OK, this week's delay in the Minutes is all my fault. I'll take the hit for this week. Not all the other weeks, though. And it certainly hasn't stopped us from pestering CCP Dolan about them pretty much daily. To my knowledge, CSM8 has no responsibilities on this right now; we're 100% waiting for the mail from CCP. Ali Aras is taking the lead on this, though several of us have been chipping in on a more or less constant basis. For those of you wanting the Minutes out before the election starts: very much yes, us too! As I said a couple of weeks back, I expected them to be out before the Town Hall.
Speaking of Town Hall #5, if you missed it, EVE Radio now has their recording up. Thanks to the guys at EVE Radio and particularly DJ Wiggles for hosting this!
In addition to my Cap Stable interview this past week, I also did an interview with the Legacy of a Capsuleer pod-cast. It covers a lot of the same ground as the first interview, but also goes into my own history playing EVE, a history of the blog, the kinds of blog posts I write, et cetera. If you've been reading here for a while, it's pretty much all stuff you already know. It's currently top left on their site, though here's the direct link if you'd like it.
I'd also like to point again at the excellent CSM9 candidate interviews being done by both of these pod-casts. Legacy posts theirs on their front page. Cap Stable still has the dedicated CSM9 interview page. I'm a fan of the second format if for no other reason than it shows who has submitted to interviews and who hasn't. Thanks again to both of these pod-casts for providing this important service! One other CSM9 candidate note: progodlegend has declared his candidacy after previously stating that he wasn't going to run. So that's six CSM8 members running for reelection.
Korvin has told me repeatedly that he isn't running (but hasn't posted it in public anywhere that I can link to). Sort Dragon and Kesper North are staying quiet about it, so I guess they're not running. The official candidate list should be out before the end of the week. Once it is, I'll be talking about my own endorsements, then who I think is going to win.
Mike Azariah did an interview this week outside of his CSM9 campaign on Podside. Feel free to give it a listen; I need to listen to this one myself. Mike also did a shorter interview on EVE Radio, this one more focused on the Oculus sale to Facebook.
The status of the various communications methods with CCP could be a repeat of the last few weeks: Skype is quiet, the forums are busy! In particular, we got a nice mix this week of really practical summer release dev-blog stuff (some of it coming very soon) and a bit more theoretical design stuff also intended for summer. So there was something for every CSM member to talk about... I'll state again that we've had really nice access this past year to not only the Q&A sort of "should we do X or Y?" questions, but also much more design-related questions to which I don't think previous CSMs have had access. It's really terrific from a CCP communications stand-point! But also more work...
Speaking of more work, we had our twice-a-month stake-holder meeting this last week, and it was both quite long and quite involved. Again, there's nothing that I can share except that the summer release features are coming along great, there's more and more of them being added to the pile, and I think players will be pretty happy with what they see. In particular, there was a lot of discussion about various wormhole-related items including that thread that CCP Fozzie posted. I'm going to keep my mouth shut on specifics; I think two things that came out of this discussion are now public but I can't be 100% sure so I'm not going to mention them. Mention them in comments if you know about them. ;-) James Arget has been taking the lead on these items.
And... that's all I can think of. I feel like I'm forgetting something but if I am I'll put it in next week's update. Heading down the home stretch now! Five weeks to Fanfest!