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CSM8 - A Vote for a Larger Universe (Withdrawn Candidate)

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Hunter Blake
The Southern Legion
#1 - 2013-01-24 06:45:38 UTC  |  Edited by: Hunter Blake
Candidacy Withdrawn





Hello,

I am Hunter Blake, CEO and Founder of The Southern Legion, a Hybrid Corporation formed to deepen and delve into the interaction between EVE and DUST 514, bringing New Eden into a new era of integration.

I have played EVE for over 5 years, both in High Security Industry / Mission Running and Nullsec Sovereignty Warfare. Recently delving into Faction Warfare alongside the DUST 514 portion of my corporation, I am better known to DUST 514 Players as The Black Jackal.

I'm running for CSM8 with an eye toward Integration. I want DUST and EVE to have more interaction, walking in stations, station chat and Lunar Bases that could serve as ports for EVE Capsuleers as well as docking for warbarges.

I also want to represent Faction Warfare, and continue the improvements made in recent patches so this great war never goes stale, and attracts even more new players to it in such a way that it can become just as much a way of life as Nullsec Sovereignty Wars.



My Platform

DUST 514 / EVE Integration
- I want to see DUST and EVE Avatars walking side by side in Stations. A deeper connection between DUST and EVE Players by allowing us to directly interact, even if it's just at first in a social environment. And beyond that, I want to see the support DUST can give EVE Players expand, the rewards attained by both increased for supporting actions (ie. Loyalty Points for Providing Orbital Bombardments for your Faction), and increased bounty gains, or LP gains based on DUST control, as well as EVE Tier.

Furthering Faction Warfare Interaction and keeping people flowing into it.
- better rewards, greater gains, and Faction Warfare EXCLUSIVE ships, modules, and gear that require the Militia Flag to be used.

Pushing for DUST to hit EVE players in more ways than one.
- The ability to hire mercs to accellerate greatly your conquest ideas. The ability to break reinforcement timers with a DUST assault on a reinforced station, or the ability to 'capture' said station. With th alternative being to destroy and rebuild said station.

More Content! More ships, more DUST Vehicles. I want to keep us rolling in new, and fresh content in upcoming patches.
More Capital Ships based along roles. Ships capable of giving strategic, as well as Tactical Advantage (possible ideas include 'Jump Ships' Able to temporarily create a Titan-like bridge between 2 of them that goes both ways.)

Loyalty Points for DUST 514!
- Yes, I'm going there. Corp Battles should reward Loyalty points, much like EVE FactioN warfare sites. Forget Skill Points and ISK for the faction Warfare Battles, those matches couple with PvE will give us those aplenty. I want to particpate to get Factional Standing AND some epic 'Army' type Modules, Weapons, Armors, Vehicles, and More.

Secondary Platform

More variety in PvE in DUST 514 and EVE Online
- DUST-side Missions similar to Campaign-modes (miniaturized) in other games. With diverging outcomes based on actions. More EVE-side mission varieties, with new types such as 'escort'.

Helping make Nullsec more fluid.
- Inciting warfare in Nullsec always sets my heart aflame with the fact that it's supposed to be danagerous space, yet large coalitions are making it actually safer than lowsec... but with greater rewards? What happens to risk vs. reward there. Here is want to instill a DELAYED LOCAL. Giving pilots the ability to actually catch enemies unaware, move forces through hostile space undetected (if no-one sees them) and eliminate botters and macro miners (don' scoff, they're there we all know it.)
- In addition, I want to give gifts. Giving a select few stations the ability to dock up Super Capitals. But every gift, has a price. Not matter how well hidden. The stations are scattered, far and wide, rare, and in addition stations should become destructable. Eliminating any assets that station holds... and requiring said stations to be rebuilt at the cost of the rebuilder. (Minerals etc.)



In addition to the platform stated above, I intend to gain Voting rights for DUST 514 players through an AURUM Purchase. One per Account, equalling (roughly) a month's subscription to EVE-Online. This 'Citizen's Package' would also include a Month XP Booster, as well as the right to Vote and Run for CSM Election.
Feel free to contact me at the_black_jackal76@hotmail.com or on Skype BlackJackal76. And we can discuss any questions you want to ask about policy and my platform.

Thank you for your time.

Hunter Blake

aka. The Black Jackal
Capqu
Half Empty
skill urself
#2 - 2013-01-24 11:41:24 UTC
please don't make ccp waste more time on dust
Kainotomiu Ronuken
koahisquad
#3 - 2013-01-24 12:15:11 UTC
Do you even know if DUST accounts will get votes for the CSM yet?

