CSMX Candidates Quizzed: Borat Guereen

 A few years ago, I ran a questionnaire for CSM candidates regarding lowsec. This year, I’ve decided to do the same, with a twist: there is now a bonus round of questions tailored to each individual candidate that fills out the questionnaire. As quickly as I can, I’ll be posting up their responses: without edit or commentary. Next into the questionnaire octagon is the mysterious Borat Guereen.

Character Name: Borat Guereen

Candidacy Thread: Solo/small entities CSM10 rep = vote Borat (En/Fr)

PART 1 – The Questionnaire

What single part of the game do you feel requires the most work in terms of iteration by CCP?

Sovereignty mechanics.

Do you feel that lowsec is ‘fixed’? If so, explain why. If not, explain what you want to see done to fix it.

I do not know if Low Sec is “fixed”, but I’d like to see the new sovereignty mechanics include low-sec. For example, I would love to see player controlled station in Low Sec, together with the existing NPC controlled ones.

Do you have any plans to push CCP, if elected, to iterate on lowsec in general?

Not specifically, but if I come across an issue that I believe really needs attention as detrimental to the game, then I would. For now I believe Sovereignty and bounty hunting are the systems that requires further iterations..

In your opinion, where should lowsec rank in terms of priority for iteration by CCP?

I do not think there should be a matter of ranking between the different type of spaces. Each have their own specificity, and none should be prioritized above the others except to fix current issues detrimental to the whole game.

What, in your opinion, are the main factors that make lowsec more attractive to its current residents than other areas of space?

Its proximity to high sec while still being dangerous. I like to concept of low sec being traveling shortcuts between places, enticing a risk to travel faster, and having low sec players create this risk for others.

What is your thinking regarding piracy in lowsec – is it good, bad, or ugly?

It is good and healthy. Pirates are a staple of Eve. Yarrr. The only thing I do not like is that a life style must come with a commitment, and upping your security status is too easy.

What are your thoughts on the notion that increased protection for PVE players in lowsec will result in a better lowsec?

I do not believe PVE should be made easier in lowsec, or anywhere except for high sec, where the rewards should be the lowest.

What are your thoughts regarding Faction Warfare, particularly the idea that FW is the killer feature of lowsec?

Even if I have never been involved in FW, I like its concept. Should FW be the killer feature of low sec? I certainly never saw it that way myself. It is a part of low sec but not the only one.

If elected to CSMX and subsequently informed by CCP that lowsec was the ‘hot topic’ for iteration in the coming year, what input and advice would you have for them?

My main angle would be to make sure that solo players or micro-corps that want to have low sec as their main area of activity can have a real possibility to make ISK there, and that the challenges there are different from the challenges a such play style face in WH or null space.

BONUS – What lengths are you willing to go to in order to make pirates flashy red on overview by default again?

I fully support this.This is a bad experience for any new bro to learn about this the hard way. The game should at least give a warning when another player in the area is considered armed and dangerous by Concord.

PART 2 – The Interview

What’s your personal background, in real life? What kind of work are you in? Does it help your chances of election, in your opinion? Why or why not?

I am working in IT and own my company. I have had multiple hats in IT, from tech services, databases development and project management. I do not believe these skills are a must have for the CSM, my main advantage is that I am really flexible with my schedule and time organization, and I know I have the time available to focus on CSM matters if I am elected.

If you weren’t running, but you could singlehandedly ensure that any other person in EVE would be elected to CSM, who would you pick and why.

Chribba, as he has built neutrality and trust across all capsuleers than none can equal, and does not want the job, making him the perfect candidate.

Other than EVE, what was your favorite game last year (2014)?

Eve has taken 90% of my gaming time. The other 10% have been playing World of Tanks a bit, World of warplanes, and Worms (of) Armaggedon.

You state that your experience in the game ranges from lowsec to nullsec and wormholes. What’s the nature of your past experience in lowsec?

Mainly roaming around the low sec systems in the vicinity of Old Man star and the corridor to Tama. I always liked the entrance through the Vifravaert back door. I only stayed a few months there, and then moved from there to wormhole space.

The character you’re running for CSM with is 3 months old. You claim to have been playing for 5 years. Who are your other characters?

One of my campaign platform is having all players publicly link their alts. I have created this alt to be my public main character, and I see no reason to reveal my other characters until CCP makes a change to the anonimity of alts across New Eden. If this happens, I will be the first one to reveal my other characters.

