Here's Ali Aras's blog post with the advance questions and as she joked, "we got to most of the good ones and two of the bad ones."
In particular, I enjoyed one of the opening questions that was submitted by Endovior among others. Here's Endovior's post in full which you should read because it was really well-written. But the gist of his question was:
I'd ask a more answerable question like: "Overall, how optimistic (or pessimistic) are you about the continuing development of EVE?"And I answered it both in the forum thread and at the Town Hall but here's my response, which deserves its own showing here:
This is a really good post in all particulars. I've covered a lot of what I think about this topic here:So yeah, really good question! And there were lots of other good questions as well about the minutes, the SOMERblink situation, drone assist, renter mechanics, more about the future of the game... good stuff! I really appreciated how engaged everyone who participated in the discussion was so thanks again to those of you who attended!
That said, it also deserves some expanding on. The basic answer to your question is "it depends." If you buy into CCP Seagull's vision of space exploration and capsuleer ownership of space that she laid out at Fanfest and consistently since then, then I think you have good reason to be very excited about developments over the next few years. Think about a movie or TV show or book that you like that had a long slow gradual build-up, laying groundwork as it went for several MAJOR pay-offs at the end -- Babylon 5, say, or Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you buy into the space colonization vision, then I can safely say that you have several HOLY SHIT moments ahead of you.
On the other hand, if you do not buy into the vision, then with one exception I think you may find the next few expansions to be not your cup of tea. A few scraps will fall from the table onto everyone's plate, but EVE is definitely on a journey for the next three years and you're either part of it or you're not. As I mentioned though, there is one sizeable exception that doesn't necessarily follow the space colonization vision that CCP is nevertheless going to do that I personally am quite excited about but which is quite NDA. But I suspect CCP will start letting details about this one out soon(tm).
For those who couldn't, the recording should be up very shortly at the usual place on the EVE Radio website. I want to again thank DJ Wiggles from EVE Radio and Neville Smit from EVE University for their outstanding support of our Town Halls! Next one will be in early January, probably right before the Winter Summit. Hope to talk to you there!