Did I say last week was going to be the short update? I lied. But this one will be. Matter of fact, if I was going to keep this update down to just a few words, those few words would be "just like last week, just moreso."
CSM9 campaign season is now in full swing, with more than 20 candidates declared in Jita Park so far, split nicely between incumbents and new voices. I'm cheerfully questioning some of the people I find more interesting, and I'm happy to see that a couple of pod-casts have started setting up interview schedules. As I learn about when these interviews are, I'll try to include those in the updates.
As for CSM8, we continue to wait for the release of the Winter Summit Minutes, but expect that to happen very shortly. As soon as we have a date, I'll be scheduling our fifth Town Hall to coincide with the weekend after their release. But for the record, the CSM has nothing else to do here except a final review pass once we get them back. This is the process that CCP Dolan engineered for quicker release of the Minutes; we'll see how it does. ;-)
In the meantime, we continue to be pretty busy on the internal forums with summer expansion questions and opinions being asked of us. I myself have unfortunately not had a whole lot of time to devote to it between RL work responsibilities and Rote Kapelle's in-game move. But I'm doing my very best to stay involved and informed. The Skype channel continues to be pretty quiet. The devs themselves continue to be in heads-down mode working their charters for this release.
As I've said a couple of times, we would expect to see a video blog or some sort of overview announcement of the summer release plans very soon... sometime in early to mid-March if CCP follows their previous release schedule. I know that some of the Winter Summit Minutes will be delayed until after those announcements to prevent the Minutes from pre-releasing any details about the expansion. Therefore, it's likely the Minutes will be released in two batches.
And that is pretty much it! As I said, more of the same from last week...