Hello, all. I thought you might like to know that my book Dungeons and Desktops has been nominated for the prestigious Game Developer Front Line Award. It's up against some very steep competition, but I'm honored just to be nominated! Please keep your fingers (and pointy tails!) crossed for me.
The book has continued to sell reasonably well and was recently featured in a review by Matthew S. S. Johnson for the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds. Dr. Johnson really liked the book and said some very nice things about it. If you get a chance, check out the journal and the review.
I cannot imagine a more useful book for CRPG developers than "Dungeons & Desktops." Whether you win the award or not, you're a hero! I'm not just saying that.
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LOL, well, thanks for that, Rob! You made my day. You wouldn't believe how many people think something like this is easy, when in reality it's a lot of work getting all those games to run and getting the facts, screenshots, etc. Even when you love this stuff as much as we do, it can get frustrating. However, a few nice words makes it all worth it!!
I don't know if it's clear or not, but Mark designed the cover graphic for Vintage Games. In a way it's the first truly "Armchair Arcade" product; all three of us worked on it. I would like to continue that collaboration!
Anyway, I would love to win the award, since it would no doubt drive sales and add legitimacy to this sort of project. We've had to deal with publishers who didn't "get it," and that was tough. A.K. Peters really took a chance on and I appreciate that immensely. As much as I love VG, it wasn't our original idea--they rejected that and gave us another project instead. That turned out to be great, but it just goes to show that even "noted" authors can struggle to find a publisher.
An excellent read, and one that, as Rob has said, should be mandatory reading for any RPG developer. I am sure we would have all input our personal bias in some parts but you covered the whole excellently and with a balanced outlook that made complete sense.
Lets hope a nice award is in the works!
On a side note, if you're interested at all in wikis, you might like Wiki Writing, a book I co-edited with Bob Cummings. I have a chapter in there about using wikis to teach writing.