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This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group.  If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it.



Hey everyone,

I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading.  Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc.

2008 UG Calendar
February 21st - Game AI Techniques  (THIS IS TODAY!!)
March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker - 3D Space Invaders (Nick Landry)
March 29th & 30th - Indy MMO Game Developers Conference (IMGDC) right here in the Twin Cities.
April 17th - topic TBD
May 15th - Intro to Shaders -AND- Building Network Games with XNA 2.0  (Shawn Hargreaves Double Feature)
June 21st - XNA UG Cookout (NOT A THURSDAY)

So what's the big news?  If you haven't heard the killer XNA news today, you're going to love this:  1) XNA Games on your ZUNE!  It's going to happen by the end of the year and it's going to be awesome!  2) XNA Community Games available on XBOX Live.  DBP Winner "The Dishwasher" will be available today, with many many more to follow.  If you're interested in seeing the whole GDC Keynote, check out this link (provided by Zach):  http://www.joystiq.com/2008/02/20/joystiq-live-from-the-microsoft-gdc-keynote/

Spread the word!
Our member base is steadily growing, and we recently broke 45 people on the list. That's not bad for a group that's only 3 months old. I'd like to see it (and our attendance) climb even higher.  If you have a friend or coworker that has an interest in XNA or game development, and they don't already know about us...  be sure and tell them. Blogging is also encouraged! If you have a blog, please consider linking to our website: www.twincitiesxnausergroup.com

IMGDC in March!
If you're into Massively Multiplayer Online Game Development, you do NOT want to miss IMGDC. It's being put on by Jonathan Stevens right here in the Twin Cities at the end of March (3/29 & 3/30). If you're thinking about attending, don't delay. Jonathan is offering XNA UG members a rate of $139 (it's currently $189) until March 15th.  For more information, check out their website at http://www.imgdc.com

April Meeting!
We need topic suggestions and/or volunteers for our April meeting. Don't be shy.

Other groups in the area...
In addition to our group, there is a local IGDA chapter that meets on the 1st Thursday of each month. If you want more info about them you can visit their website:  http://igda.org/wiki/index.php/IGDA_Twin_Cities  or talk to our very own Zach Wendt.

If you got this far...
Thanks for reading this! I'll try to contain these to fairly infrequently. I really do want to hear from all of you. Let me know what you like, don't like and want to see more of...  and let me know how we're doing.

Thanks,

XNAEvents Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:21 AM Game Development , General Interest | Back to top


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