Sunday, January 10, 2016

CSMX - Post #41

Things have been quiet between the CSM and CCP. That does not mean CCP has not been up to things. The patch notes and skimming the forums have shown a lot of activity. The patch notes are live for the January 12th, 2016 release.

On January 5th, 2016 CCP Fozzie made a feedback thread about allowing logistic frigates into small FW complexes. In the three pages of response the answer, "yes" was rather unanimous. In the patch notes for January 12th, 2016 we see that logistic frigates are now allowed into small complexes. I assume that feedback and development decisions worked well in that situation. There was some comment about the lack of entry into the small complexes at release. While it did not make 'sense' for those that compared it to larger, logistics brethren, I preferred it. I prefer cautious approaches to potentially overwhelming changes and I will point to command destroyers as an example.

On the 5th, CCP Paradox was also asking for testing feedback from the test server with the changes to the 'buff bar'. I've mentioned buff bar a few times and people stare at me. We're discussing the icons over your HUD that tell you what e-war is making you happy (or unhappy). This is part of some movement CCP has made to give more visual information in the immediate in space HUD instead of having to check menus, sub-menus, and read what is doing what. The changes discussed in that thread will be going live on Tuesday as well.

The Capital Focus group has woken from its slumber. CCP Larrikin posed a question about inherent warp core strength of capitals. It gives me a side thought. Currently, infinity points are infinity points. Should this continue? I am not for or against infinity points in their current implementation. I simply feel that inherent warp core strength.

Also on the 6th (busy day) there are new camera controls on Sisi for the camera changes that are coming in. Those camera changes have not been approached with a lot of love so far. The general idea is sound but the lack of 'classic' mode has had people very unhappy in my interactions with them. Take a minute to look at the latest iteration.

There are a bunch of changes coming to CREST for those that understand them. I'm not one of those people. CCP FoxFour has put up a development blog on the developers portal. I believe these changes are heading towards less reliance on the in game browser and how tools can be made and support added to remove that reliance.

CCP Leeloo also posted the upcoming CSMXI information for those interested. I am not going to be doing analysis of candidates and hurf blurfing about the future and how I was the best CSM ever and 'my CSM was better than your CSM'. I hate that. I've talked to candidates who have wanted to talk to me. It is an interesting experience. I'm quite often told that things don't or won't work as I've discussed or won't and don't bother them or cause problems for them as they have myself. Its an odd experience and often leaves me vaguely puzzled.

What I will say for those looking to pick for the next election. The CSM does not necessarily lead to a greater love for the game. A candidate that has not been active or interested in Eve will probably not find a sudden surge of interest, time, and affection for a stressful position that offers little personal reward. A person who cannot speak to others will not develop the ability to converse calmly and thoughtfully with differing opinions and various view points. The person is being elected not their promises, their corporation, or their alliance. And with each person comes their own baggage, from life to school to work and family responsibilities. Consider more than a ticker or a promise that allies closely with a personal desire.

Anyway, I'm open to questions as always about things. I'm not thrilled about the summit in May so soon after the elections. It takes months for most people to settle and spin up into productivity as they figure out what to do. I think September was a better place. The summer just isn't since people go on vacation and its a relevantly slower period of time. And yes, I expressed my opinion on that.

We're supposed to start back up on Monday. We will see how that goes. We moved to Hipchat in November and its not been as active as Slack and Slack was not as active as Skype. With the Summit supposed to be next month its time to get my books gathered and closed. I have a stack of things that have never been gotten to.

2 comments:

  1. This isn't exactly a buff bar comment but it is somewhere in the same ball park. Currently, when you jump through a gate you get a wonderful little 60 second gate cloak count down timer. Has there been any discussion of adding a similar "Station Exit Invulnerability Timer"? The situations aren't exactly equivalent as your not invisible exiting stations but invulnerability, if I recall correctly, does last for 30 seconds if you don't do anything.

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  2. o/ Sugar Kyle,

    for what it's worth, happy YC 118 and the best wishes.

    I have a question concerning the CSM whitepaper.
    After Manfred Sideous public removal of the CSM X,
    the next in line was Bobmon, however CCP Games made
    an arbitrary decision by not putting him on the CSM X.
    source: https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=6148811

    Their reasoning was that there was not enough time for
    someone that ran for CSM seriously and has been a great
    fan event co-organizer, plus is the Chief editor for EN24.
    To properly digest the current CSM processes between
    the 1st week of Nov 2015, and the last week of April 2016.
    source: http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/csm11-elections/

    My question; do you think the newly written CSM whitepaper covers a(ny) such future arbitrary decisions made by CCP games,
    in order to protect our STV votes still being applied to the CSM process during the whole CSM year ?

    Regards, a Freelancer

    PS: hindsight being 20/20, with the lull of CCP - CSM activity

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