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You Can Order My New Book in the Boss Fight Books Season 2 Kickstarter Campaign

This year I’ve been secretly working away on a new book about the unlicensed NES game Bible Adventures and the game development studio who made it.

This morning, Boss Fight Books unleashed a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the book along with five others:

  • Baldur’s Gate II by Matt Bell
  • Metal Gear Solid by Ashly and Anthony Burch
  • Spelunky by Derek Yu
  • World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi
  • a new fan-selected Boss Fight title

All of our main Kickstarter tiers are simple pre-orders. You can pick up an eBook or paperback copy of whatever book you want, or subscribe to all six.

Bible Adventures is my second book and my first nonfiction book. Much of it is based on interviews I did with the guys who made the games, the woman who sold them, and a guy who is very good at playing them. It also analyzes each of the Wisdom Tree games, looking at how the games fit into the retrogaming phenomenon, why they were such a hit in Christian bookstores, how the games interact with my own Christian upbringing, and how they are a part of a larger, messier story of the intersection of religion and commerce.

I laugh whenever I look at Ken Baumann’s cover for this book. It’s a reference to the Noah’s Ark part of Bible Adventures: Noah gathers animals for the ark by holding them over his head, often stacking many animals at a time.

Thanks for your attention! If you have friends who would be into these books, I hope you’ll help me spread the word.

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Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams

The second title from Boss Fight Books, Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams, just came out today! I’m really proud of this book. You can buy it here.

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Fun Camp Review in Puerto del Sol & New Boss Fight Excerpt at Kotaku

Kelsie Hahn published part of FUN CAMP in a previous issue, interviewed me for their blog, and has now reviewed the book in the new print issue:

As each new day of the week arises, announced in bold font like the chime of a bronze bell counting down the hours, you can’t believe how much of the week has already gone. You can’t believe how much you don’t want it to end.

You can read the PDF here.


Also, Michael P. Williams and I hard at work on his book, Chrono Trigger, and we just released an early chapter at Kotaku.

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Out Now from Boss Fight Books: EarthBound by Ken Baumann

Proud to have edited this book! Buy it here or contact me for a review copy.

“At last, EarthBound gets the paperback it deserves.” – Kill Screen

Excerpt: Kotaku

Reviews: Nerdlife, The Rumpus, Coin Battle, HTMLGIANT, Video Game Tourism

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Colin Marshall Interviewed Me for the LA Review of Books + Gamespot Article on Boss Fight

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We talk about my Meanwhile manuscript, Boss Fight, and especially FUN CAMP. Colin’s a radio pro destined for NPR greatness. (Listen to how he segues to a new topic. Like BUTTER.) I’m lucky to have been on his show.


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Boss Fight was featured on Gamespot last week. Definitely the coolest and most intensive essay about the new press yet. Features interviews with me and the authors. Thank you Maxwell McGee for making it happen.

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A Few Campaign Stats for the Curious

We’re funded! I hope to write about the Boss Fight Books Kickstarter campaign sometime soon, but in the meantime, here are a few stats from the back end of our campaign.

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Introducing Boss Fight Books


SURPRISE. I’m starting a press that I hope will catch on and turn into the 33 1/3 of video games.

We need help putting out our first five books so we started a Kickstarter.

Our launch roster is:
Galaga by acclaimed novelist Michael Kimball
ZZT by prolific game designer Anna Anthropy
Super Mario Bros. 2 by Kill Screen writer Jon Irwin
Earthbound by writer/actor Ken Baumann
Jagged Alliance 2 by game designer/web developer Darius Kazemi

Ken designed all the covers and Jesse Grce filmed/edited our Kickstarter video. I couldn’t have done this without them.

Take a look!

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