Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Anyway, CSM voting is now open, and I've yet to formally endorse anyone. Better late than never I suppose!
For CSM7, my endorsement (and my votes) goes to Hans Jagerblitzen. Let me explain why.
Eve has a very strong strategic element, and there are many players for whom the big picture battle is what it's all about - fixed objectives that you can throw a fleet at, pivotal battles for power and control. While many PVPers really enjoy this kind of combat, variety is the spice of life and there are a large number who look for a different kind of PVP entirely. I count myself among that number.
Many people have commented on the perceived nullsec bias in the current CSM. I don't necessarily subscribe to the view that all CSM members are out to push their own playstyle at the expense of others, in fact I believe most of them try quite hard to offer a balanced perspective, however it's only natural that your playstyle is going to affect your opinions. Sov nullsec attracts a certain kind of player, and when CCP asks you whether something is good or bad, your answer is going to be coloured by the kind of things that you think people enjoy.
When you're a fan of strategy and grand designs, it's easy to forget that for many people the fun is in the fight itself. Especially when it comes to smaller scale PVP (which despite what some may tell you, is still very much alive in NPC nullsec, lowsec, hisec and wormhole space), most people aren't really out to accomplish grandiose objectives so much as they are to find a fight and make explosions, and mechanics which make it easier and more enjoyable to get a fight on this scale are really good things. From reading Hans' manifesto, it's clear that this is something he gets. With a background in faction warfare, he comes from an area where easy to find, casual PVP is order of the day, and that's a perspective which I believe could go a long way, even outside of the areas he claims to have experience in.
So that's how I'm voting. To you dear reader, I say make up your own mind. There are many good candidates this time round, but if you're a fan of accessible, small scale PVP then Hans is worth a look. Whatever you do though, do vote. The CSM don't get to design the game, but they may well have influence on the decisions that take place over the next year, and your vote matters. So what are you waiting for? Vote now!
The Altruist is the Eve Online blog of Azual Skoll, PVP instructor and small gang PVPer.
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