My name is DutchGunner and I’m running for CSM 16. I’ve run for CSM 15 last year, and ran a lot of public fleets from ARC (Arataka Research Consortium) during chapter 1 and 2 of the Triglavian invasions. I’ve also run public Pochven fleets to help people experience its content, gain standings with EDENCOM and Triglavians, take on the challenge of fighting the Drifters and their doomsday weapon and I’ve written a manual on how to successfully do this without losing ships.
My EVE story so far:
I’ve 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.
My area of expertise:
My expertise lies with High Security space in general and Pochven, EVE lore and corresponding (public) group PVE and the PVE/PVP in particular.
Having said that, I’m a solid example of the saying “a jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Due to my EVE story so far, I’m not limited to just my expertise to provide useful input and contributions to the CSM.
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’m 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’ve 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 candidacy:
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 has become even more important when CCP decided to implement more fundamental changes and revisions of game mechanics. There is still a lot that can be done to build upon the current EDENCOM and Poshven situation, especially with regard to EDENCOM. Adressing this will be a big step in restoring the willingness from players to get involved in future events where players can or have to choose a side.
I’m also encouraged by how well I did with running for CSM last year, to see other candidates also pick up lore and lore related content in their campaign this year and all the positive feedback I got from both voters and other candidates.
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 an established player, being part of a large group or having deep pockets.
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 n+1 or just throwing 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.
There isn’t a single way to play EVE, so let’s make EVE a great experience together!
Interview from the EVE Univer show by Ashterothi (1 hour and 10 minutes)
Interview/Episode from Push to Talk (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Interview by CCP (about 13 minutes)
Interview by RHP (no audio/video available)
Interview by DTM135 (video did not get uploaded)
Getting in contact:
If you want to contact me, the best way is via Discord: DutchGunner#6903