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[CSM8] Ripard Teg for CSM8

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Ripard Teg
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#1 - 2013-02-17 23:04:19 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Dolan
Today, I am announcing my intent to seek a seat on CSM8. For those who aren't familiar with my work, I am the writer of Jester's Trek and EVE's most prolific and wide-ranging blogger. I have written more than one thousand posts and more than forty guides to playing EVE, all of it free and without advertising.

Why do I want to serve on the eighth CSM?
Because I love EVE Online and I don't want CCP to break the game we love trying to expand its audience. I am excited about the future of EVE, but it needs to be developed in a way that respects us: CCP's current customers. Why now? Because while CSM7 did a great job opening the door for more player input through the stake-holder status, they haven't done enough to bring players into the process through open communications. I want to keep the stake-holder momentum going, while bringing the players into the process. Trust me: I know communications.

Who do I represent?
I've been playing EVE for five years. In that time, I've been a miner, mission-runner, and incursion-runner. I understand and do industry and T2 invention. I was in faction warfare and I've lived full-time out of a POS in a wormhole. I've taught PvP classes and I've commanded PvP fleets. I've been in the thick of 0.0 sovereignty wafare, and today I'm in one of EVE's preeminent small-gang PvP alliances, Rote Kapelle. I understand a lot of different EVE players, because I've been where you are and I've played the game you play. Ultimately, I represent all EVE players, not just the ones that play the way I do.

What do I bring to the party?
Make no mistake: being on the CSM is a job! I will take that job seriously and will commit to doing it well. I have a very strong real-world business and communications background in the IT industry. In essense, I'm a professional negotiator. But I've also been a gamer for more than 20 years, and have represented player concerns before, as a consultant and a play-tester for RPG/miniature war game companies. For the last two plus years, I've applied that communications background to EVE Online, becoming the game's most prolific and wide-ranging blogger. I'm not going to Iceland for LOLs. CCP will take me seriously.

What changes or issues will I champion?
You can learn more about this on my blog. However, my first duty is to represent you to CCP, bringing them your concerns and suggestions. The first job of a CSM member is not to be a junior game developer. The first job of a CSM member is to represent EVE's curent players, and to bring those concerns to CCP and to represent EVE's players when CCP asks about changes they should and should not make to the game. I will hold CCP accountable to see that changes you want are made to the game, changes you don't want are not, and that CCP's agreements with previous CSMs are honored. However, some personal beliefs that guide my opinion:

* Every EVE play style is valuable! Whether you PvP, gank, mine, mission, run wormholes or incursions, or command fleets of hundreds, your play style is valuable and should be represented. EVE players -- all EVE players! -- should be encouraged to play in groups but not forced to do so, or punished if they do not wish to do so. Players that want to casually play this game in high-sec should be allowed to do so and not thought of as inferior. Too many past CSM members have represented their play style as superior to the play style of others and encouraged CCP to make the game unpleasant for those that want to play this game their way. If EVE is a sandbox, it should be a sandbox for everyone.

* Smite anything that is not fun! Ratting and plexing and mining and wormholing is one thing. We all need ISK, and that's how we get it. But so many things in EVE are simply not fun. Like anchoring and on-lining POSs. Like swapping bookmarks. Like structure bashing. Like having to move 30 jumps with 15 ships and 20 cans just because you want to join a new corp. EVE is a game! It should be fun. Anything that is not fun should be mercilessly crushed.

* Let players have more control! We're an enthusiastic bunch. Given the chance, I think many of the problems in EVE could be solved by the players. More contests to design (and redesign!) ships. More player input into the game design process. More functionality and openness for the API, for industry, market, corps, and couriers. The designers of third party apps should not have to beg CCP for years just to get the tools they need to help other EVE Online players.

* Help small alliances! The small alliances in EVE provide a lot of the fun in this game, from small-gang PvP and mission-running, to friendly regular wormhole ops, to incursion fleets, to teaching new players that don't have 40 million skill points how to play this very hard game. But EVE's small alliances are being crushed under the weight of super-rich mega-coalitions that hold all the cards.

I ask for your vote!
I will use a position on CSM8 to bring them your concerns. I want to make EVE Online the best game it can be... for all EVE players.

More information:
Twitter: @RipardTeg

aka Jester, who apparently was once Deemed Worthy To Wield The Banhammer to good effect.

Ripard Teg
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#2 - 2013-02-17 23:04:50 UTC  |  Edited by: Ripard Teg
Reserved for links to interviews, debates, and relevant blog posts:

Sep 2012: Podcast: Declarations of War Ep33 with myself, Seleene, Hans Jagerblitzen, and Alekseyev Karrde

Jan 2013: Podcast: Delcarations of War Ep42 with myself, mynnna (aka Corestwo), and Alekseyev Karrde

Feb 2013: CSM8 Election Interview with Xander Phoena of Crossing Zebras Podcast

Feb 2013: CSM8 Election Interview with

Mar 2013: CSM8 Election Interview with

Mar 2013: Podcast: Voices from the Void Ep69 with myself, Roc Weiler, James Arget, and Unforgiven Storm

Apr 2013: Podcast: Lost in EVE CSM8 Debate #4 with myself, Malcanis, progodlegend, and Psychotic Monk

Full, detailed list of what I have and haven't done in EVE Online

Posts on my blog tagged "CSM8 Election"

aka Jester, who apparently was once Deemed Worthy To Wield The Banhammer to good effect.

Ripard Teg
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#3 - 2013-02-17 23:05:17 UTC  |  Edited by: Ripard Teg
Reserved for answers to common questions.

