I would say that this week has been the first one that I would label as quiet. That does not mean we were not doing things. I just feel that I detached my phone from my hand a bit more than I have been. But I read a lot. Reading the invention conversations have been educational.
But CSM stuff isn’t all about talking to CCP. On the outreach and communication front I feel that things have accelerated. I’m pleased. My talk with Eve Uni on Sunday went well. I received a lot of feedback and eve-mails and the occasional e-mail have been coming in. It is leaving me a lot of information to filter. Some I can present now, some will have to wait for other things to happen first. Some are hopes and others are dreams but all of it is valuable. It helps me form an image of what the players want and how they see things.
I think I’ve also developed that player vs CSM balance. I’m still not out and about as I was, but I’m joining fleets again and doing my normal player stuff. On the flip side my chatroom is nice and active with a range of topics. I also have no shame about throwing other CSM members at a person if I can get a hold of them. I guess I am settling in.
I hope when it comes to communication, outreach, and listening, people are happy with me. If not, tell me before I wander down a path unwanted. There is a lot of feedback that I’d like to hear about Kronos changes, especially on the Faction Warfare front. I’ve been keeping up with discussions on that topic. I also heard a complaint that made me very excited. Someone complained that there are so many cruisers out and about in low sec now. I smiled.
That leads to Crius. People are testing and providing feedback. This is a big, big change that is coming in. It is a daily topic in Skype.
Usage restrictions are being lifted from .4 space. I was glad to see CCP Greyscale announce this on the test server feedback thread. This was a question in my campaign and I spent a good bit of time thinking about it and decided that it will be a good thing.
However, a new restriction is that new corporations will have a seven day wait before they can drop a POS. This is a war dec avoidance measure. POS should/may become more appealing due to improved costs. This means assets out in space and that means people war decing those assets in high sec, potentially. A lot of people do not like it. I’m neutral about it. I will be interested to see if war decers really come to grind POS over and over again. I cannot help but feel it will outlive its potential interest, quickly.
I’ve been rampaging around a bit. I dropped into Lockefox’s twitch stream while he was playing with the UI to see how he liked it and then ask him to write up his feedback. Ali has also been streaming her industry practice on the test server and I’ve set up my manufacturing lines to see what I do and don’t like about it. I do agree with Locke that the blueprint list at the bottom of the interface needs to be separated from the graphical UI for screen real estate reshuffling.
If you have not heard, CCP Punkturis announced that you will be able to flag yourself to not accept fleet warp and that you will be able to fit modules you do not have the skills for.
The first is a small but highly useful change. I like it a lot. The ‘control your ship’ side of me says that it should be default. I know that many people feel that would make life too hard for fleet commanders. It is where I get stubborn. People should be paying attention by default.
The second will make life easier for anyone who fits ships for other people. I’d love if it also opened the door to a future contract ability to sell fit ships. That’s a dream/goal on my list not a NDA thing. However, the side effect of this change is that you can now fit rigs that you could not before. It invalidates most uses of the Jury Rigging skill. There was already a work around for that since other people could fit your rigs and you just soaked up the penalties. The positives are worth pushing this forward. I assume that rigs will be updated in the future module rebalancing. I don’t like leaving things open ended like this. I feel that the quality of life improvements are worth it.
Outside of that I’ve been asking some questions and listening to a lot of feedback as well as working on the little things PvE project.
The First CSM9 Townhall is June 22nd, 2014 at 1900.
My next Open Q&A will be July 13th, 2014 at 1500 and 2200. The last one went well and hopefully we will have plenty to talk about and even more people attending the next. I will hopefully do a better job with filling in quiet spots and drag any of my fellow CSM members that I can get my hands on to join in. I have a new headset and it seems to be working loud and clear.
The VA/DC/MD meet in DC went very well. I’m saying we schedule the next for August and then one for the end of September. I’m going to get them on the forums early so that people can plan.
In game I am still trying to have meetings or just find people to harass for feedback and thoughts.
I've been thinking a lot about taxes. Corporation taxes to be exact. What are your thoughts on what we should and should not be able to tax on by our corporations and why?