OMG ARCS: An Early Look At My Book

So last week, several boxes of ARCs (advance reader copies) of The Geek's Guide to Dating arrived in the Quirk Books office.

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Needless to say, I was really excited. I took to all my social networks and posted pictures. I constantly try to hide my eagerness about the book at work, but my coworker Mari, one half of Quirk's publicity super team, always manages to call me out on that nonsense.

It's a really awesome feeling seeing the book in person, even though its just an advance print. These are black and white (save for the cover and back), paperback, and unedited.

The finished copies will be full color, hardcover, and completely touched up by the awesome crew at Quirk (all of whom I have the pleasure of working with everyday). Also, all of Kickpixel's gorgeous illustrations will be in full color.

The LibraryThing giveaway for the ARCs just wrapped up earlier this week, closing out at over 500 requests. The Goodreads giveaway is still going strong until July 7th, and is at a little over 400. All quite good considering this isn't a novel, and those are the books that usually blow up the most on those networks.

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Also, a big thank you to my pal Chris Urie, who stayed up late this week helping me read through the book, checking and double checking the references and jokes.

So yeah! Exciting times, dear friends and readers. If you'd like to request one of these review copies, drop me a line! Let's make it happen. Can't wait to see the finished hardcover advances in the Fall!

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Three Beautiful Pieces of Bioshock Jewelry I'm Totally Buying My Girlfriend


Back in March, as the ending to Bioshock Infinite played across my television, something magical happened. My non-gamer girlfriend fell in love with a video game. She's watched me play Halo, Assassin's Creed, Borderlands, and Skyrim, all with a twinge of curiosity. But Bioshock Infinite? She was gripped.

When Infinite came out, I took the day off work to play the game all day, and she just happened to have the day off. She sat there on the couch with me, sometimes leaning against me, other times hunched over with her eyes fixated on the plasma screen, totally engrossed in the story and the characters. Ken Levine, you masterful storyteller, you.

Early on in the game, when Booker has to choose a broach design for Elizabeth, I asked her to help me pick. She was incredibly torn (we picked the bird instead of the cage), but at that moment, I knew I'd have to head to Etsy and find her something special.

Much to my surprise, there was a lot on there. Here are three of the most beautiful pieces of Bioshock Infinite inspired jewelry on Etsy. (more…)

Star Command: Exploring The 8-Bit Galaxy

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Whenever I'm packing my bags for a convention or a weekend away from Philly, I always make sure I pick up a new iOS game to keep me busy on the train, bus, whatever.

For Chicago Comic Con, I downloaded Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. And for BEA at the end of May, I pretty much played Star Command whenever I had the chance.

One of my biggest complaints when it comes to original mobile games, is that I never really get a full story. Most are designed for quick play on the go with never ending game play (ie: Doodle Jump), not for sitting down and really getting invested.

Star Command gave me a little bit of both.  And it let me explore the galaxy with 8-bit versions of some of my favorite people.

I remember when Star Command was on Kickstarter, and I was all kinds of excited. The premise behind the game is simple. It basically mashes together Game Dev Story with a Mass Effect-style universe and narrative. The galaxy is in trouble, the military is corrupt, it might just be up to you to stop the galaxy from going to war. (more…)