[MUD-Dev] Announce: MUD-Dev Conference

J C Lawrence claw at kanga.nu
Thu Feb 26 22:37:56 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


			http://kanga.nu/MDC/

			The MUD-Dev Mailing List
			      Presents the
		    Second Annual MUD-Dev Conference

		       Saturday, March 27th, 2004
		       Sunday, March 28th, 20044

		      Location: The Hyatt San Jose
	       (Right by the San Jose Conference Centre)

(preceeded by the fifth annual MUD-Dev dinner on Friday March 26th, and
followed closely by the Third Annual MUD-Dev BBQ & hot tubbing
competition, March 28th, 2004).

MUD-Dev presents the 2004 MUD-Dev Conference, a day and a half long
conference about MUD and MMO* game design, development and
implementation and related topics. As MUD gaming has grown into both the
premier style of online gaming, the MUD continues being one of the most
intimate methods of online role-playing and adventuring, this conference
will be of interest to game developers of all kinds who work in the
online media. For more definition of what a "MUD" is in regards to this
conference, please see the MUD-Dev charter at
https://kanga.nu/lists/listinfo/mud-dev). The conference is scheduled to
take advantage of the number of game professional and hobbyist
developers who will be in San Jose for the Game Developers Conference.

Sessions include:

    Alistair Riddoch       - Designs for Continent Scale Persistent
                             Online Worlds

    Brian Green, Josh Yelon,
    Daniel James, etc      - Developing independent games panel

    Constance Steinkuehler - Providing Resources for MMOG Guild Leaders

    Dave Rickey            - Cat-Herding For Fun and Profit: Planning
                             and Managing MMOG Betas

    Edward Castronova      - The future of Cyberspace economies

    James Turner           - Designing a persistent-world server for
                             flexible rule development

    Jeannie Novak          - Online Games as Distance Learning

    John Arras             - Hierarchical World Generation

    Randy Farmer
    & Chip Morningstar     - About Habitat

     ...Plus a round table working group on a topic TBA.

The MUD-Dev Conference will be a real-time, face-to-face complement to
MUD Dev, a well-known email list that covers MUD game design and
development and is distributed to a large and growing number of game
developers in multiplayer online games. It will provide a tight feedback
loop between presenters and audience for discussing MUD development, and
will include peer review, presentations, technology and system
demonstrations. The MUD-Dev Conference will continue to build and widen
the MUD-Dev community by providing the informal discussion, socializing
and networking that we have all been asking for.

The Second Annual MUD-Dev Conference is in response to the community's
demand for better and more thorough coverage than the tracks presented
at GDC and other game industry conferences. The conference will promote
knowledge sharing by providing participants a day and a half long forum
to speak directly with others in their field. You have asked for and the
MUD-Dev Conference offers all MUDers the opportunity to participate in
the group that forms and defines their field.

The MUD-Dev Conference is modelled after Chris Crawford's original Game
Developer's Conference (which later became GDC). The MUD-Dev Conference
is presented by the MUD-Dev list.  The 2003 CD, materials and sample
audio tracks may be reviewed at: http://www.kanga.nu/MDC/cdrom.2003/

Summary:

    * Dinner:
          o Date: 26 March 2004
          o Location: Teske's Germania
          o We'll meet up out side the San Jose Conference Centre at
            18:30 before walking to Teske's
          o Costs: Approximately $25 per head, not including drinks
          o Reservations: email dinner-reservation at kanga.nu


    * Conference:
          o Dates: 27 March 2004 and 28 March 2004
          o Location: Hyatt San Jose Hotel
          o Reservations: email conference-reservation at kanga.nu
          o Costs:
                Students: $35 (ID required)
                General admission: $70 at the door $65 prepay
                Admission plus CD:
                    CD is free for purchasers of the CD at MDC 2003
                    New attendees: 90.00 at the door, 80.00 prepay
          o Advance payment: Send cheques payable to "J C Lawrence" to
            2351 Shelley Avenue, San Jose CA 95124

    * BBQ:
          o Date: 28 March 2004
          o Location: 1264 Albion Lane, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
          o Please bring drinks, snacks, and/or food for the grill.
          o A jacuzzi will be available.
          o Transport to/from hotels and planes may be available
          o Thank your hosts Jon and Beth Leonard.
          o Reservations: email bbq-reservation at kanga.nu

Places and tickets are limited.

--
J C Lawrence
---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
claw at kanga.nu               He lived as a devil, eh?
http://www.kanga.nu/~claw/  Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live.

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