Hello. I’m Rich Richman. I’m running for CSM 16.
I do small gang PVP, and I participate in some EVE talkshows and media platforms. You may have seen me flying in your space, or on a stream somewhere. Maybe read an article I’ve written.
I joined EVE in late 2019. Which means I am quite a new candidate. However I believe that in EVE account age does not necessarily mean wisdom. I feel satisfied that many of those I’ve encountered do not believe that I am a new player. New players – if given proper tutoring and motivation – might surprise you at the speed they learn.
I joined the game intending to be a part of nullsec intelligence using my real life experience and language skills. This plan came to an end almost 90 days later, and I joined a smallgang PVP group and experienced high skill small scale combat. During this time, I joined in streams and chats to learn from others and to offer my input.
My CSM campaign is going to be directed towards something different. Something more serious affecting the community. I feel there are candidates that are good at lore, or balance, or playstyles. But none sufficiently address or campaign for the issue of botting and RMT, which is where I intend to step up and offer myself as council.
On Botting and RMT.
RMT is an entity that has persisted and affected EVE for more than one and a half decades. From the early “eBay RMT” to sophisticated automated networks recently, this persistent issue is a threat to EVE Online’s ecosystem and future.
Botting is the use of automated programs to obtain ISK without player input. RMT refers to illegal trading of ISK for real life money (real money trade). Both activities undermine the integrity of the game, damage the economy by affecting PLEX and resources, and is against the Terms of service for playing EVE Online.
I, through my video game career am not a saint. When I was a teenager, I used bot programs to automate and progress my character and farm video game currency in other MMOs. I sold those currencies and offered services that broke rules. My friends did too, and I became acquainted with the who’s who of this shady business. I do not do this anymore, and have not done so for more than a decade.
If I am elected CSM, I will totally and entirely focus my efforts on the most effective solutions to curb illegal RMT and botting in EVE Online. I will absolutely endeavour to find the most creative solutions to put an end to this persistent issue.
As an example of my dedication, I kept track of my bot reporting during my roaming.
In the December report of 2020 CCP revealed that 42,000 bans were issued. 15% of those (around 7200) were from player reports. During that period of time, Rich Richman received 298 bot ban emails. That’s 4% from my reports
Not a stone left unturned. Not a penny left out. I intend to use my knowledge and past connections to offer feedback and suggestions on how to cripple, undermine, and put an end to botting operations and RMT outlets by analysing how the operators work and their means and motivations to do so.
I want isk to be made in a way that isn’t agonising and boring. I want it to take attention and interaction which would assist bot detection.
The sellers and their mules should be aggressively perused until their supplies run dry. I know that stopping small scale private RMT is difficult. But with a better strategy I hope to reduce the demand for illegal RMT through a combination of making it riskier to RMT but also easier to make money without grinding for ISK.
I am an independent and new candidate without the burden of the past, but with the wisdom and zest of the present and future. I am a candidate aiming to strike the heart of video game’s oldest issue.
Below are two articles I’ve written about events, updates, and topics in EVE Online;