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February 2015 Roundup

February is gone now – we’re 1/6th the way through the year going by calendar month! Surprisingly, I have not yet missed a day of posting here on Just For Crits. Indeed, February saw many double post days (though not as many as January) as my quest to interview and then analyze the CSMX candidate field in EVE Online drew to a close.

In the end I got 23 respondents to the survey, of which 22 turned into full interviews. I must again apologize to Endie, whose survey came in with not enough time for me to turn around proper Round 2 questions. At any rate, 22 out of a field of 75 may not sound very good, but considering that an additional 7 did reply to my invitation to take the survey to say they couldn’t for various reasons, and the fact that about 20 of the candidates that made the ballot had no forum threads or anything to indicate their candidacies prior to the ballot being released, the numbers start to look a little more like 30 out of 50, which isn’t half bad.

February saw about a 20% gain in pageviews month-on-month, which I was genuinely surprised to find out as I pulled up analytics for the first time in a bit. February’s most popular location on Just For Crits was, understandably, the CSMX Candidates on Lowsec page. In terms of actual blog posts, the ‘Analyzing the CSM Candidate Field‘ posts took 3 out of the top 5 locations, with Chance Ravinne’s CSMX Interview and Rebooting EVE rounding out the top 5. Peaks in visits occurred on February 2d, 13th, and 25th.

As with the last update, though, it’s not the numbers that really encourage me to continue. I have several really exciting ideas on where to take the blog in coming months, work allowing, and despite most of the month being dominated by the CSM I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride in the whole blogging arena thing.

The Leftovers

SOE was purchased from Sony by an investment firm called Columbus Nova early in the month. Soon afterwards, the newly rechristened Daybreak Games underwent severe layoffs. I’m not sure what the exact tally ended up being, but from public and private accounts I put the total number right around 40% of the company. Even the manpower-starved Ops department got hit. Several high profile individuals at the company departed in the midst of this, including Linda ‘Brasse’ Carlson, Dave Georgeson, Matt Higby and Dave Carey. I meant to write a post about the situation but ultimately elected not to, simply because I don’t know how much of the information I have is covered by my confidentiality agreement with SOE/Daybreak. In the end, there’s not much to say except ‘wow that sucks’ and to wish everyone who lost their jobs luck in finding new ones.

Leonard Nimoy died, which also sucked for a lot of people. I’m not a huge Trekkie type myself, but you’d have to be a fool not to recognize the impact Nimoy had on television and culture.

A new kickstarter launched for a game that I’m actually genuinely interested in, called Crowfall. It’s an MMO with a bunch of different realms that your character can traverse, with each one having different rulesets from ‘Survive against all’ to Guild vs. Guild to God vs. God. The art style looks like something I’d enjoy immensely and there are some decent names attached to the project (including San Diego local Raph Koster) but I still haven’t backed it. The benefits for backing early aren’t exactly that compelling to me and there are a ton of other games I could throw money at and play¬†right now, but I may toss some cash at the project towards the end of its crowd-funding.

Speaking of games I can’t play yet, Sid Meier’s Starships got a release date – March 12th. That’s right around the corner! I’m probably gonna wait a couple weeks after launch to snag it, as I learned my lesson with Beyond Earth, but I can’t really imagine a scenario in which I don’t end up playing Starships next month.

That’s about it. Lots of other things happened in February, of course, but I intend to actually write posts about those things. March is gonna feature me playing a bit of catchup on everything not related to the CSM, as that soaked up a ton of cycles for me in February. Overall, I can’t thank the readers of this blog enough for their support – every tweet, every comment, and every email mean the world to me! Til next time~

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