What does Ripard think of James 315's proposals for nerfing high-sec?
Answered in this post:

What does Ripard's evil twin Garth think of James 315's proposals for nerfing high-sec?
Answered in this post (NSFW language!):

Does Ripard feel high-sec is "too safe"? Does Ripard want high-sec to be PvP-free?
For ganking, answered in this post:

aka Jester, who apparently was once Deemed Worthy To Wield The Banhammer to good effect.

Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#4 - 2013-02-17 23:54:32 UTC
First! You have my support
Patoyous Maximus
Ghost Net Industrialists
Valkyrie Alliance
#5 - 2013-02-17 23:59:08 UTC
I just finished listening to the Crossing Zebras Podcast and may I say Sir you definitely know your stuff. I enthusiastically support your candidacy. Good luck!!
TurAmarth ElRandir
Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc.
#6 - 2013-02-18 00:06:15 UTC
You sir, have my sword, my word and more importantly... my pen!!

I have waited a long time to vote for you man... 'bout damn time!

Slogan suggestion...
"Ripard puts the Pro in PRO-ACTIVE!!"

Good Luck!

TurAmarth ElRandir Anoikis Merc, Salvager, Logibro and Unrepentant Blogger Fly Wreckless and see you in the Sky =/|)=

ed jeni
#7 - 2013-02-18 00:22:59 UTC
and about bloody time !

you have my support.
Miranda Attor
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#8 - 2013-02-18 00:26:45 UTC
I'm only a few months old and Jester's Trek is my first port of call when I log on each evening. It's a great resource.
You'll have my vote as soon as I find out how to do it :)
Chief Admiral Spacegoat
#9 - 2013-02-18 00:40:22 UTC
Best wishes, finally logged in and commented on something that was worth it.

Jester's Trek blog rocks.

We do need some representation from people not in the large and powerful null alliances.

Smaller null PVP, RvB, Wormhole Space, Industrials, Pirates,Hi-Sec all need some kind of a voice that is not being covered right now by anyone in either CSM or CPP.

I don't agree with everything Jester says, nor should anyone. However at least he tries to look outside the big blue donut and has some serious experience outside it.

Miri Kr
Logistic and Tax Evasion Corp.
#10 - 2013-02-18 00:56:45 UTC
I enthusiastically support Ripard's bid for a CSM spot.

-Miri Kr
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#11 - 2013-02-18 00:57:24 UTC
to the top
Jeremy Soikutsu
Kite Co. Space Trucking
#12 - 2013-02-18 01:08:59 UTC
You got my votes. I just hope being a CSM doesn't crush your love of Eve right out of you.

"Of course you would choose the fun, but you don't lead a relevant entity which has allies." - Colonel Xaven

Poetic Stanziel
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#13 - 2013-02-18 01:09:37 UTC
TurAmarth ElRandir wrote:
Slogan suggestion...
"Ripard puts the Pro in PRO-ACTIVE!!"

Ripard puts the rêpe in crêpe.

I support this candidate. For those that haven't listened to his Xander Phoena interview. You should do so. Now. Lots of good questions and good answers. He clarified a number of positions that I was mildly concerned about.
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#14 - 2013-02-18 01:11:25 UTC
I'm thinking of you as a bittervet candidate... How would you say you distinguish yourself from Malcanis, and why should I vote for you, not him?

(I'm an avid reader of your blog, an I agree with you about half of the time on issues you discuss there.I enjoy your posts even if I disagree. I'm trying to figure out where my votes should go if Trebor doesn't run. If he DOES, he's got one of two. Long and distinguished service record. One goes to Malcanis, unless we get videos of him torturing kittens to death. Since, well, smart guy, about time he ran, AND I've flown with him... But second vote might be up for grabs...)
Poetic Stanziel
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#15 - 2013-02-18 01:15:08 UTC
Taross wrote:
One goes to Malcanis, unless we get videos of him torturing kittens to death.
Clandestine photos from inside Malcanis' bedroom:
Rote Kapelle
#16 - 2013-02-18 01:16:01 UTC
I fully support you for CSM Teg. Best of luck getting there bro!

AFK Time Zone

Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#17 - 2013-02-18 01:26:11 UTC
Poetic Stanziel wrote:
Taross wrote:
One goes to Malcanis, unless we get videos of him torturing kittens to death.
Clandestine photos from inside Malcanis' bedroom:

Stuffing them in bottles is NOT torture! :D
Aesil Maril
Destructive Brothers
#18 - 2013-02-18 01:28:42 UTC  |  Edited by: Aesil Maril
So, in your interview with Xander you stated that you do not want consensual PvP trump over non-consensual in highsec. You also mentioned that highsec is almost at equilibrium, maybe slightly in favour of the ganker at the moment. Can you elaborate on this, especially in light of the fact that according to CCP we are at an all time low in EVE history as far as all types of ganking in highsec are concerned. If we are not currently yet at equilibrium, what point would have to be reached to have equilibrium? And why your idea of the equilibrium point is right there and not for example at a previous point, like for example before or after the mining ship buff or before or after the recent nerfs to ganking?
Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#19 - 2013-02-18 01:48:52 UTC
While I may disagree with some of what Ripard says, I think he would make a great CSM rep. I literally cannot wait to see what he does when he sees things form the inside.

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

Karl Hobb
Imperial Margarine
#20 - 2013-02-18 01:52:07 UTC  |  Edited by: Karl Hobb
Could you elaborate as well on equating video game violence to real life sexual assault, or was that blog post merely a jest? I think any sane individual would know the difference and also find the comparison disgusting, and insulting.

E: I listened to your Crossing Zebras interview and my question has been answered.

A professional astro-bastard was not available so they sent me.

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