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Got a contract on a house - now the real fun begi

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Put an offer in for a house on Saturday, and it was accepted that afternoon. We'll be putting my house on the market sometime this week, so I've been spending a lot of time getting it ready to show. Closing for the new home isn't until August 7, so I have plenty of time. Let's just hope no hurricanes come through before then. :) The home itself was built in 2002 and is in a great location for me. The owners haven't improved it any, which I'm excited about because it gives me a clean slate to customize and do what I want with it.

I'm moving closer to the beach and my workplace (the day job) since I spend most of my time at one or the other, particularly during the summers. I'll be about 7 miles from work and about 5 miles from the beach. Looking very much forward to it, as I'll be able to take control over my lifestyle a little more. While the monthly mortgage payments are going to be much higher, probably double my current payments, my lifestyle expenses will drop because I won't be commuting as far everyday, allowing me to eat out less and better, exercise more, and drive less.

Moving should also help with my GameDev.net involvement. Not that it's lacking right now, but there are some things I want to make more time for.

It's a good thing, and the only thing I'm a little worried about is making the monthly payments. Even though I've run through them and my budget about 50 times to make sure I'll be okay, I won't feel better until I see the final costs from the Bank. Worst case I just ask for more salary, right? :)

Anyway, that's that. You know what these journals are great for? Leaking information about upcoming or behind-the-scenes happenings of GameDev.net. So speaking of, we're going to have a big contest soon, and I think it'll be a fun one. We may also have a couple more big announcements in the next few months, so keep an eye out.

Oh, what does everyone think about the GD Gathering? Honest opinions, please.
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Congrats on sorting out the house - sounds nice! Although, according to this thread you already have at least a couple of houses [smile]

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Anyway, that's that. You know what these journals are great for? Leaking information about upcoming or behind-the-scenes happenings of GameDev.net. So speaking of, we're going to have a big contest soon, and I think it'll be a fun one. We may also have a couple more big announcements in the next few months, so keep an eye out.

I should stop paying attention to what you staff/moderators are posting - You keep saying stuff is on the way but I wanna know NOW not later [sad]. Too much suspense.

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Oh, what does everyone think about the GD Gathering? Honest opinions, please.

Awesome feature - very original, hope it does well. I probably won't be using it anytime soon though.

Not because I don't want to, but more that over the next 18 months I'll be living in 4 different parts of the country... seems silly to set up or join a community when I'm not gonna be there for more than a couple of months.

Cheers,
Jack

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Congrats on the house bid. Last year we discovered that buying the house is the easy part and selling is the tough part.

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/mod/journal/journal.asp?jn=254106&reply_id=1657430

Hope you don't have as rough a time as we did.

Interestingly, the place down the street from us just went up for sale. It's on a smaller lot, is 800 square feet smaller than our house, has zoning problems (the garage encroaches on the neighbor's lot), and is listing for $50k more than we paid for our place. Weird.

Being five miles from the ocean must be unreal.

Big congrats again.

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Oh, and my opinion of the gamedev gathering.

I like it. I've got grand plans to eventually hold gamedev mini-convention here with sponsorships and door prizes and speakers and such. It's just a matter of finding a cheap enough venue that nothing will come out of my pocket and making sure that I can get enough people to make it a non-fiasco.

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Good luck with the house thing, moving is always so stressful!

Any chance of leaking potential competition launch dates (eg end of June, whatever?) [wink] Will entries be required in C++ you reckon or will other languages be embrased?

RE: GDNet Gathering
I think it's a good idea, though 25 miles could be a little too restrictive (for example in the UK Bournemouth and Southampton are 30 miles away, straight run by car takes not much more then 30 minutes). May be some kind of selection of distance, even for non-subscribers so they can see the numbers involved?

Anyway it's a decent inititive, though I know a few coders, many do not want to touch a keyboard when they get home... and to be honest after a full day doing my day job - when it's sunny outside I really don't get in to coding at home thing either.

But it would be good to meet up in a pub with some other game devs and may be find some othe local people to collobrate with, working with people is often tons more productive and enjoyable then working alone.

Also for the UK it seems some cities are in the same combo box as some counties... I just updated my profile and my county & city are now both Bournemouth (it made me choose Bournemouth, Bournemouth) when Bournemouth is in Dorset. As is Poole, which is Bournemouth's next door neighbour. Southampton is in Hampshire but not very far away at all.

Though credit to you guys, these are the bigger cities on the South Coast and after a few error messages it was clear what I was supposed to do.

I plan on subscribing pretty soon to GDNet... when I've got something worth celebrating / rewarding myself for anyway [grin]

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