I was able to make two of the meet and greets and one of the stakeholder meetings this week. Next week I should be able to make all of the meetings except the one on Tuesday. Learning who to go for is a very important part of the job. I can take things to any developer but taking them to the correct developer is how I will get results.
We’re starting to post more on the internal forums as we ramp up. We’re getting our direct feedback/feed to channels together and in general Leeloo is a Genie I have decided who appears the moment we have a need. There is a certain amount of comfort to be gained that I envy in those who were here last year. They are well past this point. However, their experience is extremely helpful.
Which leads into the stuff announced this week.
These are being refined still. The feedback has been tremendous and appreciated. It has been read and processed and used to improve and refine this into the useful tool that we want it to be. There are now even more options for them. The redundancy issues have been discussed on the forum thread as well.
Faction Warfare Plex Changes
The Faction Warfare site changes are on SiSi. Please test these and give feedback.
Freighter and Jump Freighter re-rebalance
Whew. This went from rigs to low slots during a lot of discussion and a building threadnought. In looking at this the question was not just customization but flexibility in customization. Rigs created customization but not flexibility. I, for instance, was not going to rig for cargo. Agility and tank were too important to me. While people often have many haulers having many freighters is another thing altogether.
The switch to low slots settled down many of the recurring questions and discomforts that the rig solution had. Some people wanted to know why even make the jump? Why not start there? Well, until we went through the process rigs made sense. Creating something that worked turned out not to be what was wanted. This is where feedback is valuable. This is where the familiarity of the past CSMs came into play. I learned a lot during this process as everyone (CSM/CCP/Good posters) worked for a better result.
I'm giving mad props to mynnna and Steve for being able to create spreadsheets of information out of thin air. Its damn frightening but incredibly useful when we are working over things. But I think they blink and wiggle their nose and poof. Kinda creepy. Good creepy. :P
New low grade pirate implants
I was hoping for my suggested name of bargain-grade implants but I’ll have to be happy with the new low grade. Previous low grade implants are now mid grade. Previous named, but not graded implants, are now high grade. The low grade are new with a smaller bonus. I liked these a lot because I felt they gave an entry level implant option to people who didn’t want to drop half a bil on a low grade set for their head. I had to bite my tongue on this one because I was very excited about it. I hope that it will provide a super nice entry level to fancy implants.
Coming to a low sec belt near you, flat black skillet battleships, pointy, paper cut inducing cruisers, and little black frigates that are perfect for the first date. These ships excite everyone around me. I will admit that I don’t have missile skills so I won’t be flying one anytime soon.
Medium Microjump Drives
Not on ABCs (Attack Battle Cruisers). This means no 100k jumping sniper fleets of attack battlecruisers.
Thank you to the people taking the time to make good posts, with complete thoughts and reasons for why you do or do not like things. We are reading. CCP is reading. And a lot of productive stuff is coming out of these feedback threads.
There are unfun parts. I learned how painful it is to not be able to tell anyone about a change. I had someone reach out to me and offer me hyperspatial velocity rigs after the Fanfest announcement. We discussed what rigs I’d want for my JF. And, when the revamped low slot discussion started, I couldn't say to them, “yeah I changed my mind.” And it sucked. It sucked a lot. And yes I signed up for it but that doesn't make it pleasant.
We may ask a question but we may not be able to give the answer given. Recently, with the freighter changes we have been accused of not communicating. It is easy for me to say, “What?” But, I’m coming to understand that people really would like a blow by blow update on what is going on. I can't do that. We have to give after the fact summaries. That is the nature of the beast. On every thread every member could chime in and say, “We are aware” or “we are working on it” but I think our over all forum presence has been steady with Mike and Steve leading the pack. Mynnna and Corbexx are also active and the rest of us wander in as we will. I’ve tried to post more on the forums. And when I do, I won't always agree.
I decided on June 8th for my Eve Uni chat. I am going to run two sessions and see how that goes. The purpose is to cover time zones to some reasonable extent. I have to write a summary about what it is. It is a meet and greet of me to people for the most part. I really don’t know what to write but I need to get that to Neville. I also pushed it back a week because I got the opportunity to go to Miami this week. I’ll be coming home on the 1st and didn't want to try to mix travel and talking.
I’ve never been a big chat on coms kind of person. I’m working at visiting people and meeting with them. I’m just not one to drop on other peoples coms without planning. I’m trying to be available and listen.
Steve is working on CSM9.org and turning it into a place with features. Nosy Gamer started CSM Wire. Being followed by stuff like this is kind of weird. Seeing myself quoted makes me stop and blink.
Some ideas from the week that I’d love feedback on:
- Asked on twitter by Ali: “What if characters had flat attributes & no remaps, but everything else was as-is? Better? Worse?”
- Faction Warfare plexes with no sec hits? (I’ve seen this before as a suggestion and its one I like)
- Also, Faction Warfare plexes with more restrictions? T2 restrictions? T3 restrictions?
- Taxes on mining? Yes? No? How?
- Should we have a make mynnna have his name changed to one with a capital M campaign? I have to keep going back and editing out the capital M.