The CSM scheduled its first Town Hall for the 22nd of June, 2014. I will not be there because it is a work weekend for me. However! For all of your talking to Sugar desires my first Open Q&A will be this evening with one at 1500 GMT and one at 2200 GMT. If you miss them do not fear! I will be doing this monthly or bi-monthly depending on feedback and interest.
The week started quietly because CCP was heads down to release Kronos. That made last weekend and Monday pretty damn quiet on the CSM front. Once Kronos went out I started wandering around gathering information from people. Some of it is looking for bugs. Things like the medium microjump drive having the incorrect icon were reported by many people. I got to undock and go help with Mordu hunting as well as watch local’s number almost double, constantly with an ever changing wave of names.
There has been a lot of, “I am not getting a Mordu spawn even though I hunted for hours,” reactions. On day one Fozzie tweeted the spawn and kill stats. With people still saying they feel that they are not spawning, I asked CCP to respond to the worries. Fozzie responded on this thread posted. They are spawning. People say they are not spawning. Other people keep posting that they have found them. They are spawning. My corporation alone can count half a dozen since the release and Naoru is out already almost losing his new, shiny Mordu cruiser.
Most of the feedback has been positive shading into neutral. I’ve spoken to some veterans who have said that they like the changes but do not feel as if any content has been pushed. I’ve explored some of the complaints about lack of content in other posts. There is no huge, incredible, game hinging feature in this expansion. Instead, there are a lot of small changes that bring a lot of quality to low sec and I admit that I am excited about that. I pondered this in a post the other day. I believe that some of the conflict of opinion we see with Eve players is based around the generation they started playing Eve. I don’t think that every release has been a generation but major ones that changed or defined something are.
That means Incarna was a generation. It means that Apocrypha was a generation as was Dominion. When we discuss things like Dominion Sov we have to also take into account how many players never experienced Dominion Sov. I think that looking at player reaction, both negative and positive based off of not just how long they have played and where they play but also off of when they started to play may help us figure out what people are actually reacting to. As a CSM member I am a funnel for all of this feedback and I need to understand not just the words that people are using but the structure behind those words so that I can better speak for them.
Now is where the player base’s reaction to six month cycles has to change. Those who are disappointed in the lack of content for their area of space or the overall lack of content are also used to the next six month wait. I think it is going to be a strange place for all of us as we wait for CCP to start delivering these releases. The end of the summer should be two releases in and I’ll be able to revisit the topic and see how the players are feeling about it.
For now, the move to Crius is already gearing up. The test server will be updated with the industry changes on Tuesday. For anyone who is willing to test, please do. The industry changes are enormous. The CSM agreed with this delay to incorporate player feedback. See what you do and don’t like and let us know. I got a lot of good invention feedback and I could use some more. The feedback thread with CCP Greyscale is going through a ton of work. Steve and mynnna are dumping serious hours into it.
Things for me to watch are the MMJD (Medium Micro Jumpdrive) and the new drone damage for capitals.
Let’s talk about PvE for a moment.
One of our meetings this week was with Space Glitter, the PvE team and as we talked about things I asked them what could I bring to the players about PvE? The answer was pretty much everything. They have not been shy over the PvE goals over the last years.
The mantra that Eve’s PvE sucks is common enough. The next comment is often, “It’s easy why don’t they just fix it?” The answer is that it isn’t easy. PvE, like much of Eve’s original code, was not made in a way to make interacting and changing it easy. That is what this team has been created to change. Of course, that does not help the right now.
What can we do. I have a stack of issues and problems on my table for the PvE team. I asked, “how can I bring these problems to you, productively? What can we get fixed in the now?” The CCP PvE team is interested in the “little things” that can improve our PvE quality of life.
Examples of “little things” PvE problems brought to me:
The 3/10 DED Exploration Complex ‘Angel Repurposed Outpost’ still has a Microwarpdrive restriction on it.
Quantum Spheres do not seem to be spawning in COSMOS missions.
For an example of a long term problem CCP has fixed:
The Level 5 mission Prison Break is now completable as of Rubicon 1.4
Mynnna created a submission form and I think that is a fine idea. I will do the same. There is also eve-mail, and e-mail. I’d prefer something written down because ‘this mission sucks’ is not going to help. However, the X mission for the Y thing named ‘Mission name here’ is broken because of the spawn/loot drop/broken gates/etc is what will help us get this to the PvE team in a way that they can process the changes and start pushing small things PvE style.
For Faction Warfare there has been a lot of discussion about the level four mission issues. Weigh in here please. The thread so far has been productive and full of good information and thoughts. I want the feedback of Faction Warfare players who use these missions to fund themselves. I want to know what will work for them.
The CSM was not aware that layoffs were going to happen. We are not involved in the HR (Human Resources) process as part of our CSM duties.
I am still chipping away at the task of improving my forum presence. I used to spend most of my online time on forums and I stopped about six years ago. Redeveloping the habit is taking some time.
I should be meeting up with Cap Stable for a podcast thing. I also need to hunt down another offer and follow up on it.
I had someone e-mail me from outside of the game to ask about the game for something? Maybe an article? I’m always happy to chat Eve with strangers so I dragged the rest of the CSM into the discussion. We have requested an official meeting with CCP present for this person to ask his questions of both the CSM members and of CCP about their process for and with the CSM. I don’t know if it will turn into anything but it has been an interesting exchange of information.
We'll also be putting together a reasonable things type of survey. Steve is working on security and auth for that.
CSM In Real Life:
The VA/MD/DC area is going to have another Saturday evening meet in Washington D.C. next Saturday. It will be at Duke's Grocery (this is a bar it seems) at 1800 EDT. This is in Dupont Circle 4 blocks away from the Dupont North Metro exit.