I did this last year. CCP Guard was the obvious winner in 2011, giving a human face once again to CCP. CCP needed more visiblity with the playerbase. It needed to develop its sense of humour once again. After Incarna and the Summer of Rage, it needed to build towards Crucible on a positive note. Guard brought CCP all those elements. Guard continues to bring those elements to CCP.
I've decided it's worthwhile singling out a star CCP dev every year. No prizes or other accolades. Just their name in print, in a small EVE Online-only blog that a few people read from time to time. And a few kind words about their contribution to EVE during 2012.
|He's in space!|
He is the clear winner this year. He put ship rebalancing into overdrive. Whereas we were getting maybe a ship class worth of revamping per Crucible and Inferno expansion, he stepped it up three notches for Retribution. Something like 50 ships were either revamped, rebalanced or introduced. An unprecedented number.
Unless it was a comment from the biggest trolls on the EVE Online forums, nobody with any credibility has had anything negative to say about Fozzie. He's always professional and courteous when he's on the forums. He listens to the playerbase. He understands the playerbase, having been one for so long. He understands what drives this game, and has attempted to deliver in that area, whether he was balancing and revamping ships, or delivering a few new features to faction warfare.
So, who is this Fozzie guy? Most of us know him as Raivi. A long-time member of Pandemic Legion, as well as a player commentator at both Alliance Tournament IX and Alliance Tournament X. He started playing in 2008, beginning with the first incarnation of Red vs. Blue, before moving to Pandemic Legion nine months later. He's been involved with the game actively since then.
His knowledge of EVE's vast collection of ships has always been impressive. It is one of the reasons why he's been described as one of the greatest commentators any EVE tournament has ever had. He's clear, concise and always has his ducks in a row. It is why he's continued successfully as a CCP commentator during the New Eden Open.
CCP Fozzie has been the star dev this year. Everything he's touched has turned to gold. I look forward to what he accomplishes in 2013.
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