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

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Otto Bismarck
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#21 - 2015-01-16 07:57:27 UTC
Bam Stroker is the most bro-y bro that I know. Last year he travelled to pretty much every major meet in Australia just so he could meet more nerdz. Tirelessly helping out with EDU and being that guy who will be like "Yep I can do that!". As the official host of the Eve Down Under show, +1 Bam Stroker.

However I also have a questio for you.

Although is amazing, how do you think that we can further engage players to build the communities/friendships and increase player retention?

It is much easier, in my mind to get two vets who have shot at each other forever into a RL meet, than it is to get a 2 week newbie to rock up to something out of game with people they haven't met...

Anyway Bam Stoker +1

Twitter: @ottobismarckEVE

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sidicious reign
State War Academy
Caldari State
#22 - 2015-01-16 08:30:04 UTC
Bam's a great chap, worked stupidly hard during EDU 2014 while the rest of his corp were getting drunk around him. That's some dedication.


Gil Gerard
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#23 - 2015-01-16 09:07:45 UTC
Not that my opinion is worth much in the scheme of things, but ive known Bam for the best part of 20 years. I still quite fondly recall the excitement I felt when he first showed me Eve. I couldn't get home fast enough to sign up.

While I haven't devoted as much time or energy to the game as Bam, I think it is fair to say there are few that have. We live in different states now, but that doesn't mean much in the internet of things. We recently arranged for a group of us to attend PAX AU together. It was something of a reunion of sorts, half a dozen long time friends from all corners of he country celebrating nerdhood together.

It took about five minutes for Bam to ditch us all for an Eve meet. That's how committed he is to the game and the community.

This isn't to say he ditched us completely of course, there were many ensuing shenanigans. We didn't mind his eve fervor - that's just Bam, a top bloke who's never let us down, and wont let you down either.
Van Diemen's Demise
Northern Coalition.
#24 - 2015-01-16 09:29:27 UTC
More than four years ago, I began playing eve.
Fast forward 12-18 months, and I joined the same corp as one BAM STROKER.
He mentored me in all aspects of internet space vessels. He showed me all the aspects this game has to offer, and showed just how immersive and amazing eve can be. Because of the PEOPLE that you fly with. The COMMUNITY.
I have forever held him in the highest of regards, and would even call him friend, after drinking many, many beers with this fine gentleman.
I can only reiterate those statements already made; This man is one of a kind. Enthusiastic, passionate, hard working, well spoken, intelligent, easy going... the list goes on.

He is the man that all of you WANT AND NEED on CSM.
He is the man that will do his OWN PERSONAL BEST in everything he strives for, and then TRY AND ACHIEVE MORE.
He is the man that YOU ALL NEED TO VOTE #1 FOR.

Bam Stroker. Your most important CSM Vote.
Van Diemen's Demise
Northern Coalition.
#25 - 2015-01-16 13:50:48 UTC

Bam is a good man and does alot for the autz community.

Asayanami Dei
Adhocracy Incorporated
#26 - 2015-01-16 15:23:38 UTC
Yey for community! \o/

Bam has my vote for sure.

I'm a leaf on the wind, watch how I--THE CAPACITOR IS EMPTY

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Twitter: @asayanami

Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#27 - 2015-01-16 22:34:42 UTC
Bam for CSM!
Roadkill Rodents
#28 - 2015-01-17 14:31:04 UTC
I've been around for over a decade and I've met no one more passionate about Eve than Bam Stroker. His personable demeanor, enthusiasm and overall helluva good dude vibe drives me crazy at times. The Eve COMMUNITY cannot be represented any better with Bam Stroker on the CSM.
Bam Stroker
The Graduates
The Initiative.
#29 - 2015-01-17 16:43:58 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
Wow, feeling pretty amped by the outpouring of support and kind words. Some even elicited feels I wasn't expecting (Gil and Inceptor). <3

Otto Bismarck wrote:
Although is amazing, how do you think that we can further engage players to build the communities/friendships and increase player retention?

One of (if not *the*) biggest issues that faces someone who is trying to build a society is discoverability. People can't get involved with these player groups or go to a meetup if they don't know they exist and the instigators have to be very, very pro-active - some might say aggressively so - if they're going to succeed at getting the attention of would-be participants.

An in-game "society bazaar" would be a great start. Similar to the corp search tool in the recruitment tab of the corporation window. It would serve as a place for people to advertise their society, detail their particular area of interest and other relevant information such as language, timezone etc. Add it to the default icons on the neocom or station services button, too, and direct new players to it as part of the tutorial.

Out-of-game, the Oceanus release last September brought with it two of the most exciting things I've seen added to Eve in years: the new notifications beta and the beta opt-in feature itself. Most people probably didn't get all that hot and sweaty about them but I saw some great potential there:

CCP knows where we all live. They've got our info in their accounts database, their billing system and they see our IP whenever we log in. How amazing would it be if I could notify CCP that I was organising a player gathering and have an in-game notification pushed to all players who lived within, say, 100km of where it was taking place? I think engagement would skyrocket. Make it opt-out rather than opt-in, too.

There are some issues that present themselves, of course: people would find some reason to be mad that they got the notification in the first place but afterwards they can opt-out and not be notified again. There's the potential for people to make troll events and there might even be some legal liabilities that CCP face if something bad goes down at a meetup which they helped promote, even if they didn't organise themselves. They already promote player-run gatherings of course but maybe there are different implications if they move those endorsements in-client. I don't think any of those are truly insurmountable with careful planning and implementation though.

