May 212013

Hi guys.

Going forward I have decided to post a regular blog entry that will summarise the past couple of weeks of my EVE time especially the following:

  • Ganked Prizes listings for those Ganked’s I do not write about seperately
  • Fun things RvB may have got up to since the last of these articles
  • Updates about CSM: how I am finding it, the people, CCP and so on
  • Videos I have seen that I think more people need to watch
  • Anything else I feel you want to briefly read about





Ganked 69 was held this weekend, and it was a glorious 5 hours in Rahadalon fighting the forces of Brave Newbies Inc, TEST, CVA & Friends, and many others who I forget at this point. Suffice to say the system was rammed.  I had plenty of prizes to award over the evening from both SomerBlink and the wonderful guys over at Angeli Mortis.

First up are the SomerBlink sponsored prizes: 

Fed Navy Comet x15 (1 per) – Bandsaw1961, VALENTLEADER0524, Trinneth, Brutor Adtur, Ian Lemmy Killmeister, Sun Seer, Rexanna Gold, Gyouzac, 2Larmer, Mogubu, Mourning Souls, Melancholy707, Rida Carter, Rasputin1979, Serenety Steel

Eris x3 (1 per) – Local009, Butch Cassidy, Fishysquirrel 

Exequror Navy x1 – Charlotte Winter (A none rep hull for an awesome repper!)

Deimos x1 – Xan Drakov (Because a man should care about the sanity of others)

Vigilant x1 – MirrorGod (BNI POS hates Mangala, so again he came to the fore!)

Navy Megathron x1 – Meirantean (Didn’t want that corp anyway)

The above will be contracted out by a rep of SomerBlink this week.


And now for the prizes generously donated by Angeli Mortis. (Who assure me they are always recruiting new members, so look into them if you are looking for a new home!):

Vulture & Aliastra Catalyst – John Hartley (Excellent Warp-ins)

Harpy & Aliastra Catalyst – Horus H’kaan (Fix Rails Mang!)

Basilisk & Aliastra Catalyst – Charlotte Winter (Love reps)

Sabre – PVDNS77

Wolf & Stabber Fleet Issue – Miss Snuggless

Vexor Navy Issue – TGL3

Keres – Equinox Starborn

Gnosis – Caterpil

Raptor & Taranis – Sascha Naskingar

Daredevil – Irodanis Maricadie

Dramiel – Miri Boirelle

Ishtar – Xallaxa

12 Rifters  – VonSpaky (for asking if he won anything!)




In RvB news, we are at war with Brave Newbies Inc. Despite appearances to the contrary we have done this for fun, and boy has it been fun!  The BNI guys really are mostly a great bunch and the fights I have had with them have been bloody good ones.  We have a few days left in the current war period and I am hoping for even more explosions before it comes to an end, although it may not end – watch this space!  

For those wondering, RvB are closing in on 2000 kills in 5 days, including a couple of freighters and a rather shiny strategic cruiser.  Neither side has lost carriers yet despite RvB moving a couple over. I have hope for a sweeping capital engagement though! 

Good thing about this war, I get to stop losing sec status from spending time in Rahadalon. Which is good as I am far too lazy to rat to get my sec back up. So roll on Odyssey!




As you will be aware, I have been a member of the 8th CSM for around 3 weeks now, and for the majority of that period I have spent a lot of time reading super sekrit CSM forums, getting to know both my fellow delegates (many of whom have vast knowledge on parts of the game I only have the most basic conceptual grasp!) & the members of CCP to whom we currently have access, and digesting much of the material released about the upcoming expansion than I normally would, especially anything relating to the changes and additions that I am not very confident on.  I would sooner be able to represent you all by understanding how everything fits together than just spouting something because I feel a need to be seen to do “something”. All of this just ends up with a very quiet Mangala, not the person you are all used to I know.  However, as time goes on I hope to become more vocal, especially if anything happens in the content area’s to which I have concerns or hopes for change.  



And that guys is the first News Round.  Not much to say, but lets hope I can improve that over time.

Apr 272013

Thanks for the support all of you gave me.

I have just seen the CSM election results, and I have been elected to the 8th Council of Stellar Management.

I hope that over the next year I exceed all the faith you obviously have in me. And that together with the other delegates we will keep EVE moving forward. 

EDIT: Mynnna & Ripard Teg are the permanent summit attendee’s, they will go to each and every summit due to winning the most of the voting tallies. See this link.


Apr 052013


Voting has now started for the 8th CSM and runs until the 18th April 2013.

