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Sugar Kyle for CSM9

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#1 - 2014-02-14 01:01:28 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Dolan
I’m Sugar Kyle, a two year player of Eve and a two year resident of low sec. I’m going all in for CSM9 on a basic platform of being a representative for low security space and the people that live there. Low sec is a vibrant facet of Eve and one that I’m here to support. A low sec representative was missing from CSM8 and my goal is to not have this happen for CSM9.

I am a member of Calamitous-Intent, a small gang PvP corporation of semi-nomadic nature that bases out of Molden Heath. I have spent the bulk of my time in eve in non-faction warfare low security space. Many would label me as a pirate or outlaw but small gang PvP would be my area of PvP activity.

I do more in low sec than spend my time looking for explosions. I run a market in low security space. I disliked the fact that everyone in the region had to jump into high sec to do basic shopping at a station. I put my ISK into the venture and a year later I am still keeping people supplied with spaceships to commit spaceship violence. It gives me experience in the market and with asset logistics. I also manufacture boosters for my market and corporation. I can build up to capital ships (I have alts for these things). These are some of my non-combat talents.

I make my ISK in low sec. I started salvaging my corporation’s level 5 missions as a newbie and worked up to exploration and booster manufacturing before I ventured into creating a market hub. I consider my market a social project made to prove that one can make ISK in low sec by selling things at reasonable prices to the people who live there. Players can live completely in low sec if the residents of that space are willing to put the time and energy into taking care of the space in which they live. This can be accomplished while still shooting all of the things all of the time.

At Fanfest 2013, I spoke to a CCP Developer during a low sec discussion and presented my idea to introduce 1/10 and 2/10 DED sites into the low sec exploration site list. These sites had been static sites and were removed in December 2012 with Retribution. The complexes were introduced into low sec as exploration sites with the release of Rubicon. My goal was to create more content for lower level players. It was also about breaking some of the theme park rails that Eve has under much of it’s older content. if a new player is to live in low sec and go outlaw early they need to be able to sustain their losses.

When I am in high sec I am often a space trucker. In the past I have spent time doing incursions. I was curious about them and have spent many a morning in an incursion fleet making ISK. I am also not embarrassed to mine. I built my Orca out of mined minerals because I wanted to.

My null sec experience is roaming in small gangs looking for fights and the occasional exploration excursion. As for wormholes, I’ve cleared a few C3 sites in my day, assisted in a wormhole theft engineered by someone else, a gank here or there, and regularly use them as a roadway to other parts of the game.

Continued...

Member of CSM9 and CSM10.

#2 - 2014-02-14 01:02:04 UTC  |  Edited by: Sugar Kyle
Some of my areas of focus:

Residents of Low Sec needs to be able to support themselves outside of Faction Warfare. This means PvE content from exploration to missions to resource gathering options. Low sec is its own defined part of space and "go to high sec and mission" or "go to null sec" should not be the default option. Those things are good and well and many fun adventures can be had making ISK in null sec, but then those things become high sec and null sec things and move pilots out of low sec.
Low Sec suffers from an identity crises brought on by the tiered approach of high -> low -> null. This approach does not represent the actual gameplay of Eve and leaves low sec an unfocused state where it has no actual definition. We have stuff. Cultures built through players living in the space.

Faction Warfare is supposed to be the empires fighting between themselves. If the actions of the capsuleers are causing the empire to lose control why is Faction Warfare not defining more across space? Should not wars affect economics, military mobilization, and be major news sources? Even bulletin boards (or a new board if it is a code problem) in high sec should announce the current status of the war.

PvE in general needs love and attention. The stale state of missions causes boredom. New content is wonderful but missions are a staple. They need regular attention.

Player Retention. We need to make sure that the introductory experience for new players is intriguing enough to get them hungry to learn more. If that is adding to it each release or completely gutting it and starting over with a new approach it is an important topic that should always be on the table. With the current upswing in people trying out Eve the information that they provide about their first days in Eve are crucial to help the continued improvement of the new player experience.

Corporation Management Interface - The unintuitive, obscure nature of the corporation interface needs a complete overhaul.

Boosters - They feel incomplete. More types, more combinations, maybe the stronger boosters less painful to manufacture so that they will gain more common use.

POS - I have run a POS for research and booster manufacturing for the last year and a half. I know this pain, well. They need to be mentioned and brought up.

