Your EVE Online story - TL:DR Edition
Played on and off since 2009. Dabbled in null, ran a buyback service. Tried all the different space jobs. Made obscure third party tools. Started a wormhole industry corp that became a successful high-sec industry alliance. Likes space money, trading, sometimes hauling.
Please see reply below for more detailed backtory.
Your areas of expertise. In which areas of the game do you feel you are the most knowledgeable? What qualities set you apart from other candidates?
TL:DR, in order of magnitude:
- 3rd party development
- Game mechanics (What is and isn’t possible on a technical level)
- Industry (Highsec & lowsec)
My core expertise will always lie in third party development. Building tools for EVE actually launched my career as a software developer. I demonstrated a crowdsource-isk-loan site I’d built in my first serious interview. They must have liked it as they called me an hour after the interview offering me the job. Besides wacky tool development though, I have a brief history in game development myself. Picking up a few prizes in 24 hour development competitions back in the day. This combination leaves me with a deeper-than-most understanding of the what, how, and why of the game’s mechanics and third party integrations. That and I sit all day F5ing hoboleaks as if my life depends on it.
Beyond the technical stuff, I’ve run a successful industrial alliance for a number of years, and built myself a reasonable bit of wealth through marketeering. Two subjects that have been historically underrepresented in the CSM. Leading a group containing many newer players has granted me some insight into the struggles they often face. All the while having to learn the dark secrets of the corp management interface. My skittish history also brings me a good general base, but I am more than happy to admit to the holes in my knowledge when they appear.
Why are you applying for the CSM?
Every year I’ve struggled to find someone who really made me want to vote for them. I’ve always done my civic duty and dragged the names into an order that seemed acceptable on polling day, but nobody sparked that fire. I’m hoping to fill that gap, hoping that I’m not the only one that wishes it filled. As mentioned above, the sections of the game I am passionate about have also been the least represented throughout CSM history.
Since the patron saint of ESI, Steve Ronuken, took his leave from the CSM there has been little to no representation for the toolmakers of New Eden. ESI has stagnated (though not unjustified in some ways), and third party development seems to be in a bit of a rut. Near game-breaking industrial issues go largely ignored or misunderstood, and the market interface is just as screwy as it was when it launched. Not to mention the confusing mysteries of corp roles.
What can players expect from you?
A representative with the humility to refer to the experts on subjects outside my particular scope, but not afraid to stand my ground when I have the familiarity with the subject. I’m readily accessible, being a frequent Quality™ poster on the Talking in Stations Discord, and occasionally I even read EVE mails. Jokes aside, I work from home so you can readily contact me at almost any time via any of the following:
Dr Spodumain - In game character, mail is preferable but you might catch me for a private convo occasionally.
Any of the Discord servers I frequent. If it’s a EVE related Discord, I’m probably lurking in there. (NSPI places, SCC lounge, Talking in Stations, OZ’s Discord, Convocation of Empyreans, ARC, CSM Discord…)