My name is DutchGunner and I am running for CSM 15. You might recognise my name from posts on the forums or because I’m the main FC for the public fleets from ARC (Arataka Research Consortium), for the Triglavian content. The group PVE content is amazing, and I love diving into the lore and helping (new) people experience both content and fleet operations they would otherwise not have been able to.
My career in EVE in a nutshell: I have been playing EVE since 2003 and I’ve done everything in EVE except for scamming. My initial focus in EVE was in PVP, and most of this has been anti-piracy. This was a challenge that I enjoyed immensely (and still do, if we’re being honest). Over time my focus has shifted to group content in high sec and helping out other players, no matter how short or long they’ve been playing. I love sharing my enthusiasm for this game with others, and helping others discover new content or what to do in a fleet (both as a member and in a leading position). This brings a level of fulfilment and joy to my gameplay I could never have imagined.
A few notes on me: I thrive on analysing my environment and adjusting my course accordingly. I excel in looking at issues from all angles, and combining different ideas to create one or more possible solutions. I’m patient, and I am always willing to listen to and work with the input and ideas of others. No matter your background or your beliefs, if your ideas and input are valuable, I will gladly acknowledge them (and you!) and use these ideas to achieve the best results.
In real life I have also been involved in organising and (financially) managing LARP events for larger groups of people for several years now. This means I have experience with balancing different types of players and playstyles, making sure players are heard and having an enjoyable experience while ensuring a healthy gaming experience for all those involved. I believe all of these qualities will make me a good addition to the CSM.
My reason for candidate: I want to run for CSM not only because I’ve been in love with this game since my first forays into gameplay back in 2003, but also because I want to do my part in ensuring this game lasts far into the next decade, with a thriving player base at its core. This became even more important when CCP decided to implement more fundamental changes and revisions of game mechanics. I have also noticed that players that are active in high sec are underrepresented in the CSM. It would be valuable to have someone to fill this gap and provide feedback to CCP on how the game mechanics impact those in high sec.
My agenda: What can you expect from me as a CSM member? I will keep a close eye on the feedback that you, the player, the very core of this game, are giving us. Through this feedback we can surely find ways to improve and expand the game. Having access to and enjoying content should not require being established, being part of a large group or having a big wallet.
My expertise may lie with high sec and public group PVE but my main focus, should I become part of the CSM, will be on ensuring accessibility of content without encouraging to just throw numbers and/or isk at it.
Lore, industry, PVE and the varying types of PVP (including involuntary) have their place and should be equally represented on the CSM.
Interview by CCP (starts at 26:35)