Development wise they have been consistantly hitting quarterly updates with a decent amount of content. Updates are't packed with content, but they never have been. However, Italy/Autobello was the first time we got a map and a car in the same update since what, Utah/Miramar? As for the forum, it isn't that quiet IMO. The time approaching an update is always a bit weird for the forum activity. It seems to me that we've got a new wave of members though, I've noticed a couple new members this past week.