CSM XV Candidate Cheat Sheet

Never Enough Time

I started earlier this year, and still ran out of time.  As such, I didn’t get to research a lot of these guys as much as I would have liked.  I read all the campaign threads, and watched the CCP interviews, but didn’t get to go through a lot of their other stuff (i.e. all the talk show appearances).  And, of course, the guys I did first tended to get a lot more research than the guys I did last.  Guess I’ll have to start even earlier next year.

Overview of the Race

We have 4 fewer candidates this year, yet the field seems even more crowded because Fraternity and Legion of xXDeathXx are both putting forth viable candidates this year.  Thus, this might cause the Chinese and Russian vote to show up in force, and lock down 2 more seats for the null blocs.  I haven’t seen all the ballots, so I haven’t tried counting up all the votes, but from what I have seen, I’m worried that CSM XV will turn out particularly homogeneous.  It’s not all doom and gloom though.  ExookiZ may not have this election in the bag, but he’s a strong contender.  And Brisc might be from a bloc, but he’s also an amazing community candidate.  So I don’t mind.  Mike Azaria also stands a damn good chance this year due to several new developments working in his favor (which I detail in his section).  Past that, I expect players such as Stitch Kaneland to make strong showings.  I worry that it won’t be enough, but maybe one of these underdogs can pull off an upset.

Every Vote Matters

Speaking of which, if you’re here, I probably don’t need to sell you on the importance of voting.  However, if you’re trying to get your friends and corpmates to vote, make sure that they know that Steve Ronuken beat out Sort Dragon by 11 votes last year.  In short, EVERY VOTE MATTERS.

STV and the Null Blocs

Alright, for those that don’t know, CCP uses a single transferable vote system known as the Wright System.  CGP Grey did an excellent job explaining how STV works, so I let you check out their video if you want to know more.  Regardless, I am a big fan of the system, but it can result in voters indirectly casting a portion of their vote for other players.   Say candidates need 2.5k votes to get elected.  You vote for Merkelchen, and he gets 5k votes.  He would retain 50% of everyone’s votes, leaving him with the 2.5k votes needed to win.  The remainder then gets refunded to the voters, and passed on to the next candidate in their list.  Sounds good, right? -you get 50% of your vote back.  Unfortunately, you also gave one Goon 50% of his vote back, which then trickled down the Goon ballot.  So voting for Merkelchen would be like giving  50% of your vote to all of the Goon candidates.  Because of this peculiarity in this system, I won’t be recommending very many candidates from the null blocs.  I do really like some of them, but the null blocs are already over-represented.

Best Hope Candidates

Okay, I have divided the candidates into a few categories.  First up, will be the people that I highly recommend putting on your ballot.  My criteria for selecting them are: (1) I believe that they will make excellent CSM’s, (2) they stand a good chance of grabbing a seat, and (3) they are not null bloc representatives that already have a seat locked down.  I highly recommend using these guys to fill in any holes in your ballot.  Also, you can find more information about these guys down below.

  • Brisc Rubal – (CSM XIII) Excellent Community Rep
  • ExookiZ – (CSM XIV) Amazing WH Rep
  • Mike Azariah – (CSM VIII, IX, X) Excellent HS/Community Rep
  • Stitch Kaneland – NS, LS, and WH Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Need More?

These guys might not have the best chance, but they aren’t total long shots either.  And depending on what kind of ballot placement they can get, they might even exceed my expectations.

  • Pandora Singularity – Community Candidate
  • Phantomite – LS SME
  • Juvenius Drakonios – Foreign Language Community Candidate
  • Loroseco Kross – WH SME
  • Torval Uruz – Community Candidate

Other Endorsements

I endorse these candidates, but didn’t put them on the main list for various reasons.  For example, I really like Jurius Doctor, but I don’t think he has any chance of winning.  So I reluctantly moved him to this list.  Regardless, I think all of these guys would make good representatives, so feel free to vote for them if they speak to you or your playstyle.

  • Darius Caliente – Unaffiliated NS Alliance SME
  • Dutchgunner – Community
  • Insidious Sainthood – HS & LS PvP SME
  • Jurius Doctor – Community
  • Kalen Tsero – LS & WH SME
  • Kenneth Feld – Industrialist
  • Murray Rothbardo – Unaffiliated NS Alliance SME/Community
  • PJHustle – Renters
  • Rheaha Preynar – Community
  • The Oz

The Naughty List

For various reasons, I do not recommend voting for these guys.  Once again, you can find more information down below.

