Location will be the Panera Bread in Avery/Muirfield. From the northwest corner of 270, take 33/161 west and take the Avery Rd exit North and it should be right there on the right. Their meeting room holds 24 people which our current RSVP count is approaching, so please confirm your maybes and get your RSVP in ASAP. If we have more than the room can hold, some people will have to break off into the dining area.
The meeting room is free to use but they do request that you make a purchase, so please come hungry and get a sandwich to ensure our group is welcomed back to this venue.
Hopefully the weather will have improved enough by March that we can get together for another game dev meetup, and that this summer we can start to have regular monthly meetups. We've gotten a lot of new members, many of which are very interested in working on game projects with others, so I'm looking forward to a good turnout this time.
I'd like to kick off this meetup with the topic of Innovation in Games. Frequently there's a lot of focus on innovation in graphic capabilities, but without big corporate game dev funding here in Ohio it makes most of us independent game developers who just can't compete on that playing field. The primary weapons that we have are innovative style and gameplay, taking games in directions that corporations consider too risky, giving us the edge we need to succeed. So let's talk about how to be innovative and how not to be innovative.
Also, I'd like to talk about indie game development in general, as I think it's one of the best things we can do RIGHT NOW to grow the game development business here in Columbus Ohio. Having just gone full time into my own indie game dev business, I'm willing to share my experiences with it as the months roll on. This group already has 60 members with new people joining almost every week, so there's no reason we can't see more game dev businesses popping up and create more local opportunities.
Location of the meetup will be chosen at a later date after I see how many people plan to come. I'm thinking something inside 270 this time maybe around the Bethel Rd area.