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Jakob Anedalle of Jakob’s Eve Checklist blog asks:
With Phoebe about to land, CSM Minutes now out, and more of CCP Seagull’s vision from Eve Vegas it appears CCP has a bold roadmap, is making big changes, and is willing to take a hit in the short term to see it through. What do you see as the measurable signs that will tell us that they’ve succeeded? What outcome will we see as players? Is it concurrent player count or something else?
Now I just finished the last post and realized I wanted to write about this but I am going to do it OOC. So if you are looking for the filthy RP’er stuff, move along move along.
I am in the semi enviable seat of having a better idea of what is coming than most. One of the priveleges of sitting on the CSM. You are probably expecting me to do a cheerleader job, here. Go team and all that.
Measuring things is a funny business. In teacher training I actually too a full course in just how to make tests and evaluate the results. Oh, numbers are easy to count but are they measuring what you think they are. Are they a true reflection of what is going on? There are probably some folks at CCP who say ‘yes’ to that question as the bottom line IS the bottom line and folks have to get paid. But I asked more than once, at the last summit ‘what are the goals’ and the answer was seldom ‘more subs’.
It is measurable and that is what the blog asks but I prefer some other metrics to consider. Activity, maps, where things are happening and how much. Use your maps in dotlan and see if changes have an effect. CCP released the data of cynos lit and Steve Ronuken made a fantastic gif out of it (btw to really piss off some people I alternate between three different pronunciations of gif, the third making the g silent). Click the link and if you think of it, thanks Steve and CCP Manifest.
Pick what is important to YOU and decide if things are getting better because this is Eve and nobody should be able to tell you that some external measurement can decide if you are happy. Looking for fights? Count how many you had last month and do the name next month. Maybe attach a value from hotdropped to fair fight to we blobbed them and decide which is worth the most.
What CCP wants may or may not be what you want. Maybe you are just killing time till [insert upcoming space title here] stops taking peoples money and actually ships a game. Maybe your lifestyle is ruined because of changes made or upcoming. In which case Eve failed . . . failed you.
But if 5 years from now there is still and Eve, if we are still playing and arguing that Eve is dying. I’d say that is your empirical evidence that the seachange called Seagull and the bold shifts and roadmap worked.
Hope I am here to see it.
fly it like you won it