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Scylus Black for CSM XII. Faction Warfare, PVP and Low-Sec.

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Templis CALSF
#1 - 2017-02-07 19:12:31 UTC
Greetings,

I am Scylus Black, former CEO of CCDM and former alliance Executor of Templis CALSF (01/2013-10/2016). I represent Low-Sec with a core focus on small to medium scale PvP and Faction Warfare. I have continually served the Caldari State for 4.5 years and have been an active participant in Low-Sec life. I submit my candidacy to the CSM as an effort to bring representation to this part of Eve.

Outlined below are some of the major points I will be bringing to the table:

- Reaching healthy PvP balance at the solo, small, and medium scale especially with relevance to Low-Sec pilots.
- Citadel balance, especially within Faction Warfare space.
- Various FW related issues including but not limited to:
- Current warzone control method and system flipping mechanics are long due for a second look.
- Tendency for FW members to turn pirate (negative security status) due to current Plex mechanics.

I believe the points above and partnering with the others leaders in CSMXII are mutually inclusive. Faction Warfare is often a gateway to other areas in our beloved game. As that improves, so does the skillset of those going elsewhere. PVP attracted me years ago for the engagements. Faction Warfare attracted me for the flexibility to login and PVP. I merely needed to undock. Working with a cohesive team with a Faction Warfare goal only improved that enjoyment.

Aside from the introduction of Citidels there has not been a major revamping or evolution that affected Faction Warfare in over 3 years. I look to create awareness around the importance of the Faction Warfare mechanic and how it adds value to those who are PVP driven as well as how it compliments the Low-Sec Lifestyle. We attract many groups, pirates included, into Low-Sec to compete with us in PVP. You can see the content in our numerous videos. We want to improve on that and the Faction Warfare portion while evolving the new mechanics.

I am a leader IRL (Chief Operating Officer). I bring to the table a level of expertise characterized by partnership and a co-creative relationship to get the job done.

I can be reached in-game and Slack (Scylus Black)

I am available for interviews and vetting of my candidacy. I will be participating in Podcasts and other mediums to give you all an opportunity to meet me.

I look forward to serving the entire community and seeing the next evolution of our game!

Best,

Scylus


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Scylus Black - CSM XII Candidate

Former Executor Templis CALSF Alliance

Templis CALSF WHQ // YouTube Channel

Templis CALSF
#2 - 2017-02-07 19:38:52 UTC
I've known Scylus for several years now. Over the years I've witnessed Scylus' unwavering passion for the game and dedication to the pilots within our organization and militia at large.

While hailing from Caldari Militia, I know that Scylus is a professional and will take an unbiased approach to low security space and its mechanics. His motivation is to simply ensure that future mechanics, features and balance passes by CCP help or do not harm the ecosystem within low sec for PVP and PVE alike.

I also believe that his high levels of dedication and passion for the game will translate well to participation in the CSM should he be elected. He won't take the commitment lightly.

It's time that pilots living, missioning, exploring, and fighting within Low Security space get the representation they deserve on the the Council of Stellar Management and I believe Scylus Black would serve as an excellent council member.

Member of #tweetfleet @stalence // Templis CALSF // YouTube Channel

Templis CALSF
#3 - 2017-02-07 21:44:47 UTC
Stalence wrote:
I've known Scylus for several years now. Over the years I've witnessed Scylus' unwavering passion for the game and dedication to the pilots within our organization and militia at large.

While hailing from Caldari Militia, I know that Scylus is a professional and will take an unbiased approach to low security space and its mechanics. His motivation is to simply ensure that future mechanics, features and balance passes by CCP help or do not harm the ecosystem within low sec for PVP and PVE alike.

I also believe that his high levels of dedication and passion for the game will translate well to participation in the CSM should he be elected. He won't take the commitment lightly.

It's time that pilots living, missioning, exploring, and fighting within Low Security space get the representation they deserve on the the Council of Stellar Management and I believe Scylus Black would serve as an excellent council member.


