Game Chef 2010
Game Chef 2010 starts tomorrow! Game Chef 2010 is a game design event that runs from Sept 11-19 and is run by Jonathan Walton. Here's what Jonathan says it's about:
showing that everyone can create games, supporting participants in experimentation and practicing design as a skill, and not assuming that all projects or designers are aiming for the same outcome.
Having participated a few times, I can say that it's great fun, and also a great way to meet people and learn about some cool games, especially (but not exclusively) if you're just starting out on game design.