My Fanfest 2016 Checklist

I'm listening to Dirk and Wiggles jabbering away on their TWiNE (This Week in New Eden) show as I write these words. They are speculating about what Fanfest 2016, the annual gathering of space-nerds in Reykjavik, may bring to light, and I'm hanging on every word. With World War Bee buzzing, the imminent release of the Citadel expansion, and the possible revelations that Fanfest may bring, I can't seem to absorb enough EVE Online media lately.

Harpa, the obviously Cardari-inspired hall which is the location of Fanfest 2016 in Reykjavik.

Harpa, the obviously Cardari-inspired hall which is the location of Fanfest 2016 in Reykjavik.

Perhaps I've had too much coffee this morning, but I am practically vibrating with excitement. In less than 24 hours, I will be jetting towards Iceland to attend my fifth Fanfest. You'd think I'd be somewhat complacent about it by now, but I find myself really anticipating yet another capsuleer convention.

This year, my charming bride will be accompanying me - she's never joined me for Fanfest, and I think she's somewhat apprehensive about it. She's not an EVE Online player - in fact, I'd say she is perpetually perplexed by my fascination with the game - but she's curious about Iceland, and is looking forward to the adventure. I'm really curious to see how she reacts to the unique experience of an EVE Online player gathering.

Agenda Choices

Every year, CCP tells us, "The full schedule for Fanfest will be revealed a few weeks before the event" on their website, and like the sucker that I am, I always believe them. Then I get impatient and agitated when the agenda doesn't show up until just a few days before the opening ceremony. You'd think I'd learn, but optimism springs eternal, as they say. 

But, as usual, I joyously received the Fanfest schedule when it was finally released on Friday. CCP once again is putting the big reveals right up front on the first day, which worked very well last year, as that frees all the devs to speak openly with the players over the next two days. Alas, this makes the agenda for the remainder of the event feel relatively light, though as a practical matter, no one will really notice or care.

CCP is wisely putting all the big reveals right at the front again, giving us the rest of Fanfest to talk about the revelations for the next two days. Alas, the rest of the agenda looks a bit light.

Last year, I had some difficult choices about which of the concurrent sessions to attend. I decided to go to the smaller roundtables, as a rule, since they are generally not recorded and later released on YouTube, like the large auditorium presentations. But this year, I had very little difficulty choosing between different options, to my surprise.

Upon closer inspection, I found that my ease in session selection stemmed somewhat from what is not explicitly contained in the schedule. For example, there is nothing overtly listed for DUST/Project Legion, which doesn't really surprise me since DUST is being discontinued, though I was hoping for some news about plans for release of the PC-based FPS replacement now in development. Perhaps this will be part of the two-hour opening update session.

There are also fewer player-presented sessions this year, but they are longer. I found the 20-minute format used last year to be frustrating, because the player presenters were generally very good, and the short time slot didn't allow for anything other than a surface examination of whatever issue they were talking about. This year, these get a full hour, so they should be more satisfying.

With the release of EVE:Valkyrie and EVE:Gunjack, CCP has gone "all in" on virtual reality (VR) games, and as a result, there is a substantial portion of the Fanfest schedule devoted to this topic. I was blown away by both Gunjack and Valkyrie when I tried them last year, and I have an Oculus Rift on order so I can play them regularly. CCP has reserved two rooms for demos of VR offerings, including some in development, and I'm eager to sample them.

After reviewing the schedule, here's what I have tentatively planned to attend:

  • Thursday: the opening ceremony starts at noon in the large Tranquility auditorium, and effectively runs for the next five hours. This marathon session should cover all the big updates, including an hour on EVE Online, an hour on Valkyrie, and then an hour by Andrew Groen to talk about his book, The Empires of EVE. I hope to hear about: the next steps in the EVE Online development roadmap, the future of DUST/Project Legion, plans to improve war mechanics and PvE, Valkyrie expansion plans, announcement of Groen's History of EVE, Part II.
  • Friday: I'm planning to attend the sessions on IP Development, Ships & Modules, Contracts, Lowsec/Faction Warfare/Crimewatch, Drifter Lore, Valkyrie roundtable, and the live Amarr Championship finals. I hope to hear about: plans for the EVE Online TV show, next steps in module tiercide, on-grid only boosts, FW expansion to a four-way conflict, how to kill Drifters, and watching Kelon and the Tash-Murkon team emerge victorious.
  • Saturday: I'm attending the roundtables for PvE, security, structures, backstory (lore), PvE events, economy, and the big closing ceremony. I hope to hear about: plans for improving PvE, how CCP is thwarting botters and RMT'ers, plans for new structures, dates for EVE Vegas.

