Here is some interesting information about me, I run a meetup for independent video game developers in the Chicagoland area twice a month. We set a topic to talk about a few weeks in advance and we all come to the meetup and hash that topic among many many others. We have a wide range of participants in the meetup and I really like going and talking with people who love this stuff as much as I do.
We have been having the meetups for almost 6 months now I believe. We are working toward teaming up on projects and actually making games in the group. Hopefully in a few months we will have a playable game or two.