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Psianh Auvyander for CSM 9

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#1 - 2014-02-16 19:38:32 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Dolan
Hello everyone,

As a candidate for CSM9 I will focus on supporting mercenaries and small to medium size warfare.

I have some specific ideas that I'll be bringing to the table, as you'll see in my next post, but first I'll describe my mental approach to being an efficient and helpful member of the CSM for the players.

As a CSM member, my feedback to CCP would remain focused on ensuring changes, additions, or tweaks do not exclude or make life unnecessarily difficult for people to play in small, independent groups - whether this is a fleet, a corporation, or an alliance. I strongly support and advocate gameplay that encourages people to play in fleets that don't number in the hundreds, gameplay that gives these groups a meaningful objective that isn't simply killboard stats.

I believe that positive reinforcement is a better incentive for players than negative reinforcement. Instead of discouraging people from taking actions, I will advocate for encouraging people to do more and do it more often. Encouraging players to undock, take action, and fight for what they want is what we as players want from EVE.

It's very important that the CSM remain as transparent as possible so that players know and understand what the CSM are doing and why. I have always been a proponent of an open process, and will maintain that throughout my term if elected. This policy ensures that I must remain harshly critical of tweaks or additions that negatively impact players while ensuring I am a strong advocate for positive changes.

To the best of my ability, I will stay in touch with the EVE community, having an entirely open door policy so that any member of the game can approach me with ideas, criticism, suggestions, or comments. It's important that the CSM remain grounded and connected to the realities of the game to ensure the council is representing the players effectively and fairly.



A bit of background about me. I've played EVE as a mercenary almost exclusively since I first really got into the game in 2011. I'm currently the CEO of Noir. Academy, a training corporation in the Noir. Mercenary Group alliance, and have held this position since February of last year. Noir. is the only full-time nullsec mercenary alliance in EVE and we focus on small gang warfare. Unlike many mercenaries we also operate in high, low, and even worm hold sectors of space.

As CEO of a training corporation, I have the unique position of witnessing how people view and react to small scale warfare in various types of space for the first time, whether for good or bad.

I write a blog where I try to post about things from the point of view of a mercenary.

As for myself out of game, I'm a 27 year old marketing and sales consultant for apartment communities across the United States of America. I also work part time as a volunteer community manager for an independent game developer and have been doing community management for various other independent game companies for about four years.

These two facets of my life lend a great deal of experience in relaying vital information in organized and understandable ways to and from developers and the community. My sales experience has given me the skills necessary in conveying an idea to others as well as the confidence to communicate effectively.

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@wsethbrown

#2 - 2014-02-16 19:38:41 UTC  |  Edited by: Psianh Auvyander
There are a few specific things I'll focus on that only relate to mercenaries, but almost all of the points work together to foster the mercenary and small to medium play style.

My platform is built upon the following points:

Encouraging Small/Medium Scale Warfare

  • There is a lot of room for improvement in encouraging and nurturing small and medium sized fighting.
  • Smaller objectives can be added that will have positive effects on gameplay and provide reasons against using huge fleets for everything, such as requiring multiple actions occurring simultaneously to complete a larger objective.
  • Exploring the possibility of implementing features that have worked elsewhere in Eve into areas where they are needed.


Power Projection Tweaks

  • Power projection needs to be brought to hand, but in a way that avoids unnecessarily frustrating players. For instance, simply reducing the range of a titan bridge will simply result in players doing more bridges. They will still do it, make no mistake, it just means one more step. The end result is the same. Rather, there need to be reasons for players to stay in a more localized area when trying to quickly place "boots on the ground".


Encouraging Intra-regional Conflict

  • One of the reasons small and medium sized warfare has fallen out of favor is because conflicts happen on a whole-region or multi-region scale.
  • Having multiple conflict hot spots within an individual region encourages and nurtures smaller groups to have a viable impact.


Corporation and Alliance Interface

  • Having spent time as a CEO, there are quite a few ways the interface could be improved upon, specifically taking ideas from recent UI changes such as the radial menu.