If not, wouldn't it be better to wait until you did know before you get out there with your DUST-focused agenda?
Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#4 - 2013-01-24 13:06:15 UTC
Can you be a little more specific on what problems you see with the current Faction Warfare system?

How are you different than the other DUST dude running for CSM, ZionShad?

I'm also quite sure that DUST players will not vote in this election. You might consider crafting a message that is a little more focused on EVE.

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

Tom JBrokaw
Doomheim
#5 - 2013-01-24 17:41:04 UTC
we echo two steps concerns regarding your platform. it should also be noted that such integration may sound great to dust mercenaries but are you convinced eve players will be open to such ideas? this is their universe being impacted more than the other way around, after all.

with regards to your secondary platform, "make nullsec more fluid". what do you mean by this? vague, unclear platforms have been the norm so far, and we feel this is more vague and unclear than most.
Singular Snowflake
New Order Logistics
CODE.
#6 - 2013-01-25 00:07:36 UTC
What is it with these people toting Dust around? One would think people in internet spaceship game would like more, you know, internet spaceships flying in space instead of Dust moonbases and Dust vehicles.

It is a mystery.
mynnna
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#7 - 2013-01-25 07:18:15 UTC
I'm going to take this opportunity to ask you the same thing I asked ZionShad. It's going to be the same thing I ask all dust focused candidates.


The tie in between EVE and DUST is such that DUST impacts EVE, and very little the other way around. In the eyes of many EVE players (full disclosure: that includes myself) that makes someone's credentials or lack thereof in DUST irrelevant, because as far as DUST is concerned, the tie in is largely a "reason to fight". The metagame aspects may be of interest to you ground-pounders, but outside that, at the end of the day the only difference between (for example) a battle over a planet in FW space and a far off future where maybe mercs help take stations is the scenery.

As a result, many people have been arguing about whether DUST should have representation at all. But that's the wrong argument, frankly. The right argument to be having is whether about any notional DUST representative's qualifications, because 99% of the time they'll be concerned with eve, and a good majority of the time related to DUST will be on how EVE is impacted by DUST. And that's an argument that you play a very big role in, and should care about very much, because it's the EVE players who will or will not elect you. And we EVE players? Most of us don't give a damn about DUST.

So. Convince me - or rather, as I'll be casting every last vote I have for myself, convince everyone else - that you actually play EVE, that you know a thing or two. Voters in EVE don't necessarily ask that you be an expert in every field of the game or even in most of them. What they do ask is that you're passionate and interested in the game, so that's what you need to convince them of. And you've got a challenge ahead of you there, because neither your short posting history nor what killboard history I can find suggest that you're a terribly involved player... although to your credit, I didn't find a dual-tanked Algos on your killboard.

In short, your EVE credentials are what matter here. Time to put up or shut up.

Member of the Goonswarm Economic Warfare Cabal

Alekseyev Karrde
Capitalist Army
Streamfleet
#8 - 2013-01-25 08:13:15 UTC  |  Edited by: Alekseyev Karrde
DUST players are free to buy EVE subscriptions in preparation for the election if they're so motivated. Frankly it'd be useful to have someone with ties to the DUST community on CSM8. After (if?) you guys see the DUST CSM Minutes you'll appreciate the need for continued and strong guidance from the CSM on the issue.

Don't take that as an endorsement of this dude in particular as I don't know him and the field is still forming, but he seems to have thought things out and presented his approach coherently. If the alternative is more ZionShads, this guy is at least tethered to reality.

So give him a chance and let him run on his merits. If he wants to run a DUST-aimed campaign let him; who's to say it wont work?

Alek the Kidnapper, Hero of the CSM

mynnna
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#9 - 2013-01-25 08:23:29 UTC
Indeed, but if he's expecting support from the EVE community, he needs to explain why he's worthy of it.

Of course if he thinks he can get enough support purely based on cross-overs (and if those newly created accounts would be old enough to be eligible...), more power to him. Cool

Member of the Goonswarm Economic Warfare Cabal

Singular Snowflake
New Order Logistics
CODE.
#10 - 2013-01-25 08:30:06 UTC
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:

Don't take that as an endorsement of this dude in particular as I don't know him and the field is still forming, but he seems to have though things out and presented his approach coherently.

But his approach is basically a vague "more content". I would not call that as thought out, especially when Dust is not even finished yet.
Kainotomiu Ronuken
koahisquad
#11 - 2013-01-25 10:21:50 UTC
Alekseyev Karrde wrote:
DUST players are free to buy EVE subscriptions in preparation for the election if they're so motivated.

