The MER [Monthly Economic Report] is the best recruiting in the history of EVE
-Aryth, Talking in Stations May 13, 2016
Catching up on some podcasts over the weekend, one of which was Talking in Stations episode where host Matterall spoke to CCP Larrikin and GSF Director and CSM 11 & 12 member Aryth.
Aryth has the up front part of the show where he talks about an Imperium attempt to play the meta to their advantage.
You may recall some months back Aryth and Innominate, the Imperium CSM members, asked that CCP not display, or obfuscate, or delay the section of CCP Quant’s monthly economic report that shows the amount of mining done in each region. I am pretty sure I even mentioned this in passing at the time, though I cannot find the post at the moment. Either way, this was mentioned in the March 2017 Monthly Economic Report and the chart did not appear that month.
However, in the long term chart was not changed and resumed its position in the Monthly Economic Report lineup for April.
There it highlight once again that in Delve we were ratting and mining like crazy.
On the show Aryth revealed/claimed that the request to suppress the information was done in order to bring attention to the report… after all, if Goons want to hide it, it must contain something good… to spread the word that if you want to mine (or rat) in null sec, then the Imperium is a destination you should consider.
Whether or not you believe this is really a “now it can be told” example of Goons playing the meta game, membership has been up.
Of course, we will see how well mining survives the next round of null sec directed nerfs.
If you are interested in hearing Aryth opine on the meta or CCP Larrikin talk about the Blood Raiders Shipyard before the event wentlive, you can find Talking in Stations linked above or over on SoundCloud.