Atari: A Visual History
A Visual History Compendium book about the Atari 8-bit home computer and it's third party software titles from the 1980's and beyond.
Atari: A Visual History
A Visual History Compendium book about the Atari 8-bit home computer and it's third party software titles from the 1980's and beyond.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 30 2019 8:54 AM UTC +00:00.
We have taken every detail to ensure that the content of the book is second to none and as an example of this below is a demonstration of how we remastered the boxart that is included in the
Welcome to our very first Kickstarter campaign to create the first unofficially-licensed coffee table book on the Atari® 8bit Home Computer. The book pays a huge tribute to this incredible home computer, its product design and its amazing catalogue of third-party software associated with this iconic 8-bit system. The book is an unofficial publication created by myself Darren Doyle and is my first publishing outing under the Greyfox Books™ label, the book is the very first book of this kind to be released for the Atari 8-bit home computer enthusiast in a visual compendium, ever!
I have spent many months on its development and acquired some incredible content along the way. The amazing amount of support and contributions I have received from private collectors and review contributors has been fantastic, making the Atari: A Visual History book a reality. I am a self-employed Graphic Designer based in Dublin, Ireland, and I was lucky enough to have grown up during this early culture of video games stretching back as far as 1979, at the tender age of 7 was when I experienced my first ever video game journey on the wonderful Atari VCS console and throughout the 1980's I was hooked. I began using Atari's 8-bit computer, from the Atari 800 to the Atari 130xe and eventually rocketed into the 16-bit days with the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga in the 1990’s. So I've been around awhile. My passion for video games has been so influential for a lot of my work I do today, both as an artist and a digital media designer, so with that knowledge, I decided to set out and created five digital magazines based on classic video game machines over the last 6 years, ranging from the Atari Computer 8-bit and 16-bit range (Atari Gamer and Atari ST Gamer) magazine series and a Nintendo NES system publication called "NES-BIT" followed by a collective collaboration with fellow retro gamers from all around the world in producing the very first proper bedroom coders "Homebrew Heroes" gaming magazine with a unique flair in both content and presentation. So I’m extremely passionate about this subject matter and my goal has always been to aspire in creating the most professional publications in celebration of this great past time and its systems. It is incredibly important to me to maintain quality over quantity on any future publications I work on and produce.
With the Atari: A Visual History book, the visuals are the main focus, with roughly 210-220 word sound bites of text accompanying each game spread. The review of each game has especially been given a lot of research and thought during the writing process from myself and all contributors involved. Within the book, you'll also find a series of larger features and interviews with developers and software house profiles and much more ensuring a great mix of visuals and words. Overall, the book will contain around 50,000 words and hundreds of iconic images; each one is given its own unique flair in presentation and professional preservation which will make it the perfect coffee-table Atari book.
The premise of the book is to cover a huge majority of classic third-party Atari 8-bit software from such amazing software houses as Datasoft™, Broderbund™, First Star Software™ and the likes. A selection of commercial and non-commercial home-brew games will also be covered in the book, giving these games the exposure in a visual compendium never seen in a format of this type before. The Book will also deliver a selection of interviews with game designers who worked on the Atari 8-bit. Also, the three, and most popular of the Atari 8-bit computer range will receive their very own profile coverage, these are the Atari 800, Atari 800XL and the Atari 130XE home computers, with additional photography of these computers exclusively photographed by Roberto Rogel (The Atari Computer Museum Facebook page) throughout the book, as well as a choice selection of Atari related peripherals. The Book will measure 170mm x 230mm (6” x 9”) standard book size and will only be available in Hardback for maximum durability and with a whopping 420 pages of content. It will be some tome of a book.
When creating a book of this magnitude, I am all about the visuals and want to give the best experience while browsing these wonderful pieces of art, code and gameplay for the reader. So, with that, each game covered in the book will include on the left side of the page, a remastered image of the box or cassette inlay artwork with a 210-220 word count description of the game, and a single screenshot of the game in action, captured inside a vintage CRT television on the right page to add extra nostalgia. We have chosen not to include any official Atari-branded games in the book due to potentially facing a cease and desist violation order against the book's production and marketing that could prevent the book from ever being released, it will be produced under fair usage and investigative journalism which should allow the book to expand as an unofficial Atari reference guide book. So the Atari: A Visual History book will only feature Third Party Atari Software!
