You know... I look at my notes and this update is going to be surprisingly short! Sometimes, the train is just running along the tracks and it's good enough to point out that it is: fuel is good, speed is good, track is good!
This week, CSM members are making their travel plans for Fanfest. This is something that has to be done a bit earlier in the process for CSM8. Past CSMs knew which of their members were going to get the free tickets and which were not. This time, with the STV mechanic in place, the choices of who was going to get those seven free tickets was a bit more subjective. Such decisions are never, ever easy. If you're very fortunate in your career choices, someday you'll be put into a position that no matter how you choose, someone is going to be upset and angry with you. That goes with the territory.
CCP Dolan is handling this with good grace. He had some particularly difficult choices this year, given that CSM8 is probably the most active CSM in the history of the organization in terms of total number of members engaged and how much they are engaged. Dolan's doing a good job of balancing this and working hard to see to it that as many CSM8 members can go to Fanfest as possible. As with the summit attendees, I'll leave it to Dolan to announce who's officially going to Reyk.
Once again, this man deserves kudos!
The devs in general continue to be heads-down working on their charters for the summer expansion. Skype has been pretty quiet all week except for a couple of the usual suspects. We do continue to hear from them in the EVE-O forums as they have questions for us or want our feedback about different topics.
There was a minor explosion from the Community/Legal team this week about alliance logos. EVE players hate to be reminded that the EULA for this game clearly states that every single little thing in this game belongs to CCP: your character name, your pictures, your corp logos, your corp and alliance names, everything. Well, this week, CCP reminded players that that includes alliance logos. The very first thing you're asked to confirm when submitting them is that they are not copyrighted. But of course that doesn't stop a group like, say, Team Liquid, from using their world-recognized logo as their in-game logo.
So CCP is asking for players involved to set up a licensing agreement between themselves and CCP for fair use of these logos on both sides. And the orgs that have the most at stake in their logos reacted poorly. Fairly reliable rumor has it that Goonswarm is lawyering up.
In the meantime, I can see the argument on both sides. After all, if CCP Seagull's vision of capsuleers flying ships with their alliance logos comes to pass someday, this issue is going to have to be resolved. If the True Stories of EVE comic includes a frame with a Dominix with a Goonswarm bee on the side of it, who owns that art? Dark Horse? CCP? Goonswarm? It's a pickle, and no mistake! We'll see where this goes.
CSM9 campaign season has officially kicked off! The day after I posted my list of interesting non-incumbents running, Jita Park had itself a little local spike. So far, nine candidates have officially declared there and that only includes one of the incumbent CSM8 members so far. So things are finally getting rolling! Good luck to the candidates! I've already started grilling a couple of 'em...
We're still nudging Dolan about the Winter Summit Minutes. (Note to self: nudge Dolan again tomorrow about Winter Summit Minutes.) As I said last week, some of that is going to be complicated by the fact that many of the sessions involve topics for a summer expansion the theme of which CCP has not announced yet. We don't want to announce CCP's plans for them, so I'm sure we're going to see two sets of Minutes published this time: a more general set not related to summer, and then the summer set once CCP has posted a video and dev-blog or two.
And that's all for this week! Hm. That wasn't so short after all. ;-)