What you need to do is go to the community voting site, login and then drag and drop your preferred candidates into the numbered slots. While you start with 3 slots as you add candidates more will appear until the 14 are filled. Once this is done, your page should very similar to this:



After this simply click the Submit Vote button and you are done.

Congratulations you have now voted for the 8th CSM.

Should you wish to follow my lead, I posted my own recommendations very recently, so list the following candidates:

Mangala Solaris; Ripard Teg; Ali Aras; Malcanis; Trebor Daehdoow; Nathan Jameson; Mike Azariah; Psychotic Monk; Corebloodbrothers; Unforgiven Storm; James Arget; Mynnna; Steve Ronuken; Roc Wieler.


Every vote matters, so please do not waste your vote by not voting or just picking 1-14 random candidates.

Apr 022013

As with many other Candidates including Trebor, Ripard and the oh so obvious Bloc members, I am going to provide a list of recommended candidates and here we are!

Without any further ado:

1. Mangala Solaris – Well you all know me, are all supporting me, and I would relish the opportunity to represent you on the 8th CSM.

2. Ripard Teg – Very experienced in EVE. Understands many different aspects of the game and its mechanics. Is a damn prolific blogger too so no worries on potential lack of communication!

3. Ali Aras – very focused on the experience of new players in game. Which is something the CSM really needs, new players are important to EVE (and to us in RvB!).

4. Malcanis – While in a null bloc, Malcanis is not officially a bloc candidate as far as I know. I have chosen to recommend him as he has been around EVE for a long time, knows his stuff really well, knows how to put across an excellent argument and has pretty good opinions/ideas on all aspects of EVE.

5. Trebor Daehdoow – When it comes to CSM experience, Trebor is the man here. Has a strong presence in anything CSM related and with CCP Xhagen no longer working on CSM things he will be especially needed by CSM 8. Additionally while his ideas on certain aspects of the game arent to my own tastes, he argues their points well as both devils advocate and actual advocate. Also he makes Poetic really mad.

6. Nathan Jameson – Nathan is the first of my 2 WH picks for this ballot. He is very well grounded in WH’s and in Talocan has founded one of the largest & most stable WH alliances.

7. Mike Azariah – Casual players (and by that I don’t mean bad players which some equate Casual with) need a voice too. Mike would make an excellent rep for people who play as casual and have tried varying aspects of EVE, never finding a single niche. Future expansion releases could give this type of player even more to do, so CCP need some guidance from players such as Mike.

8. Psychotic Monk – A candidate who is for a better “alternative lifestyle” highsec. He has solid ideas, doesn’t have the rabble rabble nonsense that James 315 did and with belligerent undesirables is teaching people to get out and create their own stories in EVE, which is something that drives people to play this game in the ways they do.

9. Corebloodbrothers – Provi guy, who like me wants to see the game keep evolving, and even though he is Provi, has a solid love of PVP. 2 excellent reasons to list him in my book.

10. Unforgiven Storm – Another guy who while in a bloc, does not have the official bloc representative tag. His main platform is industry and improvements to all its forms. He has a solid industry background to support him and the CSM in general in this endeavour.

11. James Arget – my other WH pick. Probably the most likely to get onto CSM out of the WH groups due to his broad appeal amongst those groups, and I think he is the most knowledgeable of the WH candidates when it comes to the actual mechanics of them.

12. Mynnna – Yes the CFC’s main candidate gets a recommendation from me. The guy has a very solid grasp of what the CSM is and should be doing during its term, backed up by a wealth of game knowledge.

13. Steve Ronuken – Totally a “little fish” in the CSM 8 Candidate pool. I like the guy’s perspective on war decs, non-consensual pvp, & his view of null is similar to my own. He would also be a valuable candidate for the 3rd party app community to have representing them on the CSM.

14. Roc Wieler – He wants the 8th CSM to be the best it can for as many as it can and will work to make it happen, and is a very strong voice in the community overall.

Please note, this listing is not in any particular order after the top spot!

Voting that requires a list such as this should start on the 4th April. When it does I will send a mail around, and edit this post with a link that “should” let you just click it, login and vote – either by following my recommendations or voting your own way.

Mar 262013



After a short – and increasingly worrying – 4 day wait, the Pre-election for the 8th CSM has opened.

I am an officially listed Candidate and can be Endorsed by following this link and clicking the big yellow Endorse button once you have logged into the site.

In a week CCP will then open the second part of this Election cycle and allow everyone to list their preferred 14 candidates.  The winners of this section will go on to form the 8th Council of Stellar Management. 