The wife and I will hang out at the big Party at the Top of the World on Saturday night, and then return to Real Life on Sunday evening.

Fanfest: To Do List

I've begun compiling a mental checklist of stuff I want to do at this year's Fanfest. This is an exercise I do every year, partly because I'm obsessively goal-oriented, but mostly because Fanfest is such a unique opportunity to connect with fellow EVE Online devotees and mix a little virtual-space business with real-world pleasure.

In addition to hearing some interesting content at the various sessions, I hope to:

  • Watch my spouse try Gunjack and Valkyrie - she's never tried a VR game, and I can't wait to see her reaction to the experience. I think she's going to love it.
  • Sample the experimental VR demos - last year, there were some really interesting demos to try, and I'm curious to see how they've progressed, especially the Project Arena concept.
  • Try more of the local cuisine - my wife and I are planning to venture into Reykjavik and try some interesting restaurants. In past years, I tended to just grab a beer and burger, or perhaps a delicious sub sandwich or hot dog. But this year, we will indulge our palates a bit more.
  • Hang out with the E-UNI gang - Fanfest is really all about being with people you enjoy, and though I am no longer in EVE University, I consider that as my original home in New Eden, so it's always fun to party with my fellow UNIs.
  • Meet up with the #tweetfleet crowd - there is a reception on Wednesday night sponsored by the EVE Online users of Twitter, and I plan to be there. I am a habitual #tweetfleet poster, and I am eager to meet up with some of my fellow space-tweeters again.
  • Get to know my CZ colleagues - I've written a few articles for Crossing Zebras this past year, and we're getting together for dinner on Friday evening. I'm really looking forward to it.
  • Find some Signal Cartel folks - I haven't yet completely integrated into my new corp yet, but I hope to find some fellow space hippies at Fanfest. I know that my friend and fellow blogger, Noizy, is one, so perhaps he can introduce me around.
  • Watch Noizy tactfully eviscerate EVE Online cheaters - no one understands botting and RMT like The Nosy Gamer. I was thoroughly entertained watching him present at the Team Security session last year, and then banter with obvious botters at the follow-up roundtable session - it will be fun to see him do it again this year.
  • Say "thank you" to CCP devs - I am bringing a few gifts for certain CCP devs - just some token items to say "thank you" for a job well done. I don't think they get nearly enough recognition from the player community.
  • Sample the Fanfest brews - CCP has sponsored some specially brewed beers for Fanfest, which are being revealed on Monday night. Alas, we are not arriving until Tuesday morning, so I don't know if I'll have an opportunity to try them. I'll have to do some investigation and see if we can hunt them down somewhere.
  • Eavesdrop on World War Bee banter - it will be interesting to see how people react to the tumult of the latest war at Fanfest. Generally, people get along great at Fanfest even if they are bitter enemies in New Eden, but emotions are a bit high over the current conflict. I would not be surprised if there wasn't some friction, especially during the Pub Crawl on Friday night.
  • Test an idea - I've been thinking about doing something new in EVE-related media, and I'm going to chat with a few folks at Fanfest about it. More to come, pending the outcome of those conversations...
  • Dance with the wife - I'm not a great dancer, but my wife loves it, so I've resigned myself to give in during the big party on Saturday night. I expect I will have a good time, regardless of how awkward, uncoordinated and ungainly I will undoubtedly appear. Oh, the things we do for love.

Please say hello!

If you are in Reykjavik, and recognize my name tag, by all means, please say hello! The best part of Fanfest is meeting and talking with fellow enthusiasts for the game. So, please don't be shy - I give free hugs to anyone who asks!

I hope to see you there!

Fly safe! o7

You'll Love Iceland, Dear!

Thirty-three years ago, in a fit of apparent insanity, my charming bride did not flee the church, and instead chose to remain and marry me. Since then, I have done all I can to feed her delusion that I am worthy of her devotion. So far, my efforts have been mostly successful, though I have been extremely worried about what she may think of me, should she ever discover the true depth of my affection for my not-so-secret obsession, EVE Online.

