Vintage Games Almost Done

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Good grief. It looks like Bill and I might actually be handing in the completed draft of Vintage Games tonight. Even as I write this, Alyx is finishing up the last few chapters (then we'll need to make the necessary changes). It's been a long, slow, grueling process, but I think you're going to be impressed with the book. I'm not going to claim that every part is brilliant, but there is definitely going to be some pleasant surprises in store for you.

Of course, what's going to make or break this book is the pictures. I hope to the flying spaghetti monster that this publisher will get the damn pictures right. We've worked our asses off to get screenshots and photos for this book, and the bit is going to hit the fan if they muck up the brightness and contrast. I'm sure it's a non-issue given the 4-color pages, but damn...I'm making double sure that this book looks great.

So, what can you expect from this book? Definitely a lot more analysis than you might expect. We're really trying to explain why each of these games is special and why they were so influential. That required us to really get deep, but I think the results speak for themselves. Hell, Bill even had to a come up with his own vocabulary for one chapter! Whether you agree or not, I think you'll have to appreciate the mental work that went into this. This isn't just a list with a bunch of b.s.; this is hardcore stuff.

There's also going to be tons of pictures from Bill's collection, so you may be reading along, see some screenshots, and then --boom--there's a shot of the actual box and maybe even the game playing on the vintage hardware. Those are the money shots for sure. Anybody can take a screenshot, but I daresay only Bill has the ability to take so many shots from his personal collection. I've been looking at his pics and thinking that a professional took them. Hell, they are professional! He's got the right equipment and has learned how to put together a great shot.

Is this a book that you're going to want on your shelf? Definitely. I honestly can't imagine anyone interested in gaming who wouldn't want a copy of this! So, plan to buy one for yourself and whoever else you think may enjoy it. Heck, we can even autograph it for you if you want.

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Rowdy Rob
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I have no doubt it will be great!

Get some well-deserved rest, guys! Kick back and actually play a game! I might actually play a game myself (something I haven't done in months due to business, but will have a chance to do now).

Now that I'll have a chance to play a game, I'll seek out "Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor" thanks to Matt's recommendation in his "Dungeons and Desktops" book. I am skeptical that it's "the finest CRPG ever designed," but I'll give it a good playthrough if I can find a copy. ;-)

By the way, if I pre-order "Vintage Games," does it cut into anyone's profit margins (i.e. yours and not Amazon's?). Just curious. Looking forward to the book (perhaps you should put a "Sponsored Link" on the AA Web page?).

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Bill Loguidice
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Rowdy Rob wrote:

By the way, if I pre-order "Vintage Games," does it cut into anyone's profit margins (i.e. yours and not Amazon's?). Just curious. Looking forward to the book (perhaps you should put a "Sponsored Link" on the AA Web page?).

It doesn't, as far as I know so it's all the same to us. It seems like a good deal right now on Amazon since it's only ~$23, so now is certainly a good time and if you buy it now you're guaranteed to get it for that price or less. We do get a small percentage for the operation of AA if you use the link on here, which I've included in a few of the blog posts. I will definitely be adding it to the sponsored links soon, and in fact we'll need to dedicate a portion of AA to the book per our agreement with the publisher. I just don't want to do anything too soon. Anyway, back to work. I'll do a blog post when the final delivery goes through, which should be in another three or four hours or so at the most.



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Matt Barton
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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Now that I'll have a chance to play a game, I'll seek out "Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor" thanks to Matt's recommendation in his "Dungeons and Desktops" book. I am skeptical that it's "the finest CRPG ever designed," but I'll give it a good playthrough if I can find a copy.

WTF?????? HOly S***@W$@, I've heard of some misreadings, but $$@, Rob. Re-read what I say about this sick, disgusting travesty of a game before ordering it. Holy $#$@#$@. The thought of one of my friends actually spending money on this game makes me want to vomit!!!

Let me set the record straight. POR: Ruins of Myth Drannor is *NOT* the finest, but the *WORST* CRPG ever made.

Oh, wait a minute...I think Rob was pulling my leg about this one. Oh, well. He had me foaming at the mouth for a good five minutes. :P

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Rowdy Rob
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MUHAHAHA!
Matt Barton wrote:

Oh, wait a minute...I think Rob was pulling my leg about this one. Oh, well. He had me foaming at the mouth for a good five minutes. :P

Every once in a while, I feel the juvenile need to live up to my "Rowdy Rob" moniker. ;-)

I did indeed order "Baldur's Gate" and am looking forward to playing it. It's surprisingly high-priced (still) for an older game. Same with "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." It seems one advantage of the CRPG genre is that they hold their value better than games of other genres.

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Chris Kennedy
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Regarding a signed copy

What should we do if we want it autographed? I think that would be neat.

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Bill Loguidice
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Tag it and bag it

3:11 AM EST and I just put the finishing touches on the deliverable, zipped it all up and am uploading it now. We're done. Halle-frickin-lujah. Shoot us if we ever agree to write a whole book from scratch with over 34 chapters and well over 500 images in three months or less.

As for the signing books thing, no problem at all. We'll figure something out. Lots of ways to do it.



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Rowdy Rob
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Autographs
Bill Loguidice wrote:

As for the signing books thing, no problem at all. We'll figure something out. Lots of ways to do it.

I actually thought about asking about autographs a while back (even as far back as Matt's D&D book), but wondered whether you all would find such a request annoying. I would happily pay whatever shipping to receive an honored autographed copy, although I'd want Mark's autograph as well! That really would be a logistical bear to get his autograph, though!

I've worked with several "old time" musical celebrities in the past (as part of my old job in stage lighting), but never cared about getting autographs. I'm not a "celebrity" worshipper, so I'm not an "autograph" kind of guy, but I would actually be extremely honored to get an autographed book by you guys; more so than the "celebrities!" I can't explain why that is, but it's true.

(No disrespect to said celebrities, they were very cool too!)

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Bill Loguidice
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Signing

I think I speak for Matt (and Mark) when I say that signing it and writing a short dedication is no trouble at all, and we'll do whatever we can to accommodate. I think I agree with you Rob that it means a lot more when it comes from someone you know than just a stranger. It's also nice when you're acknowledged in the book as well!



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Mark Vergeer
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Yeah - right on!

The birth of the brainchild is close at hand.....



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Matt Barton
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Yeah, the Europeans got some

Yeah, the Europeans got some kind of special DVD deal, where all the games were on a DVD for a good price. I didn't see that for the U.S. when I checked, but it's been several months. Mark is always carrying on about how the Europeans get access to this stuff so much faster and cheaper than over here in the U.S. :P

I'm wondering about how the autographs might work. It'd get pretty expensive to ship it to Bill, to me, and then back to you. I guess you could send the money for the book to Bill or me, we sign it, ship it to the next person, etc. I'm not really sure how this would work in a cost-effective manner, to be honest. Any ideas?

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