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Interested in creating computer games? Have we got books for you!

Humble Bundle is selling 17 ebooks worth almost $500 on programming and game design on multiple platforms for the stunning price of $15.  Technologies include: Android, Swift, Unity3D, RPGMaker, Java in LibGDX, and HTML5!  As usual, they’re available in epub, Kindle, and PDF formats and are not encumbered with DRM, something that cannot be said for most computer games. 🙂

Unfortunately, the bundle goes away in about 35 hours from this post.  Sorry for the lateness of this notification, December has been a pretty rough month.  For that matter, the second half of the year has been rough, but that’s the way things go sometimes.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and here’s to a better ’17!  Let’s make gaming great again! 🙂

Post-Apocalyptic Bundle from Humble

There’s two books in here that I really want: Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazney and Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber. But the bundle also contains A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren, Wasteland: Vol. 1: Cities in Dust (collecting six issues), After the End: Recent Apocalypses (short stories), Lightspeed Magazine July 2010 and March 2013, the game Defiance for Windows, and an audiobook omnibus of Wool by Hugh Howey.

The $15 bonus level includes The End Is Night by Hugh Howey and John Joseph Adams, Parable of the Sower by Octabia Butler, and The Strain Vol. 1 collecting issues 1-6, I think this is a comic series.

Paying above the average, which is currently $9.73, gets you: Walter Mosley’s Futureland, Nancy Kress’ After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, issues 1-6 of The Massive Vol. 1: Black Pacific, Daybreak by Brian Ralph, The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson, Zelazny’s Damnation Alley, The Bunker Vol. 1 (comic series, issues 1-4), and Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014.

This Bundle’s charities are Worldbuilders and the SFWA Emergency Medical and Legal Fund. And you’ve got 5 days to participate if you should so choose to.

In game design news, I made a great advance in my database for creating room tiles for betas, I hope to post on it soon. Sadly you need Microsoft Access to run the copy that I’ll give out later. I wish I had the skills to do it in PHP/MySQL, but I’ve just never developed those.

Great. Now there’s another company doing things like Humble Bundle.

Just what I need, another place to spend money.

This place is called Bundle of Holding, and their current offer is quite awesome: The Laundry RPG by Charles Stross. You can get two bundles: one of just the core rule book and player’s book for $8.95, for about $25 you add four supplements. These books are non-watermarked PDFs, which personally bugs me: I REALLY wish they’d make them epubs so you could scale the font and it would all re-flow. But I get that it’s really easy to make a PDF once you have the books ready to go to press.

The Laundry RPG is about a secret British intelligence agency who is tasked with keeping Cthulhu from invading our planet, all while maintaining ISO-9001 compliance. The mechanics are quite sensibly based on Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu game and are very fun to read, I also highly recommend Mr. Stross’ other works, he’s a fun read. The game design and publishing is from Cubicle 7, and they do pretty good work.

This bundle is available for another 4 days, and they also have a TORG bundle available, an RPG based on the work of Jack Vance.

The bundle:

Stross’ Blog:

And I’m just going to use the Humble Bundle category for talking about Bundle of Holding.

Bloom County! Humble Bundle!

YAY! (Imagine Kermit doing the happy dance)

For one week, or more accurately six days and sixteen hours from this post, you can get 9 Bloom County collections and 2 Outland collections, currently for $22. That’s a heck of a deal, not to mention the difficulty of just finding all of these books in one place!

This round the charity in question is Traveling Stories, whose motto is Outsmarting Poverty One Book at a Time. Sounds good to me.

The normal array of ebook formats is different this time around, available formats are PDF, PDF (HD), ePub, and CBZ. And the file sizes are much larger since they are picture books.

Another Humble Bundle science fiction/fantasy collection!

While a lot of this collection is from authors that I don’t follow regularly or don’t know at all, there are three standouts for me: The Jack Vance Treasury, Barry Hughart’s The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, and John Scalzi’s The Mallet of Loving Correction. Master Li and Number Ten are excellent stories set in medieval China, very cool stuff, and I would buy it just to have that one book as an ebook.

Other books in the collection are: Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison (did he register his name?), The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest, Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons, Inside Job by Connie Willis, Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale, The Hunter from the Woods by Robert McCammon, Academic Exercises by K.J. Parker, Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong, Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive Barker, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang, The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard, Nobody’s Home: An Anubis Gates Story by Tim Powers, and the ever popular More Books Coming Soon!