Well spoken. I too, can attest for Scylus' leadership and conviction having worked directly under him. He is a man of his word and will certainly look out for the greater good should he be chosen for the CSM. It's time for Low-Sec and especially FW to have a voice on this panel.

Anybody wishing to contact Scylus may also reach me via in-game mail or message and I will be sure to pass it along to him via direct channels.

CFO & HR Director for Caldari Colonial Defense Ministry

Templis CALSF
#4 - 2017-02-08 19:58:59 UTC
I was immediately impressed with Scylus' ability to lead and keep members active and keep all involved egos in check. He's been a great leader in EVE and a great help with RL issues involving his pilots he's become aware of.
Heretic Nation
#5 - 2017-02-08 20:04:11 UTC
Scylus has been a major fixture in Black Rise for years and I believe that he is a clear cut choice to Represent FW, low sec PvP. Im confident that with Scylus will have nothing but positive contributions to the improvement of low sec PvP and FW alike.
Templis CALSF
#6 - 2017-02-08 21:28:37 UTC
It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Scylus Black for CSM with the Eve Online Community.

I have been one of Scylus' pilots from the time I was a FW new-bro. I can also safely say he is being humble in his description of his skills sets.

I thoroughly enjoy my time working with Scylus, and came to know him as a truly valuable asset to Templis as a whole and myself. He is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working in all aspects of Eve. Beyond that, he is an impressive leader who is always aiming to improve all of us.

His knowledge of Eve and expertise in Factional Warfare is a huge advantage to our entire Alliance. He put this skillset to work in order to improve CCDM, Templis and CalMil as a whole....often funding projects himself.

Along with his undeniable talent, Scylus has always been an absolute joy to work with. He is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of other pilots both in FW and in the surrounding area.

Without a doubt, I confidently recommend Scylus to join your CSM team. As a dedicated and knowledgeable player and an all-around great person, I know that he will be a beneficial addition to your CSM system and all Eve players.

Please feel free to contact me in-game directly or via the Gate's email system should you like to discuss Scylus’ qualifications and experience further. I’d be happy and proud to expand on my recommendation.

Best wishes,
Charlotte "the reverend' de'Berry
CCDM Director of Special Operations & Templis Training Academy Instructor.
Shadow Cartel
#7 - 2017-02-08 23:57:40 UTC  |  Edited by: Paul Ares
In what has been close to 3 years now that I've been in FW, Scylus has demonstrated himself to be among the prominent and decisive leaders within CalMil. Even from outside of his alliance, his actions as a leader in the CalMil Coalition have proven to me that he is among the best players out there who could adequately represent those of us in Faction Warfare. He has my vote.


Sua Sponte

Anyone who thinks being a "good loser" is a virtue is probably a f***ing loser.

Templis CALSF
#8 - 2017-02-09 09:51:56 UTC
Scylus is clearly the person who can best push for changes that would benefit the whole faction war community.
Brotherhood of Spacers
#9 - 2017-02-10 08:08:54 UTC
Scylus,

Since you are focused more on Faction Warfare gameplay and we have two pirate lowsec candidates right now, I want to focus asking some questions that involve just faction warfare. You already mentioned the Citadel problem which I believe CCP themselves stated they overlooked (I think I read that somewhere in CSM minutes?), so I won't go there.

Instead I want to focus on the more PvE side of Faction Warfare, and a major ISK sink that is the LP store and LP payout. Do you feel right now that the LP store is in a good place? Are there any buffs or nerfs to the store itself that you feel are needed?

Lastly, what is your position on a militia receiving 50% payout while in Tier 1?
Templis CALSF
#10 - 2017-02-11 22:34:53 UTC
Prometheus,

Thank you for posting this. You brought up PvE, LP Stores and Tier Penalties. So I'll comment on those. I do want to circle back to the Low Sec Pirate piece as I believe our platform will support those candidates also.

