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 Lorelei Ierendi.
Character Name: Lorelei Ierendi
Candidacy Thread: High Sec Candidate
PART 1 – The Questionnaire
What single part of the game do you feel requires the most work in terms of iteration by CCP?
New Player Experience
Do you feel that lowsec is ‘fixed’? If so, explain why. If not, explain what you want to see done to fix it.
Saying that lowsec is “fixed” would imply that it was “broken”. I think that lowsec at the moment does not have enough to make it attractive for most people… or that when weighed up against High Sec, there is not enough incentive to go low.
Do you have any plans to push CCP, if elected, to iterate on lowsec in general?
I don’t think that is so easy to answer. There are some issues that affect High and Low… and null. Distribution of wealth… Risk v ISK… stuff like that.
I don’t think that there is much that I would do that would be just for low… unless people talk to me, ask me, and make a good case. (I have an open mind).
In your opinion, where should lowsec rank in terms of priority for iteration by CCP?
High > Low
Null changes are already underway and it would be bad to stop half way through… in order to work on something else.
What, in your opinion, are the main factors that make lowsec more attractive to its current residents than other areas of space?
I am a High Sec carebear.
The thing that might draw me to low sec would be the freedom that you have, without faction police or concord. This would make mining exciting, or at least challenging (for example), also ratting.
What is your thinking regarding piracy in lowsec – is it good, bad, or ugly?
Same as piracy everywhere.
What are your thoughts on the notion that increased protection for PVE players in lowsec will result in a better lowsec?
I don’t think that PVE players need better protection. I think that the Risk vs Reward is not as clear cut as it should be. Why would anyone want to PVE in low? High can make almost as much.
What are your thoughts regarding Faction Warfare, particularly the idea that FW is the killer feature of lowsec?
When I heard that faction warfare could result in massive drops in sec status of those fighting… I thought “eh?”
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?
I would have to turn to the lowsec CSM members for input and advice on what are the burning issues, before I started throwing my half-knowledge around at CCP!
BONUS – What lengths are you willing to go to in order to make pirates flashy red on overview by default again?
How many are the “we” that want what was taken from them?
And what do Lowsec pirates think about it?
PART 2 – The Interview
What’s your personal background, in real life?
I am 40 years old. I am English. Married with child.
I wrote my EVE related background on my forum post…
Waaay too much time playing Elite and Elite II. What else do you want to know.
What kind of work are you in?
I am a Doctor working in a hospital in Germany.
Does it help your chances of election, in your opinion? Why or why not?
Well… I wasn’t planning on advertising it. But it does mean that I have experience keeping my cool when faced with criticism or hostility… whether rational or not. (listen to the capstable commentary on my interview!).
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.
I would pick Sugar Kyle (sorry Mike) because she is hard working, and after reading her blog, I am sure that she has the game’s best interests at heart.
Other than EVE, what was your favorite game last year (2014)?
In the last year I have hardly played any other game than EVE. Family and work commitments.
I did install plants vs. zombies on my computer.
Have you ever spent an appreciable amount of time in lowsec?
Define appreciable? I lost a battleship to a pirate whilst ratting… wandered a few transports into gate camps… narrowly managed to save my freighter from a small gate camp… I would say that I pass through.
I am a high sec player, I love transporting goods. Sometimes taking a short cut through lowsec saves a lot of time on the route… especially if you want to avoid CODE.-related choke points (like Uedama).
In regards to lowsec, how would you seek to rebalance the Risk vs. ISK equation in order to bring people to lowsec?
I would seek to leave lowsec how it is, and adjust the values in High Sec.
What differentiates you from someone like Mike Azariah, a highsec resident that has served on the last two CSMs?
I am much newer than he is.
Do you feel he is not as much of a ‘carebear’ as you are?
That is a loaded question. Like I said, I am newer than he is. If someone is looking to vote for just one High Sec candidate, then they should probably vote for him (and I will get on his nerves with messages and lobbying). If you will read my thread on the eveonline forums, you will see that I decided to run before it was even clear that Mike was coming again.
I would rather work with him, than instead of him. His experience, also with dealing with CSM issues, would be a great asset.
Do you feel he has not done a good job?
How many seats are there on the CSM?
How many should belong to High Sec? (look at the distribution of characters).
What would you consider an appropriate balance between gankers and carebears,
I’ve already said: 50-50. I know people have taken issue with this… the gankers registered themselves on my forum thread (and shut up once I showed them I could gank too)… and my carebear cousins have remained quiet.
and how would you suggest achieving that balance?
Well I have many suggestions. Firstly… this 50-50 thing I keep going on about would require the carebear to be at the keyboard. Here is a couple of points/examples:
1) bring some randomness to the CONCORD response times. This can work both for and against the carebear. It would also enable gankers to take a chance and maybe score something big. I find it a bit sick, that you can calculate to the second exactly if you can destroy the miner/freighter… just as I find it a bit too reassuring that you can feel completely “safe” (tanked skiff et cetera).
2) The Caldari Navy Intelligence Self Destruct Device.
Simply put, a device to fit in the low slots that you can activate to have a much higher chance of destroying your cargo. So if you are in a freighter and being hopelessly bumped so that you cannot escape… you can just destroy your ship and the cargo and the gankers get nothing, or have a high chance of getting nothing.
All you have to do is have the device fitted, and not be AFK in order to activate it!
3) A lot of evening the score goes to the New Player Experience (see below):
In what ways does the current incarnation of the New Player Experience let new players down?
It does not prepare them for the game. And more importantly, in order to play the game, players need to go google!
Name an area that needs immediate improvement and why.
Tell the new players something about D-Scan because without it they are blind… whether in high, low or null.
How do you consider wardecs broken? What could be done to fix them?
Broken because they don’t work.
The ability to dodge a wardec by simply dissolving the corporation and reforming it on the spot with the same name defeats the object of the wardec. Do not allow corporations to dissolve until the war is over. Of course people could still leave the corporation… and it would suck to be the CEO/Directors trapped in the wardec… but that should be a part of the price one pays for leadership. As long as the corps is wardeccable, then there should be a “captain is the last to leave the sinking ship” thing. There should also be social grouping that cannot be wardecced (see my thread).
Hiring allies is too expensive. If I am wardecced and want to open myself up to help from whoever wants to help me… then scaling the costs with the number of allies is mean. If I get wardecced by CODE. and everyone in the galaxy wants to help me against them… then that should be possible! Also I find it mean that if I get wardecced by “some pirate corps” and accept a couple of allies until I cannot afford any more… then I have to turn Marmite down.
So… those are two points. I have a lot more of ideas / things but there is never enough space, nor enough interest in the Campaign Thread to spout everything.
What single session in the recent CSM Winter Summit Minutes was most encouraging to you as a highsec player? In what ways did it encourage you?
Day 2, the Pirate Unicorns.
It showed me that the NPE is being worked on, things are being considered and taken seriously.
Your character is less than a year old.
You state this is not your first character – what was your first character? Is it still active?
The first character I created I deleted after a few hours, because the hair style was stupid.
I currently have 14 alts. I also had an RvB alt for PvP… but shortly after I joined they switched to “mumble”… so I stopped there.
Why not run on an older character?
I still consider this my “main”. It is the first character I started with a skill plan, a goal and a… plan at all.
Why should I run on another character? Why should I run on a Market alt? My Jita alt?
Is your candidacy a ‘troll candidacy’, or otherwise being run without the legitimate intention of being elected to the CSM?
I think I am pretty realistic on the chances of getting elected first time out. But I am no troll.
Finally, if voters knew nothing else about you, what would you want that one thing to be?
I am a Carebear, and I take myself seriously.