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[CSM 8] James Arget - Wormholes and the Future

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James Arget
Future Corps
Sleeper Social Club
#1 - 2013-02-16 21:10:59 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Dolan
Greetings, capsuleers. I'm happy to let you all know that I'll be running for CSM8.

It took a lot of time to make the decision and the process has had many parallels to when I started Future Corps. Both were ideas that I'd had for a long time and wanted to do, but was unwilling to commit to unless I knew I could do it right. FC is now two years old, in the hands of an excellent CEO, and doing better than ever. That leaves me free to give back to EVE in another way by serving on the CSM.

To me, serving on the CSM comprises two main elements: Advocating for Wspace and making sure that CCP has the Player Perspective.

Advocating wspace is what it sounds like, ensuring that the interests of everyone who interacts with wspace are considered in game development. After talking with a lot of different people and doing some hard thinking, I can break this down into some distinct aspects.

New Content: Apocrypha was released almost three years ago. In that time, there has been no additional content. We’ve had a number of quality of life improvements and bug fixes, but there has not been targeted new content. Without new dedicated content, the space has not kept pace with other areas of the game.

Inclusion: Perhaps most frustrating, many features have affected all space except wormhole space. CCP’s new philosophy on expansions is an opportunity to make sure that new features benefit wormhole space as well as the rest of EVE. It is very important that the efforts being put into new features benefit as many players as possible.

Improvement: All the little things that have kept wormholes worthwhile even when we’ve been starved for new content. Corp bookmarks, persistent passwords, anchoring timers, and the Unified Inventory have all been great improvements to wormhole space, and we need to continue to see these improvements made wherever is possible, especially with things like the user interface and accessibility.

Safeguarding: Each new feature has the potential to affect wormhole space, even if it isn’t intended to do so. For instance, the new inventory was hugely disruptive to anyone living out of a POS on release. Any change that could affect wormholes space needs to be checked to ensure it doesn’t disrupt wormholes in the process of improving some other area of the game.

Taken as a whole, I feel this will be an effective way to keep wormhole space the best space in EVE.

I'd previously listed the Player Perspective as "Teaching CCP their own game", but while the effect is largely the same, I want to make sure the intent is clear. There is no single "right" or "wrong", but instead CCP and players each have their own way that they see and interact with EVE. We get issues when those views contradict one another, so it's a very important role of the CSM to work both groups to build a complete picture of EVE. I've spent quite a bit of time helping teach classes to EVE University and I think that puts me in a good position to give CCP the Player Perspective and equip them with the knowledge needed to do the most than can with EVE.

Lastly, and encompassing both of these, the CSM isn't just a matter of pushing opinions and proposals. It's about working together with other players to help improve the game for the years to come. The views and experiences of all the CSM members come together to work toward improving them game, which is something I've been fortunate to experience in building up my own corporation. With your help, I'd like to do that for all of EVE.

CSM 8 Representative

http://csm8.org

Vharas
Doomheim
#2 - 2013-02-16 23:08:54 UTC
James Arget wrote:

Advocating wspace is what it sounds like

Um, OK - So are you able to talk with CCP about anything else? What if they don't focus on wormholes? Do you have any qualifications to talk about highsec, lowsec or nullsec and add value there? From what I can tell Sleeper Social Club is a C5 or C6 alliance - do you have any experience that will help you represent a "little guy" corp in a C1-3?

Also, do you have any specific ideas for wspace? What are your key issues with POS today? How do you feel about dread blapping? How do you feel about self-destructing inside a POS shield? What if anything would you change about the dynamics of wormholes?

James Arget wrote:

there are usually only a few members of the CSM who have expertise in wspace

By my count, you're wormholer #6. What do you bring that they don't?

James Arget wrote:

it's hard for CCP to know how EVE is really being played, rather than how it's designed.

Can you give what you consider an egregious example and what you might have suggested had you been on CSM at the time?

James Arget wrote:

the CSM isn't just a matter of pushing opinions and proposals. It's about working together with other players

Can you give some examples of how you worked with other players besides those in your own corp?

Post is a nice hello but how about some detail?
Xander Phoena
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2013-02-17 02:01:01 UTC
I interviewed James as part of the Crossing Zebras CSM8 Election Interviews project. You can check it out here:

http://c-z.me/csm8jamesarget

www.crossingzebras.com

James Arget
Future Corps
Sleeper Social Club
#4 - 2013-02-17 06:22:40 UTC
Xander Phoena wrote:
I interviewed James as part of the Crossing Zebras CSM8 Election Interviews project. You can check it out here:

http://c-z.me/csm8jamesarget

Thanks very much for having me! Xander is a tough customer, but he's doing great work putting these out for everyone.

