The Winter Wonderland Game Bundle, curated Simon Carless:
This year's winter game bundle has massive standout books (Chris Kohler's Boss Fight Books tome on Final Fantasy V, bundled for the first time!), StoryBundle ONLY exclusives (the second in John Harris' tremendously fun ROM hacking books, plus a great David Craddock interview compilation), unexpected books from big publishers (Roland Li's excellent eSports tome) and loads more.
So whether you want wacky translation hijinks (Retro Game Super Translation Section), smartly written prose from an early don of video game columnists (Trigger Happy 2.0), or several other standout books, this bundle may just be for you!
Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!
GameDev Stories: Interviews About Game Development and Culture 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
Boss Fight Books: Final Fantasy V by Chris Kohler
"An angle on Final Fantasy V and its legacy that really no one else could give. [...] The game is awesome and the book about its history and legacy is just as grand."– Nintendo World Report
Making Fun: Stories of Game Development Vol. 1 by David L. Craddock
"It's important to have someone like David trying to capture the history of our industry while it is happening. There are fascinating and important stories behind most every company and game that shed light on the drama that accompanies development."– Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay Entertainment and inXile Entertainment
Somebody Set Up Us the ROM, Part One by John Harris"John Harris takes you on a tour of your favorite classic games as you've never seen them before. There is impressive creativity and talent in these hacks." – Matthew Green
The KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding by Wolfgang Baur
"Class is in session . . . The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding SHOULD be considered a textbook on intelligent setting creation."– Dave Hinojosa, The Gaming Gang
Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports by Roland Li
"Having been a part of the industry for over a decade, Good Luck Have Fun was nostalgic and took me on a trip down memory lane."– Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis, former League of Legends LCS player and current eSports adviser
Retro Game Super Translation Selection by Kurt Kalata and Hanenashi Error
"Very interesting look into how translations during the 1980s and 1990s went. The author looks at quirks and clever localization both for games from Japanese to English, and from English to Japanese, with context and explanations to elaborate on why the translator did what they did. Very recommended!"– Amazon.com review
Trigger Happy 2.0 by Steven Poole
"Throughout Trigger Happy 2.0, Poole demonstrates the imagination to see things in an unusual way and the confidence to know that he's right, and that slam-dunk accuracy is his secret weapon … wildly energising… If you read about games, it's focused literary joy."– Eurogamer
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 beats $15, you get seven more books: GameDev Stories: Interviews About Game Development and Culture by David L. Craddock, Boss Fight Books: Final Fantasy V by Chris Kohler, Making Fun: Stories of Game Development Vol. 1 by David L. Craddock, Somebody Set Up Us the ROM, Part One by John Harris, Somebody Set Up Us the ROM, Part Two by John Harris, Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports by Roland Li and Retro Game Super Translation Selection by Kurt Kalata and Hanenashi Error!
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!
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