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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Interview with Les Bains

Links to your forum thread and site?
I'm working on a site

So, how long have you been playing?
Soon to be a year on May 19

What have you done in Eve during that time?
I started the same as everyone running missions later getting bored and can flipping people once i learned the mechanics of it. After a month or two joined a corp which was in a 0.0 alliance and i had my first tastes of pvp but went into it lacking skills or experience. As the months passed i learned a lot from using the directional scanner to 0.0 politics. I came to realize i was wasting my time in a dead end 0.0 pet alliance which i had become a regular fc of. I got annoyed that a 600+ man alliance couldn't get 20 guys for a regular roam or defense so i convinced my corp to leave and join an alliance which was a enemy of theirs and then preceded to hunt them for some time. While i was gone for a week due to personal issues the corp left that alliance due to disagreements with the leadership which landed me in low sec being a pirate for a month which was fun and made me many friends along with many enemies. But low sec soon got annoying due to hidden timers and gate guns, so i decided to go back out to 0.0 joining Mostly Harmless barely two weeks ago which has already become an awesome and interesting home.
What real life experiences do you have that will aid you in your elected position?
I am a very good at placing myself in other peoples shoes to grasp their veiwpoint from experience i have gained by being a Peer Counseler at my college and as a Pshyc Major. I am very good at working with other people and usually getting my way.
What do you think of the recent Bob/Goonswarm fiasco, including the renaming of Kenzoku?
I find it a funny and amusing situation that one person could topple one of the longest standing alliances with just a few clicks of his mouse. It is at the same time a horror for every alliance in the game that one discotent person can do all this damage while just being a director with the wrong roles. Something such as disbanding a alliance should be forced to a vote of all Ceo's in the Alliance with the majority winning. The voting would at least give a advance warning and allow for the Alliance leadership to deal with the issue. Alliance and corp control need a fresh review such has been done on many features in the game.
What do you think of the re balancing of ECM?
I am very happy with it due to hating the fact that the few times a falcon would miss it's jam cycle they would be too far out for you to reach in reasonable time. Now falcons are more inline with other Force recons but with a slightly greater effective range. It is still too early to tell how the re balancing will affect most pvp as people learn to cope with their new limits.
What do you think of the re balancing of Stealth Bombers?
I haven't flown a Stealth Bomber but have heard good things from friends. The cheaper prices of bombs has made their use a more common sight but still not a very effective weapon due to how hard it is to get them to land where you want them to.

How much of an affect should players have on the broader Eve storyline?
I think Factional warfare especially should be used in showing the balance of power between the 4 races in eve and that the gaining or loss of space should make a difference in the storyline. Also the 4 races along with the NPC groups such as the Gursistas, Arch-angels, etc should sometimes make reference to fears of the larger 0.0 alliances due to their large numbers and wealth.
Does it bother you that Veldspar is more profitable than any low sec minerals?
Trit is the most common ore used in building pretty much everything in the game so there will always be a steady high demand for it compared to other minerals. A possible solution is to make one of the low sec minerals give a higher yield of trit making it more valuable but less then a/b/c ores. In reality it is usually more dangerous to mine in low sec then it is in 0.0.
What's your opinion on current war declaration mechanics?
What is the single largest imbalance in game, and how would you fix it? Goons.... Jk I can't say there really is one specific thing that imbalances the game but Minmitar seem to always get the short end of the stick. We have to train 3 weapons systems Drones/Projectile/Missiles along with all three tanking systems Sheild/Armor/Honor. Even with all these skill points in the proper skills to fly the ship you still manage to get less DPS and Tank then most ships in it's class. The higher speeds we move at make very little difference once we reach battle cruisers and larger. We do have the ability to choose our damage type but with 10 seconds of dps lost to reloading i hardly see it being that much more effective also considering there with be more then one target with a different resistance weak point.

Anything to add?
I apologize for the poor grammar used as this was written during my work day and as i was studying for Finals.

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