Yeah, they're free to, but I hardly think that the several thousand votes he'll need are going to come from DUST players buying EVE accounts especially for his CSM campaign. He's gotta realise that this is an EVE community election, and if he wants votes from the EVE community he's going to need more in the way of an EVE platform.
Frying Doom
#12 - 2013-01-25 11:09:49 UTC  |  Edited by: Frying Doom
Kainotomiu Ronuken wrote:

I must say, nice signature Smile

Any spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors are because frankly, I don't care!!

Hunter Blake
The Southern Legion
#13 - 2013-01-25 11:15:27 UTC
mynnna wrote:
I'm going to take this opportunity to ask you the same thing I asked ZionShad. It's going to be the same thing I ask all dust focused candidates.


The tie in between EVE and DUST is such that DUST impacts EVE, and very little the other way around. In the eyes of many EVE players (full disclosure: that includes myself) that makes someone's credentials or lack thereof in DUST irrelevant, because as far as DUST is concerned, the tie in is largely a "reason to fight". The metagame aspects may be of interest to you ground-pounders, but outside that, at the end of the day the only difference between (for example) a battle over a planet in FW space and a far off future where maybe mercs help take stations is the scenery.

As a result, many people have been arguing about whether DUST should have representation at all. But that's the wrong argument, frankly. The right argument to be having is whether about any notional DUST representative's qualifications, because 99% of the time they'll be concerned with eve, and a good majority of the time related to DUST will be on how EVE is impacted by DUST. And that's an argument that you play a very big role in, and should care about very much, because it's the EVE players who will or will not elect you. And we EVE players? Most of us don't give a damn about DUST.

So. Convince me - or rather, as I'll be casting every last vote I have for myself, convince everyone else - that you actually play EVE, that you know a thing or two. Voters in EVE don't necessarily ask that you be an expert in every field of the game or even in most of them. What they do ask is that you're passionate and interested in the game, so that's what you need to convince them of. And you've got a challenge ahead of you there, because neither your short posting history nor what killboard history I can find suggest that you're a terribly involved player... although to your credit, I didn't find a dual-tanked Algos on your killboard.

In short, your EVE credentials are what matter here. Time to put up or shut up.


To answer your first section. That is one reason I want to run for CSM8... I want to give EVE more impact on DUST 514, and vice versa. The current state is, minimal, and that is more to save face and not overly impact the EVE Community on whole, who (myself included) were initially against having another set of, 'console jockey's' impacting this beautiful universe we inhabit.

Even then, however, I, amidst others, yearned for more... Walking in Stations had been such a talking point for many years in EVE, a more interactive Avatar-based Community wasn't always the goal, but it can add depth to a game as deep as EVE Online, and as deep as DUST 514 is likely to get.

What Iwant, to be more specific on integration of DUST 514 and EVE Online, is to reward EVE players more for aiding, or having DUST 514 Support (increased LP Gains etc for District / Planet Control or other form) making EVE players want to have DUST Soldiers on their side. And vice versa, playing defensive battles in 'controlled' space, or making offensive attacks in 'hostile' space should have increasing rewards for DUST Soldiers based on certain criteria being met in EVE Online.

Currently, DUST in Faction Warfare increases or decreases the speed at which the EVE Pilots can make a system vulnerable to capture. What could come if suddenly Planetary Orbits became battlefields. Not only to maintain superiority and provide Orbital Bombardment, but to gain support from DUST Soldiers and their 'bases' Skyfire battery from below. Giving you a similar tactical advantage to fighting near your own POS, with guns controlled by a player.

To your second point. Though I've been... less than stellar on my website community activity, nor, as you said, my killboard... much of what I did in Nullsec was Solo Stealth Bomber Scouting, and after that, I took a sebatacle due to Real Life Issues. On top of that, I also spent much time in Industrial pursuits, mining, production, or such to provide a more rounded form of leadership to my corporation. Formed in thought, when DUST 514 was announced.

I'm also much more active on the DUST 514 Forums (until Tranquility Crossover when getting my corporation up and running was foremost in my thoughts). With immediate plans to return and begin crusading for more changes, content, and interaction there.

Hunter Blake
aka. The Black Jackal
Hunter Blake
The Southern Legion
#14 - 2013-01-25 11:25:07 UTC
Two step wrote:
Can you be a little more specific on what problems you see with the current Faction Warfare system?

How are you different than the other DUST dude running for CSM, ZionShad?

I'm also quite sure that DUST players will not vote in this election. You might consider crafting a message that is a little more focused on EVE.


