This is a little last minute (blame Wrel), but DBG just announced the next public play test for the Meltdown Alert. It's going to take place on Friday, September 15th, at 6pm EST.
I intend to participate and I'll be on our TS3 server throughout the duration, but it would be nice to get some fellow VCO members involved. For the uninitiated, this will also serve as your last chance to receive the elusive "Analyst Helmet" for a long time. All you have to do is download the PTS client (found here) and create a new character.
No matter how long the playtest goes, we will swap over to live servers at 8PM EST for our traditional Friday Night Ops, but barring no unforeseen circumstances, there should be plenty of time to try out the new system before the start of ops.