She knows that I play "that silly game" from time to time, and that I occasionally blog about it. She grudgingly accepts my need to occasionally slip away for a few hours to groan and shout while bands of red mysteriously flash on my computer monitor. She has even tolerated my yearly solo pilgrimages to Reykjavik to attend Fanfest, the annual convention of EVE Online fanatics to celebrate the joys of Internet spaceships.

And so it was with great trepidation that I approached her this year about Fanfest 2016, to be held April 21-23, once again in the Harpa in Reykjavik. This will be my fifth Fanfest. Every year, I tell myself I'm going to skip it and watch the highlights on YouTube afterwards, but then I chat with my corpmates and old E-UNI friends in game, and change my mind. I've never regretted doing so. Fanfest is just too much fun to miss. If you are an EVE Online devotee, you have to make the trip at least once in your lifetime. You will likely end up like me, and keep coming back.


Traveling to Iceland is not an inexpensive proposition, however. And so, I must clear the trip with the holder of the checkbook in our family, my steadfast spouse. But this year, I had another motive. At the last Fanfest, I had the opportunity to meet EVE Online celebrity Rixx Javix in person, and he introduced me to "Mrs. Javix", his lovely wife. (After Fanfest, she even joined the game.) In fact, I noticed that not just a few hardcore capsuleers had also brought their significant others along with them to Reykjavik. I wondered: would my faithful partner also join me in Iceland, even though she considers committed dedication to EVE Online to be a mild form of mental illness?

To my delight, she said yes. "I'd like to see Iceland," she said. "But I've no interest in EVE stuff. What else is there to do while you're off playing with your space friends?"

Fortunately, there are plenty of diversions in and near Reykjavik during Fanfest which should keep my wife happily engaged, while I listen in rapt attention to CCP Seagull talk about stargates and spaceships.

Fanfest for Non-EVEophiles

First, there are events associated with Fanfest itself that are worthy of the attention of every significant other, even if they aren't interested in EVE Online.

Sisters of EVE Tour

Each year, CCP organizes a "Sisters of EVE" (SoE) excursion for "wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, or just friends". This day-long guided sightseeing tour, occurring on Friday April 22nd, typically includes the "Golden Circle" and other scenic locales. An SoE pass costs $275, and can be purchased here.

Mrs. Javix recommends the Sisters of EVE excursion: "I went on the SoE tour around the Reykjanes peninsula, which was awesome."

Party at the Top of the World

A SoE pass does not grant entry to Fanfest itself (which suits my non-playing partner just fine), but it does include the "Party at the Top of the World" on Saturday night. This is a big celebration, typically featuring local rock and techno musicians, to cap off Fanfest. I've always enjoyed this crowded and somewhat loud party, even though I'm not anything close to a youthful headbanger - and the annual appearance of CCP's own Permaband never disappoints. You don't have to be an EVE Online fanatic to have a good time here, especially if you like to dance. My wife definitely does, so we'll almost certainly be attending.

The Kolabrautin restaurant, site of the Charity Dinner

The Kolabrautin restaurant, site of the Charity Dinner

Charity Dinner

There is also the Charity Dinner, to be held on Thursday night, April 21st - this is an opportunity to have a very nice meal with 180 other Fanfest attendees and CCP developers. The devs typically rotate around to different tables, so you have the chance to pick their brains a bit - though don't expect them to divulge any advance news or secrets! The dinner will be held in a fine restaurant on the top floor of the Harpa convention center, Kolabrautin. All proceeds go to support a good cause, a local children's hospital. Tickets are $175 per person

I've attended the Charity Dinner in the past, and had a nice time, though the quality of the experience is largely dependent on the dev who is initially assigned to your table. At my dinner, we had a very tight-lipped dev who was very reluctant to speak about EVE Online at all, and it was a bit awkward - I got the feeling he really didn't want to be there. But I enjoyed conversing with other EVEophiles, most of whom had brought their non-EVE playing significant others - this makes the event a nice, relaxed change of pace, and good for couples.

Pub Crawl

I have attended this raucous, crazy drink-a-thon through the streets of Reykjavik, and regretted it the next day, though I admit I had a lot of fun. I intend to skip it this year, and spend a quality evening on the town with my bride, where we will undoubtedly encounter some of the roving bands of inebriated space nerds, in happy herds tromping from one bar to the next.

