Just as a quick update, GameSpite Year One, Vol. 2 was supposed to have been completed for proofing last weekend, and I was meant to have it in my hands at this point. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case; the project spiraled a bit out of control. I’d estimated we’d end up at 280-300 pages; currently I am performing a holding action at 360 pages to keep from bumping up to the next folio price. What can I say? I got a little carried away with the page layouts. It was kind of like Xeno’s Paradox for a while, there: I’d see I had 70 pages to go, but once I’d completed 10 pages of design I’d still have 66 pages left. Fortunately all that’s left now is the fine tuning, so I should be submitting this to Blurb for reals tonight. Given the girth of this bad boy, pricing will probably end up being a little more than $20 for the paperback and twice that for a hard cover version with dust jacket.
Since it’s about 90% recycled content, I’m guessing it’s probably going to be of less interest to most people than our usual fare. However, GameSpite Quarterly 5 will be a 25th anniversary celebration of the NES, so I figure that should probably appeal to a few more people. (And yeah, I promise our next retrospective issue after that will be for a non-Nintendo, non-8-bit system.)
Needless to say, the delays with the book layout have affected mailings for the subscriber bonuses, but I am determined to have those in the mail before month’s end! In other words, next Monday.
Anyway, I need to wrap the book now so I can watch the Lost finale and go about ignoring TV again. I would like to take this opportunity to further propagate my personal theory for how the show will end: We’ll discover tonight that Pierre Chang is Pierre Francis Chang, and that the DHARMA Initiative is actually just a training camp for employees of the P.F. Chang restaurant franchise.
The whole series will then be revealed to have been a fever dream experienced by Hurley after eating a plate of crispy orange chicken that had gone slightly bad.