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CSM dev blog: A tribute to Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith

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CCP Phantom
C C P Alliance
#1 - 2012-09-13 15:50:02 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Navigator
In the light of the recent tragedy and to honor Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith the Council of Stellar Management has written a dev blog.

While the reason for this blog is very sad we encourage you to read the following dev blog and to join the CSM and the citizens of New Eden in remembering Sean "Vile Rat" Smith and his legacy.

The dev blog by CSM Seleene is available here.

Please use this thread for comments and condolences. Maybe you can also share some of your stories in memory of Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith but please remember that inappropriate comments are not welcome.

CCP Phantom - Senior Community Developer

CCP Manifest
CCP Retirement Home
#2 - 2012-09-13 15:51:04 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Manifest
RIP Sean Smith.

This has been a rough couple days for many throughout both the EVE universe and around the world. As a part of the team who is usually tasked with messaging both to the EVE community and to the world beyond, it has been a most trying time--fitful nights (including basically learning of this in real time), tough conversations and a lot of tears.

Knowing what an impact Sean Smith had on EVE and its players I am reminded of learning throughout the years of other pilots in EVE being tragically lost and the ripples each of their lives left in the universe. They, and Vile Rat, will be missed terribly--as examples, as friends, as enemies and as fellow gamers.

I crossed paths with Vile only once at Fanfest and several times via Skype chat and CSM interactions, but was continuously impressed with his style, intelligence and ... well, the strange grace with which he handled this serious business of internet spaceships. As many here, I wish I had been able to spend more time with him and to have gotten to know the person who has been described in countless blogs and heartfelt expressions of both sorrow and nostalgia.

I would also like to extend thanks to The Mittani for his words in what is an impossibly difficult situation.

And I would like to thank both the CSM for this guest blog and those who have written rememberences of Sean and helped to carry his legacy. I have been collecting blog posts, videos and images and have been sending them to news outlets who have come knocking on our door--in as respectful a manner as possible.

Your collective words and tributes are the ones that will carry Sean forward, your memories the ones that take a slight edge off of this tragedy.

I'm normally quite verbose, but there's really not much else to say other than thank you New Eden for showing your support, rest in peace Sean Smith and my thoughts are with the family and friends of this great man.

Below are some links that I trust will be worth your while if you have called the EVE universe home for even a fraction of your life. Please evemail me if you know of any more I should include here.

First: Vile's in-game bio. It includes my favorite poem of all time (the Second Coming by WB Yeats) and is just stunningly difficult to reread considering the events of less than 48 hours ago and the message of the poem itself. To me his choice of words there speaks volumes to his personal character.

The Mittani's eloquent words about his friend.
The "Candle" Lighting ceremony held in his honor.

Words by other members of the community.
Meissa Anunthiel
Hans Jagerblitzen
Trebor Daehdoow
Mean Harri
..and so many more..

The Nosy Gamer has a well researched post on it all, including many news links (many of which I talked to yesterday) and other community links. The Kotaku piece is particularly well written.

A fitting tribute image by RixxJavix.
The list of an amazing amount of Outposts renamed in Sean's honor.
SMA's video tribute to Vile Rat
A comic by Mjaulm over at SA to honor Sean.
Tarithell's ship renaming
A tribute image from one of many Reddit threads...
...and undoubtedly more...

I do not list these names or links to say one person's grief is greater than another or that the expressions inf these trumps the ways each of us decides to hold our vigil, but to give you the same overwhelming understanding that has only become more apparent to me hour upon hour after hearing this terrible news.

This community is ******* amazing.

So please fly safe., and remember... whenever you shoot a blue....

======== o7 _CCP Manifest | Public Relations and Social Media | @ccp_manifest_

Body Count Inc.
Mercenary Coalition
#3 - 2012-09-13 15:51:56 UTC  |  Edited by: Seleene
RIP Sean. You will be missed.

Thank you to everyone in EVE that has voiced their thoughts about Sean.

