DoW 76: Fallen Angels

“I don’t know what more to say about it: it sucks”

-Noir. director Deletor subs in for NinjaTurtle this week

Poll Results/Discussion: Do these new lowsec drops make you want to move there?

EVE News: CCP lays off high-profile staff, An investigative report into the death of World of Darkness, CSM8 Vice Chair Ripard Teg retires from blogging, and Kronos first impressions

Contract Wrap Up: Noir. is reminded why they don’t do assassination contracts and ATXII preparations begin

This Week In Mercs: Narwhals Ate My Duck returns, Pursuit of Happiness vs Marmite Collective + Darwin’s Lemmings (payback’s a bitch), and shortly thereafter Darwin’s Lemmings shuts its doors

CSM Corner: CSM9 gets onboarding meetings with key devs in advance of the summer summit

Master Class: Shield Ishtars, how to use them and how to beat them

Outro: I Burn, RWBY

DoW Episode 42 – Winter Minutes Edition

Hello friends,

Declarations of War is proud to bring you an episode devoted completely to the CSM 7’s recently released minutes from the 2012 Winter Summit. We didn’t stop there; we also convinced TWO CSM8 candidates to come! Mynnna (aka Corestwo) and Ripard Teg join the discussion to help us tackle some of the most important sections of the minutes. Enjoy!

00:04:21 Context of the CSM7 Winter Summit
00:10:40 Thoughts regarding stakeholdership
00:27:10 Null sec 1 & 2
00:54:45 CSM Whitepaper and voting reform
01:08:40 Ship Balancing
01:21:55 Closing thoughts

Episode 33 – The Ripard Teg/CSM Edition

We all wear hats. Sean Smith was no exception to that rule. To a precious few, he was a husband and father. Others knew him as a dedicated employee of the State Department, a testament to all Americans that serve this country. In the eyes of the perpetrators, just another American; to the news media, one of four killed in Benghazi; to us, simply Vile Rat. “Simply” Vile Rat. As if there was a vet within the proverbial thousand miles that didn’t at least recognize the name. Granted you won’t find a textbook recanting EVE’s history while spelling out the major players at any given time, but his name would have come up. Those of us who remember can understand what the EVE community lost Tuesday night.

As condolences, remembrances, thoughts and sadness spread through #tweetfleet, the senseless violence in which he was claimed became even more overwhelming. It was a sordid reminder that ignorance and hate, antagonists seemingly as powerful as the planning and foresight VR gave, could take from this community even the best laid plans. In a game that offers no guarantees but immortality, we were once again reminded that life continued to offer us the possibility of anything but.

Just as his life spurred action, so must his death. To continue moving forward is to do him the best memory. Moving forward together as a community, understanding and exercising our differences in-game while transcending to the understanding that we can be and are still united as one outside of it. ‘Cause if VR really taught us anything, it was that regardless of our differences, a little diplomacy can make the world go ’round.

In the honor and memory of Sean “Vile Rat” Smith, we present you with Episode 33, The Ripard Teg/CSM Edition.

-NT

Show Notes

-Special guests CSM Chairman Seleene, CSM Vice Secretary Hans Jagerblitzen, and infamously critical-of-the-CSM blogger Ripard Teg of Jester’s Trek fame.
-Alek and Seleene both shout out to Poetic Stanziel; coincidence or cloning?  We report, you decide.
-Ripard Teg talks about his start in EVE and as a blogger
-Discussion of the CSM6 election and the experience of being a candidate
-Fierce debate over the role of the CSM
-Alek reads controversial parts of Ripard’s latest blog and shit gets real
-Real talk continues over Technetium alchemy and the accomplishments/shortcomings of CSM7
-EVE News: Massive ship graveyards in Tribute (CFC vs DotBros), big shakeups in Faction Warfare, DUST 514 hits Sisi
-Black Ops hot drop highlights from Noir.’s latest deployment


Examples cited by Ripard of Mittens using the bully pulpit to communicate a message to EVE players and elsewhere:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/04/07/eve-online-audience-with-the-king-of-space/
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/14/feature/5582/The-Mittani-Speaks-Out.html