The sale is up for another eight days, and again, are multi-format ebooks and DRM-free! This sale supports the charity Worldbuilders, with which I am not familiar.

Exploding kittens! Star Wars! Brainy ebooks!

Wow. So first, let’s talk about Exploding Kittens. This is a game by the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s creator, Elan Lee. And it is nuts. Pure nuts. You take turns drawing from a deck, and if you draw an exploding kitty, you blow up and are out. But if you can distract them with a laser pointer card, or wear a cheetah butt, etc., you avoid the blast. I just hope they weight the deck so you can’t have an exploding kitten as your first card.

Anyway, the Kickstarter for this one sought $10,000. It has five days to run and has currently brought in $6.2 MILLION. The video is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it. They say they’ll have a ship date of July ’15, so they must have the pre-production almost totally complete.

Next, Star Wars computer games. Man, talk about memories! I remember playing these things back in the ’90s when good game graphics were pretty new. This is a Humble Bundle that packages Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Academy, Dark Forces, Empire At War, The Force Unleashed I and II, and more. For $12. And the bundle is supporting UNICEF, so it’s a pretty good charity. This deal is good for another 3 days.

And in the ebook department, Humble has a brainiac bundle that teaches programming, electronics, Lego construction and robotics, and other cool stuff. 16 ebooks, DRM-free, for $15. Funds are supporting the EFF, definitely a worthwhile org, and it’s available for another four days.

Sorry about the short notice: my wife had the flu four weeks ago, I caught it three weeks ago, worked last week and now a sinus infection knocked me down this week. Such fun. And I only found out about the Exploding Kittens today.

Dr. Who Audiobook Bundle

Humble Bundle is selling many, MANY hours of Dr. Who audiobooks, voiced by David Tennant, Colin Baker, and I’m not sure who else. A donation of $15 opens everything with some more content yet to be announced. This particular bundle is helping support Doctors Without Borders, who definitely can use the funding after fighting the Ebola outbreaks in Africa.

I’m personally not a big audiobook fan, but we have a 600 mile drive home tomorrow and this will be a good way to supplement what I already have lined up to listen to.

Dynamite Comics Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is doing a collection of comic books from Dynamite, the home of lots of good titles like Dresden, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, etc.  This bundle gives you 22 titles, some are singles and some are collections, of lots of good stuff for $15.  They’re available in PDF, ePub, Mobi: all at the same time.  Takes a little time to download them all, but I’m looking forward to it if I can squeze ’em all in on my Nook HD+ for our trip to Phoenix and Vegas starting tomorrow.

The package is available for another five days.

And Happy Fourth of July!  Even if you’re not in the USA, you’re allowed to have a good one.  Just don’t start too many grass or forest fires, please.

A new eBook Humble Bundle!

Their fourth bundle went live last week, I’m late posting it because it came at the same time as I had my second cataract surgery and using a computer isn’t the easiest right now.

Anyway, many books in many formats, supporting both Kindle and ePub formats.  Titles currently include: Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker by Ed Piskor, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, The Sword & Sorcery Anthology, From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell, Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw, andLovecraft’s Monsters: Anthology by Various including Neil Gaiman. Ellen Datlow, Editor.  The first three are available with any donation, the second four with donations above the current average (which is about $9.50 right now), the last two you get for a donation of $10 or more.  More books are planned to be included, they’ve just not been announced yet.

The bundle is available for another nine days, and the charities supported by this bundle are Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, both worthy organizations IMO.

New Humble Bundle eBook sale

There’s only six days left to purchase it, the current bundle includes eleven books: Tithe: A Modern Fairy Tale (Holly Black), Mogworld (Yahtzee Croshaw), Jumper (Steven Gould), Arcanum 101 (Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill), To Be or Not To Be (Ryan North), Bleeding Violet (Dia Reeves), The God Engine (John Scalzi), Uglies (Scott Westerfield), The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Wil Wheaton) and Zombies vs Unicorns, an Anthology (various authors). These books are available in multiple eBook formats, including Mobi and Epub, they have no DRM on the files, and you can pay whatever you want for them. If you pay $15 or more, you also get the audio book of Cory Doctorow’s Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton.

The money that you pay is distributed, at the rate that you decide, between the authors, a charity to help authors with medical crisis, or a tip to Humble Bundle.

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