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Not much to report on today, other than confirmation from StormShade that the Foundry spotlight will not be weekly:

Just an FYI guys, I didn’t say that we would be doing the Spotlight missions on a weekly basis (although I wish that were the case!).

The most frequently it will happen will be every two weeks, more likely is monthly. However, it’s something that I definitely want to continue doing.

Thanks,

Stormshade

(Source: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showpost.php?p=3330472&postcount=128)

Other than official dev communication, a few scraps of information made their way out of the second Foundry conference call. I have it on very good authority that a recording and possibly a transcript of this call will be making their way to the public in the next few days.

So full marks to the participants involved for ensuring transparency!

Only one Foundry related dev post to report upon today. StormShade brought us up to date on a few outstanding issues relating to the recent Foundry spotlight:

Hey gang,

I’ve got two update for you all on these missions:

1) We know why some of them have been disappearing, and are working to resolve this now. It should be happening much less frequently already.

2) Regarding the pathing issues reported: We have a fix coming for this as well. It should make it in next week, and once that’s done, we’ll do a quick republish of the missions which should squash those for good.

Thanks,

Stormshade

(Source: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showpost.php?p=3328413&postcount=28)

Additionally, the last few days have seen more direct interaction between the devs and a hand-picked group of Foundry enthusiasts.

Cryptic COO Jackalope, along with dstahl and Stormshade, have taken time out of their busy schedule to participate in a pair of conference calls with these players. The players were asked for their advice and feedback regarding the current direction of the Foundry, and which issues need to be tackled as a priority.

Initial reports appear positive, as there seems to be synergy between what the selected players want and what the devs are working on. StormShade was taking minutes at the first conference, and presumably will be at the second. I am sure we will see these minutes published as soon as possible, for the greater community’s benefit.

In the meantime, a discussion about the conference calls has been posted by the participants on the Official Forums. This would be worth reading further, as a few choice nuggets of information have already been released – most notably that the Foundry Spotlight is intended to be a weekly event.

The discussion thread is at: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=198865, but please let us know what you think below.

The last 24 hours have seen lots of interesting Foundry-related announcements from Cryptic. First, as we are mildly aware, the first batch of Spotlight Missions have been announced on the website, featuring some excellent testimonials from the authors.

The first four missions are:

And there’ll be more spotlights in the future:

Periodically, we’ll Spotlight more player-designed missions. Be sure to check back to this page to see what your fellow community members have been creating!

(Source: http://www.startrekonline.com/foundry_spotlight)

Read on for more dev quotes about these particular choices.
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