The CSM is an advisory group to CCP. They are a conduit for the players to the designers. I believe that a resident of low sec can speak about how changes or additions will or will not affect the residents of low sec. I am here to represent and protect what makes low sec an unique area of space.

About me:

I am 34 years old. I’ve spent the last eleven years in emergency services. I currently spend my time solving other peoples problems and handling whatever I’m handed to take care of. That may range from courtroom testimony to incidents I have handled to being on the street in a blizzard keeping my little part of the world. I’m able to work well with others and able to document how well I happened to do that. My career has also given me a taste for honesty and a lack of embellishment in things that I report. It is a side effect of being liable for every decision that one makes. I’m not afraid of work or documentation.

There is always a question of spousal support with a commitment such as this. My husband supports my Eve addiction. He has travelled with me to Fanfest and Eve Vegas even though he is not an Eve player himself.

I write a regular blog about my playing of Eve. At over a thousand posts in two years I can, do, and will communicate. I have, in the two years that I have played, attended Eve Vegas 2012 and 2013 as well as Fanfest 2013. I will be making plans to attend Eve Vegas 2014 as soon as the dates are announced. When I attend these events, I take notes and write daily blog posts about the topics that are not available by stream or audio.

My video game background starts with MUDs as a teenager. I still log into the MUD I started playing then to chat with my friends from college. I’m a console gamer as well as a PC gamer. I did not enter into MMO’s beyond playing Diablo II with my best friend until Hellgate:London. From there I have played City of Heroes and Guild Wars extensively before settling on Eve just after Skyrim was released. I currently run a Minecraft server for the Molden Heath community.

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I’m available, daily in game, on twitter, on google, on Skype, Steam, Jabber, and e-mail.

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Member of CSM9 and CSM10.

#3 - 2014-02-14 01:09:48 UTC
Supporting Sugar for CSM9.
#4 - 2014-02-14 01:11:51 UTC
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Dead men can't pay.

Caldari State
#5 - 2014-02-14 01:14:05 UTC
Hear Hear!!
As a brand new player who has benefited greatly from Sugar's benevolence I can say that I 100% support Sugar for CSM9!
Shadow Cartel
#6 - 2014-02-14 01:14:34 UTC
I am also supporting Sugar. Low sec really does need a bit of work, and I firmly believe that with Sugar on our side, things will happen. She is a wonderful diplomat and all-round person, observant, and she listens well to other people's opinions and ideas. A zero BS policy helps too. As a newer player, she has helped me many a time as I grow in this diverse and sometimes complicated game, with a very interesting blog to read. +1 to Sugar!
Silver Chair
#7 - 2014-02-14 01:14:50 UTC
Sugar is probably one of the most level headed people I have met in eve. She is articulate, cares about the game and doesn't do the drama infects most of the game.

I cannot think of a better person to represent the player interests to CCP.
Gallente Federation
#8 - 2014-02-14 01:54:45 UTC
She'll be on my ballot.

[i]"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental[/i]."

#9 - 2014-02-14 02:22:04 UTC
As a regular reader of her blog, I support Sugar Kyle for CSM 9. She'll be a great voice generally, and a great advocate for an often-overlooked part of EVE.

Proud founder and member of the Belligerent Desirables.

I voted in CSM X!

#10 - 2014-02-14 03:41:13 UTC  |  Edited by: Rosewalker
I was there when Sugar talked to CCP Masterplan about the removal of the 1/10 and 2/10 DED sites and the need for new player content in low sec to allow them to make money and have a greater measure of independence. She is very impressive and isn't intimidated when she thinks she's right. With Sugar, we'd know that the low sec point of view would be heard.

The Nosy Gamer - CCP Random: "hehe, falls under the category: nice try, but no. ;)"

Second Empire.
#11 - 2014-02-14 05:20:36 UTC  |  Edited by: Rhavas
I strongly support Sugar Kyle for CSM. Lowsec, and in particular non-FW Lowsec, has needed a strong representative for years, since Mynxee way back on CSM5(?).

Sugar is a regular blogger with a strong but thoughtful and balanced voice. You should read it.

Sugar is both a small-gang PVPer and a market owner, having built a Lowsec market essentially from scratch. She is an industrialist that manufactures boosters.

Sugar hauls her own stuff, meaning she's also a space trucker. She also runs DED sites so has strong perspectives on PVE.

Sugar sits in help chat and EVE University comms, answering questions for new players with no benefit to herself other than the satisfaction of having done so.