There will be a great many classic third-party Atari 8-bit home computer titles in this book with varying genre styles. And with this came the huge task of what to include. Originally the book was to only cover about 135 select third-party titles but we felt the book wouldn’t do the Atari 8-bit software catalogue justice, so we went all out and selected a total of 162 third party titles that we felt simply needed to be covered in the Atari: A Visual History compendium. You will be amazed as you turn each page from the first to the last. The book will also include the most famous and cherished Atari third-party titles, and will hopefully relight your childhood Atari 8-bit memories as you flick through the book. We have also been very lucky with acquiring exclusive reviews in the book by the original creators of the games themselves as an extra addition.
All games covered in the Atari: A Visual History book have been written with great passion by the many contributors to the book as well as myself, I have attempted to leave an emotional footprint within the writing of the games covered so that you, the reader, may easily assimilate the same nostalgia that I, and a great many others experienced with the Atari Home computer throughout.
The Atari: A Visual History book has been created by a talented team of writers. Darren Doyle and hewill be overseeing the entire design and the overall art direction of this awesome book, ensuring you, the "Backer", receive a fantastic Atari themed publication.
We have taken every detail to ensure that the content of the book is second to none and as an example of this below is a demonstration of how we remastered the box-art that is included in the Atari: A Visual History book. So you can be assured that every step of remastering quality has been taken during the production of the book.
The Atari: A Visual History book has been written as an unofficial guide for those yet to have experienced the Atari 8-bit computer and see it in all its glory, as well as a beautiful homage and celebration to the faithful and loyal fans who grew up with the Atari home computer range. There is a vast amount of content to be found here from commercial titles to those titles that are still being produced today for the Atari, the Home-brew communities.
The book will also feature a selection of software for the Atari that was produced outside of the United States, companies from the UK, Poland and Germany will feature in the Atari: A Visual History book.
The level of high-quality work that has gone into the Atari: A Visual History book has been in production for the last 10 months ensuring everything looks the way it should, and imagery used within the book correctly matches the pixel aspect ratios of the games.
A worthy addition to the Atari: A visual History is the line-up of fantastic interviews the author managed to obtain and a phenomenal foreword introduction written by none other than Douglas Crockford exclusively for the Atari: A Visual History. Douglas’s lineage within the Atari 8-bit culture is nothing short of incredible, being involved with some of the most prolific Atari 8-bit titles like “Rescue on Fractalus!” And “Koronis Rift” to name but a few. The book will also play host to game designers like “Justin Whittaker” creator of “The Lone Raider”, “Sean Townsend” creator of the Atari version of “Chuckie Egg”, “Scott Adams” creator of “Questron Adventure titles”, “Chris Paul Murray” creator of “Henry’s House” plus many more.
The reader will get many great insights from these incredible people who made some of the most cherished Atari titles back in the day, as well as some revelations too about their time with the Atari 8-bit home computer added for good measure. There will also be linked sections within the book to the software houses that published and released a timeless array of games for the Atari home computer; companies like Broderbund Software and Datasoft Inc. as well as Synapse Software get their own deserved attention in the Atari: A Visual History.
The Atari: A Visual History compendium is not only simply a book with just a collection of software titles, although this was the main premise of the book during conception, we took a lot of time to make the book varied and cover a lot of the Atari 8-bit home computers vast history across all areas including the marketing campaigns that not only Atari themselves ran, but also third-party companies. So, we have remastered a collection of “magazine advertisements” for inclusion in the Atari: A Visual History compendium to showcase some of the best advertisements these machines and games had to offer.
There will be an exclusive article written by none other than “Sean Townsend” on the Atari 8-bit emulation scene which will cover a vast array of Atari 8-bit emulation software with an under the hood insights to the history of these programs that a great many of us today use, so if you no longer own original Atari hardware you will feel right at home.
