As announced by CCP Dolan this week, the Winter Summit will be taking place January 22-24. The focus of the summit will obviously be the summer 2014 expansion. But the CSM had a vote this past week on a number of topics that we would like to discuss with CCP in official sessions. Two that almost certainly got a lot of votes were a session on "The Future of Big Fights" and "Community Fansite Support". But there were a number of other possible summit topics as well, and CCP will of course have their own agenda for topics they want to cover with us. For instance, I suspect Dolan will want to talk about the future of the summit minutes...
As I did at the Summer Summit, expect daily blog posts from me while in Iceland covering each session in a paragraph or two where the :nda: doesn't prevent it.
Also announced this week to correspond with the Winter Summit is CSM Town Hall #4, which will take place:
19 January 1900 EVE timeThe focus of this particular Town Hall will be the Summer Summit minutes, the upcoming Winter Summit, the current Rubicon expansion, and of course, general questions from EVE players on any topic they desire. For this meeting, in addition to live questions from those of you on the EVE University Mumble, please submit your advance questions to me either on the forum thread, on the comments for this blog post, or directly to me via EVE mail. Check the forum thread above for information on how to access the E-UNI Mumble, or you can listen on EVE Radio!
With the Winter Summit so close, the private section of the EVE Online forums has been pretty quiet this past week: only two topics really being discussed, both of which related to new anchorables intended for Rubicon 1.1. For those of you who were concerned about the Mobile Scan Inhibitor, all I can say is that a number of CSM members shared your concerns with CCP and the continued balance passes on this particular anchorable are improving things, in my opinion. This is yet another example of the CSM having more influence when YOU as the players get involved in the test server and on the F&I threads to make your voices heard! Test server process: working as intended!
Other than that and a lot of fairly informal chit-chat about ship balancing in the Skype channel, things are actually fairly quiet for the CSM right now. It's the calm before the storm.
I'm pleased to announce that UI goddess CCP Punkturis has finally returned from her maternity leave and will be available to us at the Winter Summit! This will be another chance for me to spring my idea about the d-scan range bar on someone new... ;-)
Finally, Ilania Ongrard provided a lovely service to CSM watchers this week: a text-to-speech audio version of the CSM Summer Summit Minutes! This is pretty freakin' cool and should be pretty handy for those of you who may be interested in the minutes but want them in a more podcast-like format. Very cool stuff, Ilania, thank you!
That's all for this week. Hope to talk to you all at the Town Hall this weekend!