  • Komi Valentine – Extremely Narrow Interest Range
  • Prospektor Schipplock – Temperamental
  • Styxx – It’s like he’s not even trying
  • Xenuria – Aggravating / Memey

Null Bloc Candidates

Finally, I think that most of the bloc candidates would make fine CSM’s.  There are a few that I feel iffy about, but, for the most part, you can trust your organization’s judgement.  I may not trust the blocs to recommend a diverse ballot, but I do trust them to (for the most part) not put guys on their ballots that are stupid, unknowledgeable, disruptive, or difficult to work with.  So, as long as they aren’t one of my hard no’s, you should feel comfortable voting for them.

The Full List

Alexis Finch

  • Endorsed: No -Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Brave Collective
  • Area of Expertise: Bloc FC
  • Values/Priorities: PvP | Change | Nullsec Newbros
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Seems okay, but the null blocs are already over represented. Might be your guy if you don’t want to vote for Brisc, but I already know that Brisc makes an excellent community rep; so I’d recommend him instead.  Don’t know if Brave is throwing their weight behind him or not.  If so, he stands a decent chance of winning.

BlazingBunny

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Northern Coalition.
  • Area of Expertise: bloc FC
  • Values/Priorities: Conflict Drivers | Game Balance | Sov Mechanics | Boosting the Skill Ceiling | More Engaging PvE | Quality of Life
  • Links: Campaign Thread  Website
  • Notes: He seems okay.  Had a particularly bad showing last year, and I’m assuming that’s because he was a backup plan in case Killah Bee’s application didn’t get approved for some reason.  But since KB did make it, NC. did all of their horse trading for him, and none for Blazing Bunny.  However, BB is getting their full backing this go round, and will likely do similarly to how KB did last year.  He should win a seat.  Don’t strengthen the null bloc vote by voting for him.

Boernl

  • Endorsed: No -bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Horde
  • Area of Expertise: Mining | Industry
  • Values/Priorities: Balance | Industry | Cheating | Bots
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Failed to impress, and he is null bloc candidate number 157.  In fact, I don’t even think that he’s the best industrialist candidate.  For that, I would have to go with Kenneth Feld.  Might get low ballot placement, but doesn’t appear to have any grassroots support.  Don’t think he has a chance.

Brisc Rubal

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: The Initiative.
  • Area of Expertise: Build relationships, communicate, collaborate, persuade
  • Values/Priorities: Represent all players of all types
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: CSM XIII | The “Briscident” has led to a cloud of suspicion hanging over Brisc.  However, not only was he cleared of all wrongdoing and unbanned, but CCP held veto power over his CSM XV application.  If they had any reservations about the guy, he wouldn’t have made it this far.  So, unless you’re wearing a tin foil hat, let’s put this matter to bed.

Regardless, Brisc is an amazing community candidate.  He is highly accessible, maintains a strong presence on the forums, and it is my belief that he actually cares about other players’ concerns.  If it weren’t for the unfortunate controversy, he would be the exemplar of a community rep.

Darius Caliente

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (unaffiliated)
  • Affiliation: United Federation of Conifers
  • Area of Expertise: Leadership | FC
  • Values/Priorities: Small & Mid-Sized Alliances | Balance | Botting
  • Links: Candidacy Thread
  • Notes: The other candidate who wants to represent the play styles of unaffiliated, small and mid-sized alliances out in null. I feel the same way about him as I do about Marray Rothbardo.  I think he has a good head on his shoulders and a good attitude.  And I’d gladly take him over another bloc representative.  That being said, I’d rather have a rep from a completely different area of space than another dude from NS.

Also, I don’t know if either of these guys can get on any ballots, but it looks like Darius has more grassroots support.  So, if you only have room for one, you might want to roll with him.

Dhuras

  • Endorsed: Abstain
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: WH
  • Affiliation: Moist.
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist | Wormholes | Small Scale PvP Balance | Industry
  • Values/Priorities: Content Drivers | Wormholer Interests
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Campaign Video
  • Notes: I didn’t research this guy a lot.  I saved him for last because he seems to have zero grassroots support.  He might be okay, but it doesn’t matter because he doesn’t stand a chance.

