First up, several members of CSM8 haven't yet signed their Non-Disclosure Agreements. Once the CSM8 results were officially announced, CCP Dolan caught those of us that were actually in Reyk for Fanfest among both the CSM and DUST 514's CPM. Would we be interested in coming by the CCP offices on Sunday to get a quick tour and sign our paperwork? In addition, Dolan said that he'd invite the members of CSM7 that wished to come so that we could have our first "transition meeting" with the outgoing CSM. Afterward, all of us that wished to would head for dinner.
The members of CSM8 that were present in Reyk were myself, Trebor Daehdoow, Sort Dragon, progodlegend, and Korvin. Unfortunately, progod and Korvin would be unable to make the Sunday evening appointment. A number of CSM7 members were in town, including Hans Jagerblitzen (now a member of the CPM), Elise Randolph, Two step, Greene Lee, Seleene, and Trebor (of course). However, of those only Elise, Two step, and Hans were able to attend. So, in terms of being a transition meeting, it was kind of a bust. Still, I got to meet the full CPM and got to have a number of interesting conversations with them. Make no mistake about one thing: the CPM is every bit as passionate about DUST 514 as EVE players are about our game. In particular, they are very passionate about making sure that DUST can stand on its own two feet without any assistance from EVE.
EDIT (6/May/2013): Two step was also able to attend the transition meeting and the dinner. Sorry about that, Two step!
One question that came up right away with many members of CSM8: is the NDA itself under NDA? I and many other members of CSM8 feel rather strongly that the NDA should be a public document, for two reasons:
- so that we can point to it and you as our constituents have a good understanding of what it says; and,
- so that the candidates for CSM9 won't have any surprises about what it says and doesn't say.
Dinner was otherwise very low-key. I think all of us that were there were pretty worn out by that time from Fanfest. Still, I had a really interesting extended conversation with CCP Fozzie (also present) about ship balancing and about in-game resources. I'm going to write up a bit of that conversation and submit it to Dolan and see if that convo falls under the NDA, because I think I picked up a really interesting insight during the convo. We'll see what Dolan and Fozzie think; I personally don't think my conclusions about the convo fall under NDA but it'll be an interesting first test.
After that, those of us in Reyk had travel to get home; those that were already home set up a preliminary Skype channel for us to converse in. I'm happy to report that's up and running and CSM8 is already a very active, chatty body. ;-) In addition to a lot of "gettin' to know you" sort of chit-chat this week, we turned our attention over to deciding who our officers should be. I want to extend kudos to mynnna who has done a great job this week with organizing that bit in terms of grabbing each member of CSM8 and asking them to express preferences. I think you'll be interested to see who we end up choosing. I'm happy to report that we seem to be coming to a very quick consensus on this topic even though there are a lot of disparate personalities on CSM8.
Things we don't have yet include our access to CCP's private forums and a transition document or true transition meeting with CSM7. I'm told these things are coming. We also need to schedule our first CSM8 Town Hall -- I'm going to be pushing for that pretty hard. And I'd still like to talk my colleagues into a monthly text-chat meeting about features and ideas to vote on and submit to CCP as a new list of litte things. Once the officer question is settled, I'll be looking into that one. I'm also going to continue to follow up with Dolan on whether the NDA is under NDA.
CSM8 has also received our invitation to our first stake-holder meeting, later this week. Finally, with the question of the leak still unresolved, it looks like we're going to move official CSM communications with CCP to a more secure server which CCP is setting up.
So all in all, a pretty productive first week in my view, even though in my view we've not really officially begun our duties yet. Stay tuned, more to come!