Thanks in advance to everyone who endorses me, and I hope I win enough of your support to advance to the second phase next week.


Mar 072013


As many of you will be aware, I have now announced my candidacy for the 8th Council of Stellar Management – you can read that here. One of the main pillars of my platform is a wish to see the client itself improved in various ways that I term “Quality of Life”. Improvements that take some of the hassle out of dealing with particular aspects of the client.

The improvements & changes discussed below are as detailed as I can do in type. If I was in any way gifted in the use of photo-shop and the like, I would have produced imagery to demonstrate my points in a much clearer form.


Character Selection.

While CCP has come a long way with our ability to switch between same account characters over the past few years, there is just one final step for them to take. Log off actually returning us to character selection.  Now, I am sure there are technical issues that could prevent this from CCP’s view point, but given that you utilise the log-in server to get to character selection, then surely there is no need to kick you back to it to simply switch characters?  

I know this is a small thing considering how the nature of EVE lends itself to the use of multiple accounts, however it would be useful for those who do run single accounts – including newer players, or those of us who run multiple useful characters across an account.


Corporation Chat Channels.

Chat channels. We all know these are easy to set up and maintain for pretty much any need in game. Corporations & alliances especially make good use of them, from public channels to intel channels and beyond.  However, at this point in time they rely on a member of the corporation or alliance to create them & then add operators. This is open to potential abuse if the character is sold, or can lead to issues if the member just stops playing without adding operators – who are even them limited in what they can do compared to the channel owner.

What I would like to see is an option – maybe included inside a one day revised corporation user interface – that allows channels to be created directly by a corporation, with the Communication Officer role being necessary to act as Operator.  This would then reduce instances of channels needing to be recreated should a character go dormant for a long period of time.

Additionally, allowing a corporation to have an internal blocked character list that automatically applies to corporation owned chat channels & member applications, would be especially useful for larger organisations like EVE University & RvB, for whom the daily recruitment process can be a herculean task.


Fleet User Interface.

I have been leading Fleets in EVE for around 3 years now, and over that time I have become very familiar with the Fleet interface, but at the same time I have kept a mental list of little nuisances, and I think now is as good a time as any for more to air them!  Now before I start it has to be said one of my mental list was recently implemented by CCP during Retribution 1.1, so I have some hope that they are thinking on a similar line to myself.

The Fleet Finder should be a permanent addition to the Neo-com, rather than being buried under two levels of the EVE menu.  This would make it easier for players to find and join fleets, enhancing the social aspect of this game.

As someone who leads EVE’s “premier” public drunk roam, to create fleets that ANYONE can join regardless of standing from me at a personal level would be my number one wish.  Having to grab invites all night long, or find wing commanders who will do it can be a little tiring when you want to just explode things.  

While CCP has recently allowed Fleet Commanders to drag & drop fleet members around, extending this to squads could really help with fleet reorganisation & consolidation.

Allow people to move themselves in & out of the Wing Commander positions. Sometimes as boss or FC you can be too occupied to do that and suddenly a wing is missing out on the boost chain.

Give a fleet boss an option to limit who can abandon wrecks: Fleet Boss, Wing/Squad Commanders or everyone (as it is now).



I only have a few things I would like to see done with the overview, as mostly it does what I need it to. Even if at times it feels like I am playing the overview rather than the rest of the game when un-docked!

First one is the unlinking of the “Pilot has NO STANDINGS” state from the new states introduced in Retribution: Criminal, Suspect & Limited Engagement.  Right now, this particular state being linked to these new states means that anyone that uses specific overview settings – for example I provide a set of overviews for RvB (that have been downloaded some 10,000 times) – which omit that state, will not see Suspects, Criminals or those with a Limited Engagement against them.  

Remember we got promised Bookmarks on our overviews a while back? Yes? Well that is something I would really like to see make a return to the UI teams activity list. If I remember rightly the reason we did not get them was that there was an issue with having them display as brackets. I would hope that after a year or two they could revisit this and solve it. I am not technical but when you consider you can see stations on the overview and bookmark those, then it has to be a step or two away from a similar result for bookmarks.


Final Point.

This is not everything I would like to see – you can see more of this in this thread on the RvB forum – just the ones I consider important and/or easily added based on recent changes & improvements.

Saying that, it has to be noted that I do understand the relationship between the CSM & CCP is such that no matter what platform I run on, should I be successful I will not be able to say “MAKE IT SO” to CCP on any of the above. I do however promise that should you elect me as a delegate to the 8th CSM, if CCP bring to us a set of revisions to the client that dovetail with items such as those discussed in this post, I will put these onto the table for consideration by the relevant teams.

