GDC Online (formerly the Austin GDC) is just around the corner, and I'm getting stoked. I really, really like this conference. Small enough that the sessions remain intimate (and most of the mainstream press pretty much stays away), large enough to make for excellent networking and (gasp) valuable learning. I have attended for many years, and I ALWAYS walk away with choice nuggets of worthwhile information. At the very least, I walk away with a mild hangover and the lingering disappointment of the Congress Ave Bridge. Austin rocks!
Go for the bats, stay for the Game Narrative Summit. They let just about anyone through the door.