The news came as something of a blow when I found out that CCP Guard announced in a forum post his departure from CCP. What do you say when that sort of thing comes to pass?
He has been for years the happy face of EVE Online, appearing in videos, streaming shows, and live events.
And, of course, he was the front man for PermaBand.
It says in the info about that most (in)famous video, lyrics and vocals by Sveinn J Kjarval. That’s CCP Guard.
Nobody is indispensable. The company will go on. He didn’t write code or design game mechanics after all. But he was generally liked by the people who played the game and he was passionate about EVE Online. I was on his team for a trivia contest at EVE Vegas a couple of years back and he was clearly carrying us posers with the depth of his knowledge of not just the game itself, but the player driven history thereof. You are unlikely to have ever have been as into EVE Online as he was.
In the end, he made the game a better place.
I am sure a lot of people have stories about him. One thing I remember was back during the dark days of CSM 10 and the sparring between the community team that was their interface. When it was announced that CCP Guard and CCP Logibro (another fine former member of the community team) would be taking over the management of the CSM, I remember thinking that things would get better. CCP Guard simply inspired that confidence. And things did get better. A year later, as the election process for CSM 12 was ramping up, I noted how drama free CSM 11 had been under their stewardship.
I still have my own issues with the whole CSM idea, but CCP Guard helped at least make the best of what it was.
Anyway, CCP Guard, after 16 years with CCP, is moving on to a new opportunity. He says in his post that it is time for him to take a chance after spending most of his adult life so far with one company, so it probably isn’t CCP Falcon continuing to purge anybody from the community team that is taller than him.
While his departure no doubt makes a lot of people sad, you wish your space friends well when they go on to different things.
As he has often said, the best ship in EVE Online is friendship.
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