- There are bugs.
- There is a list of problems.
- There are wormhole problems too.
- There have been daily patches.
- There will continue to be fixes.
Yes there is now a NPC Tax to use your POS. Several mails came in last weekend and even Monday as people read the patch notes and found out that there was going to be a POS tax. I personally saw it as an ISK sink. Then, CCP Fozzie wrote a detailed answer as to the meanings behind the NPC tax on POS manufacturing. Like or hate it, it is here to stay. I am not fond of having a tax in my POS.
There are some new taxation options on the corporation POS as well.
“I need access to a corporate wallet to build from my POS!” This came up immediately and I was embarrassed to have missed that particular problem. Like many people, I use an alt corporation to do my industry. My alt corporation is just me or it is me and someone else and we all have access to everything. This is a very common thing so when Crius went live, people who used their mains to also do their industry but had no corporation wallet access, suddenly needed it.
The use of a corporate wallet to pay for a POS fee makes sense on a structural level. The problem is that Eve players do not use their corporations in that way. Corporations are often social groups and the corporation functions are used to help support various things we are doing. But, because this is Eve and everyone can steal everything stuff is locked down and we do not share well due to the current state of corporation roles. This means that our industry tends not to be a corporation project and access to something like a wallet for the average member isn’t going to happen.
The solution, of using alt corporations is one I’d like to discourage as the automatic default. I believe that our habit of fragmenting into alt corporations for everything is a symptom of the current corporation mechanics not being able to keep up with what we, as players want and need to do. I don’t want people to feel as if they cannot do things to sustain themselves inside of their personal corporation and feel that they have to go off to alt corporations and maybe come back together under an alliance. If they want to, that is great, but I’d love if it was not the default to just feel functional and secure. Please, do not confuse that with my not wanting people to have the option. Go for it. Have eleventy thousand alt corps for everything that you do. I simply want those who actually want to work together to have a better time of it.
On Tuesday, when Crius launched, I was asked if I prefer it to be my day off or not. I said that I prefer it to be my day off because people come to me with stuff. There was a lot of information to filter and sort. For those who want to keep up to date but are uncomfortable with the forums, remember that you can just read Dev Posts. They have a nice little block of text as well so you can pick and choose what you read. You can also click on the blue DEV stripe on their portrait to move to the next Dev post.
The other thing is that there are people who like Crius. I’ve received as much positive feedback as I have negative feedback.
CCP Seagull is the new Executive Producer of Eve Online. The Executive Producer job has gone unfilled for a long time. While she has been filling in the position that is not the same as it being 100% hers. Now it is. She also did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit. Susan Black gives a summary of some of the points made. There were a lot of 0.0 questions. They were not all answered. There were some nuggets here and there. She let loose the fact that there will be a sharable overview coming soon. That is one less thing to bite my tongue about.
“Sugar, industry didn’t interest me! What is next?” Stuff. Stuff is next. Per CCP Explorer people will be heading back into the office in August. He also listed the release dates and name list for the rest of the year and links to the Fanfest 2014 Keynote which also holds the 2015 release schedule.
3 Jun – Kronos
22 Jul – Crius
26 Aug – Hyperion
30 Sep – Oceanus
4 Nov – Phoebe
9 Dec – Rhea
And that has been the bulk of my week.
I was asked if I really spend four hours a day doing CSM stuff. The answer is, some days. If I include everything, the CSM eats a good portion of my time. From Skype to internal forums to external forums to chats, e-mails, eve-mails, and conversations. Even doing things like writing this weekly summary eats into time. Some days things are quiet but frankly, the CSM eats a lot of my free time and I’m fine with that. That is why I am here.