Greetings Cap Stable Fans and Listeners,
To steal an appropriate colloquialism, the cat is now totally out of the bag.
Yesterday, Stu wrote a post detailing our intention to interview candidates running for CSM9. The decision wasn’t made lightly, and the four of us had been discussing the matter in earnest for the better part of the week, and the idea to interview CSM candidates had always percolated in the back of our minds ever since we rebooted the show.
A couple of circumstances aligned themselves in just the right manner to make this decision a clear-cut and obvious “yes” on my part. Earlier in the week, we were approached by Brave Alliance leadership and asked if we would have Brave CSM candidates on the show. Initially, we answered “yes,” but shortly after doing so I started having some serious misgivings. Despite what I hear every once in a while, we are not actually an “Official Brave Collective Podcast™,” and I really do try to remain neutral towards news coverage and picking any show subjects. For this reason, I love having guests on the show who are from outside my sphere of expertise, my own play style, and from groups I’m not too familiar with. The thought of having just one or two CSM candidates on the show did not sit well with me, and those sorts of shows seemed a little bit too much like a Brave Alliance propaganda roll for my tastes.
While percolating those misgivings, Xander Phoena announced his intention of running for CSM, and that he would not be conducting interviews this year. Most of you are likely aware that Xander Phoena is the host of a podcast called Crossing Zebras, and last year he interviewed the the vast majority of candidates standing for election. I have heard time and time again that those interviews were an invaluable resource for many members of the EVE community.
Given the vacancy, and given the importance of those interviews as a resource to the community, I felt we ought to be able to not only fill the vacancy but hopefully improve upon it if we are able to do so. This sort of content and the type of production that will be involved is quite a bit different from our normal, lighter fare, and I’m excited for the opportunity to try producing something that can act as a reliable and direct resource to the player base for CSM9 election needs.
That in mind, I’ve kicked up a spreadsheet started tearing into homework on the presently announced candidates. We’ll being scheduling interviews in the next day or so (assuming my co-hosts haven’t already done so), and I hope to have a specific section on the site that can be used as a resource.
It’ll be good fun, and I hope you all enjoy what we have in store.
Drewson “Hoots” Houten