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CSM X - My Campaign [Campaign Rescended]

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Ambar Khardula
#1 - 2014-12-03 13:45:50 UTC  |  Edited by: Ambar Khardula
Hey Everyone,

My name is Ambar Khardula and I am running for a spot on CSM X. I'm currently a Sophomore in EVE University and I own EVECast.net which is an up and coming blog network. I am a semi-newb, having joined back in July of this year. I found EVE Online through my best friend and partner and I immediately fell in love with it. This is my first time doing something this big in the MMO world, but not my first time in life. I am running for CSM X on the platform of accessibility, open communication, and the new player experience.

Focus Issue #1 - Accessibility

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I am a disabled player. I am legally blind and playing EVE is often times made difficult by small text in the Overview, Settings, Menus and chat. I have figured out that it is possible to change the text size in chat windows as well as in the menu when you right click in space. These settings are a good start, but I feel that CCP can do a lot more to make the game more accessible to current players and also attract new players who couldn't play at all due similar issues. I will do my very best to communicate these issues to CCP. Furthermore, I see myself as an advocate for the disabled player base and will actively work on reaching out to the disabled community to improve their experience in New Eden..

In my life away from New Eden I am an advocate for the disabled. I have founded an organization known as the Blind Astronomy Guild which aims to make astronomy more accessible through computers, tactile sky maps and discussions. I have worked with the organizations steering committee for over 8 months now to develop and activate our organization. I am always looking for a way to help those in need.


Focus Issue #2 - New Player Experience

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Like it or not, I am a new player. We were all new players at one time in our stay in New Eden. I've always been open to answering questions and helping out if I can. I've found myself offering ISK for a newbro who just lost his ship to a gate camp or giving ships away too. Newbros are the future of New Eden, if we don't help and guide them, what will New Eden look like in 5, 10, or 15 years? With the struggles, joys, and questions still fresh in my mind I believe I can represent the new players fairly and openly to the CSM and CCP.


With all of this in mind, I am asking for your support and assistance so I can become a member of CSM X and represent New Eden's best interests. If you would like to talk, please send me an EVE Mail or email me at ambarkhardula@gmail.com

Thanks,

Ambar Khardula

You can also find this information on my blog: The Khardula Chronicles
Gallente Federation
#2 - 2014-12-03 13:57:58 UTC
What other acessablity issues are there besides vision and how would you address them?

How would you change the new player experience without losing the established base of players?

Have you discussed any of these issues with csm 9?

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Ambar Khardula
#3 - 2014-12-03 14:17:33 UTC
Dradis Aulmais wrote:
What other acessablity issues are there besides vision and how would you address them?

How would you change the new player experience without losing the established base of players?

Have you discussed any of these issues with csm 9?


Hi Dradis,

In response to your questions:

In my experience, other accessibility issues vary from vision to hearing and speaking. I've read some threads on other forums about how Mumble & TeamSpeak aren't very accessible to those who having a hearing disability. In the same way, both platforms aren't very open for those who have speech issues. To address this, I would suggest that when an FC gives commands over voice, that someone in the fleet/group is delegated to type the commands into the fleet/group chat.

As far as changing the new player experience I wouldn't actually change the in game mechanics. I would be interested in setting up an automatic EVE Mail/Email to be sent to the new player when he/she/zey join the game. In the message, I would have a welcome, list of resources, list of new player friendly corporations and a link to the in game help chat channel. In my opinion, the in game mechanics are doing fine, but it tends to be a bit difficult to know what do as you start out. I've spoken to some new players who joined when they watched the recent "This Is EVE" advertisement and several had not played MMO's before and others had only do so casually.

I have not discussed these issues with CSM 9. I submitted a support ticket and was told about the chat and in space menu settings but nothing else seems to have come of that.

I hope this has answered your questions Dradis. Thanks for asking!
Gallente Federation
#4 - 2014-12-03 15:25:00 UTC
Ambar Khardula wrote:

In my experience, other accessibility issues vary from vision to hearing and speaking. I've read some threads on other forums about how Mumble & TeamSpeak aren't very accessible to those who having a hearing disability. In the same way, both platforms aren't very open for those who have speech issues. To address this, I would suggest that when an FC gives commands over voice, that someone in the fleet/group is delegated to type the commands into the fleet/group chat.






As far as changing the new player experience I wouldn't actually change the in game mechanics. I would be interested in setting up an automatic EVE Mail/Email to be sent to the new player when he/she/zey join the game. In the message, I would have a welcome, list of resources, list of new player friendly corporations and a link to the in game help chat channel. In my opinion, the in game mechanics are doing fine, but it tends to be a bit difficult to know what do as you start out. I've spoken to some new players who joined when they watched the recent "This Is EVE" advertisement and several had not played MMO's before and others had only do so casually.


