I submitted the last of my CSM ballots earlier today, with pretty much an identical slate on all of them. The top three were always the same: Sugar Kyle, Mike Azariah, and Steve Ronuken. It’s not because they match my interests exactly — there’s some overlap but also a good many differences — but they come across as having a very inclusive attitude about play styles. This game really does need all kinds of players, and having strong advocates for this point of view on the CSM is a must, as far as I’m concerned.
It’s hard sometimes to get people enthusiastic about preserving the viability of casual gameplay. Much of it isn’t seen as glamorous. It doesn’t make the news. But a helluva a lot of credit-card-carrying folks play EVE that way and are doing their bit to keep the lights on at CCP.
You see, I evidently have committed the horrible sin of not generating player content.
I think industrialists DO generate content. The process of building the stuff is content for the industrialist, and it certainly is for the person who buys it. Industrialists add items to the game world. That’s content. And it’s content that, umm, both parties WANT, as opposed to the “I ganked someone tonight and therefore generated content” school of thought. Sure, that’s content, too, but not reliably of value to all of its consumers.
If these changes are hostile to highsec carebearing and industry, the main effect this will have in my world is on the people I game with, and if THEY quit, that’s how it will most directly affect me. My folks are important to me. I worry when I see a number of people whose opinions I respect seriously contemplating unsubbing if the changes turn out to be as detrimental to casual play as some are predicting. These aren’t people who threaten to ragequit a few times a year, either. If they’re saying it, they mean it.
It’s hard to believe CCP would be so short-sighted as to adopt a “go null or go home” policy. Although it’s possible there are a few on their staff with that mentality, they’ve gotta be outweighed by people who have a better understanding of what actually pays the bills. I dunno. My EVEomancy skills aren’t sufficient for me to divine their intentions or all they have planned.
I’m mostly adopting a wait-and-see attitude. I have a few ideas about how casual PVE and industrial players could do better for themselves, but it’s gonna take a while before I’m ready to post about them.