If you are looking for a wild evening in Iceland, I can't recommend the Pub Crawl highly enough. Each group of revelers is led by a CCP dev, and you can really get to know them well as the evening progresses. You will almost certainly feel hung over the next day, though - be forewarned.

The event starts at 9pm in Harpa on Friday night, April 22nd, and you must be at least 20 years of age to join. Tickets cost $65, and includes Brennívín at the beginning of the crawl - and yes, it's as harsh an adult beverage as it sounds.

The Fanfest Pub Crawl is very, very popular - here is the group from last year gathering in the Harpa conference center, prepping to descend upon the bars of Reykjavik like locusts.

The Fanfest Pub Crawl is very, very popular - here is the group from last year gathering in the Harpa conference center, prepping to descend upon the bars of Reykjavik like locusts.

Encountering Iceland

Nothing in nature is quite like the Icelandic landscape. Here are a few suggested options for you and/or your significant other to experience the unique sights.

Blue Lagoon

It's been a tradition at Fanfest to go to the Blue Lagoon the day after the "Party at the Top of the World". It's the perfect antidote for post-party hangovers, or for just relaxing and having a nice soak in the warm geothermal pool before returning home. To book transportation and an admission ticket, use the Reykjavik Excursions' Fanfest partner webpage for reservations.

My wife loves spas. When I showed her the website for the Blue Lagoon, she nearly swooned with delight. I've arranged for a one-day solo excursion for her, so she can get an in-water massage, while I'm off hobnobbing with my fellow capsuleers. Fees for this experience are not inexpensive, however - and you must book reservations for entry and services in advance.

The Blue Lagoon is popular, and can get crowded. There are tiers of service available at higher prices. If all you are looking for is a relaxing dip in the warm azure waters, pick the lowest-priced option - a more exclusive experience is commensurately more expensive. A further word of caution: the Blue Lagoon's facilities are undergoing a major expansion, so there may be sounds of construction in progress during a visit. 

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

The Golden Circle Tour

Generally, the Sisters of EVE excursion includes most, if not all, of the tour stops found on the Golden Circle tour. If your significant other doesn't join the SoE option, consider going to see the Golden Circle together. It's a wonderful day trip and includes the impressive Gullfoss waterfall, multple geysers and scenic drives through Iceland's unique landscape. Reykjavik Excursions' Fanfest partner page provides advance registrations.

CCP Darwin suggests that you can also rent a car and take the Golden Circle tour at your own leisure. Special rental car rates from Sixt for Fanfest attendees can be found here.

Gullfoss waterfalls

Gullfoss waterfalls

Moonwalker Tours

For a little extra personal service, "Mrs. Javix" also recommends Moonwalker Tours for seeing the sights: "We took a private tour on our last two days with Moonwalker. We did the Golden Circle with Bessi, [and got] the owner's personal spin. And the next day, we went on his south coast tour."

Moonwalker Tours Land Rover

Moonwalker Tours Land Rover

"The SoE tour was nice and no complaints, but touring with Bessi was like exploring with an old friend. He knew how badly I wanted to go out on a glacier, and we tried in the highlands the first day, but the weather was bad, so he managed to get me on a glacier the second day. He used to work as a search and rescue professional, so he's very experienced. And his Land Rover is way better than any tour bus."

Northern Lights are unlikely this year

At last year's Fanfest, we not only got to see a partial solar eclipse, but we also were lucky enough to be there during a period of high solar activity, resulting in amazing displays of aurora borealis - or "northern lights".  

Unfortunately, Fanfest happens at the end of April this year, which is beyond the usual season for seeing the northern lights. As a result, night tours to locations well suited for seeing aurora activity will not be running. But one can hope that the sun erupts with another burst of activity, and we might get lucky. While in Iceland, be sure to look up to the heavens each night, just in case.

Enjoying Reykjavik

The people in Reykjavik are wonderful. In each trip I have taken there, I've been impressed at how warm and welcoming they are, even to throngs of die-hard space geeks. While Icelanders speak in their own Nordic tongue, virtually everyone also can speak English very well. 

Reykjavik is not a big city, but it has an abundance of shops and restaurants, and is easy for pedestrians to navigate. On my last trip, I made a point to wander about and get to know the town better, and I never felt wary.

Mrs. Javix agrees: "I spent some time strolling the city by myself and never felt uncomfortable. I've lived in an urban area before so I'm a bit cautious, but I never felt unsafe in Reykjavik."