Reinvigorating Mercenaries

  • Mercenaries are a vital component to sci fi, an instantly recognizable and relatable career that anyone can understand. The mercenary career in EVE should be tough, difficult, rewarding, yet thriving.
  • Adding a true mercenary marketplace.
  • Adding a mercenary option to the career finder on the website


Thank you for considering my points, and I look forward to communicating with you!

My Blog

@wsethbrown

Plucky Adventurers
#3 - 2014-02-16 19:55:30 UTC
Psianh Auvyander wrote:


As for myself out of game, I'm a 27 year old marketing and sales consultant for apartment communities across the United States of America. I also work part time as a volunteer community manager for an independent game developer and have been doing community management for various other independent game companies for about four years.


Are you planning on continuing with that community manager position? FYI, CCP has changed the CSM eligibility criteria to exclude folks that work in the gaming industry.

CSM 7 Secretary CSM 6 Alternate Delegate @two_step_eve on Twitter My Blog

#4 - 2014-02-16 19:58:56 UTC
That's a good point. My time with this company is currently winding down. I haven't done anything for them in about four months, and while I still unofficially hold the position, I am free to leave at any time.

The current plan we have spoken about is that I will no longer act in this function for them upon March 2014. If CCP requires a faster conclusion, it wouldn't present an issue on either mine or the company's part.

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@wsethbrown

New Eden Trading Company.
#5 - 2014-02-16 21:25:32 UTC
I endorse Psianh whole heartedly

Alek the Kidnapper, Hero of the CSM

Fidelas Constans
#6 - 2014-02-17 08:08:35 UTC
I endorse Psianh for the CSM too.

You can count on my vote.

McB
Amarr Empire
#7 - 2014-02-17 22:31:50 UTC
As CEO of NA. and integral part of NMG., Psi runs a tight ship.

Calm and collected, intellectual and to the point,

You can count on my vote for sure!
Minmatar Republic
#8 - 2014-02-18 03:47:26 UTC
always vote for more mercs in csm...

from my experience as a merc ceo and contract manager in both highsec and lowsec and an ex ceo in noir. I agree with promoting small gang and solo viability in eve and with my experience with him personally....full support from the crazy guy :) and the support of lcrve...cause i can tell them to vote for him lol
Mercenary Coalition
#9 - 2014-02-19 15:03:05 UTC
Even if I didn't know Psianh in game, his name would be on my ballot. We need someone who can provide feedback from a small-medium gang pvp perspective on Eve's long and short term visions. We need someone to chip in for Mercs. He is our guy.

Caldari State
#10 - 2014-02-22 16:26:18 UTC
+1 on my vote for Psianh. He runs the Noir. Academy programme and has recently done some Merc interviews (http://psianhauvyander.blogspot.com/2014/02/interview-with-mercenaries-featuring.html) which were great. Small gang & Mercs need some representation on the CSM.
WAFFLES.
#11 - 2014-02-22 17:00:13 UTC
I endorse this candidate as he has put in a considerable effort for us mercs.

Keep up the great work!
Gallente Federation
#12 - 2014-02-22 22:10:46 UTC
I've seen Psianh in action ever since he took over the Noir. Academy CEO position. The guy is smart, a good communicator, and wants small gang warfare to flourish. You have my vote... and my axe.
The-Culture
#13 - 2014-02-22 23:55:39 UTC
Would you be willing to champion "farms and fields" concepts and encouraging small gang warfare relevance via something akin to FW mechanics?
#14 - 2014-02-23 00:27:25 UTC
Seraph IX Basarab wrote:
Would you be willing to champion "farms and fields" concepts and encouraging small gang warfare relevance via something akin to FW mechanics?


I think a healthy EVE is one where we have dozens and dozens of smaller alliances who are constantly fighting for what they already own, brawling their neighbors for a bit more. I'll support any method that proves to be fun, inventive, and flexible.

