Writing a book

by Paul Morrison


Yeah, I know, I've been doing that for over a year now.  So why am I writing something about that now?  Well, despite the fact that I still want tons more content, I've been doing something very important over the last few days...

I now have a copy of Adobe's InDesign.  After some canvassing of opinions, it seemed that that would be the easiest software for me to use.  Having played with it for a while, I believe that may be right.  It's pretty intuitive to use, and I managed to knock up a few test pages quite easily.

That doesn't mean I've settled on a final design for my pages yet, though.  It's a far more difficult task than you would imagine.  Did you know there are rules and etiquette for page design?  I didn't, but I do now!  There are a lot of "Dos and don'ts" that I simply wasn't aware of.

So now, along with contacting people, writing questions, playing games, taking screenshots and writing content, I have to read up on book design and spend more time learning new software.  Who knew there were so many jobs involved in writing a book like this?

I'm not complaining, though.  It's all good fun, and there's nothing wrong with learning new skills.  I'm enjoying myself, and it's really cool to see possible pages come to life in front of my eyes and by my own hand.  Rewarding isn't a strong enough word for it.  Who knows?  I might even post the occasional prototype page here for you to have a look at.  We'll see...

On a different note, if you've got some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, here are a couple of crowdfunded projects currently being run by a couple of our old Gods.

The first is a very curious and interesting looking project from musical genius and legend Tim Follin.  It's for an intriguing looking live-action game called Contradiction... if you pledge £20, you'll also get the soundtrack CD.  You know you'd be interested in that... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139513174/contradiction

The second is by someone that some might not consider to be the sort of person that should be in this book, but I believe is just the sort of person that should be as they didn't get much of a spotlight in the day.  David Rowe produced some legendary box art for some of our favourite games... probably the most well-known or well-regarded is his classic cover art for Sandy White's Ant Attack.  What you may not know is that he also did all the dungeon artwork for Anglia TV's classic Knightmare tv show!  He still owns all his old paintings and is collecting them into a book.  If you'd be interested in owning such a work, check out his Indiegogo campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/david-rowe-s-art-of-knightmare/x/5964228