How do I describe Xenuria? There is a lot there to unpack. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Let’s say Xenuria is space famous in EVE Online for being himself, or some version of himself, rather than for a specific action or event or for leading a famous (or infamous) group. If you use the search box at the top of the blog and search on his name, you will find that I have mentioned him quite a bit over the life of the blog. He was once an object of scorn in Goonswarm, somebody specifically banned from joining KarmaFleet when it was formed, then later, after meeting The Mittani, he became a long time member of Goonswarm and a veteran of both the Casino War and World War Bee.
Some old GSF vets have never gotten used him being in Goons, or at least pretend so, but he is often viewed as a very special weapon to be deployed to local chat in order to annoy and dismay our foes. Even those who dislike him sometimes admit they’d rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.
He was also a perennial CSM candidate and actually made it on to CSM11.
And the NDA that covered his time on the CSM just expired, having run out its five years since being signed, and he has gone to /r/eve on Reddit to share his experiences and answer questions about his time on the council.
This is not the first former CSM member to go to Reddit on the expiration of their NDA. Jester, or Ripard Teg, who served on CSM8, did his own AMA on r/eve back in 2019.
Xenuria’s thread has some confirmations of things we already knew, heard about, or at least strongly suspected. I especially enjoyed Xenuria’s comment about Hilmar and his obsession with The Three Body problem:
hilmar was obsessed with The 3 body problem by Liu Cixin and had this elaborate plan to introduce 2 major systems to eve online and build a years long narrative around them. System 1 was called “dark forrest” and it was experimental tech pitched to the CSM. It was a no local, delayed D-scan type of pocket world where the deeper you went the better rocks u could mine, but spooky Trisolari… sorry “Triglavians” would add to the risk of it. The second system was a blackout for nullsec that would act as a 1 2 punch in the events leading up to chapter 3. He basically wanted to copy past the story of the book series into eve. Dark forest would eventually become pochven and as you all know it would become a buggy unfinished mess.
This was brought up by Hilmar in public and seemed to be the inspiration for the Chaos Era in New Eden, which saw the null sec Blackout, which at the time created what seemed like a huge dip in players logging in.
Of course, that was before CCP started strangling the economy. It seemed bad back then, but everything is relative.
That it was even deeper than I suspected… I never made the connection between Triglavians and Trisolarians… was interesting.
So there is a lot there to dig through in the thread, including some third party comments.
Some other former CSM members have chimed in, with Jester doing a detailed comment about what aligns with his experiences on the CSM.
And then there is the CCP response from CCP Swift, which I think was a huge mistake. Better to let the whole thing just fade away after some initial interest than stir the pot.
The response wasn’t just a bad idea, but the fact that it goes after a few very specific things… thus confirming in everybody’s minds that whatever was not denied must have been correct… in somewhat vague and weaselly ways tends to undermine it. The assertion that if it wasn’t in the CSM meeting minutes then something didn’t happen is absurd beyond belief. The CSM minutes are what CCP wants them to be as we have seen in the past.
Anyway, it is a bunch of drama with some interesting points mixed into the maelstrom. Worth going through if you’re into the history of the CSM, official and otherwise.