And most importantly, Sugar hates the rebalanced Hurricane.

She'll be very high on my CSM9 voting slate.

Author of Interstellar Privateer Shattered Planets, Wormholes and Game Commentary

Neo-Bushido Movement
#12 - 2014-02-14 07:12:02 UTC
Nah.
HYDRA RELOADED
#13 - 2014-02-14 07:55:09 UTC
Instead of asking you questions on our Molden Heath forums, I will ask here:

What is your thought of opening up the faction war so that it becomes a free for all? So basically every empire can freely attack the other three empires.

How would you want to fix boosters so that they are less of a pain to manufacture? Any thoughts for combinations?
Snuffed Out
#14 - 2014-02-14 09:20:56 UTC  |  Edited by: Niden
I strongly support Sugar Kyle for CSM 9.

New ideas are needed for lowsec and I really feel like you have something to offer.

A few things I'd like to know:

Part of your platform is the ensure the liveleyhood of lowsec residents in lowsec. Although more local and interesting PvE is a good idea, I think many value rewards for PvP just as much if not more. Do you have any ideas on how to create income based on actual PvP for those who are in lowsec primarily to fight? Although your primary focus is how lowsec can make a living outside of FW, I think it's important to know your stance on the FW side of things; a majority of the inhabitants in lowsec are after all enlisted in the militias. The LP rewards for FW kills are ridiculously low, but some suggest that increasing them would only result in people exploiting it by killing their own alts. Is there a middle ground here? Can the LP rewards be raised a bit wihout risking exploitation? Do you have any other solution for this?

Along the same lines; FW plex farming is an infected issue that many lowsec inhabitants are passionate about, pirates as well as FW pilots. What is your stance / ideas on this? Would you make any changes to WCS and cloaks when it comes to plex capture? What other ideas do you have on FW plexes to make them more conflict drivers, less ATM's?

Your lowsec market is inspiring and it's something that many areas of lowsec lack. What, practically, would you see done to incentivize and stimulate local trade in lowsec?

Above all I'd like to commend you for stepping up!
Caldari State
#15 - 2014-02-14 09:38:32 UTC
I support Sug all the way. Being around Sugar for the last year of EVE and seeing what she is capable of, CSM would prosper greatly with her company.

o/
Neo-Bushido Movement
#16 - 2014-02-14 09:52:14 UTC  |  Edited by: Kaeda Maxwell
Silver Chair wrote:
Sugar is probably one of the most level headed people I have met in eve. She is articulate, cares about the game and doesn't do the drama infects most of the game.

I cannot think of a better person to represent the player interests to CCP.


I'll just echo silver here and add that Sugar is the very definition of the proverbial 'work horse' (forgive me the choice of words). You need not ever worry she wouldn't pull her weight on the CSM, such a thing would be anathema to her very nature, I've come to know her as a woman with an incredible sense of duty.
Shadow Cartel
#17 - 2014-02-14 09:52:40 UTC  |  Edited by: Zloco Crendraven
Here are some posts where i discussed lowsec. Feel free to read them, you can get some nice ideas. I wrote everything from a perspective of a person that lives, earns its isk and pvp in lowsec and i am in this circle for about two years.

3 threads that i made about eve problems with strong accents on lowsec:
- EVE 2.0
- How should lowsec work (make the -sec count)
- Don't forget lowsec

BALEX is a very experienced lowsec group. We really live lowsec in and out and are aware of its limits and potential better than most other EVE entities. So if you will ever need our help, consulting, support feel free to contact me and i can intruduce you to our directors, FCs, carebears, industry experts etc.

BALEX, bringing piracy on a whole new level.

Vote Steve Ronuken for CSM
#18 - 2014-02-14 10:28:27 UTC
Boo! Don't vote for Sugar Kyle!

Well, I guess you can if you want a representative for low sec. Which has been sadly lacking for a while. I'm really just a day tripper there. (FW alt, for finding solo fights, when I'm in the mood.)

Woo! CSM XI!

Fuzzwork Enterprises

Twitter: @fuzzysteve on Twitter

#19 - 2014-02-14 10:53:01 UTC
Interesting Candidate.

Objective sighted. Target locked. Lasers activated. Pew-pew-pew. Die roid..., DIE!

Goonswarm Federation
#20 - 2014-02-14 10:57:21 UTC
You have my support.
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