CSM 8 Representative

http://csm8.org

Alekseyev Karrde
Capitalist Army
Streamfleet
#5 - 2013-02-20 09:11:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Alekseyev Karrde
Xander Phoena wrote:
I interviewed James as part of the Crossing Zebras CSM8 Election Interviews project. You can check it out here:

http://c-z.me/csm8jamesarget

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.

Roll

Alek the Kidnapper, Hero of the CSM

AutumnWind1983
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2013-02-20 16:03:52 UTC
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:
Xander Phoena wrote:
I interviewed James as part of the Crossing Zebras CSM8 Election Interviews project. You can check it out here:

http://c-z.me/csm8jamesarget

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.

Roll



If you go outside the FF you will get podded out by any competent siege force.

James Arget for CSM 8! http://csm.fcftw.org

corbexx
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#7 - 2013-02-22 20:41:53 UTC  |  Edited by: corbexx
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.




Hang on are you telling me that the level of risk if exactly the same when sd stuff in a pos force field, to sd stuff out side a pos force field (thats mostly bubbled and camped). Now i might be reading it wrong but, Having to go out side a pos force field to sd stuff means yoru probably going to be podded out which in wh space is a huge deal.
Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#8 - 2013-02-24 00:45:32 UTC
Thanks for coming on AHARM comms and talking to us, it was super informative.

I'd like to know what I can do to stop you calling it wormspace? I will have you know that our wormhole is very clean, with not a single worm to be found!

CSM 7 Secretary CSM 6 Alternate Delegate @two_step_eve on Twitter My Blog

Winthorp
#9 - 2013-02-24 00:48:36 UTC  |  Edited by: Winthorp
There aint no WH's in "Jyta".
James Arget
Future Corps
Sleeper Social Club
#10 - 2013-03-01 07:12:19 UTC
Two step wrote:
Thanks for coming on AHARM comms and talking to us, it was super informative.

I'd like to know what I can do to stop you calling it wormspace? I will have you know that our wormhole is very clean, with not a single worm to be found!

There's a worm in every bad apple at least. Thanks very much for having me on, it was a lot of fun.

I've been doing a lot of work on my campaign stuff that's not yet published, and should be putting it out in the next few days. So, my apologies if you haven't had your questions answered, but thank you for asking, because I am listening, and I'm taking those questions to heart as I work to show you what James Arget is all about.

CSM 8 Representative

http://csm8.org

James Arget
Future Corps
Sleeper Social Club
#11 - 2013-03-13 20:29:11 UTC
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:
Xander Phoena wrote:
I interviewed James as part of the Crossing Zebras CSM8 Election Interviews project. You can check it out here:

http://c-z.me/csm8jamesarget

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.

Roll

It isn't about risk, it's about motivation. Right now, there is little motivation for a group to come and siege another out of wspace, since there are few rewards. In practice, there is no way to destroy more than a handful of ships if they must be taken out of a force field first. Therefore, by disallowing self destruct inside a force field, we've turned someone's home into a loot pinata. Nullsec residents don't have to deal with this, since even if their home station is taken their assets belong to them however difficult they are to access. Wspace residents shouldn't have to deal with becoming a target because they own the ships they need to live in wspace.

Also, if you are not recognized as the "owner" of the ship by being the last to pilot it, you receive no insurance. Any ship stored in a SMA is ineligible for insurance payouts.

CSM 8 Representative

http://csm8.org

James Arget
Future Corps
Sleeper Social Club
#12 - 2013-03-14 04:22:51 UTC
Vharas wrote:
Post is a nice hello but how about some detail?

Well put. Thanks for the "hello."

I've taken part in just about every part of EVE, with wormholes being my strongest area, and nullsec being my weakest. I've certainly spent my share of time in highsec, and did a brief stint in FW as well as roaming around lowsec on a regular basis. I've built T2 and T3, done grunt work and corp management. I fly all races across my characters, and capitals too. I started off with wormholes by daytripping, then lived in C2 space, before moving into C5 space. A lot of the stuff that the CSM is going to have to work on isn't area specific though, or at least it's going to cover multiple areas at the same time. So even on Nullsec I think I'll be able to contribute to the discussion, and I've got a solid base for whatever the issue at hand is.