PvE is fine if you are in Tier 2. Obviously Tier 1 can create some stress however it should be a motivating factor to partner with the rest of the militia to get out of Tier 1. The upgrade system does not promote this. If the Tiers were driven by system control it would incentivize the militia to take systems vs. just upgrading the hub. It would also improve the content of fights and demand improved skill sets from the pilots just to compete.

The LP store needs to have inventory catered to FW and Low Sec. Currently it has everything found in a High Sec store. Granted FW LP is gained quicker than High Sec LP however there is nothing special about the FW Store. If there were items exclusive to it this could attract pilots to get involved in Low Sec. Even revisiting the tags and how they are applied to goods in the store.

Tier 1 should be 100% payout with bonuses at higher Tiers. It's not an indictment on a militia for being in Tier 1 when the mechanic needs to be improved to evolve with the rest of the game. If the goal is to attract more talent, PVPers and content then the systems in place should compliment that goal.

As for my two pirate colleagues, Faction Warfare is often used as a "stepping stone" for piracy and other aspects of the game. The small print is if you are in FW long enough your sec status will be negative. We all want content. We love PVP. So any improvement in Low Sec that supports that goal is worth discussing IMHO.

Scylus


Prometheus Hinken wrote:
Scylus,

Since you are focused more on Faction Warfare gameplay and we have two pirate lowsec candidates right now, I want to focus asking some questions that involve just faction warfare. You already mentioned the Citadel problem which I believe CCP themselves stated they overlooked (I think I read that somewhere in CSM minutes?), so I won't go there.

Instead I want to focus on the more PvE side of Faction Warfare, and a major ISK sink that is the LP store and LP payout. Do you feel right now that the LP store is in a good place? Are there any buffs or nerfs to the store itself that you feel are needed?

Lastly, what is your position on a militia receiving 50% payout while in Tier 1?

Scylus Black - CSM XII Candidate

Former Executor Templis CALSF Alliance

Templis CALSF WHQ // YouTube Channel

Brotherhood of Spacers
#11 - 2017-02-11 23:53:56 UTC
Scylus

Thanks! Lastly, what are some ways you feel you can connect to lowsec players and convey their thoughts, feelings, and opinions to CCP?
Templis CALSF
#12 - 2017-02-12 05:04:18 UTC
Been in and out of templis over the years. Scylus has been a great leader throughout it all with a level head (which was rare for caldari militia). Even when the going got tough against impossible odds (such as when galmil kicked everyone out of the warzone on multiple occasions), Scylus worked to overcome those odds. Many leadership types in caldari militia over my 7 year tenure as a blackrise/FW resident have simply quit, made excuses or even try to pass the blame to others. Instead of this behavior, scylus asks "how can we do better?" and empowers everyone to strive towards doing just that. Even when almost all caldari corps/alliances have left templis remained due to scylus's leadership (lowsec for life!), which is why templis is one of the longest standing caldari FW alliances. Never have I witnessesd or even heard of Scylus behaving in an unprofessional manner, even behind closed doors.

All of this is a strong indication of his good character. You won't find a more professional, experienced, level headed lowsec candidate capable of hearing all sides to a discussion and making informed, balanced decisions. Scylus would be an extremely valuable asset to the CSM. I fully endorse this candidate.
Templis CALSF
#13 - 2017-02-12 08:27:39 UTC
Scylus has the steady but light touch. Evidenced by him steering Templis CALSF (CALSF) and Caldari Colonial Defence Ministry (CCDM) through rough waters. Though a complete rebuild, its evolution over time which has resulted in Caldari militias longest lasting force. Resulting in the lowsec apex force that is Templis CALSF today. He will have value with his unique input gained from the peaks and troughs of militia and lowsec life. A vote for Scylus is the surest bet one can make.
Templis CALSF
#14 - 2017-02-12 21:03:32 UTC
Prometheus Hinken wrote:
Scylus

Thanks! Lastly, what are some ways you feel you can connect to lowsec players and convey their thoughts, feelings, and opinions to CCP?


