We had our annual Green Ronin Summit this past weekend. Hal, Steve, Jon, and Bill all flew into Seattle and met up Nicole, Evan, Sparky, and I for several days of meeting, planning, eating, and even a little bit of gaming. We did a debrief on the last year, talking about what went well and not so well. Then we reviewed our various lines, brainstormed new ideas, and banged out a schedule through the end of 2010. After we adjourned the summit proper, some of us recorded new material for the Green Ronin podcast. All in all it was a productive and enjoyable weekend and it’s always nice tohang out with the other ronins away from a convention environment.
I have sometimes pondered handling this stuff via e-mail like we do most of our business, but it’s really worth getting everyone in the same room at least once a year. There’s a spontaneity you don’t get in e-mail and sometimes it’s the little asides that you wouldn’t type that send the conversation off in a direction that proves fruitful. This year we had a particularly large knot to untangle and the solution we came up with was not something I had considered beforehand. It was the back and forth discussion during the brainstorming that led us to something I think will be really cool. That’s the sort of result that makes the summit so worthwhile.