Thank you to the other CSM's who contributed their thoughts to this.

Thank you to Hans for some last minute editing help after my brain turned to clay last night.

Thank you to CCP for giving us all this world to play in.


This is Sеаn Smith'ѕ offiсial benefit page. All prоceeds will go toward his kids college fund.


2004-2008: Mercenary Coalition Boss

2007-2010: CCP Game Designer | 2011-2013: CSM6 Delegate & CSM7 Chairman

2011-2015: Pandemic Legionnaire

2015- : Mercenary Coalition Boss

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Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#4 - 2012-09-13 15:53:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Two step
While I only met Sean once in real life, at Fanfest in March, I consider him a friend, and am incredibly sad that he was taken from us all far too soon. He was a great guy. always quick with a joke, and always willing to listen to others.

While a part of CSM 6 he was always working hard to make the game better for everyone who played it. He was planning to run for CSM 8, and he would have done a fantastic job there. We will all miss him very much.


There is a benefit for Sean's wife and kids. If folks want to help them out, please visit

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

CCP Goliath
C C P Alliance
#5 - 2012-09-13 15:58:50 UTC
A very apt and heartfelt sentiment from Seleene and the others. RIP Vile Rat.

CCP Goliath | QA Director | EVE Illuminati | @CCP_Goliath

Global Telstar Federation Offices
Masters of Flying Objects
#6 - 2012-09-13 15:59:26 UTC
RIP Vile Rat.

If i dont know something about EVE. I check

See you around the universe.

CCP Punkturis
C C P Alliance
#7 - 2012-09-13 15:59:56 UTC

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CCP Unifex
C C P Alliance
#8 - 2012-09-13 16:01:17 UTC
RIP VR. o7

Executive Producer

CCP Soundwave
C C P Alliance
#9 - 2012-09-13 16:01:38 UTC
<3 to Seleene for writing this.
CCP Engineering Corp
#10 - 2012-09-13 16:06:37 UTC
Tragic, but it fills me with hope to see how supportive the community has been. RIP VR.

Feel free to poke me on: Twitter

#11 - 2012-09-13 16:07:14 UTC
R.I.P Vile Rat o7
CCP Shiny
C C P Alliance
#12 - 2012-09-13 16:07:29 UTC
RIP - my condolences to his family and friends.

CCP Shiny \ Producer NES Localization Services \ @ccp_shiny

Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#13 - 2012-09-13 16:07:45 UTC
Rest easy, friend. o7
CCP Masterplan
C C P Alliance
#14 - 2012-09-13 16:08:29 UTC
I'm grateful I got to spend time with Sean, both personally and professionally, during his visits to Iceland. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

"This one time, on patch day..."

@ccp_masterplan  |  Team Five-0: Rewriting the law

cap Mal
Defense Advanced Research Program Agency
#15 - 2012-09-13 16:08:40 UTC
Much respect for the man, and condolences to his family and friends, in and out of game.

Garviel Tarrant
Beyond Divinity Inc
Shadow Cartel
#16 - 2012-09-13 16:10:03 UTC
I hate religion so much some times.

I condolences to those close to him. Losing a loved one is always dreadful, but like this? Terrible.

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The Scope
Gallente Federation
#17 - 2012-09-13 16:10:56 UTC
Condolences to his family and friends. A true patriot. o7
Legendary Umbrellas
#18 - 2012-09-13 16:10:57 UTC
Any loss is a big loss, rest in peace VR

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CCP Alice
C C P Alliance
#19 - 2012-09-13 16:11:25 UTC
R.I.P. Vile Rat o7

Big thank you to Seleene and the CSM for writing this.

"There is no knowledge without unity"

Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#20 - 2012-09-13 16:14:25 UTC
o7 Vile Rat.

You still owe me a station but i'll shoot a blue for you.

+5 for you where ever you are. (sorry no +10. still a goon :P )

My condolences to his family and kids.

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