Salutations friends, comrades, amigos and acquaintances. My name is Mark Resurrectus, CEO of the Holey Roamin’ Empire and Executor of the TURBOFEED OR GLORY alliance, and I am running for CSM 16.
- Your EVE Online Story
I first heard about EVE in a middle school band classroom in 2006, back when I was just 13 years old. My friends and I would play sporadically, but while we loved the game we were destitute children without much in the way of cold, hard American dollars, and our subscriptions were few and far between. Many, many years later in 2019, I joined a wormhole corporation at the suggestion of a friend, feeling like I needed to try something different. I’d spent some time in TEST during World War Bee, but I was looking for something with a little more razzle-dazzle. Once I came to J-Space, I knew it was home. It had everything I wanted in EVE: Small gang PVP, no local, and a thousand cloaky Tengus in every hole. Truly the heights of what EVE had to offer.
My friends and I formed our corporation December 2019, and our current alliance in the summer of 2020; we’ve been rolling ever since. We’re certainly not the most competent wormhole group, but nearly everyone who comes through our group at the very least pretends like they enjoy their time with us. We’ve had the pleasure of being involved in a number of the biggest events and engagements to happen in J-Space in the last two years, and have worked with some really stellar, much more accomplished groups along the way. It’s been an amazing ride, and I cannot wait for what’s in store for us next.
- 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?
I’ve been the CEO of a moderately-sized wormhole group for a year and a half now, and have lived in wormholes for nearly two and a half. TURBO has participated in a number of engagements, big and small, alongside and against a wide variety of groups. We’ve worked with groups like Singularity Syndicate, Prismatic Legion, Wolves Amongst Strangers, Hard Knocks, Exit Strategy, and dozens of other smaller groups in dozens of other ops. I’ve gained a lot of experience very quickly in that time, specifically in the realm of small gang PVP and small-to-medium sized fleet fights, as well as both corp fleet PVE and dread ratting. TURBO lives by the mantra “take every fight”, and we’ve learned a lot from that (too much, some might argue). Beyond that, it goes without saying that as a CEO I’d also consider myself well-versed in the subtle art of managing wildly different internet peoples and utilizing their combined manic energies to achieve a common goal.
I’ll never claim to be the highest authority or expert on anything within EVE (or outside of it, for that matter). I’m not so naive as to believe that there aren’t plenty of other people with both more experience and a better understanding of the game and its mechanics. While I feel my strengths speak for themselves, what I offer most is the ability to listen, to understand people, and to turn that knowledge into actionable information. I know I don’t always have all the answers, and I feel like anyone who would tell you that they do is either lying, or trying to sell you something (and also lying).
I really do love EVE (in that near-Stockholm kind of way), despite its flaws, and want to make sure I am always bringing the best information to the table. I know I can’t do that by myself, and can assure you that I will work as hard as possible collectively with all of the groups I would represent to present the best case for change to both the CSM, and to the developers as a whole.
- Why are you applying for CSM?
I want to offer wormholers (and EVE players in general!) a vision for a different path forward. I do not represent a large bloc in J-Space—though I have worked with many and enjoyed doing so. My interests are not intertwined with the politics of larger groups. I would gain little from advancing the specific interests of my group alone, or even those groups we affiliate most closely with.
Instead, what I offer is a chance to meet all wormholers where they are, and find common ground that we can work from collaboratively. Whether you’re a pilot in a large alliance, or a group of friends in a low-class hole, or even a C4 monkey like myself, we are all here trying to accomplish the same thing: Making the time (and money) we spend playing EVE feel like it is worth the effort. It makes no difference who our CSM is if they’re not willing to listen to everyone they represent. I have no doubt the other persons running for this position feel similarly, and I look forward to discussing with them how we might best accomplish that aim, but it will always be my #1 priority.
More specifically, there are significant issues that need to be addressed in wormholes, and I want to make sure those things are not pushed down the road like they have been in the past. The state of ratting—especially with regards to large battleship fleets that turn high class systems into less of an ISK faucet and more of an ISK hydrant—needs to be reassessed. The payout distribution in C5 and C6 space; sites in C4 space in general; and wormhole mining, all need to be reassessed. The Wolf-Rayet small weapons bonus as it pertains to rapid light missile launchers also needs to be reassessed. While I personally think the current eviction meta is in a pretty healthy place, there are going to be questions about frigate holes and hole control that need someone with a steady hand to respond to them. Not only do I have experience in all of these areas, I have many close contacts with other more experienced groups to fill in any gaps in my knowledge.
- What can players expect from you?
I’ll take the job seriously, but I’m clearly not a serious guy. I write spooky internet fiction in my free time and enjoy talking about baseball. I enjoy good food, good drink, and spending time with my friends. I wouldn’t sit here and talk about how important it is for the wormhole CSM to connect with all people if I intended to only interact with a select chosen few. I hope, if nothing else, my colleagues will vouch for me when I say that I am easily approachable and happy to listen to any concerns or questions brought up. I will always offer the best I have to offer. When that’s not enough, I’ll make sure that you know it. I will not lie (insomuch that the NDA allows, obviously), and I will not pretend to know more than I know.
What can players expect from me? Someone who wants nothing more than to see this game, the game that I grew up with, the game that has been with me through all the great and miserable times in my life, continue to grow and thrive in a changing world. They can expect that I will look not to turn EVE into the game that is best for Mark Resurrectus, but the game that is best for everyone in New Eden.
Thanks for reading! If you got this far, you are very cool and I love you.