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Diana Olympos for CSM XI

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Caldari State
#1 - 2015-11-12 15:54:46 UTC  |  Edited by: Diana Olympos
Hello, my name is Diana Olympos.

I am here to announce that I’d love to represent you on CSM XI.



TL;DR-

  • Nullsec based
  • Primary focus Trading and Hauling
  • French
  • Lover of emergent gameplay
  • Mercenary Coalition member
  • Community Content Generator
  • Easily approachable
  • Experienced with similar organisations for other games


I’m seeking a seat on the CSM to help empower community builders and all the players that make New Eden a living place.



The Detail

I’m a relatively new player in New Eden. I first tried to get into Eve a few years ago, I initially hooked up with a French mission running corp, but studies took priority and I eventually drifted away from the game.

However in February 2015 I felt the call of Internet Spaceships once more and returned to New Eden. Looking for something a little bit different I joined the 3 month old alliance PFR (Phoebe Freeport Republic) and I was hooked immediately. The atmosphere within the alliance and the buzz around the game was compelling.

I’ve made friends and over the next few months I’ve become an active member, running part of the PFR Academy program, helping to seed the main Freeport of Nullsec (Obligatory propaganda reference!) and learning to PvP in what’s become one of the most active constellations in Null Security space. LAtely, after PFR change their direction, i decided to try to explore new horizons and joined Mercenary Coalition.

Just after it’s launch, I joined the new Tweetfleet Slack (if you’re not a member, sign up now - it doesn’t cost anything or need an API key!) – As a result I was exposed to what I realised was the most active, vibrant and interesting community I’ve ever encountered in gaming. It’s also there that I was recruited by Crossing Zebras and offered a place as a writer.

All that activity brought me here - I’m passionate about the game and I’m announcing my candidacy for CSM XI, to put help put that passion to good use.


Let’s tackle the obvious point first; If you ask to a group of people what the role of the CSM is, you’re likely to receive a different opinion from each group member. With that in mind, I believe that the function of the CSM is to:

  • Provide a unique and privileged interface between the players and CCP
  • To act on behalf of all players for the betterment of the game
  • To help provide CCP with a non-corporate method of informal communication back to the playerbase.




Hey Diana, you’re a really new player, why do you think you’d be good at this?

Few years ago, I was one of the leading members of the Wargame serie community and was asked to participate in a very similar scheme proposed by the game developers. I learned a lot about game design, how to be an interface between the players and the devs, and vice-versa. I learned fairly swiftly that members of these groups should not try to be Junior Game Designers. Most is achieved through rationalising and summarising community feeling and communicating that back to the developers and then providing the same service in the opposite direction.

That’s nice Diana, so what can you bring to CCP?

In the past few years, we’ve had a dominant presence from established Nullsec coalitions and Blocs on the CSM. They’ve helped CCP engineer and rollout the current Nullsec changes over time to address a large number of the perceived issues. However, now this program of change is fully underway, it feels strange to have almost no representation from the “New Nullsec” alliances which are (hopefully) building the empires of tomorrow.

Being an active member of PFR, I have gained a lot of experience across fields that are involved in building a nullsec alliance - PvP, teaching, developing markets, building diplomatic relationships, interactions with different parts of space etc. I am confident that I can translate this experience into meaningful discussions about upcoming proposals.

I obsessively follow what is happening in Eve and in the game design community around it; Reading devblogs, opinion site, snippets of dev talks, which way the wind is blowing at CCP are all things I try to track. I believe that there is a considerable scope for extending the methods for communication between the players and devs and exploring that aspect of the CSM would be one of my main goals.

Finally, I represent one of the many sub-communities in New Eden that extend outside of Corp/Alliance boundaries - Being French, I’m in contact with the French community and living in the active South West of Null I see a lot of them, small alliances striving every day to realise their objectives, as well as staying in touch as a group on community sites such as Slack. I hope to be able to provide a mouthpiece for that community and prove that I’m the right person to help represent them.
Caldari State
#2 - 2015-11-12 16:01:00 UTC  |  Edited by: Diana Olympos
Cool, but what would you bring to the CSM itself?

In real life I’m a Data Scientist – This means diving into mine of information and uncovering meaningful data. My specialist area is data IT surround IT tool usage. I’m used to collaborating with diverse groups of people and leveraging their skills and knowledge for my projects. I like to think that this would hold me in good stead as CSM member with the remit of extracting ideas and information from the community and CCP alike.

I also have experience as a moderator and a writer for a French E-sport company. That’s given me further lessons on how interact with people, how to write informative and useful pieces and has granted me some insight into game design. It’s a skill I’ve had to polish during my time as a Marshall for the Wargame serie. In this role I’ve had to work with people from many different communities and playstyles and act as a soundboard and a communication point for all of them. I’m firmly of the opinion that the CSM will have to evolve towards this model during CSM XI and that this previous experience will help me fit that role.

But Diana will you have time to do all of this around your normal life?

Yes.


Articles i wrote

My opinion on fitting skills
You can find my view about nullsec and its goal here
For an history of PFR, there is a little piece on CrossingZebras

Interviews
Eve Guardian interview
Eve NT interview

Podcasts
CSM Watch english interview
Cap Stable FR interview
CSM Watch Analysis show #3
Declaration of War Round Table



If you’d like to ask me questions, post them here and I’ll do my best to field all of them.
You can also grab me on TweetFleet Slack for a conversation if you prefer.
Or contact me on Twitter @DianaOlympos
Or ingame by evemailing me or joining the DianaO4CSM channel.
Or send me an email at diana.olympos@gmail.com

Fly like you earned it !
o7
#3 - 2015-11-23 14:32:03 UTC
Yes yes, that's all very nice, but what changes do you exactly propose lobbying for?

