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Bam Stroker for CSM X. Because it's the community, stupid.

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Bam Stroker
Kybernauts
#41 - 2015-01-20 05:53:19 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
Hendrick Tallardar wrote:
When will you reply to my email I sent to your EVE-Bet email address. It's been a few weeks.

Hey m8r,

I've trawled through my Eve Bet inbox and I can't find the email you're referring to. Could you possibly copy/paste it into an evemail and send it to me along with your own email address and I'll reply to that.

[edit] I'll send you an evemail as well just in case you miss this reply. o/

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Bam Stroker
Kybernauts
#42 - 2015-01-20 06:06:46 UTC
Ariel Rin wrote:
EVE Meet is amazing, every second I was working on it, I had a nervous jitter. To the point where I put that many hours in with 3am coding binges that I drove myself to the Flu (its summer here....)

Thanks for posting this Ariel because EVE Meet is an example of something that massively backs up the rationale of my platform:

It was at a player gathering (in Brisbane) that I first met Ariel and it was another player gathering (EVE Down Under) when I put out a call to find someone help me develop the idea I had which led to EVE Meet.

It's reasonable to say that EVE Meet may not exist today if it weren't for the fact that the AUTZ has been a hotbed of community activity over the last couple of years. Who knows what other cool things will grow out of relationships forged at these kinds of events and in-game societies if they're given more attention and support.

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BlueMajere
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#43 - 2015-01-20 13:57:39 UTC
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Hendrick Tallardar
Doomheim
#44 - 2015-01-21 01:22:48 UTC
Bam,

Will you come to America and be chill with us USTZ heroes?
Bam Stroker
Kybernauts
#45 - 2015-01-21 13:58:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
I've visited your fair shores several times now, most recently for EVE Vegas and I'll be coming back again in 2015 because FREEDOM:

*Snip* Please refrain from posting ASCII art within a forum post. ISD Ezwal

[edit] Also I really like your outfit. <3

[2nd edit] FYI Hendrick this is the ASCII pic that was removed.

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Koz Katral
Hoover Inc.
Pandemic Legion
#46 - 2015-01-21 19:30:41 UTC  |  Edited by: Koz Katral
Bam Stroker wrote:
Koz Katral wrote:
- How much experience do you have flying with the mainstream NPSI communities?

I was introduced to NPSI communities a couple of years ago by Greygal when I began participating in Agony’s public roams. Later when she left Agony and founded Redemption Road I was involved early on helping to promote her AUTZ fleets and would occasionally FC them.

Although it’s been some time since I’ve done any actual FCing for RR I still go on their public roams whenever I can. In fact I flew in their 100th anniversary roam just yesterday (RIP Dickslapper 2000. :( gf HERO, I hope you enjoy the complimentary signed copy of my book). I’d say I participate in 2 - 3 NPSI fleets each month (not always on my main).

I’ve never flown with Spectre or RvB but I can attest to having lost several ships to the latter while they’ve been out on their Ganked roams. Bastards.

Koz Katral wrote:
- What tools do you feel would be beneficial to social groups that exist solely for in game purposes (specifically spectre fleet esque NPSI fleets and incursion communities)?

Right now a chat channel and a mailing list is the extent of services the client provides to someone running a society. That’s clearly not sufficient when you realise that societies (which includes NPSI communities) are often more complex organisms than many corporations.

Since you’re mostly concerned with NPSI communities I’d say the main thing is standings. If societies were a formalised entity within the game an NPSI community should be able to set their own standings to other societies and corporations. Whenever a player joins an NPSI fleet the player’s standings would be temporarily overridden by the standings of the fleet commander. As well as now making them true NPSI fleets it would also be hugely useful when two or more NPSI communities are cooperating temporarily, such as recently when Spectre and RvB formed up like Voltron to kill Nashh Kadavr’s titan.

It would also be really cool if killmails reflected that a ship was destroyed by an NPSI fleet, similar to the “Killed on behalf of…” message that appears on KMs generated after a kill right was used. “Killed by Spectre Fleet” or “Killed by Bombers Bar” at the top of an NPSI fleet’s KM would be really cool, and people would know who was truly behind it when the KM gets passed around.

