I wanted to hear about what everyone's plans for GDC are, what they are and aren't attending, and why they're doing things the way they are. I think this'll be my 3rd or 4th GDC, I can't remember (yeah they're that good), so by no means do I "have it down." I'm just interested in the variety of strategies and styles for the varieties of people's situations. ### For my part, I'm going to the Flash Game Summit on Sunday (followed by the after-party) because my next big project will be a Flash one and I'm increasingly drawn to the technology for its casual inclinations, broad accessibility, and evolution with regard to synchronous gameplay, 3D graphics, and social and community feature integration. Then Mon-Tues I'm attending the so-called Casual Game Summit -- it was a tough call between that and the Indie summit, but I've been indie for 5 years and only casual for maybe 1-2 so I'm more interested in hearing about what I know less about, and the casual market is the one I've been squarely targeting for a while. I'm going to the summit instead of the sessions because it's more directed towards my specific genre/market interest AND it's a hell of a lot cheaper. Tues night of course is the indie gamer forum dinner. I hope to trade war stories, learn random things through people's anecdotes, and meet some fun talented indie developers. We all need encouragement and it's great that we can all encourage each others work as peers. Tues night is also the infamous Minna Mingle which I'll be attending almost as a compulsory thing. I have my game, Dragon Hatchery, which is just on the brink of release and looking for distribution, and while I'll not be explicitly promoting the game, I will be bringing "mini-flyers" with a full color screenshot and the website URL should any opportunities or chance meetings strike. There's also pretty much everyone I've ever met in the game industry that goes to the Minna's so it'll be fun to see old faces and friends. Though I'm not much of a shmoozer so I'll be ducking out at some point. Weds I'll be doing the also-near-compulsory Expo booths sto check out the latest in the industry and to stay current. Weds night I'll be going to the IGF and GDC awards for the same reason, to stay current, especially since I do not play AAA console games so it's invaluable to see what the industry considers top-notch. I'm not going to any of the tutorials because they're too long (1 and 2 day sessions) and they overlap with the Casual Game Summit sessions. I'm leaving Thursday as I have no interest in the career expo Friday and no week-long block of meetings planned. All in all I'm looking forward to an informative, relaxed GDC brimming with content that I can use over the next year of indie development. And y'all?