Perfection is a dish best served like wasabi .

Bumble's Space Log

Caldari State
#4 - 2015-11-24 19:50:37 UTC
Bumblefck wrote:
Yes yes, that's all very nice, but what changes do you exactly propose lobbying for?


I will take your question in a wide scope.

I lobby for the CSM to be a tool used by CCP to communicate with player. Not the only one. Not the main one. But a way to spread idea, feelings and design goals to the players, with players words.
I think the goal of the CSM is not to be game designer or doing CCP job. I lobby for more communication with CCP about what to say to players, how and why. To make the NDA limits crystal clear. Which they probably are, but it's not visible enough for the players.

And that's all. I don't think CSM members are here to lobby change to the game. At best they can bring up ideas. Pass concept that they heard about. They can talk about what CCP show them. But they are not the "leaders" of Eve nor the "leaders" of Eve evolution.
#5 - 2015-12-07 18:43:38 UTC
What exactly do you hope to change or fix? I've read and re-read your OP to find what you plan on doing if elected, but all I can see is your background and qualifications (which are excellent).
#6 - 2015-12-07 18:50:29 UTC
Diana Olympos wrote:
Bumblefck wrote:
Yes yes, that's all very nice, but what changes do you exactly propose lobbying for?


I will take your question in a wide scope.

I lobby for the CSM to be a tool used by CCP to communicate with player. Not the only one. Not the main one. But a way to spread idea, feelings and design goals to the players, with players words.
I think the goal of the CSM is not to be game designer or doing CCP job. I lobby for more communication with CCP about what to say to players, how and why. To make the NDA limits crystal clear. Which they probably are, but it's not visible enough for the players.

And that's all. I don't think CSM members are here to lobby change to the game. At best they can bring up ideas. Pass concept that they heard about. They can talk about what CCP show them. But they are not the "leaders" of Eve nor the "leaders" of Eve evolution.



Correct me if I'm wrong here, but you appear not to have any particular area of interest or focus, should you be elected, other than a procedural slant towards maintaining the operation/running/mandate of the CSM itself. Is that a fair interpretation of your words?

Perfection is a dish best served like wasabi .

Bumble's Space Log

Caldari State
#7 - 2015-12-07 20:19:57 UTC
Anoron Secheh wrote:
What exactly do you hope to change or fix? I've read and re-read your OP to find what you plan on doing if elected, but all I can see is your background and qualifications (which are excellent).


Well that is quite easy. Nothign in particular. The CSM job is not to "fix" the game. The CSM is a tool for the players and for CCP. I'm here to provide an efficient way for players to understand CCP and otherwise. I'm not here to play "Game developper Junior." If i wanted that, i would apply for a job at CCP.

Now if you want to know what are the are of the game that i think need attention (but are gettig it as far as i can see from CCPers talk on the media)


  • Attributes. Or getting rid of them, or finding a way to redesign them into a meaningful thing. The SP bonus does not really make a lot of sense right now.
  • General redesign of all mechanic to give a better defined identity and set of goal and tools to each part of space. A non exhaustive list would include wardec, nullsec upgrading, reactions, moon mining, standings, sec status, drugs mechanics.
  • More communications from the CSM toward players. The CSM provide an impressive tool to CCP by being able to enter player own channels and convey CCP mind and vision into them.


Eve changed a lot in the five last years and the CSM did an amazing work carrying player thinking and feeling to CCP. It is time the CSM begin to work the other way too.

Bumblefck wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but you appear not to have any particular area of interest or focus, should you be elected, other than a procedural slant towards maintaining the operation/running/mandate of the CSM itself. Is that a fair interpretation of your words?


I think you miss a point here. I believe that the main point of the CSM is to provide a conduit for players and CCP to talk to each other and give access to otherwise obscure channels. I don't think it is nothing.

If you want to see more than that. Well i'm a really active player inside PFR; I believe in a certain view of nullsec with some independant entity. And i believe the economy and the link between the players are what make Eve a so different game.

If you want even mor,e you will have to go read my article in Crossing Zebras where i have more place to disgress and explain my thinking. I will update the main post regularly.
#8 - 2015-12-27 02:58:37 UTC  |  Edited by: Dantelion Shinoni
You are cute Diana, I like what you are trying to do here, even though I still disagree at a fundamental level on the emphasis on culture over mechanisms, at least there is an understanding of how to kick back the game and encourage more conflicts.

Understanding that is sadly lacking in the other CSM candidates.

Yeah, you get my vote on this one.

It's that or a bunch of troll candidates :p
Caldari State
#9 - 2016-01-11 19:13:56 UTC
Thank you. That is nice to you. I can understand the problem with the culture over mechanisms.

I am not saying mechanisms should not be a part of the CSM job, but i definitely believe that it is not the core of it.
Villore Accords
#10 - 2016-01-13 19:13:23 UTC
A vote for Phoebe Freeport Republic is a vote for freedom!
Gallente Federation
#11 - 2016-01-26 06:11:46 UTC
Now available, the interviews recorded by CSM Watch for our CSM 11 election coverage: Diana Olympos' English and French interviews

Enjoy !
Invisible Exchequer
#12 - 2016-02-07 23:20:43 UTC
So, Diana kindly answered some questions for me. Interview here
Minmatar Republic
#13 - 2016-02-18 02:44:02 UTC  |  Edited by: Borat Guereen
You have my votes!
Best luck!

Candidate for CSM XII

Caldari State
#14 - 2016-02-26 18:27:07 UTC
Updates of the main posts.

Added new links for information.

Also update my current alliance. I'm not anymore in PFR but in Mercenary Coalition.

I also added an email address to contact me.
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