It's not so much a problem, as faction Warfare is completely functional (and fun) it's more an incentive to do it beyond the scope of Nullsec.

It is a stepping stone in most people's eyes. Yet I'm finding it a far more risky venture in many cases than Nullsec, where the player created infrastructure is much more secure. As every Faction warfare participant would know, Militia channel is full of spies, and thus often not trusted. You become a war target in all empire space, and hostile forces do slip through constantly to attack transports etc. And vice versa, you cannot enter hostile space without running across hostile naval forces and other Faction warfare Hostiles. Effectively, every system becomes low security to you.

Now this is part of the fun, I love the fact that in DUST I can fight for my chosen faction, and in space, I deal witrh the consequences of supporting said faction. But it's as much risk as Nullsec Sov as it currently stands. But rather than simply 'upping' the rewards. I want to reward DUST / EVE interaction. Materials you can't get anywhere but FW Planets, or such. Some form of cross-genre reward system that compels people to actually chose Faction Warfare as an END point, rather than a path.


In relation to your second question. ZionShad is a great guy, I have no qualms with him at all, even planning to start a DUST 514 podcast co-hosting with him. But to iterate the differences, I am approaching DUST 514 from an MMO viewpoint. Integration, interaction, bringing the two worlds together is my main focus. ZionShad is coming from the competetive gaming angle. Focusing on DUST 514's improvement first or equally to integration and interaction.

Though it seems the same thing, and in many ways we do want the same outcomes, we approach the development and the game differently.

Hunter Blake
aka. The Black Jackal
Singular Snowflake
New Order Logistics
CODE.
#15 - 2013-01-25 11:57:35 UTC
Hunter Blake wrote:

Even then, however, I, amidst others, yearned for more... Walking in Stations had been such a talking point for many years in EVE, a more interactive Avatar-based Community wasn't always the goal, but it can add depth to a game as deep as EVE Online, and as deep as DUST 514 is likely to get.

So you are basically Xenuria who plays DUST?
Hunter Blake
The Southern Legion
#16 - 2013-01-25 12:11:16 UTC
Singular Snowflake wrote:
Hunter Blake wrote:

Even then, however, I, amidst others, yearned for more... Walking in Stations had been such a talking point for many years in EVE, a more interactive Avatar-based Community wasn't always the goal, but it can add depth to a game as deep as EVE Online, and as deep as DUST 514 is likely to get.

So you are basically Xenuria who plays DUST?


No. Just... no.
Frying Doom
#17 - 2013-01-25 12:27:36 UTC
Hunter Blake wrote:
Singular Snowflake wrote:
Hunter Blake wrote:

Even then, however, I, amidst others, yearned for more... Walking in Stations had been such a talking point for many years in EVE, a more interactive Avatar-based Community wasn't always the goal, but it can add depth to a game as deep as EVE Online, and as deep as DUST 514 is likely to get.

So you are basically Xenuria who plays DUST?


No. Just... no.

I would say No Xenuria is more popular.Twisted

But that would just be too mean Lol

Any spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors are because frankly, I don't care!!

Singular Snowflake
New Order Logistics
CODE.
#18 - 2013-01-25 12:48:55 UTC
Frying Doom wrote:

I would say No Xenuria is more popular.Twisted

But that would just be too mean Lol

But does (s)he play DUST?
Frying Doom
#19 - 2013-01-25 13:09:32 UTC
Singular Snowflake wrote:
Frying Doom wrote:

I would say No Xenuria is more popular.Twisted

But that would just be too mean Lol

But does (s)he play DUST?

Given the current relevance of Dust to EvE, to have a similar impact (s)he just needs to play WoW to be on par.

Any spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors are because frankly, I don't care!!

Hunter Blake
The Southern Legion
#20 - 2013-01-25 14:34:20 UTC
Frying Doom wrote:
Singular Snowflake wrote:
Frying Doom wrote:

I would say No Xenuria is more popular.Twisted

But that would just be too mean Lol

But does (s)he play DUST?

Given the current relevance of Dust to EvE, to have a similar impact (s)he just needs to play WoW to be on par.


It's possible at this time you are right about the impact DUST has on EVE... it affects one aspect of EVE, Faction Warfare, in such a way that it controls the speed of the systems conquered. it is an impact, however, as leader of The Southern Legion, I can attest to the impact we have even at this stage of the game.

However, the reason I want to run for CSM8 is to deepen that effect. Broaden it, make it more impactful where it's appropriate, without destroying EVE by making it dependant on DUST. Nor making DUST dependant on EVE (which despite what people say, it isn't).

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