But what a way to start off the conference... by brownnosing!
I have a 10-yr old book written by Steve Meretzky, who was the first speaker at the Casual Games Summit. It's What-Do-I-Do-Now Book #1, An Infocom Book called Zork: The Forces of Krill. I thought it would be a hoot to bring it along and ask for an autograph. So that's the first thing I did. (Well, after Speaker Registration, Press Registration and the GameDev Press meeting.) The Speaker Registration was like a wild goose chase. It was inconveniently tucked away under the escalator.
I was quite shocked to learn that I had missed Opening Remarks at the Serious Games Summit. Hadn't realized it started at 9:30 AM instead of 10 AM. My name got mentioned and I was supposed to stand up and say something except.... I WASN'T THERE. Oops.
It got worked out. Hopefully.
At 5:30, Michelle Sorger and I were interviewed by Oluseyi. Say, it's pretty tough on the other side of the fence. Michelle and I are promoting Girls in Games (http://www.girlsingames.com) and we have a roundtable at GDC entitled "Attracting Women into Game Development." Yes, ha ha, people have mistaken the session title for "Attractive Women in Game Development" and we've been calling it that on and off to get people's attention.
Our roundtable sessions will be held in Room 3024 on Wednesday, March 9, 4-5 PM; Thursday March 10, 5:30 - 6:30 PM; and Friday March 11 at 2:30 - 3:30 PM. It is actually listed in the Conference Highlights.
I wanted to see Kent Quirk's talk during the Casual Games Conference, but because of a hotel snafu (I now have Internet access, yay!) I missed it. But I saw him later at the Serious Games Summit Reception and reminisced about the first Independent Games Festival.
David Michael and I also had lunch with Daniel Greenberg, of which we have a running joke that every GDC he meets David and forgets that they used to work on the same project, so David has to repeat the story and they exchange business cards again. "How's Middle Earth?" I ask Daniel. We know him as the Everything to do with LOTR (the book, not the movie) producer.
Well, it's about midnight and the guys are out carousing (I assume). Stay tuned for more tomo!
P.S. We're bringing treats to our RT>