The weather in Reykjavik can be very fluid, especially in April. "We had a freak snowstorm, and I had to buy a hat because I'd forgotten mine," Mrs. Javix recalled. "I highly recommend comfortable water-proof shoes." I also recommend a substantial jacket. And if the weather turns foul, just wait a while - it can easily go from freezing to temperate in minutes in Iceland.

There are several interesting museums in Reykjavik, the most popular ones summarized here - including one that proves that Icelanders are a bit different: one dedicated to penises of all types. I don't think my charming bride will be up for visiting that one, though the others may be of interest.

Perhaps the most recognizable building in Reykjavik, other than the Harpa, is Hallgrímskirkja, an impressive white Lutheran church that provides some of the best views of the city from atop its massive tower.



Eating with Fanfesters

There are plenty of crowded bars where Fanfest attendees tend to congregate, and I've tried a lot of them over the years, but when you are with your significant other, you may want to be a bit more selective. I recommend the following establishments, where both you and your non-capsuleer partner will feel comfortable.

The Laundromat

The best place for a decent, casual breakfast in Reykjavik, in my opinion, and you'll see many other Fanfest attendees flocking there each morning. It's a fun environment, and the food is good - and yes, there is a real laundromat downstairs if you need to clean some clothes while in town. 

Nora Magasin

Generally called "Nora's" by Fanfest-goers, I spent quite a bit of time in this place last year. It's relatively quiet and comfortable, and a good place for pub food, drink and relaxed conversation. We will definitely hang out together here in the evenings, I am sure.

The Hot Dog Stand

An Icelandic national treasure, the hot dogs here at this little inconspicuous stand are genuinely excellent. Worth a trip, for sure, especially late at night. For a quick snack, you can't beat it.

The Laundromat - a great place for breakfast during Fanfest

The Laundromat - a great place for breakfast during Fanfest

Fine Dining in Reykjavik

I also intend to take my devoted bride out for at least one fine dining experience, as Reykjavik has more than a few choices here. I hear that Dill is the place to go to sample quality "New Nordic" cuisine. It's pricey and will require a cab ride, but the reviews are very good, so I think we will give that a try.

There are many other good choices for better quality restaurants - check these sources for useful recommendations and reviews.

Looking Forward to Fanfest

We can't wait to visit Reykjavik together, and I'm really looking forward to showing my wife the sights, and why I've enjoyed going there for the last five years. I know she will love the town.

And perhaps - just maybe - she may realize that we EVE Online devotees are not such a bad lot, after all. Perhaps she might even give the game a try - who knows? One can always hope.

If you see me at Fanfest, please be sure to say hello!

If you've found another good place to recommend for Fanfest attendees bringing their significant other along, please mention it in the comments.

Fly safe! o7


CSM X Election Results

The first day of Fanfest 2015 is complete, and it's been a fun day in Reykjavik for EVE Online enthusiasts. From my perspective, the highlights of the day included:

  • More details about changing sovereignty mechanics in null-sec
  • Plans for new and improved structures in space
  • Ways to make our ships more colorful
  • More secure two-factor authentication for logging into the game through the launcher
  • Significant advances in the game lore

However, I want to wait until after the closing presentation on Saturday before publishing any final evaluation of what we heard, since we were promised more details still to come over the next two days. The bottom line: so far, I am encouraged by what I saw and heard.

Congrats to CSMX!

The winners of the tenth election of the Council of Stellar Management (CSMX) were announced duing the EVE Online keynote by Executive Producer CCP Seagull today. Three weeks ago, I published a list of candidates for whom I was going to vote. How did my chosen candidates do?

