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My Perfect GDC

May 23, 2009

You may not know it, but GDC is beginning on Tuesday this year. To take advantage of this oddity of scheduling, a friend of mine has arranged for a rather large group of us to spend Monday playing non-digital games. At present, this is something we do for short bursts of time at GDC, usually on the third floor of the Moscone Center at 8:00 am every day. A full evening with my friends playing Puerto Rico, Pandemic, Family Business and Bang!? This is amazing.

GDC, and other conferences to a lesser extent, serves as a family reunion for game developers. Anyone following me, Jon Jones and Chris Johnson on twitter can see the kind of weird banter and camraderie that is common among us.

This got me thinking of other events, besides the board game evening, that would be immeasurably fun for me in the week leading up to the conference:

  • Tuesday – Game Dev Cannonball Run – Starts on East Coast
  • Wednesday – Game Dev Cannonball Run – Starts in Midwest
  • Thursday – Game Dev Cannonball Run – Starts in West, but a few hours run isn’t much of a run, just saying.
  • Friday Day – Game Dev jam session – all of us who sing and/or play an instrument gather
  • Friday Eve – Fairmont reunion – just ’cause it would feel good to sit in the old lobby, no?
  • Saturday – Game jam, teams formed at random
  • Sunday – Game jam continues
  • Monday Day – Game reveal
  • Monday Even – Board game gathering

And we arrive at Tuesday for the beginning of GDC.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 28, 2009 9:54 am

    Pre-GDC game jam? Brilliant!

    I’m in.

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