Dutchgunner

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert | Community
  • Area of Space: HS
  • Affiliation: Arataka Research Consortium (HS PvE Community)
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist | Group PvE
  • Values/Priorities: Representing Under Represented Play Styles
  • Links: Campaign Thread   TiS Interview
  • Notes: I kind of like him.  Is big into group PvE and sounds like he wants to be a mix of SME and Community representative.  Unfortunately, I don’t think he has a very good chances of winning.

ExookiZ

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: WH | NS
  • Affiliation: Initiative Mercenaries
  • Area of Expertise: Wormholes | Small & Medium Gang PvP
  • Values/Priorities: Conflict Drivers | Ship Balance | Structure Mechanics
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: CSM XIV | ExookiZ managed to exceed my expectations for him on CSM XIV, and set a new bar for what it means to be a subject matter expert. He has not only demonstrated a deep knowledge of the game, but also a willingness to advocate for what he thought was best for the game, even when it was against his interests to do so.  He is, imho, the exemplar of a CSM subject matter expert.

Unfortunately, reelection for ExookiZ is less than certain this year.  His corp was evicted from WH space (while at a CSM summit), and they decided to join a null bloc (which may cost him WH support).  Moreover, he frustrated at least a few wormholers by alerting CCP to activities with broken risk to reward ratio in WH’s.  Then, on top of all that, Loroseco Kross of Hard Knocks is competing for the WH vote.  Fortunately, ExookiZ will appear on at least a few null bloc ballots.  In fact, he left such a positive impression on Gobbins that he’s apparently going to put him on the Horde ballot.  And, of course, Init voters will place him high on their ballots.

Yes, ExookiZ deserves to be re-elected.  But more importantly, we deserve to have a CSM with people like ExookiZ on it.  I don’t care if he’s currently in a null bloc or not.  I enthusiastically endorse him, and encourage everyone of all play styles to help this guy win re-election.

Gobbins

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Horde
  • Area of Expertise: FC’ing | Spying | Alliance Tournament
  • Values/Priorities: Conflict Drivers | Passive Income
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: CSM XIV | If you’re part of any null bloc, Gobbins is an excellent choice. If not, you should save your vote for someone who takes a greater interest in your playstyle and priorities.  I also wish he would delete/rephrase his reason for running for the CSM.  I mean, thanks for being honest, but it adds fuel to the fire for the anti-CSM types.

Anyway, he won the 2nd seat last year, and will likely perform similarly this year.  Vote for him if you’re in a bloc.  Otherwise, save your vote.

Ikarus Cesaile

  • Endorsed: No – Narrow Range of Expertise
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: HS
  • Affiliation: Silent Company
  • Area of Expertise: New Players | Mechanics | Technical Side of the Game
  • Values/Priorities: HS Space | New Players | In-Game Corp & Community Management | How Information is Presented in Game
  • Links: Candidacy Thread   Campaign Website
  • Notes: I don’t know how I feel about him.  He seems smart, I can get behind his values, and some of his responses to other player comments makes me feel like he’s got good judgement and temperament.  However, his campaign thread makes me feel like (1) he has unrealistic expectations about how the CSM works, and (2) that he seems to have a one track mind when it comes to corp and community management issues.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think that these are super important issues that indirectly affect the entire player base, but he doesn’t get to set the agenda.  And if he’s not prepared to contribute on other topics, he’s not going to be doing much more than keeping a seat warm.

Now, this is not to say that he won’t be able to adjust to the reality of being a CSM, but there are already plenty of good candidates out there.  So, he seems more like someone you’d want on a corp-and-community-management focus group, than someone you’d want serving on an institution that deals with a broad range of issues.

Anyway, dude sits at the helm of what is ostensibly the second largest alliance in the game.  However, as a newbro-friendly, highsec organization, he likely has a disproportionately large number of ineligible alphas, and a purge of his corp roster would likely clear out a disproportionately large number of inactive players.  Moreover, it remains to be seen how effective he’ll be at getting out the vote.  For a frame of reference, the similarly sized Pandemic Horde was able translate about 20% of their member count into 1st place votes for Gobbins last year.  I seriously doubt Silent Company will be able to do nearly as well.  However, SiCo is so ridiculously huge that Ikarus would only need about a 10% conversion rate to be a contender.