If this all sounds familiar it's because this train of thought is basically what led me to come up with which has been really well received. However nothing would make me happier than if that site became completely redundant because CCP replicated its functionality in the client where it would be SO much more powerful.

Obtaining the dev resources to make things like these would be the biggest challenge I should think, and by now we pretty much all realise that nothing is ever as straight-forward as it seems given Eve's tendency to roadblock progress if a project needs to touch on ancient, arcane spaghetti code.

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Glasgow Dunlop
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#30 - 2015-01-17 18:54:11 UTC

As a player that runs meets, I know how hard it is to get the voice heard.

The time is now right for a Community CSM who represents Community needs and values, yes its all fine and well for Null/WH/Lo/Hi to have there CSM members, what about when you step away from the client?

That last Post Bam, that should be what you try and get done for this time next year, yes it will take time, but nobody puts a road down without making plans and getting around bumps on the way.

Now my meets are at the smaller end of the scale, but its been built on a solid foundation. A good number of players know about the Glasgow eve meets, but there are still a lot that have never herd about. This can be said for every meet, things are getting better, but this is the time were those that like a drink and a chat face to face leave the keyboard behind.

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InterSun Freelance
#31 - 2015-01-18 12:49:57 UTC
Bam for CSM +1

Noone eats drinks and sleeps Eve Community like this man!

Vote BAM!

Koz Katral
Collapsed Out
Pandemic Legion
#32 - 2015-01-18 16:46:18 UTC  |  Edited by: Koz Katral
As someone who has an involved interest in managnig an NPSI community, my question to you Bam is twofold

- How much experience do you have flying with the mainstream NPSI communities?
- 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)?
Hendrick Tallardar
#33 - 2015-01-19 01:24:28 UTC
Dear Bam,

When will you reply to my email I sent to your EVE-Bet email address. It's been a few weeks.

Love you,

Rayvon Tyranicus
#34 - 2015-01-19 03:52:00 UTC
+1 for Bam. A man who is this genuinely passionate about the community can only be good for the CSM.

Also, EDU videos fulfill my longing to vicariously attend EVE meetups.
Hendrick Tallardar
#35 - 2015-01-19 21:24:19 UTC
Rayvon Tyranicus wrote:
+1 for Bam. A man who is this genuinely passionate about the community can only be good for the CSM.

Also, EDU videos fulfill my longing to vicariously attend EVE meetups.

You can host your own event through
Bam Stroker
The Graduates
The Initiative.
#36 - 2015-01-20 03:29:27 UTC  |  Edited by: Bam Stroker
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.

EVE Down Under - a community for players in the AUTZ

In-game channel: evedownunder // Twitter: @evedownunder

Dark Razer
Van Diemen's Demise
Northern Coalition.
#37 - 2015-01-20 03:44:42 UTC

I have known Bam Stroker for...ages. This man has put his heart and soul into the EVE Community.

An anecdote:
Last year there was a Brisbane meetup (It was Fawlty7's birthday I believe). I was lucky enough to host Bam at my home for the weekend. The meetup was a massive success, with a little under 40 amazing spaceship nerds attending. A good time was had by all.
Afterward we got home, Bam stepped outside "for a smoke". What he was actually doing was having a little bit of a vomit, on my back lawn.
I found this puddle of joy the next afternoon, long after Bam had boarded a plane home. Since then I have fenced this hallowed ground off and crafted a small shrine. The plant life has flourished, creating a small but vibrant "Garden of Bam". Every time I am feeling down or sad I go and sit before the "Garden of Bam", basking in its peacefulness and splendor.

I believe that Bam will provide a unique and valuable perspective on the CSM. His dedication to the EVE community is unparalleled. And he's just an all around good bloke.

Bam, you have my axe, my heart, and my votes.
Jaxen Griolin
Van Diemen's Demise
Northern Coalition.
#38 - 2015-01-20 04:47:31 UTC
Bam is probably one the most enthusiastic people around when it comes to EVE, in and out of game.

Given how much time he has devoted to participating and organising community events, I am confident he would be a capable and productive CSM member.

Will not hesitate to vote for him.
Ariel Rin
Tactically Challenged
The Initiative.
#39 - 2015-01-20 04:49:57 UTC  |  Edited by: Ariel Rin
Toting my own horn here in order to serve the mighty Bam Stroker.

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....).

I wasn't putting the hours in because I love EVE (which I do), I wasn't putting the hours in because I love the community (which i do) But because of the zeal and enthusiasm which Bam had for the community and the future he saw for it.

And every moment I spent on EVE Meet, I saw it too, And every moment was worth it.

Even now, I've begun work on some projects of my own thanks to Bam's gentle push.

So vote for Bam, his passion for the community might be downright dangerous for your own health! but you'll love every second of it.


Ariel Rin

Creator and Manager of EVE Meet, for notification and sharing of out of game meets.

Twitter - Ariel Rin - EVE Meet

Elise Randolph
Habitual Euthanasia
Pandemic Legion
#40 - 2015-01-20 05:05:46 UTC
Bam has a rock solid track record in the community already, it's impossible to go wrong with him on the CSM. I'll go one step further: it'd be downright silly to not include this man on your ballot. A definite asset to the CSM.