We want to deliver a product that you can bring anywhere with you and at a moment’s glance can impress those around you with a visual experience second to none with the Atari: A Visual History book.
This was one tricky part of this whole project in determining the right balance of perks this project has to offer, I have taken a great amount of time to source out the perfect candidate to bring my vision that best suits the Atari 8-bit ethos and wanting to make the Kickstarter perks original and unique to the Atari: A Visual History project. It was a tough decision to choose which of the most professional bodies in the industry I should use to envision the perks I have designed for this Kickstarter and make them a reality. We choose none other than….
These guys are an incredibly talented bunch and have helped many Kickstarter projects meet their goal as well as delivering a high-quality product, and we have no doubt whatsoever that these will deliver your chosen tier to the best standard and quality, these were the main reasons for choosing them as the best option for our tiers.
We want to offer a selection of tiers broken up into individual parts, allowing you the backer to choose what the best option is for you. From a nice choice of Atari 8-bit inspired mouse mats, with the Atari 800 one being exclusive to this Kickstarter, as well as the original Atari 400 mouse mat I created for Rhayader Computers. And as a special homage to a classic Atari third-party title "Rescue on Fractalus!" original pixel art created by " Piotr Radecki " as well as a new 2020 calendar revisited from the classic 1983 Atari Coupon calendar recreated especially for this fundraiser.
- Atari 800 Visual History mouse mat -
- Atari 400 Visual History mouse mat -
- Rescue on Fractalus! - Jaggi mouse mat -
- Atari Visual History 2020 Calendar -
-Atari: A Visual History exclusive drink cup coasters-
We have a collection set of 4 drinks coasters that have been designed exclusively for this Kickstarter; you won't see these anywhere else and are for our -Backers Only!-
The Set of four coasters measure at "9x9 cm with a gloss finish" and are professionally heat seal printed for durability and robust use over a long period of time. The coasters come in a pack of four and are not produced individually with the tiers.
The Multi-Atari 8-bit coaster is a collective of Atari 8-bit pixel art done in a repeat fashion across the entire coaster of the classic vintage Atari home computers featured in the Atari: A Visual History book.
The "Atari Cartridge label" coaster we thought was a neat idea in replicating that classic design that accompanied many classic Atari software on the instant access highway as you plugged it into your Atari Home computer, now a nice place to put your favourite drink.
The Atari: A Visual History coaster is, as it implies, a nice composite of the title of the book, accompanied with multiple classic video game characters all set with a nice glowing sun to showcase the books logo.
The Alleyway Atari montage coaster is a collection of Atari 8-bit video game sprites from the book put together to create a vibrant looking Atari 8-bit inspired coaster, we enjoyed making this one too.
-Atari: A Visual History Mugs (two to choose from)-
With our collection of neat looking coasters, we had to add the perfect companion by offering, not one, but two different Atari: A Visual History 11oz mugs to the perks of the Kickstarter, again these are exclusive to this Kickstarter only, so choose wisely.
Visual History Mug Number One.
This mug features a great composite design from Rhayader Computers for us on this fundraiser, designed in-house by their lead designer; it features a great array of characters within the Activision pitfall setting.
Followed by our own composition Atari Visual History Mug Number Two, which is a montage setting of a collection of Atari 8-bit video game sprites with a few additional extras brought in for good measure.
This mug has a 1980's retro feel, with a neon glow vector mountain range along with a host of recognizable characters that all Atari 8-bit fans will recognize. We are especially proud of this one and we hope you will be too.
Never drink another cup of coffee or tea in an inferior cup now that you have the Atari: A Visual History 11oz mug to quench your thirst in 8-bit style.
Here we will showcase what you get for your welcomed pledge to the Atari: A Visual History compendium and hopefully you will all see something that caters to you in your support in helping to make this Book a reality.
First our "Early-Bird" Pledge, this will be limited in numbers to the First 50 backers to the project and once they are gone, they are gone!
With this pledge, you will receive a copy of the book, plus a set of 4 coasters covering a selection of Atari 8-bit homages, again these are in a limited number to the backers, so don't miss out.
