After several years of trying, I’ve finally made it to ARGFest1 which officially starts tomorrow morning here at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta. To say I’m psyched would actually be a fairly accurate statement.
For the 30-second background, I tried to attend ARGFest two years ago, but had to drop out due to a small health-related conflict.2 Then last year when ARGFest was held in Portland, I unfortunately needed (for work) to attend a different conference in Portland two weeks after ARGFest. Alas traveling to Portland twice in one month was not a possibility. Then this year, one of our key employees at Creatonomy is getting married on July 17 (and yes, that’s this Saturday, right in the middle of ARGFest 2010). The good news is that I’m here in Atlanta for the “professional” portion of the conference on Thursday and Friday, but the bad news is I’m catching a red-eye back home early Saturday to attend the wedding (and thus will miss the Game Festival on the weekend).
As someone who has played around trying to create things3 on the edges of Alternate Reality Gaming and transmedia, I’m looking forward to hearing and learning from the professionals — the practitioners who’ve been crafting these amazing immersive experiences since the very beginning.