Pandemic Horde alliance leader and founder.
Played since 2004, background in FCing, spying and alliance tourneys (4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze medals).
Founded Pandemic Horde in 2015, now the biggest new player corp in the game and the third biggest alliance overall.
I run one of the biggest alliances in the game and manage the thousands of people in it.
Why apply for CSM
The way the CSM works it is a genuine handicap for a nullsec group not to have a person inside the council. That’s how it is. I am here to ensure my people’s concerns are addressed.
Work done in CSM14 and what players can expect
So I’ve seen a lot of people talk about conflict drivers.
I -am- the conflict drivers guy.
I am the one who asked for an entire session with CCP leadership be dedicated to the topic (see minutes), then hammered on the subject again with Hilmar in QnA session and the final dinner. And I think we are making progress but there is still a big knowledge gap between what the top thinks eve players get out of bed for, and what actually happens in 2020 Tranquility (see my minutes comments).
I am also the guy who had the playstiles session organized at the first summit and started bringing passive income back on CCP’s radar (see minutes). A work which has continued through the year as CCP dedicated a special team to ecosystems and resources.
Now while we’re here I think its important to clarify something that will be useful to the public as well as newcomer candidates: CCP is not short of ideas. They have a million ideas, and various parts of CCP will have different ideas about the same topic.
The path to getting something done in the CSM is finding buy-in at 3 levels:
1- the leadership
2- the producers
3- the individual teams
As I said each of those layers already have their own solutions in their minds and a large backlog of stuff they’d like to take care of but it’s just not the priority right now. They’re not just sitting on their asses waiting for you to walk in and lay down the blueprint.
As a CSM what you do isn’t show up and pitch features, but rather explain problems and explain why a certain issue needs more or less priority. If those 3 layers are convinced, then they might start working on the issue and come up with their own solution. At this point they might or might not ask for your feedback on that solution. Then it goes through their QA and makes it into the game.
This brings us back to conflict drivers and the importance of ingraining a firm understanding of this concept and its importance at all 3 layers above. This is ongoing work that must continue during the CSM15’s tenure.
Other CSM14 accomplishments
We pushed pretty hard for supercap rebalance and fixing citadels. You can go check the patch notes to see extensive changes in those areas. There was also a lot of work done between ccp and the newbie corp groups which resulted in much higher tutorial completion and higher overall retention to the game (see minutes and CCP’s presentations).
What about the non blocs???
Yeah one more thing I’ve spent a lot of time this year connecting CCP to various representative from FW, lowsec, roaming FCs, and other small groups so that they had a chance to directly voice with CCP devs and raise their concerns. These aren’t people that voted for me but I helped them when needed. Hopefully these niches can organize and get their own candidate elected this year, but if not I’ll try to help out again.