Yes I am running again. For those of you somewhat new to this sort of thing? I served on CSM’s 8, 9, and 10
I still am thought to represent the people who tend not to vote, the new players and hisec carebears. I still think ganking is a thing that should stay and that the wardec changes have been good, so far. But that is not the whole story. I want the whole game to survive, to grow, to be what it has been and MORE. Improvement, not change for change sake, and dammit metrics to know if things DID improve.
I have a rep for saying what I think and doing what I say I will do . . . even if I am a spaceship politician. Ask around, see who I am or ask below any questions you might have for me.
Bio type stuff? I am a retired teacher and I . . . oh you mean in game. I have played since 2008, served on 3 CSM’s (as mentioned above). I run Operation Magic School Bus in game helping out new pilots and am a regular in the Rookie Help Chat. You will find posts of what I think all over these forums. I am on twitter a lot @mikeazariah .
I like Eve. I enjoy helping out where I can and am offering to represent the average players (whatever the hell that means) on the council. I am not a member of any corp, alliance, coalition. I play a game and want to see it keep getting better. If you agree that I can help do that then put me on your ballot.
Any questions? Endorsements? Curses?
edit: sheesh, barely get it out and someone helpful points out that I need to answer the damn questions.
Your EVE Online Story:
Well I do think that I answered that one above. But a shade more detail and focus. I got into Eve because of the single shard and the idea that what you did in the game could have consequences. Articles of grand betrayals and intricate schemes captured me.
Then, once in I found my skill set was in talking to people, using information and disseminating it. A wardec against the mining corp that I was in ended partially because I contacted all the other corps that had been decked and we organized. Then I found the politics of the game and ran for CSM, lost horribly.
Thing is, in Eve, we are immortal. Loss is not the end it is the beginning, where we begin to learn. So I played and talked and tried again . . . and again . . . eventually I won a seat in CSM 8. I served two more terms after that and then took some time off of the politics for health reasons. I practically live in Rookie Help chat and have done so for 5 years. But I am still here and ready to step up and help out again.
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?
Which brings me to HOW I can help. I would argue that I know the New Player Experience fairly well and face it, we NEED a stream of new blood into the game or it will whither and die. The other skill I bring is one many others will to (I hope) the willingness to set aside petty in game politics to look at the game as a whole. Do not do things for you group but for the whole game. I am almost always willing to talk to people, get their input, listen.
Why are you applying for the CSM?
Because I think I can help. I have the skill set, the experience, and the time to do so (being retired)
What can players expect from you?
I have a proven track record of talking to the players, reporting back from the CSM summits and being active. I will explain why I wont take your idea of a ship that can stay cloaked while shooting/tackling to CCP and will ask for more details if you have an idea that might fly. I have done this in the past and spearheaded the push that got us the Bowhead.
Where can players learn more about you and what you do?
Well starters would be my blog but fair warning, I tend to write a lot in character
Twitter I am @Mikeazariah and I am very active there
Youtube channel. Just a few lessons for the new bros AND how to put beads in your moustache
But more than anything? If you want to see one vid that helps get a feel for my lunacy and my commitment? Winning in Eve Which was a talk I gave in Eve Vegas 2017
There , Boxes checked (I hope)