There's a very interesting software development conference coming up. New York's too far for me to travel, which is a pity--one of my USC profs is giving a talk.
Last weekend I got to do some gaming with Jacob and kattelyn. They introduced me to Railroad Tycoon, which is a great boardgame. I was stomped miserably, but by the end I think I'd figured out how to play. I really like the goods-shipping mechanism, it allows a lot of business-type moves without imposing much overhead in complex rules. I may be swiping that for a future game design . . .