The Spring Fired-Up Game Bundle, curated by David L. Craddock: The weather outside may be frightful, but StoryBundle's Spring Fired-Up Bundle offers 13 books—our biggest collection yet!—about gaming culture and development to melt your winter doldrums, available for a limited time.

David L. Craddock delves even deeper into randomly generated dungeons in Dungeon Hacks: Expanded Edition, which provides an extensive look at the making of early roguelike RPGs as well as a new interview with Rogue's co-creators and three extra books on games influenced by the genre. In GameDev Stories; Volume 2, Craddock curates 13 interviews from the hundreds of hours of conversations he's had with developers of games spanning InFamous and Prototype to Diablo and Hack.

That's not all! Read more about the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • Authors Support awesome indie authors by paying however much you think their work is worth!
  • Bonus_big Pay at least $15 to unlock NINE more books by covering Contra, Katamari Damacy, Dreamcast and GameCube Games and more!
  • Computers Read all our books on just about any tablet, ereader, laptop or
    even your smartphone.
 

SELECTED REVIEWS

GameDev Stories: Volume 2 by David L. Craddock

"By giving bedroom hackers equal billing with company founders, Craddock successfully illustrates the tremendous breadth of voices behind the creation of video games. Taken as a whole, Craddock's interviews masterfully weave together the artistry, business, and humanity of game development into a work that explains what game development is far more successfully than any individual could ever hope to."

– Frank Cifaldi, game developer, founder of The Video Game History Foundation

Dungeon Hacks: Expanded Edition by David L. Craddock

"Classic roguelike games may seem like yesterday's news, but they inspire game designers the world over to this day. Dungeon Hacks tells their story in compelling fashion and explains what they still have to teach us."

– Warren Spector, director of Deus Ex and Disney's Epic Mickey

Game Boy Works Vol. I by Jeremy Parish

"A wonderful, in-depth look at the early years of gaming's most recognizable portable. Author Jeremy Parish takes a great deal of care in thoughtfully exploring the first year of the device, encompassing both the device's creation and its early library of software. Like all the work Parish creates, Game Boy World is an exceptionally professional and insightful take on game design and preservation. A must-read for gamers who are open to learning something about the history of the medium they so enjoy." – Amazon Review

Memories of Arcadia by John Harris

"Extended Play is an oasis of quiet explanation and thought about overlooked works in a time overwhelmed by Twitter-tailored takes on whatever garners the most 'engagement.' Sitting down to read it specifically for a few minutes always feels worth the time."

– Jim Kang

Boss Fight Books: Katamari Damacy by L. E. Hall

"I have not read this Katamari book, and also I don't remember 100% what I told to L. E. Hall in the interviews. But I would recommend this book irresponsibly."

– Keita Takahashi, creator of Katamari

HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics by Kurt Kalata

"Hardcore Gaming 101 books are a treat. Packed with game details, screen shots, and game pedigrees, the retro gamer and collector can appreciate the depth and even-keeled writing. Do note that the subtitle: "...and other Konami Classics" means this book is not entirely about the Contra series. There is coverage on related Konami titles, many of which are obscure. What's nice is that you can discover some games of the same ilk."

– Amazon Review

Braving Britannia by Wes Locher

"I had no idea what to expect from the book Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online by Wes Locher. I've never played Ultima Online, or any Ultima game if I'm being honest. I do, however, love hearing about why massively multiplayer online roleplaying games are so important to the those that play them, and a people's history of the grandfather of all MMORPGs sounded like it would provide that. I wasn't disappointed."

– Joesph Langdon / Sidequest

HG101 Presents: The Guide to Retro Indie Games Vol. 1 by Kurt Kalata

"Great book, provides great information (and several pictures) about many Indie games. Waiting for vol. 2!"

– Amazon Review
 

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BOOKS WITH BENEFITS

Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get NINE more books: GameDev Stories: Volume 2 by David L. Craddock, Dungeon Hacks: Expanded Edition by David L. Craddock, Game Boy Works Vol. 2 by Jeremy Parish, Memories of Arcadia by John Harris, Boss Fight Books: Katamari Damacy by L. E. Hall, HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics by Kurt Kalata, GameCube Video Games You Will Never Play by Unseen64, Braving Britannia by Wes Locher and Dreamcast Video Games You Will Never Play by Unseen64!

Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!

Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.

Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

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