This seems impractical for large scale battles, where time is an issue. I would suggest a speech to text system CCP can adopt or for CCP to allow a 3rd party to make one available for eve integration. Not perfect but a step up.

Dradis Aulmais, Federal Attorney Number 54896

Free The Scope Three

Ambar Khardula
#5 - 2014-12-03 19:13:04 UTC
Dradis Aulmais wrote:
Ambar Khardula wrote:

In my experience, other accessibility issues vary from vision to hearing and speaking. I've read some threads on other forums about how Mumble & TeamSpeak aren't very accessible to those who having a hearing disability. In the same way, both platforms aren't very open for those who have speech issues. To address this, I would suggest that when an FC gives commands over voice, that someone in the fleet/group is delegated to type the commands into the fleet/group chat.






As far as changing the new player experience I wouldn't actually change the in game mechanics. I would be interested in setting up an automatic EVE Mail/Email to be sent to the new player when he/she/zey join the game. In the message, I would have a welcome, list of resources, list of new player friendly corporations and a link to the in game help chat channel. In my opinion, the in game mechanics are doing fine, but it tends to be a bit difficult to know what do as you start out. I've spoken to some new players who joined when they watched the recent "This Is EVE" advertisement and several had not played MMO's before and others had only do so casually.


This seems impractical for large scale battles, where time is an issue. I would suggest a speech to text system CCP can adopt or for CCP to allow a 3rd party to make one available for eve integration. Not perfect but a step up.


In my experience, text to speech isn't reliable. With all of the different accents, talking speeds, and background noise, TTS isn't the way to go. I use text to speech with my smartphone all the time and I'm able to get what I want about 80% of the time. But with this being brought up, there can be discussions on how to address the issue.
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2014-12-03 21:41:24 UTC
I appreciate that someone is keeping in mind accessibilty issues in eve. That said, what in game experiences do you have to draw on, and what areas of eve do you feel qualified to talk about during CSM discussions?

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#7 - 2014-12-03 22:05:30 UTC
Hi!

Are there any particular aspects that you would like to see accentuated in the New Player Experience, in order to prepare the New Players for the reality of Eve?

You have any thoughts on the PVE that Eve offers at the moment?

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#8 - 2014-12-03 23:37:36 UTC
I've played a different MMO (a cooperative gear grind type game, one in which voice communication was universal among even casual endgame players) alongside a person that was deaf. Accessibility issues are too often invisible in gaming, but they are extremely important to community cohesion.

The thing is, despite wanting to make hearing or visually impaired people more welcome in games, I simply don't know enough about the exact barriers these players face, let alone appropriate solutions.

In the event that I am elected and you are not, I will certainly solicit feedback from you on accessibility issues and take it to the CSM.

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Ambar Khardula
#9 - 2014-12-04 03:09:12 UTC
Sabriz Adoudel wrote:
I've played a different MMO (a cooperative gear grind type game, one in which voice communication was universal among even casual endgame players) alongside a person that was deaf. Accessibility issues are too often invisible in gaming, but they are extremely important to community cohesion.

The thing is, despite wanting to make hearing or visually impaired people more welcome in games, I simply don't know enough about the exact barriers these players face, let alone appropriate solutions.

In the event that I am elected and you are not, I will certainly solicit feedback from you on accessibility issues and take it to the CSM.


Hi Sabris,

After reading your CSM thread I have decided to step down and give my vote to you. I find that I am in agreement with much of your points and I will gladly give you my input on accessibility. For those of you reading this, I stronly recommend that you vote for Sabriz Adoudel for CSM X.
Gallente Federation
#10 - 2014-12-04 03:25:40 UTC
I'm conflicted with my hatred of code and my want to see this issue addressed.

Dradis Aulmais, Federal Attorney Number 54896

Free The Scope Three

#11 - 2014-12-04 04:27:12 UTC
I still consider that you should run; we have different audiences and your area of expertise appeals to some of the people that would never vote for a highsec predator like myself.

As discussed in our EVEmails it's your decision; you could encourage people to vote for you first and me second and people that don't like me could simply not follow that advice.

I stand by my comments earlier, however - if I am elected and you are not, I will use your knowledge of accessibility issues as a resource and I encourage other CSM candidates to do the same.

I support the New Order and CODE. alliance. www.minerbumping.com

Ambar Khardula
#12 - 2014-12-04 15:11:19 UTC
Sabriz Adoudel wrote:
I still consider that you should run; we have different audiences and your area of expertise appeals to some of the people that would never vote for a highsec predator like myself.

As discussed in our EVEmails it's your decision; you could encourage people to vote for you first and me second and people that don't like me could simply not follow that advice.

I stand by my comments earlier, however - if I am elected and you are not, I will use your knowledge of accessibility issues as a resource and I encourage other CSM candidates to do the same.


Thanks, I will consider it. I really don't want to make a rused decision and be viewed as a "fli-flopper."
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