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Just a quick reminder: MMMOGIG #3 is today, same place (Kip’s Pub), same time (2p-6p or thereabouts). 

Lots of the usual people actually won’t be making it, given the other major events of the weekend as well as personal conflicts (we’re deep in vacation season here, after all), but still, everyone is welcome.  Whether the group is large or small, it’s an opportunity to meet new people of varying interests and get some new perspectives.

I have not reserved a room this time, rather figured we would see how the day progressed, perhaps if the weather clears we can go to the patio and enjoy some sun as well… (harder to justify when you’re paying for the room). 

Hope to see you there…

Another meetup has come and gone, more people met, another set of topics discussed.  Again, my thanks to everyone who attended, and I extend the invitation to any and all who can join us to do so for the next one.  Details in brief on this meeting were as follows…

Part 1

Another smaller get-together, but again, not totally unexpected.  Given the other events of the day (more below), the somewhat odd scheduling due to the 4th of July holiday earlier this month, and the awesomely beautiful weather, I expected that attendence might again be light.

The gathering was still marked by the illustriousness of the attendees, however.  We had Erik Hyrkas, lead designer for Granite Games (who is working on the upcoming Dusktreaders MMO), Cameron from Random Battle blog and news editor at Ten Ton Hammer, and Brent from Virgin Worlds.  Also in attendance for a couple minutes by cell phone speaker as we were wrapping up “part 1” was Kendricke from Kendricke Tracker blog and editor at EQ2 Warcry.

Discussion topics were all across the board, again.  I got more feedback from Cameron on how exactly his idea for link-locking to improve cross-blog conversations might be laid out/integrated with existing blog site structures.  Erik shared some of his experiences and insights in terms of creating an MMO as an indie.  A few games were discussed (Ryzom in particular got a little attention), reminiscences of past gaming adventures were shared… it was another free-flowing enjoyable discussion of a variety of aspects of the MMO experience.

Decamping to Cuppy’s for part 2

We did break up early, however, to head over to the big event of the day, Cuppycake’s (Tami Baribeau) farewell party.  It was a lively bash, with people of all interests and walks of life, family, friends, coworkers, and of course, some of us MMO oddballs (namely Kendricke, Cameron, and myself) parked in front of the coolers arguing about whether showing the numbers in an MMO was good, bad, or otherwise.

At any other party, I would have expected some very odd looks… the reaction here was more a shrug of the shoulders, and then step in and try to keep up.  Kendricke does tend to dominate the conversation on occasion, however, so it’s really not very difficult to just walk up and join in… you don’t actually have to say much. 😉

I actually met several people, but it was crowded enough that my little psychological flaw (I have a mild phobia re: crowds and crowded situations) kicked in, and I am ashamed to say that I remember none of their names, and did very poorly in terms of following up on opportunities to interact.

There was an EQ1 player that I would have loved to talk with a bit more, get some feedback from her perspective on various things that have happened since I migrated away from the game several years ago; a couple of gentlemen with console game experience (of which I have almost none, unless you want to go back to Atari), with whom Cameron was discussing Final Fantasy and the like, that would have been interesting to talk with, and so on.  In the end, I simply had to throw in the towel, offer Cuppy one last “good luck”, and head out after a couple of hours.

Kendricke talked someone into taking a couple pictures of the “blogger rat-pack”, as it were: from left to right, it would be myself, Ken, Cuppy, and Cameron.  I’m sure someone will post them at some point… feel free to make fun of my sad attempt at looking “gangsta”. (Oh, lordy…)

Next meeting

The next MMMOGIG is tentatively scheduled for August 4.  Location is still to be determined, we may well go somewhere a little different for the next one, but I’d like to nail down the details a bit more before getting too carried away on the possibilities.  Again, my thanks to everyone who attended, and I hope to meet even more of you next time.

“Same bat time, same bat channel”… er, or something like that.

Saturday, July 14, 2pm-6pm.

Kip’s Irish Pub, Molly Room

For those who are also going to Cuppycake’s Congratulatory Bash, the intent is to head on over there as soon as we’re done deciding how we will Take Over the World(TM).  (Sorry, obviously a little loopy from lack of sleep… “Pinky and the Brain” references is one of my warning signs that it’s time to wrap it up for the night.)  If you haven’t already, RSVP with her so she has some idea how many will be showing up (hint, hint) :-).

