I am ExookiZ, and I am running for a seat on CSM 15.
I began my EVE journey 11 years ago in 2009, and after a couple months of highsec missioning, I found myself joining a WH corp to go and explore the mysterious and challenging new addition to eve known as Wormhole space. WH space became my home, and I began assisting the corp in leading operations and recruiting, eventually finding myself the CEO several months later after the previous one had to leave EVE for a while. I continued to spend the next 10+ years as CEO of The Dark Space Initiative, helping grow and build up the corp. I spent the entirety of that time in WH space, where over the years I became one of my corporations main FCs and content creators in addition to leadership.
Most recently, after losing a war against many better prepared and organized opponents, I have moved my corporation into The Initiative, where 11 years later I am experiencing an entirely new part of EVE out in nullsec.
Some areas of expertise I believe I can bring my expertise in to the CSM.
-I have lived and played across wormholes for 10 years, having lived in every class of wormhole space except C1s over the years. To that end I am very familiar with both wormhole mechanics themselves, as well as small and medium gang pvp.
-For the vast majority of my EVE career I have also served as my corp’s CEO and I am very familiar with the challenges related to building and maintaining a corp/alliance, both in game and out.
-I am one of my corporation’s primary content creators, in both hunting and setting up ops and FC’ing ganks, skirmishes and larger fights as we find them.
-I am not new to working with CCP, throughout my time in EVE I have served on multiple focus groups, providing feedback on structures, tech 3 cruisers, and contracting and logistics as they relate to upwell structures. I help organize EVE North East, one of the largest North American eve meets, which has hosted devs on several occasions. Finally, I have presented at almost every fanfest(when we have them ) since 2012, several years giving more than one presentation.
I am running for CSM as I believe it is very important that the CSM have voices in the room who have different experiences and backgrounds besides nullsec. I served on CSM 14 and believe myself to have been a very capable and productive member there, ensuring that CCP always had a wormholer they could talk to, and ensuring that the impact to WH space was always considered in changes CCP was thinking of making. I was not always able to avoid the impact, but I am confident that WH space is better off now than it would have if the past year did not have that voice.
I do not have a list of specific items I hope to “accomplish” while on the CSM, but rather the following are areas that I consider of particular importance for CCP to continue developing and/or following up on. Having spent time on the CSM I believe that a list of areas to continue pushing CCP tokeep in mind is really the best you can do, and I do not want to make promises of any changes that can be made should I be re-elected.
Ship balance, I think talos made some great progress here, but I would consider it a never ending task. Given the complexity of EVE’s PVP ecosystem, and the vast number of different ships, roles and modules I think the best we can hope for is constant, small tweaks on deserving areas so that we feel a constant movement towards “better balanced”
Conflict drivers” - A overused term, and one probably brought up by almost anyone reviewing the state of eve. I believe an EVE with more reasons, and ways to get players interacting with each other ini meaningful ways will go far in helping improving the game. This is sorely needed at all levels, not just blocs needing a better reason to fight a war, but for smaller groups to raid, or have objectives that are obtainable without always needing or wanting enormous blobs. EVE needs more people out of their safety zones shooting eachother, but many players need something besides “just the fight” to do so.
-Structure mechanics we have seen a lot of iterations on this during CSM 14, but I believe there is still a good amount of room to keep improving. Given how prevalent ,and central to a lot of eve’s playstyles they are I believe there is merit in continuing to focus on them.
Finally, I will note that although I am currently a member of The Initiative Mercenaries, and thus the Imperium I do not consider myself “just another goon/null CSM”.
I believe that my background and experiences in EVE make me a valuable addition to the CSM and I still spend the majority of my time scanning and hunting in WH space. I will continue to represent a wormholer’s viewpoint, and that of someone with experience outside of large nullsec groups, regardless of where I log off for the evening.