Update: Better late than never, my talk is now on my site.
Happy New Year!
For those that don't know, in May (or so) I moved from Boston to Charlottesville, VA. Thankfully, the awesome people at Fire Hose have allowed me to stay with them and work remotely, so I haven't moved companies. I have, however, moved communities.
Charlottesville isn't a huge center for game development, but I think if could be a great place for game companies in the future. There's a lot of talent to be had from the neighboring universities (UVA, JMU, GMU, Virginia Tech, and William and Mary are all fairly close) and it's just a great place to live. It's not a big city, but that's actually what I like about it.
To try to help this along, I've created the Charlottesville Game Developers meet-up group. We've had a few small meetings so far, with mostly me talking, but coming up over the next few months, we're going to have some great talks about starting companies, working with the city of Charlottesville, and maybe more! (By the way, if you'd like to come visit Charlottesville and give a talk, let me know and we'll work something out).
Tonight, I'm giving a talk on tips for game jams. Since UVA has been nice enough (at my urging) to host a Global Game Jam site this year, I'm making sure everyone comes in prepared. Most of the tips come from my previous post mortems of game jams, but there will be some new stuff in there. I'll try to be sure to post the slides tomorrow as well, so everyone can get the benefit.
Anyway, if you're in the Charlottesville area, come out to our meetings! I'm really looking forward to seeing what the Charlottesville community can produce over the next year.