Some housekeeping

Hey there, site supporter folks! First of all, let me say again that you’re awesome for covering the cost of bandwidth for the site and its memory-hungry forums. More importantly, though, you should all have your most recent subscriber bonus book by now. If you don’t, I would like to know about it. Now, there are a few of you who apparently haven’t updated your mailing addresses with me, so I got your envelopes back, and I’ll be in touch with you. But these things have a tendency to vanish in the mail (happens with every mailing), and I don’t want you to go without your due.

If your book is missing — it’s the book depicted here on the right — please drop me an email to let me know so I can get your copy to you posthaste.

Alternately, if you have received your book, I would be curious to hear your thoughts on it. I really enjoyed putting it together, but before I start up on the next one and write/illustrate a follow-up volume, I need to know if you actually want such a thing. Was it good? Interesting? Awful? Embarrassing? So infuriatingly navel-gazing you want to punch my life? Tell me!

AND: It looks like Retronauts is now absolutely back in pog form as a call-in podcast. Frank and Kohler and I will be recording a session in less than 24 hours (details are here), so please call in and participate! It’ll be awesome, or at least moderately nifty.

14 thoughts on “Some housekeeping

  1. I actually just got around to reading mine yesterday, and yes, I enjoyed it. It was especially nice to read someone else’s personal experiences with a game that I hold as dear as FFVI.

  2. I bought some leftover copies of your first two subscriber bonus books and really enjoyed them. The Etrian Odyssey novella and comics were pretty great.

    If you have an extra copy of your latest, I’d be happy to wire some funds via PayPal in exchange for it. I’m really curious about your own FFVI experiences.

    I used to rename all the characters after friends, crushes, etc., and play 2-controller style with my little brother. We always named ourselves after Edgar and Sabin, of course.

  3. It’s funny because I remember when I initially subscribed to Retronauts either on the 1up page or on itunes it said something like “listeners are encouraged to skype in” and I was kinda amused by the idea that some random person would bust in on the middle of a conversation. We are THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

  4. Got mine a few weeks ago, read it, and enjoyed it. I really did like your approach, to the games, too – beginning with a personal anecdote, followed by a more objective analysis of the game. I’ve always kind of liked the personal approach to games writing; keeps me more engaged than a dry, academic approach.

    I wish MY grandparents had a pseudo-arcade at their house, though.

    • I agree with everything BuckTwenty said. I would definitely be interested in a longer form version of this subscribers book.

  5. What’s the cutoff on these? I only recently started a subscription, definitely after fall 2010. (Certainly nothing I’ll gripe about.)

  6. i got mine (yay!) and am a big fan of the most recent issue. more stuff like that is great–i love hearing personal anecdotes related to topics i’m deeply concerned with.

  7. I have read my bonus, and I too really enjoyed it. Your personal anecdotes are very endearing and interesting, and they add an awesomely deep dimension to the scholarly portion of each game you cover. I totally support the idea of more of that sort of stuff.

    Your FFVI article was also a very fun read!

  8. This was my favorite subscriber bonus book so far, despite half the booklet being devoted to a game (FFVI) that I’ve never even played, though that seems to be one of the hallmarks of the whole Gamespite house style in the first place – the writing in GS is rarely “inside baseball” enough to alienate anyone who hasn’t played a specific title.

    Anyway, I’m really digging the whole “history of gaming as seen through a personal lens” thing, especially the anecdote about the arcade games at the college dorm and how games don’t always have to be a means to escape from everyday life, but a means to enrich the lives we’re already living. Keep up the great work, Jeremy.

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