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Gorga - CSM X

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Violence of Action.
#1 - 2015-02-17 18:03:51 UTC  |  Edited by: Gorga
Hi, I'm Gorga. I'm running for CSM X.

I had a really long post written out for this, talking about how and what the CSM does, and why running on some enormous platform pushing on lots of changes isn't the way to be honest about what you do -- I decided to shorten everything up for you. I will give you some background on myself as some of my RL and EVE experiences and how they may relate to my CSM term. I will also answer any reasonable question, basically an AMA.

I've been playing EVE at a very large scale for a long time now. I am the CEO of S2N and a major leadership figure in N3 (we don't really subscribe to the leader/follower mantra, coalition of willing/friends). I have a lot of experience with EVE at a large scale, as well as how player interaction, player groups, and many other out of game and in game mechanisms work. I have a hand in many different elements both in and out of the game, as many major decision makers do. I've also been involved pretty heavily with PVP theory crafting, fleet composition design, power projection, manufacturing, POS management, SOV management, money management, and a slew of other things.

I think my experience in all of these fields doesn't make me an expert in any of them. I know my limitations and where to draw the line on my expertise. That's where my RL and it's intersection with EVE comes into play, I have a lot of RL experience leading and contributing to teams both large and small from my work. I additionally now am employed in a Network/Systems Engineering position where I must be able to utilize my skill set to assist in the configuration/design/management of large and small networks I also rely on others to supplement my known weaknesses to ensure that our customer's needs are met. All of this will help me to contribute to the team in any meaningful way possible.

I also will make every effort (read: as my RL schedule allows) to be as open and transparent about the CSM process as the NDA will allow. I am not some major blogger nor do I have my own news source, but I think it's important that the players have some insight towards the CSM and as such I can say that I have an agenda item to run on that's directly game related. I would work with the CSM towards some sort of disclosure schedule where we would open up about whatever we can on a regular, frequent basis.

I also tend to be quite responsive towards direct personal communication. You can tweet me at @GorgaEVE or send me an EVEMail if you would like to discuss something in private or have some sort of feedback. I will also monitor and respond to everything I can in this thread up to and through the CSM elections.

Hopefully that's not too long winded and I didn't lose your attention. Also, sorry about the late notice :).

Proceed with the AMA.

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I will update this post with any additional important questions that have been answered.
#2 - 2015-02-17 18:06:39 UTC  |  Edited by: Huffy Dragon
give me 3 reasons why I should vote you over progod.
Pandemic Legion
#3 - 2015-02-17 18:08:55 UTC
Huffy Dragon wrote:
give me 3 reasons why I should vote you over progod.

First: he makes progod look dumb :)

there gorga started you off.

also with the entire corp named after him, give him a chance at minimum
Violence of Action.
#4 - 2015-02-17 18:12:28 UTC
Huffy Dragon wrote:
give me 3 reasons why I should vote you over progod.

He's not running.
He's not running.
and
He's not running.

Serious answer (to troll question) is: He is amazingly good at PVP, rebalancing PVP things, focusing purely on PVP and all things surrounding that. I am not quite that focused on one individual thing. I can contribute to that discussion, and drive some of the points there, but I'm not the end all be all. I can help contribute to a wider range of topics with far more expertise.
I'm far more capable of maintaining focus and I can multitask a whole heck of a lot better than he can.
I'm much better at communicating information and taking feedback. I'm not really very egotistical and self centered, which is an oddity for the role I play in the game. I of course have an ego, but I can fit in the room with progod, a feat not to be underestimated.
Violence of Action.
#5 - 2015-02-17 18:13:58 UTC
Maybe it should be mentioned that Gorga was not at the meeting where the corp name was chosen.. so it is not arrogance, but more of a tribute to him, which should say something.
Princess Cherista
#6 - 2015-02-17 19:54:48 UTC  |  Edited by: Princess Cherista
You're a little too late there champ unless you got your application and all your documents in before posting this of course.
#7 - 2015-02-17 20:25:13 UTC
Gorga wrote:
I will update this post with any additional important questions that have been answered.
I have no questions. The original post is too vague and full of placating language.

CCP - Building ant hills and magnifying glasses for fat kids

Not even once

EVE is becoming shallow and puerile; it will satisfy neither the veteran nor the "WoW" type crowd in the transition.

Violence of Action.
#8 - 2015-02-17 20:40:20 UTC
Princess Cherista wrote:
You're a little too late there champ unless you got your application and all your documents in before posting this of course.

I did.
Violence of Action.
#9 - 2015-02-17 20:52:47 UTC
Jenshae Chiroptera wrote:
Gorga wrote:
I will update this post with any additional important questions that have been answered.
I have no questions. The original post is too vague and full of placating language.
Thanks for missing the point. The CSM doesn't get a platform to effect direct innovation. That's not what the job entails, you point out balance issues, or discuss changes CCP is making but you don't sit there and come up with your own platform of details that you want to 'change' or 'make happen'. I'm not going to make some pandering waste of time post talking about all the grand things I would change in EVE or try to change as a CSM because that's not what the CSM is doing.

What I would do is end up being a voice and a sanity check for the changes that CCP proposes. I wouldn't be the guy that goes "I would change it this way", but instead I can use my experience in the game to represent the position of players in general and help CCP correct changes that would negatively disrupt many types of gameplay.

Maybe now you understand why it's pointless to have a "platform" in a situation like this, because that's just petty political theater. You don't get a platform when you're in the CSM, you don't have the option to just radically stand on specific positions. You must relate changes to the current game, your understanding of mechanics and player interaction and come up with adjustments -- or outright kill some changes in the planning stage to be replaced with other ideas.