Innominate

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS
  • Affiliation: Goonswarm Federation
  • Area of Expertise: 3rd Party Dev | Generalist
  • Values/Priorities: Overall Health of the Game
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: CSM XII, XIII, & XIV | He seems okay. And 3rd party devs looking for representation might try turning to him now that Steve is stepping down.  As a Goon, however, he doesn’t need your help getting elected.

Insidious Sainthood

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: HS | LS
  • Affiliation: Red versus Blue
  • Area of Expertise: Solo and Small Gang PvP
  • Values/Priorities: FW | Lowsec | Content Drivers | Skill Ceiling | Tournaments | Balance | QoL
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Campaign Website   CCP CSM Interview
  • Notes:Belongs to a PvP-focused, highsec group, but is highly active in lowsec.  Want’s to increase transparency and restore people’s faith in the institution.   Seems sensible and intelligent, and he’s trying to represent under represented playstyles.  Unfortunately, he came in 21st last time, and, from what I can tell, he hasn’t done enough to increase his profile since then.  Hopefully, he’ll keep trying to build up his base and try again next year.

Ironwulf

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert | Community?
  • Area of Space: NS (Bloc)
  • Affiliation: Evictus.
  • Area of Expertise: PvP | Mining | Industry
  • Values/Priorities: CCP to Player Communication | Positive Change?
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: He seems okay, but we don’t need another bloc representative.

January Valentine

  • Endorsed: Abstain
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: NS
  • Affiliation: NPC / Unknown NS Alliance
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist?
  • Values/Priorities: Good of the Game as a Whole?
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: I don’t know what I think of her.   Okay, based off of the way she talks and what I saw with her CSM white paper initiative, I don’t think she’s going to be the everyman’s community rep.  She’s going to be the community rep for “experts”.

Now, I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing.  If she can sort through the noise in order to bring CCP useful feedback from underrepresented playstyles, she could be a real asset.  And, let’s be honest.  It’s not a community representative’s job to regurgitate to CCP every idiotic or vitriolic comment that someone vomits onto the forums or reddit.  So, community reps already have to sort the garbage to find what they think is worth bringing to CCP.

However, all of that being said, I believe one of the jobs of a community rep is to engage with the wider community.  First, it allows community reps to get a feel for how various demographics feel about a mechanic or change –and this includes the everyday players.  Most of us are not in the top .01%, and will never be invited to sit on an expert panel.  We aren’t Eve famous, we don’t make headlines, and we don’t pop up as outlying data in CCP’s metrics.  However, we do make up the majority of the player base, and our experiences, priorities, and values are not necessarily the same as the ultra-elite’s.  Thus, I think it’s important that CCP hear what the “normies” think and feel.   Second, it does help the community to feel like it’s being heard, and that they aren’t just screaming into the void.

So, what do I think about January Valentine?  I don’t know.  If I could handpick my CSM, I would definitely replace null bloc FC #6 with her, and see what happens.  But I don’t have that luxury.  And I worry that she’s not going to take a seat from a Goon, Hordling, or ?Testicle?, but instead take it from someone like Mike Azaria or Pandora Singularity.  But, I think it’s all a moot point anyway.

She’s not a bloc member, but her job as content producer means she has some connections in high up places.  She doesn’t appear to have grass root support, but she might be able get low placement on some ballots.  However, even if that does happen, I think she’s still going to fall short.

Jurius Doctor

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert | Community
  • Area of Space: NS
  • Affiliation: Nullsechnaya Sholupen
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist
  • Values/Priorities: New Player Acquisition & Retention | Community
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Youtube Channel
  • Notes: He’s knowledgeable and has a good head on his shoulders. Used to teach for Eve Uni and currenlty makes newbro friendly educational videos. Is from Nullsec, but his stated values/priorities are a much greater indicator of what kind of CSM he would be than what area of space that he lives in.  This guy is all about new player acquisition, retention, and training, and I really like him.

