@Insidious_Sainthood here, running for CSM XIV!
EDIT: After careful review of (my grammar and) many of the other candidate’s better written and thought out posts, I have come to realize (again) how much I hate typing and how it can hamper my communication. That means edits.
Things I would like to see change specifically in low sec and solo/small gang pvp:
Newbro retention @CCP_Hellmar recently made a comment that “Every week we have about 10,000 people that log into EVE Online for the first time”. Where are these newbros? What is the retention rate? Who is helping them? And why is the NPE still having the same issues (disjointed, difficult, confusing)?
BC/BS/Marauders: Where are they and the heavy metal brawls of 2010-2012 gone? Can we bring them back? Can we make these platforms viable in the evolving, but frigate/destroyer dominated meta?
Supers in low-sec: by far the most common complaint since I posted my CSM intentions. Not being a capital-ship kind of guy. I am hesitant to offer a fix without digging through some numbers with the CSM/CCP. But I have been dropped on in low sec by caps and supers, while solo in a frigate and after the number of posts believe they may be oppressing low sec.
Faction Warfare: Bots! Why so many bots? Can we remove them? Farm KMs from them? Balance passes on plexes, LP and BPCs
QOL changes: Local, overheating, multiboxing, multiclicking, OS X client, module placement, undock glitches, and a huge laundry list.
Obligatory back story: Started in May of 2007. Never looked back, never stopped. Wife told me to quit. Nope, sold my main for 90 days, went through vitoc withdrawls and started another account. Economic downturn requiring unsub? Nope. Really just waiting for the singularity so I can safe log mind in New Eden.
I started as a mission runner, living out of Abagawa. Joined the few corps who ganked me and offered to teach me more. Eventually, I was ganked in Akora in a mission raven omw to get a skillbook (I know, I know). That lead me to SMASH-ROADKILL and living in Geminate.
Null-Blocing was okay but I was a slightly more at-risk mission runner i.e. belt ratter, and part time F1 monkey. Learned about life in null and all the differences. A good growth period. Shortly, SMASH was dissolved, and I found myself in Syndicate/Placid. Around the same time, I was linked a PvP video that “changed my life.”
Between Endless Subversion and Violatohr, my Eve career and play-style were saved. I was burned out on the grind/ganked routine when my eyes were opened to solo and small gang pvp. I remember thinking, “There is no way 1 cyclone can take on 3 BC,” and being amazed at this ability and playstyle.
I quickly changed my whole game and luckily found a good group to PvP with (later we would form BDEAL – The Important Internet Spaceship League and has a glorious time taking Provi with U’K before flaming out because small gang pilots do not necessarily make good null bloc directors ). Some fond memories and excellent stories (like refusing people from fleet because we thought 5 pilots would scare off the engagements).
I quickly went from, basically, unranked on Battle Clinic to the top 1000 (936 if I remember right).
Alas, my fake life required me to put away my real life and my clones remained dormant, and eventual lost to the annuls of history.
But I was reborn and now have the means and time to enjoy, and help others enjoy, the gleaming celestial gem that is New Eden! I currently fly solo and with RvB, of RvB fame. And I have dragged my teenage son along to share in the spoils.
I want a better FW, a better low sec, more balance and more fun. I personally lean toward solo and small PvP but have dove into PvE content and try to avoid bittervet tunnel vision. I remember Apocrypha and the WHs they brought, I delved Into the Abyss, and found wonderous new artifacts. I have flown in 3 ATs and want it back. I want newbros to feel welcome at the tables of the old guard and adventure into low and null and feel they have gained (well, maybe not Black Rise). I want to delete Tama from the game!!! (J/K get a lot of good content, just a poke at local). Most importantly, I want to renew everyone’s hope and joy in Eve and the CSM.
And finally, I have a small OCD when it comes to my inbox and therefore, I vow to read EVERY. SINGLE. EMAIL from the citizens of New Eden and weigh your thoughts, ideas, dreams and hopes against this wonderful tapestry we call home.