FIrst is a change that was dropped as a teaser by another CSM member some weeks ago. It instantly caused fear in some members of the wormhole community that CCP was changing PI (Planetary interaction) on them. In fact, CCP is simply removing a restriction where you currently cannot drop PI Command Centers in Sov unless you belong to the alliance that owns the system. This was a request by the null sec CSM members. I did not even know there was that restriction on null sec PI when it comes to who dropped command centers. Now, it will be the same everywhere.
CCP MasterPlan let out the fact that he has been working on making signatures persistent after downtime on Twitter. Most people were happy but I found one complaint that now new signatures will be harder to decipher from old. They are now up on SiSi along with the new bookmark copying.
The UI team is still working on the Industry window to make it a smoother and better experience. This is not an abandoned project. They have been pushing updates and fixes.
100MN (Battleship size) microwarpdrives are getting their cap usage cut in half. This is a very big deal. There is a lot of excitement. There are some murmurs that it will be over powered. I think that it is the type of change that needs to be fielded to see the effects. With the six week release cycle if it is truly broken and over powered and low sec becomes Machariels online, we can address the problem promptly.
The Scout Site changes for incursions are going in along with some changes to how many NCN sites spawn. This has been a major project for Mike and it is nice to see it implemented.
At the start of our Term CCP Fozzie told us that he was looking to add a new type of mission. It is one of those things where everyone said "yes please!" On Monday, CCP Seagull released the news and CCP Fozzie followed up with a dev blog about the missions.
Now, the reaction was not what I expected. I expected that i would sit here and respond to complaints that CCP was working on PvE content. All of the things about it, such as it being skippable, in the regular level fours but not decreasing access to the normal mission pool, and using frigates were supposed to be the defense for them. The idea of giving mission runners something new to try and a reason to try out frigates and fighting styles that are not optimal battleship blitzing seemed amazing.
I didn't expect people to stampede up to me and demand access to these missions. To demand mission agents. To tell me that they wanted this. That this would be something they could embrace and do. That tucking them away in level four missions was an awful, awful thing.
I talked to frigate pilots who do not own a battleship and pilots who do not have standings for level four missions and never enter high sec. They want these missions. They feel that it is a perfect content opportunity. But, they cannot access them because they are buried in the mission system. I was absolutely wrong about the reaction. But, I find it interesting. A few days ago all I heard was that PvE was terrible and they’d never want to do it. Instead, it appears that people are saying current PvE is terrible but they will look at new types and evaluate them. Know that I have heard these desires and will continue to express them to CCP to expand upon this type of content.
CCP Fozzie did respond about them being buried in the level IV system and I’m going to quote a part of his post.
"I completely understand why people would want to have these missions accessible from their own dedicated agents, and that is definitely something we'd like to do with similar missions in the future. However since these missions are going to be a bit more profitable than average level 4s and because there's only going to be five of them in this initial deployment, they aren't really suitable to stand on their own right now."The Summer Summit post is up and topics are being taken. We are working on a schedule. It will be three eight-hour days of talking and note taking for us.
Corbexx had a wormhole Town Hall last night which CCP Fozzie attended. The channel had about 300 people in it along with the people at the New England Meetup listening in. I tagged along just in case I could be useful. I ran home from work, changed, and logged on. I stepped right into the mass-based jump change and wow, what a discussion. People laid their opinions and CCP Fozzie answered them. The consensus is that they do not agree with the changes (but for one guy) and there was a very general feeling that null sec pushed for this and CCP bowed to them. The topic keep going back to the mass changes. I was able to share what I’ve picked up from the wormhole pilots that have come to me.
CCP Fozzie did say that BlackOps are high on the list for rebalance. This, I’m sure, surprises no one. Get your engines thinking and ready to give feedback, hopes, and dreams.
We had our bi-weekly meeting as well. It was short and sweet. Mostly it was a touch up on what had already come out and any questions or problems. Again, the wormhole mass changes were the main topic.
Next Sunday is my Eve Uni talk. At 1500 and 2200 on Eve Uni mumble. I’m asking Corbexx to come along so that some of the wormhole people who missed him at the townhall can talk to him there.