He is getting put on the SiCo ballot.  But I don’t think that will be enough.  For example, Mike Azaria is also getting put on the ballot, AND has a ton of grass roots support, and I still don’t know if that will be enough for him.

Juvenius Drakonius

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community (Non-English Speaking)
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Goonswarm Federation
  • Area of Expertise: Leadership | Teaching | Community
  • Values/Priorities: Multicultural Community Representation
  • Links: Campaign Thread – https://forums.eveonline.com/t/juvenius-drakonius-for-csm-15-spanish-community/240965
  • Notes: I know, I know, another Goon?  Well, he’s not here to represent Goons.  Instead, he’s more interested in representing the needs of non-English speaking communities.  Seems like a good dude.  Hopefully, Goons will vote for him whether he’s officially on the ballot or not.  Looks like he has a fair amount of grass roots support as well.  So, he might actually be a contender.

Kalen Tsero

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: LS | WH’s
  • Affiliation: Tsundere Triad
  • Area of Expertise: Leadership | LS | WH
  • Values/Priorities: Representing LS and J-Space
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Wants to represent LS and J-space –two underrepresented groups. I kind of like him, but he just doesn’t seem to have the support.

Kenneth Feld

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Legion
  • Area of Expertise: Industry
  • Values/Priorities: Representing Industrialists at Every Level
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: He seems okay, and the industrialist play style is under represented.  Moreover, he wants to represent industrialists at every level, not just the big boys.

Komi Valentine

  • Endorsed: Hard No – Narrow Interest Range
  • Candidate Type: ?
  • Area of Space: HS
  • Affiliation: DammFam
  • Area of Expertise: Role Play
  • Values/Priorities: RP | Immersion | Character Creation | Walking In Stations | Meaningful World Interaction
  • Links: Candidacy Thread
  • Notes: Wants to represent the RP community (fights for baseliner rights).  I think he edited it out of his statement, but I know I saw somewhere that he said something along the lines of, “he’d push for his platform, and leave all the balance and mechanics stuff to the other CSM members.”  -Which means he would be doing little more that keeping a seat warm.  The CSM doesn’t set the agenda, CCP does.  And if he doesn’t have anything to contribute to those discussions, he’s going to spend 95% of his time on the CSM with his thumb up his ass.

The RP community could definitely stand to get some love from CCP, and the CSM could probably use some RP friendly representatives.  But Komi doesn’t seem to have the best head on his shoulders, and has a super narrow range of interests and expertise.  Thus, I’d rather he give his feedback through other channels, and let a better candidate fill the seat.

On an unrelated side note, I like his player art.

Leehams Dawildabeast

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Horde
  • Area of Expertise: Bloc FC | Whaling FC | Theory Crafting
  • Values/Priorities: Ship Balance
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Current Spectre Fleet FC, but had to take a step back from bloc FC due to real life responsibilities. He seems fine, but do we really need another rich, white, middle-aged man, er, I mean, null bloc dude on the CSM?  Regardless, don’t think he’s going to get on any ballots, and he doesn’t seem to have a lot of grass roots support.

Loroseco Kross

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: WH
  • Affiliation: Hard Knocks Citizens
  • Area of Expertise: WH PvP & PvE | Small Gang | Tournaments
  • Values/Priorities: WH Interests | Small & Medium Scale PvP
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Meta Show – Loroseco & ExookiZ
  • Notes: There’s been a few things he has said that I’ve disagreed with, but, he seems to try to understand all sides of an issue, and appears to be rather knowledgeable. From what I can tell, I think he’ll make for a good WH rep.

Fortunately, it looks like he has some decent support among the WH community; so he actually stands half of a chance of getting elected.  Moreover, he’s done some talk shows over the past year, which has hopefully increased his profile with the filthy K-spacers.

Maria Taylor

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Community (Chinese Community Specifically)
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Fraternity
  • Area of Expertise: IT
  • Values/Priorities: Represent the Chinese Player Base
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: I feel the same way about her as I do about UAxDeath. The Chinese community deserves representation, but so do other areas of space.  I’d rather have her than the 2nd or 3rd Goon, but that won’t be the case.  She’ll instead take the seat of a candidate from HS, LS, or J-space.