While we’re on fleets, stop the client from treating the fleet window as just another chat window. Let FCs save and reload MOTDs or fill out a pro-forma message when they create a fleet. Let the FC set up the MOTD so it displays the fleet comp to all members if he wishes and his requirements for hulls which updates dynamically as people join or leave a fleet. This way someone coming into an fleet can see what they need to get in at a glance without bugging the FC or XO for the 15th time on comms or waiting for someone to answer them in chat.*

Finally, to give you an example of when I’ve spoken up for NPSI communities before:

When I was at Fanfest last year I attended the nullsec roundtable and during the discussion ex-CCP Greyscale floated the possibility of removing fleet warp. Reactions around the room ranged from dismay to indifference to approval. When I spoke I told Greyscale that I felt it would have a serious negative impact NPSI fleets since they rely on the FC being able to warp the fleet to his tactical bookmarks. Corp bookmarks are no help since by their nature NPSI fleets attract random people from all over. I said if they must remove fleet warp at least add some other functionality so that NPSI fleets don’t become a nightmare to shepherd, such as allowing FCs to broadcast BMs to their fleet so that fleet members can warp to his tacticals manually.

Now nothing I said at the roundtable was actually that revolutionary. The point is that when Greyscale put the idea to the floor the other guys in the room began thinking about the impact on their own organisations. My first reaction was to ask myself “How will this affect others?”

That’s the attitude I want to take to the CSM meeting table and not just a Fanfest roundtable.

* To be fair that would be a great help to everyone, not just NPSI communities.



Thanks for the substantial reply, I would object to nothing you have suggested there.
Jayne Fillon
#47 - 2015-01-21 20:22:49 UTC
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It would also be really cool if killmails reflected that a ship was destroyed by an NPSI fleet, similar to the “Killed on behalf of…” message that appears on KMs generated after a kill right was used. “Killed by Spectre Fleet” or “Killed by Bombers Bar” at the top of an NPSI fleet’s KM would be really cool, and people would know who was truly behind it when the KM gets passed around.
whhaa.....

scribbles notes furiously

That's an awesome idea that I'd never thought of before.

Can't shoot blues if you don't have any. Long Live NPSI.

Seraph IX Basarab
Outer Path
#48 - 2015-01-21 23:03:35 UTC  |  Edited by: ISD Ezwal
That is pretty insightful. *Snip* Please refrain from personal attacks. ISD Ezwal.
ISD Ezwal
ISD Community Communications Liaisons
#49 - 2015-01-22 08:31:03 UTC
I removed a reply to an edited out part of the quoted post.

ISD Ezwal Community Communication Liaisons (CCLs)

Bam Stroker
Kybernauts
#50 - 2015-01-22 08:35:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
Cool. I edited my post to add a link to the pic I wanted Hendrick to see instead so that it makes sense. Hopefully that doesn't constitute trying to evade an ISD edit or anything.

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Seraph IX Basarab
Outer Path
#51 - 2015-01-22 08:41:05 UTC
I mean all the candidates have great ideas! Blink
Mangala Solaris
Blue Republic
RvB - BLUE Republic
#52 - 2015-01-23 16:00:10 UTC  |  Edited by: Mangala Solaris
When I first heard that Bam was running - thanks to his presence on twitter - I was very surprised, then I pretty much forgot about it and got on with my vacation.

However, now I have been back a few days I have had plenty of time to read and review his platform I can firmly say that I endorse Bam. As a social player and one of the front guys of several in-game communities it would be wrong not too.

Having met Bam and heard his love for the community, and seen all that he does on your behalf, I find myself sold even more. With a true community representative such as Bam on the CSM, the future of EVE will be bright indeed.
Random McNally
Stay Frosty.
A Band Apart.
#53 - 2015-01-23 17:46:26 UTC
My only complaint was that evemeet.com wasn't up in time for our MN Meet up to use....Ugh

When it comes to community, I don't think anyone can argue that Bam isn't in one of the top representative positions for the EVE community and TO the Eve community.

+1 sir!

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Hendrick Tallardar
Doomheim
#54 - 2015-01-25 00:48:00 UTC
Bam, I'm asking this of most of the candidates whom I support so I wanted to get your feelings on it.

As someone who has played the game for as long as you have and worked on building communities, what are your thoughts on the New Player Experience in EVE? What do you think can be improved upon and adjusted to better incentivize players into subscribing etc.?

