Campaign Trail – Direction

Thank you for your interest in my campaign to be part of CSM 6. It is my intention to work diligently, effectively, and tirelessly to bring the concerns of the player base to the CSM, to CCP, and back to the players.

The following is a user submitted request for my stand on a topic important to them. I have given thought to the topic and formulated my opinion, but it’s just that; my opinion. Nothing more. There is no guarantee the opinion expressed herein will ever see the light of day.

My platform isn’t one of issues, but rather one of integrity, tenacity, and the willingness to hold the CSM and CCP accountable to the players that support everything we do. I will not push my own agenda, unless it coincides with what the majority of the player base wants for a given topic.

Never start a fight you can win. #RocTheVote

QUESTION: I still believe in you, Roc, and great job on the LostInEve debate, but some of your campaign posts make you look stupid. Maybe you should stick with what you know?

Not infallible

Thanks for taking the time to contact me and express your praise and concerns, all in one breath! I’m not superhuman, despite the chronicles surrounding my past. I’m a regular guy, doing what he can to make a difference. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, sometime I look like an idiot. I accept that.

I think if any candidate were to tell you they have all the answers, you should really wonder if they actually understand the questions.

CSM is a group of elected individuals, with diverse experience and knowledge, working together for the betterment of the game we all enjoy. Every individual will have different ideas on how to get there, but we all want the same thing in the end, a better EVE.

If elected to CSM, I guarantee you I won’t always be right. I promise I won’t always be the authority on every subject, but what I do know is this: I will be consistently dedicated to listening to the views of everyone, players, CSM, and CCP alike. Working towards a common goal is what CSM should be about.

Community

So let’s reinforce my mandate. I am all about community; always have been. I blog. Many read my blog. Many comment on my blog and engage in conversations on my blog. I tweet. Many talk with me through tweets. I write EON Magazine articles. I provide EVE inspired music to the community. I do artwork, free to download from my blog. I was the face of the Capsuleer iPhone application. I do podcast interviews. I attend Fanfest. I sign autographs. I give away small promotional items. I do what I can to stay an active and recognizable part of every player’s Eve Online experience. Of course, it’s pure arrogance that lets me think everyone has heard of Roc Wieler, but perhaps someday they will.

I do all of these things on my own time, and I’ve been consistent in doing them. It’s that consistency that shows my heart for this community.

There is strength in community. Players understand this. CCP needs to understand this. I’ve said it before: a game is only as good as its player base.

CCP, as a game producer, needs to start listening to its community or risk losing them. It’s as simple as that, and been proven in this particular industry time and again.

Direction

If we listen to community, the single biggest thing we’ll hear is a concern over lack of direction by CCP for the future of EVE Online. Mynxee and CSM 5 posted about it recently, and it’s not the first time we’ve had this concern as players. The general perception from the player base, and not really rebutted adequately by CCP, is the notion that CCP goes from one shiny to the next. Factional Warfare, Planetary Interaction, Incarna, Trinity, etc, etc… they were all very exciting opportunities that became one-offs, never to be heard of again.

I’ve heard from the CSM that CCP lacks clear direction. I’ve heard from other sources closer to CCP that they lack direction. I believe they lack direction. CCP needs to stop with the shinies. It can no longer be a matter of “What can we do next?”, it needs to be a series of long, hard looks at “Why should we do this?” and make decisions accordingly.

Even if I don’t get elected to CSM, I hope someone from CCP is reading this now. Please, mandate your future! Get it down on paper. Start with pie in the sky then work it down to the details as to how you can achieve these goals as an equitable company.

You need to do this, CCP. It is not optional.

My part? There is nothing I would enjoy more as part of the CSM than to have CCP engage us and ask us for opinions on future directions they’ve been entertaining. Open those lines of communication. Prove me wrong. Prove us wrong. Show us what’s up your sleeve for the next few years. We’re under NDA. We can’t say a bloody word.

Just work with us to re-instill the level of confidence we once had when CCP was a small, passionate shop with a single product they hoped would change the way things would be done in the gaming industry.

I still believe in that company. I still believe in that game. I still believe in this community.

Do what you believe is right. Vote Roc.

2 responses to “Campaign Trail – Direction

  1. Dear Roc,

    you claim how much you are into the community,
    also you have taken the stand that 3rd party stuff is important to you.

    However, you are no active member of #eve-dev, and your ideas are quite different than those of the folks there.

    but well, sign your autographs, thats more important, cause your a Roc(k) Star.
    #failTheVote

    • You’re right. I’m not a member of #eve-dev, and I’m sure my ideas are very different from those. My Capsuleer partner, PyjamaSam, was very active there. Maybe you’ve heard of him?

      I’ve stated all uses of the EVE API are important to me, and CCP has to be very careful if and how they choose to monetize its usage, as well as pushing for more API exposure to developers.

      If that constitutes a fail to you, then I am really hesitant to see what would constitute a win.

      And I will sign my autographs, not because I’m a star, but because there are many that share my sense of humour and don’t take themselves too seriously.

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