Feb 282013



I, Mangala Solaris, would like to officially announce my candidacy for the 8th Council of Stellar Management.


My Background

I attempted to start playing as early as 2004, however it was not until 2006, that I sat down and gave this game the attention it deserves, creating Mangala around the release of Revelations I. Since then I have been a miner, a mission runner, a trader, a pvper, and an industrialist. I have – and I still do – primarily lived in Empire and with a short period of time spent in Null during my time playing EVE. The past 3 years I have spent in Empire as a member of RvB.  I have gone from regular line animal to Director & back again a couple of times, along the way I have learned to FC regular RvB, RvB’s third party wars, and more recently I have become the “main” FC of the weekly, drunken, public Null sec roams known as RvB Ganked.


My Affiliation

While I am in RvB, and am very well known for being in RvB, I do not solely see myself as the RvB candidate, although the excellent RvB community are supporting my candidacy. In addition while RvB is primarily a high sec entity, I do not see myself as the high sec candidate, I see myself as the candidate for people who enjoy playing EVE – be it manufacturing, mining, pveing or pvping – and wish to see it continue both the evolution & growth it has over the past 10 years, under the – sometimes – careful stewardship of CCP, the watchful eye of both the CSM & you, the player-base.


My Platform

The main stay of this platform is a desire to keep CCP on the course they have kept for the past 18 months with regards to updates to the core product, most notably a continuation of the hull & item balancing work they have undertaken of late. It is my firm belief that these changes have been the primary cause for the resurgence of both small ship pvp in EVE & the increase in the active PCU compared to a year ago, when the fallout from the previous summer was still being felt across Tranquility.

Along side my initial point, I would be especially interested in encouraging CCP to make what I call “Quality of life” changes to the client, this would include further amendments to the Fleet UI along with the ability to create public fleets without the need for standings to be set; Changes to the corporation UI – most especially roles and the powers they grant; Overview changes; & encouraging CCP to speed up the revamp POS and the attendant code, starting with the roles relating to access and then work from there.

Next up – and what with being in one of the groups that is seen as being an early port of call for newer players – I would like to address New Player Retention with CCP. Specifically improvements to how new players are moved on after the tutorials.  While the existing methods of the official recruitment forum, the in game recruitment channel & corporation advert system work well as they stand, I feel that much more integration between these tools could help direct newer players to corporations that better match their interests & social requirements, with a potential result being players who once would have been turned away due to a lack of good, useful social interaction staying with the game.

Tied into the above would be pushing for changes to the current isk making standards for the majority of players, namely missions & mining.  While these are a necessity, surely they can be improved with regards to the level of attention needed, and to the challenge they offer, making the tedium of isk generation much more interesting for players.  And better pve related content with a more active element can only serve to help retain players in my opinion.

Finally I guarantee that should you, the voters decide I am deserving of a place on the 8th CSM, that I will work with CCP & the other delegates to ensure that the majority benefits from changes to the core product rather than just a minority, especially in light of how CCP plan to deliver content & changes in future expansions.


Contact Me

You can reach me by via this blog’s comment section, posting in my Jita Park thread, posting in my RvB forum thread, by EVEMail & on Twitter. Please be assured that wherever you contact me I will answer as soon as I can, and that I will post that answer across all mediums. However you follow my campaign, you will not miss out on any information from me.


Vote Mangala

In voting for me, you will get the benefit of my varied experience in game, as well as a delegate that wants CCP to provide the best content for as much of the player-base as possible. So come the Pre-Election Ballot vote for Mangala Solaris, then when the “proper” Election happens in April make sure I am your number 1 choice!


Jan 082013

Today, while I was at work, a thread was posted on the RvB forums, requesting the attention of the RvB Management. The OP was basically asking that RvB consider putting a candidate forward for the upcoming 8th Council of Stellar Management. I read the post, then got back to work.

Now, fast forward a few hours where, after a seemingly random shout appears in the RvB shoutbox, I discover that people inside of RvB – & outside of it – think that I should run for CSM8.  I am still not sure if this is them being serious or trolling me due to how bitter I occasionally am. However, I also cannot stop grinning every time I open the thread…

In the spirit of democracy and all that nonsense I ask you, my readers, followers & friends do you think I SHOULD run? 

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And if I do what would be an ideal platform suitable for me to campaign on?

(This is not suggesting I do not have idea’s of my own, I just want to see what you come up with – comedy or otherwise)