-Here on GSW, we're proud to present the latest video from this year's Independent Games Summit, which took place at Game Developers Conference 2007 last March as part of the Independent Games Festival - look for an initial announcement next week on some IGS 2008 speakers

The eighth lecture is from Three Rings' captain Daniel James, most famous for his shepherding of Puzzle Pirates, of course - though his company has also released IGF prizewinner Bang! Howdy and are working on the distinctly intriguing-looking user-created online game experience Whirled.

What I particularly appreciate about this lecture - apart from James' caustic, battle-tested opinions on a variety of topics around online games and being an independent operator in the biz - is that he's unfailingly honest about Three Rings' monthly revenues and splits between products, as can be seen in the freeze-frame below (you might want to download the MPEG4 version to see it better, though James explains it verbally!) This really helps potential online indies understand how you can grow in a measured, smart way.

In any case, here's a direct Google Video link for the lecture, plus a higher-res downloadable .MP4 version and an embedded version:

Here's the original session description: "The business and creative mind behind games such as Puzzle Pirates and Bang! Howdy discusses the practical logistics of handling heavily invested online game players as an independent developer, discussing elements such as when and how to update content, community management and keeping players interested, how to approach Beta tests, technical support, and much more - a key hands-on lecture for all those considering making an indie online game."

(Other IGS 2007 videos posted so far are the indie innovation panel w/Mak, Blow, Chen, Gabler, Swink, and Matt Wegner on physics, alongside the Gastronaut founders on 'Small Arms' for XBLA, the Telltale folks on Sam & Max/episodic gaming, Gamelab's Eric Zimmerman on 'The Casual Cash Cow', and Braid's Jon Blow on indie prototyping, as well as Russell Carroll on 'indie marketing'.)