Candidate: Erika Mizune
In real life
Freelance Web Developer / Disabled
My focus is aiming to bring focus to null sec and industry, where I do bring up a number of 'little things' that can be done to enhance the field; from making more options for miners, and reducing the redundant click-fest that is known from PI.
My other focus is focusing on players with disabilities - making eve more accessible and opening more doors to current and potential players.
Experience in Eve
I have been playing Eve since early 2011 and during that time I have spent the majority of my time on the industrial side. I am currently one of my corp's industrial leads as well as alliance logistics lead. I have heavy working knowledge in pretty much anything industrial related; mining, manufacturing, invention, PoS managment, PI, Moon mining, hauling. In addition to industrial, I also help within alliance sov managment, standings, and null-sec politics.
Real life experience
In the place called 'real life' I am disabled, however I do also do freelance work and I have in the past did a lot of customer service as well managing a team where I got to meet and work with many different types of people,
What are the top three issues currently facing EVE and why?I think the first issue is going to be the new player experience - this is what keeps eve alive. Without the new players, the game won't grow. There are a lot of many ideas that can be placed in to help this experience and make the material less confusing. Even the current tutorials leave new players confused and frustrated. In one area (scanning/exploration), I can't count anymore how many times that they leave that part still with no idea with what they are really doing. There's a lot that really does need to be explained better.
Second, accessibility. Eve is a game that has players from all walks of life. CCP does not seem to take into account this. This was shown when the UI changed were introduced that introduced transparent windows and removing the ability to customize their looks - this made it a harder for those with vision issues from playing to full potential. This is just one of the changes where it seemed like CCP took little consideration to disabilities. I think this also stems from CCP not having the knowledge on accessibility because they don't see what others do see when it comes to this issue. Making more options for players also opens the doors to a lot of other players who want to play but can't due to limitations.
and last but not least; industrial focused areas of Eve. Industry is the backbone of Eve and it's an area that I don't feel gets as much of developer time as the other areas of Eve.
Why will you be an effective CSM member?I feel that I would be an effect CSM member because I am very dedicated. I love Eve, and the community. It is very rare that there is ever a day that I don't log into game. I feel that I am very connected to what's going on and I am also good at listening to what the players want.
In what way do you think the CSM can be improved?I do think that this next term will also be on the road to a fresh start because there is only one current CSM member running again, so there will be a lot of fresh faces, which will be good but also I think that trust will be a key thing here too; CCP needs to be able to trust their CSM members and create better communication. There should also be more repercussions than just getting removed from the CSM should a member leak information that is under NDA.
In your opinion, how can CCP keep EVE fun for as many players as possible?Options! More interaction!
If a player wants to get in touch with you, the best way to contact you is:I consider myself very open to communication. I can be reached easily ingame (Erika Mizune), on my twitter (@djyumene), Slack (@djyumene), or my email firstname.lastname@example.org. I respond pretty quick on all of them.
If you could choose the theme or content of one of the upcoming releases (expansions), it would be:Comet Mining!