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Still got questions after reading about the Indie Game Developer Network? We’ve got answers!

What does “email-based” mean?

We call the Indie Game Developers Network “email-based” because 95% of our activities occur on our exclusive, members-only email list. Our members come from are all over the country (from San Fransisco to Boston!), and while we would love to meet up for a beer every Friday, it’s just not possible. Instead, we focus our energy on a safe, friendly email environment accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

How does the email list work?

Members send out questions to the membership at large through the list. Other members help out by replying to the topic at hand, offering a wealth of advice that comes from a variety of perspectives.

Members aren’t ever required to reply to a topic. If something doesn’t interest you, you can feel free to ignore it and focus on the email threads that you feel you can get something out of or add something to. We find that this lets our members get the most out of each other without wasting their time.

Who is an “indie” developer?

We believe that anyone who is interested in developing gaming products outside of the mainstream publishers is an “indie” game developer. And if you also develop products for Wizards, White Wolf, or Palladium…great!

In short, if you think you’re “indie,” it’s probably good enough for us.

What if I don’t think I need any help developing/promoting/selling games?

Well…do you think you’re as successful as you could be?

Of course you’re able to use your skills without our help; we wouldn’t accept your application if we thought you weren’t a “real” developer. However, it’s easy to get caught in a rut, doing the same things over and over without thinking about the possibilities you haven’t explored. The IGDN can help you change that and supercharge your already successful development.

Will other people know that I’m a member of the network if I join?

Only if you want them to know. Our membership list is private and we only publicize the members who feel comfortable making their membership known.

How likely are you to accept my application?

While we are an exclusive group, we are looking for developers from all walks of life! Many of our best members occasionally worry that they “aren’t worthy of the group.” If you develop indie games, we’d love to see an application from you.

At the same time, existing members have veto power over new members. If some of our membership doesn’t feel that you would add something to our group, your application may be rejected.

If you’re interested (and we hope you are!), please fill out a contact form below, and we’ll send you the official application!