Calling all Boston-area game developers! Many people know and love the Boston Postmortem; a popular game developer meetup and local IGDA chapter for the Boston area. For many, the BPM is a staple industry event but some are not aware of the other meetings for devs in the area. Here's a list of some lesser known game development related meetups and hubs that feature periodic events or game dev related goodies:
Boston Postmortem - The main monthly game developer meetup in the Boston area and local IGDA chapter. I used to drove in from Worcester every month just to attend this. It's that good. Drink some beer, network, and listen to the speaker. Good times will ensue. Also the website is a central hub info, with a job board, event board, local company listing, and industry news.
Boston Indies- A great monthly meetup put on by Scott Macmillan, previously at BetaHouse, now held at the Asgard in Cambridge. You don't need to be hardcore indie like Scott to attend, but if you're not, he might point and laugh at you. Overall, a wonderfully supportive community. Come demo some work in progress projects or just network and eat some pizza.
NE Games SIG- New England Games Special Interest Group puts on some interesting talks and industry events. Come hang with the MIT guys and gals to enjoy some networking and a great location at Microsoft's NERD building.
Dorkbot Boston / Axiom - Dorkbot is an interesting crowd of hackers, modders, artists, and code monkeys that like to experiment with all things electrical. They've done a few game development related events such as a recent talk on interactive fiction and use the Axiom Art Gallery in JP as a venue from time to time. Check out Dorkbot and Axiom for event listings.
NE Digital Artists- North East Digital Artists Group hosts events such as Z-Brush training and advanced Z-Brush workshops. Note that not everything they do is Z-Brush related! Check out their sweet site and help keep the digital artist community alive.
WPI GDC / Speaker Series - Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Game Development Club hosts both development and entertainment events from time to time during the school year. I'm not sure which other schools in the area run similar style events open to the public, but check out the club's website for details. In addition, the IMGD major at WPI hosts a speaker series throughout the school year consisting of great talks from industry members.
Boston Game Development Meetup Group- There's actually a Meetup.com group for game development that's small but interesting. They usually meet at an Au Bon Pain in Cambridge. Some cool guys.
Drinks on Tap - An iPhone developer meetup held at Jillians near Fenway every few months. Recommended for mobile folk.
Purple Blurb - An MIT series on digital writing. Looking at their previous events, they have had some interesting speakers on interactive fiction.