There's a lot of great wormhole candidates this year, there's no doubt about that. I feel that I have a very good handle on how to work with other people to move an idea to implementation, and I'm an involved player who can convey that perspective to CCP. You're going to have trouble with making us sling mud at each other though, the hosts of Down the Pipe tried and it failed.Blink

So, the most obvious example of EVE being played differently than it was designed would be living in wspace at all. I've heard conflicting reports, but it's often cited that "CCP never intended people to live in wormhole space." This might not be entirely true, but it's been repeated without contradiction enough that it's pretty much canon at this point. Combat refitting is another fantastic example of this, and devs have made noises about not liking the implications. The job of the CSM would be to make sure that CCP only takes action if it's needed, because emergent gameplay is pretty fantastic to watch in action, and cutting it off prematurely is just raining on the parade.

I do most of my work with other players in my corp for sure, but even without being an official diplo I also work with other wormhole corps to help push the community in a good direction. I've done duo classes with EVE University as well, and it's great to work in step with someone to convey an idea.

The parts of your post I haven't answered I've instead put into full blown blog posts on http://csm.fcftw.org , so thank you for giving me the jump off point.

CSM 8 Representative

http://csm8.org

ExookiZ
The Dark Space Initiative
Scary Wormhole People
#13 - 2013-03-14 04:31:37 UTC
thanks for joining us on Comms James, was informative and had a good time chatting with you. disallowing Sd within FF will make sieging a tad more enjoyable. since the primary reasons are loot and killmails, both of which are deprived by SDing everything

Event Organizer of EVE North East

Alekseyev Karrde
Capitalist Army
Streamfleet
#14 - 2013-03-14 23:04:26 UTC
corbexx wrote:
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.




Hang on are you telling me that the level of risk if exactly the same when sd stuff in a pos force field, to sd stuff out side a pos force field (thats mostly bubbled and camped). Now i might be reading it wrong but, Having to go out side a pos force field to sd stuff means yoru probably going to be podded out which in wh space is a huge deal.

yes that's exactly what im telling you. Move to the very edge of the pos shield, self destruct or get shot up, move your pod back in. If fat osprey can do it while POS repping, your pod can too.

Alek the Kidnapper, Hero of the CSM

corbexx
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#15 - 2013-03-14 23:12:29 UTC  |  Edited by: corbexx
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:
corbexx wrote:
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:

The most damaging part of this interview is the section in POS self destruction. Your expert knowledge of WH space mechanics is undermined by forgetting players can fly ships outside the shield of a POS under siege and get them blown up that way, that ships destroyed by any means other than CONCORD get insurance so self destruct/not self destruct is irrelevant from that perspective, and that a self destructed ship is as destroyed as anything else making the risk level in WH space exactly the same if it's allowed or not.




Hang on are you telling me that the level of risk if exactly the same when sd stuff in a pos force field, to sd stuff out side a pos force field (thats mostly bubbled and camped). Now i might be reading it wrong but, Having to go out side a pos force field to sd stuff means yoru probably going to be podded out which in wh space is a huge deal.

yes that's exactly what im telling you. Move to the very edge of the pos shield, self destruct or get shot up, move your pod back in. If fat osprey can do it while POS repping, your pod can too.


so acording to you there is NO difference between sd in a force field or sd outside a force field .

So when people have your pos incapped and reffed and bubbles up and fast lock legions just waiting for you to poke out and self disdruct,, to catch your ship (and our pod) and that there is no difference between from sd in your ff. or will you call in nc. again.
Rhavas
Noble Sentiments
Second Empire.
#16 - 2013-03-15 03:33:11 UTC
Why I'm voting James Arget for CSM8 in the primary, and you should too.

Author of Interstellar Privateer Shattered Planets, Wormholes and Game Commentary

Amyclas Amatin
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#17 - 2013-03-15 05:19:54 UTC
Do wormhole dwellers actually have a chance of getting substantial votes?

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Winthorp
#18 - 2013-03-15 06:21:43 UTC
Amyclas Amatin wrote:
Do wormhole dwellers actually have a chance of getting substantial votes?


Apart from the Mittani, last election Two Step did get more votes than all the other candidates running on the WH platform.
Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#19 - 2013-03-15 11:20:45 UTC
Winthorp wrote:
Amyclas Amatin wrote:
Do wormhole dwellers actually have a chance of getting substantial votes?


Apart from the Mittani, last election Two Step did get more votes than all the other candidates running on the WH platform.


In fact, I got the 3rd most votes of any candidate ever (behind Mittens in CSM 6 and CSM 7).

CSM 7 Secretary CSM 6 Alternate Delegate @two_step_eve on Twitter My Blog

Siobhan MacLeary
Hole Violence
Goonswarm Federation
#20 - 2013-03-17 11:36:59 UTC
Got you marked down as my number 1 choice, James.

Do w-space proud.

Point out to me a person who has been harmed by an AFK cloaker and I will point out a person who has no business playing this game.” - CCP Soundwave

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