I have been playing Eve Online, on one account or another, since May 8, 2007.
It was love at first sight. I literally uninstalled every game, with the exception of TF2 for instant grats, after playing Eve for only a few hours.
The next few weeks were a glorious new romance between me and all things Eve as I dived deep into the forums, guides and game (my wife was not amused).
I started as a high sec mission runner, who basically joined any corp that killed me (usually they offered) and slowly built up knowledge and friends until joining a null bloc (SMASH-ROADKILL for those who remember). For the next little while I was a null sec ratter and F1 monkey.
That all changed one day when someone linked a solo PvP video (Endless Subversion and Violatohr, I think) and my eyes were opened.
I didn't know PvP had a solo mode. I needed to know more. Fittings, piloting, mechanics. I started learning Eve all over again (wife was less amused at my college class level dedication).
I spent every spare moment watching and picking apart videos. I already had a deep love for missile spam and immediately took to the buffer HAM drake of 2010-2012.
Trying out my new knowledge, i quickly went from "unranked" to the top 1000 PvPers on Battle Clinic. My personal goal was to solo every sub cap in game in a drake (not realistic but I still got over 70% towards that goal).
My true loves are still solo PVP and battlecruisers. Both of those need love along with low sec.
I now play with my boy and we attended Eve Vegas 2018 and will be there again this year.
We are currently members of RvB and I am still very much in love with the game and the community.
I spend a lot of my in-game time teaching and SRPing newbros that are trying to learn PvP. I would be less space poor if I did this but that is not me.
Eve is the greatest game I have ever played. It is also the longest (over 4300 days).
I feel that everyone should get to play their own game. Doesn't mean I don't get salty when I get blobbed as a solo guy, but I recognize that everyone is paying their time, money and emotions into New Eden.
I support PvP AND PvE. I have done both and still occasionally try my hand at PvE content (COSMOS, Epic Arcs, Abyssal, etc).
I support high, low and null sec play and have enjoyed all three.
Most importantly, I try, and will continue to try, to listen to every idea and judge it on its merits across all play styles. Will I get everything right? Probably not. But it won't be for lack of trying.
I, personally, prefer small gang over large, PvP over PvE, and love the sand box approach to content i.e. Jita scams, corp theft, in game player events etc.
Vote for Sid
This link will take you straight to CSM voting as soon as CCP makes the page available. I would be honored to have your vote.