This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 8 2019 8:57 PM UTC +00:00.
ZACH-LIKE is a book of behind-the-scenes design documents from Zachtronics.
- Annotated design documents for all major Zachtronics games, from The Bureau of Steam Engineering to EXAPUNKS, including almost all individual puzzle design sheets.
- Never-before-seen sketches and design documents for a bunch of games we worked on but never made— Miniatures, The Second Golden Age, Project Typhoon, and more.
- Weird design exercises from before Zachtronics, like fake Pokémon cards Zach made when he was in 6th grade study hall and the installation-based projects he worked on in college.
- A small variety of one-off pencil-and-paper puzzles that don’t belong anywhere else (including the full contents of the SpaceChem puzzle book).
This book doesn’t contain much narrative history or any theories of game design. It’s best thought of as primary material, a record of the Zachtronics design process in action. It's probably 90% pictures and 10% text.
At almost 400 pages, this is a big book. It’s great as an archive of the nearly complete design history of Zachtronics, but less great for international shipping (which is nearly $40). This is not a money-making exercise, so instead of selling a PDF at a lower tier, we will release a PDF for free at some point after everyone who ordered a physical copy gets theirs.
SHIPPING UPDATE: I've discovered that I can fit up to 5 copies of the book in a medium size flat-rate USPS box, which costs $50 to ship to Canada and $80 to ship anywhere else internationally. I've added a tier (ZACH-LIKE x5) to make that available through Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The contents of the book are complete and ready to print. We’re having the book printed in China, which we’ve done before, and which we believe will be a straightforward process. We have also shipped various physical items before (binders for SHENZHEN I/O, zines for EXAPUNKS) and have a rich, if somewhat complex, relationship with our local post office.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter