18 April, 2007
I had the opportunity to speak at the Indie MMO Game Development Conference (IMGD) this last weekend. I spoke on the topic of “Taking Your Indie MMO International”.
Overall, it was a really great conference. I was really glad to be able to attend. I always love indie conferences.
The best thing about them is the positive energy. Indies are always excited about their work. Compare this to going to the larger conferences, where you get a lot more grumbling. Of course, after listening to the rehashed talks, the increasingly glitzy expo floor, and the bellyaching of others, a bit of grumbling is deserved at the larger conferences.
One of the better summaries is up on Kill Ten Rats: Day One and Day Two. And, it’s not just a great summary because the author, Ethic, says I “…was a very enjoyable speaker and had the audience laughing many times.” (It was a great pleasure to meet with Ethic and to finally put a person to the blog.)
There were a lot of exceptional talks, and more than once I wondered which class or talk I should attend. For a small conference in its first year, there was a surprising lack of “filler” in the two day schedule. Some people did give multiple talks, but the people chosen to speak were really well-prepared and interesting, from what I saw.
The highlight of the show was undoubtedly Richard Bartle’s keynote on the second day. Richard is probably tied with Will Wright as my favorite speaker (even if he does poke fun of Meridian 59 in his talk.) I remember Richard’s keynote at the Austin conference a few years ago, and he certainly didn’t skimp for this conference. He even tailored his talk to the conference and was a real inspiration to the indie developers there. I know I came away inspired.
My own talk on international opportunities was well-received. I gave a short talk and tried to focus most of the time on Q&A with the audience. I always find that this is the most interesting part of a conference talk, and it always irritates me when someone takes the precious few minutes of Q&A to ask a stupid question like, “What’s an MMO?” Anyway, I’ve made my slides available for download. If anyone has any questions, post them here and I’ll try to respond. There was also an interview with me on this topic posted on the GamersInfo.net site.
Overall, it was a great conference. I definitely look forward the conference next year.