This Pledge offers both a copy of the finished book and an Atari 400 keyboard decal mouse mat to have sitting proudly beside your laptop, desktop or your Atari home computer. Limited amount on offer on this pledge.
This Pledge offers both a copy of the finished book and an Atari 800 keyboard decal mouse mat to have sitting proudly beside your laptop, desktop or your Atari home computer. Limited amount on offer on this pledge.
This pledge, we feel, is a fantastic one, merging an iconic Atari 8-bit character of both fear and horror the first time you encountered him, "Jaggi" from Rescue on Fractalus! mouse mat with incredible artwork by Atari 8-bit artist " Piotr Radecki " This mouse mat is a limited edition to this pledge, and again, once Jaggi has gone, he's gone, probably back to his cave.
This Pledge adds that extra class to the experience while reading the Atari: A visual History book. This was a no brainer and simply had to fit in an exclusive drinking mug to accompany the book. The mug design was created by Rhayader Computers for us here on Kickstarter. A Limited number is available in the pledge.
This Pledge adds that extra class to the experience while reading the Atari: A visual History book. This is the second mug design we produced exclusively to accompany the book. This mug contains multiple classic Atari 8-bit sprites around its span and compliments the book perfectly. A Limited number is available in the pledge.
This crème de la crème pledge brings with it the ultimate Atari 8-bit calendar. We decided upon our research that when Atari themselves released the 1983 coupon calendar, we simply had to revisit it with our own touch on this awesome design and the previews simply don't do it justice. This pledge is in limited supply, to those lucky enough to get in before they are all gone!
This is the ultimate pledge we have to offer on this Kickstarter project and those lucky to get their pledge in on this will get all merchandise that we have to offer, all in one place. You will get our 4 coaster pack, the Atari 800 Mouse Mat, the Atari Visual History Neon mug and the 2020 Celebrational calendar. The 50 people willing to take this pledge will have their name also mentioned in the book as a thank you for their support. This is a fantastic offer not to be missed.
Let's all make this magical project happen!!!
Important statement -PLEASE READ below-
With all the logistics involved with such a big project as this, we decided at conception that we would split the tasks into two camps regarding distribution of the book and the pledge tiers, one for the Printer of the book to cover our mailing list for distribution of the book itself, and the pledges to Rhayader Computers to handle on our behalf. This would mean the book arriving in alignment, with the additional perks being handled by Rhayader Computer in delivering to those that have placed pledges as we won't be packing the books and perks ourselves, rather than handing those tasks to both the printers and Rhayader Computers. We will be working with them every step of the way to ensure everything runs smoothly and everyone gets their pledge fulfilled. Thank you for your attention here.
We here at Greyfox Books have been extremely lucky with being affiliated with some incredible people that have supported our project, and we wanted to show our appreciation to them
Antic podcast: https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/
The awesome, one and only place to go to listen and learn all about the Atari 8-bit home computer, Antic Podcast is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz and Brad Arnold and are an awesome bunch of guys to boot!
Zapsmedia Web services: www.zapsmedia.co.uk/
Zapsmedia Web services are a bespoke website developer who has helped many people develop their websites to look second to none, Zapsmedia can cater for everything from a blog site to an E-commerce site.
Retro Video Gamer: www.retrovideogamer.co.uk
With a lineage spanning over 10 years within the retro gaming communities, RVG has managed to acquire incredible interviews within the video game industry, and help promote many projects, with a fantastic friendly atmosphere at their forum. If you’re wishing to get a hands down honest retro gaming book review, Retro Video Gamer has it all.
Rhayader Computers: https://www.rhayadercomputers.co.uk/
Well, what can't be said about the folks over at Rhayader Computers that hasn't been already said? They have evolved to become one of the best places to purchase Retro gaming merchandise as well as customized products at the request of their customers, super-fast service turn around making them the number one place for retro gaming needs.