The "farms and fields" concept has some merit. It's one of the better suggestions that's made headway in the community in the last few years, and it's something that I'd definitely like to pursue. The overarching idea, that smaller, sub-capital fleets can disrupt the income and manufacturing of larger alliances is something we desperately need in EVE right now.

There are certainly lessons that can be learned and applied from faction warfare to null sec, however I'm not convinced that they are the best solution. Things like ship-class restricted complexes would be a bad idea, but if a great argument could be made for control points and it proved to foster small and medium sized war, I'd be in favor of that.

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@wsethbrown

Gallente Federation
#15 - 2014-02-23 05:45:37 UTC
Driveby-- happy to see you running, and I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to your thread before now. Your merc project is an admirable one. Should you be elected, do you see yourself running similar kinds of community interviews for other areas of the game? If so, what'd be next?

http://warp-to-sun.tumblr.com -- my blog

Goonswarm Federation
#16 - 2014-02-23 05:53:20 UTC
Psianh Auvyander wrote:

The "farms and fields" concept has some merit. It's one of the better suggestions that's made headway in the community in the last few years, and it's something that I'd definitely like to pursue. The overarching idea, that smaller, sub-capital fleets can disrupt the income and manufacturing of larger alliances is something we desperately need in EVE right now.


While it's not without controversy, I feel like I have to point out that the ESS is a pretty perfect example of both necessary sides of farms & fields - not merely giving smaller groups or even solo pilots tools to disrupt their foes, but giving the 'farmers' tools with which to cultivate their living space (which then, of course, those small groups or solo pilots can come along and steal or break!)

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#17 - 2014-02-23 16:23:25 UTC  |  Edited by: Psianh Auvyander
Ali Aras wrote:
Driveby-- happy to see you running, and I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to your thread before now. Your merc project is an admirable one. Should you be elected, do you see yourself running similar kinds of community interviews for other areas of the game? If so, what'd be next?


Thanks, Ali!

I was just talking with Tyrant Scorn about this, actually. Doing these interviews has really shown and taught me a lot about the mercenary career path. Even though I've been doing it for three year almost exclusively, learning about low sec and WH mercs (and hopefully HS mercs soon) has shown me a lot.

I'd love to continue doing this for other careers, breaking it down into different areas of space, for instance, and noting the issues, problems, and praises that span across those gaps. This has turned out to be a really great way to dig into the topic in fine detail, and can really be applied across the board.

I don't have anything planned next yet, as I'm still working on the mercenary one, but I'd certainly like to work my way through the list. Just off the top of my head, maybe I'll tackle bounty hunting next!

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@wsethbrown

Mercenary Coalition
#18 - 2014-02-24 02:24:26 UTC
mynnna wrote:
Psianh Auvyander wrote:

The "farms and fields" concept has some merit. It's one of the better suggestions that's made headway in the community in the last few years, and it's something that I'd definitely like to pursue. The overarching idea, that smaller, sub-capital fleets can disrupt the income and manufacturing of larger alliances is something we desperately need in EVE right now.


While it's not without controversy, I feel like I have to point out that the ESS is a pretty perfect example of both necessary sides of farms & fields - not merely giving smaller groups or even solo pilots tools to disrupt their foes, but giving the 'farmers' tools with which to cultivate their living space (which then, of course, those small groups or solo pilots can come along and steal or break!)



All my experiences with the ESS (from a disruption side) have been great. From making away with 140 million isk to dealing with ISboxing bombers to getting fights while attempting to steal. The amount of content it generated thus far has been a very pleasant surprise in the small-ultra small gang format. I look forward to more game changes in this form. I trust Psianh, if elected, will be a great representation of the disruptor side while also making sure the farmers are not overlooked.
Minmatar Republic
#19 - 2014-02-24 04:45:39 UTC
Psianh, don't know how much this counts, but you will have this new NA. members vote.
Suddenly Spaceships.
#20 - 2014-02-24 16:51:19 UTC
Psianh is a great leader and I fully support his run for the CSM.
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