I’m going to be a guest speaker at the DGExpo this weekend here in Raleigh. I’ll be on the panel about MMORPGs. Should be fun, interesting, and maybe a little controversial! Say hello if you see me there.
I’m flying to San Francisco on Monday to attend the Technology Innovations conference. Naturally, I will be networking like crazy and getting the word out about what we are doing at Neogence. Our funding deal with the Pakistani venture fund seems to have gone up in smoke with all of the problems and instability other there, so we have been scrambling around trying to reorganize and find alternative funding sources.
So we have been in the early stages of reaching out to several venture funds, making new connections, getting several introductions, and so forth. This is not an easy process by any means, and quite a bit more difficult because we are “on the wrong coast”. I know some others think that this “east cost/west coast” thing is a bunch of nonsense, but I have definitely encountered it on multiple occasions, and not just with this venture. I might blog more about this later.
We have a killer team in place (with experience on most of the leading MMORPGs, as well as virtual worlds and simulations), great content, perfect market positioning, several amazing partnerships and strategic alliances, and some incredible technology that no one else has. We have figured out how to break away from the closed loop, linear, and static grind-fest that most games are. Our worlds are living…they will evolve, adapt, and grow based on user actions (or inaction). It is pretty damn sweet.
So I think it is just a matter of time before we are back on track and the funding gets sorted out. In the meantime, we continue to do what we can with a small core team and I will spend some of my time working on several other projects that are quite interesting on their own, and actually dovetail into what we are doing. Expect to see more strategic partnerships and relationships emerging for us over the next six months. If all goes as planned, we should be launching a tech demo (and probably a light demo of the first game world) by mid-late summer.
I need to figure out what I’m going to do for business cards at this conference. I was going to get some printed at Kinkos this afternoon but they refused to print on the card stock I provided. Really stupid. I got mad and walked out. Why the hell won’t they print on user provided stock? They totally lost money.
I had the opportunity to speak to the Students in the Game Design/Development degree program at Wake Tech here in North Carolina. I wanted to thank Walter Rotenberry and Wake Tech for the invitation and the opportunity to speak to the students. They asked a lot of very good questions at the end of the class, and I enjoyed chatting with a half dozen or so of them in their new development lab later in the day.
I will be attending the 2007 Indie MMO Game Development Conference in Minneapolis Minnesota this April over the 14th and the 15th as a guest speaker.
I will be giving a class on fundraising to aspiring game designers and developers that want to start their own company or studio and need to find funds to make it happen…
Fundraising: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective
The class will cover a variety of topics including how to find potential sources for funding, creatively structuring deals, choosing between debt and equity, handling investor relations, angels and venture funds, preparing business plans, common mistakes and pitfalls, when to walk away from a deal, deal points entrepreneurs should look for, and why a good attorney is an entrepreneur’s best friend.
and I will be moderating an open roundtable discussion:
In-Game Advertising: Gold Mine or Fool’s Gold
In-game advertising is getting a lot of attention as a primary or secondary source of revenue for online games. The roundtable will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to in-game advertising, as well as debate its controversial nature.
I will also be signing autographs for anyone that has bought my book, MMO Evolution.
Stop by and say hello!
I will be attending the 2007 Goldsboro Gaming Expo on Saturday January 27th and giving a seminar at noon titled “Revolution and Evolution: MMORPGs”. I will be signing copies of my book, MMO Evolution, throughout the afternoon, as well as selling a few copies.
Come check it out and say hello!