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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! 🙂

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/code-your-own-games-book-bundle

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Just what I need — another web site selling bundles of stuff that I’m interested in

This company is called Story Bundle and they sell book and comics collections. A current collection is called Women in SciFi, it’s curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and features books, novellas, collections, and songs by the likes of Vonda McIntyre, Cat Rambo, Nancy Kress, Linda Nagata, Catherine Asaro, Judith Tarr, and others.

This deal is available for another 11 days. There are two differences between this site and others. First, there is no charity. The funds are divided between the authors and the site, and you control the split. Second, they wisely have them available as a single downloaded zip, so much easier to get all the content. Everyone gets a single file of MOBIs and Epubs. So that’s pretty convenient.

$15 gets you everything. Just how many more of these bundle sites are there?!

https://storybundle.com/scifi

Designers & Dragons by Shannon Appelcline

It is not often that I’ll call a book ‘fascinating’. If I’m reading fiction I’ll usually say ‘cool’ or ‘really cool’, this book is different and it fascinates me. Actually, it would be more accurate to call this a series because that’s what it is: a four book series of the history of gaming. Shannon started this as a labor of love, and he’s done an amazing job. It’s being published by Fred Hicks and the folks at Evil Hat Productions, and for $15 you can get an ebook edition of the entire series (epub, Kindle, PDF, etc.), higher pledges will get you physical copies. Each volume covers a decade: the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s and current, I don’t know how late the last volume goes.

The first volume is available immediately with your pledge, and I’ve been reading it for a couple of weeks now. The first third of the book is the story of TSR and Dungeons & Dragons, and it is an amazing story. The second chapter is my proverbial alma mater, Flying Buffalo, followed by Games Workshop and GDW. I’m maybe half way through the book, and though I can’t say ‘I can’t put it down!’ or ‘It’s a page-turner!’, I think it’s an amazing retrospective on the gaming industry.

If you’re a gamer, and I don’t know why you’d be reading my blog and Twitter feed and weren’t, and are interested in the history of the gaming industry, this book is a must-have. I started gaming at the dawn of the industry in the late ’70s when TSR released the white box 3-book edition of D&D, along came Traveller and Tunnels & Trolls and others. I worked for Flying Buffalo during their hey-day in the early ’80s, and what was cool about that was that the owner, Rick Loomis, approached me and asked me if I wanted a job. He needed someone with good typing skills, and he’d seen me with my TRS-80 Model 100 doing some coding or editing or whatnot and needed someone to enter literally thousands of addresses in to his mailing list. Good times for many values of good. I’ve played an uncountable number of games and met a lot of great people, many of whom I’m still in contact with and are still friends.

Obviously this series has a lot of personal resonance with me, and the stories are quite interesting. If you have any interest in this history, this is a fantastic value for $15.

The Kickstarter is running for another 22 days and is already fully-funded, they were seeking $7,500 and are over $70,000. In fact, they launched the Kickstarter some 12 hours before they announced it via email etc., and made their funding goal before the announcement. They’re now busily blowing through stretch goals.

And for those who enjoy it, they’re also crowd-sourcing the editing of the project, so you can participate at yet another level if you have the time, skill, and inclination.

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.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

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.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

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.

https://www.humblebundle.com/?ebookbundle3

The Humble eBook Bundle

The Humble Bundle, for those of you who are unaware, is a pretty cool project used to promote things that may not be easily promoted by the creators and also raise money for charity: when you make your payment, you adjust sliders controlling how much money gets paid to the creators, to charity, and to the Humble Bundle organizers themselves.

The charities supported are: the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Child’s Play Charity, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Over $7 million has been raised through various Humble Bundles.

Normally Humble Bundle is used to promote computer games that are cross-platform, they run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. They’re also DRM-free, which is a cool bonus. This time they’re promoting eBooks! And with some good names: Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman. Some of these books have never before been available digitally, and Gaiman’s book is making its digital debut here. They’re available in Kindle, ePub, PDF, and MOBI: and you can download all of them! And, like the games, they’re DRM-free!

Now here’s the interesting bit: YOU decide how much you’re going to pay for this bundle! You can pay $1, you can pay $100, you can pay $1000: it’s your decision. There is one catch to the eBook bundle: two of the books, Neil Gaiman & David McKean’s Signal To Noise, and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, are only available if you pay more than the average donation. Yesterday that donation was a bit over $10, right now it’s $12.17. It’s still a great deal, and they got $15 from me for over $50 worth of eBooks.

Now if I could only find my Nook’s cable…

https://www.humblebundle.com/

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