My Winners

  • Mike Azariah - as I said in my previous post, Mike most closely aligns with all of my interests in EVE Online. But I was worried that he might not be re-elected, as it seemed to me that his cross-constituency support was waning in this election. Fortunately,  my concerns were unfounded, and Mike can continue his good work on the CSM as its "elder statesman".
  • Sugar Kyle - easily the hardest working member of CSM9, excellent communicator, and solid representative of low-sec interests, I was not at all surprised to see Sugar get re-elected. In fact, she secured enough votes to earn one of the two permanent seats on CSM X, so she will be traveling to Reykjavik to attend each summit meeting in person. Last night, I had the opportunity to meet with Sugar, and I'm afraid I kept her up far too late by peppering her with endless questions, supported by Nosy Gamer. I can say that Sugar is a very impressive person indeed, genuinely passionate about EVE Online, our community, and about the future prospects for the game. She has the work ethic, force of personality, and well-balanced sense of tact needed to help pull CSM X together as a team, and get results.
  • Steve Ronuken - I was also not surprised to see Steve re-elected. A quiet, diligent worker who gets results without drama, he brings a unique set of needed expertise, in both third-party development and industry - and both will be invaluable to CSM X.
  • Corbexx - a highly effective representative of the wormhole community, Corbexx earned his re-election by helping CCP see what changes needed to be made to revitalize and improve that space. I talked with him and Steve briefly yesterday, and both could not be more optimistic and dedicated to the future success of EVE Online.
  • Jayne Fillon - an articulate supporter of the NPSI community, I'm pleased that Jayne got a spot on CSM X. I agree with his ideas on the current wardec system (i.e., scratch it and replace it with something that is actually meaningful). I think he could be a very good contributor to CSM X's success, if he can remember to remain diplomatic - something he has not always demonstrated consistently in the past. Still, I remain hopeful that he'll take cues from Sugar and Mike in this regard.
  • Chance Ravinne - while I was very impressed with Chance's interview on Cap Stable, and by his positive attitude, I was not optimistic that he would be able to garner enough cross-constituency support to get elected. Fortunately, he was able to do exactly that. Chance has some really interesting ideas for expanding the player base with some creative marketing approaches. His passion and work ethic should make him a good addition to the CSM X team.

My Losers

  • Ashterothi - I love the Hydrostatic Podcast, and I hoped that Ash would be able to leverage that exposure into sufficient support to earn a seat. But it's clear that failed to materialize. Better luck next year, Ash.
  • Xander Phoena - clearly, the Xander-Sion debates in the latter stages of the CSM X election did not help Xander's re-election chances. By his own admission, he won a seat on CSM9 because of broad support from the CFC, which evaporated when he joined Pandemic Legion. This is unfortunate, because you can't find a more dedicated person to the EVE Online community than Xander.
  • Bam Stroker - I liked Bam's dedication to developing the out-of-game player community, and I hoped that as a member of PL, he might garner enough null-sec votes to squeak into CSM X. Alas, it was not to be. I hope he runs again next year.
  • Psianh Auyvander - the mercenary community has been woefully under-represented on the CSM, and Psianh would have provided a balanced perspective. It's disappointing that he was unable to garner broad enough support to earn a slot. Again, I hope he runs again next year.
  • Khador Vess - though he was the obvious candidate from Red vs. Blue, it seems that RvB threw most of their support to Jayne Fillon this year, which surprised me. Khador is another candidate that I hope to see on the ballot again next year.

The Rest

I knew that the major null-sec power blocs were going to align behind their respective candidates, and they did as predicted. Overall, the vote was up 18 percent over last year, with more than 36,000 votes cast, but it appears that much, if not most, of the increase came from 0.0-based players. This is not surprising since those players were highly motivated to vote by the ongoing changes to null-sec game mechanics.

Of the null-sec bloc candidates, I hoped that Endie and Manfred Sideous would be victorious, because they can each provide much-needed sov system expertise, and indeed both did secure positions on CSM X. In fact, Manfred won one of the two permanent seats, indicating that he got some cross-bloc support.

I did not include Calgali Calgali, the Brave Newbies bloc candidate, on my voting list, as I frankly was not that impressed by his CapStable interview. I also figured he was a lock for a seat, regardless, based on that group's huge size. I now confess that I'm happy to see him on CSM X, as he clearly supports improving the new player experience - a personal passion of mine.

As for the rest, it was clearly a good turnout for the 0.0 blocs.

  • Sion Kumitomo - Goon bloc candidate.
  • Thoric Frosthammer - another Goon bloc candidate.
  • corebloodbrothers - Provibloc candidate.
  • Gorga - Nulli candidate.
  • Sort Dragon - Darkness alliance candidate.

The Final Tally

Altogether, eight of my 13 recommended candidates won, which isn't terrible. And the STV method once again provided representation of different constituencies. CSM X includes candidates from every type of space: high sec, low sec, w-space and 0.0. But it isn't a perfect system - relative to the actual distribution of EVE Online players, 0.0 is definitely over-represented. The non-nullsec members of CSM X may have to have to fight hard to be heard, but knowing their personalities, I am optimistic.

Fly safe! o7