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A book with more Japanese developer interviews than any other; a wealth of untold anecdotes from Japan's video game history in English
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    YOUR NAME: My warmest thanks, plus your name and location in a special Thank You section in the book (first edition only).

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: a PDF copy of the book. After the Kickstarter is finished, and the book is ready to be published through retail channels, a digital copy will not be made available. So this is your only chance to get one, if you do not want a print copy.

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    SILVER EDITION PRINT: a printed copy of the book, posted straight to your door. Simple cover. Pledge amount INCLUDES international postage. This edition will take priority over the digital version, hence slightly earlier estimated delivery date.

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    GOLD EDITION PRINT:
    This limited Special Edition of the PRINT version will have a full colour, front-and-back double cover. Each side will be individually designed by Wil Overton and Jonathan "Persona" Kim. Wil is known for his SuperPlay and Retro Gamer covers, and was an artist at developer RARE. Jonathan is senior animator on Skullgirls and known for his Sega Arcade Classics cover. This Gold Edition is exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign.

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    GOLD EDITION PRINT and DIGITAL: both the special Gold Edition print version, with double cover, and the digital version, for those who want it all. Each will be sent separately as they're completed.

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    SILVER + DVD: this is the standard print version with simple cover, and the DVD. It does not include a digital copy.

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    DOUBLE GOLD: for those who want to buy a second Gold Edition as a gift. This tier will get you two (2) copies of the Gold Edition. You'll also get sent the Digital Edition. Both print copies MUST be shipped to the SAME address.

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    PREMIUM DVD SET: a copy of the special Gold Edition PRINT version, a copy of the DIGITAL version, plus a DVD containing photos, audio interview recordings, and special video footage. Where possible it will contain footage of the interviewees, perhaps showing off design documents they still have, playing the games they originally created or variants of them. Expect an eclectic and diverse range of video relating to the trip - what about a tour of a development company's building? A sneak peak in their archives? Lunch with a programmer?

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    PLATINUM (& digital): a copy of the book with a specially arranged original cover by renowned artist Hitoshi YONEDA. Comes with the Digital Version. International postage is already included. Please see updates for examples of his work.

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    PLATINUM DVD: a copy of the book with a specially arranged original cover by renowned artist Hitoshi YONEDA. Comes with the DVD and the Digital Version. International postage is already included. Please see updates for examples of his work.

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    SUBMIT A QUESTION: Two copies (2) of the special Gold Edition PRINT version, plus the DIGITAL version, plus the VIDEO DVD, PLUS you can submit one question for anyone on my secured list of interviewees. In the book it will show it was YOUR question, with your name and location. You will also be listed in a dedicated contributor section with photo.

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    GUEST EDITOR: Three copies (3) of the special Gold Edition PRINT version, a copy of the DIGITAL version, the VIDEO DVD, plus I will dedicate a section (minimum 4 pages) of the book to the game/series of your choice. You can provide three questions on it. If I am unable to secure someone from the dev team, I will ask other interviewees if they've played the game. You will be allowed to proof this section, suggest changes, and have your name on it as guest editor. Plus a short bio and photo in a dedicated contributor section. Give your TWO extra copies of the book to friends and family!

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    SIGNATURE BOOK: every Kickstarter project needs a hilariously expensive tier. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a hard-cover book containing signatures from a wide cross section of Japanese developers. A blank hard-cover book will be taken to each interview, and a request made for as many signatures as possible from staff in the company. There will only be one such signature book. I will also throw in a Gold Edition of the interviews book itself, plus the DIGITAL version and also the VIDEO DVD (all to be sent when done).

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