Homebrew Legends: http://www.homebrewlegends.com/
Newly formed portal for everything "Homebrew" Gaming, Homebrew Heroes is a great place to visit if you are interested in brand new old video games for your favourite platforms, covering all generations of computers, consoles and beyond, truly a fantastic place to visit if you love homebrew games.
BitmapSoft is a newly formed enterprise with the sole purpose and aim to release top quality, both commercial and free homebrew games for the masses, covering many computer formats with their imminent first release "Chronicles of Nanako" for the Amstrad CPC home computer double bill game release, getting two games for the price of one.
Fusion Books: https://fusionretrobooks.com/
Founded by Chris Wilkins, a veteran retro gaming enthusiast and author in his own right, and also the brainpower behind the publishing mammoth Fusion Retro Books. He is no stranger to creating some of the best Retro Gaming books ever to grace the video gaming communities; I highly recommend you check out their products, you won't be disappointed.
8-bit Annual: http://www.eightbitmagazine.com/preorder2019.php
Our friends over at the 8-bit Annual stable are a bunch of talents gaming experts in a multi-format annual release from 2018 and have just been highly successful with their other kickstarter project for the 2019 annual edition, which you can see here : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/8-bit-annual-2019-hardback and we hope we are as successful as they were, so please check it out.
Floppy Days Podcast: http://floppydays.libsyn.com/
Yet again another fantastic trip down memory lane hosted by Randy Kindig as he journeys back in time to when the home computer truly meant something. So many fascinating stories to be heard covering many classic 8-bit home computers from all around the world,
AtariAge is more or less your number one stop for everything Atari. Owned and ran by Albert Yarusso and whether it be Atari's classic consoles to their fantastic line of computers, AtariAge has it all and runs a great many events along with their incredible specialist shop within the site allowing the Atari dream to continue and help many great developers release their new software from the Atari VCS to the Atari Jaguar. The website covers many aspects of the Atari brand and has probably the biggest community of Atarians in the universe gathered all in one place and is renowned for exclusive product releases and lots more and has been a fantastic honor to have them as a supporter of the project.
Atari Mania: https://www.atarimania.com/
Atari Mania is now one of the longest running website dedicated to everything Atari, It is, if not the biggest Atari database on the internet for the selection of the Atari product line, their software, hardware and magazine and manuals and has been an incredible help during production of the Atari Visual History book. If you have a great interest in Atari? Atari Mania is your number one resource.
Atari Online Poland: http://atarionline.pl
Atari Online Poland is a long standing portal for all things Atari from the Atari 8-bit to the 16-bit line, which focus on a collective of a great many things from the demo-scene and the Atari 8-bit Homebrew scene, although the site is in Polish there is some amazing content to be found on this website and has a massive community vibe & are very proud to have Atari Online stand along side us with this crowd funder.
Risks and challenges
When producing a book there are normally certain risks associated with it which hopefully I have minimized. As a Graphic Designer by trade, I am perfectly placed to deliver this project to a very high standard. With all things in life, I hope for this fundraiser to be smooth sailing with the contingencies I have set in place during and after the fundraising stages are complete. With the printing aspects of the book being produced outside my home country, I will be at the mercy of those companies that they honour their agreement to meeting the deadlines of availability both to "You" and "me" as the publisher in meeting the time frame allocated.
The aim is to release the book in the autumn of 2019 - if all goes to plan and I can't see why it won't. I will work tirelessly to see the commitment dates are met and all additional content e.g. perks are delivered on the promised time.
Greyfox Books is a small single person operation. Design and printing for the “first run” of each title, and subsequent books are printed or re-printed with sales from each previous title. Nearly all profit goes to fund our next book project. We will always endeavor to price our books as low as we can, but due to the niche market for some of our titles, this isn’t always going to be possible. Always be assured you have purchased a unique book professionally printed that is currently only available direct from the designer/author. While every effort has been made to track down and correct any errors in our publications, there is always the possibility we didn’t catch them all.
Books are Zero Tax rated in Ireland and the UK. You might be liable for Import Duties on your package. Greyfox Books will ensure the shipping label on your package contains the words “Printed Matter” in the description. It is up to you to pay any import duties your country or state imposes.
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