Regardless, she’s apparently getting a good position on the Horde ballot, and I imagine that the Chinese players would unite behind her (regardless of any in-game rivalries).  Thus, she’s stands a good chance of winning a seat.

Meredith En Theielles

  • Endorsed: No -Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Community?
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Solyaris Chtonium
  • Area of Expertise: Lore | Mining | Diplomat
  • Values/Priorities: Anti-Bullying | Anti-Botting | Helping New Players | Industry | Eve Meets
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Seems okay. But NS is already over represented.

Merkelchen

  • Endorsed: No – bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Goonswarm Federation
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist
  • Values/Priorities: Good of the Game as a Whole | Helping the CSM to be Effective
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: CSM XIII, XIV | I’m not too happy about the fact that one alliance can routinely pack 3 members on the CSM (no matter how big they are). However, the fact that Merkelchen is one of those people makes this reality a little more palatable.

I do believe that Merkelchen is an asset to the CSM and the game as a whole, but there is no reason to vote for him.  With Aryth not running for another term, I imagine that Merkelchen will take the top spot on the Goon ballot, and easily win a seat.  And since the CSM uses a transferable vote system, it is better to save your ballot positions for other candidates.  This will leave a greater percentage of your vote for your other preferred candidates, and make the goons use a greater percentage of their votes to elect Merkelchen.

Mike Azariah

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: HS
  • Affiliation: NPC Corp
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist (PvE Only)
  • Values/Priorities: New Player Retention | The Good of the Game as a Whole | HS | PvE
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Winning in Eve (Eve Vegas Talk)
  • Notes: CSM VIII, IX, X | Active on the forums, runs the Magic School Bus program (gives free ships to noobs), well-liked, has CSM experience, and he has a good head on his shoulders.

Made a strong showing last year and has several new developments working in his favor this year.

First, Fuzzy Steve Ronuken isn’t running again, and there appears to be a huge overlap between the Fuzzmeister’s voters and Mike’s (Steve picked up 44% of Mike’s votes after he was eliminated).  Thus, I’m willing to bet that Mike benefits disproportionately more than most from a Steve shaped hole in the ballot.

Second, a massive HS alliance known as Silent Company has put up their own candidate for election, which could conceivably bring in a lot of “down ballot” votes for Mikey boy (who, along with Jurius Doctor, will be on their ballot).  Of course, how many active, omega newbros they’ll be able to shotgun onto the polls still remains to be seen.

Third, the pandemic has brought in a lot of new players into the game, which has resulted in a potentially larger HS voter base.  Of course, many of these newbros are ineligible to vote due to alpha status, and many of the omegas probably have no idea who to vote for even if they do care enough to vote.  That being said, this demographic shift has been large enough that even if only a small percentage of it translates into additional votes for Mike, it would still be a significant number of votes.

I don’t know if it will be enough, but I’m willing to bet that all of these factors will help Mike to perform rather well this year.

Murray Rothbardo

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert | Community
  • Area of Space: NS (Unaligned)
  • Affiliation: Brand Newbros
  • Area of Expertise: NS | HS PvP | Small to Medium Gang | Theory Crafting
  • Values/Priorities: Representing non-bloc aligned NS | New Players | Meaningful Player Choice
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Seems like he has a good head on his shoulders.  Wants to represent the little guy out in NS.  I can get behind that.  Much rather have him than another bloc representative.  That being said, I’d also rather have some representatives from a completely different area of space than someone else from NS.  Thus, I feel conflicted.

Pandora Singularity

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: All Over
  • Affiliation: Sixth Empire
  • Area of Expertise: Diplomacy | Industry
  • Values/Priorities: Community Rep
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Head diplomat for the Sixth Empire. Wants to be a community rep.  Is part of a widely respected group, and is getting on at least one bloc ballot, so she might actually be a contender.

Phantomite

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: LS
  • Affiliation: Same Great Taste
  • Area of Expertise: Lowsec PvP (Small Gang, Large Fleet, Capital)
  • Values/Priorities: Depth | Rewarding Smart Play | Balance
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Blog
  • Notes: I like what I’ve seen so far.  I think he deserves more research than the time I spent on him, but I’m about to fall out, and voting is about to start.

Has some good grass roots support.

