We had technical difficulties. During the entire summit we kept having files corrupt and they had to be recovered. This slowed everything down. Normally, Day 4 would have been recovered but with Fanfest on Thursday and Friday CCP had an Event and then the CSM had a gathering and a dinner, things didn't get done. Followed by developers where heading out to the European tour of Eve Meets, lots was going on, files had to be recovered, and everyone was exhausted. And here we are with them not finished and released. Releasing the minutes in 24 hours is ambitious and this time didn't go smoothly. I know other people like it. I've been over ruled on it. I still dislike it. I've been transcribing my notes and the video has been recovered so that last day should get together, approved, and released even if I have to endure my own voice and transcribe the entire thing on my next set of days off.
Tuesday is release day. Vanguard's patch notes are available. As always, read the patch notes. I do admit this is not a habit I had in any game before Eve.
The rules for the Amarr Championships have come out. People are already at work grinding up their security status and writing their letters to the houses. These are small gang fights that will take place in November with the finals at Fanfest for those interested. I'm not into tournaments but the amount of roleplay and angst is fascinating to behold. Like the decisions CCP has made on how to hold this or not, they have caused a stir of interest and that is always good. Remember, the team does not have to be the same corporation or alliance.
I got a nifty mail the other day from someone who contacted me about a little thing earlier in the year. I directed them to the little things thread. For the Vanguard release, they saw their little thing included in the release. All of the credit goes to the developer that pulled the fix from the little things thread and the player who posted it. I love to share success stories like that.
Also new players will be starting with some more skill points. There has been a lot of talk about retroactively giving the skillpoints to everyone. The two weeks before the patch will be grandfathered in. I've checked but I haven't seen mention of retroactively changing skill points for everyone for the other skill point changes that have come in. That includes when skill points where decreased to 50k. CCP Rise made a post about it. This topic is one that we started last year and it has continued forward. It is a fine balance between helping new players invest without taking away rewarding first moments. I'm not convinced that skilling them into T2 weapons and Frigate 5 on day one is the path to go. For one, not everyone wants combat capabilities and for two you take away so many early accomplishments that your help can also hinder. We who play, who write these blogs and argue these mechanics are vested in Eve. We have to invest new players first in the very concepts of our game.
Do you use PLEX to buy your Fanfest tickets? If so, buy them now. CCP will be phasing this out as they fully convert over to Eventbrite, The answer is in the link. Sales of Eve Vegas and Fanfest tickets via PLEX are very, very low volume and high overhead. When this was suggested last year the CSM pushed that CCP could not just snip it out without giving people a chance to plan around the change. That is why there is the special sale for this year and the warning of the change went out in March.
Eve Vegas is in less then four weeks. Oh my. Who else is going? If you are interested in Eve events check the Out of Game events section of the forums or try Eve Meet.
I have quite the task list of stuff to work on. It gets in the way of non-CSM blogging and regular game play. The minutes getting finished and the FAQ are my main priorities for my next two days off of work. I'm giving myself leeway that the FAQ may not get done till this weekend. Then it has to go in for fact checking with Team Game of Drones. I'm also going to try for a talk this weekend. I suspect Sunday around 1300 and 2000 Eve time like normal on Eve Uni public coms. I should have Corbexx along and Thoric can hopefully do the 2000 session for those interested in null sec chats.
We are hitting the halfway point of CSMX.
This last week has been interesting in that there has been a bit of a shift in the community mood. I don't know if it is because summer is over and peoples children have gone back to school. I do not know if it is because so much venom, bitterness, and hate has been spread that some are finding themselves empty. But there has been a marked change of behavior. People are pushing back against the negativity and nastiness instead of embracing it. Pizza for CCP. Support as CCP Ytterbium puts his foot down.
It is not that I want people to suck up to CCP and buy them stuff. CCP is not a perfect company. The developers are not perfect people. Nor are the players. What I want people to remember is that there are people on the other side of their screen. Developer or player they are a person. You can disagree absolutely and completely and even become angry without treating someone like trash. I've never asked anyone to say they liked what they did not in the game or the games development. I don't plan to start. But, seeing this mood adjustment in the last week has been healing.
Eve isn't perfect. Things can be better. That is why some of us picked up these responsibilities and make these efforts that are made available. I know that some consider the CSM to be ridiculous and nothing but fourteen self serving people attempting to manipulate CCP for their own gain. For all of those that have believed in me and walked with me the last year and a half thank you for all the mails and conversations. I'm still responding back to some of them. You all keep me going through the negative times. Sometimes it is hard to see anything past them. I told you last year and this year again that my CSM term is only successful with all of you with me. Thank you for helping me keep hope in the community that I promised to serve.