I have Podcasts coming up. I will post that information here. I am interested in receiving mail about their concerns and needs. I don't profess to have all the answers. I truly look at myself as a representative to convey their thoughts to CCP in a respectful, professional manner.

I come from a world where partnership and working as a team generates the answers needed to a problem or opportunity. You know the saying... "Win as a team..."

Best,

Scylus


Scylus Black - CSM XII Candidate

Former Executor Templis CALSF Alliance

Templis CALSF WHQ // YouTube Channel

Templis CALSF
#15 - 2017-02-12 22:22:56 UTC
I've only been in Templis for about 2 years so I haven't known Scylus as long as others but I can attest to his near unnatural ability to speak to AND for his pilots.

Scylus is quite literally a shining beacon in the darkness of space - he gives his undivided attention to the topic at hand, offers advice when asked, and goes above and beyond to help those around him. His diplomatic prowess is second to none and he is always courteous. As an active participant in FW for many years and under many hats, he has seen what works, what doesn't, and what would improve FW and low-sec as a whole.

I proudly endorse him.
Federation Uprising
#16 - 2017-02-13 00:30:36 UTC
Glad to see you running. I've fought Scylus for years and would love to see you on CSM even though you are a dirty squid.

.

#17 - 2017-02-15 02:40:24 UTC
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Let’s bleach ourselves off with a true FW candidate in the shape of Scylus Black. He’s one of the most proeminent leaders of FW and a member of Templis CALSF, standing for lowsec, Faction Warfare and its accompanying small gang and solo elements. He mentions specifically that he submits his candidacy as an effort to represent the virtually never-represented Faction Warfare element.
A strong point is made with him saying that Faction Warfare and lowsec can be a ‘gateway’ of transition to other types of gameplay or areas of the game in which people can activate, and as such deserves a good deal of care. There are a LOT of mechanics intertwined with FW that really only the people that do FW can know even exists, let alone how they interact and function. The other fact that there are almost no strict FW-focused candidates around should make him a solid vote on your voting slip, even if you don’t play in FW, for a balanced CSM.


Caught this review at Crossing Zebras (https://crossingzebras.com/csm-candidates-roundup-6-12-february-roundup/) and I couldn't agree more. I'm not actively engaged in faction warfare fighting but I spend a lot of my time stocking markets and handling logistics for those groups (including Templis / Scylus' group) and I'll concur that Scylus is a standup guy and that a healthy low sec PVP environment is also beneficial for the industrialists, marketeers and haulers of low sec that help make epic fights and system sieges happen.
Templis CALSF
#18 - 2017-02-15 18:30:53 UTC
Faction Warfare (FW) space is one of the best arenas where older and newer players go to learn and participate in solo and small gang pvp. Not only those who are actual members of the militias but many many other players (neuts) and corps who visit regularly. I know so many players who have alts in FW space, it is very active and (imo) one of the most fun aspects of eve online. I'm surprised that there as never been a CCP FW representative and it's time there was one. FW is over due at least a few tweaks, or perhaps even a complete overhaul of it's mechanics particularly with regard to the impact of the introduction of citadels and also pilot sec status problems. A Faction Warfare representative in the council will be critical to this. I can think of no better candidate than Scylus Black, who has the knowledge and commitment to represent FW pilots from the player perspective effectively. He is widely respected and supported across all the Faction Militias.
Templis CALSF
#19 - 2017-02-16 02:32:32 UTC
Thanks Andre! I'll shower later. In all seriousness it's great to see the multi-Faction support. We are all ll in this together. Anything we can do as a whole to improve our part of this world and support the rest is a good thing. IMHO.

Fly dangerous!

o7

Andre Vauban wrote:
Glad to see you running. I've fought Scylus for years and would love to see you on CSM even though you are a dirty squid.

Scylus Black - CSM XII Candidate

Former Executor Templis CALSF Alliance

Templis CALSF WHQ // YouTube Channel

Federation Uprising
#20 - 2017-02-16 05:19:13 UTC
good luck filthy squid!

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