155: CSM13 Candidate Roundtable w Suitonia, Commander Aze, and Brisc Rubal

“Whoever picked out the URL briscforcsm.win deserves a bonus”

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-In addition to getting to know some of 2018’s most promising CSM candidates, this years roundtable takes on war decs, balancing, transparency, and what each candidate thinks will be the next CSM’s biggest challenge

Suitonia: Our only incumbent on the show, Suitonia is best known for his prolific content creation on YouTube and Good Posting. As a CSM representative he’s been a huge contributor to CCP’s recent balancing efforts, particularly on Assault Frigates, underused Destroyers, and T1 Cruisers. Suitonia seeks reelection this year on the back of his packed resume, long list of endorsements, and a proud performance on CSM12.

Commander Aze: Try, try, try again. Commander Aze has run for CSM several times before, coming close but never being elected. Aze hopes to follow in the foot steps of Mike Azariah and have his persistence pay off this year. What’s different this year around? In addition to deepening his background with empire gameplay like the War Dec Project, Aze has expanded his horizons to include both wormholes and nullsec.

Brisc Rubal: Brisc is running to represent the line members of the Imperium and nullsec alliances around the game. A faithful pilot of the Initiative, Brisc has seen the PVE and PVP offerings of nullsec both large and small but is not an FC, director, or diplomat. But he does have leadership experience IRL where he has been involved in US politics for quite some time. He’s hoping his professional lobbying expertise blended with his everyman EVE experience makes him an effective member of the CSM.

154: Abuse and Neglect with Tarek Raimo

“Only nerds read.”

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-Resurgent Crossing Zebras contributor and noted spai Tarek Raimo guest stars

-Gazing into the Abyss: The DoW fanbase weighs in on the worst part of abyssal deadspace, which the rest of the crew doesn’t get

-Everyone bares the emotional scars which led them to this point

-Tarek goes into his history as an EVE spy and how he transitioned into writing for CZ

-We discuss his recent article on the legacy, both good and bad, of the departing CCP Seagull and how far the CSM/CCP communication has come

-Tarek makes the case for EVE Lore as a way to grow the player base to a skeptical Alek

153: Behind the Scenes

“You can’t just spring the flashbacks on me Alekseyev!”

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-FanFest: This years different (depressing) feel, Abyssal Deadspace, Triglavians, PI and FW QoL changes incoming, love for Logi, and more Upwell Structures!

-The Bomb Drops: CCP Seagull leaving CCP. Alek and Jin discuss her significance, their favorite memories working with her, and cast their eyes to EVE’s uncertain future

-Imperium re-re-reinvades the north and is shredding GOTG.

-Core elements of the DRF have been routed by VOLTA, Skill Urself, and Hard Knocks: hardcore PVP alliances a fraction of the coalition’s enormous size

-Episode goes off the rails at several points including: Jin losing his shit at someone’s Teamspeak avatar, Alek triggering Jin’s PTSD about PL’s recent eviction of Provi bloc, show note planning on air, and Alek forgetting how to spell basic English words.