Well, the get-together was not quite as well attended this time, although the people that did attend made it an interesting talk anyway.  The low attendence probably shouldn’t have been too surprising: the reason we originally pushed the July meeting back to the 14th in the first place was because of the number of people who were going to busy or unavailable due to the holiday, after all.

Some details after the jump…

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Update: I’ve just verified that we are in the Molly room, and good to go for 2:00.  I’ll be headed out the door in 10 minutes or so to get there and greet everyone (I hope).   Hope to see you there!  (@Cameron: too much partying, eh? Heh…)

Just a quick reminder that the next MMMOGIG will be at Kip’s Irish Pub in St. Louis Park, tomorrow, June 30, from 2-6.  It’s not required to RSVP via meetup.com (although it is appreciated, just to get a feel for the amount of space necessary)… feel free to just show up if the opportunity arises, the more the merrier.

I’m going to be bringing a camera to take a couple pictures of anyone willing to smile/frown/pose for a photo (to “prove it happened”, as some have suggested 🙂 ), and I’ll maybe try to create a bit more substantial report of the ebb and flow of the discussion, depending on how it goes.  For my part, I can only really do that if I sit back and just observe, instead of partake, and that’s not really why I organize these to begin with, so…

Just a brief update: I don’t have final verification yet, but all the paperwork is in, and the room was ours last time I checked, so barring catastrophe, we are all set for our next little get-together at Kip’s Irish Pub in St. Louis Park, on June 30, 2pm-6pm.  Hope to see you there!

Ok, not really.  However, I am vacationing (my version of it, at least), and the ol’ blog has suffered for it thus far.  That may change over the next couple of days… don’t know.  My vacations often end up to be, in some ways, busier and more stressful than my work days.  (There are reasons I don’t take “vacations” very often…)

I have just about finalized the location for the next MMMOGIG on June 30 (2pm-6pm).  Kip’s Authentic Irish Pub has private meeting rooms of it’s own that can be reserved, with food and drink service included.  It’s not “final” simply because they haven’t gotten the paperwork to me yet.  Depending upon how it goes, this might become the default location for future meetings… all the details seem to work perfectly, so far.

As for a topic, I was thinking we could maybe discuss various aspects of guilds and raiding-styles of play.  It’s kind of been a general topic of interest over the past few weeks.  I also have a little starter app from a couple of weekends ago I’d like to get some general feedback on, for those willing to take a few minutes to critique it.  If anyone else has something to bring for viewing or discussion, just let me know.

Anyway, no, I’m not dead.  Yet.  Type at you later…

Well, the results of my little poll are in, and they are less than absolute in either direction.  Both June 30 and July 14 work for some and not for others.  Therefore, since I hate disappointing _anyone_… I’m going to schedule a get-together for _both_ weekends, and everyone is welcome to attend either or both as they wish.

I’m working on locations at the present time.  Kip’s Pub (in the same Marriott our first meeting was in) has it’s own meeting rooms with wireless connectivity, which might work better in terms of access to refreshments… I’ve got a request for information in to them to check on availability and pricing. 

I’d be willing to host meetings at my home as well (potentially a somewhat less expensive venue, at least), but people would need to be willing to drive to Apple Valley.  Drop me a line via meetup.com, or let me know in comments, if people would be okay with that on occasion.

Hope everyone can attend at least one of these… I’ve updated the meetup site as well.  Feel free to wax poetic on what a wimp I am in comments…

How to describe it?

A great crowd of wonderful people, talking with enthusiasm about MMO games: what we’ve seen, what we want, what we liked (and didn’t).  Everything I could have hoped for, and in some ways, better.

ed: corrected and expanded, see the end of the post.

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Links to the location for directions and maps can be found here.

I’m on my way out the door to run a few errands and try to get there early so I can greet and direct as necessary.  Wireless access should be available, but I haven’t confirmed that.  (crosses fingers)

I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you… see you there!

Ed: we will be meeting in the Cashel Boardroom for starters, moving to wherever from there.  It is listed as Game Developers Meeting, the front desk can direct you.

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Live in or near Mpls/St. Paul? Interested in talking MMOs with other like-minded people? Join us on either June 30th or July 14th at MMMOGIGs #1.9 or #2.1 (or both!), details coming soon. You can also join us in Google Groups or meetup.com to discuss the when/where of the next meeting, provide feedback, etc.
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