Here is a quick screenshot of my CSM ballot.
You may be wondering why this eclectic mix of people and which order.
Here is my breakdown
Sugar Kyle. I met her at a recent meetup event and I have never met anyone in New Eden so organized and clear in her goals and objectives. She brings a great personality, maturity and experience of Low Sec which sorely needs help. She is one of the very, very few bloggers who understands that there are people behind other spaceships and she cares about all of us, the game, the community and CCP. I could stop here. Sugar for CSM.
Mike Azariah, I listen to various podcasts and his demeanor and unapologetic focus on newbs, high sec and “casual play” is what EVE needs. EVE has become a lifestyle that – if done “right” is all-absorbing. Mike understands that there is more to life that shoving pixels around. Vote for him
DJ Funky Bacon and Xander Phoena are great communicators. Their dedication to the cause is indisputable and with the departure of Jester, CSM needs megaphones in addition to workerbees. I disagree with Xander on pretty much everything and think that his podcast is a boring, CFC-bootlicking propaganda machine but hey, he is active and he is talking to people. I won’t look for them for new ideas. I vote for them so that CSM is not a NDA-gagged focus group but a screaming voice of us engaged players.
Mangala Solaris is likely the most qualified to speak for EVE’s casual PvP gameplay. Nothing will ever be like RvB, when Brave Newbs are absorbed in a Nullsec block and get ~serious~, RvB will still welp fleet after fleet of Atrons. They and EVE Uni are the real door for newbrows to stay.
Ali Aras. Yes, I dislike her whining and sometimes I think she is more an apologetic spokesperson for CCP than a representative for the players. Maybe she was looking for a job there and I would not hold it against her. CCP is a great company, so why not. But as much as I dislike her style, she is a great communicator and cares about the game and the players. She is not a bitter vet yet and sees the world of EVE with open eyes. Noir. is my favorite corp in the game (outside of my Alliance, IOS, of course…) and I wish I had the time to fly with them. Hence my vote is a bit of jealousy.
James Arget and Proclus Diadochu. Well, tbh, I didn’t know if I should include them. They are nominally WH candidates but WHs have seen nothing in more than two years, so all talk about bringing WH candidates into CSM and then waiting for good things to happen was delusional. But. Occasionally CCP drops ideas onto CSM that either ignore the WH community entirely (deployables…) or are plain dumb. CCP devs don’t fly in Wormholes and we can tell. I expect James and Proclus to stop CCP in their track everytime when they come up with some harebrained idea that did not consider us Wormholers.