About a month ago I was reading the blog of my friend-for-life Cecil. She had just been to a “Geek Dinner” down in LA. This South African winery called Stormhoek was trying to do some out of the box marketing by sponsoring “100 Geek Dinners in 100 Days” and Cecil was reporting in from one such event. It sounded like a fun time, so I left a comment in her blog: “I’m a geek, I like wine, how do I get a winery to sponsor a dinner?” Within 24 hours someone from Stormhoek had responded to my comment and given me an e-mail address. I dropped him a line, explained what I did for a living, and suggested a Geek Dinner for game designers. Nicole and I picked a date and added the event at the wiki (http://thehughpage.com/Stormhoek’s_100_Geek_Dinners_in_100_Days). The Stormhoek folks were really nice and quite enthusiastic. As Nicole was planning the menu, they sent us signed and numbered prints for the guests and eight bottles of the wine for the event.
Last night we had the Geek Dinner, “Seattle Game Designers Assemble” (though technically we did also have one Canadian down from Vancouver). I’ll talk more about that in my next entry (must get back to work now) but the Reader’s Digest version is: damn, what a good time.