You stated in your Cap Stable interview that you would like to implement greater player privacy – allowing capsuleers to opt out of showing up in killmails, or at the least not showing their fits. Do you believe that character privacy is truly an issue in Eve Online? Why?

What I said exactly is that players opting for privacy would not have their destroyed modules in killmails. All the other information would still be there as it is now. More importantly, privacy from one player would prevent the killmail to be automatically uploaded to the killboards, but each player would be free to upload those themselves once they have it. If all players involved have not opted for privacy then it would stay exactly as it is now.

The amount of information API generates automatically is too prevalent in the metagame and favors large groups with the IT capabilities to sift through the data and identify information. This is currently too exact, without even needing to log in. What I propose will keep information available, but as it will involve players’ action, it will not be as exact and will be more like a fog of ‘metagaming’ war.

Is it due to your firm belief in privacy that you do not disclose who your other characters in the game are?

Not really, these two items are separate in my mind.

I am sure many other candidates have alts they do not want people to know about 🙂

How is anyone supposed to get so far as caring about your message without having some context for who you are, as a player of the game?

I am not really interested by having people voting for me based on who I have flown with, how well I have done, or not, , or my number of kills, or losses. This seems to me like voting for the biggest dick. I’d rather be judged for the ideas I advance.

You stated in your candidacy thread that you have no desire to fly capital ships or above. You also appear to not have much interest in sov nullsec life. In a year which is sure to be focused on a sovereignty revamp and possibly changes to the ways supers work (a la Jump Fatigue), what can you bring to the table?

I have no desire to fly capitals in the current state of the game. First, I can’t really afford to have one of the few alts I have locked in such a specific role, second a lone capital is way to tempting and easy target for bigger groups.

I do have a lot if interest for null sec life. I lived in null sec for around the same time that I lived in wormholes now (i.e. around 2 years). Since I have chosen the solo player life style for around one year, I do not believe today that the sovereignty mechanics allows solo player to live in nullsec without having to suck the balls (i.e. pay rent) of a bigger group. I do want to participate to what is coming up in that area, with an eye toward activity based sovereignty.

One of your other platform planks is the restriction of CSM members to the serving of just one term. CSM members past and present have all spoken to various degrees about how important having some continuity in the Council is to its efficacy. Do you believe that continuity is unnecessary for the CSM? Is there some problem with having members elected multiple times?

I would rather see continuity addressed by a longer term, two years for example, rather than by seeing the same people over and over again. To me a lifetime politician is a perversion of the representation of the people. Furthermore, CSM is a think tank for CCP. Having new people for every term will help keeping fresh ideas bubble up.

‘Likes’ on the forums are not my favorite thing in the world, but can provide some important contextual clues in a CSM election. You currently sit at 7 likes, 17 replies, and 850~ views on your candidacy thread. Compared to the others, this doesn’t look too great. What do you believe your actual chances of election to be?

I am certainly not supported by the big blocks and their lemmings lol.

Frankly I do not know how many players truly represent the play style of solos and micro-corps I want to represent. It could be the solos miners and industrialists, the solo WH dwellers, the would be bounty hunters, the explorers and travelers,… I do know how I play solo, and I want to hear more voices of solo players on the forums. I chose to become public as before I was simply a lurker there. I am also aware that CCP Seagul has at least twice mentioned that CCP do care about solo players. The main thing is to make our voice heard, above the loudnesses that the bigger groups can muster. You know, I am like this guy in the far corner of this noisy room that just wants to show he exists….

In your responses to the questionnaire, you stated that ‘upping your security status is too easy’ in regards to piracy. This has not always been the case. Would you like to see things returned to the old way of doing things? Have you ever had to recover security status under the old system?

Yes, way back when farming one battleship in a system, then moving to the next system, repeating the process and looping back 15mn later.

I do believe the choices you make in playing the game, as long as they are properly educated, should mark your character. It seems silly to be a flashing red for a few weeks, and then be able to stroll in high sec with a positive sec status to do other things after a few days. By the way I think the same about status toward NPC groups too. The main thing is that the game must prevent new bros to loose status when they do not know the consequences yet.

Have you really played Eve for 5 years? Could you prove it without revealing your alts?

I have and I can’t think of any proof I could give other than my word.

Finally, if voters knew nothing else about you, what would you want that one thing to be?

Eve is more than a game for me, it is a hobby. I respect all of its aspects, even if I do not partake in some of them by choice. I want to make solo players more visible in the community.