Nullsec: A Detailed Examination

With this, the EVE of the CSM voting period, pun intended, it’s a pretty good time to release the next in my detailed examination series. I intend to release the final two, Highsec and Wormholes, during the voting period, in a blatant attempt to keep my name in people’s minds. There have been some changes since I wrote this, so I reserve the right to make any adjustments I missed. That being said, let’s dive on in.

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Lowsec: A Detailed Examination

With the election period rapidly approaching, I’ll be taking the next few weeks to do a more in depth look at some key parts of my platform. We’ll be starting off with lowsec, in large part because CCP does not. They at least mentioned a desire to redo Faction Warfare ‘at some point’ during EVE Down Under, which is better than ‘we have no future plans’ from Hilmar’s AMA, but not by much. My trust in that ‘at some point’ being any time soon is not super high given the past few years of promises. I remember in 2015 they promised a big FW revamp that we got all excited for in Brave, which turned out to be some minor tweaks instead. It’s now 4 years later, and the only changes in FW have been actively harmful ones like citadels.

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Why Harboring Bots is a Big Deal

Earlier today, CCP Peligro, the face of Team Security at CCP, released a whole load of useful information regarding bots and bans in a series of tweets, including some great ban data, and specific callouts of alliances with high numbers of botters. This set off a firestorm in the community, especially regarding a comment about enforcement actions against alliances found to be harboring bots. This is one of the key components of my platform, so I figure now is a good time to lay down exactly why I think this is a good step to take.

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Statement Regarding Brisc's Unremoval from EVE

Wow, what a couple weeks. Earlier today, CCP announced the conclusion of their reinvestigation of the initial accusations made against Brisc. You can read them here, but the short of it is that Brisc’s name has been cleared, and no NDA violations occurred. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, Brisc included, it appears that CCP failed to do the due diligence that they’ve previously done so well for the CSM. This has pretty negative connotations for the future, and also causes a whole lot of questions, so let’s launch right in.

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Hilmar AMA Review

I was originally planning on CCP releasing the CSM info for this year this past week, but given that it’s Saturday, with no sign of a post despite the sentence at the end of the original Brisc ban, I’m assuming it’s not happening this week. Instead, I’ll be working down my post backlog with a review of Hilmar’s AMA, held at the end of March. This didn’t get a huge amount of attention outside the forums, despite having some very interesting information, so this should be of use to those of you who haven’t been able to check it out.

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Statement Regarding Brisc's Removal from CSM XIII

Anyone monitoring reddit, the EVE forums, or any non-rock location has likely heard that Brisc Rubal, of the alliance “The Initiative,” was permabanned, removed from the CSM, and barred from any further CSM runs due to his violation of the NDA, particularly his violation for personal profit. This is a hot button issue, and the second current or former CSM in the last year to be permabanned for these actions, so I feel it is important to address it.

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CSM Winter Minutes Analysis, Part 1

Earlier in the week, I found myself facing a tough choice on what topic to write this week’s post on. Fortunately, CCP swooped in and made that decision for me by releasing the CSM minutes for the CSM13 Winter Summit. If you haven’t read them, you can find them here. I’ll be providing a topic by topic evaluation of my thoughts on the minutes, followed by some notes on big topics that are missing, and then a bit of a wrap up. So let’s dig in!

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Remarks on the Recent Alliance Tournament 2019 Cancellation

A few hours ago, CCP put out the news that the AT for 2019 had been cancelled, with plans to resume in 2020. This is a deeply unfortunate decision, which I fear may cause the long term drop-off in EVE tournaments. While they do not involved hundreds of players on each side, the competitive scene in EVE still represents one of the most important parts of EVE to me, and likely to much of the population. There’s nothing else like it, in any other game or anywhere in EVE. I personally have had a ton of fun participating in various tournaments, both CCP and player run, and I hope that other people can still do so.

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