One point of contention I have with it is, it does a very poor job introducing and preparing players for the concept of permanent loss when undocked and attacked by other players (or when their ship is destroyed by NPCs). There is also the problem regularly stated that a new player "has no clue what there is to do" when starting out. It could be said this is because the "sandbox gameplay" doesn't open up for the player until several hours into the game and beginners tutorial is completed.
Shaun Iwaira
Dropbear Preservation Society
#55 - 2015-01-28 21:55:39 UTC
As a fellow Aussie I'm sure you're aware of our daily ritual of getting kicked off the server. Would you consider approaching CCP to have downtime moved back by a few hours so that it falls in China primetime, thus not effecting as many people on Tranq?
Bam Stroker
Kybernauts
#56 - 2015-01-30 16:45:29 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
Hendrick Tallardar wrote:
As someone who has played the game for as long as you have and worked on building communities, what are your thoughts on the New Player Experience in EVE? What do you think can be improved upon and adjusted to better incentivize players into subscribing etc.?

This might be an odd way of answering your question, but tonight on the EVE Down Under Show I had a great deal to say about my opinion of the NPE. Tomorrow once I get the audio of the show in my hands I'll post a link to a Soundcloud of it which should address your question.

Shaun Iwaira wrote:
As a fellow Aussie I'm sure you're aware of our daily ritual of getting kicked off the server. Would you consider approaching CCP to have downtime moved back by a few hours so that it falls in China primetime, thus not effecting as many people on Tranq?

DT is a big issue for a lot of AUTZ players since it falls during our primetime; something many US and EU TZ players wouldn't appreciate the impact of. Eliminating downtime entirely is probably a pipe dream without some very intensive changes to the core systems of Eve. To that end I don't think it's something we can realistically expect.

However, during EDU2013 CCP Fozzie took a straw poll of people in attendance and in a post-EDU survey I also canvassed the community for their preferences. The general consensus seems to be that moving downtime earlier by 3 hours to 08:00 UTC might be the best outcome for the AUTZ without impacting too much on US and EU.

The result would be thus (local time):

- West coast US would now have DT at midnight
- East coast US would now have DT at 3am
- West EU would have DT at 9am
- Rus (most of them) would now have DT at 11am
- And AUTZ would have DT at ~7pm (EST) - meaning that by the time they sat down at the PC after dinner and putting the kids to bed they'd have the entire evening - uninterrupted* - to play internet spaceships with their mates..

An 08:00 UTC DT shouldn't be too terrible for CCP's server teams either.

I won't make some foolhardy statement like promising to get DT moved if I'm on the CSM, but it's something that CCP have inquired about independently which suggests to me they've given it some thought already and as an AUTZ player myself I'm acutely aware of the inconvenience the current timing of DT causes. I have my preference for when it should be as outlined above, and if there is any opportunity to advance that change to CCP you bet I'm going to push it.

* Not factoring in spouse aggro.

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Jayne Fillon
#57 - 2015-01-30 17:34:13 UTC
What do you think about CCP's initiative to just remove DT entirely...?

https://twitter.com/CCP_Explorer/status/506921664689766400

Can't shoot blues if you don't have any. Long Live NPSI.

Shaun Iwaira
Dropbear Preservation Society
#58 - 2015-01-30 23:07:54 UTC
Bam Stroker wrote:


- West coast US would now have DT at midnight
- East coast US would now have DT at 3am
- West EU would have DT at 9am
- Rus (most of them) would now have DT at 11am
- And AUTZ would have DT at ~7pm (EST) - meaning that by the time they sat down at the PC after dinner and putting the kids to bed they'd have the entire evening - uninterrupted* - to play internet spaceships with their mates..

I have my preference for when it should be as outlined above, and if there is any opportunity to advance that change to CCP you bet I'm going to push it.

* Not factoring in spouse aggro.


This sounds like a great solution!
IbanezLaney
The Church of Awesome
Shadow Cartel
#59 - 2015-02-03 04:48:56 UTC
+1 for Bam.

The difference between Bam and everyone else is:

Bam doesn't have to make promises about what he will do for eve players in a future that has not happened.

He can just point to the past and show what he has already done for eve players.

Whereis Mebong
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#60 - 2015-02-03 08:21:12 UTC
Bam has my vote and endorsement, he is without doubt one of the shining pillars of the AU eve community. YOU CAN KISS MY BABIES ANYTIME BAM!