My three favorite candidates were Two-Step, Hans Jagerblitzen, and Mintrolio. After all the research and all the reading, my decision boiled down to:
- Who will be hardest working: TWO-STEP. I followed the dev blogs and the csm posts through out the riots last summer. Two-Step was clearly out in front doing exactly what he was elected to do. The others were silent, added token comments, or were outright condescending toward the player base.
- Who will represent the interests that I care most about in EVE: This one was a tougher question to answer. HANS JAGERBLITZEN wrote a very lengthy manifesto and I read every page of it in one sitting. Many of his ideas are similar to my own and I even caught myself abandoning some of my own wishlist items in favor of his. Not that any of this makes a bit of difference because the Developers will do what they need to do. It was nice to see a vision that so closely matched my own. TWO-STEP also qualified as a candidate who would represent my interests well, but he wasn't quite the clear cut match that Jagerblitzen was.
- Who will provide the most comic relief: Really, this was an afterthought. But it also occured to me that sometimes the issues the CSM and CCP deal with are far too serious. MINTROLIO reminds me that this is, afterall, a game and his style would go a long way to difusing some of the tension.
Vote for HANS JAGERBLITZEN HERE
Vote for TWO-STEP HERE.
Good Luck to all the candidates, but especially Hans and Two-Step.
EDIT: I read some of the other blogs and forum posts prior to, during, and after writing this post. This will be an exciting election! It seems that EVE players have awoken to the importance of CSM - no doubt in response to events over last summer. I'm particularly excited to see the support Hans Jagerblitzen has and Poetic Stanziel made a good observation: with the number of votes being cast in this election, the bloc candidates aren't automatically assured a seat. Candidates must have an appeal beyond their block. That is very good news indeed for candidates like Hans, and must be a little frightening to The Mittani.
Also, CCP should be paying very close attention to this election. The enthusiasm for the elections and who the players are voting for should send a very strong signal to CCP that they need to listen to their customers more attentively and to the aspects of the game that need attention. If this election doesn't provide an outline for next summer's expansion, CCP will have missed the message (AGAIN).