I think Dierdra Vaal's focus on removing some of the frustration in playing Eve (UI fixes, better in-game information, etc) would go a long ways towards improving Eve for all of us.

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.04 22:29:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Gekkoh
I'd just like to say that Dierdra Vaal is one of the best teachers at Eve University. I took an electronic warfare class and a fleet movement class where he was the instructor, and his patient, calm and informative teaching style was ideal for the job.

Taking ones personal time to teach classes over and over to groups of new Eve players is something that the vast majority of Eve players wouldn't do... the fact that Dierdra Vaal does this regularly, absolutely for free, shows that he has real passion for Eve.

I think those same personality traits would serve all of us well if he was elected as a CSM, as he would communicate well with the developers and work together with his fellow CSMs to improve Eve.

We need a balance of CSM personal priorities, and I think Dierdra Vaal's focus on removing some of the frustration in playing Eve (UI fixes, better in-game information, etc) would go a long ways towards improving Eve for all of us.


Thank you Gekkoh :)

Morning Maniac
EVE University
Ivy League
Posted - 2008.05.05 15:42:00 - [19]
 

I would just like to confirm what others have said. Deirdra is one of the mainstays of EVE University. Not only does (s)he do a lot for the students by teaching classes but he also puts in a lot of work behind the scenes.

DV is great in discussions because he doesn't just have his own opinion but also listens and he's man enough (even though he plays a girl Very Happy) to change his views when new information is brought to the table.

All in all it is a pleasure to work with Deidra Vaal and if he gets elected I am sure he will do an excellent job in the CSM.

Max Torps
Nomadic Conglomerate
Posted - 2008.05.05 16:18:00 - [20]
 

Edited by: Max Torps on 07/05/2008 07:04:05

Agreed. I'm a great fan of Eve University's work myself. So much so that when I did run my radio station I commissioned an advert for them as free publicity...I didn't tell them either.. Embarassed

Now that my station is off air for the time being Eve Uni and the community may as well have these adverts, maybe another station or podcast would like them to broadcast.

http://www.starfleetcomms.com/EveUni.zip

Very Happy

Vote for me here
Candidate thread here
Website here


Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.05 21:54:00 - [21]
 

Thanks Morning Maniac (the Ivy League/Eve Uni CEO :P), and Max!

Kusachiho
Gallente
Dirt Nap Squad
Dirt Nap Squad.
Posted - 2008.05.06 17:57:00 - [22]
 

Edited by: Kusachiho on 06/05/2008 19:07:07
Wow... shows how much I've been paying attention as of late (damn dirty finals >.>). Logged on to Eve for a bit to see how my first attempts at trading are going (up to 700k from a 300k investment with hopefully more to come xD) and noticed talk of the elections being thrown around. So upon going to look at the front page I noticed people were up for election. Upon going through the list I noticed Dierdra on there. And maybe I'm biased because I spent the first six months or so of my newbie life in E-Uni.

I can honestly say that in learning under Dierdra (and many others mind you ;) ) that I got a lot more out of the game than I knew even existed. More specifically pertaining to Dierdra since he is the one running for the office, I happily voted for him because for one he is not only full of information, but he also know how to apply it. Which is a rare compromise to find. Two he is just an all around fun guy who does not easily become big-headed.



Danton Marcellus
Nebula Rasa Holdings
Posted - 2008.05.06 21:48:00 - [23]
 

This candidate is being endorsed and promoted on the Nebula Rasa forums.

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2008.05.06 21:49:00 - [24]
 

Originally by: Danton Marcellus
This candidate is being endorsed and promoted on the Nebula Rasa forums.


Rightly so, excellent candidate and a very impressive record in Eve.

Klaitu BenJohhn
The Graduates
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2008.05.07 04:35:00 - [25]
 

Dierdra has my vote!

ZenRath
Psychopathia
IDLE EMPIRE
Posted - 2008.05.07 10:55:00 - [26]
 

What organisations do you belong to in rl?

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.07 16:58:00 - [27]
 

Thanks guys for your support!

ZenRath: I am a student in real life, I'm not really part of any organisation.

Danton Marcellus
Nebula Rasa Holdings
Posted - 2008.05.10 02:08:00 - [28]
 

Originally by: ZenRath
What organisations do you belong to in rl?


This is relevant how?

Dierdra Vaal
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.05.11 19:08:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: Danton Marcellus
Originally by: ZenRath
What organisations do you belong to in rl?


This is relevant how?


Perhaps it goes to my RL experience? :)

Silentbrick
Caldari
EVE University
Ivy League
Posted - 2008.05.14 15:43:00 - [30]
 

As someone who has worked with Dierdra Vaal since joining EVE University, I can tell you that of all the candidates, there is no better choice. If you want someone who truly wants and intends to do their best to improve EVE Online for ALL of us, not just their faction, alliance, race, etc, then this is the one to support.

Dierdra has always worked hard, donating personal time and fun to help make EVE a better place, and will continue to do so in the future. And it's done free of charge. Like all the teachers in EVE Uni, the only thing Dierdra takes from the students is the satisfaction that comes from helping someone. Not for isk, not for personal gain but simply for the fact that the more people that stay in EVE, the longer we get to play here, the more updates CCP does and the more fun we all have.


I hope that if you have not voted, you will vote for Dierdra.

Dierdra is also a good FC, and often takes out fleets for the Uni. Like all Uni things, even in wartime and combat, Dierdra manages to impart a few lessons to the students along the way.

Silentbrick
Fleet Admiral, Ivy League
Deranged CarebearTwisted Evil


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