Hello, my name is Kontan Rekor and I am running for CSM for the first time this year.
My goals in running for CSM this year are the following:
- Bring mainstream attention to issues that affect Pochven and the rest of the game
- Provide a different perspective from many of the perennial candidates; I have been playing the game actively for only 2-3 years.
- Engage with my fellow CSM candidates and the rest of the game about issues that affect every EVE player, regardless of preferred playstyle.
My story in EVE:
I had always heard about EVE Online, but I was primarily playing other MMOs back in the 2005-2010 era. It was not until about 2012 when a friend I had met from another game encouraged our group of friends to give EVE a shot.
I hopped in, was quickly brought out to Great Wildlands to live with his corp and alliance (Reptilian Shapeshifters/Hashashin Cartel), and decided that the Republic Fleet Firetail was going to be my favorite frigate.
I bounced off of the game after getting ganked during my first attempt to do missions in a rupture, but the game stayed in the back of my mind.
Having heard the epic stories of betrayal, warfare, and triumph in the mainstream Gaming media, I finally decided to give it another shot. Back in 2016, I decided to join Karmafleet for WWB1. I lived out of a lowsec station with the rest of my fellow goons and enjoyed the game for the first time in years.
Sadly, I once again bounced off of the game once again, but this time I subbed for a year or two with a long training queue.
I finally came back to the game when I heard about the start of WWB2 in another MMO I was playing. A guildmate of mine told me he had to re-sub to go help his friends attack Goonswarm, and I informed him that I would be doing the same, but for the other side.
Fast forward a year or two, I finally decided that I needed to try doing PvE for the first time. I had taken a break during the war, and decided that EVE was one of the final games I needed to consume in its entirety. My goals were simple: Become someone/do something of note, and help my alliance succeed.
I believe I have made very good progress on this front so far, but I don’t want my campaign to only focus on me and what I’ve done in this game. Instead, let’s talk about the things I believe need to change.
Pochven - I am yet another Pochven candidate, but I feel like I bring a unique perspective to the region. I have had long conversations with many of the unaffiliated (non-nullsec) locals about the things that have been turning the region into an isk faucet for multiboxers and blocs over time.
There are legitimate grievances to be had about the current state of Pochven, because what it currently represents is an ISK source that rivals wormholes (the traditional high-income activity) while being much easier to get into, to the point that blocs have been moving in half-uncontested for the past two years.
I intend to discuss the problems, suggest solutions, and hopefully facilitate a move towards a healthier Pochven for the people who prefer the unique playstyle, rather than being hyper-attractive to people that are only looking for easy ISK.
Player Retention - Being a fairly new player, I have seen only the scarcity era of EVE. I hear the stories about what EVE used to be from the people that have been playing for ages, but I know those times are unlikely to return.
Instead, I would like to focus on the current players of EVE. True death only occurs when you stop caring, which means that having angry players represents that people still care, even after 20 years. Angry players can become happy players, and once mollified these veterans will be valuable ambassadors for the game.
Additionally, I would like to place a huge amount of emphasis on newer players, not necessarily new players. What I mean by this is that new players need new groups to call home, which naturally means that smaller and newer groups need mechanics in the sandbox that emphasize their growth potential.
The existing power structures and blocs represent one way to retain players (you want to play for your team), but the status quo (people piling into these groups due to mechanics and convenience) is unsustainable and unhealthy for the game.
I wanted to keep this post fairly readable and short, but I have plenty more that I want to talk about. Starting now, I am fully open to questions and discussions about anything I’ve talked about here, or anything else in particular really. If you want to find me on Discord, I am ‘Kontan Rekor’ in many popular EVE Discords, and you can also DM me there.
I would like to endorse a handful of candidates that I want to learn from, and best exemplify what I want to bring to the CSM. This doesn’t mean that I think you shouldn’t vote for candidates that aren’t listed here, of course!
I have interacted with Drake many times in Pochven, and he has been a champion for Pochven in a way that I haven’t up to this point. He is much more knowledgeable about the seagulling era than I am and known by almost everyone.
I have not spoken with Mark before personally, but as someone that doesn’t participate in wormhole content, I feel like Mark has been a great ambassador for his playstyle and the people he flies with. I attended at least one of his Town Hall events, and I feel like he is committed to making this game better for everyone. I hope to learn from his style and skills in community outreach.