PJHustle

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: NS (Renter)
  • Affiliation: Initiative Associates
  • Area of Expertise: Leadership
  • Values/Priorities: Represent Renters | Community | New Player Retention
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Seems okay, and renters are definitely an under represented group.  If the rental community would actually rally behind this guy, he would have a chance.  Unfortunately, renters don’t seem like they’re big on voting –and they certainly aren’t big on researching candidates.  Hopefully, he’s reached out to renters across the map and let them know that he wants to rep them.

Prospektor Schipplock

  • Endorsed: Hard No – Temperamental
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert?
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Goonswarm Federation
  • Area of Expertise: Industry | Content Creation
  • Values/Priorities: Industry | Mining | Content Creation? | RP?
  • Links: Candidacy Thread
  • Notes: Seems like he is easily agitated, and doesn’t have the best judgement. See his responses in his campaign thread if you want know more.  Regardless, I doubt he’ll be an effective CSM, and worry that he may even inadvertently be a disruptive force.  Fortunately, I don’t think he has a chance of winning.  He is a goon, but if they put him on their ballot, I’ll use it as an argument as to why players shouldn’t vote the ballot that blocs give them.

Rheaha Preynar

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: LS
  • Affiliation: Free Range Chikuns
  • Area of Expertise: Industry | Explorer | Mentoring
  • Values/Priorities: Representing the Entire Player Ecosystem | New Players Acquisition and Retention
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: He seems okay. Represents LS, and wants to be a community candidate.  Unfortunately, he seems to be lacking in support.  Needs to raise his profile and try again next year.

Steadyo

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Horde
  • Area of Expertise: Bloc FC | Solo PvP | Black Ops | Deployments | Mentoring
  • Values/Priorities: Content Creation | Conflict Drivers | New Player Retention
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: I’m sure he would be a good CSM for the sov null playstyle, but we already have those in spades.  Don’t need another one.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go scream into a pillow and rip my mailbox out of the ground.

Stitch Kaneland

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert | Community
  • Area of Space: NS | WH
  • Affiliation: The Tuskers Co.
  • Area of Expertise: Ship Fitting & Balance | Solo & Small Gang PvP | LS | Exploration
  • Values/Priorities: Balance | Low-Sec & FW | WH | Solo and Small Gang PvP
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Youtube Channel
  • Notes: I like this guy.  I think he’s smart, AND he’s actually a contender.  I don’t know if he can get himself on any ballots or not, but his in game activities give him wide appeal, and he seems to have plenty of grass roots support.  Unfortunately, close doesn’t cut it when it comes to grabbing a seat at the table, and I’m not sure his grass roots support is going to be enough.

Storm Delay

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Pandemic Horde
  • Area of Expertise: FC | Tournaments | Leadership | IT | Mentoring
  • Values/Priorities: New Player Retention | Structure & Sov Mechanics | Conflict Drivers
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: Seems fine, but yet another bloc candidate. No grass roots support.  Likely to come up short.

Styxx

  • Endorsed: Hard No – Not even trying. Waste of a vote.
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: All
  • Affiliation:A.R.K.
  • Area of Expertise: Generalist
  • Values/Priorities: Make Game Better | Listen to Players
  • Links: Campaign Thread
  • Notes: He didn’t do any campaigning last year, so at least we have some information about him now that CCP has required that candidates provide more.

Anyway, he’s been playing for 17 years, and claims to have years’ worth of experience in every activity in the game.  Until this past year, his killboard history showed him as mostly active in HS.  Lately, it looks like he’s been spending more time in null.

Meh.  I’m not sure what to make of the guy, but that’s a moot point.  Dude came in dead last out of 44 candidates last year, and based on the fact that he can’t event be bothered to answer the one question in his campaign thread, I’ll doubt he’ll do significantly better this year.  Don’t waste your vote on a guy that isn’t even going to try.

The Oz

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: HS
  • Affiliation: Pecunia Infinita
  • Area of Expertise: Trade | Eve Economy | Eve Ecosystem
  • Values/Priorities: Change | Scarcity | Eve Economy | Promoting Changes that Benefit All Relevant Stakeholders
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Campaign Video
  • Notes: I like him. I think he would be good at proposing solutions that would benefit all the relevant stakeholders.  And no, I don’t feel like elaborating on that point.  I’m running out of time, and I don’t think he stands a chance.

