162: The Reveal

“How do YOU pronounce it?”

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-Laevateinn from Mercenary Coalition debuts as the show’s third host

-Laeve brings another seasoned FC’s perspective to the upcoming ECM changes, which overall do not please our audience

-CSM Minutes are out! And there’s a lot of details to go over from wardecs to mining

-EVE balance philosophy: Can EVE be perfectly balance? Should it be?

-Multiplayer Abyssal sites?!

-A preview of new anchorable structures including gates and “propaganda towers”

-Dronelands begin to percolate

161: 40 Forts to Freedom

“What do you get when you remove the danger and the randomness? Highsec.”

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-Peace in our time! GOTG and Fraternity surrender to Imperial Legacy drawing a conclusion, or at least an extended pause, to the northern and southern fronts of EVE’s largest war.

Major balance patch incoming: 500MN HIC changes and controversy, ECM reworked: what’s strong now?, the future of the combat interceptor line

-Artimus has an epic fight in lowsec

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