The reason why I think that I would do a good job are laid out, I'm good at working in a team environment, taking and adjusting to feedback, working at a high pace, and I enjoy the kind of things that are laid out as CSM tasks. I don't mind making and reporting items to the community. I enjoy thinking about high level problems and working as a group to overcome them.

I don't have a laundry list of crap that "OMG PVPEEEE IN LOWSEC IS BROKEN LETS FIX THIS THING GUYS BACK ME AND I'LL FORCE CCP TO FIX THIS" guys do. My list of things I would like to see is extensive, but I'm not running because I want to see a lot of changes, I'm running because I think I can help CCP make the best decisions as to how they would relate to a large portion of the player base.
#10 - 2015-02-17 23:51:36 UTC
Since progodlegend is not running, are you the official Nulli candidate?

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

Violence of Action.
#11 - 2015-02-18 00:04:36 UTC
I am.
Snuffed Out
#12 - 2015-02-18 01:48:33 UTC
As the leader of S2N you are responsible for guiding the overall direction of our alliance. With major sov changes presumably on the horizon, you are responsible for implicitly and explicitly predicting potential outcomes and taking action to position S2N favorably.

As a CSM member you would know, at least to some extent, the direction S2N should be moving. However, you would be ethically and legally bound to not act on this information.

When Mittani decided to not seek re-election he cited the conflict of interest and his inability to be the leader GS deserved while serving as a CSM member.

Do you envision the conflicting demands hamstringing your effectiveness in your role with S2N and N3?

Violence of Action.
#13 - 2015-02-18 04:45:58 UTC
Kiagon Fiero wrote:
As the leader of S2N you are responsible for guiding the overall direction of our alliance. With major sov changes presumably on the horizon, you are responsible for implicitly and explicitly predicting potential outcomes and taking action to position S2N favorably.

As a CSM member you would know, at least to some extent, the direction S2N should be moving. However, you would be ethically and legally bound to not act on this information.

When Mittani decided to not seek re-election he cited the conflict of interest and his inability to be the leader GS deserved while serving as a CSM member.

Do you envision the conflicting demands hamstringing your effectiveness in your role with S2N and N3?

Good question. Not an easy answer.

The best way to put it is that you have to divorce yourself from the situation as a player between the CSM and what you know and can act upon in EVE. Much of the information there is not actionable, and will clearly impact my ability to be the best decision maker for our alliance and coalition. We absolutely benefit much more from my impact on the shape of changes to come. The chances for things to overlap are absolutely there, which is when I must know to not allow my responsibility for S2N/N3 to come before my responsibility for the game. There are some explicit legalities at play... and I am credentialed IRL in a related industry that would absolutely be ruined by me sharing this sort of information and the revelation of this disregard of the NDA.

The best way to put it is that I could absolutely not be capable of acting on things directly and may need to delegate some decision making if the topic may result in an NDA'd item being disclosed inadvertently or acted upon.

The SOV changes will be out in a devblog I'm sure at some point in the near future.
Caldari State
#14 - 2015-02-18 05:05:53 UTC
From my own dealings with Gorga, I can say he's a measured and considered decision maker, and I'm really hoping he'll be part of the CSM team next term. If there's someone who can work successfully with a room full of egos and still get **** done, its Gorga.

I mean look at the people he;s in charge of in nulli and N3 command.
Gallente Federation
#15 - 2015-02-18 14:55:46 UTC
if he can herd nulli cats, CSM is nothing +1
CODE.
#16 - 2015-02-18 16:57:58 UTC
Don't take this personal or an attack on you directly Gorga, BUT I honestly think that the CSM in its current state of operations is nothing more than rubbish.
It appears to many players to be just another way for Nullblock leaders to sway power in their favor and or get a jump start on countering upcoming changes so the nullblock they are apart of doesn't lose any ground.

I have read so many CSM candidates' "platforms" and what-nots that they all sound the same.. HOWEVER you are the first person to actually come into this circus and admit they wont be campaigning for radical changes to the structure of the game, force players in certain parts of New Eden to endure "more risk/isk" factors, or rally to move the major portions of content to their owned space.

I wish you well in your journey and task you to look out for us little guys ( the ones that just want to log in have fun and not care about politics).
Caldari State
#17 - 2015-02-18 19:24:43 UTC
The main failure with regards to the CSM is the perception that they can actually make changes to the game. They all campaign about how they're going to fix this or that, when in actuality they have neither the option nor the power to 'fix' anything in the game. The CSM are a group of consultants, a sounding board for CCP to speak with about upcoming changes and get an opinion from people who aren't employees of CCP.

Gorga understands this role, and isn't going to feed you all a bunch of horse-**** to get votes. I can't think of a better person to be giving reality checks to CCP.
Caldari State
#18 - 2015-02-18 22:35:18 UTC
Still, it would be pretty nice to get another look at jump fatigue and maybe banning russians from Stain for like, 12 months, and force them to actually go elsewhere for once in their lives. Can CCP do that?
Northern Coalition.
#19 - 2015-02-18 23:17:32 UTC
vouch
Violence of Action.
#20 - 2015-02-19 02:19:18 UTC
There is a lot of good that can be accomplished by the CSM, even if many may view it as rubbish. The dynamic viewpoints that can be offered up to CCP is something they will not be able to get out of their development teams and internal groups. Additionally, developer <> player communication directly tends to have a lot of noise. CSM <> player communication in some forms can also be information saturation, but if the CSM tries to be accessible they may be able to get a lot of good information. I plan on being as available as possible.
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