Torvald Uruz

  • Endorsed: Yes
  • Candidate Type: Community
  • Area of Space: LS
  • Affiliation: Abyssal Lurkers
  • Area of Expertise: Abyss PvE & PvP | FW | Small Gang | Solo | Moon Mining | Industry
  • Values/Priorities: Tournaments | Solo Gameplay | “Casual” Gameplay
  • Links: Campaign Thread   Twitch
  • Notes: I like him. Want’s to represent some underrepresented playstyles, including the “normies”.  Is a streamer, and looks to have some decent grass roots support.  I’d imagine that he’ll make a strong showing, but fall short.

UAxDeath

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert?
  • Area of Space: NS (Bloc)
  • Affiliation: Legion of xXDeathXx
  • Area of Expertise: Leadership
  • Values/Priorities: Russian Community Representation
  • Links: Campaign Thread – https://forums.eveonline.com/t/csm-15-uaxdeath/240630
  • Notes: CSM VI & VII | The Russians are a large and important segment of the community, and they deserve representation. Unfortunately, it will come at the expense of groups that are already under-represented.  Anyway, he has just returned to the game, but he’s also a 2 term veteran of the CSM.  So, I’d imagine that he’d hit the ground running regardless.

I don’t know if the Russian community is united behind UAxDeath or not, but they are big enough to propel him to CSM XV if they want.

Vily

  • Endorsed: No – Bloc
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert
  • Area of Space: NS (bloc)
  • Affiliation: Test Alliance Please Ignore
  • Area of Expertise: Bloc FC | Everything Else
  • Values/Priorities: Conflict | Balance | Better Balance between Attacking and Defending Sov
  • Links: Campaign Thread – https://forums.eveonline.com/t/csm-15-vily/236223
  • Notes: CSM XIV | He seems okay, but the nullblocs are already overrepresented, and he might want to work on how he phrases things (of course, some of the blame might also go with whoever took notes at the last summit). Regardless, I consider the whole “HS miners are bots” thing to be nothing more than a gaffe, and not proof that Vily is a self-serving GSM -let alone proof that the CSM is a bunch of out-of-touch, self-serving bloc members.  That’s a bit of a leap in logic if you ask me.

Anyway, I expect him win a seat in the early rounds of vote calculations thanks bloc voting.

Xenuria

  • Endorsed: Hard No – Aggravating | Memey
  • Candidate Type: Subject Matter Expert?
  • Area of Space: NS
  • Affiliation: Federal Defense Union
  • Area of Expertise: Player Psychology?
  • Values/Priorities: Community Development | Newbros | Conflict Drivers | FW
  • Links: Campaign Thread   CCP Interview
  • Notes: CSM XI | I was rather dismissive of him last year, and was prepared to do the same this year after seeing his memey campaign videos, but then I dug a little deeper…

Apparently, a lot of people voted for him for CSM XI because they thought he would be a disruptive force –i.e. an anti-CSM candidate.  He wasn’t.  From what I can see from the notes, he took it seriously and made valuable contributions.  And, contrary to popular belief, he isn’t an idiot.  He’s weird and socially inept, but most certainly not an idiot.   Moreover, I really don’t care where he flies, or what ballots he gets put on, because I feel rather confident that Xenuria is going to do Xenuria no matter what.

Now, all of that being said, he has a tendency to illicit strong reactions out of people.  I don’t know if he acts less… aggravating in a semi-professional setting, but considering he won’t even stop for the campaign, I have to ask why I would take that chance.  After all, there is already a plethora of better candidates out there.  Moreover, he is perceived to be an idiotic meme candidate.  So his election isn’t going to do much to help player perception and faith in the institution.  It’s going to be hard no from me on this guy.

2 thoughts on “CSM XV Candidate Cheat Sheet

  1. The Imperium ballot this year is:

    Merkelchen
    Innominate
    Brisc Rubal
    ExookiZ
    January Valentine
    Vily
    Gobbins
    UAxDEATH
    Torvald Uruz
    Xenuria

    The Initiative will probably swap Brisc to the top of their ballot, according to Brisc, so he seems pretty secure at this point. Haven’t seen any other bloc ballots yet.

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