The roadmap is now built into updates.eveonline.com. There are tabs at the top and dates at the bottom. Give it a look. Its visually very pretty and has a bit more detail here and there. Just don't fall in love with dates. These are goals but the entire 'don't push it out broken' means there is always the chance of flexibility. I am going to continue to stress this point becuase I do not want anyone to be brokenhearted at a release delay.
How about that new launcher? A lot of people are in love with it and problems are being fixed by the moment. I advise you to read the thread before you play with it. Your settings will need to be copied over. An optional delay has been added so that computers don't die starting all 46 clients at once while screaming like courting bull moose. It is in beta but with a bit of setup work I'm hearing a lot of positive things. I have not converted over because I am lazy and the old launcher doesn't bother me.
Scanning changes are coming to a test server near you. CCP Golliath has laid out the latest round of changes to the scanning UI based off of feedback. Everything is changing in good ways. I'd suggest you look at it. Tucked in the bottom he reminds everyone that a dscan button also means a dscan hot key for your future, paranoid checking. He is interacting on the official forums and reddit as well.
One question that appeared on reddit was from White Orchid:
"Maybe I'm alone in this, but is it possible to have somewhere that remembers your 'ignored' sigs when jumping out of and back into a system again? So it doesn't completely reset."
This is a very common request. CCP Goliath responded:
"Not for our team, sorry, and possibly not at all. We're a UI/UX focused team and that's a weighty technical issue to do with how session changes work."CCP Fozzie noted that the insurance prices for T3D will be adjusted. This was a complaint that Gorski has worked on and I've supported as well. Their insurance payout was ridiculously high. High enough that most of the ship's price was covered in the insurance payout. Now they will pay out more like T2 ships do. A token payment and that is all.
I've been asked about CCP Fozzie's focus group selections. A few others have also received messages expressing dissatisfaction. CCP Fozzie's focus group project belongs to him. It is not a CSM run project. People keep asking for developers to interact with them. CCP Fozzie has chosen this path. While Gorski applied and was accepted I believed Mike requested the ability to view the discussion but not participate.
Let's talk about policy and game rules. Back in December I commented that access to policy is bad. Basically, at the September Summit in 2014 I begged Customer Service to create a condensed policy page. I wrote a forum post about it as well a bit before the summit. I begged, I pleaded, and I did it again in January. The start of this was during the banning of pilots for bumping a Titan out of a shield not using the scatter cyno bumping trick. It had been declared an exploit some years before and the declaration of the exploit was in the Eve Online News section of the News Section of the News. That section also has dev blogs, patch notes, and the in game news. While the complaint at the time was about a ban, I saw the problem was access.
I'm a rules following type of person. I don't care for shady activities that skirt the line of what is and what is not allowed. Everyone isn't like me. It's easy to stand on a moral high ground and say they should have known better and if you have to work that hard to defeat the game mechanics you shouldn't wonder what it is an exploit. That, however, is not a productive place to be. The problem was that things had been declared against the rules and players didn't know where to find them. They where sometimes on the forums. Sometimes they where on the news. Sometimes in development blogs. In my opinion, if people were going to be punished for it, they needed to have a central area that they could inform themselves of what may not be the best idea. Hence, a condensed policy page was needed to create a reasonable expectation of player knowledge.
At the September Summit for CSMX, Customer Service revealed that they had developed that exact thing as part of their new help desk. They dug up the exploits and put them in an area people can see and find in a way that is reasonable. I am delighted.
Eve Vegas's schedule has been announced. One of the notes in the topic is that it will not be streamed. I was surprised by this and went to check with CCP Manifest to see if it was true. He said that it was but they had back up plans to get the content from the event to the rest of the game. From tweetfleet slack:
"We're recording sessions and will put the stuff up on YouTube (should be quicker than last year for YT). Keynotes are obviously of particular importance and will be prioritized. Right now we're not planning on livestreaming BUT will make sure social media is filled with proper information about announcements, pretty pictures, and devblogs when appropriate--all in a timely fashion."There is a lot of expectation that the event will be streamed. Hopefully, this helps as an early warning that it will be twitter and reddit that announce most of what happens, first. I gave up live blogging after my first attempt and I will stick to evening summaries of the days and roundtable notes as I have done the past three years.
Also the floating Nyx has gone on pre-order and costs almost two thousand USD. That was an ouch. When the idea of a large model of the ship was first shared, I was thinking something I could maybe put on the wall. The floating aspect sounded cool but I didn't have a place for it. The price is to high for my casual budget. It does bring back a regular discussion that CCP needs to get us real items with normal prices that we can casually buy with little to no justification and fill our lives with game reminders. I'm still waiting for my key chain.
One of my on going goals during my CSM time has been to share with my voters what I do on the CSM. I'm not sure if I have accomplished this as well as I envisioned. I'll keep trying. As part of this task, Ive shared a bit of how I think and process information. This started last week when I wrote a post about Developing High Sec. It is a post where I try to get answers to the statements people often make to me about CCP ignoring/hating high sec. The response was overwhelming so I decided to grab all of that information and see what came from it for future discussion.
This is one of those non-sexy CSM tasks that I don't really have to do and isn't defined anywhere. I would probably have done it if I was not on the CSM and had a response like I did. But, I believe in picking up as much as I can carry. I'll add, there is no conspiracy going around. I'm not hinting at a future I know.
However, when I discuss the future I was asked what happens after the Spring during my Open Q&A last week. The answer is, I don't know. The current list of things will run up to the end of my term. We have a lot on the plate and still see in release cycles. I'm sure, before I leave office, we will get a glimpse and have a discussion into the future beyond the Spring. But for now, the spring is keeping my plate full.