We are very pleased to announce that our industry Skype guest for the March meeting is indie developer, Andy Schatz. Andy is the founder of Pocketwatch Games where he is currently finishing up work on his much-acclaimed game, Monaco. At the 2010 Independent Games Festival(held at GDC), Monoco won both the Excellence in Design award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.
Prior to Monoco, Andy released two titles, Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa and Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Arctic where he served as the sole programmer, designer, and producer. Venture Africa was built in 10 months on a budget of $8000 and has sold 90,000 copies worldwide.
Andy is a staunch supporter of the indie games movement and has spoken all over the world about being an independent game developer. His talk, “How to Win the IGF in 15 Weeks or Less” was one of the highest-rated talks at GDC in 2011. (This talk is available for free on the GDC Vault! Watch it by clicking that pretty link above! Seriously… watch it.)
He has been the on-stage host of the Independent Games Festival awards program in 2007, 2008, 2009, and will do so again next week for the 2012 IGF. (The event will be streamed live on Gamespot Wednesday evening.)
Please note that, due to St. Patrick’s Day falling on the 3rd Saturday of March, our meeting day has been changed to the 24th. Unless otherwise informed, assume that we will once again be at CAMP for this meeting.
We expect Andy to join us for about an hour starting at 7PM. Please try to make it by our normal start time of 6, however, so that we can get settled well before beginning with Andy